Welcome to my page!

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.

Sonntag, 2. Dezember 2018

German 1/144 Armoured Recovery Vehicle new video 50/52

Last weekend I spend again some time with creating a new video. I took all my ARV from the shelfs and created a new video. I hope you like it.




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overview of all my 1/144 ARV

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Elefant Recovery tank only 3 existed

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simple field modification for a Bergepanther

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1/144 Bergepanther with 3D printed parts

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complete version of a Bergepanther, only the front MG is missing

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Henschel D33 with recovery device for softskins

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1/144 Famo with spade

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Russian T-34 now in German service, field modification

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Bergepanzer III, all parts are 3D printed

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Hetzer with spade, this was only a unccessful prototype


Culemeyer transport platform

trailer 116 for Famo
buy here or in fine detailed material: buy here

Sonderanhänger 121 Kässbohrer trailer for heavy tanks

a complete set for Tiger transport

an addon set for the Famo

set to change a Panther into a Bergepanther










Sonntag, 25. November 2018

Batterie Gneisenau German Railway gun operated by the Kriegsmarine 49/52


Actually a friend of mine asked me to design the German railway gun Kurze Bruno. I do not know why, but somehow it changed very fast to the so called German Batterie Gneisenau. These were very reliable guns from WWI and found their way to the German railway. Why they are called Gneisenau, I have no idea, I remember the Gneisenau used these 15 cm guns on the side artillery too, but I believe it is just as many Batteries or Bunkers got names.
So these 4 guns were put on platform trailers and used during the WWII in the area of Cherbourg in France. There they got destroyed shortly after D-Day. Special is the fact, that the they got operated by the Kriegsmarine and not by the Wehrmacht.
If you look for pictures from the original gun, then you realize that there are not so many pictures. Finally I was lucky and found some good sources from where I could take the details I missed on the only drawing I found.

Here is the list of all sources I justed:

https://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?t=83812

http://www.one35th.com/model/k5/k5_15cmke.htm




http://www.dws-xip.pl/encyklopedia/dzk15cmkkr-de/

and here are the first screenshots, the model is at the moment on the way to the printer.



1/144 Batterie Gneisenau
1/144 Batterie Gneisenau, ready to fire

1/144 Batterie Gneisenau
1/144 Batterie Gneisenau, some details of the gun

1/144 Batterie Gneisenau
1/144 Batterie Gneisenau, in travelling position

1/144 Batterie Gneisenau
1/144 Batterie Gneisenau, ready to fire







Freitag, 23. November 2018

Happy Thanksgiving



I will you all a happy and peaceful weekend and a beautiful Thanksgiving.
Special wishes I send to Steve in Texas and to all our friends in California.

As business is not my most important task I hope you have time to enjoy the long weekend and do not waste time with shopping.
In one month we have Christmas, so there is still enough time to do a lot of shopping.


Thomas


One last wish to all British reader who my leave Europe this weekend finally.

Sonntag, 18. November 2018

Schienensicherungszug Blücher a new 1/144 train on its way 47/52

at the moment I try to finalize a new train model for one of the German Panzerzüge.
The waggon is very interesting as it's a combination of German and Russian train material. The main frame is a Russian waggon, built for the Russian Panzer trains. The Germans catched it and built on top a closed cabin with Russian tank turrets. For a short period it was used with a T-70 and T-34 turret, but later it changed to an Panzer IV turret.
If you look for more information, two of these wagons were part of the Sicherungszug Blücher, or Panzerzug 51.

Here some sources, where you can find more information:

http://braillebuilder.blogspot.com/2013/11/scratchbuilt-armoured-train-wagon.html

http://fahrzeuge-der-wehrmacht.de/Modelle/M-Artikel/M1-24_Eisenbahnwagen_Flak_RB.html

http://www.materielsterrestres39-45.fr/fr/index.php/materiels-ferroviaires/61-allemagne-materiel-ferroviaire/1074-flakwagen-equipe-d-un-quadruple-affut-de-20-mm

And here a preview of my design. I try to get it finished for thanksgiving, what is very competitive.

Panzerzug 51 / Streckensicherungszug Blücher

Streckensicherungszug Blücher

Panzerzug 51








Freitag, 16. November 2018

new movie "my collection of 1/144 mini dioramas 46/52

Actually this was more a fun than a serious project, created on two evenings on the couch.
At the moment I have several small dioramas, all created on the same size of a 3 by 5" painitng canvas. None of them is really finished but on the weekend I took some pictures just for fun. Then I remembered that my wife had done several videos from pictures we had taken on vacations.
The video is done with an app from GoPro. I hope you like it.




Dienstag, 30. Oktober 2018

1/144 German Reichsbahn and their special waggons AA-service 45/52

Transports by rail were during WWII one of the most important ways to bring everything what was needed to all fronts from the production plants inside Germany. As the Americans started bombing the German infrastructure, more and more Trains got directly attacked. Therefore the German Richsbahn looked for a easy to adopt solution to give the Trains a minimum of protection.
This has nothing to do with the German Panzerzüge. The Wehrmacht was owner of the Panzerzüge, but here we talk about the Reichsbahn.
So they came up with two types of armed trains. Both were eaysy to adapt and were based on existing material.




1/144 Geschützwagen
Geschützwagen type I with 2cm Flak

1/144 Geschützwagen
Geschützwagen I with 2 cm Falk

1/144 Geschützwagen
Geschützwagen type II with two concrete towers

1/144 Geschützwagen
Geschützwagen type II with two concrete towers

1/144 Geschützwagen
side view of the type II, on some pictures you can see them with Drillings instead of the 2 cm Flak


1/144 Autocar with Ponton trailer 44/52

More American stuff on the way.

Below you will see the first pictures from my new pontoon trailer. In general the US engineers used the Autocar tractor. So to complete the set, I have to build a new version of the Autocar tractor, for the pontoon set they had a big wooden box behind the cabin.
So I will change the design a bit and you can build a complete Autocar set.



1/144 Autocar ponton set
1/144 Autocar set with Ponton trailer

1/144 Autocar ponton set
1/144 Autocar set with Ponton trailer

1/144 Autocar ponton set
1/144 Autocar set with Ponton trailer

1/144 Autocar ponton set
1/144 Autocar set with Ponton trailer

Dienstag, 23. Oktober 2018

new 1/144 horse sets for German Wehrmacht 43/52

The design of the horse was a real challenge and took some time. But I like them, as with the German Wehrmacht thousands of them were used during the whole war.


1/144 horses
1/144 German horse drawn carts

1/144 diroama with horse
1/144 Diorama: Germanys last attack

1/144 horse set I

1/144 diroama with horse
1/144 Diorama: Germanys last attack

1/144 horses
1/144 set of 4 horses

1/144 horses
1/144 set of 4 horses
In the next weeks I will create more sets, so if you have any Special wishes, let me know.

Dienstag, 16. Oktober 2018

1/144 special transport trailer for Maus, German super tank 42/52

Sometimes everything goes wrong. That is often called Murphy's law.
My Murphy's law has 14 wheels on each side and 3 misfailled prints.

I have designed the Maus Special transport trailer several months ago. Design done, measurements checked and ordered from Shapeways and then I present it here. This time the first print was not correct, so I changed the design to inforce some weak areas and thought, now it will work.
Print # 2 was better, but still far away from perfect or even acceptable. This time even some parts missed completly. So I changed the design again, partly redesigned most of the model new and waited for print numer # 3of the Maus trailer.
By the way, the Reichsbahn had only two of this trailers, the Wehrmacht only two Maus prototypes. At this time I already had more then they ever had. So I redesigned the rest of the model, changed some parts with a complete new design and waited for print # 4.



1/144 Maus train transporter
some of my misprinted versions, none of them was perfect

1/144 Maus train transporter
1/144 Maus transporter


1/144 Maus train transporter
the final perfect print of the Maus transporter 


1/144 Maus train transporter
Bottom view of the Maus transport waggon

1/144 Maus train transporter
1/144 Maus tansporter with the two end parts

1/144 Maus train transporter
front and end part of the Maus transporter are moveable

1/144 Maus train transporter
there was not so much space left, the Maus fits perfectly

1/144 Maus train transporter
the complete set, Transporter and the Cando Maus
1/144 Maus transport waggon
the final Version and painted

some Background Information About the Maus

Wikipedia (engl)

Wikipedia (dt)

a Picture with the Maus on the Plattform can be found here

And here the a very nice built diorama, from where I got the Inspiration to build this plattform Trailer in the scale 1/144.


Freitag, 12. Oktober 2018

1/144 us engineer set with Caterpillar grader 41/52

If you look for Information about Caterpillar grader you could read without a break for many months. But for their first (or one of the first designs) it is much harder to find enough Information to create the 3D file.
So I had to search a lot and then I found a really nice Video on YouTube and then some technical files which allowed me to design it in 1/144.
Because of the print restrictions from Shapeways I had to reduce the design to the maximum of details which they could print. So the model gives you a whole bunch of opportunities to pimp the model with several additional details.


1/144 Grader
1/144 Caterpillar Grader 12M

1/144 Grader
1/144 US grader 12 M, painting finished

1/144 Grader
Dumper and Cat 12M grader ready for the first action

1/144 Grader
1/144 US Engineering set

 and here the youtube Video:



To give you some input about details which you could add, follow this report about the 1/35 Version from plusmodel 

At the moment you will not find the grader in my Shapeways shop. Reason for that is, that I think about doing a complete set with several trucks from the US Army Engineers.


Montag, 8. Oktober 2018

1/144 DUKW in waterline version 40/52

I recently finished an old design, which I had never finished as I had some mistakes inside the design. 
I wanted the DUKW not as a complete truck, instead I wanted the waterline design so that I could build Dioramas with the DUKW inside his main element, the sea.

1/144 DUKW
1/144 DUKW unpainted

1/144 DUKW
1/144 DUKW unpainted

1/144 DUKW
1/144 DUKW unpainted

1/144 DUKW
1/144 DUKW first time in water

Maybe I will design later the complete DUKW, meaning with wheels and the canvas and the crane.

Sonntag, 30. September 2018

8.8 Flak 41 in 1/144 39/52

In the next weeks I will offer again something nice. I have designed the 8.8 Flak 41, single version and the 8.8 Flak on the trailer Sonderanhänger 204.

                                     
source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/eb/8.8_cm_Flak_41_1.jpg

Here some links with more information about the original one:



And here the first pictures from my prototype