The SCAHMS California Show, 2005
Missing from the Dioramas page were 2 of those present at the show, both by Bob Tavis. Bob brought both his “The Day that Shook the World” and his newest piece, “Zuit Suit Riots”. The former is a diorama depicting the assignation of Arch Duke Ferdinand which precipitated the start of WWI. This well crafted diorama has a unique backlit shadow-box in the upper section showing the result of the events on the street.
“Zuit Suit Riots” is another street scene from a historical event (as well). This is a lesser-known bit of history that occurred in Los Angeles during the mid-point of WWII. The diorama depicts a cab-load of US Navy seaman who have descended on a gang of Hispanic “Zuit Suit” clad civilians with the intent of street fighting. Completely custom made with the exception of the cab (which started off as a die-cast toy car), this diorama truly deserved the “Best of Show” award it received.