Diorama Artist Donates Vietnam War Scene To Veterans Museum
Last updated 9/8/2021 at 12:34pm
Volunteers and guests at the Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas were dazzled by the authentic and detailed depiction of a Vietnam War scene designed and handcrafted by Dale Wall, of Fairview.
Wall has donated this one-of-a-kind diorama to the museum. The diorama is 1/72 scale, with hand-painted figures, a helicopter, and foliage that Wall collected and carved from nature (walking around his home).
This diorama includes 148 figures. Originally, they were all molded in one color; every figure is completely hand-painted.
"When I was a kid, all my parents had to do to make me happy was buy me a bag of Army men. I was in hog heaven," Wall said. "When I got too old to play with soldiers, I came up with another way to keep up this hobby. I've been making scenes ever since."
Wall has built 22 dioramas of historic scenes from Biblical times to Afghanistan, including Hannibal and the elephants coming across the Alps.
"I've always been a history buff," he said, "I research the history and stories thoroughly to get the details correct, down to the buttons on uniforms and exact colors of the foliage. My paint brushes are almost as small as a straight pin."
One part of the diorama shows a tunnel rat.
Wall said he was told about the Veterans History Museum by his friend, Carl Mumpower, of Asheville, a Vietnam veteran and author of a book on his experiences in Vietnam. When not making dioramas, Wall works making parts for and assembling performance gun parts at his family business, Galloway Precision, in Asheville.
Please visit the Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas and enjoy this original depiction of military history. The museum is located at 21 E. Main Street (next to the courthouse) in Brevard. Admission is free. Open hours are Wednesday – Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, please call 828-884-2141 or visit http://www.theveterans museum.org. b