Me 323 'Gigant' finished- pics

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Me 323 'Gigant' finished- pics

  • This is for the 'Heavy Lifters' Cargo Plane Group Build that has been running all this year and finishes Dec 31.  A german airfield in Sicily, April 22nd, 1943.

    A little background first.......Smile,Wink, & Grin [swg]

    April was a black month for KGzbV in Sicily.  only 4 days previously, on April 18, the KG had lost 24 JU 52's over the Mediterranean, with another 35 aircraft breaking up after forced landings.  The allies knew how crucial it was to stop the flow of supplies to the Afrika Korps.  To hold the Tunisian bridgehead, Axis forces needed at least 150,000 tonnes of supplies a month.  Since December 1942, re-supply had never averaged more than 75,000 tonnes per month.  In March, this dropped to 51,000 tonnes.  Gasoline was dangerously low, the food ration in some sub-units was down to two pieces of bread per man per day.

    Things got no better this day for the KG, with the flight of 16 Gigants attacked by Spitfires and Marauders off Cape Bon.  Only two Me 323s escaped, the others being shot down or broke up after emergency landings.  One more was destroyed on the ground at Tunis, during an air raid.  Only one aircraft managed to make the flight back to its Sicilian base at Trapani, filled with German wounded.  Of the 140 pilots and aircrew, 19 had survived.  In less than a month, the German dream for the conquest of North Africa would be over.

    This is the old Italeri 1/72 Kit.  With Academy and Airfix vehicles and Preiser and Airfix figurines.  Only my second diorama, and the 2nd largest plane I've made, after my Superfortress.  I cant say I'm 100% happy with it, but I think I'm getting (slowly) better.

    Getting sick of black & white ?  Me too.

    Comments always welcome.

     

     

     

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  • That's real nice. My second thought, when I saw your photos, was that that's one diorama crying out for a digital SLR (on manual focus) and Helicon Focus.

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  • Hey Wirr,

     Your Gigant turned out really nice... Over all build is right on!! I especially like the B&W pix, kind of makes me feel like I am reliving history through a b&w photo..

     One thing that caught my eye was your attention to detail right down to the tire tracks on the field..Thumbs Up [tup]Thumbs Up [tup]

     Thank you for sharing my friend

    Flaps up,

    Mike

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  •  mshaneyfelt wrote:
    Wirraway-

    Looks absolutely excellent. While you say that you can't be "100% happy" with the build, I would be 132.7% happy with it. I worked that out with a very complicated math equation that I worked out;).

    I am very impressed. What did you use for the grass?

    -M

    Nothing special, just that stuff model railroaders use.  Bought a roll of it from my LHS.  I was going to get all artsy with my dremel and put a few depressions and hillocks in it, but I wimped out and just left it flat.

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  • Wirraway-

    Looks absolutely excellent. While you say that you can't be "100% happy" with the build, I would be 132.7% happy with it. I worked that out with a very complicated math equation that I worked out;).

    I am very impressed. What did you use for the grass?

    -M
  • What I like about this dio is there alot happening, so there something to look at every angle. I saw the model at my LHS not long ago, before I didn't know this aircaft even existed.

    Great diorama, espesialy for a 1/72.

    Working on: Trumpeter SU-152 (1/35) Trumpeter E-10 (1/35) Heller Somua (1/35)

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  • That would be the Tupolev ANT-20 Maxim Gorky.  As of yet no kit exists of it in any way, shape, or form.  Scratchbuilding one has been on my "to-do" list for quite some time now.  The wings may be built using the same method as the ICM TB-3 kit (ribs and spars covered with courrigation) while the fuselage may be practical as a solid-balsa form covered in more courrigated plastic.

    Luckily for anyone interested decently detailed plans of the ANT-20 do exist.

    But I'm getting ahead of myself.  You set yourself a worthy goal.  However, to REALLY complete it, you would need a WHOLE lot more entries.  I recommend "Giants of the Sky" by Bill Gunston.  It's got about 100 aircraft which he qualifies as giants.  The recognizeable B-36 and Spruce Goose is listed among the not-so-well-known Lockheed Constitution, SSW R.VIII, and nearly the complete line of Tupolev giants.  Really a must-buy if your into giant aircraft like I am.

    Let me tell you, though- you are off to a great start.

    (Just a small tip:  Your building skills are excellent.  Now may be the time to play around with some weathering.  Start subtle- pencil lead is your friend.  I use it powdered to represent exhaust stains and in pencil form to detail panel lines.  It's simple, subtle, forgiving, and realistic.  Play around with it next time.  Other than that, you look like your doing just fine.)

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  • Mike, Mucker, Red13Bar, Mattsix, Mark, Rick, Dave- Thank you.

    Alex-  thanks for info on that tanker, good to know

    Lucien- from a modeller of your standing, I appreciate it.  Your motorised Ju 290 was definately an inspiration to me.  My long term goal is to build every kit that has more than 4  propellor engines.

    Built:  Gigant, spruce goose. 

    still to build- He111 Zwilling

                      B36 Peacemaker

                     Dornier DO-X

    Still to buy:  Bv 222/238  Ju290

    There was a ginormous 8 engined Tupolev the Soviets had in the 1930's, dont know if it was ever a kit.  If anyone can think of more- let me have it !

     

     

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  • That is one very cool dio wiraway!!! Bow [bow]Bow [bow]  I have Revell's Ju 290 and I still hope to do a similar dio one of these days.  Thanks for the inspiration.

    Dave

  • Beautiful stuff.  I want to build both versions of the Gigant- a standalone Me 323, such as this, and an Me 321 as part of a dio to compliment a "secret" build I have going on right now....  Evil [}:)]

    Still, awesome work, and a definite source of inspiration.

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  • Very nice work Thumbs Up [tup].  Thanks for sharing.

    Regards,  Rick

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  • Looks spectacular! I can see a great deal of work went into that one. Well done!!

     

    - Mark


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  • Great Job! The vehicles do provide a nice sense of scale. That bird is simply HUGE!

    Fantastic build....simply fantastic! Bow [bow]Bow [bow]Bow [bow]

  • Beautiful! Absolutely fantastic! I hope mine turns out half as good as that! Thumbs Up [tup]

    As for the tanker, you are in the clear, my friend. The RATOs used T-Stoff fuel.

    Cheers,
    Alex
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  • Red13Bar it seems to be at the moment. It seems to be one of those kits that goes in and out. I recall it being around when i first started 20 odd years ago. They also do the 321 glider version and the He 111Z glider tug. All seem to be OOP at the moment.