Issue 4 focuses on the art of dioramas, vignettes, figures and groundwork. Making dioramas or vignettes is really something that requires another set of skills on top of what is used in building a static model. This issue will help to guide you through some of the methods and techniques as well as inspire you to dream up your own scenes in which you can display your hard work.

In this issue we have a great selection of work starting with Yngve Sjodin’s Museum in Miniature. The editor walks you through the complete build of a small vignette with Art of Vignette followed by Rob Ferreria’s Knocked out and Dusty. Steven Zuleski’s Knock and Talk Diorama is our cover feature this issue and you will be sure to learn many great tips and techniques from it’s pages. John Simmons returns to the pages of SMA with Echo Base while Jorge Porto del Corall makes his first appearance with Tea Time after the Battle. Finally Alexander Glass shares his collaboration with Slava Trudu in the construction of two amazing aircraft hangar dioramas in Reimahg.

As for our regulars, Scott shows us his Middle East diorama in Tales from the Mancave. Lukasz Ziolkowski pens this issue’s In Detail with a figure painting tutorial while the Editor turns his attention to a Celticwerks resin base in From the Ground Up. Finally John Simmons paints and weathers a 1/72 Panzer 3 in The War Room. Charles King shares his “SLUM” diorama in Show and Tell and Scott rants a bit in The Goal is Completion.

Take your time and soak in not only the eye candy on display but devour each article’s text in order to begin shaping your own ideas and methods for taking your model kit to another level.

For more information on this and other publications from SMA click here.

Kenny Conklin – Model Builder International – 

Categories: MBI NEWS

Kenny Conklin

Kenny is one of the founders of Hobby Link International Inc. a publishing company of hobby related magazines and websites. Kenny has been building models since he is a boy and has continued the hobby to this day. He is also an editor of Model Builder International (MBI) and SciFiantasy magazines and websites. You can contact Kenny at


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