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1/76 Scale T34 diorama, built in 1975


Colin Forbes

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This is a diorama I built with my dad, who tells me it was in 1975 when I was nine years old. I vividly remember the idea of two airfix T34`s in the snow, one behind the other, both turrets looking off center, one left, and one right. I wanted the front tank to be going over a slope, with it`s gun at lowest elevation looking down.

 

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The tanks had crashed through a fence, which my dad made out of matchsticks and wire.

 

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My dad made the groundwork out of cement, and believe me, that this thing is quite heavy.

 

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He made the track prints in the snow, which, as a kid I loved.

 

 

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My dad is a joiner, and he made a beautiful hardwood base, nicely varnished which looked great in our living room....my mum did not mind!

The tank in front was the one that I built, my dad`s behind, you can tell mine from the adult version because mine obviously has "T34" on the engine cover and has the sprue nibs on the wheels LOL.

 

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Although looking very rudimentary to me now, I love it`s basic look, and it gives me warm memories of modelling in my younger days, of which sadly only this has survived.

I would love to replicate this now in 35th scale, or even in Trumpeter`s 16th scale, now that would be a project...........

 

Colin

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Colin,

 

Your diorama is so cool! I also began building models seriously in 1975 with my Dad. I still have the first model we built together, a P-39, although it's quite beat up now (it flew a lot missions around my room as a kid). Good times!

 

Cheers,

Wayne

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