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DioRandy's Model Gallery

"It'll be done when it's done"! A closeup of this diorama was featured in the Reader's Gallery section of the July 2002 issue of Fine Scale Modeler.

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"Which way to the front"? I dedicated this diorama to my father, who was a crewman in an M18 Hellcat tank destroyer, such as this one, in 1945. My mother says he still doesn't know how to get anywhere.

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"Oh yeah, says who"? I dedicated this diorama to my friends in the local and founding chapter of VietNow. You don't tell them how or what to do about anything. They tell you.

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A closeup of "Oh, yeah"? Through VietNow, my friends were able to obtain an original Huey gunship and, after years of fundraising, have it restored and perched in the air above "LZ Peace" as the focal point of a local Vietnam War Memorial. The memorial was built alongside a bike path that runs through a city park.

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A birdseye view of "Which way." As you can see, there wasn't much room in a Hellcat and it featured an open turret. It's main advantage was it's hit-and-run speed, but it was also used as mobile artillary.

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A closeup of the secondary subject in "Which way."

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Another closeup of "Which way." M18 Hellcats were designed to use their speed to outflank the German's slower, but more powerful tanks, such as the Panther and Tiger. Once that was accomplished, they were to hit-and-run, hoping to score a hit on their foes vulnerable backside and then get the hell out of there. It was a real cat-and-mouse game.

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A closeup of the reason I entitled the Tiger I diorama "It'll be done when it's done." Notice the hammer in the chief mechanic's hand.

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A closeup of some secondary action in the Tiger I diorama.

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Please excuse the poor quality of the following photos. This late-war Panther G will be the focal point of a diorama in progess.

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This late-war Panther G contains as much photo-etch, resin and metal as it does styrene. Notice the tools strewn about the engine deck.

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Here's the photo that Fine Scale Modeler used of the Tiger I diorama. The photos of this Tiger and the M18 Hellcat were taken by Joe Whinnery, a professional photographer in our local modeling club.

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I chose, finally, to depict a winter scene shortly after The Battle of the Bulge. This Panther had to be abandonded due to mechanical problems.

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I still have a ways to go, but there's no turning back now.

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Well, after ten years and counting, this late war Panther G diorama is taking shape.

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Happy Fourth of July, everyone. This is a photo I took of LZ Peace, our local Vietnam Veteran's Memorial. I took it during a stroll through the park yesterday. It features a restored Huey that saw action in Vietnam. Northern Illinois has a very proud and active group of Vietnam veterans, many of whom I'm proud to call my friends. It took them many years to raise the money to make this memorial a reality, and, as you can see, it was well worth it. If you look real hard you can see a pair of well worn combat boots placed just to the left of the wreath.

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I know, it's been a long time coming, but I've actually made some progress on Dragon's Initial Production Tiger I. What you see is the result of my first ever attempt at using the hairspray technique to produce a whitewash. I find it acceptable, but I'd hoped for something a little different than what I got.

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Here's the Initial Production Tiger I with its crew and a group of tank riders. The figures are a combination of Tristar, Verlinden and Tank.

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