Thursday, February 15, 2018

WWI heavy howitzers at 1/32 scale

Why showing WWI heavy howitzers in a blog on WWII?

It's simple!  Time to time, it is fun to do quick projects not inspired by real machines.  It's a luxury which is allowed by scratchbuilding.  And at the end of the day, we don't realy care if it is WWI or WWII.  Fun is more important!

The following guns are pretty simple. They do look like WWI howitzer though.

They were made on a periode of a couple of year.  Some, at the very beginning of our journey into 1/32 war gaming 13 years ago.

WWI howitzer at 1/32 scale
More mortar than howitzer isn't it?

WWI howitzer at 1/32 scale
Pretty heavy that scale, it almost 300 mm!

WWI howitzer at 1/32 scale
...let's answer the question.  The navy blue one is clearly a howitzer with the two recoil cylinders on the barrel.  The light blue has no cylinder; it's a mortar

WWI howitzer at 1/32 scale
Could it be the Port Arthur gun?

WWI howitzer at 1/32 scale
Again, I pretty big gun.  

WWI howitzer at 1/32 scale
Where is the crane to put the shell in the breech?

WWI howitzer at 1/32 scale
This one is unpainted.  

WWI howitzer at 1/32 scale
Those guns are for a fortress.  The plateform is too heavy to be install and dismantle in the field

WWI howitzer at 1/32 scale
But again great fire power!!!!

We could have show more heavy WWI howitzers.   I hope you have appreciate those examples.

That's all folks!

You comments are always welcome.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

A SdKfz 124 Wespe at 1-32 scale

A SdKfz 124 Wespe at 1-32 scale has been made by my brother following the built of 4 towed 105 mm ie FH 18/2.

I decided to make more gun barrels to equip 4 Wespe. Here some historical facts about that tank quoted from Wikipedia:

"In 1940, during the Battle of France, it was apparent that the intermediate tank of the German forces, the Panzer II, was unsuitable as a main battle tank. Though mechanically sound, it was both under-gunned and under-armoured. The chassis, however, proved servicable for providing mobility to the 10.5 cm field howitzer

The design for the Wespe was produced by Alkett, and was based on the Panzer II Ausf. F chassis (...) Amongst other modifications to the Panzer II, the engine was moved forward and the chassis was slightly lengthened to gain sufficient space for the rear-mounted 10.5 cm leFH 18 howitzer. The superstructure was lightly armored, with 10 mm armor plate (enough to stop small arms fire) and was open at the top and to the rear. The vehicles were produced by FAMO's Ursus plant in Warsaw.

The Wespe was in production from February 1943 until June 1944, when Soviet forces approached the frontier. By that time, 676 had been produced. An additional 159 were modified to serve as mobile artillery ammunition carriers.[1] "

A SdKfz 124 Wespe at 1-32 scale
A good view of the Panzer II suspensions

A SdKfz 124 Wespe at 1-32 scale
The 105 mm leFH 18 gun with muzzle break

A SdKfz 124 Wespe at 1-32 scale
Two different camo colors

A SdKfz 124 Wespe at 1-32 scale
Ready to fire Sir!

A SdKfz 124 Wespe at 1-32 scale
A pretty cramp interior

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A German Sd. Kfz.251 half-track at 1/32 scale

To have a Sd.Kfz. 251 in 1/32 scale was key to be able to build Petite Infanterie Panzer divisions. Having built mostly Panzer III and IV, we clearly needed armored vehicules for our panzergrenadiers.

Like mentioned in Wikipedia:

"The Sd.Kfz. 251 (Sonderkraftfahrzeug 251) half-track was a WW2 German armored fighting vehicle designed by the Hanomag company, based on their earlier, unarmored Sd.Kfz. 11 vehicle. The Sd.Kfz. 251 was designed to transport the panzergrenadiers (German mechanized infantry) into battle. Sd.Kfz. 251s were the most widely produced German half-tracks of the war, with at least 15,252 vehicles and variants produced by various manufacturers, and were commonly referred to
simply as "Hanomags" by both German and Allied soldiers.[1]"

Sd.Kfz. 251 in 1/32 scale
Matchbox Africa Korps have the perfect size for that vehicule.

Sd.Kfz. 251 in 1/32 scale
The Sd.Kfz has a pretty low silhouette

Sd.Kfz. 251 in 1/32 scale
The front show the latest model without bumper.

Sd.Kfz. 251 in 1/32 scale
Two colors were used: Grey Panzer and Panzer night blue

Sd.Kfz. 251 in 1/32 scale
We can clearly see the two sighting slots. 

Sd.Kfz. 251 in 1/32 scale
Our Sd.Kfz. 251 at 1/32 scale can carry around 6 men; a little less than the real one  

That's all folk!

Monday, February 27, 2017

A Panzer IV at 1/32 scale

Petite Infanterie needed a Panzer IV in is line-up.  Why? The Panzer IV could be considered the most important german tank of WWII.

As summarize in Wikipedia:

"The Panzerkampfwagen IV (PzKpfw IV), commonly known as the Panzer IV, was a German medium tank developed in the late 1930s and used extensively during the Second World War. Its ordnance inventory designation was Sd.Kfz. 161.

The Panzer IV was the most widely manufactured German tank of the Second World War, with some 8,500 built. The Panzer IV was used as the base for many other fighting vehicles, including the Sturmgeschütz IV assault gun, Jagdpanzer IV tank destroyer, the Wirbelwind self-propelled anti-aircraft gun, and the Brummbär self-propelled gun.

The Panzer IV saw service in all combat theaters involving Germany and was the only German tank to remain in continuous production throughout the war. Upgrades and design modifications, intended to counter new threats, extended its service life. Generally, these involved increasing the Panzer IV's armor protection or upgrading its weapons, although during the last months of the war, with Germany's pressing need for rapid replacement of losses, design changes also included simplifications to speed up the manufacturing process."

Panzer IV, a versatile design

To be able to cover all the evolution of the Panzer IV during the war, my brother built two types of turrets.  One with the short 75mm and one with the long 75 mm barrel.

Panzer IV at 1/32 scale
Our Panzer IV come in two camo colors:  "Blue Panzer" and "Desert Yellow"

Panzer IV at 1/32 scale
An example with a short barrel

Panzer IV at 1/32 scale
The same tank with the long barrel

Panzer IV, making the model at 1/32 scale

Here a couple of pictures of the making of the Panzer IV.  It's not a tutorial ( I know, I know, maybe next time).

To be sure that our Panzer IV would be acccurate and at scale, we used George Bradford's book: German early war armored fighting vehicule

Panzer IV at 1/32 scale

Panzer IV at 1/32 scale

Panzer IV at 1/32 scale
Tracks before painting

Panzer IV at 1/32 scale
Turret from the wood block to the final shape

Panzer IV at 1/32 scale
The beast partly built

Panzer IV at 1/32 scale
The Panzer IV works..

Panzer IV at 1/32 scale
The assembly line

Panzer IV, being among its infantery men

Panzer IV at 1/32 scale
Showing the suspension entirely drawn

Panzer IV at 1/32 scale
That guy seems to be very enthusiastic about the new tank

Panzer IV at 1/32 scale
Let's go forward!!!!!

Panzer IV at 1/32 scale
Charcoal Marx and Desert Yellow; interesting mix!

That's all folks!  Your comment are always welcome!

Monday, November 14, 2016

A Russian KV1 at 1/32 scale

The mighty KV1 was the most powerful heavy tank of the early war period…on paper.

Even though the Germans were badly surprised at first, the KV was never in a position to hold back the invasion of Russia. 

KV1 at 1/32
The beast with a green color...not historically accurate but fun

As quoted in Wikipedia:

KV1 at 1/32The KV's strengths included armor that was impenetrable by any tank-mounted weapon then in service except at point-blank range, that it had good firepower, and that it had good traction on soft ground. It also had serious flaws, all of which were rectified with the introduction of the KV-1S: it was difficult to steer, the transmission (which was a twenty-year-old Caterpillar design) was unreliable (and was known to have to been shifted with a hammer), and the ergonomics were poor, with limited visibility and no turret basket. Furthermore, at 45 tons, it was simply too heavy. This severely impacted the maneuverability, not so much in terms of maximum speed, as through inability to cross many bridges medium tanks could cross.

My brother chose to make the 1941 model with the cast turret. 

KV1 at 1/32

To do the work, he used George Bradford series World war II AFV plans.  The book Russian Armored Vehicles provided scaled plan of the KV.  It helps a lot to represent all the details of that tank.

 Eight were built in two colors.

KV1 at 1/32
...that's the other color more realistic

KV1 at 1/32
The KV with TSSD russian troops.

KV1 at 1/32
Our KV's haven't fight yet.  Those scenes were made for propaganda purposes only (!)

Friday, September 2, 2016

A pioneer boat at 1/32

When a saw those hot dog containers in a dollar store, I immediately think of a kind of boat; a pioneer boat. 

I always love those discoveries; going through the aisle of the store and finding something new, something with a potential of becoming a new project.

The final result is a cool pioneer boat. 

The material needed is:

- Hot dog container

- Piece of bath mat
- Popsicle sticks
- Hot glue

Let's look at it at many angles

It offers a good protection on water because of the high broadside.  

I am sure Robert Redford caracter in "A bridge too far" would have appreciate my boat to cross the Waal river

The down side of that feature is that the boat is not totally at scale.  Between you and me, it would be difficult to row that kind of boat in real.  Anyhow, my army men already standardized it!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Stug Panzer at 1/32

The Stug Panzer is one of the most interesting tanks of WWII and for many reasons.

Let's look at them courtesy of Wikipedia

"The Sturmgeschütz III (StuG III) assault gun was Germany's most produced armoured fighting vehicle during World War II. It was built on the chassis of the proven Panzer III tank, replacing the turret with a fixed superstructure mounting a more powerful gun. Initially intended as a mobile, armoured light gun for direct-fire support for infantry, the StuG III was continually modified, and much like the later Jagdpanzer, was widely employed as a tank destroyer."

"While the StuG III was considered self-propelled artillery, it was not initially clear which land combat arm of the Wehrmacht Heer would handle the new weapon.(…). It was agreed, after a discussion, it would best be employed as part of the artillery arm.
As the StuG III was designed to fill an infantry close support combat role, early models were fitted with a low-velocity 75 mm StuK 37 L/24 gun to destroy soft-skin targets and fortifications. After the Germans encountered the Soviet KV-1 and T-34 tanks, the StuG III was first equipped with a high-velocity 75 mm StuK 40 L/43 main gun (Spring 1942) and in Autumn 1942 with the slightly longer 75 mm StuK 40 L/48 gun. These versions were known as the Sturmgeschütz 40 Ausführung F, Ausf. F/8 and Ausf. G."

Stug panzer
The two beasts :  with the long and the short barrel

Stug panzer
A good example of an early Stug panzer with the short 75 mm

DSG Argentina Deetail recast as a comparaison 

Stug panzer
The same tanks with TSSD

Stug panzer
TSSD again

Stug panzer

Stug panzer

Stug panzer
The two Stugs with a Panzer III as a comparaison

What about a short film about the real thing?  I know, I cheat because it's a replica.

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