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Somewhere in the Pacific...

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LST operations in Southern Pacific...
While building my latest diorama "Getting ready for another Mission" I have used some 1/700 GMC truck from Skywave/Pitroad US Navy LST set.
Of course, this is the result of my experimentation on trying to make a different naval diorama, without a pier, buildings, but trying to make a small scene full of action, without being overdone.

Materials used to make this diorama:
- Skywave/Pitroad US Navy LST set (trucks from three sets);
- Battlefleet Models resin Observation/Barrage Balloon set;
- GMM fine raillings and ladders (from the spare box);
- L'Arsenal single and double 40mm Bofors guns;
- Eduard 1/700 Figurines;
- Tauro Models paper flags.

Scratchbuilt items:
- Beach with Das Pronto modeling Paste;
- Palm Trees / Coconut Trees with brass wire (various thicknesses), Tamiya Tape (trunk) and Aluminum Foil (Leaves);
- Guns tubs (all of them) and some superstructure parts with Evergreen Plastic Card and PE sets "borders";
- Vertical ventilators from aluminum tube;
- Sea is artists watercolour paper, painted with acrylics and with several coats of gloss varnish;
- Wave is Gel Medium (Gloss).
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About the Author

About Rui Matos (skipper)

Hi all Crew Members!
Rui Matos, 39 years old (in 2006), married, former Portuguese Navy Fire Control Radar Operator , and "owned" by two cats - James, Stripes (Riscas in portuguese, now deceased) and Moon (Lua)!
I've been modeling since I was 6, but only have turned to Submarines in 1991 o...


Beautiful work, Rui! Very rich color palette and excellent detail, as always.
MAR 18, 2009 - 04:37 AM
Well done Rui, you've captured the feel of a beach landing nicely. Frank
MAR 18, 2009 - 11:19 AM
This works really well, Rui, and we now expect this high standard from you - 5 points! Peter F
MAR 20, 2009 - 12:45 AM
Thank you guys! You are really too kind Cheers, Rui
MAR 20, 2009 - 06:05 AM
great work, love the shadows on the first few pics... cheers
MAR 20, 2009 - 10:00 AM
hey Rui, sorry I've got to be critical on that one! What i see here is not a diorama, but some pictures. Those are so much sunlit that it just destroys most of the details and therefore shows a not so accurate vision of your diorama. i personnaly prefer the one you took at your show where IO indeed could see that you did again a very nice work
MAR 20, 2009 - 08:59 PM
Hi Jean-Bernard You have to wait for me to upload the remaining 15 photos (my usual 360 photo shoot and overall/detail views) until the gallery issues are solved These are the dramatic ones Stay tuned... Rui
MAR 21, 2009 - 06:20 AM
Rui, lovely! Very "Pacific" and a good scene. Every detail is nice, from tape and foil trees (works great!) to ocean and beach and ship weathering. Great stuff!
MAR 21, 2009 - 11:15 AM
hi rui, very nice and the scale and the details...very impressive. feels like home seeing those palm trees and sandy beach. the areial shots of the LST and trucks are nice. thanks for sharing. ed
MAR 23, 2009 - 01:02 PM
Thanks Ed Just a quick note to say that the MOD is updated with 16 photos. Thanks (again) Rui
MAR 23, 2009 - 01:29 PM