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Mountford Models has created a diorama detailing Pearl Harbor for the collectors of 1:1250 scale ships  It comes in 18 pieces, and is not cheap, but appears to be very accurate.  A photo can be found at the link below:

Pearl Harbor Diorama

This is ideal for those collecting 1:1250 ships.  As far as I know Morning Sunshine Models is the only vendor who carries the diorama at this time.  They are offering a discount and I believe they also offer a payment plan.


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Dear DM,

Neat, indeed.  There is not one PH enthusiast that has not dreamed of doing this.  However, just a quick glance at the configuration of the docks and slips in the PHNYd makes me think they would require some extensive rework, as the shapes and proportions seem to be off.  Would have to review some aerial photo scans I did up in DC, though, to be sure.

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Mike,

My understanding is that the folks who did it used aerial photos and other materials to try to ensure accuracy.  The diorama has been discussed on the 1250Home board a number of times and the makers were posting progress reports during the design and construction phase.  I'll be interested to see what you determine.

Chuck Wohlrab


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Chuck,

Here is one aerial that might be helpful.  I am really pressed for time at the moment, but take a look at the photo and then the model, and see what issues there might be.

Though quickly... note in the model that...
1. The heads of the drydocks are squared off, not rounded.
2. The lateral dimensions of the large slips of the Repair Basin are way too small, though this may be a function of the center pier being too large.
3. The configurations of the yardcraft piers and slips are grossly inaccurate.
4. Where the heck is the Marine Railway?
5. Though I have to check other photos, the fuel tanks on Ford Island are terribly rendered.  They were configured nothing like what is represented.

Being pretty blunt, I can't see that they consulted very much in the way of photography- at least as far as the Navy Yard is concerned.  They have wasted a lot of time and money by not looking at the right records.  They won't want to hear that, but it is true nonetheless.

In haste...
Mike Wenger



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Chuck,

Are you a 1/1250 collector?  Where is this homepage of which you speak?  Before anyone lays down money for these diorama sections, someone really ought to say how many articles of clothing the Emperor is missing.  This isn't something that should be swept under the carpet.  If I had spent my money on this product, I would be furious.

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Mike,

Yes I am a 1250 collector, though my main area of concentration is early '30s (Great Pacific War era).  While I study carrier aviation pretty closely, I am in no way expert enough to address the accuracy of the diorama.

I understand that serious efforts are being made to correct the problems of the diorama.


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Hi All:

    I want to note here that Mike and others are now actively helping the maker of the 1/1250 Pearl Harbor Diorama to perfect his model. This will take time and great effort, but the end result will be a definitive item for collectors, museums, and researchers. The end goal is to produce the best possible diorama, and all concerned are thankful that Mike and other researchers are joining in this effort.

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