the Ground Plan
that, because of the excavations for the trenches and hut, I'd need
to have a suitable substrate on top of the plywood base. I used
2" foam building insulation left over from a home remodeling
project. I situated the gun first, then the cargo truck. The figures
were built up and worked around the setting, tying the gun to the
truck. In the lower left area will be a mound of empty charge canisters
and crates. The crew hut will be located in the upper right corner.
is one of the key elements of building any diorama. Even though
the base is designed with a "front" as seen above, I always
consider how the diorama may be viewed from any angle (unless designed
not to be viewed from the rear).
of my dioramas are in the range of 43" wide by 24" or
more deep (I have to remember and live with the sad
fact that they must be narrow enough to fit through doorways!).
This is the first project to provide me with the opportunity to
work in a considerably smaller space; the foam is 23 1/2" by
Italeri's 155mm Howitzer
Background on the
of the Model and References
Building the Howitzer Assembly
from the Technical Manual
of Museum 155mm Howitzer