The Hobby Heaven workshop has finally completed a diorama which features a 1/35 M4A3 Sherman equipped with a 105mm Howitzer and three winter themed US soldiers.
“The Longest Winter“
You can always tell the unique environment at the end of winter season. The snow are already melted, the muddy ground, some people already feel warmer, and some tanks are already showing their true colors. If there is one thing that stays the same even after winter waves good bye, it’s that the battle still goes on for the US soldiers in Ardennes.
The Longest Winter diorama captures the moment when it all happens. Exhausted because of a war that seems would never end, spending Christmas far away from home, while still facing bullets from the Nazi. Tanks and human, they were all express the exhaustion. In the end, everyone need to cover each other. For these three soldiers, I believe that they are really glad to have the Tank that wins the World War II on their side.
For the history, I would like to focus on the M4A3 Sherman with 105mm Howitzer. Based on the M4 Sherman series which is the staple of fighting-vehicles of the WWII Allies, the M4A3 is an upgraded version of the M4. Housing a 500hp Ford GAA-3 V8 liquid cooled gasoline engine, a 63.5mm thick armored sheet, and for the assault is the 105mm howitzer.
About 500 of this monster was produced and deployed to the European Theater from July 1944, and played an indispensable role in the destruction of enemy positions by the US infantry fighting in the front line.
Exciting! One word that describe it all. So many new things that I learned during this build. From the winter camouflage using white enamel paints, recreating snows with aluminium sulfate, and using Tamiya’s texture effect for the soil.
The most challenging is of course the weathering on the tank. Knowing that the tank will become the point of attention in this diorama, I need to give more effort on making it look realistic. I really hope it does I never intended to make a diorama for this tank, so the whole idea of making a simple base and adding three figures was created in a haste.
This build is actually already done two weeks ago. The reason that I publish it now is because I need to wait for the display case I ordered online. The display case maker needs a week to build what I ordered, but it was all worth the wait.It was made from acrylic and I ask them to use wood as the base. I really hope it will protect my kit from those real dust
For those of you who couldn’t follow the work in progress of this build, you can check it out on the links below:
So that is it guys, have a nice day