|This 1/35 scale diorama is based on some UDT training photos and training videos I saw about Navy Frogmen (precursor to the SEALs) in the 1950s. First about
the UDT Boat. It is made by Revell and it has been produced several times since 1967, I believe. (The model was first released by Monogram. The boat is straight
out of the box but there has been several enhancement I made for it to look like the actual landing craft used by the UDTs during WWII, Korea and during the rest
of the 1950s and early part of the 1960s. I added these additional items from pictures in books and on the internet. One such example is the ramp door, chains,
safety equipment (exp. Rescue hook was made from a tooth pick, putty and a staple), first aid kit and tires and so forth (See the picture and see if you can find the
additions). The gun turret covers were made of thin cardboard in which the model came in as a matter of fact, the cover's handles are staples.
I also add a radio, which came from a Heller Radio Operator kit and made the mike for it out of putty and an antenna out of a garbage bag twist. These are just a
few examples of the additions added on to the boat. I also inked UDT 21 onto the life preservers and USN onto the sailors life vest and the number 21 onto the
engine compartment hood. I also did some weathering of the boat. Being that these boat were heavily used in WWII. I made it look old and used by applying
different washes, such as rust, oil and water streaks.As for the Frogmen I used the ones that came with the kit, but one of them was transformed in the Frogman
entering the boat from the raft. What I did was, I cut his arms at the elbows and got rid of the explosive he was carrying. Then I put him back together as if he was
boarding the boat.