#611 “That is not a toy, my boy!”
A somewhat unconventional diorama featuring an Airfix 1:35 M7 Priest, some MasterBox figures and a bonsai tree!
I’ve never been particularly interested in armor as a modelling subject per se, I have been mesmerized by the quality and range of techniques used these days for weathering and featuring armor in dioramas.
So when I won the Airfix M7 Priest kit in a contest last year, I got this idea of featuring it as a an abandoned and derelict wreck, with a young boy scrambling over it while his sister looks on. And we see the father approach and bark a stern “Get down right now. That is not a toy, my boy!”
This is how far I’ve got so far…
Airfix M7 Priest Kit
The Airfix A1368 1:35 M7 Priest is an Academy reboxing
the kit has decals and paint callouts for two schemes :
- A - Howitzer Motor Carriage M7 Priest C Battery, 78th Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Armoured Division, US 7th Army, Germany 1945.
- B - Howitzer Motor Carriage M7 Priest A Troop, 22nd Battery, 24th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery, Italy 1944.
I’m going with the Royal Artillery.
I spent a while trying to find suitable figures. I eventually settled on a set from Master Box: Civilians Western Region, WWII era MB3567
I’m using three of the figures from the kit.
Adjusting some poses and attempting to youthify the “child” from a Master Box WW2 civilians set
First pass painting these 1:35 MasterBox figures. Still trying to knock another few years off the “child”, but pretty happy how they are turning out
Building the base