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Capturing Clervaux
Capturing Clervaux - The final Hour
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by: Keith Forsyth [ DOCDIOS ]

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I originally thought that Claude was mad when he started the original project building the Château, but to then continue expanding I knew he must be a little crazy. Most modellers I know can build a reasonable sized diorama and a most when they try to build one too big give up before its ever completed, but this new book Capturing Clervaux show that with right subject and enough enthusiasm a life long ambition can be created.

The book

This is the second book in the saga, concentrating on the surrounding village to the Château, to find out more about the initial build then you will also need to pick up the original book - Capturing Clervaux - A modellers tale. This new book is a 148 page feast on diorama building, produced in colour through out it teases the senses with the scale of work that went into this project, it really is a labour of love.

the book begins with a simple introduction explaining the reasons behind the eight year project followed by a history lesson to help set the scene and the period in time that it was based. It then delves into a master class in diorama building, most of which were learnt as various problems needed to be solved by the author as the project progressed. Building roads using cork bricks, and creating building from the simple to the more complicated and dressing up the interior and exteriors are covered through out the covers, plenty of in progress pictures help understand the how these were done.

when you consider that pretty much the majority of items in this diorama have been built from scratch you really do appreciate the time and effort that has gone into this project. The book itself is not really a step by step introduction into diorama building but more a photographic presentation of how this project came together, and some of the techniques used to reach the completion of such a large project.

I have was luckily to have reviewed the earlier book when Claude began this project and to now see it at the final conclusion, I really dont have enough respect or words for a modeller who can build such a large project and not get side tracked. There are many threads here on Armorama where he has shown some of his work as it progressed. when you consider this has been his life muse for the last eight or more years then you can only begin to understand the dedication he has put into his work.


Browsing through the book the craftsmanship of the work that has been done is among that of the best diorama builders around in my opinion, the book will not only spark the creative minds of any diorama builder but but modellers as a whole,

highly recommended reading
Highs: high quality publication with plenty of good explanations and pictures of not just the diorama but a lot of the techniques that were used in the process. A must for any serious modeller to read.
Lows: none
Verdict: highly recommended reading
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  Mfg. ID: isbn 978-99959-0-036-6
  Suggested Retail: 30euro
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  PUBLISHED: Nov 29, 2013

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About Keith Forsyth (docdios)

Keith Forsyth (docdios) comes from the small town of Stafford in the United Kingdom. He began his interest in modeling at an early age with armor being the main focus. It was not until finding himself between jobs in 1995 that he really got hooked. It was during a shopping visit to another town when...

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Is this going to be available from any one in the U.S in the future or strictly direct? Hats off to you Claude, looks top notch to me. - John
DEC 08, 2013 - 10:13 AM
Thank you John An US distributor showed no interest in the book. To specific. It is available through Amazon and you should find a reseller there. There is even one shipping from the States. They beat of course my price and postage. Thanks for your interest Claude
DEC 08, 2013 - 06:54 PM
To celebrate my 10 th anniversary on this site (4 days ago) I am shamelessly pushing this thread on top again. During 9 of this 10 years I was only able to show you one single diorama, so my yield is certainly not so impressive Thanks again for your invaluable support during all those years. In a couple of weeks I will probably be able to start thinking about scale modeling again, so let's see what the next ten years will bring. In the meantime, if you wish to celebrate with me, please go on my website and push one of those damn "Buy" - buttons Greets to all Claude
JAN 22, 2014 - 06:44 PM
Hi Claude, As a recipient of both books, I can say they are a great addition to my library of resources - for the techniques you share, and inspiration they provide! Seems to me that if you're interested in building dioramas of urban places, these books are well worth having! Cheers Nick
JAN 22, 2014 - 07:07 PM
Hi Claude, Enjoying my new book ! In this month's Fine Scale Modeler magazine they had a small "plug" for your book. Can't wait for the new adventures to begin on your next project ! Tom
JAN 22, 2014 - 07:10 PM
@ Tom, thanks for the news on the article. Hope it helps a bit. @Nick, thanks a lot Greets Claude
JAN 24, 2014 - 09:00 PM
Well Claude , it is an outstanding masterpiece and i'm very curious about your new project or work. Yes , i have read your topics but not your books yet Greets Kurt
JAN 24, 2014 - 10:51 PM
Just have to add that I've had the book 'Capturing Clervaux' since Christmas......, and it's a stunning masterpiece, both model & book alike. So many tips and ideas for future projects, would definitely recommend it......, information overload, needed to put it down once and a while to try and absorb everything....... Well done Claude.
JAN 28, 2014 - 06:56 AM
Thanks Kurt, Thanks Simon, I am really glad you like it. It's great to have some feedback. Greets Claude
JAN 28, 2014 - 07:08 PM

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