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  1. 1/12 StuG IIIG SCRATCH BUILD After building a 1/24 scratch built Maus I wanted to build something with a bit more detail and in a bigger scale. I decided to go for a StuG IIIG late war with Zimmerit, Schurzen and ultimately crew as it will become a diorama. Here's some photos of the fighting compartment and engine deck which were 3D printed. This is where I'm at so far. Now to start adding some detail. There's also a video on YouTube where you can see more of the process HERE
  2. This has been the most challenging and time consuming build yet. It was my first time working with schurzen and I wasn't too fond of it. I had many difficulties with this build and learned a lot while making it. I enjoyed the process but will be choosing something less fiddly for my next build, maybe an early Panther or something. I was planning on spraying some buff over the finished model to dull the decals down but only remembered after the pictures had already been taken. As always, all criticism and comment welcomed. Anyway here is the end result: Andy
  3. Here is my second lock-down build and essentially my second scale model ever. The Tamiya King Tiger 1/35. All questions, criticisms and advice welcome.
  4. Hey guys, 2020 is here and it's time for a new project. This is the first step of my diorama called "Soviet Supplies", more on that soon in the diorama section of the forum. This particular build though is of Tamiya's brand new Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) Ausf.E/F in 1/35th scale. A useful and interesting overview of the vehicle history and characteristics is available on Tank Encyclopadia.com. https://tanks-encyclopedia.com/ww2/nazi_germany/Panzer-38T.php Here is the plan I always do before commencing a build. Kit: 1/35 Tamiya Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) Ausf.E/F - No. 35369 Aftermarket: None Vehicle: Nr.522, 1st Company (light), 1st Battalion, 27th Panzer-Regiment, 19th Panzer-Division Location/Time: Velikiye Luki, Russia, 17th July 1941 Markings: Decals in the box Finish: Produced in late 1940. Has been in combat for ~ a month. Extra spare tracks mounted on top of transmission cover. No damage of note. Marshy terrain around V.Luki, nice weather. Bit of a short one here since I did my research ages ago and have therefore forgotten most of it already. The build is already well underway so we'll pick up from here. Lower hull is completed and turret assembly about to start. Cheerio, Jack
  5. dov

    German vs. Russian tank

    Hallo again The subject is the tank development in WW2 on German and Russian side. The idea is: Due to the topographic issue in Europe to show two total different ways of thinking, development and handling. As a basic literature, I can recommend the book: Der Panzer und die Mechanisierung des Krieges Eine deutsche Geschichte 1890 bis 1945 Von Markus Pöhlmann There is no English translation for this book. In opposition to most other literature about tank warfare, this book was basic for a habilitation at university, therefore it has scientific level. My points I want to remark are: The basic design of German vs. Russian tanks had as a cornerstone: · German: Front gear, front drive and rear engine. · Russian: Rear Gear, rear drive, rear engine · German: Straight hull · Russian: Inclined hull · German: Otto motor · Russian: Diesel engine · German: Torsion spring · Russian: Coil spring This are the basic. The Russian track is simpler and better suited for unpaved roads. The production and maintenance hours for a German tank are much higher as for a Russian tank. The sophisticated gear units of German tanks, especially V and VI are prone to damage. Resources necessary to keep a tank unit serviceable differ very much from German to Russian. Assembly lines were forbidden in Germany by the leading Wehrmacht office. To increase the factory output in Germany, Minister Speer did so much. His effort is widely unknown even today. Equivalent to this episode, you can see many other examples in history or present day, which seem queer. (Present day F-35 vs. Su-57) Happy modelling
  6. Hi, This is a 1:35 model, the Panzerkamfwagen III Ausf L, German medium tank. This is Tamiya KIT no. 35215. I made it as movable model, to do it I had to replace the road wheels by older ones from older (85'th) Tamiya KIT. Additional parts are the Friulmodel tracks and small accessories. I added a short video showing how does the model ride at the bottom. P.S. The photo light tent really does it job. This video clip presents how can this model ride. Review my remaining RFI-armor posts
  7. Hi All, I'm working on this 1/35 WSS panzer commander from Alpine Miniatures for a Hetzer build. I'm painting his uniform in the 1944 Dot-Peas camo pattern which was issued to tank crews later in the war. He's painted using Vallejo acrylics and I used a photo reference to try to replicate the pattern as accurately as possible - the tanker camo patter seems to vary slightly from the WSS infantry pattern. A little tidying up required and then he's ready to fix in the Hetzer. Thanks for looking, Andrew
  8. Hi there everyone, I'm new here and I would like to ask if anyone can help me identify a symbol or insignia from a 1 35 scale Academy kit of Tiger 1 tank called Operation Citadel. On the decal sheet it is labelled as " 5 " . It has a yellow box as a background and red lines I cannot describe within the yellow box. It is meant for the Totenkopf version of the Tiger 1 during operation citadel. I will try to upload a picture here, if not can someone tell me what the symbol means by looking it up on the Britmodeller review ? It is there in the pictures. Thanks!!
  9. German Armour In Normandy ISBN : 9781612006437 Casemate Illustrated - Casemate UK To say the invasion at Normandy was a surprise to the Germans would be an understatement. The Allies achieved what they set out to do when the troops landed on the beaches on the 6th June 1944. The Germans threw all they had into the defence and this was really show at first with Caen. Here the 7th Armoured Division suffered at the hands of German Tiger Tanks. However the following strategies from the Germans failed to capitalise on this with the Allies breaking out in July. This book in the Casemate Illustrated series combines text, pictures, and maps to bring us a look at German Armour operations in Normandy. The book goes into details of the planning, and details of German Armour movements, mainly focusing on the 10 Panzer divisions which took part. There are profiles of the tanks, tank destroyers and assault guns which took part. The book is A5 in format, 128 pages long and contains many contemporary photographs. Conclusion If you're interested in the battle for Normandy, and in particular the role of German Armour in the defence this is a good read. There are plenty of photos and profiles for the modeller. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  10. Hi everyone, here you have my last build: E-100 ausf.c with 128mm by Modelcollect in 1/72. Very recommendable kit, with delicate surface details and a PE set included. It comes also with a very well detailed engine compartment. Of course I had invented that abt.505 markings, this tank never saw a battlefield. In fact, just one prototype was build. Thanks!
  11. Panzer Regiment 1 1939-45 ISBN : 9783935107181 Schneider Armour Research via Casemate UK Panzer Regiment 1 is the oldest Panzer Regiemnt of the Wehrmacht. This photo book covers the regiment from its formation, through training and inital fighting in the Sudetenland, through to Poland, Belgium, France, Russia, Greece, Italy and in Hungary. The text gives us details of the units inventory tables, campaign maps, and unit structure. Included in the photos are the different vehicle markings throughout the war. Most of the photos have been sourced from veterans albums and are previously unpublished. The book is A4 landscape format hard cover, with mainly photograps. Text is in English and German. Conclusion Until this book there has been no publication dedicated to the oldest Panzer Regiment of the Wehrmacht. Using many unpublished photos from Veterans Albums makes this a unique record. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  12. What an excellent kit and photo set. Loved this build and I can see why Tamiya are still selling this kit. One of the best £10 I have spent. The full build is available at http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235018264-135-tamiya-panzer-kampfwagen-ii-ausf-fg/&page=1 Anyway here are the finished photo's.
  13. Hello and welcome to my very first post There are the first 1/35 scale Tamiya models I have built and was hoping some of you would be able to suggest improvements. I believe I am fairly good at making models but I need to venture into the more advanced weathering techniques to make them look like they have been used in a war, and not like they have just come out of the factory (which can still be a cool look). So I will explain my thoughts and opinions of each of these 4 models below and show you plenty of pictures of each: Tiger I: - I am quite proud of this model as it is the very first model tank I tried to make in 1/35 scale. I was very proud of the base as it really does look like the tank is digging into the ground as it drives over the grass. One thing I think needs improving on is making the tank look more muddy (since its driving through a field), but I'm worried of spoiling it. Also I think I should add some weathering like scratches or some weathering washes, suggestions? Panzer IV - One of my favourite tanks. Again quite proud of the base which is meant to look like a narrow, dusty gravel road elevated above a grassy field. Like with the Tiger 1 I would like to add some weathering to this, I would to give it a gravel-dust effect but I'm not really sure what to use. I am aware that one of the decals has come off, no idea where it went. And also ignore the unpainted panel on the inside of the turret-surround (hard to see on the pictures anyway), I made a mistake while making it and had no more paint to finish them haha. Churchill VII - I decided to base this one from the real life tank on which this model is based (as in the real tank with the same serial numbers etc). So I did lots of research on the real one and found out some very interesting things (pm me if you're interested). So this was made to be in the Hill 112 battle in Normandy which some of you may have heard of. With this model I decided to try to add some scratches as though it had been peppered with machine gun fire or just from general wear and tear. I did this by dry brushing some metallic paint onto the model, which I don't like the look of. Again fairly proud of this tank (bar the rubbish attempt to model scratches) but the base has much to be desired, but isn't quite finished. PAK-40 - I bought this model to have a go at the Vallejo Chipping Medium technique and I am very pleased with how well it worked. It's quite a faff but it paid off. I am yet to do the soldiers and the shells. I am quite pleased with how the mud mound turned out (I wish I had continued it round to the back side), the camera doesn't show it too well but I tried to create a crater in the mound as though a shell had hit it. Still need to paint the side of the base black. (Sorry for how large the pictures turned out) So there you go. I would greatly appreciate any feedback you have to offer One question, what paint would you use for bare steel? Thanks for looking Shaun
  14. Please help me, I'm lost! I need to get a king tiger before I go mad. I've been inspired by PlaStix to build a king tiger (tiger II) but I am not sure which kit and aftermarket parts to go for. Should I go with the Eduard kit and PE/resin or Tamiya and PE/resin? So let your wisdom guide me!
  15. Hello, Here's my newest kitty - Panther Ausf.D. Dragon - 1/35 - Premium Edition. Few words about the kit. It was a bit of a disappointment for me to be honest. Not the quality of the moulds, premium addons, but the fit itself. Traditionaly, Dragon's instructions were not good, missing parts, etc. Usually I really enjoyed Dragon kits, but this one was a bit different. Anyways, it was fun to paint it and weather. Decided to go for a non-muded vehicle, just some dust. I hope you like it. Now some motorbike on the workbench See you, Bart.
  16. Hi! This is my last completed kit, a nice, fast and trouble free build, as is often the case with Tamiya ;-) Thanks for looking!
  17. We have just received the latest batch of new release from Miniart which includes their new Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.C. •This kit contains 1171 parts. •EVERYTHING you need for an ACCURATE MODEL in ONE BOX. •First model of Pz. Kpfw. III Ausf. C reproduced in PLASTIC •Highly detailed modelAll New Tooling. •State of the art engineering utilising slide mould technology •Total details 1171 •1047 plastic parts •63 PE parts •11 clear plastic parts •Decals sheet for 5 options are included •Full-colour instruction •Fully detailed interior of turret •Crews vision periscopes with clear plastic parts •All hatches can be assembled opened or closed •Workable chassisWorkable track link For more details on this kit and the other new releases please click here. Creative Models Ltd
  18. Just finished this today. It's been on or near my bench for I don't know how long and as a result it had to be finished to make some room. It's the ages old Tamiya kit built out of the box with only the addition of the Eduard etched set and some Value Gear stowage. The figures are I think Master Box. All painted with Vallejo or Lifecolor acrylics. Thanks for looking! Cheers
  19. Hey lads and ladettes, Long time reader, first time poster! I haven't been modelling for very long, but I have been thoroughly interested in anything WWII/ military related (Vehicles/ Machinery) for a while now. I picked up this model at a local store for around $25-$28 in the month of July. I found it pretty easy to put together, the stupid rubber tracks were a burden though, I melted the links with the soldering iron and it didn't really turn out! I also had to borrow the number stickers from another Russian vehicle and the German sticker from a stug I am building. Other than that, I'm relatively happy with it, It is my first proper tank model. Cheers!
  20. Build 11 Yet another impulse buy & build for this group. Due to a lack of decals, I've only built one German tank from the Art of War series so far but that's about to change. I won a job lot of German and British decals on eBay, they're for 15mm (1/107) vehicles that's near enough for use on this scale so I'm doing a couple of German tanks to add to the three Russian tanks I've already finished for this group. Price: £2.99 from Antics Not a lot in this one due to it's size, the penny in the middle of the sprue gives you an idea of how dinky it is. Finished! Only joking Lot's to do yet.
  21. Dear Britmodellers, Five new books will be published by Kagero in January 2014. The following titles will be available after 17th January: miniTOPCOLORS No. 40 Pacific Lightnings Part I Maciej Góralczyk, Andrzej Sadło Two decal sheets with 1:72, 1:48 and 1:32 individual markings for 8 P-38 Lightnings with sexy nose art. The decal sheets were printed by Cartograf. Each painting scheme is depicted on beautifully drawn 4-view colour profiles and described in the 18 page guidebook with English and Polish text. The authors selected the following aircraft: - P-38G-15-LO; s/n 43-2384, coded 'I' of 80th FS / 8th FG, Dobodura, New Guinea, autumn 1943, - P-38E-LO; s/n 41-2221, 'Spirit of 76', coded '76', flown by 2nd Lt. John S. Mackey of 54th FS / 343rd FG, Attu, Aleutian Islands, winter of 1943/1944, - P-38L-5-LO, s/n 44-27132, 'Ready Maid', coded 'M', flown by Capt. Phil McLain of 36th FS / 8th FG, San Jose, Mindoro, the Philippines, spring 1945, - P-38L-5-LO, probable s/n 44-25133, 'Peck’s Bad Girl', coded 'V', flown by 2nd Lt. Charles I. Peck of 36th FS / 8th FG, San Jose, Mindoro, the Philippines, spring 1945, - P-38L-5-LO; s/n 44-26302, 'Hazel', coded '413', flown by 1st Lt. Warren E. ‘Whip’ Whipple of 44th FS / 18th FG, the Philippines, summer 1945, - P-38L-5-LO, s/n unknown, 'Glamour Puss II', coded 'L', flown by 1st Lt. Chester L. Schachterle of 80th FS / 8th FG, Ie Shima, Ryukyu Islands, August 1945, - P-38L-5-LO, probable s/n 44-25161, 'Wishful Thinking', coded 'N', flown by Lt. Royce H. Hendrickson of 36th FS / 8th FG, Ie Shima, Ryukyu Islands, August 1945, - P-38L-5-LO, s/n 44-26412, 'Shady’s Lady', coded 'P', flown by 1st Lt. William R. Pruner of 80th FS / 8th FG, Ie Shima, Ryukyu Islands, August 1945. Available in preorder in Kagero’s webshop: http://shop.kagero.pl/en/pacific-lightnings-part-i.html SMI LIBRARY No. 8 B-17 Flying Fortress in Combat over Europe Tomasz Szlagor The B-17 Flying Fortress epitomized the American airpower for most of the Second World War. It was by far the most effective weapon to carry out the strategic, daylight bombing campaign in Europe. The battles fought by B-17 crews during raids on such tough targets as Schweinfurt, Berlin or Ploesti were nothing short of epic. The combined effort of the two US Army Air Forces, 8th and 15th, stationed in England and Italy respectively, eventually denied the enemy the means to wage war and sealed the fate of the European Axis powers and their allies. This 92 page book includes 130 b&w and 11 colour archive photos, colour profiles of 6 aircraft, as well as a decal sheet printed by Cartograf which contains 1:32 and 1:72 individual markings for the following planes: - B-17G-25-BO; s/n 42-31678, 'Little Patches', coded 'LL-L' of 401st BS / 91st BG, - B-17F-50-BO; s/n 42-5360, 'Old Faithful', coded 'VK-N' of 358th BS / 303rd BG. Available in preorder in Kagero’s webshop: http://shop.kagero.pl/en/08-b17-flying-fortress-in-combat-over-europe.html miniTOPCOLORS No. 39 Captured Panzers. German Vehicles in Allied Service Marek Jaszczołt, Arkadiusz Wróbel A big decal sheet with 1:72, 1:48 and 1:35 markings for no less than 16 German armored fighting vehicles captured by Allied troops and used against their former owners. The decal sheet was printed by Cartograf. Each painting scheme is depicted on beautifully drawn colour profile and described in the 18 page guidebook with English and Polish text. The authors selected the following vehicles: - Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. F of the 1st Ranger Battalion, Tunisia, spring 1943, - Sd.Kfz. 222 of No. 2 ACC, North Africa, 1943, - Jagdpanzer 38(t) „Chwat”, Warsaw, Poland, August 1944, - Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. A of 1er bataillon AS de l’Ain, Méximieux, France, September 1944, - 15cm Panzerwerfer 42 auf Selbstfahrlafette Sd.Kfz. 4/1 of 1er G.M.R., Saint-Nazaire area, France, October 1944, - Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G of the 145th Regiment RAC, Italy, 1944/1945, - Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G of the 4th Battalion Coldstream Guards, the Netherlands, winter 1944/1945, - Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H/J of l'Escadron Autonome de Chars Besnier, Saint-Nazaire area, France, February-March 1945, - Sd.Kfz. 251/8 Ausf. D of an unidentified U.S. Army unit, Germany, 1945, - Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G of the 366th Self-Propelled Artillery Regiment, Hungary, March 1945. - Panzerbefehlswagen Panther Ausf. G of l'Escadron Autonome de Chars Besnier, Saint-Nazaire area, France, March-May 1945, - Sd.Kfz. 251/7 Ausf. D of the 153rd Field Regiment RA, Guards Armoured Division, Germany, 1945, - Sd.Kfz. 251/1 Ausf. D “Řevnice 5”, Prague area, Czech Territory, May 1945, - Sd.Kfz. 250 Ausf. A, Prague, Czech Territory, May 1945, - Sturmgeschütz III Ausf. G of the 5th Independent Self-Propelled Artillery Squadron, 6th Infantry Division, Poland, May 1945, - Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. J of the 5th Independent Self-Propelled Artillery Squadron, 6th Infantry Division, Poland, May 1945. Available in preorder in Kagero’s webshop: http://shop.kagero.pl/en/captured-panzers-german-vehiclesin-allied-service.html SUPER DRAWINGS IN 3D No. 26 Japanese Heavy Cruiser Takao 1937-1946 Janusz Skulski, Andrzej Sobucki, Waldemar Góralski A4 size, 92 pages, 140 colour 3D renders, 1 double A1 sheet of scale drawings. Available in preorder in Kagero’s webshop: http://shop.kagero.pl/en/26-japanese-heavy-cruiser-takao-1937-y1943.html TOPDRAWINGS No. 18 The Battleship HMS Warspite Witold Koszela A4 size, scale drawings, colour profiles, double A2 sheet with colour scheme, double B2 sheet with colour scheme. Available in preorder in Kagero’s webshop: http://shop.kagero.pl/en/the-british-battleship-hms-warspite.html Our full offer may be browsed on our site http://books.kagero.pl (login: books, password: kagero).
  22. Hello everybody! i am back again with a 100% completed StugIV. i just finished painting it a few days ago, and finished my very first Diorama a couple minutes ago. I'm quite happy with it myself, and hope you will be too! enjoy! Here it is! Again, sorry for the bad quality of the pictures but you can see it atleast. You can also see my homemade woodstack i made cutting up a couple of sticks from a bush outside, and then gluing them together. it looks nice. Please share your opinions!!
  23. Panzerkampfwagen 35(T) Academy 1:35 History Originally designed and built for the Czech army the 35(T) or LT 35 as it was then known, wasn’t an immediate success. Once the shortcomings had been ironed out it did become very popular with the crews. This was Skodas first tank built with a turret, which mounted a 37mm gun and a co-axial machine gun. With the invasion of Czechoslovakia the German army took over 244 tanks of the 434 built, and designated them the Panzerkampfwagen 35(T). Used extensively in the blitzkrieg attacks in the invasion of Poland, France and even the opening attacks against Russia, it is said that the German Army wouldn’t have been successful had it not been for these tanks. Although being of bolted construction they could be dangerous for the crews in the event of a hit, which even though it may not have penetrated the armour it could sheer bolts off, which would act like shrapnel inside the tank. Most 35(T)s were retired from active service by 1942 and used instead as training vehicles. Countries such as Bulgaria retired their last training 35(T) in 1950. The Model The model comes in an attractive full colour box with a depiction of the tank trundling along a country track. Inside there are ten sprues, a separate upper hull and turret all in dark grey styrene. All the parts appear well moulded with no sign of flash or moulding pips. Moulded it detail is quite nicely done, with all the distinctive rivet heads around the tank depicted well. Being a fairly small tank construction shouldn’t take too long and the only area that will take care and attention will be with the link and length tracks, and the multiple bogies. To compliment the model Academy have also provided two crew members, which is quite a rare thing these days. Admittedly the driver only comes as the upper half whereas at least the commander is complete. Construction begins with the lower hull which is made up of the floor, hull sides, two piece front glacis plates and two piece rear bulkhead. Unlike most tanks this one has two sprocket wheels per side and each is made up out of four pieces, the two toothed sprockets, plus an inner and outer hub. There is a separate twin wheel just behind the front sprocket wheels and three two piece return rollers per side. The main bogies, of which there two each side are made up out of four two piece wheels, two axle frames an inner support structure and two leaf springs. When completed, these assemblies can be fitted to the lower hull, followed by the mud scraper that fits between the rear sprocket wheel centres. The link and length tracks, whilst slightly fiddly don’t look as bad as a full individual link track does, but what indy links there are do look quite fragile and are connected to the sprue at three points. What is quite a nice feature is that the upper length of track has track sag moulded in. Just ensure that the sag is where it should be on the return rollers when fitting. With the lower hull now complete the upper hull section can now be fitted, along with the sloping rear engine decking. The single piece fenders are then attached on either side, whilst at the front the two piece bow machine gun, drivers hatch covers, (posed open or closed), headlights, towing eyes and aerial bases are attached. Five Jerry cans are assembled out of their two halves and separate handles. Three are mounted onto a frame on the left side of the engine deck and two more, also in a separate frame are mounted on the rear of the left hand fender. If required there are five more jerry cans that can be built and fitted to the rear engine deck by a two piece frame. With the pioneer tools fitted to the left hand side adjacent to the turret ring and the main jack, wrecking bar and exhaust fitted to the right hand side, all that need adding before the hull is complete is the rear towing hooks and light fitting. The main gun is made up of a separate barrel, upper recuperating unit above and the two piece trunnion. This assembly is then thread into the slot within the mantle. The main turret part is fitted with the underside of the mantle mating point and four vision blocks around the commanders cupola. The upper turret is then fitted to the lower turret part and the gun/mantle assembly is attached. The commanders hatch come as inner and outer parts and the assembly can be pose either open or closed. With the turret complete it can then be slotted into the turret ring and rotated to suit. The kit comes with two ends of the tow cable and the kit does provide a length of white thread which will need to be painted if may be best to use a length of wire instead. The tow cable is wound round the two rear towing hooks. Decals The small decal sheet provides crosses and identification numbers for two vehicles, both in an overall panzer grey scheme. • Vehicle A01 of the 6th Panzer Division, France 1940 • Vehicle 735 of the 6th Panzer Division, Russia 1941 The decals are nicely printed but look like they will need some softening and setting solution to settle them down as they may be a little thick. Conclusion This is a great little kit with some nice details and yet nothing too taxing which could make for a pleasant break from more complex builds. I’m still not sure of the origin of this kit as it has been said that it is the old ICM kit reboxed. That said, the mouldings still look good and I can happily recommend the kit to all. Review sample courtesy of
  24. I found this in my local branch of Antics, having recently built a "snap fit" Zvezda 1/200 Li-2 transport plane I though I'd give this a go. Like the Li-2 I decided to glue it together as well as go for a nice weathered finish. No markings were supplied so I raided my decal stash and found something that looked OK. Painted in Revell acrylics, the scheme is purely fictional and just evolved as I went. Weathering was done using oil washes, pastels and dry brushing. The mud is pastels mixed with Micro Set and applied as a sludge.
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