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This diorama, entitled Tripwire, was inspired by my vision to make a post apocalyptic scene with a near-future vehicle set in a rubble strewn wasteland. One of the set pieces I had wanted to have was a damaged neon sign that would create a unique element to the build. It was obvious that I would need to do a lot of scratch-building to make the truck, which I call The Scavenger," as well as making the sign for this project.
The truck started as Tamiya's Quad Tractor and I scratch-built the cab, cargo box and wheel struts as well as adding brass grills and several other components such as the front and rear bumpers. The truck was given a digital disruptive camouflage paint scheme and then underwent weathering using a sponge and hairspray to apply the rust.
The sign was based on a photograph of an actual sign of a hobby store in Tokyo, which I thought would be a fitting subject, and was built from brass strips, plasticard and various "L" and "V" strips. The whole sign was under-painted rust with the addition of lighter rust colors sponged on, then hair-sprayed and airbrushed off-white. After distressing the sign I applied washes with oils and pigments. Other pieces were made and painted for the groundwork such as the street lamp from Mig Productions.
The figures were based on Dragon figures and sculpted using Milliput with various brass pieces added for detail. They were painted with acrylics and weathered to match the base colors. The base is a simple picture frame bought at a dollar store and the addition of the toxic pool was made from Woodland Scenics Realistic Water with swirls of color added in between layers using Vallejo acrylics.
I hope you enjoy this diorama as much as I had putting it together. Thank you for visiting and happy modeling.
Bruce D.
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About the Author

About bruce d (meaty_hellhound)

first time i built a model it was a hot rod and i was five year old. i painted it using blue nail polish and it was the best model i had made yet (given it was my first it wasn't that impressive). but i have tried to keep that feeling for over 40 years, each model i finish gives me the gratification...


Bruce, Would I be right in saying that you've played a bit of Fallout 3 in the past? (If you haven't, I think you'd love it!) I've been daydreaming about doing something similar, but I'm not sure what. Really great job man.
NOV 27, 2010 - 11:43 PM
Great job! The figure conversions came out great and the colors all seem to blend in well!
NOV 28, 2010 - 06:52 AM
thanks for the kind replies guys, had a lot of fun dreaming this one up. i am a gamer as well and loved Fallout 3 as well as enjoyed the atmosphere created in Metro 2033 (a great book but average game). Really appreciate the efforts of the Model Geek staff in adding this project to their site, cheers bd and happy modeling.
NOV 29, 2010 - 05:39 AM
Beautiful diorama, Bruce. The scene is well laid out and the conversion of the figures and truck excellent. Thanks for sharing
MAR 08, 2011 - 03:52 AM
Really excellent........
MAR 15, 2011 - 12:15 AM
Bruce, Well done, sir. I like the inclusion of the Berlin Urban Camo, too!
MAR 15, 2011 - 03:20 AM
I'm not into the whole si-fi theme but Bruce's build are once again amazing. Outstanding work here
MAR 15, 2011 - 03:44 AM