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thought I’d share this with you all as I’ve not been very active up this neck of the woods for a while. Built back in February , it’s part of a larger project with a Trumpeter Artillery Tractor and a Plus model’s bridge. It’s all OOB with nothing added.
German defenses along the normandy beaches were part os the Atlantic Wall fortifications designed to defend Fortress Europa from an allied amphibius invasion. The scene explanatory is an inspection visit by H.Q Officers at one of the many fortified positions established by troops from the 716th Infantry Division along the coast of Normandy. I used the DML 6213 German Staff Officer kit with its binocular is perfect for the scene. Maps are Peddinghaus. All diorama is 1/35 scale. The DML Dragon figures, Ceramic Bunker and Woodland Scenics vegetation are the elements that make up this interesting diorama about a fortification in Normandy. Let's follow up on the result. I made the ceramic bunker and glued with White glue. Painted with acrylics in a color similar to concrete and after a coat de varnish. It was washes with Ammo Mig enamel. More details view of a “Ringstanden”. Tobruks Pits were the most commom type de fortified position in normandy and existed in a wide range of styles. More officially termed “Ringstanden” they were all characterized by a single circular opening for a weapon, most commonly used as Machine Gun pits. I used an MG34 and the figure is Verlinden. In the future I will take advantage of this bunker and make the "tobruk panzerstellung" version which was equipped with a tank turret. In the circular opening I'll place an APX-R turret, initially used on the Heller Renault R-35 tank kit. I used 2 figures from the Dragon 6574 German Warriors set, to reproduce the typical appearance of a soldier belonging to a static division. I chose resin heads with a better facial expression. The 716th was considered a second class unit. The troops in static divisions tended to be older conscripts, averaging 35 years old. They included veterans wounded and also troops suffering from the debilitating effects or younger often with medical problems. While some work, others keep watch. In this view, we have a good disposition of the figures used.. Bunkers were usually practically buried in the ground to hide their profile. As a pattern maker, I preferred to add a trench to give the bunker structure more visibility. In this view we can see (partially covered) the exit door from the bunker to the trench that defends the rear of the position. Note the MG in anti-aircraft repair (Tamiya) and the "Minen" warning. On the bone plate, the written face is placed on the friendly side. In the case of the photo, I just turned the sign just to show what is written...(!) The vegetation and grass are Woodland Scenics. To make the trees (including the trunks of the trenches), I used dehydrated natural branches, collected in the field. After being treated with anti-fungus, they were painted with enamel paint. We avoid using acrylics, because the paint is water-based. There's a bird in the tree! I used the pigeon that comes in the Bronco 3567 Airborne Equipment set. Barbed wire was made using a well known technique. To make the "hedgehog", I consulted a military engineering manual. Cheers, Fábio.