JTFM Tortoise, Boarhound and Staghound – wip2

Base primer ….

Been battling with the Ersatz M10 project (having problems with bubbles and fit) so splashed some primer on a few things for a break. The JTFM vehicles are part of a 1946 themed project and are in the very early stages of the builds. Primered with Humbrol, the next step is to work on some detailing. Also going to replace the wheels on the Staghound with a set off the Boarhound to improve it’s look and sit. I may also adjust the gun lengths a bit too, while I like big guns as much as the next person the 17pdr on the Boarhound is bigger than the 32pdr on the Tortoise. Early days ….

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Xmas and New Years Wishes – plus bonus E75 and T90 wip pics :)

Xmas and New Years Wishes ….

Firstly Xmas and New Years Wishes to both regular visitors and those who occasionally drop in or stumble in here by accident! I’d like to especially thank those who took the time to comment, I know it’s not easy to do so when browsing blogs and time is short but I do really appreciate it. Have fun over the next couple of weeks and equally importantly – stay safe, wherever you are located and especially if you are in harms way somewhere.

And yeah, same I guess to the ones I can’t shake off (family, friends close enough to insult me, pets and the Spawn of Flick (my kids) etc etc ).

It’s kinda fitting that the couple of pics posted are both Project ’46, which is a real passion that unfortunately I didn’t devote enough time to this year and 28mm Combined Arms Moderns, which has taken us in a new direction and at speed. The E-75 has had a few more details blue-tacked on and I crayoned some tac numbers onto the T90, both as a little xmas pressie to myself today.

Both of these projects should get a decent push next year along with some overdue customer stuff that my health very regrettably delayed for far too long and not to forget hopefully a few new/interesting projects thrown in also. So looking ahead 2017 should have a little something for everyone to look fwd too ……. have fun, stay safe and like and subscribe … oh wait … that’s utube ….

cheers
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Modelcollect E-75 zug – Project ’46 wip3 Motorpool hull conversion

Me day …..

While waiting for some bits to dry on the Perry AT Portee I decided to waste a day on myself and do a little work on my “so long ago it feels like it was abandoned” E-75 project.

I’d always been a little unhappy with the details on the engine decks, in fact it’s pretty mediocre, and had chased down some Motorpool replacements. The “conversion” kit is designed as a direct drop in replacement for the Modelcollect hull and comes with; a full replacement resin hull which features an improved rear deck (with corrected hatch locks and latches, sharper and better moulded vents screens, corrected fan covers), much improved armour mortice joints, optional ball mg mount, notek ight, drivers periscope rain cover, commanders mg mount and mg, IR scope, open driver and radio operators hatches, IR battery box and flame dampening exhausts.

So the main issue was to wrestle the Modelcollect upper hull off the chassis as I’d glued it down and with my usual generous quantity of cement. After many tense minutes of cutting and prising I managed to separate it without slipping and removing a finger in the process or damaging the already assembled running gear. The replacement upper hull was pretty much a neat fit and required no massaging, glueing straight in place.

All in all it looks very sharp, is a big improvement and I can’t wait to splash some paint on …..

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M26E4 Super Pershing – Tamiya conversion for Bolt Action

Super Pershing finished …

Got a few finished pics to post over the next day or so and here’s the first of them – the 1/48th Super Pershing Tamiya conversion. Pretty happy with how it finished up, damn difficult to photograph though with that bloody great gun! 🙂

And a bit of spiel, Tamiya base kit, Blackdog stowage, scratch built gun and armour package. The stowage was nestled down onto the back deck (a pet hate is “floating” resin stowage) using the Dremel and a layer of greeenstuff. The amour plate was guesstimated using ref pics of both the real thing and other models and the gun was made using a piece of sprue, trimmed to length and with a tapered breech end piece and the original Tamiya muzzle brake at the business end. Finished as usual mostly with GW acrylics over an enamel primer base. The big star on the turret is handpainted and the rest of the markings (ficticous) are from the Tamiya kit.

It’s now on it’s way to it’s new home and should make an appearance in a tournament game of Bolt Action over Easter weekend.

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Tamiya 1/48th Super Pershing conversion – triple project wip6

Base camouflage on …

The “Beast” has it’s black camouflage is now on and she’s ready for the fun stuff – lining, streaking and weathering. After the tedious job of painting the tracks though …. oh my aching brushes 🙂

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E-35 Hetzer II development – Project ’46

E-Series Hetzer II ….

Another of my explorations into German E-Series development. I’ve always liked the Swedish S-Tank partially from the concept/tech solution side and partly because it always reminded me of the German Jagdpanzers, especially the Hetzer and small E-Series ones (E-10 and E25).

So I spent some time last year trolling the interwebs and looking at the S-Tank history and development. I liked the autoloader as a solution to mounting a bigger weapon on the smallest chassis possible and it fitted well with the German proposals. In addition to that the E-10 was proposed to have hydropneumatic suspension levelling, a system also adopted in the Strv 103 and the US MBT70 prototypes.

And so through the wonder of Photopaint here’s my concept for a Hetzer II 35ton E-Series Jadgpanzer. The plan is to combine a Trumpeter S-Tank (Strv 103c) with bits from a Revell Tiger II and a dash of gizmology thrown in ….

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E-75 Jagdpanther II development – Project ’46

E-series Jadgpanther II ….

Just playing around with a decent design for the mythical Jadgpanther II development vehicle. When doing my own designs I like to have a little bit (as much as you can with what-if scenarios) of practicality to them and as much as I like the E-50 and 75 series tanks some of the armament ticks the coolness box but wouldn’t work in practise. The E-75 12.8cm gun tank being a case in point as you just couldn’t fit the proposed weapon in there and have reasonable operating room.

And so fitting the 12.8cm into a Panzerjager type chassis makes sense, if it’s also laid out in a way that the weapon and mechanicals make sense. Most Jadgpanther II designs have a superstructure that is too narrow and short, having a similar cubic space as the TigerII turret fitted to the E-75. They also do things like pass the exhaust through to the back which is ergonomically a waste of space and are constrained by keeping 2 traditional driver and radio operator stations in the front hull. I think the radio op position would be better served for storing ammo or machinery in a revised layout.

So in my design the upper hull has a length sufficient to fit and man the weapon, the driver sits semi-reclined in the front left hull and the engine and transmission is front mounted. removing the radio op and reclining the driver allows the drive train to be lower reducing front hull height. There will be a remote mg mount of the upper superstructure and a ball mount on the upper rear hull for self defence.

Overall I think the volume is good although perhaps a little too high still and I might be able to get it half a meter lower yet once I try it on an actual model …

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SABOT Tank vrs Tank skirmish wargaming rules – part 1

SABOT Tank rules …..

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Though I’d do a quick (ish) post and give a little background on part of the reason behind the revival in our tank replacement and production program. Sounds a bit like a 1930s re-armament program when put like that doesn’t it ….. 🙂

For really deep background we’d have to start with our 20mm collection which was/is mostly made up of models over 20years old (and that’s the assembly and painting, not the kit/mould age lol) and generally in pretty poor shape. Some time ago we decided to retire our old collection and sort of start with a new broom as my building and painting had somewhat improved over time. Actually we thought it’d be nice to have vehicles and troops as good as the stuff I was building and sending out to my customers. But as in all things other projects jumped in and apart from some Project ’46 stuff our 20mm replacement program really went nowhere.

Recent Motivation

Advance to today, well recently anyway and the major thing that got us moving again was finally locating faux fur with the right density to cut down and use as a gaming table cover. This has been on our “badly want” list for a long time and was another factor stalling our 20mm gaming. The fur once trimmed will allow proper grass cover for our whole table, with HD foam formers underneath creating undulating terrain and using place-on buildings, woods and roads etc. The great thing about the fur base is that it’s equally good for all scales, from 20mm through to 28mm and 1/48th, and maybe even 1/35th . . . hmmmmm.

So that fired us up to get back into 20mm gaming and to get our collection updated. After a bit of thought (unusual for us) the quickest bang for a buck collection wise was to focus on vehicles and the best way to use them would be for me to get my Tank vrs Tanks rules sorted out.

And so after all of the above this is why we’ve been working on tank platoon building, for use with our SABOT rules.

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And so what is SABOT?

Well basically it’s the core of our standard WW2 ruleset but expanded and focused on Tanks. The goal was to have a set of rules backed up by a first principles vehicle generator system which would allow us to create relative stats for any AFV from the WW1 A7V to the latest ultra-modern T14 Armata, and everything in between. Opposing forces can then be selected using roughly comparable AFVs and then with points values so that balanced forces can be fielded.

SABOT has optional RPG elements to it also and you can take your AFV crews through a campaign or series of battles, improving their skills and their chance of survival and success as you go. Of course crew losses have to be replaced which is done using battle experience points gained from battles. Don’t have enough EXP? then your replacement driver is going to be “Green”. Crews cost points which is added to the base AFV cost so that the total force points cost is a combination of crews and AFVs. The fun is in seeing whether your veteran crew can really make enough of a difference to win against superior numbers ….

But at it’s core we really wanted SABOT to have a Tank only – WOT feel, but without the match fixing and behind the scenes result adjustments you get in WOT. Here good tactics and a little luck rolling the dice will determine success and you can instantly feel elation rolling a lucky 12 or pain coming on with a roll of snake eyes …..

Rules Mechanisms

In SABOT each vehicle is moved individually with activation alternating between the two sides (or players if it’s a multiplayer game) and each activating one vehicle at a time until all have performed actions or been “passed over”. Each vehicle/AFV has three activation points which can be used in any way the player wishes, ie the AFV can move for 3 AP, or it can mix other actions such as move 1AP, halt 1AP and spot a target for 1AP. Vehicle characteristics such as mobility, rate of fire, gun accuracy, range-finding equipment, turret rotation speed, optics quality and others all help determine what actions can be attempted and how effective they might be.

Crew skills (fixed for the basic play version) are determined by the level of experience and training. A “trained” crew makes all it’s activation dice rolls and tests with a base value of 7 on 2d6. The system is also a “roll equal to or higher” for success as we feel it’s more natural when rolling dice to try and roll high. So when attempting to shoot a target for example, the base to hit roll required is 7 and this is then modified by both the firing vehicles actions and the targets range and actions.

The effect of successful hits is determined by both players rolling dice (2d6) with the firer adding his roll to his AFVs weapon penetration. The target player adds his dice roll to his AFV armour value, which is dependant on the location of the hit (front, side, hull down/turret, rear, top/bottom). These dice rolls allow a measure of real-world variation to the results, so a weapon of penetration lower than the target vehicles armour value still has a small chance of causing a damaging hit. This represents that lucky hit which finds the gap in the armour belt, the drivers vision block or smashes the gun tube. Likewise there is a remote chance that a smaller vehicle could bounce that potentially crippling 8.8cm hit …. for a turn at least.

Gameplay example

The best way to illustrate the gameplay flow and the use of the 3AP is (hopefully) with one of our gameplay examples;

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And some random pages below showing where we’re headed with the SABOT system …. still very much a work in progress 🙂

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M26E4 Pershings Trumpeter 1/72nd – Project ’46 and SABOT Tank vrs Tank gaming wip3

Trumpeter Pershings ….

And the Pershings are now at the same stage as the Easy8 Shermans, basic assembly is complete and now it’s replacing the solid moulded on lift rings and adding most of the details, leaving the final fragile stuff to be added after painting.

I’m also contemplating making a few improvements to the pilot model vehicles, a couple easy, a couple not so. Firstly the pilot models had thinner fenders, cut back to the width of the stowage boxes, easy to do. They also didn’t have the pistol port fitted on the left hand turret side, again easy enough to sand off.

One of the harder things to change is that the turret used had the split loaders hatch. As I don’t have any spares in the stash box I probably wont be able to change those. And the pilot model used the standard shorter turret and had a temporary stack of weights strapped mounted at the back to counterbalance the heavier gun weight and help turret rotation. This requires cutting off the production extended bustle and a fair bit of filling and faffing. If I had split loaders hatches it probably would be worth it but at present they will likely stay as is ….

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Modelcollect E-75 zug – Project ’46 and SABOT Tank vrs Tank gaming wip2

E-75 build action …

Some actual build progress this time. So what are my impressions? I’d have to say I’m both impressed and a little disappointed. The moulding is high quality and they build easily. The DS tracks are very easy to work with (although mine were a little long and I trimmed off a few links) and the brass gun barrel and PE really adds some bling to the kits. In other areas though they’re sort of an “almost” kit with simplified moulded on details.

The rear deck louvers for example are pretty poor and at odds with the rest of the crisp casting. They are covered by the supplied PE vent grilles however (something all German Tank kit manufacturers should supply) so maybe they cut a few corners thinking they weren’t going to be seen. The 3 access covers over the engine air-cleaners also have incorrectly positioned latches and handles, I think Modelcollect copied someone else’s effort/kit here without understanding how the hatches work lol

The suspension would be a little fiddly and fragile for some builders I suspect. The arms that most manufactures would have moulded solid are separate possibly due to moulding limitations. The weakness isn’t helped by the E75s (and E50s) single roadwheel configuration on the first and last suspension arm stations. One thing that niggles at me is when kit wheels don’t sit flat and pull up because they aren’t strong enough to support the tension of the track. So after building the first chassis I glued scrap sprue “stiffiners” underneath the suspension units making sure the first and last arms were braced. Once set solid they stayed firm when fitting tracks to the other three vehicles ….

All tools including the prominent tow ropes are moulded on. While crisp they are undersized and a but spindly. A slightly thicker moulding would have helped them stand out and allow them to be undercut with a scalpel blade. Basically for me this feature is a no-no and I removed the lot, to be replaced with wire and left overs from other kits. In a similar trend some other features seem a tad undersized but might not be noticeable under paint.

The spare track links for mounting on the turret have good detail on the side which wont be seen. The mounting lugs are moulded into the track link and look … basic. I’m going to try adding an external vertical piece (hard to explain but I’ll show what I mean in the next post) to make them look a little more “separate”. The drivers and radio operators hatches are moulded shut and this is another area where Modelcollect could have scored brownie points as I like ot have the option for open hatches, even if I end up gluing the dang things shut lol

So that’s my view on things. Nice kits which will really look the biz when painted but could have been so much more with just a small extra amount of effort. Oh almost forgot, there were a couple of minor moulding defects. The front edge of the 12.8cm mantle was short shot moulded on three of my four kits so may be quite common and the rear drive wheels on two kits had unusual stress bends which I think came from not ejecting from the mould properly. Minor niggles aside these are a must for any 1946/Paper Panzer builders and I’ll be getting a few more as I’ve a few conversions in mind ……. 🙂

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Project ’46 Tiger Bridgelayer – Brückenleger auf PzKpfw VI wip3

A little detailing …….

Added a few details to add some interest. Made up a hydraulic ram and hoses for the front mounted spade and added hoses to the rear lifting jib. I also made up two large equipment stowage bins for the sides, adding some strengthening ribs using fine wire donated from broken IPod headphones. I fitted the kit exhausts then made two Flammvernichter cowlings by bending sprue and hollowing out the ends.

Still to do are some extra tools and jack, tow cables, the locating marks on the hull to fill in, an aerial mount on the top of the rear jib and AA ring and MG to the commanders cupola. Apart from choosing a suitable driver figure that’s probably all to do before priming it and selecting camouflage.

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Tracks ….. really!

Yup, managed to get the roadwheels and the Revell link n length tracks on today. On the whole it went pretty well. The tracks look good although I feel the Dragon DS ones are a little bulkier and look better because of that, plus the DS ones are a breeze to fit. What I really want for my Tiger projects are some of the new OKB late TigerII single link tracks.

Anyway, it’s on to the detailing next ……

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Track sag, my version of the natural Catenary curve …..

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Project ’46 Tiger Bridgelayer – Brückenleger auf PzKpfw VI wip1

An old build revisited …….

One of my first attempted Project ’46 conversions was a bridgelayer based on a Tiger2 chassis, the Bruckenleger auf PanzerKampfwagen VI (Bridgelayer on TigerVI).

I originally used a Dragon Tiger2 as a base but made a mistake during building that caused me to abandon the build and in fact eventually break it up for parts. It was one of the early Tiger kits with the black tracks and they were too short and resisted glueing. SO after much pain and superglue I finally got them on, it was late at that stage (about 1.30am) so I went to bed feeling pretty happy that I’d won the track battle. When I looked at it the next morning I realised I’d managed to set the tracks too far to the outside of the roadwheels, with the guidehorns to the outside.

Not much of an error you say? Well it was to me, I was really steamed that I’d made such a noob error. So I tried to prise that tacks off. Carefully. Tried cutting them, managed to cut the track. Working and pulling at them managed to break off the tip of a roadwheel that was more attached to the track than to itself! Apparently I’d used a lot of superglue and it’d reacted with the vinyl tracks to create some sort of superbond. NASA should employ me as a chemist …..

Finally I decided (after repairing the cut track and broken roadwheel) to carry on and see if I’d still notice after paint. One of my “issues” is that I’m very picky with my own builds, especially as I don’t get much of my own stuff completed compared to builds I do for others (I’ve painted around 500 vehicles and countless historic figs). So I laid in the paint and got it to the basic camouflage and shade stage …. and yeah, the tracks still bugged the crap out of me. I stuck it on a shelf ….. and the tracks still mocked me with their …. trackiness. And so to cut a long and by now tedious story short – one day I broke it up for parts.

In my defence I’ve always wanted to build it again, and better. I think both my painting and detailing has improved and I should be able to make a better job. So when in a roundabout way the offer of a spare Tiger2 hull came up in conversation (many thanks to DaveL via the Missing-Lynx forum – you’re a true gent) I’ve finally got the opportunity to attempt a rebuild ……

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And so the “new” Tiger Bruckenleger takes shape. I’m using a donated Revell Tiger hull and it’s the first time I’ve built one so I’m interested to compare it to it’s Dragon opposition. The Brdegelayer parts come from the old build and are originally sourced from the Revell Leopard “Biber” Bruckenleger kit. These bits are a bit “used” by now but will have to do as the price of a new donor kit would feed me for a week lol.

Below is the Revell hull with the center section cut out with a fret-saw. To be honest this is a pretty easy conversion with the replacing of the center hull sections being the only bit requiring some care and accuracy. I marked out the section with a pencil, cut close to the line with the saw the squared and adjusted the fit with a file.

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Here’s the centre bridge lifting section in place. the gap on the front join with be hidden with a “weld” bead made from greenstuff. As I wanted to add some better detail this time I’m going to drill out and fit a replacement drivers hatch. I figured aligning the bridge would be a tricky job so the driver would most likely have his head out of the hatch.

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I then fitted the bridge lifting arm, rear lifting jib and added the greenstuff weld beads. They’re a bit over-scale but will do the job under paint I think. Although difficult to see in these pretty average workbench pics, I also hollowed out the solidly moulded periscopes.

I’m going to have to make a decision before fitting the front spade. As the Tiger has it’s final drive mounted in the front (unlike the Leopard which is rear drive) the spade hydraulics can’t be fitted in there under armour and would require external rams. So I may run an armoured cover up the front hull and into the area where the MG kugelblend mount is, the theory being the hrydraulic powerpack replaces the bow mg and gunner. Then fit some rams and hoses to the jib …. or do it easy like I did the first time and just fit the spade as is ….

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Finally here’s some pictures of my previous build so you can see where I’m heading with all of this …..

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And it’s real modern day namesake …..

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Project ’46 Panther Ausf.F R/6 – MAN interim field mod wip4

Surely not another post on this ……

But yes, another few progress shots. Lined everything ready for weathering, streaking etc. Reasonably happy with how it’s coming along now, even the lighter wheels look better now.

On a downside I wished I’d built her a little better. It started out more as a prototype test piece. looking at it now I wished I’d replaced the grab rails and handles and the Tiger cupola really is a piece of shite. I really wasn’t paying attention when I slapped that on top!

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A little more shading ….

Darkened and blended the tones some more. It might not look much different in the pictures but it’s significantly better in R/L and a good base for the next steps. Coloured the roadwheels too for some variety but I’m unsure if I like them. The plain Dunkelgelb probably gave more artistic contrast but kinda didn’t fit with that well thematically with late war and ’46 colour schemes. I shall have to ponder the wheels a little more. Apart from that it’s onto the lining and weathering ….

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Project ’46 Panther Ausf.F R/6 – MAN interim field mod wip2

Some progress on the paint ….

Finally made a start on the camouflage on my PantherF R6. Ever since I saw piccies on the web of Adam Wilders fantastic E-75 I’ve always wanted to have a go at the camouflage he used. While I’m not normally a fan of strong modulation Adam is the master of it and this build is spectacular (as are all his builds).

So as usual I’ve ended up trying to replicate a thinly sprayed layered camouflage using my trusty brush. Acrylics are a little tricky to layer as even though it’s dry the preceding or lower layer can get pulled up, running a lot of work. Ideally I think a quick varnish between layers is the key to stability and now I’ve got this far I’ll give it a dusting of Dullcoat before going any further …..

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Baby steps, the first thin layers go down …..

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I’d say I’m about 2/3rds done with the camo now. Still gotta both darken it and massage the tone a lttle more then it’s onto the normal finishing process, pin lining, streaking and weathering ….

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And my inspiration, Adam Wilders superb E-75 (posted here for discussion purposes only)

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‘Bar’ Grille 30.5cm (Grw) L/16 Morser – Project ’46 Cromwell Models 20mm

Finished ……..

All done and dusted. Another beastie finished for our Project ’46 wargaming – the Grille 30 by Cromwell.

Brush painted with a mix of GW acrylics and Humbrol enamels, pins washes and weathering done using both acrylics and oils and both MIG and homemade pigments on the tracks and lower hull. Crew fig is AB miniatures currently sold by Eureka in Oz. I made few mods to the Cromwell model including, tow cable from Eureka XXL, tools, headlight and AA mg mounting from the spares box, mounting blocks for lower hull mudguards, foliage mounting studs, crew access ladder, spare track mounting lugs and a working rear ammo loading jib and recoil spade.

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Almost finished ……

Made a little more progress on the Bar. The first round of pigments and weathering is on. A few details to finish such as mufflers and I might still add a few grab handles to the top deck yet. Gonna search the decal stash tomorrow for a name to put on the barrel and I might add a decal or two to add some spot colour ….. close to being finished though – finally!!!!

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Project ’46 – 1946 and X Tank collection

Project ’46 group shot …..

As I’ve finished a few recently I thought it might be fun to snap a group shot of our finished (and very near to finished) Project ’46 tanks. Pretty tricky to shoot pics of such a large group but luck and a southerly wind was blowing ……

The group so far in no particular order;

E-100 Krokodil                              – Cromwell Models
E-75 10.5cm                                 – Cromwell Models
Saracen 6×6 APC                         – JB Models
TigerIID IR                                    – Dragon / Queeg conversion
PaK44 12.8cm                              – Cromwell Models
Boarhound 8×8 armoured car      – Giesbers Models
Katzchen APC                              – Cromwell Models
Sherman M4E8B                          – Dragon/Cpl Overbys Motor Pool M51 conversion
T30 Heavy tank                            – Cromwell Models
T29 Heavy tank                            – Cromwell Models
Blackprince                                   – Milicast
SdKfz 350/3 3cm zwilling              – Planet Models / CMK Kugelblitz / Queeg conversion
SdKfz 350/2 APC                          – Dragon / Queeg conversion
T28 105mm GMC                         – Cromwell Models
Cromwell 5.5in SPG                     – Revell / Arfix / Queeg conversion
Grille 30 30.5cm Morser               – Cromwell Models
T29E3 Heavy tank                        – Cromwell Models
IS-4M Heavy tank                         – Cromwell Models
SdKfz 234/6 SPW                         – Hasegawa / Queeg conversion

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Project ’46 IS-4M 122mm Heavy Tank – Cromwell Models 20mm finished

IS-4 finished ………

Well got another long suffering shelf-queen finished. Pretty happy with how the camo worked out in the end and even managed to chuck in an AB soviet crewman to finish things off. To recap its the Cromwell Models IS=4 with a few added bits, bore excavator, reworked DShK HMG, wire tank descent grab rails and some turret lifting eyes. Probably should have added a tow rope …. maybe later. As usual it’s brush painted using Humbrol enamels and GW acrylics. Lining and shading was done with WnN oils and there’s MIG pigments on the tracks and lower hull. Decals are from the spares box and are actually Gasoline and Tamiya 1/48th items.

Now to get an IS-7 or two …….

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IS-4 w001 H 1400

IS-4 w65 H 1400

IS-4 w66 H 1400

IS-4 w68 H 1400

IS-4 w67 H 1400

IS-4 w86  1400

IS-4 w78  1400

IS-4 w74  1400

IS-4 w76  1400

IS-4 w80  1400