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Model WW1 British Trench for School project.

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My eldest son needed to make a World War Trench for a school History project. Needless to say I got roped in to help!

trench (2)

Manchester Art Gallery – February 2015 – Link

I bought a piece of insulating foam from the local DIY store and used a sharp knife then some crack filler to cover it with. The trench was painted with a cheap dark emulsion paint.

I ordered some metal 28mm figures to add some detail (men in forward positions, injured, machine gun and gave them a fairly basic paint job.

My laddo cut out the corrugated card to add to the floor and walls and made a pile of sandbags from modelling clay. He glued on the bags and painted them and then added the detail to the little company HQ in one corner of the model.

The fake barbed wire was curled and added to the stakes he cut from BBQ skewers. The whole model was given a wash with dark brown ink and some finishing up was done.

The model soldiers were hot glued in place as the unit had to be carried about.

It looks fine for a display model for a school project and gets the point home about the layered trench system – front-line then support leading off to a reserve trench (not shown).

Here are some pictures for posterity…

The soldiers…



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