Saturday, October 21, 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Sunday, October 15, 2017
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
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
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.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Each battery of four or six guns gets a headquarters or fire direction center, and an ammo dump.
The HQ and ammo dumps get a sign, flag or other marking with their number or letter combination on it so they are linked together.
Can't fire for more than a short while without your ammo.
Can't fire indirect fire without a fire direction center to tell you how to adjust your guns.
Here are several small FDC's.