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Operation Deadstick - a school project

Operation Deadstick - a school project

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Preparing the ground

Tutoring 8
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So my son’s choice for the famous battle was the Normandy Landings, not something you can do a whole diorama of, we I suggested we want a little smaller and looked at Operation Deadstick, the capture of what became known as Pegasus Bridge.

I’ve looked over many different sources to try and get somewhere in my mind that is achievable and looks good.  We are limited to a shoebox size diorama and thankfully I had a some blue modelling foam available.  I started by cutting the foam piece down to a size that would fit in the shoebox.  Then set about laying out the diorama, I wanted to make sure we could put at least two of the gliders into position along with the bridge.  I planned roughly to try and do this in 1:200 scale but that leaves the bridge at 15cm length (from 46m), which is a bit big, so I’ve abadoned an exact scale.  I draw out the bridge and road on the foam block and then cut the canal out entirely.  The next job was my son’s green paint and pva, it came out a bit bright, so a second coat was applied with a tiny amount of black in it.

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