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Dioramas Worldwide Provides Differing Perspecitve Of History

There is a worldwide modeling sub-culture that mixes skills from military model building; the scenic skills of model railroaders and a little paper crafting to create static scenes detailing a specific realm.

These are not just thrown together based on someone's imagination; the builder researches the subject matter,and the era involved.
Often, these dioramas are only a little larger than the scene's main vehicle, most likely a kit model in scales ranging from 1:24 to 1:35 sitting on a slice of germane real estate.

Some of them are 3-D backdrops that make up the entire scene. They are surrounded by the appropriate foliage, buildings pieces and figures contributing to the telling of a story.

This is a hobby off-shoot that is truly a mix of American, European Asian and other builders modeling scenes from their own individual viewpoints.


For instance there is Tatebanko, a forgotten Japanese art of creating spectacular dioramas with scenic perspective built entirely from paper.

Tatebanko was popular and widely admired from the 17th century (Edo period) to the early 20th century. Then it all but disappeared. “It’s a Beautiful Day” has now revived and reinterpreted this simple and elegant Japanese art with two new paper craft kits. The kits feature the works from two famed Edo artists - Hiroshige’s Kambara, Evening Snow and Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa.


German Diorama Store Display for Toys: Though its unclear to me exactly who produced these large diorama displays, or what stores featured them, they stand as interesting display pieces that have no U.S. counterparts. The entire ensemble consists of a plastic, terrain-like base, a heavy cardboard backdrop, and several figures and mini-rigs, all of which probably shipped together to whatever store this thing was destined to be used in


sinking of the Tirpitz

This model and diorama was build in 1983 for Marinemuseet (Naval Museum) in Norway and presented on the 40 years anniversary for the British midget submarine attack against the Tirpitz which took place 22 September 1943. The diorama is now on exhibition at the Alta Museum in Norway.


The French Foreign Legion is the subject of this model scene and it appears to be taking a shellacking from the Bedouins.


There are thousands of Chinese modelers who have taken a liking to the diorama art recreating scenes from their own history like the Qing coastal battery being assaulted by British Marines.


Slipping back over to Japan for another spectacular offering:

The livingroom is of the Showa era, which starts in 1926 and ends in 1989, as defined by the life of the Emperor Hirohito. (Thanks Wikipedia, history lesson over) The coolest thing is the working 1.5-inch color television set in it. The set itself has knobs on the side for power, volume, and A/V inputs on the back for movies or video games or whatever. According to google translate, you can't read subtitles on this set.

If you missed this on YouTube, here it is in motion:

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