I wanted this diorama to be visually compelling from any angle, not just from the front. That meant serious detailing of the interiors: flooring, beds, tables, bathroom fixtures, etc. I scratchbuilt a refrigerated meat display case and shelving for the butcher shop; magazine shelves for the tobacco shop; file cabinets with open drawers and schedule board for the second floor "Boschert Buro"; and miniature scale building plans and file cabinets for the architect's office. The interior wall of the church was detailed with Verlinden's self-adhesive "marble" paper and stained glass windows, and additional woodwork made from plastic card.
One of the most challenging aspects was building the staircase for the corner house, which led both to the second floor as well as down to the basement, from which the captured German soldiers emerge. The second floor was a good place to put Verlinden's bathroom furniture set (#946), and set the stage for an interesting confrontation between one of the GI's and a sniper.
There's a considerable amount of work involved dressing these buildings. While the two Verlinden city houses came with resin window frames, both the frames and the window openings had to be cleaned up so they would mate correctly. Other windows had to be framed and trimmed with plastic stock. Curtains came from Hudson & Allen, as did several pieces of exposed plumbing.
the buildings were demolished, it was necessary to create the attendant debris:
rubble of brick, stone, joists, beams and flooring. I build several broken sections
of wall, with framing, lathe, and plaster, and similar representations of destroyed