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Hello,

here I present my work. I create dioramas in the time period of World War II and everything only in the scale 1/144.
My main focus are tanks but from time to time a take a look at submarines, interesting airplanes and small ships.

Samstag, 16. Juni 2018

1/144 Sturmmörser 28 cm 38 (D) 26 / 52

Normally I do not build or collect something what do not saw any action during WWII. But no rule without exceptions. The Sturmmörser is such an exception. Somehow I liked it and the price for the unassembled kit was okay.
So here my Sturmmörser 28 cm 38D.

1/144 Sturmmörser
1/144 Sturmmörser

1/144 Sturmmörser
1/144 Sturmmörser

Mittwoch, 13. Juni 2018

1/144 Tornado Sprengboot 25/52


The Tornado Sprengboot was one of the very desperite Trials to Change everything -  when it was already too late.
As far as I could find out, there was at least one prototype which was used for Trails. When the Russians came closer, the Germans Blow up everything.

The design is very simple, the swimmer are from the Ju 52, the engine is from the V1.

More About the Concept you can find : Wikipedia






Freitag, 1. Juni 2018

1/144 12,8 cm Twin Flak on culemeyer 24/52

Today I present a project which I started two years ago. When CGD announced the 12,8 cm Twin Flak I remembered that in Aberdeen was a Twin Flak on a Culemeyer Transporter. But not that the Culemeyer transported the Flak, no, is was welded on the platform of the Culemeyer. The Culemeyer in the six Wheel Version I just had designed, so an easy conversion. Somehow it took me over two years to finalise everything. So today I present you the finished model with a Little delay.
The painting is different from what you can find on the Internet, but I doubt the painting you can see in Aberdeen. The Culemeyer Trailers never belonged to the Wehrmacht, so they were Maybe in a dark Grey but not painted in Wehrmacht Schema.
Most of the 12.8 Flak had the old grey Coating, so I went with this combination.

Bad luck, I found no Information who used this combination, was it a prototype, a field conversion or where was it found.

1/144 Culemeyer trailer
1/144 Twin Flak on Culemeyer Special trailer

1/144 Culemeyer
1/144 Twin Flak on Culemeyer Special trailer

1/144 Culemeyer trailer
1/144 Twin Flak, together with the tractor

Freitag, 25. Mai 2018

1/144 Scammell Pioneer 23/52

Some years ago I bought some models from Graham Models from the UK. They have some very interesting models on the list. But I have to say, the quality was not that good. A lot of small holes forced me to work a lot with filler. Over the last months then I bought unpainted, unassembled kits from Hong Kong, the seller has different Ebay accounts but I am pretty sure, at the end it is all Panzer Depot.
So today I will show you pictures from both versions of the Scammell Pioneer. Honestly I do not like them both, with a small advantage of the model from Graham Models. But check and decide for yourself.


1/144 Scammell Pioneer

1/144 Scammell Pioneer
The green one is from Graham Models and the Wehrmacht grey painted version is from Ebay / Panzer Depot.






Freitag, 18. Mai 2018

new 1/144 tank models from an 3D producer on Ebay 22/52

Yesterday evening I checked Ebay for some interesting offers in the scale 1/144. So I was surprised to find more than 30 new models all in 1/144 for sale. They all come from the US, shipping is not so cheap, but some of them are really interesting variants.
The bad point, the quality is not that good, it is not a high end 3D printer, and the seller says it too: produced for wargaming. So if you look for some interesting models for am acceptable price, check this seller: ebay-seller


and here some of the highlights:


1/144 German Jagdpanther

1/144 German Famo

1/144 GMC 2.5 ton truck

1/144 German Tiger

1/144 Sherman Dozer

1/144 GMC water truck

1/144 German Panzer IV with 8.8 Flak



Donnerstag, 17. Mai 2018

Mutzig, the first modern Bunker, or Feste Wilhelm II 21/52

Last weekend we drove to a wedding in France. During driving in direction of Strasbourg we passed Mutzig a small town here in Elsass. By passing by, it reminded me that I have the best German Bunker close in my Neighbourhood. No kidding, but the most important Bunker of Europe is in Mutzig. 
But why is this Bunker so important? 

In Mutzig the Germans built for the first time a fortification with the modern (at that time) reinforced concrete. Instead of walls only concrete and steel. Today you can see the difference, the fortification still looks good, the guns are a bit rusty but that's all. Definitely a trip worth!

Only one remark, inside it is wet, cold and dark, so better do not visit it with shorts and flip flops :-)

2018 Flyer of Mutzig Bunker

2018 Flyer of Mutzig Bunker 

modell of one of the modern guns build by end of 18th century!

Mutzig overview

the Mutzig Barracks

entrance to the fortification 

side view of Mutzig open gun emplacement

Backside of the Mutzig gun emplacements

Mutzig guns in the year 2017

One last comment, the fortification was built by the Germans in the year 1893 while Germany had Wilhelm II as emperor. At that time the Elsass was German territory, even we had close by two World wars, the fortification never saw any action.

http://www.fort-mutzig.eu/pc/menu.php?la_page=1_accueil/accueil.php&new_langue=de

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feste_Kaiser_Wilhelm_II.

if you have no time then check out this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkLn7fY4U58










Freitag, 4. Mai 2018

1/144 Marinefährprahm and Artilleriefährprahm 20/52

Finally I finished working on the two German landing crafts. At the moment I have to clean up my desk and then I will go back to some tanks and other long time projects.
The first video shows the Marinefährprahm Type D in the standard version, later they got more and more weapons.


The second video shows the Artilleriefährprahm, Type D but this time I painted it in a 3 tone camouflage as used in Norway.
Sorry that the video is not that clear. I will replace it in the next days with a better version.


Montag, 30. April 2018

1/144 Sanitätsbunker German Hospital at the Atlantic wall 19/52

The Germans built thousands of Bunkers during WWII. As the Germans are very pedantic, they created lists of bunkers for different use. These Regelbauten had nearly any type of Bunker on the list. Even Bunkers to provide water were planed. Besides these exotic types, there were more practical and useful types. One type I liked so much, that I built it. It is the Regelbau 639, grosser Sanitätsunterstand, a field hospital. Many of them were on the Atlantic wall in France.

Here you find some nice pictures of a Sanitätsunterstand  R 639

http://www.festungsbauten.de/DK/AW_Sondervig.htm

http://www.regelbau.dk/regelbau_visbunker.asp?id=65

Here you find general information about German Bunkers and the different types of Regelbauten:

http://forum.valka.cz/topic/view/37798/DEU-Typologie-nemeckych-objektu-1925-1945

The model was built on a kitchen plate we had left. The front is a MDF part, which I cut to the correct dimensions and painted with Grey colour. The rest are Standard parts which you could get everywhere. All vehicles are from my 3D collection. Most of them you can buy at Shapeways.


1/144 red cross hospital

1/144 red cross hospital, here you see the complete diorama in my photo box

1/144 red cross hospital with the Peugeot DMA and the Renault AHN ambulance

1/144 red cross hospital





Freitag, 27. April 2018

1/144 Jagdpanther somewhere in Belgium 18/52

During the Ardennen Offensive the Germans had 51 Jagdpanther in use. Most of them saw actions in small groups. During the Ardennen Offensive or like the rest of the world calls it, the battle of the bulge, we had a lot of snow. I always wanted to build again a small winter diorama. Grass in different green colours you get on each corner and you see it on 99% of all dioramas. But snow, - that if a total different story. 

The diorama was built on one weekend. Basement is a thin piece of foam board, the frame is from a Swiss cake package, the ruin was built with foam too. The ground was made with a mixture of everything, small stones, sand and a bit of gypsum. The ruins were painted with several dark colours. The Jagdpanther is out of the box, it is the old Cando model.

That's it.

Here is a very good essay about where the Jagdpanthers saw actions / got lost.

General information about the Jagdpanther can be found here or here.


Jagdpanther in an ambush

Jagdpanther hiding in a ruin 

1/144 Jagdpanther

As this was done in less then two days I copied the idea and made a second, very similar diorama.
1-144 Jagdpanther in winter fighting

1-144 Jagdpanther in winter fighting

1-144  Tiger in winter fighting

As you can see on the last picture, not only Jagdpanthers fighted in the Battle of the Bulge, there were although some Tigers. 




Sonntag, 22. April 2018

Mittwoch, 18. April 2018

Marinefährprahm and Artilleriefährprahm some progress 16/52

During the last days I found some time to continue painting my new new Kriegsmarine ships. Parallel I started painting the second one, the Marinefährprahm type D. For the Artilleriefährprahm I went with the 3 tone which was used in Norway. The Fährprahm will get something similar, but I haven't decided finally.
Further I added several Details like the guns and the 3.7 cm Flak. All life rafts are painted and the two sets for the Crew arrived from Arrowhead Miniatures Originally they are designed to work for the Luftwaffe, but I am sure they will do their duty for the Kriegsmarine as well.

So here are the next pictures, enjoy them:

Marinefährprahm

Marinefährprahm and Artilleriefährprahm

back of both Prahms, even the same design, they look different

The Artilleriefährprahm had the cargo bay welded while the Fährprahm could load several tanks

for the prototype it is okay, with the next design I have to add the front door and have to change the cover of the cargo bay

the weapons constantly changed and had been increased

1/144 Artilleriefährprahm

the cargo bay, in original, it was covered with corrugated sheet iron



Freitag, 6. April 2018

1/144 Marinefährprahm typ D, a German landing ship 15/52


I' m going to build again a ship!
Because of a request from a friend of mine, I changed the design from my Artilleriefährprahm to the "Standard" Prahm. So this is then a Marinefährprahm Type D.
The difference was that this type had the task to transport troops and tanks. The Artillerifährprahm was designed to give heavy artillery support. The Marinefährprahm was designed for landing Operations. The Marinefährprahm had a ramp, so that tanks and other vehicles could leave the ship directly on the shores. At the design of the Artilleriefährprahm, the ramp was closed and welded. The guns and flak changed constantly because it depended on what was available or what was planed. So in the first design a 8.8 submarine flak ( because several of These were left from the submarines) and two machine gus on the back were the only armment. This changed during the war and the Marinefährprahms got more and more guns and even several vierlings flak.
Later even the Marinefährprahms got guns, I know a Picture, where two Vierlings Flak had been installed on the top of the Prahm.
The last design Change was the modification to Transport and lay mines.
This will be the starting point for my year of the model 2018!

Here are the first pictures of the Marinefährprahm Type D:


top view of the German landing craft

Fährprahm, the German version of an LST

at the beginning only with a 8.8 U-Boot canon

Before I can start selling it, I have to improve some details and will add some more stuff.
Here one last picture from my work bench, where the new and the old Prahm are waiting for the final assembly.



Finally here some sources for more information:
 There are the topics Marinefährprähme and Artilleriefährprähme are a very rich source of information. They list a quick history to each ever built Prahm.

A report about a built Fährprahm in the scale 1/72, you can find here: http://www.modellversium.de/galerie/5-schiffe-ww2/627-marinefaehrprahm-eigenbau.html

And here you can buy a Marinefährprahm in the scale 1/700: 

or what about a very interesting version but in the scale 1/250: