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  1. Hi all, I'm trying to model a 48 Sqdn Dakota Mk.III as per Operation Tonga. I've seen many photos where the two-letter squadron codes and individual aircraft code(s) have been obliterated by invasion stripes, and a few others where they are still visible, either painted around or repainted over. Does anyone know if there's any consistent pattern to which base/squadron did what? Also, how common was it for the individual aircraft code(s) to be painted on the nose, presumably after the fuselage one had been painted over? I'm particularly interested in KG408 (I2-AK).
  2. Dear all, In my builds I tend to swap between 1:72 aircraft and armour. This is my latest in the latter category; the Heller M4 Sherman with deep wading gear from their D-Day boxing. The little vignette is depicting one driving up the beach in Normandy. The building and painting went pretty straightforward, just the vinyl tracks annoyingly wouldn't hold their paint. I may swap them for after market tracks from OKB Grigorov later on. The deep wading trunks are included in the kit, but also a regular rear engine deck in case you want to build a standard M4. The kit also has three different gear cases that IMHO are way better than what UM provides in their kits. The canvas cover and the tarp over the stowage were made with tissue paper soaked with thinned white glue, while the stowage items themselves are from Black Dog Resin. Weathering was done with diluted black brown enamel paint and 'mud' from Tamiya weathering set 'A'. I hope you like it. Peter
  3. Hello, I am keen on depicting a C-47 model in wartime markings of the famous 'Argonia' (BuNo 43-15159). Looking at the available info, there are a few conundrums that I need clarifying: 1. Color of the fuselage 'D8-Z' codes - yellow, light grey or white? source: Osprey Combat Aircraft 054 - C-47 R-4D Units of the ETO and MTO, pg 21 source: portsmanpad via Flickr 2. Starboard wing 'Z' within a circle - should it be there or not? Machine in Sainte-Mère-Église lacks this marking. source: Osprey Combat Aircraft 054 - C-47 R-4D Units of the ETO and MTO, pg 27 source: chrispit1955 via Flickr Any help is most welcome. Regards, Aleksandar
  4. I finally finished my 404 Sqdn. Beaufighter, as it would have appeared on the morning of D-Day. While Coastal Command would usually have used semi-armor piercing warheads, on this day they had the 60lb warheads for Flak suppression, and still carried the 'Universal' bomb racks on the belly. This is the Tamiya kit (1/48) with a huge list of corrections/additions/mods. It's painted with Tamiya acrylics, weathered with oils, and pastels, and Aviaeology's 'AOD48002m RCAF Beaufighters in Coastal Command' decals. Hope you like, Colin Build log: Beaufighter build
  5. EDIT: This build was started in the Made in Britain GB, back in 2016. As usual with me, I didn't manage to finish it in time and it's been on and off the bench since then. I'll try to finish it now. Thanks for looking Jaime ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hi, This is my first entry to this GB [EDIT: the 2016 edition of the Made in Britain GB] and constitutes the first of a two part series. This one is Academy's 1/72 Typhoon Mk Ib, which i'll build in D-Day striped camouflage, as flown by Wing Commander R E P Brooker, the No. 123 Wing Leader. His aircraft was marked MN570 ‘B’. The second part of the series is a Tempest Mk V. Here is an article about Typhoon operations during the Normandy Invasion. There's a picture of the aircraft at the end of the article and here is a hi-res version. Here is a profile of the aircraft. The aircraft was armed with under-wing unguided rockets for ground attack. The Academy kit comes in a double boxing, commemorating D-Day, from which I already built the Spitfire Mk XIV. I'll be using Eduard's Zoom set for the Typhoon, as well as Quickboost's resin exhausts: IMAG1512 IMAG1656 I've already took the fuselage and wing parts off the sprues for a test fit. This was done back in March, when I was building the Spit and intended to start the Typhoon right after, which didn't happen. Regarding fit, everything fits well apart from a small gap between the front of the wing parts and the fuselage on the right side. IMAG1551 These parts, the tail plane parts and the control stick are now waiting for the build to start: IMAG1552 IMAG1553 In April I also primed and painted the resin exhausts for the Typhoon and the Tempest. This was done at the same time as I painted the exhausts for my Bf 109 G10, like shown in the next picture: IMAG1808 I used Alclad's Grey Primer and Alclad's Burnt Iron for the exhausts. The plan is to start building in the next few days. Thanks for looking Jaime
  6. 15cm TbtsK C/36 WWII German Atlantic Wall Gun (MV126) 1:72 CMK by Special Hobby This 15cm gun was originally designed for a range of new destroyers commissioned by the German Navy, but their weight caused some issues that often led to a turret being removed and another replaced by the C/38 twin gun in order to keep the barrel count the same. This left a number of “spare” turrets that eventually found their way to form part of the supposedly impenetrable Atlantic Wall that was the purview of Erwin Rommel in the run up to the inevitable invasion by the Allied forces. Because they didn’t yet know the location of the impending attack, the wall was stretched thin along most of the northern French coat, and up as far as Norway. These guns were mounted upon a concrete casemate that kept them stable and able to rotate as necessary to engage targets. The gun has a splinter shield on the front, sides and roof, but with an open rear that could mean a cold post if you were unlucky enough to be assigned to one during the winter. There were two sighting hatches at the front, and four inspect covers around the bottom of the shield to inspect the powerful electric motors used for traversing the assembly. Needless to say, many of these guns were pummelled into extinction by the Allied invasion force from offshore, overhead, and from behind once the troops reached the shores. The Kit This is a rebox from Special Hobby via their Planet Models brand, and it arrives in a small white cardboard box with the front adorned with a large sticker that shows you what’s inside in the shape of a number of 3D renderings. Inside are seventy-one resin parts on a number of casting blocks, a small fret of Photo-Etch (PE) parts, and the A5 folded instruction booklet. Detail is excellent, although a few parts had come off their blocks in transit on my example, and a tiny bicycle-style seat had gone missing somewhere along the line. Check your kit when it arrives, just in case. Construction begins with the breech, which is exceptionally well detailed, fitting a toothed wheel at the base, and then adding the working floor, aiming and elevation gear to the sides, and a set of two triangular supports for the foot-plates. The turret shroud has the majority of its apertures flashed over, and the trailing edge needs the moulding attachment points sanding away, after which the various doors and hatches are installed along with their supports. The shroud is then slid over the internals and glued in place. The cylindrical base attaches to the underside, and the big barrel tube can then be super glued into the breech through the front to complete the job. A number of scrap diagrams show how the model inside the shroud should look once built, so you have one last chance to check your work before you get too far. The back two pages of the instructions are covered with adverts for recent releases. Conclusion A very unusual model that might not otherwise have been made in this scale, although the contents of the box could have been protected a little better to prevent damage to parts. My sample had a few styrene peanuts in the box, but maybe a few more were needed. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  7. Sherman Firefly – Armor PhotoHistory ISBN: 9788360672327 Model Centrum Progres The Sherman was one of the most widely used Allied tanks during WWII, named after an American Civil War general when it entered service in the early part of the war. It was the mainstay of Allied armour, and was a reliable and rugged vehicle, but initially suffered from weak points that led to the Germans christening it the "Tommy cooker" because of the thin side armour that allowed a carefully placed shot to penetrate it and set the tank afire. Once identified, appliqué armour was added to the vulnerable spots to improve survivability. It became one of the most produced tanks of WWII, with over 50,000 made, 17,000+ of which were destined for British service. Originally fitted with a 75mm gun, the arrival of the Panther and Tiger tanks in the European Theatre led to tests for improving firepower to penetrate the thicker armour of these new foes. The American tests weren't as successful as the British forays into heavy armament, and it was the installation of the Ordnance QF 17-pounder gun in a standard turret that resulted in the Firefly. It was capable of knocking out a Panther and Tiger at combat ranges from then on, but the US Generals preferred to carry on with their M36 Tank Destroyer as the end results were broadly similar, although the M36 had to have a new turret installed. Although the Firefly concept was initially rejected, it proceeded anyway and the improved Shermans started reaching the front just in time for the work-up before D-Day where it gave a good account of itself. To hide the extra firepower the length of the barrel was sometimes disguised by adding a wavy camouflage to the underside in the hope the enemy would mistake it for the weaker 75mm gun and be less cautious to their peril. By war's end around 2,000 Fireflies had been produced, and had been used effectively as part of the larger Sherman force, evolving new tactics to protect the valuable Fireflies while making good use of their heavy hitting power. The Book This is a new publication from the Armor PhotoHistory series by Model Centrum Progres, distributed in the UK by Casemate UK. It’s a soft-backed perfect-bound book with a genuine 88 pages in portfolio format, printed on glossy paper with a black background for the photo portion of the book. It is broken down into sections that provide tons of photos, plans, drawings and profiles of the up-gunned Sherman that made taking on the dreaded Tigers and Panthers that were fielded by the Nazis. The book is laid out as follows: History Pages 1-17 A detailed telling of the story that resulted in the more powerful gun and expanded turret. Photogallery Pages 18-63 Tons of photos with informative captions of the tank in action in Europe after D-Day. Drawings Pages 64-79 Scale plans and detailed drawings of the Firefly and some of the important components of the vehicle. Colour Plates Pages 80-88 Eight pages of profiles and scrap drawings of the tank in various regiments. The inner covers are opportunistically printed with adverts for their other products and some of Gecko Models products. The prime focus of the book is of course the photographs, and those are first rate. Add the captions and the other sections and you have a very useful reference book that gives you tons of information and a bucket-load of diorama inspiration from the candid and even the posed photos. The drawings at the rear of the book will be invaluable to the detailer as well as those with interior kits to build, especially the smaller parts and the wiring that is found inside your average tank. Conclusion If you’re the proud owner of a Firefly kit or just an armour buff, this book will be of great interest and will also provide you with quite a bit of interesting reading along the way. The photos are all B&W because they were taken in the 1940s, and plans are also line drawings, so the first hint of colour is in the colour plates near the back – if you ignore the cover of course! Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  8. Right chaps, I'm a bit stalled on the 43, so much scratch building that i feel that I need to do build something a bit less challenging. I've selected this little beauty, one that my very good friend bought me a few years ago, Longshanks, so take a bow fella I know you've been waiting to see this get done. After my holiday to Normandy I'm a bit inspired to build something that would fit in with the trip. Next to no AM will be hurt in this build but I'll do some light scratch work just to work things in my own way. I built a Sherman back in 2016 and really enjoyed the build so this will be a second WW2 build for me. A Small amount of AM, nothing too serious (At this point), Its more so for the crew. Shall probably make a start over the weekend, Panic ye not, I'll be back on the 43 after this but I feel I need something a bit straight forward for a week or so. Regards Dan
  9. Jezioro Zegrzyńskie is dam lake about 20 km North from Warsaw. It is popular place of recreation for many people and base for inland yachtsmen. It is connected with Baltic Sea via Wisła river - over 400 kms by navigable but quite difficult river (it is I belive last great not-regulated Europe's river, I hope it still remain the same) and with a Mazurian Lakes as well. One of the boat-harbors there is Rynia. We can find there quite strange construction - an old barge. Today the barge is mainly store depot for yacht's parts, equpiment and so on. But its history is quite interesting. In 50' and 60' years it was floating theatre. Actors performed plays in small villages along the river. These villages were often very poor - without electricity and so on and for villagers it was first contact with art. But it is not all... One of the sailors (and professor as well) from Rynia recently reaserched barge's history. It appeared barge was modified in Płock (name of the town) river shipyard in 50's. When he visited Płock archive he discovered the barge originally was... LCT-2135 built in 1942 by Quincy Barge Builders. As http://www.navsource.org/archives/10/18/180135.htm states: Transferred, 16 November 1942, to the United Kingdom, under the Lend-Lease program HM LCT-2135 Armor plating added in early 1944 in the United Kingdom prior to Reverse Lend-Lease to the US Navy, redesignated LCT(A)-2135 LCT(A)-2135 was assigned to LCT Gunfire Support Group for the Invasion of Normandy LCT(A)-2135 was returned to the Royal Navy after the Invasion of Normandy Placed out of service, date unknown Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown LCT(A)-2135 earned one battle star for World War II service Returned, 2 December 1946, to the US State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission Sold in June 1947 Final Disposition, fate unknown LCT(A)-2135 A US Army captain is reading General Eisenhower's address to his armies from the bridge of LCT(A)-2135 as troops and equipment are enroute to Utah Beach, 5 June 1944. LCT-2135 carried 13 jeeps, 6 armored cars, 2 small trucks, 1 tank, and 80 men for to the invasion beaches at Normandy. LCT(A)-2135 moored at Saas-Van-Ghent, Belgium, date unknown. In 1950 Polish Navy gained a few ex-allies landing craft: 12 LCP(L), 11 LCT(5) and 3 LCM(5). There were a few ex-german landing vessels too. I hope you found this story interesting for me it is absolutely fascinating due to so different, contrast historical and culture dimensions. It is generally unknown in Poland, I found it in newest polish "Polityka" weekly. https://www.polityka.pl/tygodnikpolityka/historia/2120469,1,niezwykle-dzieje-rynskiej-barki.read (unfortunantely only in polish). I found such state about LCT-7074, I think "our" story is similar: Best regards, Michał.
  10. Hello all Today I would like to present one of my older models, the DUKW from Italeri. I tried to simulate beach dust and OD faded by salt water. Unfortunately, details like the dashboard are (still) missing (decals got lost) and some things are not correct like the slits in the side rails. These things I will improve in the future, because I got the Tankograd 6003 Technical Manual for christmas 👍 I also got a second kit from Airfix - two are better than one 😎 Have fun! MD
  11. D-Day Battlefront 1:76 Airfix Airfix is know for putting these play sets together from existing kits and sets in their catalog. This D-Day Battle front set is no exception. This set brings together the Sherman M4 Mk.1, Tiger Tank, WWII British Paratroops, WWII German Infantry, Forward Command Post Building; all to go onto a vacform base. Also included in the box are a couple of tubes of glue, some small pots of paint and a couple of paint brushes. The M4 Sherman Airfix's kit has been around since 1961. Although basic it captures the look of the sherman quite well. Decals are supplied for one US Army Tank. The Tiger Tank Airfix's kit has been around since 1964, this is a slightly more involved kit tank the Sherman due to the interleaved road wheels and the multi part turret. The Forward Command Post Airfix's kit has been around since 1975. The original base for this is not supplied here due to the new larger bas The Base Airfix have done a base for the whole set in this box The quality of the base is quite good, even though this sample seems to have a bit missing from one edge, it does not really affect the main surface. WWII British Paratroops Airfix's set of these goes back to the 1970s and they are of the vinyl toy type. The moulding is a little soft on them with some of the details getting lost. WWII German Infantry Like the British Paratroops I suspect these figures date back to the 70s as they are of the same vinyl toy type. They have not fared as well as the Paras as there is a good deal of flash on these figures. Conclusion No doubt these sets make money for Airfix I feel this has been somewhat thrown together maybe to make some Christmas sales. The figures are not great with no instructions about them in the box, they were not even packaged up just put in the box without even being bagged. Review sample courtesy of
  12. But not at the same time! 😁 (apologies if you were expecting Spitfires in USAAF service) Some time ago I found an Eduard 1/72 Spitfire Mk IX "The Longest Day" dual combo in a local bookstore that also deals some kits. I snapped it up since I knew these Eduard kits were fantastic and I didn't have any Mk IXs in my collection. I really wanted a D-Day striped Spitfire, but also dreaded the masking and painting. I knew for sure I couldn't stomach two, so I scrounged up some spare decals and built one straight away as a IXe in Soviet service. It's slightly fictitious, in that the number "51" on the side was just what I had lying around, but the rest of the markings are based on known aircraft. After a long time and many detours, my build craving looped back around to Spitfires and I mustered the courage to do the stripes. I picked Mk IXc "ZD-C" from the Eduard decal options in the box. Long story short, these kits really are amazing in every way, definitely more on the wish list (an VIII and a XVI). Now that both are finished, I decided to photograph and upload them together. Two kits from the same box that ended up very different indeed, but I am pretty happy with both. I'm less happy with my photography in this case but I'm still tweaking setup. The amount of white on both of these really wasn't helping! Thanks for looking!
  13. Greetings This is my Monogram kit built as an A-10C with some antennas scratch-built and Eduard photo-etched interior. I used a Black Box resin Interior for some of the upgrade such as the seat and the canopy raising components. The Decals were from reidairpublishing and they were really good. No silvering ,handled great and settled down really well. Stripes, as on all D-Day markings, were a bit of a challenge. Gunze Olive drab and Vallejo Grey, Clear coated with GX 100 and Semi-Gloss final with decanted Mr. Hobby Semi-Gloss. 43 Grams (Yes metric for an American) nose weight for correct stance. Master nose gun and Pitot were absolutely stunning. Thanks for Looking Comments Always Welcome Cheers Bill
  14. D-Day Sea Assault (A50156A) 1:72 Airfix Airfix have a tradition of releasing boxed sets containing themed groups of models. Six years ago they released some sets to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Operation Overlord. Now there is a new range to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Perhaps unsurprisingly for a company with such a vast back-catalogue, these sets tend to contain a mixture of the old and new. This is perhaps a hint that they are aimed at the more casual end of the modelling spectrum. This set is titled 'D-Day Sea Assault' and contains a vacuum formed beach, two higgins boats, a Willys Jeep with trailer and howitzer and some plastic soldiers. As this is a starter set, the usual acrylic paint, brush and adhesive are also included. Willys Jeep, Trailer & Howitzer The Willys Jeep is a pretty new kit, dating from around 2014. What you get here is the same as the stand-alone kit, which is to say a very nice model. For a full run down of this part of the set, please refer to my full review here. Higgins LCVP (x2) The LCVP, or Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel (or Higgins Boat, if you prefer) was a stalwart not just of D Day, but also of the Pacific campaign. Designed with a shallow draught and full-width bow ramp it was able to disembark and leave the beach in just 3 to 4 minutes. This is another relatively new kit that was released around the same time as the Willys Jeep. The mouldings are clean and crisp and it looks as though it will build up into a well-detailed kit The rest of the set is composed of the figures, diorama base and decals. The figures that are supplied with this set are of the soft plastic type, the moulds for which I believe date from the 1970s. Detail is acceptable considering these aren't multi-part figures, and although they wouldn't be my first choice for use in a diorama, they will fill up the scene nicely. How well the supplied acrylic paint will adhere to the plastic is another question altogether. Last but not least is the big sheet of vacuum formed plastic upon which everything else sits. The spaces for the landing craft are carefully marked out and there are tyre tracks for the Jeep too. The base will probably benefit from some additional details such as tank traps and other detritus. Conclusion This set is a curious mixture of ancient and modern, although with more of the latter than the former. The modern parts are, by and large, very good, while the figures are a bit of a let-down. I wonder if Airfix will ever re-tool these, given that they seem to be a perrenial of their range and end up doing a fair bit of heavy lifting in sets like these? That said, when mixed together in a great big box with an exciting picture on the front they are still capable of providing some amusement. If you can overlook the weak spots, then this set should provide a great deal of fun. Review sample courtesy of
  15. Happy Christmas & Happy New Year to everyone on Britmodeller! I'm issuing no apologies for not appearing very often on Britmodeller, I keep getting asked to do build threads, but I just get more carried away with the modelling and forget to take the progress pics! So I just get wheeled out at xmas like some tatty decoration! More Nato Tiger Meet subjects from me! Also I was inspired by an article in some military aviation mag on the Columbian Air Force Kfir's so I ordered the new TC12 conversion set from John of Scaleworx. Something you don't see very often & I think they look pretty cool in that dark grey. AMK/Scaleworx 1/72 Kfir C7 converted to a Columbian AF TC.12 with the Scaleworx resin conversion set. Thanks John if your looking! Stripes On A Plane! Pt.1 Hobbyboss 1/72 Rafale B - Model Alliance NTM 2006 decals used, a huge improvement over kit decals. Revell 1/72 F-16B - Model Alliance Norwegian AF 2007 Tiger Meet Revell/Heller 1/72 Kitbash Conversion into a Mirage 2000D DXM decals French AF Nato Tiger Meet 2010 Stripes On A Plane! Pt.2 Special Hobby 1/72 Mirage F1B - Model Alliance 60th anniversary D-Day As a spotter I was annoyed that I didn't get round to seeing this when it visited Mildenhall in 2018, so I had to try & find a decal sheet for it. And found this Wolfpak sheet. Also it fit in with a "D-Day specials" modern fighters theme. I had intended to do one of the Lakenheath F-15 Heritage jets but was too late in the year to finish it. Italeri 1/72 A-10C 107FS Red Devils 100th D-Day Special - Wolfpak decals from Fantasy Printshop. They have loads of really interesting subjects that can't be found elsewhere. I also scratch built a new telescopic ladder for it out of brass tube. One final edit as I have only just completed this Airfix 1/72 Vampire T.11 as a Swiss Air Force T.55 MFS 88 Emmen 1990 Last Of The Vampires using decals from the Xtradecal sheet. Many thanks for looking & unless I start taking pics, see you next crimbo no doubt! 😉 Martin
  16. My D-Day project is going to be a 1/48 vignette using the kits below: I am going to to use some aftermarket for both kits - these from Airfix and Eduard for the Typhoon: .......and these track links from Skybow and the grills from Hauler for the Tiger: I'm going to be doing a crossover project where I build the Tiger 1 also as part of the Tiger STGB (at the same time as this D-Day GB) and the Typhoon and vignette here. I have some figures from Tamiya to use as well. Really looking forward to getting started on this. Kind regards, Stix
  17. Hi all My entry will be a Eduard Spitfire MK.XIe in 1:48 (84138) with a few after market items ie cockpit Wheels cannons engine ? decals I will be using Xtradecal set X48172 Using markings for MK304 Y2K Flown by Flight Lieutenant Arnold “Rosy” Roseland of 442 (RCAF) Squadron based at St. Croix Sur Mer France July 1944
  18. Coming to you in the July issue of SAMI, here's my take on the special Hobby 1/32 Tempest V, in the markings of Pilot Officer George ‘Lefty’ Whitman, 3 Sqn, RAF, June 8th, 1944 - he was Roland Beamont's wingman that day. I used various aftermarket bits, including the CMK cannon bay set for the starboard wing. Pilot figure by MDC, along with his faithful companion, from a set of RAF figures by Masterbox. Hope you like it!
  19. Good morning all Thought I would make a thread seeing as I actually cut some plastic over the weekend. The idea of doing a dio is one that appealed to me, I'm more a railway modeller and just love doing scenics, so with this in mind I set about starting. I'll add some photos in tonight, but I've made a good start in the cromwell tank from airfix, bare in mind this is my first go at doing a tank, and I thoroughly enjoyed clubbing it together. So where am I going with this, well the plan is to have a river/stream, with a destroyed bridge across it, either side we have the tanks, one the cromwell, the other a tiger, more about these in the coming posts... Now you can't really have a D-day themed model without having some invasion stripes? Don't worry I have this covered in the form of a 1/72 tiffy, but for now it's role in the scene I'll be keeping hush, element of suprise and all that A fair bit going on but hopefully it'll all come together and I'm not biting more then I can chew, hopefully a few pics over the coming days All the best Matt
  20. The Waffen SS in Normandy (9781612006413) July 1944, Operations Goodwood and Cobra Casemate Publishers via Casemate UK Once the Allies landed on the beaches in Normandy in June 1944, the Nazi forces that were defending the northern French coastline had to move their units, particularly their armoured SS units to the point of attack, despite Hitler's lingering concerns that this might be a feint to distract from the main attack. That and the general interfering that Hitler was prone to meant that getting authority to move would be difficult and could have consequences for those disturbing him or going against his wishes. This new book from Casemate is bound in a softback cover with half-width fold-out fly-leaves giving a synopsis of the contents in front, and details of the publishing house at the rear. It contains 128 pages of glossy paper, much of which is printed in black and white, with a number of pages in colour, including profiles and some excellent colour photos from the time. The book follows the timeline of the battles and gives information about the key players in the Waffen-SS Divisions, and their struggle to get to the front in a vain attempt to throw the Allies back into the ocean. The German forces that were present in the invasion area did a good job of holding the Allies in check until the end of June, after which their break-out was to test and break their resistance, with operations Goodwood and Cobra taking Caen and rolling into Brittany, sealing the fate of the German forces in France. Later, the British Operation Goodwood and Canadian Operation Totalize began the constriction of what was to become known as the Falaise Gap, where much of the retreating German materiel and manpower were either killed or captured. The photos are of the usual high quality, with a number of destroyed SS vehicles, plus some grisly pictures of dead soldiers, and of course the leading figures of the SS. Thankfully the number of gruesome pictures are few, but they are a little upsetting, so if you're of a delicate nature, now you know. Spread throughout the book are a quantity of profiles of the SS vehicles involved in the actions detailed in the book, and each of the main battles and engagements have a short section devoted to them. Conclusion Although the SS are a contentious subject for some, they were integral to the defence of France, so their activities bear scrutiny if you wish to have the whole picture of the battles. Of course it's not for everyone because of this, but it's interesting to see how they were defeated both by the Allies and the lack of understanding of the situation by the Führer back in Berlin. Review sample courtesy of
  21. Hello all, This really has no proper place to go, so I included it here hoping to get more views in honor of those who saved Europe 75 years ago. Some of you know that I have a background in carpentry, as well as being a soldier in the US Army. I was stationed in Germany as part of the famous, Big Red One! So I combined my skills, and using a piece of scrap wood from a stair plank, I cut it into thin stips and even created a tongue and groove, using my table saw improperly, I am happy to report, I still have all my fingers! I made this in honor of my Division, as part of what eventually will become a hand made dart board cabinet. I am in no way, a cabinet maker, but it doesn't hurt to try. Anyway, I love the beautiful wood grain, and I considered painting it into the proper red/green color of the 1st ID insignia. Would love some feedback from the group as to which way to preserve the beautiful wood. Paint, stain or clear coat? All feedback is welcome, thanks for looking! Anthony Without further ado..............
  22. Today is Memorial Day here in the United States and with the advent of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion coming up I felt compelled to post of pictures of my meager tribute to the brave men of the 101st Airborne , The Screaming Eagles built for the 65th anniversary. It has held up rather well after a dusting. Please remember those who did not return from all our wars for when the call was made they went. All the Best! Don
  23. Good Day All, Just getting ready to start this group build. I'll be doing a D-Day machine using decal from a company I never used before called Foxbot. The decals are on their way from Hannants along with the Eduard mask. Foxbot have some very interesting nose arts. Other than that I am thinking about putting the tow assembly on the tail and possibly some battle damage....we'll see how it goes. In any case here are the obligatory starting point pics. So far all that has been done is the kit has been washed with dish soap to get the mold release off and help with paint adhesion. All the Best! Don
  24. Good Day All, Finished my C-47 for the Group Build. Thought you would enjoy the pictures. All the Best! Don
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