Monday, February 13, 2017

"Panzer Lehr clears the way", south of Bayeux, June 1944

Before Wittman stopped the "Desert Rats" at Villers-Bocage the 7th Armored Division was advancing steadily south of Bayeux, expanding the limits of the British steamroller in Normandy.So we're here, somewehere in the country, amond the bocage. On a dirt road there are british recce Stuart Vs rolling forward, unsuspecting what's behind the corner. Suddenyl the first tank is hit by a shot in the glacis and it tries to turn to reach beyong the aim of fire but a second shot penetrates the glacis and the Stuart lands in a ditch. A Sdkfz 251/9 leaves its ambush spot and accompanied by grenadiers begins to counterattack the advancing British party. With its 7,5 cm Sturmkannone 37 firing HEAT rounds with a penetration up to 90 mm of armor the Kanonenwagen can be used when needed as a ad hoc tank destroyer. And so the British advance on this route is temorarily stopped, but the Jabos are just around the corner...

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Stuart V, 7th Armoured Division, Caen 1944

The M5A1 I finished earlier in 2016 now has a companion, a British used M3A3 (Stuart V) built as a vehicle from the 7th Armoured Division during its clashes with the Panzer Lehr Division in early June in 1944 around Caen (Villers-Bocage, Jerusalem etc.). The tank will be a konced out vehicle paired with a Panzer lehr Sdf.kfz. 251/9.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Hobby Zone Modular Workshop

Just recently I had the pleasure to assemble a selection of modules of the HobbyZone modular workshop kit. Each module has to be assembled and glued together with wood glue, it also comes with magnets used for connecting the modules together without a firm bond, that allows you to shuffle them as you wish and organise your workshop according to the need of the moment or conditions in your workspace. The bigger drawers come with plexiglass screens so you can see what's inside. Personally, for me the biggest advantage are the wide drawers where you can organize your modelling goods, details, spare parts etc., this comes in handy whether you're a figure modeller and have to stowe your figure parts or a AFV modeller where you can place your piecese of the model cut out of the sprues. As I mentioned the modules come in various types, big (26ml) and small (17ml) paint stacks, brush and tool holders, drawers, corner drawers, etc.In the attached photos you can see I have already started reorganising my worspace after putting everything together.You can of course joint the modules together and build a conctruction as high as possible, I decided to build a two level workshop and that is just perfect to fit in to my working table.

Highly recommended!

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Sherman V "Tulip"

Another model which I managed to complete and prepare for painting is this Tasca made Sherman Firefly Vc bacdated to a regular Sherman V fitted with 60lb RP 3 rockets as seen on some tanks of the Coldstream Guards operating in the Netherlands in early spring 1945.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Stuart the Herald - AFV Club M5 Stuart with loudspeaker

My next modelling project is the AFV Club M5 Stuart light tank equipped with a loudspeaker. As i believe such solutions were used to convince German citizens and troops to surrender in front of the advancing US Army in the closing phase of WW2. More to follow as I proceed with the paintjob.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Soviet WW2 tankers, Royal Model upcoming release, WiP

My current work is a commisioned paitjob for Royal Model of Italy. These two figures, sculpted by Roberto Reale should be available later this year. Work in progress continues.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

What if Panzer IV/70 letztlösung, tbc

Here's an attempt to familiarise myself with the look of the tank with Jagdpanzer IV style schurzen. Seems legit.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

What if Panzer IV/70 letztlösung - stage 2 - it's about to get real

Today's update with mock-up of the turret. Choice of the Panther Ausf. A/G cupola was simple - all the periscopes are hidden inside the cupola and none observation equipment is beneth the line of the roof inside the turret, so no parts interfere with  gun breach.Gun mantlet comes from Panzerart E-50 update set, the barrel is a L/70 from Dragon's Jagpanzer IV. More to come sooner or later...

What if Panzer IV/70 letztlösung, so it begins

The project is shaping up pretty fast, first I have removed the 4 return rollers on each side of the hull and replaced them with Paper Panzer Productions welded ones, as seen on late war examples. The rollers themself come from Dragon's Panzer IV/70 Vomag kit. First thing to do was to build the shape of the engine compartment box, the main upper plate was supposed to be identical as on the real Pz IVs, I only wanted to rearrange the sides and rear, moving the air intakes from sides to the rear of the vehicle (layout similar to the one seen on Shermans). I'm gonna add the flammencernichter exhaust arrangement and will be able to see if a fumes deflector will be needed there. Next thing to do was to build up the basi shape of the glacis and bow plates. Since my idea was to keep the front armor relatively thin (60mm in scale), I decided to make the glacis plate very steep, this would allow the tank to stand against frontal hits pretty good (I suppose...). As you can see I already fitted some test tracks but the final version will be the later Pz IV pattern track or even the Ostketten type to provide better traction for extra weight of the vehicle. Will see about that when the build comes to it's end.

Friday, April 22, 2016

What-if Panzer IV/70 letztlösung, stage 1 - the concept

The Pzkpfw IV development programme reached its limits with the Ausf. J and paralelly developed Panzer IV/70 built either by Vomag or Alkett, mounting the well prooved PaK 42 gun in a fixed superstructure. But what if the engineers had made an attempt to create a vehicle combining the PaK/KwK 42 powers with better armour keeping the vehicle at reasonable height and weight (unlike the Panther Schmalturm adaptation concept)? Here's where my story starts with this what if idea to build a final development version of the good old Panzer IV. Being tired with building models according to documentation and making figure sculpts I decided I'd give a go to something allowing me flow with my modelling immagination more freely. The negative here shows a mock-up (a very bad one, trust me) I built some years ago to see how it fits into the Panzer's traditional concept with some changes like sloped front armour, schmallturm-alike turret with saukopf type mantlet and Panther Ausf. G cupola, minus side hatches replaced by a single rear mounted one for loading the ammo inside the vehicle. Having these principles in mind now I'm going to build a better one from A to Z by scratching most of its main body and turret. The idea is to incorporate some solutions used in different wartime German designs (like Tiger II style big turret housing spare ammunition, Schmallturm shape and mantlet etc.) to build a unique panzer of my liking. Wish me luck.