a diorama by Bjørn Jacobsen
First of all, this was a fine way to get rid of some of my old models. The choice was the trashcan or a diorama. I chose the diorama.
For once, building the diorama was very simple.
For the base, I used a base I had used before, so no extra was needed.
The scraped aircraft was already built, just some damages was needed, like removing the canopies, some dents here and a broken wing there – and all kind of broken parts and rubbish, which I found in my spare part box.
The only model I had to build was the bulldozer (which unfortunately was of Japanese origin, but who cares, a bulldozer is a bulldozer and besides it was the only one available in 1/48).
I also threw in a Jeep and some US soldiers looking for souvenirs in the wrecked aircraft.
Then it was just to put everything on the base, and I had one of the many post war Luftwaffe graveyards on my work bench!
When the WW2 ended in Europe, what
remained of the Luftwaffe in Germany were
mostly scattered wrecks and aircraft with
empty tanks, unable to take off for the
When practically all air bases on German
soil had been taken by the allied troops,
a very large part of what was left of the
Luftwaffe had fled to Denmark and Norway.
Here they were more or less stranded due
to lack of fuel. Denmark was filled with
hundreds of Luftwaffe planes.
All types were here, trainers, fighters, night
fighters, attack planes, bombers and
Only the Me163 rocket plane was missing.
Almost all the jet bomber Ar 234 fled to
Not one single Luftwaffe plane survived
summer 1945 on Danish soil. In Norway,
the US took some of the innovative Ar 234.
The rest of the Luftwaffe planes were
The Germans had made some aircraft
which were far ahead of anything that the
Allies possessed. These German aircraft
were sorted out, placed on aircraft carriers
and shipped to the US and thoroughly
examined and flight tested.
The British simply flew them over to UK as
they weren't such a long way off.
In 1945, the raw material
situation in Europe was critical
Steel and aluminium in war equipment as
aircraft, tanks, ships, helmets, rifles, etc.
were valuable source for production of
peaceful products as tractors
and kitchen appliances.
The German aircraft were bulldozed in
large piles, crushed by tanks, melted and
turned into pots and pans or just buried in
At that time, nobody
wanted to see these aircraft in the air again – ever!
But, wrecking of aircraft was not only done
to German planes.
US and UK had produced 170.000 aircraft
Almost all of these were now obsolete, and
most of them were scraped.
For example almost all the US B-26
Marauders in Europe were simple
destroyed in place rather than bother to
bring them home.
The last 200 or so Typhoon fighters
delivered by Hawker never even flew.
They came off the assembly line fully
combat ready, were towed across the
field and scrapped.
The British was so eager to destroy the
war machines that they totally obliterated
some of their aircraft models - not a single
sample survived (example: Westland
The US did very similar things at home.
Hundreds of P-40 and P-39s stacked like
cord wood waiting to be cut up.
The US destroyed virtually all their P-47s
and P-38 and thousands of bombers were
flown to US desert waiting to be destroyed.
Only a very few propell driven fighters
(Spitfires and Mustang) was kept for some
time after the war.
But soon, a whole new type of
war-planes took to the sky:
And then the race was on again…
The diorama is 70 x 55 cm (27 x 21 in). The background is a painted cardboard
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