Above: The left front corner of the diorama, showing clearly how effective wood chips can simulate rock.
Before pouring the resin, glue plant life in place along the bottom border and up the face of the "rock". Be sure to paint
the inside of your wood frame a neutral light blue up to the level of your resin pour - if you don't, you will get a brown
reflection in your water.
Above: The crew stare at their aircraft with a completely emotionless look - they are still in shock from
their ordeal. The pilot, in the forefront, has taken his clipboard with him - more out of habit then necessity. The gunner
has taken whatever useful items he could gather in the bag thrown over his shoulder.
Above: The engine compartment, showing the hits sustained that brought down the aircraft. Oil has streaked
back over the fuselage. This is easily simulated with pastels. The damage must be planned before assembly. The engine compartment
walls were thinned with a Dremel tool, allowing me to poke a blade through the outside and cause a jagged hole. The "metal"
must bend inwards for a realistic look.
Above: This shot shows the aircraft's name painted next to the gunner's station. The letters are rub-ons.
I use rub-ons as often as possible for all numbers and letters - this eliminates the need to cut off decal film, a tedious
and unforgiving task. Coat all rub-ons with dull coat or gloss coat. The faded fabric cover on the wings and control surfaces
is clear in this picture.