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75th Anniversary of 1944 Group Build (World at War)

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Posted by Bish on Monday, April 08, 2019 3:54 PM

Thanks check.

Ye, they are the same thing. Mine was the right femeral nerve. The actual nerve pain in the back reduced after a few days. But then i started getting real pain down the front of my right leg when i laid down, but i found i was fine when walking. I know they are not once fun and seem to be one of those things that once you get once, keep coming back.

I hope yours don't give you to much trouble, not much fun at all.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

''Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?''

On the bench: Airfix 1/600 HMS Belfast/AMT Trade Federation Tank

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Monday, April 08, 2019 11:19 PM

Here is a shot of the assembled components. I am going to call the kubel D-O-N-E. However, I am also going to continue with the kit under the "diorama" forum. I will also post this under the completed items of this GB and elsewhere.

Scale: 1/16
Brand: Tamiya
Subject: Kubelwagen
Paints: Tamiya, Vallejo, Testors MM, Pastels, Watercolor Pencils
Other: (below) 

- replaced kit figures with resin set sculpted by Jeffshiu's Miniatures
- added photo etch for buckles, straps, iron crosses, etc.
- added decals for SS Panzer Corp that migrated from Med to Italy
- added resin tarp rolls behind front seat and on hood
- added lead foil straps for weapons, binoculars, etc.
- added dirt, mud, scrapes, and rust using all mediums

Thank you for allowing me to participate in this group build. This was an extremely enjoyable journey. I look forward in joining more GB's in the future. Many shout outs to those participating in this GB; your models are mind boggling and fantastic. The subject matter, kits, and skill set of all of you really make this a wonderful GB. And a special thanks to my research buddies (you know who you are)...... Sincerely, Ben

Now here it is (finally):

Image

Image

 

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PROJECTS:

- 1/350 USS Alabama - Staged

- 90mm Achilles Resin Figure - WIP

- 120mm SS Panzer Officer - Done

 

 

 

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Posted by jgeratic on Tuesday, April 09, 2019 9:39 AM

That is an excellent Kubelwagen and crew.  Yes

regards,

Jack

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Tuesday, April 09, 2019 4:05 PM

Great results, Ben.  Nicely assembled and painted.  The placement and postures of the figures makes for an interesting display that draws the viewer's attention right in.  

Do you have a preference for the finish-photo?  The top one (I think) shows everything off to best advantage, but the choice is yours!

Thanks for your participation in the GB.  It was a pleasure having you join in.

  

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Tuesday, April 09, 2019 4:12 PM

Bish

Thanks check.

Ye, they are the same thing. Mine was the right femeral nerve. The actual nerve pain in the back reduced after a few days. But then i started getting real pain down the front of my right leg when i laid down, but i found i was fine when walking. I know they are not once fun and seem to be one of those things that once you get once, keep coming back.

I hope yours don't give you to much trouble, not much fun at all.

 
My issue has been sciatica--an extruded disk in the backbone pushing on the sciatic nerve.  It runs down the back of the leg, in contrast to yours affecting the front of the leg.
 
I had a nerve-numbing shot after the problem came up, and it mostly took care of things, although walking too far and too fast remains an issue.  The medicos didn't think it was serious enough for surgery.
 
And it hasn't been serious enough to interfere with the plastic!

  

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Tuesday, April 09, 2019 4:34 PM

Thanks everyone for the kind words. I am still learning with painting the figures.

Yes, please use the first photo for your reveal picture. 

Although you have your primary picture, here are a few more to gawk at (smile). I also posted some of the closer figure photos in the "figure" theme:

Like I said, this was a fun GB and the participants were a big part of it. I will keep checking in from time to time and thanks once again for allowing me to participate.

Ben

I am a Veteran; to all other Veterans thank you for your service. Retired now and living well

PROJECTS:

- 1/350 USS Alabama - Staged

- 90mm Achilles Resin Figure - WIP

- 120mm SS Panzer Officer - Done

 

 

 

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Posted by EBergerud on Tuesday, April 09, 2019 7:30 PM

 

 01Pan by Eric Bergerud, on Flickr

 

 02rt4 by Eric Bergerud, on Flickr

 

1/35 Tamiya Panther D

Paints: Golden High Flow

 

Weathering: Iwata Com.Art acrylics; Vallejo Model Color; oil paints; pigments (Sennelier & Gamblin)

 

Base: PVC Board; Sculptamold; Hydrocal; Woodland Scenics rock molds; Woodland Scenics Snow Flock; Krycell Snow Wash; Krycell Fine Snow

 

 

OK: let's call the Korsun Pocket Panther a wrap. As a refresher, I thought of this moment in history (late January-early February 1944) as a good place to put a Panther D without Zim in a 1944 Group Build. In turn that meant a winter build. I like the history because the battles around the Dnieper in early 1944 showed how badly the Wehrmacht had slipped since Citadel - and foreshadowed the general disintegration of the Eastern Front after the Red Army demolished AG Center in June 1944. This period also illustrated the arrival of what the Soviets called "Deep Battle" - a concept developed since the mid-30s that envisioned multi-staged battles that allowed massive exploitation with armor after a major breakthrough. (If it sounds like early war Blitzkrieg, especially early Barbarossa, it should. By 1944, however, the Soviets were able to deploy much larger elite mobile units than the Germans ever had to play with. They needed them because the Wehrmacht was a much more formidable foe that the Red Army in the summer of 1941 had been. On key to Deep Battle was the increasing supply of American all-wheel drive heavy trucks, allowing Soviet forces to move whole armies quickly in winter and even in most of the "rasputitsa" in spring and fall. This period also saw Panthers arriving in the German OB in considerable numbers. The problems encountered at Citadel with Panthers had been largely solved (although the Panther's operational reliability was always a problem because it was a very hard vehicle to service) and the Panther's powerful combination of gun/speed/armor made it a dangerous enemy. Here are a couple dressed for winter combat: I think the top is a D model - and I'd say it lacks Zim judging from the very even ID numbers:

 

 04win by Eric Bergerud, on Flickr

 

 03Wcam by Eric Bergerud, on Flickr

 

Armor modeling guru Mike Rinaldi thinks winter camo is the toughest thing to weather and I'd agree. But, if you're going to model armor, it's pretty much necessary to employ it because you could have found winter camo on vehicles during about 1/3 of fighting on the Eastern Front, and the very nasty winter of 1944-45 in the West. I used a lot of Rinaldi's techniques on this model. He points out that white wash - probably much more common than white paint - would have been applied several times. So he recommends two or three applications of hairspray weathering over white over base along with mapping and oil shading/washes after each of them. I used Mission Models white twice over hair spray and then applied a coat of AK "Washable White" over everything. At the very end I put on blotches of Krycell "Snow Wash" (very good stuff - you could use it for an entire winter weathering - check the excellent "Precision Ice and Snow" videos on YouTube) and a sprinkle of Krycell Fine Snow. At the very end I put on Com.Art "old oil" mixed with varnish on the rear and a final blotching of "smoke" Com.Art which is great for emulating scuff marks made by the crew. Might add that I do not spend a lot of time weathering tools. It would add visual interest if done. But after looking at a lot of tank pics, I think the very good YouTube German modeler Hamilcar Barkas is right when he claims tools were usually painted the base color. War is the enemy of art.

 

I thought the model needed a base - although perhaps that was a mistake. As I noted in the last post, I wish I would have used a different 3-Color camo scheme: I did the common Dunkelgelb with olive and red-brown splotches. I wish I would have painted large sections olive because it would have stood up to the whitewash better. Even after darkened by weathering, the Dunkelgelb base is still a pretty light color and doesn't stand out well with whitewash applied and removed. Putting a white tank on a white base has obvious problems when it comes to photo time. That said, if I wanted to stick a tired Panther - running for months after Citadel - in a Russian winter, I did want to suggest something bleak.

 

I think the base worked out okay. I used PVC as the canvas - a material I really like - it's quite strong, very light and can be cut very cleanly. The ground cover is Sculptamold - a really neat brew that resembles paper mache. I put an original batch down with brown pigments in it. After that dried, I put another thin cover on but left it white. White Sculptamold actually looks quite a bit like snow - but not enough. I put on a layer of Scenic Express "Snow Flock" and sprinkled that with flock of dead bark and yellow grass. Last came a dusting with Krycell. So the idea is to have a winter scene, but one where the snow has begun to melt. (That was indeed the case during the Korsun battles - 1943-44 had a very mild winter.) This also fits the idea that the white wash has been applied several times. A heavy snow on the model was tempting - but that would have destroyed basically all of the weathering. (Still a neat idea - an old Tamiya armor model with a bucket of snow might make a good dio.)You might note that there is only a very faint "track" visible in the snow. Hamilcar pointed this out too - he claimed that unless you were dealing with fresh mud or deep snow that even a big tank like a Panther did not leave deep tracks over the surface - that's the point of having a wide tank and wide tracks. Here's a pic of model and base:

 

 05leftft by Eric Bergerud, on Flickr

 

Building a dio is a lot like an elementary school art project and brings out the inner child. So I wanted to put something on it - just ground wouldn't do, even if that would have been likely in the Ukraine. So I made some small rock formations by putting Hydrocal (like plaster but much stronger) in a rubber rock mold from Woodland. I painted them gray and then dry brushed several coats of increasingly lighter gray - finishing with white and put on black and umber washes. These are very good products. I'll get some bigger molds for larger formations. As it stood, I made a kind of low rock formation that you might find all over northern Minnesota - I hope there's at least one in the Ukraine. I also picked up some plastic barbed wire from a company called Pegasus. When I popped the box on it, I wasn't sure. But I think it worked pretty well. You can assume that barbed wire would have been all over a combat zone on the Eastern Front - a real "oldie but goodie" in the weapons kingdom. Here are details:

 

 07rockDet by Eric Bergerud, on Flickr

 

 06WireDet by Eric Bergerud, on Flickr

 

Where are the people? The tank's buttoned up - the Russians are Coming. (And they're going to keep coming. I'm starting a Tamiya SU-76 to help with Bargation in June 1944.) A few more Panther pics below.

 

Eric

 

 09turdet by Eric Bergerud, on Flickr

 

 11rdeck by Eric Bergerud, on Flickr

 

 12left! by Eric Bergerud, on Flickr

 

 08front2 by Eric Bergerud, on Flickr

 

 13rt-r by Eric Bergerud, on Flickr

 

 14rt-ft by Eric Bergerud, on Flickr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Bish on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 1:57 AM

checkmateking02

 

 
Bish

Thanks check.

Ye, they are the same thing. Mine was the right femeral nerve. The actual nerve pain in the back reduced after a few days. But then i started getting real pain down the front of my right leg when i laid down, but i found i was fine when walking. I know they are not once fun and seem to be one of those things that once you get once, keep coming back.

I hope yours don't give you to much trouble, not much fun at all.

 

 

 
My issue has been sciatica--an extruded disk in the backbone pushing on the sciatic nerve.  It runs down the back of the leg, in contrast to yours affecting the front of the leg.
 
I had a nerve-numbing shot after the problem came up, and it mostly took care of things, although walking too far and too fast remains an issue.  The medicos didn't think it was serious enough for surgery.
 
And it hasn't been serious enough to interfere with the plastic!
 

That sounds nasty. i thought mine was the sciatic nerve at first, but when i said to the doc about the pain running down the front of my leg, they seemed to know exactly what it was.

The joys of age i guess.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

''Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?''

On the bench: Airfix 1/600 HMS Belfast/AMT Trade Federation Tank

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Posted by Bish on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 1:59 AM

Eric, that looks amazing. Great work on the tank and the effects on the base are superb. Love the effects on the wire, going to have to try that.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

''Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?''

On the bench: Airfix 1/600 HMS Belfast/AMT Trade Federation Tank

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Posted by Bish on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 4:06 AM

Ben, cracking job on that, its come out really well and those figures set if off nicely. Well done.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

''Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?''

On the bench: Airfix 1/600 HMS Belfast/AMT Trade Federation Tank

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Thursday, April 11, 2019 6:22 PM

Excellent, Eric.  Very realistic looking, and exemplary work with the weathering and the diorama base.  It makes me cold just to look at it--even after this year's midwest winter.

Do you have a choice for the finish-photo?

Thanks for participating in the GB.  Your work is always a wonder to behold.

  

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Thursday, April 11, 2019 6:28 PM

Front page is updated with the Kuebelwagen, Ben.  Great addition to the build, and thanks again for joining in.  

  

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Posted by EBergerud on Thursday, April 11, 2019 10:35 PM

Thankee for the kind words. Maybe the second kit pic - starts with 05. Here's what's coming next: 1/35 Tamiya SU-76 - we'll weather this one for June 1944, just south of the Prippet Marshes getting ready for Operation Bagration - arguably the worst single defeat of the Wehrmacht in WWII.

 Kit by Eric Bergerud, on Flickr

Eric

 

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Friday, April 12, 2019 8:55 AM

EBergerud

Thankee for the kind words. Maybe the second kit pic - starts with 05. Here's what's coming next: 1/35 Tamiya SU-76 - we'll weather this one for June 1944, just south of the Prippet Marshes getting ready for Operation Bagration - arguably the worst single defeat of the Wehrmacht in WWII.

 Kit by Eric Bergerud, on Flickr

Eric

 
Looks cool.  Thanks for another participation, Eric.
 
Front page is updated with the finish-photo of the Panther.  
 
Thanks again for taking part in the GB!

  

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Posted by crown r n7 on Friday, April 26, 2019 12:55 PM

alright lets change gears and build a tank.

now what kind of tracks where you followin, tank tracks .... so you must trying to catch a tank. oh bugs bunny..

and some new paint.

Nick.

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Friday, April 26, 2019 2:48 PM

Good start, Nick.  Are those individual links?

  

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Posted by crown r n7 on Friday, April 26, 2019 3:44 PM

Thank you CM yes 90 links per track managed to finish the remaining side by drilling all links to be used then assemble it’s not bad.

Nick.

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Saturday, April 27, 2019 12:41 PM

Sounds like a project in itself, Nice.  Good work!  They look terrific.

  

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, April 28, 2019 7:29 PM
And I'd like to get in this one too. Hasegawa P-51D 48th

 

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Monday, April 29, 2019 7:39 PM

Great to have you join the GB, tj.  I've added your Mustang to the build roster.  Thanks for getting in!

  

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Posted by John 3:16 KJV on Wednesday, May 01, 2019 1:14 AM

I have a Piper L4 Cub kit, and I’ve painted some parts already. I’ve got more to do still, though... :)

 

     ”For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 

     For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.“

                                          - John 3:16-17

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Wednesday, May 01, 2019 6:21 PM

Glad to have you with the GB, KJV!  I've added your Cub to the build roster.  Looks like a Smer-produced kit?  

  

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Posted by John 3:16 KJV on Wednesday, May 01, 2019 6:28 PM

That’s right! My first Smer kit... 

Thanks for adding me! :)

 

     ”For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 

     For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.“

                                          - John 3:16-17

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Thursday, May 02, 2019 9:28 AM

John 3:16 KJV

That’s right! My first Smer kit... 

Thanks for adding me! :)

 
I've never built a kit from this company, so it will be instructive to watch your build, and see how things come together.  
 
I did a search, and found the Smer website.  I had no idea they were such a big outfit--lots of kits.  Seems they've been around since 1952!

  

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Posted by John 3:16 KJV on Thursday, May 02, 2019 11:09 AM

 

So far, I really like the detail. The plastic wing pieces, for example, were molded to have canvas texture. It has a four-piece canopy, though, which may be challenging.

 

     ”For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 

     For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.“

                                          - John 3:16-17

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Posted by John 3:16 KJV on Thursday, May 02, 2019 2:45 PM

I plan on using the ”Invasion Stripes” markings [naturally :) ], but the kit also comes with decals for Operation Torch, too. Below pic shows the Invasion Stripes scheme...

 

http://home.iwichita.com/rh1/hold/av/avhist/a8/a8_cub.htm

http://als-cannonfield.com/L-4AO-59.htm

 

 

     ”For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 

     For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.“

                                          - John 3:16-17

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Friday, May 03, 2019 4:37 PM

That's a very appealing paint scheme, KJV.  Invasion stripes are always impressive.  Does the kit provide decals, or do you have to paint them on?

  

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Posted by John 3:16 KJV on Friday, May 03, 2019 8:52 PM

checkmateking02

That's a very appealing paint scheme, KJV.  Invasion stripes are always impressive.  Does the kit provide decals, or do you have to paint them on?

 

The kit does come with Decals for the stripes...Thankfully!  :D

 

 

     ”For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 

     For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.“

                                          - John 3:16-17

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Sunday, May 05, 2019 12:49 PM

John 3:16 KJV

checkmateking02

That's a very appealing paint scheme, KJV.  Invasion stripes are always impressive.  Does the kit provide decals, or do you have to paint them on?

The kit does come with Decals for the stripes...Thankfully!  :D

 

Yeah, I've painted some years ago, and they can be tricky.

  

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Posted by EBergerud on Sunday, May 05, 2019 5:42 PM

A couple of years back there was a DDay GB and I built a Heller Cub - really crude kit - think it was 1/50 scale. But it worked. Also did a Tamiya RAF Mustang MKI. For both of them I handpainted the stripes. Couple of reasons. During the war, all stripes were originally hand painted - they were applied only hours before operations began. (Lots of pics showing this.) Because it was done by "eyeball" the application wasn't really perfect, so using a simple mask and painted stripes, the effect is about right. Another advantage is that the stripes look brighter than the underlaying finish which would likely have been weathered. Here's what I came up with:

 piper by Eric Bergerud, on Flickr

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