This diorama represents an Iranian
artillery position in Khuzestan (around Abadan) during the Iran-Iraq
war in the 1980's. The gun is a Soviet-made 122mm D-30 towed howitzer
from Libya or Syria, China or North Korea, and also Iran made
some barrels and ammunition for it.
The gun is a 1/35 kit from Pit Road
made from white metal. I added a new gun barrel from aluminum
rod turned on a lathe, and some extra details made from plastic
(mostly nuts & bolts) to make a more accurate model.
The figures are modified from Hobby Fan and Verlinden Productions,
with heads from Hornet. Some small details were also from Verlinden
Productions. Everything else was made from scratch, including
the bunker, sandbags, spare ammo, and sign. The sign is from "Bonyad-e-sezandegi"
which in Farsi means: Organization of builders", which is
the Iranian Islamic government organization responsible for making
many important earth-constructions during the war (such as this
Everything was painted with Tamiya water-based paints, which was
my first use of these paints to finish a diorama, but the figurese
skin-colors were painted with artist's oil paints. The red head-bands
were made from apoxy putty, and hand-painted with Islamic slogans
from the Iranian Revolution, as was the insignia on the helmet
of the man firing the gun.
I got this idea from an Iranian book about the war, which shows
some photographs of Iranian bunkers, and some photographs of some
Iranian artillery firing on Iraqi positions. My freind told me
about opening his mouth when there was an explosion, which helps
to regulate the pressure inside of his head...
I have no photos of Iranian D-30 howitzer,
but I have read that Iran recieved this weapon from possibly Syria
or Libya, and is manufacturing the 122mm gun and ammunition for
the D-30... so this is partly my fantasy...but it looks good,
I made the base from Styrofoam, and
the sand bags from epoxy putty. Some sand was placed on the base
after the glue was applied, and later it was painted to match
the true desert colors of Khuzestan province in Iran.....enjoy!