Thursday, March 23, 2017

German Artillery

These are the 1/72nd scale Zvezda howitzer.

I painted them panzer gray for German use and painted the base a contrasting dirt tan color.

I got some extra Revell artillery crew figures from their excellent WWII German Artillery set as crewmen.

The Germans usually used these in batteries of four guns.

I have not determined what towing vehicle I will use, but probably halftracks.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

122mm Artillery

2016 has been the year of building German artillery and Soviet artillery and tanks.

Here is a little of both, a Soviet made 122 mm howitzer M1938 (M-30).

Soviet 122mm howitzers captured and put back into service by the Germans.

The Germans called it the 12,2 cm s.F.H.396(r).

Crew by Revell.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

T44 Soviet Tank

This is the ancient Roco T-44.  It often was sold with the Roco T54 turret and T44 turret together.

 The standard hull is the post-WWII version.  Mostly the fenders and fuel tanks need to be modified.

So I dragged a few out of storage and using a razer saw buzzed down the fenders.

 Since during the Great Patriotic War the Soviet Union usually organized tanks in companies of ten, I got ten of them ready for modification.

 Evergreen plastic sheet and angle pieces cover the sawn away areas.  I used some JS-II parts from Paul Heiser Models to make the tank tracks and fuel tanks.

A brush bristle and a small resin tarp go on the turret as seemed typical for the wartime T44 tanks.  They had various mechanical problems that were never really solved although they were sent to training units in September 1944, they never served in combat and even postwar they were limited production.  Still, had the Soviets suffered reverses, fixed the problems or got an order from Stalin the could have been used in combat well before the end of the war.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Tanks of the Great Patriotic War

WWII Russian T-34/76 medium tank.

I added a radio antenna to make this a command vehicle.

Antenna is a brush bristle.

It fits perfectly into the Roco antenna mounts.

No fuel tanks on it, because they did not actually use them all the time and could be jettisoned.

T-34/76 with my modified version, a T-34/57 tank.

I made ten of the T-34/57 and have enough turrets to swap them out so they can return to T-34/76 tanks.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Nazi Guns

Hat Soviet gun captured by the Germans and put into German service.

In WWII the Germans were short of everything, except enemies.

So when the Nazis captured a few guns, they always put them back into service.

These HaT guns in 1/72nd scale are perfect for wargaming, they are sturdy and quick to assemble.

I mount them on a sheet of plastic so they are even sturdier, figures are separate.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Submarines and Commandos

Each of the tiny submarines came with a larger submarine.

I painted this one up as an old rust bucket.

My plan is to use the larger submarine as a minisubmarine for landing special operations troops.

Most nations that have full size submarines operation little ones too.

They only have to carry one or two troops.

Troops go ashore and sabotage buildings or stay in the harbor and blow up a ship at the dock.

Friday, March 17, 2017


This is a 1/2400 scale Soviet Typhoon nuclear ballistic missile submarine.

I have a whole navy of Modern Soviet ships.

I found this little submarine at my local dollar store.

Short but tall.

I got a few of them.

I figure they will work as an unknown type submarine in games.

I got a small fleet of them and painted them up in a couple different schemes.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

T-34 Tank Repair

My T-34 collection has vehicles in it that are as much as 50 years old.  Some are in poor condition.

Some I got new, and some I got used.  Many are missing the bow MG, a missing turret hatch, and other problems.  I found one with M110 howitzer tracks, half a dozen had wooden hatches.

I replaced the wooden and missing hatches with new ones made out of styrene plastic.

I repaired broken bow machine guns with wire and replaced missing machine guns with resin casts ones that I made.

The whole Russian collection needed work, and I am getting it done.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Roco T-34/57

Take a Roco T-34/76 turret.

Cut off the gun barrel and replace it with the 57mm gun from a PSR 57mm / 76.2mm ATG kit.

File down the side angle a bit and then take the pistol ports from a Permit tank kit and glue them to the turret sides.

Cut off the cupola and replace it with a hatch made out of sheet styrene.

Take some plastic rod and make the ventilators for the rood; instant T-34/57.