Just Around the Next Tree: A New Diorama by Morgan Bouwman

Since I moved from our Mapleview Mall location to Appleby Line, I’ve had the good fortune to chat much more frequently with the modellers who shop with us. It has been intriguing for me to hear about the projects they are working on and to share their passion for the hobby. There are many different motivations that keep them modelling, whether it's a general interest in history, a personal connection to the subject matter, or a desire for artistic expression.

One of our long-time regulars, Morgan Bouwman, happened by the store a while back. I learned that he has been coming to our store for model kits and supplies for years. When he brought a few paints to the counter, I asked him what he was working on, and he immediately offered to bring his latest project in from the trunk of his car. A few minutes later, he returned with an impressive diorama, about 3' x 4' in size.

The scene is a forest gully with felled timbers and a small brook running through it.  A number of deer peer from around the trees on the upper ridge.

Detail of customer model diorama featuring an abandoned German Leopard tank

Then there’s that tank!

Detail of customer model diorama featuring an abandoned German Leopard tank

A dilapidated Leopard lies shot up and crushed under a huge log in a pool of water. The turret is broken apart, and the cannon has been driven into the stream bed.

Detail of customer model diorama featuring an abandoned German Leopard tank

Morgan's weathering detail is out of this world. I’m especially impressed by the way the tank — a hulking, broken-down machine of war — blends into the landscape almost organically, as much a part of the forest as the rocks and trees around it.

Detail of customer model diorama featuring an abandoned German Leopard tank

Detail of customer model diorama featuring an abandoned German Leopard tank

A masterful job. You can check out more of Morgan's work here on our website, as well as our Facebook page.

If you have a project you’d like to share, you are more than welcome to bring it to one of our stores, send us a series of photos with a few words to describe your work, either on Facebook or by email.

Detail of customer model diorama featuring an abandoned German Leopard tank

Detail of customer model diorama featuring an abandoned German Leopard tank

 

Written By: Nick

Nick as been with Hobby and Toy Central since 2013, when he drifted into the store at Mapleview Mall as a struggling PhD graduate. Nick has a pasion for puppets, Playmobil, European-style board games, and Gundam Models.  While he does enjoy reading difficult French philosophy now and again, and still writes the occasional academic paper, he is more likely to be found chatting with veteran modellers or typing up the latest blog post for Hobby and Toy’s website as he leads the team at our location on Appleby Line in Burlington.  

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