These are two of the dioramas I use in my classroom, Wished pics could have come out better. Hope you
In S. California World History is a required 10th grade level course and a great chunk of the courses 2nd semester is
on the impact of WWI and WWII. Which, of course, I dont mind teaching at all.
My students love the dios. I spend quite a bit of time on WWII and when discussing the winter campaign of 1944 the use
of the dios "brings them closer" to the historical events. As you may imagine, a LOT of conversation is generated.
I basically cut up the JD turrent and used the bottom 2/3 as base. I elongated it and heavily used styrene and bondo
(HEAVILY)(the curves on the t-23 turrent are ridiculously difficult-and it seemes as if every pic I found they ALL looked
different)The barrel is pvc,the barrel muzzle is one of those rubber cane bottoms, the barrel mount is made from kids "crayola
clay", I relocated the JD copula from the right to the left of the turret,I made the commander copula from easy sculpt clay,I
made the periscopes and headlight guards from styrene,the hatch handles are from brass,the headlights and siren are from panzerworks.
This was my first 1/6 "creation". The turret alone took me 1 1/2 months. In comparison, the rest took me only a week. Im about
95% done. I still need to work on the tracks and figure out a way to create the "duckbill extenders" on the tracks.