"Kriegsmarine '45"

Tamiya's 1/48th scale Hetzer as one of ten assigned to the 2. Marine Division during the last days of World War II. She, like all of my models was painted by hand. I do not own/use an air brush.

Most of her running gear was left off and she was sunk into a hole chiseled into a bass wood base.

The water was shaped with Elmer's Wood Filler. Many shades of green and brown acrylic craft paint were blended to give the illusion of depth. Semi gloss polyurethane in several coats finishes it off.

The log was made from a length of soder and small diameter wire (twisted together). This was textured with Elmer's Wood Filler.

The weeds are hemp rope with a brown wash. The sign was cut out of the box art of a Tamiya accessory set. Leaves are oregano.

The figures are from Dartmoor. I added a leather jacket to the commander using Super Sculpey. His ear phones are from a Tamiya figure set.

The helmets, Sturmgewehr 44, and bread bag are from a Tamiya figure set.

The tool box and engine screen are from Edward.

Loops for attaching foilage were added from wire.


  1. I'm amazed at the quality of your work - especially your 1/48 dioramas which look every bit as fine as typical 1/35 or even larger scale work. I was also astonished to read that you don't own an airbrush. Very inspirational. How do you accomplish the fine gradations in colors - camouflage or otherwise?

    1. Thank you. It helps that I am also a figure painter and learned some of the many uses for a paint brush. Dry brushing and washes can mimic a sprayed on pattern.