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Me 323 'Gigant' finished- pics
Posted by Wirraway on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 7:47 PM

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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Posted by trexx on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 7:52 PM

Yeah, I've got a comment, "GORGEOUS!"

Excellent and compelling, all-around. LUV IT!

...I read an article years and years ago about the transport slaughter over the Mediterranean Sea. I think it was in Air Classics.

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Posted by namrednef on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 8:09 PM

 

I love it too!Thumbs Up [tup] Something you never see!

I'm no dio judge, but it makes sense to me. 

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 8:12 PM
Looks great.  And we all know how big that thing is...

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Posted by Devil Dawg on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 8:25 PM
You're not 100% happy with this?? Confused [%-)] If I could build a diorama anywhere close to as good as your Gigant diorama, I would quit my day job and model for a living. OUTSTANDING job on this one!! I love it!

Devil Dawg   Cool   Travel

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 Who knows when they'll actually be finished.....

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Posted by jeaton01 on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 8:42 PM
Very nice, Wirraway.  Now all you need is a whole bunch of airsick looking troops.

John

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Posted by Bish on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 9:02 PM

That is very nice indeed. I've been trying to get hold of this kit and the 321 glider. I only have 1 negative point, and thats the fuel truck. If i am not mistaken, thats from the academy set. As far as i can gather, that tanker, the T-Stoff one, was only used for the Me 163 komet and V-2 missiles. A bit decieving of Academy to do that.

But that takes nothing away from the quaility of your dio.

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Posted by Daywalker on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 9:46 PM
Very nicely done, never seen that kit built before.  You should be mighty proud of that one. Thumbs Up [tup]

Frank

 

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Posted by Wirraway on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 10:20 PM

Trexx, Nam, TempestJohnny, DevilDawg, John, Frank,  Thank you !  Always a bit daunting to post pics.  

Bish -  yeah, I know what you means about that S-TOFF tanker.  It was the only one I could find.  Does anyone else make one ?  A neat little kit though. That Me321 kit is still around - I picked up the old Testors kit on e-bay for $19 + shipping.  Going to use it with a He 111 zwilling tug  - in another dio.

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Posted by scorpr2 on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 11:42 PM
Wirraway, great build!!!  I love all of the action in the dio.  And I think the gigant looks great!  You put in a lot of work on all of it and it shows!!!
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Posted by bondoman on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 11:56 PM
Really great stuff, wirr. The incusion of the vehicles and figures makes the "gigant"ic scale apparent for the first time I've seen that built. Really nice. What are those round thingies under the wings, outboard of the engines?
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Posted by bondoman on Thursday, August 21, 2008 12:00 AM
 jeaton01 wrote:
Very nice, Wirraway.  Now all you need is a whole bunch of airsick looking troops.
My F-in-law has a pic he took after the ground crews in his squadron got out of a C-47 after an 8 hour flight from Tunisia. A long line of guys with their backs to the camera, legs spread...
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Posted by Wirraway on Thursday, August 21, 2008 3:10 AM

 bondoman wrote:
Really great stuff, wirr. The incusion of the vehicles and figures makes the "gigant"ic scale apparent for the first time I've seen that built. Really nice. What are those round thingies under the wings, outboard of the engines?

Bill,

Those are the JATO rockets to assist in takoff.  There are reports that sometime these suckers were still on the deck after 2,500 feet of runway.  You'd be a brave man to crew one of them I reckon.

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Posted by yardbird78 on Thursday, August 21, 2008 3:59 AM

Beautiful work on that big mutha bear.  The diorama sure sets it off nicely.

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Posted by simpilot34 on Thursday, August 21, 2008 4:17 AM
It looks great Wirraway!!!!! Well done mate!!! I had thought about getting that kit ,but wouldn't have anywhere to put it. As it is, I have a DC-6 I have to fit somewhere!!! Good to see this build! If I may ask, what are the dimensions of the base?Thumbs Up [tup]
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Posted by wing_nut on Thursday, August 21, 2008 6:08 AM

Now there's one you don't see every day.

Week?

Month? 

Ever ?

Nicely done too. 

Marc  

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Posted by Wirraway on Thursday, August 21, 2008 6:19 AM

Scorrpr2, Bondo, Yardbird, Marc.  Thanks again guys !

Richie-  the wingspan is about 30 inches.  The dio was 26 x 22 inches and the wings just fit in diagonally.  Just too big for the shelf.

 

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Posted by Bish on Thursday, August 21, 2008 6:59 AM
 Wirraway wrote:

Trexx, Nam, TempestJohnny, DevilDawg, John, Frank,  Thank you !  Always a bit daunting to post pics.  

Bish -  yeah, I know what you means about that S-TOFF tanker.  It was the only one I could find.  Does anyone else make one ?  A neat little kit though. That Me321 kit is still around - I picked up the old Testors kit on e-bay for $19 + shipping.  Going to use it with a He 111 zwilling tug  - in another dio.

The only injection German fuel truck i have found is by MAC distribution, but at £12 its a bit pricey, but cheaper than going resin. Its a pity because the bomb loader in that Academy set is a nice peace, i am thinking of makeing a mold from mine and makeing some from resin.

Given the amount of German kits around and the amout of detail sets, the airfield equipment is rather dissapointing.

I have done the 111z years ago and i am lookign for another one of those also as mine is in bits. That will be a big dio.

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Posted by Deepsky on Thursday, August 21, 2008 8:34 AM
Wow! That is a great job. Thanks for posting the pics.
Anthony
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Posted by luftwaffle on Thursday, August 21, 2008 9:26 AM
I love it!  Great work all the way around including the figures and vehicles.

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Posted by mucker on Thursday, August 21, 2008 9:56 AM
What a MONSTER that is!! Very nice job. The B&W pics are a nice touch.

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Posted by Red13Bar on Thursday, August 21, 2008 10:33 AM

Bow [bow]*sigh*  My attempts are so futile.....you make me want to give up...Disapprove [V]

Seriously though, absolutely first class!

I didn't know Italeri made a Gigant kit; is it OOP?

-Red

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Posted by Bish on Thursday, August 21, 2008 12:10 PM
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.

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Posted by cardshark_14 on Thursday, August 21, 2008 2:07 PM
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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Posted by MattSix on Thursday, August 21, 2008 3:18 PM

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]

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Posted by ModelNerd on Thursday, August 21, 2008 4:00 PM

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

 

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Posted by rjkplasticmod on Thursday, August 21, 2008 5:37 PM

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

Regards,  Rick

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Posted by Lucien Harpress on Thursday, August 21, 2008 6:50 PM

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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Posted by razordws on Thursday, August 21, 2008 7:07 PM
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

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Posted by Wirraway on Thursday, August 21, 2008 9:06 PM

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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