29. Dezember 2009

Hen Long RC Tiger in 1:72

Last year I got six RC tanks from ebay. All were sealed
and new, the price was fair. The tanks can drive and shoot each other with infrared. This work with big and ugly remotes which need 6 x AA batteries, this definitely sucks. So I use an old 9V AC controller.

I made some tank duels with friends, and its funny to play with this little tanks. Up to four players can play against theirselves, if you have enough batteries.

After some search in the internet I found some more information about the Hen Long Tigers. In a german micro rc forum I read that the TL Tiger looks like some Italeri Tiger.
After visiting Modellversium and Henk of Holland, two very good ressources for modellers, I have to say that it is true.

This is the Italeri kit 7505 of the
Pz.Kpfw. VI Tiger Ausf E. It contains 2 quickbuild Tiger models for wargamers at a low price. The parts of the turret and the hull are identically to the parts of the Hen Long models except for the holes for LEDs and the spare tracks.

Last but not least I made some moving pictures after I found out that my new cam can do this. The second tank is a Hasegawa Sherman.

27. Dezember 2009

More Hät StuH Modifications

I made some more little modifications on my StuH's to make them look better. Maybe other modellers can do it better, but I am happy with them because I am a newbie to modelling.
All materials I was using were from my spare parts and plastic junk box.

The picture below shows a Sturmhaubitze 42 squad for my own Eastern front wargame rules(+scenarios) that I started to write, more will come soon.
Please note, that all tanks are still not finished.

Good News from Airfix for 2010

I saw this news in this blog, Plastic Soldier Review is writing about it too. In 2010 Airfix will release several new model kits and one complete new figure set in 1:76 scale.

The most interesting kits for me are the following:

A75001 - European Ruined Workshop
A75002 - European Ruined Cafe
A75003 - European Ruined Corner House
A75004 - European Ruined Country Cottage

Seems like a must-have for me and I hope they will match with the vac buildings from TM Diorama. Read more at the official Airfix homepage.

18. Dezember 2009

Soviet Artillery: Basic Painting

Here are some pictures of the WW2 Soviet infantry, on which I am working. I made some basic painting on them, I did not finish the webbings, bottes and skin yet. I have still no idea how to paint the bases of them, maybe they will get some urban style.

Light mortar (Mars)

Heavy mortar (ESCI/Italeri + Revell)

Soviet Infantry: Basic painting

continuing with the infantry

Light Machine gunner with DP LMG (ESCI/Italeri)

Heavy machine gunners with 12,7mm DSchK (Mars)

Antitank rifle team with PTRD (Mars)

14. Dezember 2009

Good news from HAT INDUSTRIES

HAT published new pictures of rough masters from their coming (?) sets German and Soviet tank riders that will be a great addition to their growing range of WW 2 figures. Pictures can be found here and here.

There are also new pictures from their master model of a German wagon which could be the "schwerer Heeresfeldwagen HF.2". You can join the discussion about these new and all other HAT figures in the HAT forum.

But their are still no pictures of the Hanomag.

Soviet Infantry: Based and primed

I am building a WW2 soviet army for wargaming. The most figures are from Revell and Italeri Soviet Infantry sets. A handful of figures are from Revell Siberian Rifleman set and some other figures and guns come from Mars.

The hole bunch...only the antitank rifles and the lying gunners are not primed and based.

This Soviet fighters are based on 1 Euro cent coins. The structure on the base is a mix of PVA Glue and sand. The big round bases are pokerchips from TeDi, 26 pieces for 1 Euro. All other bases are made from plastic sheet.

Some minor modifications were made. The mortar soldier got a new head. The stupid runner figure from Italeri got one arm lowered. And two Airfix soldiers with new heads and weapons.

The Airfix kneeling gunner with a new torso from some Dimestore Soviets and the Mars Anti tank rifleman with new barrel and handgrip.

The next step is to give all unpainted figures a black base coat.

13. Dezember 2009

Hät StuH Modifications

I sent this sketch to Mike "The Bunkermaster" 's Blog to publish this. By the way he did. Thanks for that. You can find his blog at http://bunkermeister.blogspot.com/

On both StuH 42 the holes of the roadwheels were opened. The paintjob is very sloppy and not finished yet.