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Friday, October 02, 2009 - 10:35 AM UTC
Many Armorama members will be familiar with Claude Joachim’s ongoing diorama based on the Battle of Clervaux.

It has been amazing to watch it unfold and grow on the web and now Claude has published a book telling the story of how the first part of the gigantic dio was built.
The book Capturing Clervaux, A Modeler’s Tale is about the first part of the diorama, the construction of Château Clervaux.

80 pages long and illustrated with over 500 pictures it tells the story of the dio from the tentative beginnings to one of the most followed dioramas in the modeling world, ranging from reference photos to planning and construction pictures and also incorporating many useful tips, this book should be of interest to every scale modeler.

Claude is accepting preorders on his Website (LINK)

The website also contains a list of stockists in different parts of the world.

Everyone at Armorama and Kitmaker wishes Claude all the best with his publishing venture.

Thanks to Rudi Richardson for his help with this news story.

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Claude I think the book is VERY special. The tips and techniques will raise the level of peoples dios. I don't think you shared too much info creating a"why buy the cow when I can get the milk for free" situation. Personally speaking most of my modeling books have been spur of the moment purchases made in my local hobby shop. I think the book needs to be out on the shelves for impulse buying. Anyway, I'm damn glad I bought mine ! Happy Holidays Claude. Tom
DEC 21, 2009 - 06:10 PM
Claude, I got your book a few days ago and enjoyed it a lot. Lots of useful tips in there and the pictures of your castle are just magnificient. I'm hoping sales will be good enough for a sequel? As for low sales: I agree that books are often a spur of the moment buy, my order to you was one of those. Also you might want to consider the economy (of course that had to come... ) which prompts people to spend their limited money on kits rather than books. Just some thoughts... Keep up the great work! Cheerio and Merry Christmas!
DEC 21, 2009 - 07:21 PM
Hi Claude, I agree with the others. The dio itself is very special. Itīs not a "standard"-dio as a base for a tank or some figures... itīs a complete scene. Perhaps that is too much for the "standard"-dio-modelers. I bought the book from interest of the dio, story and the history of the castle. Also it was the first modeling-book bought by me. Iīm not a scratch-builder and Iīm not a dio-builder.... but I try to do both on my two projects, (the german artillery-gun and the 3 venus-landers) using your dio (and another one from another modeler from here) as an inspiration. I also donīt think, that you gave too much tips and info on creating things. There are a lot of web-sites, which shares tips. But I prefer books for an easier / faster look for an "how to make..." or something like this. Also itīs a personal thing for me, to buy this book (and 3 venus lander-kits)! greetings, merry christmas and a happe new year, Claude!
DEC 21, 2009 - 09:18 PM
I hope sales pick up. This is a great book for all modellers and I can't recommend it enough. Though the net is great, I still like to have a book that I can pick up and flick through. If the low sales are due to worries about the translation, then they are unfounded. Both the text and the photos are first rate. I'm still hoping that there will be a part 2! Merry Christmas to all!
DEC 21, 2009 - 11:46 PM
Thanks to you guys for the reply, as for the above, that will be decided in a year or so, depending on the sales until then. I wish a good transition to 2010 to everyone Claude
DEC 28, 2009 - 02:54 AM
Thanks for this Claude! Today I received my book.high resolution pictures all printed on a good quality paper. I love it
SEP 28, 2010 - 11:48 PM
Thank you for the buy Nihat Glad you like it! Claude
SEP 29, 2010 - 12:18 AM
Hi Claude I canīt speak for anybody else, but I bought the book (in April from Ministuff/Sweden) because of what I saw on Armorama, and wanted to have a permanent copy. I hope there will be a vol.II as well with the rest of the dio included ... which I will also buy because what Ive seen already. For anybody sitting on the fence ... I would recommend buying this book as "one stop shop" for buildings and ground work. Some great stuff there ... inspiring as well as helpful. I think its also good to support a fellow member who has offered so much free here and gone the length to provide an excellent product. More support maybe will help with a vol.2???
SEP 29, 2010 - 01:02 AM
I've already told Claude I'm eager for vol 2. What he has achieved must be a first in terms of scope and scale.
SEP 29, 2010 - 08:29 AM

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