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Dealing with my hanger issues. 1/48 Scratch built Hanger dio.

Rivet counters are advised to give this one a miss. You know it's only going to upset you.

I've been itching to scratch build something for quite some time now. I thoroughly enjoyed building my RAF hut last year. And as a cross section through a building shows more of it's contents, I wanted to try something similar, but on a grander scale. As I build quite a few Luftwaffe subjects I decided to build some sort of rough and ready field hanger based on a barn like structure that most competent chippies at the time would be able to cobble together relatively easily and quite quickly. After I'd already come to this decision I found something similar online which helped.

If some of the models look familiar, that's because this is more of a photo prop rather than a finished diorama. The models are all old builds and they will change over time. So you will be seeing this again in the future.

It's 1/48 scale and it took four months in total to build, but I was doing quite


Daniel Klink
a 1/48 Puppet house? 😉
Ah ok now i got it 👍 Looks very cool gorby
30 December 2018, 17:06
Good pictures! I prefer No. 4,5,15,17,22.
30 December 2018, 20:10
Wow.. spectacular.
30 December 2018, 20:28
Tom ...
Fantastic. Very enjoyable slide show too 🙂
30 December 2018, 20:28
What a fun looking diorama. I like it.
30 December 2018, 20:33
Real soil but it won't be 48 scale
30 December 2018, 23:01
Thanks everyone, I had great fun planning and building it, if you haven't done a dio before I very much recommend it.
@Wilky, I only used the 1/48 bits, I had to sieve out all that nasty 1/32 and 1/1 scale soil. Who knew my local hobby store was in the back garden!
31 December 2018, 07:53
Fantastic dio
31 December 2018, 08:00
Phew, I was worried there for a while
31 December 2018, 10:08
Daniel Klink
Pic 2 is my abolute favorite 🙂;)
31 December 2018, 10:24
Thomas Bischoff
👍 👍 👍
31 December 2018, 10:37
Thanks for your comments mates - glad you like it. 🙂
31 December 2018, 14:04
Are the lights on the ceiling scratch build?
31 December 2018, 14:41
@Coporado: Yes they are, but the don't work. I did consider fitting led bulbs in them but I eventually decided against it.
31 December 2018, 15:50
i honestly do not not know you you dared to do something like this gorbygould... how you dare to completely nail a fantastic diorama again? 🙂 man, this is truly impressive! i do not know if some pieces should be together or not , neither do i care. i love it as it is. funny that "owners guide to " in picture 1. to the stuka maybe? seriously great job on that roof and wooden beams. and of course all the rest of the details. great work on the figures. well the guy next to the 8.8 seems a bit stiff to be relax against the wall... sorry i had to do some rivet counting 😄 😄
4 January 2019, 01:14
May you share which material you did use for the lights? Had lots of test runs for 1/35 with aluminium foil (and lots of take away food) but unfortunately not satisfying (except the food) 🙂
4 January 2019, 04:58
Thanks very much Spanjaard, what a gent you are. The Haynes manual in pic 1 is actually for the Bf 109, but unfortunately my knackered old printer can't print fine enough for the picture to be made out clearly. I think the 'stiff' chap must have frozen on watch duty overnight and the others haven't noticed yet - he was never one for talking anyway. That's my story anyway. 😉

@Coporado: I'm not sure if you mean the light bulb or the light shade. The shade was made from 0.5mm plasticard made into a cone with the help of this site:

The round bit on the top of the cone are 1/48 British helmets left over from my last dio. The whole lot was then spayed with Alclad Steel.
The bulb is just a piece of clear sprue filed to shape and polished. On closer inspection it doesn't look like a bulb of course, but it's fine for what I need. Hope that helps.
4 January 2019, 11:17
Thanks for sharing that interesting method, will give that a try definitely
4 January 2019, 18:16
Moritz Fentzahn
Top work, mate. 👍 love your wooden hangar construction
8 January 2019, 18:05
Thanks very much Moritz. I've some way to go before I get to your level though. 🙂
8 January 2019, 19:10
Christian W
I like the hangar, i like the Natter, the people on the diorama. It's cool. I agree with "it don't has to be historical accurate". There must be a way of "everything is allowed". Like your thinking. I'm just looking at the pictures and what I see. If it's well built, who cares, what's not 100% right?
21 May 2019, 07:31
Chris Greathouse
I like it... shows a nice scene. great job!
21 May 2019, 07:37
Thanks mates! 🙂
Christian: I haven't got a problem if some people want historically accurate models, but it isn't something that interests me. There's not a lot in life that I take seriously and modelling certainly isn't one of them. I tend to go with the 'If I like it then it's fine' line of thought. 😉
21 May 2019, 16:25
Laurent "HELLER-forever"
21 May 2019, 17:14
21 May 2019, 17:25
Stephan Ryll
Very nice idea with a lot of detail and of cause great craftsmanship 🙂 I like it a lot 👍
21 May 2019, 18:18
Christian Lehmann
How could I miss this until now? Well done. 👍
22 May 2019, 04:46
Thanks very much everyone. 🙂
Christian: It's all too easy to miss stuff on Scalemates. I've long thought it would be good to have a 'Completed Builds' tab at the top of the page, which only has finished projects. It would make it much easier to find them.
22 May 2019, 15:16
Bryn Crandell
Great looking diorama. Lots of detail.
22 May 2019, 16:29
Shawn McDonie
Just wow.... Wish I could build something like that
22 May 2019, 17:27
Lee Fogel
WOW! That is a stunning diorama! Very nice work
22 May 2019, 18:06
Thanks very muck mates! 🙂
Shawn: I didn't know that I could until I tried, give it a go, you might surprise yourself. At the very least you'll learn from your mistakes - as I did from my first dio.
23 May 2019, 16:31
Murad ÖZER
w00t! 👍👍👍
23 May 2019, 18:05
Thanks Murad! 🙂
24 May 2019, 15:35
Jean-Michel Tilquin
Very nice work! I admire the people who dare scratchbuild (I don't (yet))
5 July 2019, 17:18
Thanks Jean- Michel. With your modelling skills you should have no problem scratch-building. Give it a go, if you're anything like me you'll love it. 🙂
6 July 2019, 17:01
Great to see this beautiful dio again!
22 November 2021, 21:07
Dominik Weitzer
super diorama!
23 November 2021, 13:22
Thanks very much Spanjaard and Dominik. 👍
23 November 2021, 15:16
James C
Fantastic diorama scene Gorby 👍
23 November 2021, 16:49
Urban Gardini
Looking great, there's a lot I like and one thing that I don't like. I love the loo with Charlie Chaplin as the Dictator but look at #20, the propeller and the canopy frame is sort of floating in the air over the grass.
23 November 2021, 17:09
It's a well know fact that due to war time shortages the Luftwaffe ran low on gravity as well as fuel. round the side by the woodshed was considered to be the ideal place to borrow some gravity for places where it was more in need - like holding down sheep so that they didn't drift away as small clouds.
Really, honest. 😉
23 November 2021, 17:27
Urban Gardini
23 November 2021, 22:13
I think this one deserves to be put back to the top agen for all to see even if the soil isent right and there is a few rivets missing
Fantastic work
15 March, 06:19
Thanks very much Jv. 🙂
If you'd like to see more/different photos of it:
Feeble excuse to post some pics of previous builds | Album by gorby
15 March, 09:32
When I see nice builds like this I always look at other builds the person has done
I see you have done some very nice builds
This one is just so much in one
I would have to say the hanger is something else
Very well done and makes it interesting
In this there is so much to look at all very well done
Thanks for sharing
15 March, 10:05
Thanks again Jv.
15 March, 10:09
Dominik Weitzer
Awesome! That is a exquisite diorama!
15 March, 12:26
Thanks Dominik, I enjoyed doing it.
15 March, 14:41


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