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  1. Focusing on the figures in this diorama which shows my interpretation of the invasion of Crete in 1941. A glider load of 10 fallschirmjager disembarking from a glider which has just landed at Tavronitis Bridge. 10 modified and unmodified Dragon figures from various sets with Hornet heads. My first real attempt at developing my ability to paint faces and better uniforms. Still a long way to go. 10 pairs of eyes did my head in. Sanfrandragon gave me an itch I couldn’t stop scratching regarding the glider pilot. It was bugging me so I have worked out how to slightly rearrange the figures to cater to the pilot idea and integrate him in the focus area with the other figures given he would have had to exit the cockpit and come down the slope. He is rear right adjacent to the one at the central door exit. Yes, yes, Being a bit a...ly retentive but wanted to reduce my reliance on the artistic license. Also, for those interested, the guys on the Wehrmacht Awards Forum gave me this info about the glider pilot... ”The glider pilots involved in airborne assaults, such as the invasion of Crete were drawn from transport units, such as LLG1. That is to say, the Ju52's and DFS230 gliders, and their respective crews, belonged to LLG1 or some other transport unit. When not inserting Fallschirmjäger, these units were used to transport supplies etc. The glider pilots included officers, NCOs and other ranks. Some of the earliest glider pilots were Fallschirmjäger who then trained as glider pilots, including Walter Kiess. On the ground, there was an expectation that the glider pilots would take on a combat role. On Crete, many glider pilots were involved in guarding prisoners of war.” Also, someone confirmed that on Crete, the glider pilots wore fallschirmjager uniform. Change is below...
  2. A few shots of something I just completed. The diorama represents a glider which has just landed (heavily) next to Tavronitis Bridge on the morning of 20 May, 1941 during the start of the invasion of Crete. It is Bronco's 1/35 DFS. Nice interior but I added a battery and various pipes and cables which are difficult to notice, I did a cutaway of one side to show the nice frame. Capacity 10 including pilot, so there are 10 various modified and unmodified Dragon figures from different sets plus Hornet heads. More pictures of glider and figures in relevant Ready for Inspections.
  3. Although part of a diorama in the relevant Ready for Inspection, I focus on more of the glider pictures here. It is Bronco's 1/35 DFS230 modified and with cutaway. The damage to the glider on landing is inspired by this photo which was taken some time after the landing itself when the German's had won the battle for Crete.
  4. German Paratroopers WWII 1:35 Masterbox via Creative Models The Fallschirmjäger were an elite fighting force who were usually delivered to the battlefield via parachute, and were involved in some of the most daring raids of WWII. They dressed differently than the mainstream military with long camouflaged smocks and narrow brimmed "potty" helmets with a more robust closure system to stand up to the rigors of a parachute drop. The also used some different weapons, with the emphasis on compactness and lightweight, such as the FG42, which was advanced for its time but suffered from muzzle-climb due to its light weight. This figure set contains four figures in varying poses, and each one is broken down into separate legs, torso, arms and heads, plus various equipment and armament choices. The heads are complete, although they lack hair in order to get the helmet to sit snugly upon them, so if you want to leave the helmet off, you'll need to add a little hair, and remove the moulded in chin-straps. Sculpting is first rate, and the joints have been placed to minimise their impact on the detail, running down seamlines wherever possible. A little clean-up will be necessary on the mould seams however, but with a tool such as the Hobby Elements Sanders chucked into your Dremel, this won't take too long. The troopers with three-quarter smocks have their coat-tails moulded into their legs, except for one that has a quadrant moulded separately to depict it flapping during movement. Two figures are posed in the act of walking, with one kneeling and raising his rifle in anticipation of action, while the final figure is in the prone position looking down the sights of his MP40. Poses are naturalistic, and all they need is a ruined street corner to complete a realistic looking diorama. As usual with figure box sets, the instructions are simply painted figures with the part numbers and paint colours pointed out on the back of the box. The part numbers are then shown against a picture of the sprue, which on the box is sand coloured, but inside is a mid grey. The paint call-outs are given in Vallejo and Lifecolor, which are two of the more popular acrylic paints for brush painting, but it's easy to convert using modern web resources such as this one. The smock's camo pattern may cause some a little pause for thought, but with modern washes even an unshaded camo can look realistic. Conclusion Master Box do good figures, and this is a fine example of their craft. Don't let the prospect of having to paint the camo put you off, as this set is too good to miss out on. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  5. I am still on with the Mat and waiting for some of Dan's sponges to turn up so I can weather it. In the meantime, I found this photo one drunken night Fag, brown jump boots. Pistol and tin lid on. How Uber Ally is that lad on the right? Crete. the truck is captured. Note the Arabic on the VRN. Not sure if the Brits brought it over or the Germans, but in the hands of the Fallschirmjager it was. It had to be done. It didn't take me long to find the Morris. A quick google and Bobs. 70 odd sheets later and not a single photo of this model on line, the risk was taken and it was ordered. It came mid 90's resin and white metal, out of the DJ Parkins stable. Its simple and really nice. The Pak came from Waltbay as did the etch, but the little lads. They took a bit of finding. It transpires this scene was available in the mid 90s as a boxed set. the littel lads were done by a German lad called Ulrich Puchala who I tracked down on the hinterweb. 158 Euros later (I wish I was buying now......................), 13 lads turned up. Two are missing which is the driver and the passenger, but the others he still had. The last set. I also got brass vrn plates withe the Arabic text on. Well chuffed its going together pretty quickly its a nice little wagon
  6. My Revell 1/48 Ju52 , Been wanting to do a Ju52 for a while.The nose art is all original work so dont look to far into it , also the markings are probably wrong ,but its what i had so i went with it , i tend to do kits to what i like , so if you are expecting 100% originality not the place for you here lol hope you all like and feel free to leave comments good and bad , am a big boy i can take it lol , (ps here is a small WIP if intrested http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234963014-ju52-revell-148/ )
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