Woodland Scenics Cabin Diorama Build in 1/72 Scale

Yet another attempt at figures and basing. This one is centered around a kit I had in the stash from Woodland Scenics, their Abandoned Log Cabin in 1/87 scale, intended for railroad modelers. I don’t recall how I came to have this one, but I looked through some scenery supplies and there it was. It is on the small side in 1/72 scale, but then there are some pretty small cabins in reality.
Along with some bags of scale vegetation, here are the white metal contents of the kit. These required some clean up with a hobby knife to remove flash and ensure the parts interlocked.
I assembled the parts with superglue and filled any unwanted gaps with Perfect Plastic Putty. The model was then primed and painted as normal, drybrushed and washed.
Zvezda makes some nice figures, here I will be using a few from their Soviet Militia set. The weapons are Soviet, but the figures could represent any European nationality from the 1930s or 1940s.
There are five figures. Two of the figures are depicted drilling with the Moisen-Nagant, which I thought a bit unusual.
The figures are molded well and have good detail. These two poses looked casual enough.
The cabin on a basic base.
For a change I used a box of trees in Fall colors which I won at a show raffle.
The finished scene. I used figures from the Caesar WWII German Cavalry Division set to offset the Zvezda irregulars.

12 thoughts on “Woodland Scenics Cabin Diorama Build in 1/72 Scale

  1. Cool! I remember how neat those kits were from my earliest days of leafing through the Walthers catalogue and daydreaming about kits I’d buy and build someday. I had their machine shop, that kit with the two little stores in it, but no others. These were such neat things that seemed rare in the hobby, then as now, for the way they used these large metal castings for walls (the machine shop was really just three or four castings with everything cast in place) so falling somewhere between the simplicity of the classic AHM-style snap together kit but with detail we might expect from something a little more involved.

    I’m so glad you found this kit in your stash, built it, and shared that with us. What a fantastic hit of memory. I love it.


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      1. Oh my gosh! Yes! Now that we’re remembering together there were more! I’m sure a few moments on Google would help me to remember but this approach is more fun. I think there was probably a moonshine still kit and one charming little station. Come to think of it wasn’t there also a really neat little open sawmill?


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  2. Great work Jeff! I have a couple of these in my stash and some other buildings, etc. from my attempts to get into being a railroad modeler and/or model railroader. (There’s a difference in my humble opinion.)
    I have considered just modeling HO scale model railroad structures on their own, with no model railroad. I was inspired to do this when I found out a well known, and long-standing cointributor to Model Railroader magazine did just that. He modeled buildings, and buildings only, and has never had a model railroad. 🙂

    Why do you think it’s unusual for Soviet militia to be drilling with Mosin-Nagants?

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  3. Thanks Warren! I have made fitful starts on HO scale layouts a couple of times. I was more interested in modeling the scenery and trains than in trying to replicate prototypical operations.

    Sorry for the ambiguity in my wording – I found the poses of the figures to be unusual, not the weapons. IMHO the most useful figures are the most casual, the “action” poses much less so. I can’t imagine how I would ever use two identical marching partisan figures. Now if they were eating their lunch or having a conversation – that I could use.

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  4. D’oh! I get it now. I too prefer casual poses. I can remember many years ago how excited I was when Tamiya first released their German soldiers at rest kit, and others followed. Finally! We could now model something other than combat.

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