1982 - 1/35th Scale Diorama
As I kid I was very into drawing, painting and all the other usual "art" endeavors that children enjoy. It was model making that truly drew my attention and fueled my passion to be an artist. Creating little vignettes, painting miniatures and assembling tanks, figurines and airplanes consumed hours of my time. The only photos I have of any of it are these images I took in 1982 or 1983 as part of a photography class in high school. This is a 1/35th scale diorama of a German Tiger tank in the snow. It's accompanying squad of panzergrenadiers riding along as they keep watch for the ever present danger of enemy aircraft. I tried to portray the moment they think they spot something in the sky coming their way. It took me a little over 6 months of working in my little basement work space to assemble. I took it to a model contest/show at the local mall in 1982, with it carefully balanced on the handlebars of my bicycle. I won first place in the diorama competition. When I went to get my trophy everyone was shocked that I was just a kid! I still have that trophy in my attic.