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Jose Serrano, Caguas,
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Hello from Puerto Rico!
My name is Jose Serrano and I live in Caguas,
Puerto Rico. I collect action figures for fun and I love figures
from the Second World War the most. I enjoy creating 1/6th scale
buildings and dioramas, and get a lot of my ideas for scenes
from films I've seen and documentaries shown on the History
Channel. I also have two brothers
who help me with my dioramas.
When constructing my buildings and dioramas,
I use Styrofoam panels of 8x4 from Home Depot, while the others
are from boxes of refrigerators and TVs. I also use spray paints
(all flat colors), tempera paints, pieces of wood, plastics,
medical depressors, metal, "sumo" glue, 3-M glue and
super glue. Plus, my trusty dremel tool.
I found the GIjOE Collections website
one day and my curiosity led to my sending the images of my collection
you'll see below.
It is an honor to share my collection and
dioramas with you. Thanks!
of Jose's amazing urban battle diorama:
STOP! And look at this
detail. Jose's even showing the different layers in the walls!
Look at the size of those arches. And all the detritus on the
ground. Superb detail.
Look out Joe! That German's got a flame thrower!
Mamasita! Look at this beautiful tank. Stunning layout, Jose.
This is a fantastic building. Complete with fence, chimney, windows,
framing, stone exterior, etc.
Great shot that shows the size of this amazing set-up in relation
to 1:1 humans. It's HUGE!
Is Joe too close to take the shot? Nah! Take the shot, Joe! Take
Another angle reveals a halftrack in front of the tank. And look
at that lady in the back waiting patiently.
That's every woman at every Joe show. Waiting patiently for the
"playtime" of the men to be over. HA
amazing 1/6th scale church diorama:
Holy House of Worship! This is in
1/6th Scale! It's GIGANTIC!
From the side you can see the church is not complete. But, boy
is it big.
A closeup of the side starts to show the high level of detail
Jose has created. Stunning!
Yes, this is in 1/6th scale. Yes, it's amazing. Yes, Jose made
it himself. Yes, we're all jealous.
OK, so start setting some battle scenes...ANY scenes. With a
background like this, you're limited only by your imagination.
Back out even more and you can bring in an artillery piece and
a Panzer tank. Sure? Why not?
The scale of this masterpiece absolutely DWARFS anything else.
Simply a work of ART!
What COULDN'T you do
with a diorama set piece like this? Check out the steps, the
bench, the arches...
Jose has even gone to
the trouble of hanging a bell in the belfry. Superb work.
Pan back and you begin
to realize just how HUGE this church diorama is. Can you believe
OK...now pull all the
way back and pick your jaw up off the ground. HOLY house of worship!
This must be 5 or 6 feet tall!
And look! He's even got painted ceilings and a partial INTERIOR.
Courtyard WW2 Diorama
Jose's courtyard diorama
sits on a large 4' x 8' table. The lucky fans at this Puerto
Rican action figure show got to see it up close.
This opposite view shows
the versatility of a courtyard diorama. You could stage hundreds
of scenes with a "set" like this!
Clearly a master of Styrofoam,
Jose has done a masterful job creating this paving stone street.
And check out the fantastic
faux bricks of this fence. And all the amazing "ironwork"
Another closeup proves
what can be done in 1/6th scale...if you're VERY talented (like
Himmel!, it's the Americans!"
"Hands up, Fritz! The war's over for you!"
Opposite view shows the
Germans were caught by surprise as they still had plenty of Panzerfausts
to fight with.
It's amazing what perspective
can do in a photo. From this view, you can see all the way through
the fence to the captured Germans.
Jose has created it all,
the courtyard, steps, walls, monument, trees, planters, etc.
Even the lamps are handmade by Jose.
Closeups of the armored
vehicle commander and the brick wall with an appropriately sized
coffee pot and mug.
Good overview of the
fence and courtyard. The jeep and armored vehicle give you an
idea of the large SIZE of this display. WOW!
Building WW2 Diorama
Jose also built this
amazing 2-story building. Check out the view looking in through
that broken window. Great spot for a sniper!
Notice Jose's masterful
depiction of different types of textures in this scene including
bricks, stones, paving, wood, stucco, etc.
African WW2 Diorama
Amazing 1/6th scale ruins,
all hand-crafted by Jose and his brothers. Check out the accurate
scale of that fantastic palm tree!
A closeup of the arched
ruins and columns...somewhere in North Africa. Again, simply
superb work, Jose.
Amazing mosque-like structure
with two levels. More fantastic detail.
Zoom in and you can see
two signalmen busy at work in the radio room.
General Rommel? Nein, he ist not here, dumbkopf!"
Great overview shot of
the courtyard. Note the stairs, another great palm tree and that
great water trough.
Can you say, "It's time to watch RAT PATROL?" Oh, yeah...
Closeup of the Kettenkrad
and its driver. Nice tan gravel works great as Saharan sand.
Overview looking down
into the DAK Kubelwagen. Great figures!
Time for a canteen break...
ja, ja...vee go on patrol today and find Montgomery, no?"
Pull waaaaay back and
you can see how wide this diorama was. Holy Desert Fox!
Wall Bunker WW2 Diorama
This is a BIG, 1/6th
scale Atlantic Wall fortification bunker with thick walls and
a machine gun nest up on the top.
ist los? So it's June 6th, so what? Nothing ever happens here
in Normandy. Let's play cards.."
Closeup view reveals
amazing details like an iron door, rear ladder and accurate concrete
"Eagle's Nest" at Bertesgarten WW2 Diorama
Hitler consults with
his generals in his "little office" at the Bertesgarten mountain retreat. FAN-FRICKEN-TASTIC!
A closeup shot reveals
that Jose has great skill at figure posing as well. VERY realistic
And check out those great 1/6 desks and props--all handcrafted
Great use of parquet
floor sections and 1/6th scale accessories. Nice Beethoven bust
and oil paintings.
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