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“Stealing Time”

The Snow
After a great debate with myself and at the urging of others it was time for my first try at snow. I decided to use baking soda and do a very light dusting of snow. I first sprayed white glue and water in a pump sprayer on all the surfaces to have snow and then sprinkled the baking soda from my fingers. To build up the snow I used repeated applications. The snow was sealed with some hairspray.

I added some K ration cardboard boxes and a map from St. George Designs, some resin crates donated by Graywolf, the fuel pump from blade48mrd, verlinden barb wire, cigarettes made from toothbrush fibres and smoke from cotton balls. I would like to say thanks to everyone that has donated things for this diorama, for all the tips from my brothers and friends, for everyone that has taken the time to comment on it as it was built. I also like to thank those that simply just took the time to have a look. And finally I would like to thank Armorama for allowing us to gather and to do things such as this article to help and be helped by fellow modelers.


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About the Author

About Kevin Gardner (jackhammer81)

When I was a kid I built my first tank at around 10 years old it was a 1/48 scale tamiya m60 motorized. I did a few 1/48 bandai kits as well. then I jumped to model cars for the next few years, around the age of 15 I started back into armor and mostly did the 1/32 monogram stuff. I quit modeling whe...


Fantastic dio and great article...congrats bro. The final is perfect as always.
JUL 10, 2005 - 08:22 PM
Super work. The trees look great, along with the rest of the groundwork. The Wolf figures add to the cold look of things! Cheers Andy
JUL 12, 2005 - 11:28 AM
Thats a very fine piece of work. Its always nice to see b/w photos of dios. They seem more realistic and fantastic than they already are. Thanks for sharing Simon
JUL 12, 2005 - 09:12 PM
Jackhammer, Outstanding work! The pines and ground cover are excellent! Good to see someone else who is espousing model railroad supplies. Last week I was at the NMRA 2005 Nat Con and watched Mr. Bragdon demonstrate some of his products. Bought a bag of the pine boughs. I was considering doing a review of them, would you consider it, as you already have the pix and "how-to"? I'll be viewing more of this diorama. Appears that your figures are more in natural posture than usual. Great job!
JUL 15, 2005 - 11:52 AM
It's an awesome dio! Lots of realism and action going on in small groups that draw the attention of the viewer! Very well built! Very well painted and weathered! what can one say more! A marvel! Congratulations! Cheers and happy modelling! Prato
JUL 16, 2005 - 05:50 AM
Hi Everyone, I am really glad you like the article. I am glad it came out easy to read and follow. Fred, as far as the bragdon branches go...I'm out of them I would have loved to do a review on them but I am busy working on a couple more grass reviews and some other items I have seen in railroad sections of the hobby shops and having been brain storming with my lhs owner, so there are going to be some more coming from me in this area. I would love to see you do the bragdon review. If there are any questions I can help with please let me know. Cheers Kevin
JUL 16, 2005 - 08:47 AM
I'm amazed! I've printed this off and am using it as guidance for my first dio ever, which will be of the Battle of the Bulge.
MAY 29, 2007 - 09:10 PM
Sam, it's nice to see you going through the feature section, and finding useful, and helpful articles.
MAY 29, 2007 - 11:09 PM
Very encouraging. Thanks. Could you give any advice here? LINK
MAY 29, 2007 - 11:25 PM
Sam, just checked, seems you already got some great and simple suggestions. Good luck, and hopefully you'll post some photos of those trees after you make them.
MAY 30, 2007 - 04:49 AM