Arnhem, 1944 - Work in Progress
Guy DeLillio is an avid 1:72 scale modeller con 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, e here is his report. Soldatini e veicoli are from the collection of Mr. DeLillio.
There are no Panzers nell'Olanda, a 3 ft. × 3 ft. diorama of 107. Panzer Brigade regrouping near Venlo, Olanda. I veicoli are primarily ESCI/ERTL Panthers Ausf. G con a mixture of modified trasporto truppe corazzato Sd.Kfz. 251 di Fujimi, ed Airfix softskins. The soldatini are ESCI/ERTL ed Airfix German Fallschirmjäger, fanteria, e logistics personnel. The 7.5 cm assault gun in the lower left corner is a rebuilt Fujimi amoured personnel carrier. The Bergepanther recovery vehicle in the top left corner is a conversion.
Departure for the Gelderlands shows seven C-47 transport planes of 38th Group, con elements of 1st Parachute Division britannico emplaning. The planes are Airfix, e they require a lot more detail work than expected. The airstrip is near completion.
This is the Wide Part, an aerial e ground level view of XXX Corps, bottlenecked south of Eindhoven. I veicoli e soldatini are completed. The diorama includes over 50 carri medi, autoblindi, e related softskins.
Assemblage del 2o battaglione, 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 soldatini purchased from Drew's Militia, except for the figure 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, cannoni anticarro six-pounder, e related support armi.
Arnhem at Dusk is a night scene portraying the lead elements of 2o Battaglione Paracadutisti 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 quattro feet wide, the Hartenstein diorama is based on the classic Spitfire recon photograph of the northern end after the ill-fated German attack. 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 con over 200 paracadutisti shown in the act of defending Arnhem Bridge. The soldatini e veicoli are completed.
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