1/16th Scale “Bonnie and Clyde” Diorama

The usual models that I’ve made over the last many years are in the main military, but every so often we all need a break and to do something different and that is what made me decide to do this diorama.

I suppose nearly everybody has seen the film Bonnie and Clyde and although it’s not very factual, it is entertaining, and when I was sifting through the old odds and sods of 1/16 scale figures I found a model of a woman in a state of undress (and still don’t know where it came from honest) and a pair of sitting legs and upper body with no head or arms. <p>

All the bits and pieces were found to make two rather basic looking models, the Bonnie figure was at least complete and after some cutting and cleaning I had a reasonable model, I then fitted her with a new right hand holding a Colt 45 from the Verlinden range and altered the left arm to have her hand on her hip (after my wife told me it would look far better than my own version, and she was right).

A converted German bread bag was fitted over her shoulder and I then made a dress from Das and fitted it in three separate pieces and also made a beret from Das, her shoes were the originals trimmed down and new straps fitted from 5th card. The whole model was then set aside to dry.

The sitting model was fitted with new arms reshaped and with new hands, these new parts would (I hoped) look like he was sitting with a shotgun or machine gun across his knees. The figure was then dressed in Das with trouser bottoms, complete jacket, and hat. I then added all the smaller bits, lapels, pocket flaps and of course the shoulder holster.

I’m Bonnie, he’s Clyde…We rob banks !!

I then set to work on the “tools” of their trade, the “Thompson Machine Gun” was part scratchbuilt to a kit stock as was the Pump shotgun and as an afterthought a B.A.R. I then made a couple of extra magazines for the Machine Gun and added some grenades from the spares box.
I suppose what started out as a fun model was now turning into a must do model, and as the two figures had come out fairly good I was now thinking about a good way to show them off. The only correct way I knew was to put them with a car of the period and as I’d already seen a model of a 1931 Model B Ford, I reckoned that would do nicely.
As it was coming up to christmas I got one as a present (surprise, shock, horror) The model is by Academy and though its a bit crude in its detail it was more than good enough for my needs.

The model was built more or less out of the box except for a few minor alterations and painted in mid royal blue and black, a pretty typical scheme of the time, I painted the interior grey and added the shotgun, and spare mags to the rear seat. I then started to lay the various parts out to see how it looked. Clyde would be sitting on the running board and Bonnie would stand next to him, and it looked alright but sitting on a wood base it looked a bit sparse.

I then thought of a third figure standing a little way to one side holding and old camera ready to take a picture of them, this seemed to be right because apparently they never missed the chance of a photo. When all the figures had been completed (the third one was another just knocked together) they were all painted and allowed to dry. When all the models were ready to handle again I laid them out and when they looked alright I cut a piece of MDF board 12 x 10 inches, the models were set on the board to check the look of it and I noticed a triangle area at the back that needed something!

I then raised this area with a piece of 20mm Styrofoam and when whole base was covered with polyfilla, I scratch built a petrol pump from various tube and scrap card and added it to the base, at last it was finished and good fun it was too.

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