Diorama Gallery 4
I used a 4Mpix Canon Powershot S410 for taking these photos.
I edited all photos in Photoshop to reduce size. I also added cigarette smoke and fire in the barrel. A simple way to make such effects: 1. In Photoshop add a new layer, and draw smoke lines with airbrush. 2. Reduce transparency until you feel it looks like thin smoke. And it’s done! For making smoke above the barrel, I used two layers, one with darker fumes, and then experimented with transparency of both layers until the resulting combination started to look like real smoke. When you save the picture with such layers, it will be saved in .psd format. I used AcdSee to convert the .psd photo into .jpeg.
In February, 2005 I took part in The Fourth Diorama and Scale Model Contest in Kharkiv. The event took place at the Malysheva Factory, the one which designed and built T-34 during the World War II. My contest entries included 3 dioramas. I was awarded with a diploma titled "The Most Original Diorama Collection". The prize also included a stereo cassette recorder and two books about the Malysheva Factory. I hadn't received any prizes for my dioramas before so you can imagine my joy.
After the awards ceremony, the modelers were taken on excursion around the factory. We were shown various vehicles, produced or developed by the Factory. The most exciting thing was Bulat, a modern version of T-64B ( you can find information and photos at http://www.morozov.com.ua/eng/body/bulat.php?menu=m1.php ). It was driven out of a big hangar and looked brand new. Taking photos was not allowed. I was permitted to get inside the turret and seated myself on the commander's seat. The tank commander kindly answered my questions about some of the tank's features. After this closer look, I left the turret and we were shown a demostration of the tank's speed and manoeuvreability.