Home > Model Military > Esci Scale

Esci Scale

June 28th, 2011 admin

what ww2 battle should I do for a diorama?

I want to do something with lots of fighting in a city. I want at least three groups of people. And i can't find many soldier packs with winter gear, so I would like it in any other season. I really want to get into this and would really appreciate the help.

DML (Dragon) makes many kits in 1/35 with German soldiers in winter gear. Allied soldiers in winter kit are less common but various manufacturers produce them in resin while Tamiya and Zvezda are good sources in plastic. Miniart make a number of fine building sets and diorama bases once you get the hang of working with vacuform. Verlinden used to be good but their quality has declined dramatically with changes in ownership.

Stalingrad or 3rd Battle of Kharkov are obvious settings for an urban eastern front winter scene. Not so much urban winter fighting in the west. For summer there is all sorts of choice on both fronts.

I enjoy making WW2 dio's mostly in 1/35 scale and have been doing it since I was a kid. Although my very first diorama was a "battle scene" (the ubiquitous Tamiya 1/35 scale FLAK 88 with crew - which I highly recommend for anyone's first diorama even if it is an "old" kit) I prefer to do before or after the battle scene's. I can tell better stories that way than I can with guys just slugging it out with each other. The key is deciding what story you want to tell. Just having a buch of guys scattered about pointing guns at each other is not effective story telling and will not keep the attention of the viewer. 3 groups of people? How is that going to work?

One of my early ones was of German solidiers raiding a French farmhouse chasing Partisans (old ESCI figures, long OOP). It was simple: German soldiers jumping out of a truck to attack the objective, Partisans hiding inside the building ready to defend. The focus was clear as was the story. In another I used a German anti-tank gun on an embankment with American soldiers crawling through the brush below about to lob grenades into the position with the defenders completely unaware. Again, simple and with a clear narrative. The one i am working on now has German soldiers jumping out of a slit trench to attach magnetic mines to a Soviet tank as it drives by. The great danger to both being the obvious focal point. Not to say that big battle scene's can not be done and done well, but one has to be careful to not just make it a random jumble.

I like Miniart and in particular Masterbox who are fabulous at making "diorama in a box" figure sets. This one in particular I think is brilliant. It isn't a combat scene, but it is about to be.

http://www.mbltd.info/3571.htm

If you have not been there yet I highly recommend the forums at Armorama. Lots of very helpful folks there and lots of great ideas.

http://www.armorama.com/

ESCI French CUIRASSIERS Napoleonic Wars Model 235 1 72 Scale Factory SEALED S27
ESCI French CUIRASSIERS Napoleonic Wars Model 235 1 72 Scale Factory SEALED S27
$11.95
Time Remaining: 10h 10m
Buy It Now for only: $11.95

2 CM FLAK 30 ANTI AIRCRAFT ASSEMBLY KIT 1990s 1 35 scale Esci Italy
2 CM FLAK 30 ANTI AIRCRAFT ASSEMBLY KIT 1990s 1 35 scale Esci Italy
$12.99
Time Remaining: 11h 35m
Buy It Now for only: $12.99

GERMAN STURMTRUPPEN SAPPERS UNIT ASSEMBLY KIT 1990s 1 35 scale Esci Italy
GERMAN STURMTRUPPEN SAPPERS UNIT ASSEMBLY KIT 1990s 1 35 scale Esci Italy
$12.99
Time Remaining: 11h 48m
Buy It Now for only: $12.99

ESCI ERTL  FRENCH ARTILLERY NAPOLEONIC WARS WATERLOO 1815  1 72 SCALE
ESCI ERTL FRENCH ARTILLERY NAPOLEONIC WARS WATERLOO 1815 1 72 SCALE
$5.75
Time Remaining: 13h

ESCI ERTL  TANK STURMGESCHUTZ III  1 72 SCALE FROM 1983 VINTAGE
ESCI ERTL TANK STURMGESCHUTZ III 1 72 SCALE FROM 1983 VINTAGE
$5.95
Time Remaining: 13h

Esci Ertl German Half Track Sd Kfz 250 3 172 Scale Model 8027
Esci Ertl German Half Track Sd Kfz 250 3 172 Scale Model 8027
$15.98
Time Remaining: 14h 44m
Buy It Now for only: $15.98

ESCI CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS American Civil War 172 Scale Plastic Resin 223
ESCI CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS American Civil War 172 Scale Plastic Resin 223
$3.50
Time Remaining: 17h 7m

Esci German Half Track Hanomag Sd Kfz 251 16 Model 8055 New 172 Scale Italy
Esci German Half Track Hanomag Sd Kfz 251 16 Model 8055 New 172 Scale Italy
$9.99
Time Remaining: 1d 3h 24m
Buy It Now for only: $14.99

172 SCALE ESCI MIG 29 FULCRUM FIGHTER WITH FIGURES NEW
172 SCALE ESCI MIG 29 FULCRUM FIGHTER WITH FIGURES NEW
$5.99
Time Remaining: 1d 5h 31m

148 SCALE ESCI FRENCH AD4 AD4 W TARGET TOWING FRENCH SWEDISH AIRCRAFT NEW
148 SCALE ESCI FRENCH AD4 AD4 W TARGET TOWING FRENCH SWEDISH AIRCRAFT NEW
$18.50
Time Remaining: 1d 5h 31m

ESCI 1 72 SCALE MIL MI 24 HIND D COMBAT HELICOPTER PLASTIC MODEL KIT 9069
ESCI 1 72 SCALE MIL MI 24 HIND D COMBAT HELICOPTER PLASTIC MODEL KIT 9069
$19.97
Time Remaining: 1d 8h 2m
Buy It Now for only: $19.97

ESCI ERTL 1 48 SCALE FAIRCHILD A10 THUNDERBOLT 8200 8241
ESCI ERTL 1 48 SCALE FAIRCHILD A10 THUNDERBOLT 8200 8241
$27.99
Time Remaining: 1d 9h 21m
Buy It Now for only: $27.99

ESCI 1 Ton German Half Track Demag D7 1 35 Scale Model WW2
ESCI 1 Ton German Half Track Demag D7 1 35 Scale Model WW2
$9.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 9h 47m

M113 A1 APC ESCI ERTL 1980S SCALE 1 720
M113 A1 APC ESCI ERTL 1980S SCALE 1 720
$19.99
Time Remaining: 1d 10h 51m
Buy It Now for only: $19.99

ESCI F 100D Thunderbirds 1 72 scale kit
ESCI F 100D Thunderbirds 1 72 scale kit
$7.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 11h 49m

ESCI F 100D Super Sabre 1 72 scale kit
ESCI F 100D Super Sabre 1 72 scale kit
$7.99
Time Remaining: 1d 11h 57m
Buy It Now for only: $11.99

ESCI ERTL 1983 9094 EFA w Ground Crew and Pilot 172 Scale OPEN BOX NEW
ESCI ERTL 1983 9094 EFA w Ground Crew and Pilot 172 Scale OPEN BOX NEW
$12.99
Time Remaining: 1d 12h 12m
Buy It Now for only: $12.99

Esci ertl 135 scale model 5001 smoke unit and nebelwerfer 41 Vintage rare
Esci ertl 135 scale model 5001 smoke unit and nebelwerfer 41 Vintage rare
$12.84
Time Remaining: 1d 12h 14m

Vintage Armor Esci German Tank Destroyer Elefant 1 72 Scale Model Kit
Vintage Armor Esci German Tank Destroyer Elefant 1 72 Scale Model Kit
$19.99
Time Remaining: 1d 14h 4m
Buy It Now for only: $19.99

Vintage Scale Craft ESCI 1 48 Scale F 100D Super Sabre Factory Sealed Kit 4008
Vintage Scale Craft ESCI 1 48 Scale F 100D Super Sabre Factory Sealed Kit 4008
$15.00
Time Remaining: 1d 16h 11m

ESCI ERTL T 62 M TANK 172 SCALE MODEL KIT MILITARY TANK COMPLETE
ESCI ERTL T 62 M TANK 172 SCALE MODEL KIT MILITARY TANK COMPLETE
$10.95 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 16h 26m

ESCI SCALE CRAFT SC4007 1 48 ISRAEL AIRCRAFT INDKFIR C2 YOUNG LION MODEL KIT
ESCI SCALE CRAFT SC4007 1 48 ISRAEL AIRCRAFT INDKFIR C2 YOUNG LION MODEL KIT
$28.99
Time Remaining: 1d 19h 50m
Buy It Now for only: $28.99

F 15 B Two Seater ESCI ERTL 1 72 Scale Model Kit 9084 Fighter Airplane NEW USA
F 15 B Two Seater ESCI ERTL 1 72 Scale Model Kit 9084 Fighter Airplane NEW USA
$10.00
Time Remaining: 2d 4h 55m
Buy It Now for only: $10.00

Ertl B 26B Maurauder ESCI 1 48 scale
Ertl B 26B Maurauder ESCI 1 48 scale
$2.25 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 5h 19m

BMW R 75 A 1 SOLO 1 9th scale ESCI
BMW R 75 A 1 SOLO 1 9th scale ESCI
$110.00
Time Remaining: 2d 6h 23m
Buy It Now for only: $110.00

Esci Ertl T55 A Tank 1 35 Scale Model Kit no decals
Esci Ertl T55 A Tank 1 35 Scale Model Kit no decals
$9.99
Time Remaining: 2d 10h 31m

Lot of Two German Military Soldiers WW2 Model Kits in 1 72 Scale by ESCi Ertl
Lot of Two German Military Soldiers WW2 Model Kits in 1 72 Scale by ESCi Ertl
$19.95
Time Remaining: 2d 11h 33m
Buy It Now for only: $19.95

M4 A1 Sherman Tank ESCI ERTL Model Kit 172 Scale
M4 A1 Sherman Tank ESCI ERTL Model Kit 172 Scale
$9.50
Time Remaining: 2d 13h 4m

ESCI 1 72 scale M113 A1 APC US German Army Military Armor Model Kit Cold War
ESCI 1 72 scale M113 A1 APC US German Army Military Armor Model Kit Cold War
$6.50 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 13h 32m

ERTL 1 72 scale M4A1 Sherman US Army Tank WWII Military Armor Model Kit ESCI
ERTL 1 72 scale M4A1 Sherman US Army Tank WWII Military Armor Model Kit ESCI
$6.50 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 13h 32m

ESCI 1 72 scale SdKfz251 7C Assault Bridge German Army WWII Military Model
ESCI 1 72 scale SdKfz251 7C Assault Bridge German Army WWII Military Model
$6.50 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 13h 32m

ESCI 1 72 scale Hanomag Half Track SdKfz 251 1 German Army WWII Military Model
ESCI 1 72 scale Hanomag Half Track SdKfz 251 1 German Army WWII Military Model
$7.39 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 13h 32m

ESCI 1 72 scale Armor Half Track SdKfz250 10 German Army WWII Military Model
ESCI 1 72 scale Armor Half Track SdKfz250 10 German Army WWII Military Model
$6.50 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 13h 32m

ESCI 1 72 scale 3 ton Half Track SdKfz11 German Army WWII Military Model Kit
ESCI 1 72 scale 3 ton Half Track SdKfz11 German Army WWII Military Model Kit
$6.50 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 13h 32m

ESCI 1 72 scale M4 A1 Sherman US Army Tank WWII Military Armor Model Kit 8308
ESCI 1 72 scale M4 A1 Sherman US Army Tank WWII Military Armor Model Kit 8308
$5.72 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 2d 13h 32m

AHM 1 72 scale Panther G German Army Tank WWII Military Armor Model Kit ESCI
AHM 1 72 scale Panther G German Army Tank WWII Military Armor Model Kit ESCI
$7.39 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 13h 32m

ESCI 1 72 scale JagdPanzer IV German Army Tank WWII Military Armor Model Kit
ESCI 1 72 scale JagdPanzer IV German Army Tank WWII Military Armor Model Kit
$6.50 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 13h 32m

ESCI 1 72 scale 35 T Skoda German Army Tank WWII Military Armor Model Kit old
ESCI 1 72 scale 35 T Skoda German Army Tank WWII Military Armor Model Kit old
$5.72 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 13h 32m

Esci Ertl Dragon BMW R75 Motorcycle 1 9 scale
Esci Ertl Dragon BMW R75 Motorcycle 1 9 scale
$89.00
Time Remaining: 2d 13h 40m
Buy It Now for only: $89.00

ESCI Sandy A 1H Vietnam 148 scale kit 4075
ESCI Sandy A 1H Vietnam 148 scale kit 4075
$14.00
Time Remaining: 2d 14h 25m
Buy It Now for only: $25.00

Esci Model kits LOT of 8 US 240 204 216 239 8367 5501 172 135 scale NIB
Esci Model kits LOT of 8 US 240 204 216 239 8367 5501 172 135 scale NIB
$45.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 2d 14h 42m

Esci Modern US Soldiers Kit No 239 172 scale Factory Sealed NIB
Esci Modern US Soldiers Kit No 239 172 scale Factory Sealed NIB
$19.99
Time Remaining: 2d 14h 51m

F 4 BICENTENNIAL PHANTOM ERTL ESCI 1 48 SCALE
F 4 BICENTENNIAL PHANTOM ERTL ESCI 1 48 SCALE
$25.00
Time Remaining: 2d 15h 25m

Esci F 18 Hornet 1 72 scale SC9001
Esci F 18 Hornet 1 72 scale SC9001
$8.95
Time Remaining: 3d 4h 31m

ESCI ERTL Model Kit 9057 LTV A 7D Corsair II USA 1 72 Scale SEALED M7
ESCI ERTL Model Kit 9057 LTV A 7D Corsair II USA 1 72 Scale SEALED M7
$12.95
Time Remaining: 3d 5h 30m
Buy It Now for only: $12.95

ESCI ERTL F 16 Electric Fighter Jet 1 72 Scale SEALED Model Kit A173
ESCI ERTL F 16 Electric Fighter Jet 1 72 Scale SEALED Model Kit A173
$12.95
Time Remaining: 3d 5h 41m
Buy It Now for only: $12.95

ESCI ERTL Harrier GR5 Jet 1 72 Scale SEALED Model Kit A180
ESCI ERTL Harrier GR5 Jet 1 72 Scale SEALED Model Kit A180
$12.95
Time Remaining: 3d 5h 58m
Buy It Now for only: $12.95

Esci Ertl F 111A AARDVARK 1 72 Scale SEALED Model Kit A261
Esci Ertl F 111A AARDVARK 1 72 Scale SEALED Model Kit A261
$15.95
Time Remaining: 3d 5h 58m
Buy It Now for only: $15.95

ESCI ERLT Desert Storm Panavia Tornado 200 MRCA 1 48 Scale SEALED Model Kit A65
ESCI ERLT Desert Storm Panavia Tornado 200 MRCA 1 48 Scale SEALED Model Kit A65
$24.95
Time Remaining: 3d 6h 9m
Buy It Now for only: $24.95

ESCI ERTL LTV A 7D Corsair II 1 72 Scale SEALED Model Kit A218
ESCI ERTL LTV A 7D Corsair II 1 72 Scale SEALED Model Kit A218
$13.95
Time Remaining: 3d 6h 13m
Buy It Now for only: $13.95

ESCI ERTL Model Kit 9091 F 16 Electric Fighter 1 72 Scale USA SEALED M135
ESCI ERTL Model Kit 9091 F 16 Electric Fighter 1 72 Scale USA SEALED M135
$12.95
Time Remaining: 3d 6h 13m
Buy It Now for only: $12.95

ESCI ERTL Model Kit 9005 AB 205 Transport 172 Scale SEALED M89
ESCI ERTL Model Kit 9005 AB 205 Transport 172 Scale SEALED M89
$12.95
Time Remaining: 3d 6h 13m
Buy It Now for only: $12.95

ESCI ERTL Kamov Hokum 1 72 Scale SEALED Model Kit A150
ESCI ERTL Kamov Hokum 1 72 Scale SEALED Model Kit A150
$12.95
Time Remaining: 3d 6h 13m
Buy It Now for only: $12.95

ESCI ERTL Desert Storm F 18A Hornet 1 72 Scale Model Kit A131
ESCI ERTL Desert Storm F 18A Hornet 1 72 Scale Model Kit A131
$15.95
Time Remaining: 3d 6h 13m
Buy It Now for only: $15.95

ESCI ERTL Model Kit 9065 Harrier GR5 172 Scale SEALED M87
ESCI ERTL Model Kit 9065 Harrier GR5 172 Scale SEALED M87
$15.95
Time Remaining: 3d 6h 13m
Buy It Now for only: $15.95

ESCI ERTL Model Kit 9039 tornado Panavia IDS 172 Scale SEALED M88
ESCI ERTL Model Kit 9039 tornado Panavia IDS 172 Scale SEALED M88
$12.95
Time Remaining: 3d 6h 13m
Buy It Now for only: $12.95

ESCI ERTL F 16A Fighting Falcon 1 48 Scale SEALED Model Kit A144
ESCI ERTL F 16A Fighting Falcon 1 48 Scale SEALED Model Kit A144
$19.95
Time Remaining: 3d 6h 17m
Buy It Now for only: $19.95

ESCI ERTL Model Kit 9073 Kamov Hokum 1 72 Scale USA SEALED M215
ESCI ERTL Model Kit 9073 Kamov Hokum 1 72 Scale USA SEALED M215
$12.95
Time Remaining: 3d 6h 21m
Buy It Now for only: $12.95

ESCI Model Kit 9002 Strike Fighter Tornado 1 72 Scale Made in Italy SEALED M220
ESCI Model Kit 9002 Strike Fighter Tornado 1 72 Scale Made in Italy SEALED M220
$19.95
Time Remaining: 3d 6h 24m
Buy It Now for only: $19.95

ESCI Scale Craft Model Kit Fieseler Fi156C Storch
ESCI Scale Craft Model Kit Fieseler Fi156C Storch
$20.00
Time Remaining: 3d 9h 11m
Buy It Now for only: $20.00

ESCI Scale Craft Model Kit Morane MS502 Criquet French Storch
ESCI Scale Craft Model Kit Morane MS502 Criquet French Storch
$20.00
Time Remaining: 3d 9h 18m
Buy It Now for only: $20.00

MB 326 Landing Gear For 1 48th Scale Italeri ESCI Model SAC 48194
MB 326 Landing Gear For 1 48th Scale Italeri ESCI Model SAC 48194
$14.95
Time Remaining: 3d 9h 48m
Buy It Now for only: $14.95

ESCI ERTL T55 A M Soviet 135 scale model tank free shipping
ESCI ERTL T55 A M Soviet 135 scale model tank free shipping
$30.00
Time Remaining: 3d 10h 36m
Buy It Now for only: $40.00

1 35 ESCI SdKfz10 4 20mm AA Self Propelled Gun 1 35 scale 5018
1 35 ESCI SdKfz10 4 20mm AA Self Propelled Gun 1 35 scale 5018
$12.00
Time Remaining: 3d 11h 11m

ESCI SdKfz10 4 20mm AA Self Propelled Gun 1 35 scale 5018
ESCI SdKfz10 4 20mm AA Self Propelled Gun 1 35 scale 5018
$10.99
Time Remaining: 3d 12h 27m

Esci Saab AJ 37 Viggen Jet Fighter 1 48 scale Bagged Kit
Esci Saab AJ 37 Viggen Jet Fighter 1 48 scale Bagged Kit
$15.50 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3d 14h 26m

NEW ESCI 1 35 SCALE MODEL No5009  PARTISANS  RESISTANCE GROUP FACTORY SEALED
NEW ESCI 1 35 SCALE MODEL No5009 PARTISANS RESISTANCE GROUP FACTORY SEALED
$9.99
Time Remaining: 3d 14h 50m

ESCI ER VINTAGE AIRCRAFT  NIEUPORT 17C  1 72 SCALE MIB
ESCI ER VINTAGE AIRCRAFT NIEUPORT 17C 1 72 SCALE MIB
$10.99
Time Remaining: 4d 2h 49m
Buy It Now for only: $15.99

Prestige Series Aurora ESCI 1 72 Scale Opel Blitz Vehicle WWII Model Kit
Prestige Series Aurora ESCI 1 72 Scale Opel Blitz Vehicle WWII Model Kit
$9.99
Time Remaining: 4d 3h 38m
Buy It Now for only: $12.99

ESCI WWII A22 CHURCHILL TANK 1 35 SCALE VTG BUILT MODELKIT TAMIYAITALERIDRAGON
ESCI WWII A22 CHURCHILL TANK 1 35 SCALE VTG BUILT MODELKIT TAMIYAITALERIDRAGON
$10.00
Time Remaining: 4d 10h 52m

ITALERI WWII US M3A1 TANK 1 35 SCALE BUILT MODELKITNO TAMIYADRAGONESCI
ITALERI WWII US M3A1 TANK 1 35 SCALE BUILT MODELKITNO TAMIYADRAGONESCI
$10.00
Time Remaining: 4d 10h 56m

ITALERI WWII US M3A1 TANK 1 35 SCALE BUILT MODELKITNO TAMIYADRAGONESCI
ITALERI WWII US M3A1 TANK 1 35 SCALE BUILT MODELKITNO TAMIYADRAGONESCI
$10.00
Time Remaining: 4d 10h 58m

TAMIYA BRITISH SAS JEEP 1 35 SCALE VTG BUILT MODELKITNO ITALERIESCIACCADEMY
TAMIYA BRITISH SAS JEEP 1 35 SCALE VTG BUILT MODELKITNO ITALERIESCIACCADEMY
$10.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 4d 11h 3m

TAMIYA US M4 SHERMAN 1 35 SCALE VTG BUILT MODELKITNO ITALERIESCIACCADEMY
TAMIYA US M4 SHERMAN 1 35 SCALE VTG BUILT MODELKITNO ITALERIESCIACCADEMY
$10.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 4d 11h 4m

ITALERI WWII US M4A3 SHERMAN TANK 1 35 SCALE VTG BUILT MODELKITNO TAMIYAESCI
ITALERI WWII US M4A3 SHERMAN TANK 1 35 SCALE VTG BUILT MODELKITNO TAMIYAESCI
$10.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 4d 11h 10m

VINTAGE ESCI SPAD XIII FIGHTER PLANE 1 72 SCALE MODEL KIT 9018 ITALY CLASSIC
VINTAGE ESCI SPAD XIII FIGHTER PLANE 1 72 SCALE MODEL KIT 9018 ITALY CLASSIC
$9.99
Time Remaining: 4d 11h 45m
Buy It Now for only: $9.99


Comments are closed.