Monday, October 23, 2017

American Breechloading Mobile Artillery 1875-1953

American Breechloading Mobile Artillery 1875 to 1953 by Glen M. Williford with Thomas D. Batha, published by Schiffer Military History, 2016.

This is a great book.  It has pictures and drawings of nearly every significant artillery piece used by the US military from the end of the Civil War until the End of the Korean War.  The book has many guns I never heard of and is full of conversion possibilities for wargame artillery.  The book also answers many questions I have had about the use and deployment of US guns.  This book is great, highly recommended.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Soviet Artillery

Soviet D30 howitzer by Zvezda.

So far I have painted the bases, but not the guns yet.

They fit together well, it's only the first 75 or so that are hard.  1/72nd scale.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Nazi German Pazner III

Just as you were starting to think my whole collection is T34s, here are a few Panzer III for you.

There are at least 20 versions here, but all are Roco or conversions.  Flamethrower, Funklenk, and ammo carrier are seen here in addition to the tank.

I have a full battaion of them here.  Including some armored recovery versions and a few "what if" vehicles with the Panzer IV 75/43 medium length gun in the turret.

The ARV is a complex model but a simple design, put a box on the hull instead of a turret.

One snow plow version with a munitions carrier on one side and a Panzer III with skirts on the other side.  Note the explosive charge carriers in yellow.

I have made several versions of the side skirts.  Most of these are painted and are likely to get more attention in 2018, I think there will be a lot of painting next year.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Soviet Tanks

More Roco T34 tanks.  I have about 200 in a couple versions.

Most of them are painted, which for me is unusual.  Note the tanker truck lurking in the sideline.

Row after row of tanks and armored recovery vehicles.

T34 tanks without a turret were often employed to act as a tow truck for other tanks that got stuck in the mud.

Overall my WWII Soviet collection is in pretty good shape.  It's due for additional work in 2018.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

T34 Tanks

More of the Russian collection.  Sometimes I use cardboard boxes inside the plastic box to prevent vehicles from sliding around.

These little Tyco tractor loads from flatcars make good Soviet tractors.  Caterpillar opened a factory in the Soviet Union and most of the tractors went to the military.

Sometimes just a change in the smoke stack makes a big difference.

Original plastic colors for these were silver, orange and yellow!

The Roco T34/76 collection.  65 of them.

Replacement resin cast hatch in yellow.

At 40+ years old  many of these needed work, but I am getting things organized.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Lobster Turtle

Caesar Miniatures ancient Lybians attack the legendary Lobster-Turtle.

Aided by Tarzan and his friend they drive off the beast.

Who retreats to his Barsoomian flyer.

Later he confronts Aztec warriors, by Revell.

Starting legends that a silver warrior will come again from the sky.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Robots and Monsters

Galaxy Laser Team Mail Box Robot, in about 1/35th scale.

I had these as a kid, and now they are back in a number of different color combinations.

This is the silver set, it comes with 25 gray and 25 black figures and two small space ships.

Besides these poses there are two Mercury astronaut type figures.

Use them separately, or together.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Galaxy Laser Team 

This is the Galaxy Laser Team from Tim Mee, sold by Victory Buy.

They are about 1:35th scale and are single piece plastic figures.

They include both humans and aliens.

Including Turtle-Lobser.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Russian HQ, Supplies, and Flags

A simple FDC with two oil drums and a bit of scribed plastic sheet to look like boards next to a more complex version.

Russian batteries A though D and their ammo dumps.

Russian FDC RD with a camouflaged post and their unit sign out back.

Larger view, netting is simple gauze dyed green with Rit fabric dye.

Russian units also get flags on small bases, they are often seen in propaganda photos.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Building Fire Direction Centers

The spares box yielded many important bits for fire direction centers.

Zvezda often provides little bases for groups of figures.

 I re-use them for fire direction centers and ammo dumps.

 Almost any little box can be a radio if you drill a hole in the top, and insert a bit of nylon brush bristle into the hole.

A bit of sheet styrene or a spare building door will work for a table top.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Indirect Fire

Each company gets it's own FDC too.

The company fire direction center allows the whole company to fire together on one target.

Then each battalion has a fire direction center too.

Most communication is done by field phone, but communication with the forward observers...

If often done by radio, so they can be mobile.