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Admiral Graf Spee

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A weary Graff Spee is returning home, passing by a country church where the minister and some of his colleagues are taking a break to take in the spectacle.

Kit: Academy 1/350 Graf Spee (with Eduard Photoetch)

All other diorama elements such as the church, wall, trees, guard house, and bicycle are scratch built.

About the Author

About Chris Flodberg (sargentx)
FROM: ALBERTA, CANADA


Comments

Chris; your work continues to inspire and amaze me - superb work! Great story. Please tell us how you made the trees - they look great in 1/350, which means they can make great boughs for bigger scales. Is the church stonework printed?
FEB 10, 2014 - 04:17 PM
It is very lifelike and vibrant. Everything seems to be in gentle motion.
FEB 11, 2014 - 01:51 AM
Hi Chris , nice see you here !! Excelent job !!! congratulations friend
FEB 11, 2014 - 02:23 AM
Fantastic dio,not just the ship,but the buildings,land and water all come together great. What do you suppose the timing of this is ? One of her trips back from Intervention Criuses to Spain or just Fleet manoeuvres ?
FEB 11, 2014 - 03:31 AM
Great water and ground work. The ship looks really, really nice!
FEB 11, 2014 - 03:56 AM
Thank everyone! I picture her going down the Kiel canal, returning from some far-flung mission. There wasn't really a specific historical moment. The trees are made from twisted copper wire and fine steel wool that can also be twisted at one end, but a fluff at the other. I pre-drill a small hole and stick the tree in, holding it with Gel medium. The church stonework is hand painted and gains some of its texture from a gel medium dibby dabs in rows. It was one grey texture that I went into and painted individual stones. The wall along the canal was done the same way but got too lumpy for my liking. It doesn't really show though.
FEB 11, 2014 - 05:41 AM
A beautiful setting, Chris! The overall scene comes off like a fine art painting. The scenery conveys an autumnal or early winter theme, which is almost impossible to do with most nautical subjects. I also like the attention to tiny details ashore like painting those sharp diagonals on the guardhouse and the bicycle. The Kiel Canal has plenty of places along its length to portray different seasons and settings. And, the weathering on the ship does give that long-voyage-over-waiting-for-overhaul effect. A really nice piece. --Karl
FEB 11, 2014 - 06:58 AM