Arnhem, 1944 - Work in Progress
Guy DeLillio is an avid modéliste en échelle 1/72 avec a mission: recreating the Arnhem campaign in several miniature dioramas. We have asked Mr. DeLillio to keep the readers of Military Miniatures Magazine informed of the progress of this fascinating work, et here is his report. Les figurines et véhicules sont de la collection de Mr. DeLillio.
There are no Panzers in Holland, a 3 ft. × 3 ft. diorama of 107. Panzer Brigade regrouping near Venlo, Holland. The véhicules are primarily ESCI/ERTL Panthers Ausf. G avec a mixture of véhicules de transport de troupes Sd.Kfz. 251 modifiés de chez Fujimi, et Airfix softskins. Les figurines sont des parachutistes, fantassins et soldats logistiques allemands de chez ESCI/ERTL et Airfix. Le canon d’assaut automoteur de 75 mm in the lower left corner is a rebuilt Fujimi amoured personnel carrier. The Bergepanther recovery véhicule in the top left corner is a conversion.
Departure for the Gelderlands shows seven C-47 transport planes of 38th Group, avec elements de la 1re Division Parachutiste Britannique emplaning. The planes are Airfix, et they require a lot more detail work than expected. The airstrip is near completion.
This is the Wide Part, an aerial et ground level view of XXX Corps, bottlenecked south of Eindhoven. The véhicules et figurines are completed. The diorama includes over 50 chars moyens, automitrailleuses, et related softskins.
Assemblage of Second Battalion, a ground view of Col. Frost playing his famous hunting horn in order to regroup his troops shortly after the landing. Mr. DeLillio recently painted more than 60 First Airborne figurines purchased from Drew’s Militia, except for the figurine depicting John Frost himself. The Horsa Gliders in this diorama will be scratch-built from wood, because plastic kits are no longer available in this scale. The diorama will also include a dozen modified jeeps, canons antichar QF 6 pounder, et related support weapons.
Arnhem at Dusk is a night scene portraying the lead elements of 2nd Parachute Battalion walking towards the northern part of Arnhem Bridge. This diorama was inspired by one in the Hartenstein Museum which is often considered to be the mother of all dioramas. Seven feet long and four feet wide, the Hartenstein diorama is based on the classic Spitfire recon photograph of the northern end after the ill-fated attaque allemande. Mr. DeLillio’s version of the bridge scene is 20% along the way. The bridge itself is turning out to be quite a challenge.
Defense of the Bridge is a daylight scene avec over 200 parachutistes shown in the act of defending Arnhem Bridge. The figurines et véhicules are completed.
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