Hello everyone, I’m planning to make a diorama of a helicopter landing in the field in Afghan, supported by a ground squad. I need suggestions as to how I can make the terrain vivid and interesting without spending a hell load of money. What materials/ tools/ tricks could I use?
Put the heli in a corner (unless it’s a very big diorama or a very small helicopter - otherwise you won’t really be able to include any terrain without it looking unrealistic (with the ac landing too close to obstacles, etc).
About 1/3 of the way onto the board in both directions should work.
have you got anything in mind model wise?
Airfix do a complete Afghan models, I would look there and if you speak to Airfix they use to do a reasonable discount for youth groups to get them interested also join their club I am sure you get discount there too.
As for settings, all the above ideas are great but the old one of using fine chicken wire and paper-Mache to form your ground is good too.
I have used polyfilla and then painted it to give me bases before, for large scale walls I have used walls for in fish tanks and then weathered them have a look on Britmodeller and see what these guys do and how they do it.
one thing is make sure before you start you have a sketch of what you want to achieve, there is nothing worse than making alterations as you go then realise its all in the wrong place (experienced that) .
1:42 (or in that region) is the scale and thanks for all ideas, I was indeed looking at an airfix set thats quite good value. I was thinking of an mdf base with a material on top to create relief with the terrain detail over that.