Friday, July 28, 2017

Battlefronts T34/85.

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Moved the T34/85 that I have been working on to its own post as its getting pic heavy.

Put together an early version of the T-34/85 obr. 44. 
Battlefronts T-34/76 - 85 plastic combo kit is a great spot to start. Their turret represents an obr 43 or early obr 44. These things are not an exact science! The rounded lifting hooks and lower gunner periscope as well as the gun mantlet peg this as a obr 44. 
The major change I made was to the texture of the turret, MG mantlet, drivers periscope covers and fenders. Have a look online and you will see the casting was really rough!
I remove the molded on grab irons and lifting hooks and light and replaced them. Many small details added; bullet splash guards, toolbox lid, spare fuel tank handles, panels and weld lines, track adjusting bolts, drivers hatch details...
...rear oil pipes, and engine access hinges. 
...finally, rebuilt the MG for durability.
 Painted up...still need to dirty up the tracks a bit more.
 Hauptmann photo-bomb...
 Will add-in some decal later...
Bedrolls/tarps made from Femo. 
All dust,rust with washed out Vallejo - who needs pigments?!

 Darkened 70894 Russian Green and VPA 302 Dark Rust filters added.  Hand-painted number.
 Rusted and chipped.

  Didn't want to over-do the mud/dust as it overpowers earlier work.
As they say, calling this one done...



Sunday, May 7, 2017

PSC 251/10

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Got my 15mm Plastic Soldier Company 251 Ausf C Halftrack boxed set WW2V15003 along with some other goodies last week and put one together as a 251/10. These are a great product! I much prefer these to BF's resin model. There are no major issues with an out-of-the-box build - although you may have to fill a few small gaps in the upper and lower hull and you will have to replace the 'true to scale but flimsy for gaming' MGs.
I added scratchbuilt stowage ropes on the sides of the hull as these are seen on many period photos. I hung a crew compartment tarp, added a tow cable, fender markers mirror and rear marker light. Various PSC add-on stuff included using a few of their plastic infantry for crew helmets and kit.

I used a BF PaK 36 for the main gun and a MG34 for the AA mount; adding a AA sight, cocking handle and 50-rnd drum. I filled in the top holes on the barrel and re-drilled them out. Originally these are more grooves and make the MG look like a pulse rifle. I was going to use BF metal MG's but these too are easily bent. I anchored the butt of the MG to the side of the hull to improve its chances of survival. We shall see...
Bullet splash rail and tools added on as well as correcting the rear corner angle of the crew compartment. Rear AA mount for the MG was removed/filled and re-drilled as it is out of scale. I may add a strip of plastic to thicken this area on future models.  Inside add-ons were minimal as crew will take up most space though I did add in ammunition storage and grab irons.

I love the detail on PSC Jerry cans! Although the carrying handle needs a bit of work. A small fix you can easily do is to remove the carrying handle altogether and glue in its place three plastic rods.

  Figures are both Battlefront; one from their artillery group with an added 3.7cm round and one from the Plastic Grenadiers with his arm re-positioned to rest on the hull.

Figures Painted, base-coated.



Saturday, April 29, 2017

Sister StuG (StuH?)

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Just a few pics of the latest work - while waiting on some PSC 251s to show up...
 I had already primed this Battlefront 15mm Plastic StuH last year but wanted to add a few missing details...the side rear lifting hook...
 ...and front side hooks...smoke dischargers...tow hook cable brackets...
 ...rear taillight...bolt detail...starting crank...
 ...and some weld and panel details...paint will make these pop...


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Striped Stummel

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Another vehicle from the Salute 2017 line up, Battlefronts plastic 251/1 built up as a 251/9 'Stummel'.

Along with the crew, the gun and shield and interior were modified/scratchbuilt. As the Salute scenario 'Lost Panzers' is placed in '43, the model should be the earlier model with the Kw.K37 sunk into the front hull mount but as I plan on only building one Stummel, I chose the later model as it has a cooler look!
Working with the plastic models is so much easier and the prep time is minimal compared to the resin kits. That said, I will probably continue to build resin as I have sooo many in my collection already.
I painted up the crew as mix of old and late-war field grey. The new tunic was a much more red tinged green cloth. 
I built a cradle mount for the MG42 and attached it to the gun mount.  One little oversight I noticed on the plastic MG42 from the 251/1 kit - BF mirrored both sides of the gun barrel, using the same large hole pattern on both sides instead of the long slot for the right-hand side. Minor thing but I didn't highlight that side so that it wasn't so obvious.
The gunner had a millimeter of his head taken off as it is modeled with the M43 Einheitsfeldmütze sitting way too high. It makes the figure look deformed. Simply use a razor saw to take off the cap and file a bit off the top. Re-attach with crazy glue.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Camo'ed Quartet

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Finished up the Panzer IVH zug for the upcoming Salute 2017 Schwere Kompanie game 'Lost Panzers'

 Painted up pretty well though the airbrush was acting up...

Used a mix of Tamiya and Vallejo Model Air...theres your problem...dont mix!

Wheatfield is Teddy-bear fur, cut and painted - looks pretty convincing though you will make a big mess when trimming your bush...

Just a few more things to finish up and I should be ready!