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Old 06-17-2017, 12:38 PM
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3 Zeros diorama

Howdy Folks,

Simultaneously built three Zeros (wingspans 9 inches) using different card stock thicknesses just to see if there would be a noticeable difference.
Except for one solid looking Zero model, more of the difference is felt in the touch rather than the look.

What to do with the finished three? Diorama! Poking wire into its paper fuselage resulted in a spinning Zero. Gluing a small wood dowel with its center drilled out made for a simple and secure wire attachment point.

Added two F4U-1 Corsairs (wingspans 3 and 3/4 inches) placed them climbing in “the blind spot”
from low and behind.

or... Decoy’s?

Those two Corsairs could be climbing into a trap.

Bob Penikas
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Old 06-17-2017, 01:25 PM
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nice...very nice.

you can add suitable background for the period and it will be great.

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Old 06-17-2017, 05:12 PM
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very cool look like a dog fight is on it way
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Old 06-17-2017, 06:55 PM
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I like this very much.

It's given me some ideas for a diorama I've been thinking of for myself!!

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Old 06-18-2017, 08:47 PM
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I appreciate when models tell a story. Nice job.
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Old 06-18-2017, 11:24 PM
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I had the privilege of seeing this diorama Friday night at the IPMS-Orange County meeting.

First it does not photograph well in person it is quite a well thought out model and rather stunning.

I'll give a little more detailed description than Bob did. the top of the base has a printed photo of a pacific island to add to the forced perspective of the model. None of the zeros look identical to me there are subtle differences in color and to some degree shape. The tail number on all three are different (very nice touch Bob) and they do look different from each other. The best view is looking down on the model with the zeros pointing at you the Corsairs are climbing up to the Zero's and appear to be about 300 feet below them. Then you have the base with the island below the aircraft and it looks like it's around 3000 feet below the action. I would guess that the models are from Fiddlers green.

Once more Bob as taken simple models tossed them together and shown a fine model, makes me wonder why I build Halinski models.

Jim Nunn
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:21 AM
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I concur with Jim's comments. I also admired Bob's remarkable display at last Friday's IPMS/OC meeting. The forced perspective was well-executed, particularly adding the aerial island photo to the base. I might try something similar the next time I build a "bird on a stick".

Again, great work, Bob!

David T. Okamura
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Old 06-27-2017, 07:52 PM
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Nice work.
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Old 06-30-2017, 10:06 PM
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Holy moly is that an effective display! If you photoshopped out the dowels, and put the real sky behind it, you'd have a screen capture right out of a 1960s-style WWII movie. I mean that in a good way, too. In terms of viewing quality, CGI has nothing on physical models, IMO.

Thank you for sharing this inspirational work of art with us.
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