Fans of toy soldiers would love these intricate World War One dioramas which are being restored to their former glory.
Depicting First World War battles, the works have long been a favourite for many Australians. But years of dust and grime have dimmed the shine and conservators are working hard to bring them back to life.
The historic dioramas capture moments of courage...and devastation on the battlefield.
AWM Acting Director Nola Anderson while they've succumbed to dust and decay, the works are still extraordinary.
"When they were conceived in 1919 towards the end of the First World War, they were actually cutting edge technology."
Galleries Concept Leader Nick Fletcher says the works still serve their purpose - to illustrate another time.
"They still do serve to put us into that time and place and I think that's their real primary role. So we still see them as being a key element of our galleries."
Conservator Alana Treasure says it's a significant operation. It's painstaking work of restoring plaster models and replacing missing parts.
"The majority of this work is surface cleaning, where we're brush vacuuming the dirt off the surface, off the landscape and the figures."
Nola Anderson says the project is the first stage of a 27 million (US) dollar upgrade of the World War One galleries at the memorial.
"We will have more collection, we'll have new technology but we will also have some of the things that the Australian public know and love and that includes the dioramas."
The dioramas form part of Australia's National War Memorial and will go on display once again in time for ANZAC centenary commemorations in 2015.