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#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


Diorama Construction

Building the base


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Credits and References

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This page is a web-friendly rendering of my project notes shared in the LEAP GitHub repository.

LEAP is just my personal collection of projects. Two main themes have emerged in recent years, sometimes combined:

  • electronics - usually involving an Arduino or other microprocessor in one way or another. Some are full-blown projects, while many are trivial breadboard experiments, intended to learn and explore something interesting
  • scale modelling - I caught the bug after deciding to build a Harrier during covid to demonstrate an electronic jet engine simulation. Let the fun begin..
To be honest, I haven't quite figured out if these two interests belong in the same GitHub repo or not. But for now - they are all here!

Projects are often inspired by things found wild on the net, or ideas from the many great electronics and scale modelling podcasts and YouTube channels. Feel free to borrow liberally, and if you spot any issues do let me know (or send a PR!). See the individual projects for credits where due.