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1/35 scale Tarawa Diorama

Started by Old Marine , Aug 07 2017 05:48 AM

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#126 Geoff

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 08:39 PM

Thanks, Doyler. Looks like and I had the same idea!



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Posted 19 September 2017 - 09:18 PM

Another adjusted photo from Dennis's diorama photos...

 

 

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 08:53 AM

Awesome work, those B&W pics really bring it to life.

 

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 02:12 PM

Outstanding! A real looker in every way. I enjoyed watching the step-by-step as well as the finished dio.

 

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 04:12 PM

Nice edit Geoff #112 is my favorite photo too. 



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Posted 20 September 2017 - 05:29 PM

Really incredible diorama! The "action poses" and the flow of the figures make you feel like you are really there. Superb on all counts!

Best of all, thank you for sharing this step by step with us. Inspires me to hit the work bench and build something!

Best regards,

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 06:37 PM

And he wore a shiny spot on the high point of the flamethrower tank.

I just don't know what to say. I am absolutely smitten by this diorama. Dennis, thank you so much for taking us along on the journey. You are an artist by any definition. Bravo Sir, bravo.

Geoff - your reworking of the photo is brilliant.



 
Great detail Dennis...even bullet stikes to the oil drum



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Posted 20 September 2017 - 07:32 PM

And he wore a shiny spot on the high point of the flamethrower tank.

I just don't know what to say. I am absolutely smitten by this diorama. Dennis, thank you so much for taking us along on the journey. You are an artist by any definition. Bravo Sir, bravo.

Geoff - your reworking of the photo is brilliant.


 

 

Caught that too on the pressure bottle



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Posted 21 September 2017 - 06:39 AM

Simply amazing!  This dio is absolutely STUNNING Dennis.  Geoff and Ron, love the BW effects too, really makes this outstanding piece that much more realistic.  #112 is my favorite too but love them all.  The details that you added in every part of this work is amazing....like Kat said, museum quality for sure!



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Posted 21 September 2017 - 07:11 AM

Just occurred to me, and not recommending it, but it would be really cool to make a black and white diorama. Would be a real art to mixing all the shades of gray. Could do what Ron and Geoff did with the color photos to establish B&W reference shades for paint. I wonder, even if done perfectly, if our brains could make sense of a B&W 'conversion' diorama in a color world.

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 07:24 AM

Fantastic! Ditto on what everyone else has said. Love the attention to detail which makes this dio almost photo-like. You do incredible work, Dennis! Semper Fi......Bob



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Posted 21 September 2017 - 09:25 AM

I vote this picture should be the new banner image for USMF!

I hope you don't mind, but I'm a photographer and graphic artist who enjoys the challenge of making model/diorama scenes look real. I took your backside photo into Photoshop and painted in a background of blasted & shredded palm trees (as seen in photos of the real battle), added dust and smoke from explosions, gunfire, etc., added some subtle blurring and exposure effects, and then dropped the color from your photo to make it look like a typical Signal Corps/Combat Photographer photo from the period. I hope you enjoy the results!
 
 



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Posted 21 September 2017 - 11:53 AM

Geoff and Doyler, I like the way you played with the photos. This diorama is so realistic it gives it a 'you are there look to it'. Nicely done.

 

Dennis: Extraordinary work. We're starting to run out of adjectives to describe your work. Thank you for all the different angles of your diorama. Pictures from that time period can give you a detailed look at what you are making but once make the diorama and take pictures from different angles it gives it a sense of life and realism. Your behind the diorama pic is great but I love the MG bunker picture (#110), that is where the reality of this battle comes thru for me. The Japanese flag in the bunker is a great added touch. Your overview shot (#111) is also a favorite of mine and Lars will probably like too.

 

All in all: A masterpiece.

 

Semper Fi.

 

Manny



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Posted 21 September 2017 - 04:36 PM

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Its really cool finished.

Of course my eye goes straight to the cammo uniforms !!!!

 

Well done.

 

You have sharp eyes to see my planters !!!

When I find a good ammo box at the flea market always think what can I put in it..........

Maybe your next display can be in one ?????

 

 



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Posted 21 September 2017 - 08:34 PM

Old Marine this is an outstanding work of art. And Geoff your pictures look absolutely real! Great job.
Ronnie


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