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Ideas For Building Model Tank Displays

Sep 5, 2008
People have been enjoying the hobby of building model tanks for many years now. Model building is a way to show people how much attention to detail and what sort of artistic flair you might have. Model tanks could easily be relegated to spending their days gathering dust on some bookcase shelf somewhere but why should they when you can build a dynamic display for them? This will help to add life to your models and give them some character.

A display involving scenery and built to scale is known as a diorama. It can be any sort of scene in which the tank would have been found. Once it is assembled you can then enclose your diorama in plexiglass or even in glass if you so choose. You can even add electric to it so that the different electrical components such as buildings can be lit up. If you do not want to go to that length then you can just simply mount it onto a large flat board for display. One step in deciding what sort of diorama you would like to build is to know the history behind them.

Dioramas, having been around for centuries, have always been used as a means of creating scaled down versions of actual scenes. Museums have been using them for many years as a means of recreating historical scenes. Even children have created shoebox dioramas for their small dolls. Model builders have been perfecting the art of the diorama in order to create wonderful scenes for their models. One thing to keep in mind when you prepare to build your diorama you should base it around your model tank and not the other way around.

A correctly built diorama will be built to the same scale as your model tank so that it fits in properly. If you are building a Sherman tank then you might consider placing it in a tropical type of setting. If you are building an M1A1 Abrams then the desert would be a perfect scene for it. Look for pictures in books or on the Internet to get ideas as to what sort of scene would best suit the tank that you have built.

Once you begin to build dioramas such as these you have taken a step toward keeping alive an ancient tradition. Where you take that next step will be up to you. Either you can turn diorama building into a hobby that goes hand in hand with model building, or you can allow your model tanks to languish on their shelves as they gather dust. It is all up to you.
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