1/76 Diorama 1st Canadian Inf. Div. - Italy 1944

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  1. Neilie

    Neilie Member

    I have finally finished this one which has taken some time...elements of the West Nova Scotia Regiment and the 2nd Field Regiment of the 1st Canadian Inf. Div. pushing northward in Italy in 1944. It consists of a Milicast FAT, limber and 25 Pdr and HUW, a Cromwell C15A water bowser (had a solid cab so drilled out through windows to add some glazing and also the water tap bar on rear) and a scratch-built C15A GS. The figures are mainly the excellent AB walking infantry with some Milicast in the FAT and a squaddie behind the bowser. The MP with the bike is the Airfix rider from the Recovery Set suitably detailed and gussied up. Thanks go to Dave Rhodes for the bowser, Pete Marshall for decals and Mike Starmer for his usual advice on vehicle colours and camo.

    Cheers,

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  2. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Very impressive, but I have trouble mentally picturing from scales--how large is the entire thing?

    There's no banana for scale!
     
  3. Neilie

    Neilie Member

    Thanks Charley.....the picture frame base measures 10 3/4" x 12 3/4".

    Cheers,

    Neil
     
  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Neil what a classic piece.
    Excellent work as ever.



    regards
    Clive
     
  5. Neilie

    Neilie Member

    Hi Clive.....many thanks for your great comment!

    Cheers,

    Neil
     
  6. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    It brings back memories. At some point I have to bring down my 1/76 Airfix and Matchbox vehicles from the attic and pass them off to my grandson. I brought some of them out for him when I set up an HO train set in the basement, but, alas, that has been put away as well as he grew out of it. iPads and Minecraft these days for the youth.

    Some of the vehicles can be see in this picture of the train set, obviously set up in the laundry room.
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  7. Neilie

    Neilie Member

    Yes, I'm afraid most grandchildren aren't into this type of thing any longer but as a grandchild myself many years ago I would have thrilled to get this layout.....I had to settle for Britains Toy Soldiers.....happily I might add!

    Cheers,

    Neil
     
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  8. 17thDYRCH

    17thDYRCH Senior Member Patron

    Neil,
    Thanks for this. I learned something today. I had no clue that a "roundel" would be used as a vehicle marker instead of the white star.
     
  9. Neilie

    Neilie Member

    Thanks and yes, the roundel was used by the Allied forces in Sicily and Italy while the white invasion star was used from the Normandy invasion on, in France etc.

    Cheers,

    Neil
     
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