Monday, February 27, 2012

Tigergrab, 503 sPz.Abt., Potash 1944, FINISHED

Today I'm proud to present the finally finished Tigergrab project. The scene presents a destroyed Tiger I from 503 sPzAbt in Potash, Ukraine, early 1944. More details about this build will be available in some european modelling magazines. Stay tuned.
Enjoy as I did building this little dio.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

IXth Modelling Festival, Bytom 2012

Since here in Poland we don't get 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in modelling contest, just 3 even awards I returned from Bytom with a diploma and a medal for the vignette from Berlin. I will post a photoreport later on.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Getting ready for...

To fulfil the annual tradition I'm leaving today for Bytom, to attend the modelling show taking place there. It's the biggest show here in Poland.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Publications, Euromodelismo no 222, February 2012, Figure sculpting sbs

After being published in czech, italian english and hungarian language, my soviet siberian trooper figure sculpting sbs is now available also in spanish thanks to Pere Pla and the staff of Accion Press. Euromodelismo no 222 is the mag you'll find the article in. Enjoy!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Bystro, bystro! Berlin 1945 - FINISHED

At last the scene is finished. Hope you like it. It took me 3 years to have it ready, it's my personal record...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Things to come - Berlin '45 U-bahn entrance vignette

After finishing the Waffen SS Grenadiere from ATAK I picked a subject waiting long on the shelf to be finished. I started building this vignette back in 2009, the red army trooper was the first to be finished, and as I mentioned in the articles describing the sculpting step by step on this figure that it's going to be a part of a vignette and here it is. The scene takes place in Berlin, late april 1945, the red armyman is taking into captivity some exhausted Volkssturmers. The first figure of the german VS is ready and the secondone is yet to be painted, hopefully during the weekend. As you can see most of the build is completed but there are important details to be added like the U bahn sign on top of the pole and a damaged street clock. I want to have this scene ready for next week's Bytom contest. As for now, enjoy the photos.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Concrete up-armored M4A3E8 - a friend's work

Yesterday my good friend Marek Barański paid me a visit, he brought with him his new model, a Dragon-Italeri kitbashed late war M4A3E8 with scratchbuilt concrete armor. Although the model needs some final touches hereby I present some photos of this very nicely done Sherman. Hope you like it.

Cheers mates!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Review - Carro Armato M15/42 & conversion for German version, Brach Model

I just received a package from italy with Brach Model's Carro Armato M15/42 model inside along with a conversion set for the Panzerwaffe operated tanks. Below I'd like to provide some snap shots of the model and conversion contents.
The M15/42 was the last development verision of the earlier M11/39, M13/40 and M14/41 series tank, this version was heavier, better armored, with a lenghtened hull to accomodate a gasoline engine. Most of the tanks were deployed within the 132 Tank Division "Ariete" and after the collapse of the fascist regime in Italy most of these were pushed into service within units of the Panzerwaffe.
The box of the kit contains 13 bags of parts, instructions with some color side views of 3 tanks, decal sheet, a fret of PE parts, turned aluminium barrel and separately packaged aerial. The parts are clearly casted in grey color resin. The level of casting is of very high rate and make s a big immpesion of the level of maestry of the kit. The decals allow to build vehicles either from:
- Command Platoon of 2nd Company of XIX tank battalion of M type tanks, Italy 1943
- Command Platoon of 1st Company of XVI tank battalion, Sardegna 1943
- Ariete Division, Rome 1943

The conversion set consists of 3 bags, a decal sheet and instrucions with images of german used M15s and with some color side views. The conversion allows to build i.a. tank from the Pz.Abt. 202 which is featured in a series of photos in Panzerwrecks. The conversion provides hooks for additional tracks used as additional armor for the tank, german made additional stowage boxes for the turret and hull, new drive sprocket (with 4 additional teeth misallowing the tracks to slide of the drive sprocket) and a bag of indiviidual working track links.
My thanks goes to Luciano Brach-Zanino, the owner of Brach Model for the review kit. I will be buidling it shortly and share more information about the fit of the parts and ease of build.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Publications, Soldatini No 93, March 2012, Afternoon chat

Here's the cover of the upcoming Soldatini No 93 magazine from Auriga Publishing with a picture of my vignette on it. This issue will feature the Afternoon chat scene. Enjoy.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

SS Panzergrenadiere, 3. SS Pz. Div."Totenkopf", Budapest, winter 1945

Today I'd like to present the finished figures. As I mentioned in previous postings, these figures are available from ATAK model. Hope you'll enjoy painting them as I did.

As for the choice of the division's name for these figures, well there's a issue about this, I misnoticed that Totenkopf division collar patches had no runic SS symbol, having a death's head instead and I carelesly named these figurs as troops of Totenkopf and it was too late to change it when I realized the mistake . But well it's just a name and you can always make these figures as belonging to any other unit of the Waffen SS having the SS collar symbol...