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Merry Christmas

Hi all,
as I will have no time in the next days, I wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a nice time. With the best wishes from Switzerland!

Tank wall to protect Switzerland against Germany

During this summer we made a lot of bike tours around the area where we live. As this is very close to the river Rhine, which is the borderline between Germany and Switzerland, you can see a lot of Swiss Bunkers. On one of these tours we found something very special. In the middle of a small village I saw the rest of a tank wall to protect the valley against German tanks. This wall, made from concrete is in between the houses and not very easy to discover.  The village Zeiningen is one of the entrances to go deeper into Switzerland. If you take a look at Google maps, you can see it. The other entrance would be Magden, and there you can find a tank wall to close to open area, several Bunkers on the side of the valley and some really big dragon theeths. With this Link History Magden in WWIIyou get more information about the history of Magden during WWII.
In Zeiningen you can find this tank wall, or how it is called in German, Panzermauer. I found on the internet, that there must be more Bunk…

German Bunker somewhere in Europe

Today I show a German Bunker with a 12 cm gun, somewhere in Europe.
As always, I built everything in my favorite scale 1/144.

The foundation is a piece of foam. The trees I bought some time ago.
Everything was cut of from the bigger piece of foam and then covers with an layer of sand, glue and a nit of gypsum.
The Bunker itself is cut off from a second piece of foam and then later I pained it several times with gray paint. The wall was done in the same technique. 
The wall and the stones on the front side are engraves with several tools and the rest was only paint.

About the Bunker:

The Bunker is similar to one I saw on an Italian forum. The Germans built in a lot of countries their Bunkers.
In Italy the situation was a bit different.
In France they had the Maginot line close to the German Borderline.
On the coast, from Spain to the Nederlands, the Germans built their Atlantic Wall. In between there where a lot of gabs, so do not believe it was a closed line.
In Norway and Denmark the Germans bu…

Trailer for Luftwaffe Sonderanhänger 473 in 1/144

Today nothing special, I just finalized the painting for a small trailer for the Luftwaffe, trailler Nr. 473 for the air filed control.

if you like to learn more about this trailer, here is a link with a lot more information.

New volunteers for German Kriegsmarine

As the numbers of my German swimming fleet is growing, I decided to hire some real German Marines. These volunteers I found in the Ukraine, yes that country about which we here at the moment only bad news about fighting and killing.
The company is called "NorthStar" and they offer four sets of German marines. I bought several weeks ago, two sets. Besides the very long shipping time, there is nothing to say, the quality is outstanding and the material easy to handle.
If you want to order your own sets: here is the link to their homepage. And here the German marines.

Kilometer Zero a short trip to the beginning for the WW I Front line

Thanks to a friend of us from France, we went yesterday to a very interesting location. The beginning of the front line in World war I between Germany and France. This so called Kilometer Zero is located close to the Swiss border and at the time the war started, it was a triangle between Germany, France and Switzerland.
A French organization started to restore the old Bunkers and Fortifications from WWI and to present them to the public.
Okay, at the moment it is hard to find them inside the Forrest, but you can see, that they work an better signs and a better guide. As the are all volunteers and do not have much money, you have to be patient. 
Here some impressions for our sightseeing tour.

Close to the small village Pfetterhouse you find the fortifications of France, Switzerland and Germany.

A picture from a recent event

At the entrance to the Forrest you can find this sign with the locations of all Bunkers and Fortifications

A German pillbox

a second pillbox, but in a much better condition

Diorama D-Day Beach in 1/144 with 5 KWK gun

Today I present my new diorama with something special in relation to the past D-Day celebrations. 
This Bunker was a special version, remember, the Germans built all over Europe always standardized forms of Bunkers. But for some reasons, in France, close to the beaches they built several times this unusual Bunktertype.

Opel Maultier as Ambulance

The Opel Maultier I have now for many years in my collection. But just some weeks ago I came up with the idea to build the cabin for the ambulance version. As always the work was done on my computer with my 3D program. After printing I had to paint it and to add the ladder at the end of the cabin.
In total not that much work, but I like it, as the range of ambulance vehicles in the scale 1/144 is not that big.

coming soon - I hope so - Steam shovel in 1/144

I plan to build something new, not in a relation to any tank, but at least in relation to Bunkers.
To build some of the bigger Bunkers like the U-Boot-Bunkers (submarine Bunkers), the Germans used heavy equipment. Besides narrow gauge trains they used cranes and shovels. On old pictures you can see, they used what ever was available.
So I designed everything from scratch with my 3D program.

The first look on the computer screen

the first prototype

after some painting

As you can see, still a lot to do, and maybe I have to change the arm, for me it looks too long.
More soon.

Operation Sealion in 1/144 a German Panzerfaehre

When the Germans reached the channel, they wanted to Great Britain. But at that time neither the Wehrmacht nor the Kriegsmarine was ready for this jump.
While the Luftwaffe started their fight for the power over Britain's skies, the Wehrmacht and Kriegsmarine tried every idea
So they came up with tons of ideas. The Siebel Ferry was developed, the Marinefährphrams came up and many more ideas. One of these Engineers was Hauptmann Siebel. As he was in service with the Luftwaffe, he knew, that there were a lot of no longer used engines from Messerschmitts. A not so good idea was, to put some existing pontoons together to bring, in combination with a no longer used engine from a Messerschmidt Me 109, a tank to the British shores.
These were called B-Fähre 40. I found no pictures and in the standard Book about German ships, Gröner I found in book #7 only one interesting fact. The Wehrmacht made trials with 3 engines form other boats while the Luftwaffe worked with the Messerschmitt engine.


Famo with Bilstein crane 1/144

The Famo in 1/144 is nothing new, but to use him on a Diorama the model looked a bit naked. With the big storage and nothing on it, no that does not looks good. As I already had built the spade for the Famo, I came up with a new project. the Famo with the Bilstein crane. I remember some years ago you could buy this model from a small company in Japan, but is was not that cheap. So I decided to build the crane by myself.

First a short overview about the cranes in use with the German Panzerwaffe:

The German Army had for their maintenance several types of cranes. 

Büssing with an Bilstein 3 ton crane (a 4,5 ton truck) 
sZgkw. 18t. with the Bilstein 6 ton crane.
Friescrane with 15, later 16 ton lifting capacity, often in combination with a Hanomag tractor
All other cranes do not belonged to the maintenance units.

For my model I used the Famo from PanzerDepot. The model looks good and it is easy to put into his parts.

After some work with a screw driver I have disassembled everything I need. The m…