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This diorama portrays a scene from the film, "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon", which most of you, by now, know is my personal favorite. In this scene, Captain Nathan Brittles (John Wayne) has just brought "C" Troop to Sudrow's Wells for the relief of Sgt Tyree (Ben Johnson) and the Paradise River Patrol who have been under attack by a band of Arapahoe warriors. Tyree reports to the Captain that "Ma and Pa Sudrow" have been killed, but their children are safe. After Brittles examines the couples bodies, Tyree asks him to see Trooper John Smith (Rudy Bowman), who has been wounded in the skirmish. They walk over to where Smith has propped himself up against a post.

Sgt. Tyree: Sir, would you take a look at Trooper Smith?
Pvt. John Smith aka Rome Clay: [mortally wounded] Don't bother about me, Captain. Trust you'll forgive my presumption... I'd like to commend the boy here... for the way he handled this action. In the best tradition of the cavalry, sir.
Sgt. Tyree: [to Pvt. Smith] I take that very kindly, sir.
Pvt. John Smith: Captain Tyree! Captain Tyree!
Captain Nathan Brittles: Speak to him.
Sgt. Tyree: Thank you. [comes to attention] Yes, Sir. Sir! Sir!
Captain Nathan Brittles: [realizes that Smith has died] I'm afraid he can't hear you, Captain.
That night, as the troop buries the dead, a contingent of former Confederate soldiers pays honors to Trooper Smith with a small Rebel battle flag made by their commanding officer's wife. It is here we learn his true identity, and why he referred to Tyree as "Captain".
Captain Nathan Brittles: I also commend to your keeping, Sir, the soul of Rome Clay, late Brigadier General, Confederate States Army. Known to his comrades here, Sir, as Trooper John Smith, United States Cavalry... a gallant soldier and a Christian gentleman.
Rudy Bowman as "Trooper John Smith" (aka Brig. Gen. Rome Clay, CSA)

Here is what I did with the scene:





I selected this scene for a diorama some time ago, and did most of the groundwork this summer. It was set aside to finish the "Wagonmanster" figure I did for Paula, the woman who created the fantastic website devoted to Ben Johnson.
https://benjohnsonfanpage.shutterfly.com/
After finishing the figure, I did some more surfing on her site and found a reference to "heroic" Rudy Bowman teaching himself to speak after a terrible throat injury. I already knew the name of the actor, so I did more searching and found a 1949 Reader's Digest article Paula had posted telling Bowman's story. He suffered the throat injury as a soldier in World War I and taught himself to speak using "grunts". Thirty years later, John Ford found a speaking part for him in "Yellow Ribbon". Here is a link to the article - it is worth the read:
https://benjohnsonscreencaps.shutterfly.com/memorabilia/687
I am indebted to Paula for her work, which gives this diorama that much more meaning to me. My estimation of her devotion made me decide to build her "Travis" figure, and karma has repaid me in kind. Hope you like them, and thanks for looking!
 

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that's a beautiful dio, Mark, very emotional...
quiet, somber vignettes often have more impact than the action-packed ones.
excellent piece!
 

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Great movie, great dio--really captured the best moment of the movie. Nice job..
 

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That is a terrific diorama! I look for fine detail, and the totally bent boot on john Wayne right foot is superb! Great job!
 

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I'm wholly impressed.

Well-done, indeed.
 

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Superb job Mark. I'm always impressed by your dedication to this hobby and the details that go into your recreations of that time period.
 

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Thank you all for commenting, I am very glad you like them. I told Paula to share it on her site and others - Rudy's story is very inspirational.
I didn't mention the parts that went into it, so I'll add that here. Brittles is the Sideshow version with BGT shirt, neckerchief, spurs and suspenders, SST trousers and NLM boots. Tyree is a JohnnyE4 hs ona DML body, and the uniform is all BGT, with NLM boots and SST spurs. Smith is a DML hs modified with Apoxie Sciulpt hair & beard and he has the BGT greatcoat (I lined the cape) and his trousers are Dog Soldier. I made the belts and holsters, using BGT buckles, and made Brittles sabe strap hardware from brass wire. The groundwork is colored Celluclay with Woodland Scenics red ballast for the Monument Valley dirt. The wood was all from dead branches near my house which was stripped and aged with "Weather-It".
 

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A fine duplication of the touching scenes with "Trooper Smith". It is an iconic part of this great film. Oustanding work, Mark.
 

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Great diorama, and equally great film selection! I really enjoyed the pics....thanks for posting them! Great job...
 

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In my haste, I neglected to credit my friend, Glenlyon for painting the hs, as well as making Brittle's hat.
For those of you who haven't seen the movie, It's obvious that I would recommend it! Thanks for your comments.
 
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