I needed models for the Diorama.
Some were obvious, like the Apollo 12 and the US astronauts.
The German models were a little more complicated. I needed some “space-like” models, and the choice fell on the Haunebu Flying saucer, the Horten Go-229 Flying Wing, and the astronauts from Airfix, all in 1/72 scale.
The Flying Saucers could easily be a spaceship, but even if the Horton looked like a spaceship, it needed some alterations, and I amputated the wings and added rochets to the wingtips.
These could be directed vertically to make a vertical lift-off.
The Fourth Reich was probably not a friendly establishment and needed some missiles and rockets.
These were found in my left-over box and were missiles from a 1/32 model (probably from an A-7 Corsair II, but who cares, it looked like something that belonged on the Moon.
If they had flying saucers and space fighters, they also needed hangars and repair facilities.
Hangars and administration building were made of styrene sheets, and all kind of suitable leftovers was added to make it look genuine.
It was apparent that this was a military settlement, and it would be natural for the old WW2 elite to camouflage everything – so that’s what I did by painting the buildings and crafts in a three-coloured wave pattern that seems to melt nicely into the surroundings.
Likewise, the old Nazis liked to show their banners, so flags and signs of the Fourth Reich were placed on the buildings.
Of course, there was no wind on the moon, so the flags were made like it was blowing (as did the Americans).
And since they seem to have been on the moon for a while, they ought to have a life support system producing food and oxygen.
An empty Pepsi Max bottle was the solution, showing the clear doom going from the administration building and into the underground.
Inside the Pepsi bottle were people cultivating vegetables and livestock.
A 9V LED strip was used for illuminating the plant.
The parade ground in front of the buildings was made by some old patterned styrene sheets.
The decals I used were partly from the model kits, partly from my collection of left-over decals.
Both German and American Astronauts were needed.
The American Astronauts were part of the Apollo 12-kit and the Airfix 1/72 astronaut and spacemen were used as the German crew.
These were actually the same figures as in the Apollo 12 kit. To distinguish the two groups, the US Astronauts were painted white, while the German Astronauts were painted grey.
But then, I was thinking perhaps the German had help from Aliens in establishing their Lunar bases.
And why not! I used some clay, made some Aliens, baked them for 30 minutes in the oven,
painted them and suddenly, the Fourth Reich had Aliens in its midst!
When I saw how complicated this diorama turned out to be, I decided to make it even more complicated by installing some lights in the models and building.
This was made by using some small 9V LED lamps connected to a 9V battery.
The battery and switch were hidden inside the hangar and could be operated from the backside of the building.
The advantage of using 9V LEDs is that there is almost no heat from the lamps, and they can be on without any fear of overheating.
50 years ago, the American landed on the Moon.
Some believe the whole affair was a hoax, made in Hollywood.
But, I can assure you: it was real.
What they discovered on the moon, however, has been a well-kept secret all these years.
Fortunately, I am now at liberty to reveal what they found.
This diorama is an example of a work that lives its own life and evolved more or less without my participation. What I initially wanted was to make a moon landing diorama, perhaps with some surprises.
Then came the idea to place a German WW2 item on the moon, maybe a rocket or a flying saucer. The German rocket scientist was after all the best in the world and helped the Americans to build their powerful rockets after the war.
Then comes the idea that the German perhaps managed to get to the moon before the US. Perhaps they even managed to establish the Fourth Reich after the Third Rich was crushed by the allied. Maybe they even had help from Aliens. Who knows?
Well. I leave the speculations to your fantasy.
I have no idea what happened to the German WW2-Nazi Elite, the Scientists or the Aliens on the moon after the American left – they were never heard of again…
Building the Moon Base
The 115 x 60 cm OBS board
Testing out the models
The base was an OSB board about 115 x 60 cm which was partly covered with Styrofoam to sculpt the terrain. Papier Mache was used to make the moon landscape and crater walls down to the settlement.
Everything was painted with acrylic paint.
The background was easy, just black painted cardboard. A print of the earth was glued to the dark backdrop.
The first layer of Styrofoam
and even more Styrofoam...
Placing the builds and painting
The end result
And here is what the US Astronauts discovered in July 1969:
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