Military Madness – Spotlight No3

A little something to celebrate getting 100K site visits a little while back ….

Some things just can’t be rationally explained especially when the military mind is allowed full reign to express itself. The result is weird costumes, unusual camouflage and completely impractical vehicles. Just for funsies I thought I’d post a few pics from my web collection of military weirdness of the highest order ….


VWW Prototype, as the marketing pamphlet says, “not just an amphibious car but a unidirectional amphibious car!” No orders were placed …..

VWV prototype

A chronic shortage of imported silk fuelled this design from ill-fated Soviet aeronaut Sergi Stupoiovich, seen here preparing for his first, and last, test flight of the assualt manbatwing.

Soviet manbat

The 1940 German Albert Canal swim team seen here in a secret training session.

German Albert Canal swim team

The famous ‘Wake Island TD” often thought to be a military urban legend until this recent archival photographic discovery.

Wake Island TD

Wash day during the phoney war Sitzkrieg of 1939.

Wash day Ziegfiedline

2 man Northrop-Grumman 75 Gallon Droptank cycle.


Elvis ….. the man is everywhere. Nuff said.

Elvix Wunschley Jnr

Dave goes undercover. Superb costume partially let down by his failure to find a suitable Bear cavalry unit to blend with.

Max goes undercover

No idea. So it must be something to do with excessive schnapps consumption. Obvious really.

Its all better with schnapps

ICP European fun tour ’42.

ICP '43

The famous British stiff upper lip and disdain for danger is evident in this picture of a tank crew fortified with cucumber sandwiches, gin and pipe tobacco ….

British Aplomb

Top secret War Dept field testing picture of the Vickers-Armstrongs “Cateye” image enlarging bifocals seen here attached to a “volunteer”.


Focke-Wulf Kradschutzenskooter parked outside a coffeehaus and being admired by envious footsloggers.

FW Kradschutzenskooter

Dave undercover again, this time spotted here trying to infiltrate the temporary field HQ of OKW East during Operation Caseblue (Fall Blau).

Dave infiltrates OKW

Oddballs design for a co-axial Thompson (Pat:Pending). Limited ammunition capacity caused this promising weapon to be relegated to rear area and training units only.

Kelleys coax

The infamous “Bambookatana” one man attack boat was fuelled by 100 octane av-gas. First Lt Hiro on the other hand is seen here running on 40 proof Sake …..

Lt Hiro and one man Katanajunk

Experimental Soviet VVS attack-tricycle.

Soviet assualtcycle

Norwegian entry into the 1932 Eurotank (single man, powered) open class category competition.

Norwiegan fast attach vehicle

A7V Funtserwagen. The plan to equip a parent “carrier” A7V with 6 of these small lightweight attack vehicles was abandoned when the vehicles were found to lack a serious trench crossing ability.

A7V funsterwagen

After a hearty breakfast 266 Squadron prepares for the “Boche” ….

266 Squadron

Recent budgetary cuts to the USCG saw this entry gain favour for the potential “lightweight nominal footprint” High Speed Patrol Vessel.

HSPV trials

A unit with a sense of priority ensures that their Bierhanger is securely fastened to the towing clevis.


Bag End invaded. France surrenders. Nuff said.

French Surrender - again

And the last word must go to Spock …….

The Logic of Spock

P.K.40 Fledermaus – Maschinenkrieger MA.K / SF3D

lol this one has a really cool name …..

ZbV3000 Maschinenkrieger Panzer Kamp 40 – (P.K.40) / Jagd Flugzeug 40(S) – (J40(S)) FLEDERMAUS

Ok that is too much, more commonly called the PK40 or Fledermaus (Bat), originally this was designed as a 1/20th scale single seat aerospace fighter and produced by Nitto as part of the quite large MA.K/SF3D universe.

For this job I was asked to convert it to 1/48th and found that with a little jiggery a tandem cockpit from an Apache would fit. Apart from detailing the cockpit it was a straight forward OOB build with no major flaws. I did seal off the interior of the wings though as it is possible to see in through the large front intakes but all else is stock. The finish is brush painted with the main colour being enamel and the camouflage and detailing being done with acrylic.

I’m now at the stage of selecting markings and have to select and source something to suit the look and size of the airframe …


The Fledermaus as it sits at the moment awaiting markings ….

FM w187

FM w188

FM w189


Assembly and in progress pictures ……

FM w042

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FM w025 cockpit 2

FM w023

Early cockpit mock up using the Apache canopy. I quite liked this as I reckoned it looked a bit like a Focke Wulf. In the end though we went with the standard supplied kit canopy.

FM w019 concept nose
Simple beginnings ………
FM w011

Aziz the Mad Bomber and his Triplane “Kırmızı Seytan” – Pulp Airwargaming

Winged wargaming madness.

The spiffing Red Triplane “Red Devil” piloted by Aziz the Mad Bomber ….. Self proclaimed air ace, Herder of chickens, part-time Dynamite aficionado ….. holder of the Adana Kebabi award for eating while running and most famously known for air dropping a Tajine of bag-cured eels on the British Consulates Roadster during the notorious Bay of Fish incident.

A cheapo Smer 1/48th kit with Reaper pilot finished for air-wargaming with the whole project costing about 15 bucks. The colour scheme is made up and to be honest I don’t really think Aziz is cleared on rotaries.

I have a few pulp style WW1 aircraft built up with air-wargaming in mind that I haven’t posted yet and we {my brother and I) tend not to take these things too seriously – the bonus being that finishing them like this is stress free modelling at its highest.



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Aziz mb

Airco DH2 – 1/48th Smer WW1 Airwargaming / Pulp and Victorian Sci-fi

Introducing Major Willy Handcock and his trusty DH2 “Saucy Sally the 3rd”. Victor of 10 aerial jousts, survivor of multiple landing accidents, Hero of the Croydon Ladies Speed Crochet Club and holder of the highly coveted award “Largest Naturally Grown Radish” at the annual Hampton Downs Spring Fete.

It’s an El-Cheapo Smer 1/48th Airco DH2 with Copplestone 28mm pilot built for a bit of fun “pulp style” airwargaming, using our own “Knights of the Sky” rule set.


Airco DH2 test4
dh2-04 1200
dh2-02 1200
dh2-05 1200
dh2-06 1200
dh2-07 1200
dh2-03 1200

And as usual a few wip shots, just to prove that I didn’t buy it at Woolworths.

DH2 w-1
DH2 w-4