Enter keywords or a search phrase below:

12.8 cm Waffentrager--FINISHED PICS

134 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    May 2005
  • From: Dublin Rep Of Ireland
Posted by terry35 on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 5:06 PM

Karl that is truly an amazing build and one fantastic build log, very informative and well presented. 

I agree with the colour choice on the wheels, they would have been taken from the 38d wheel which was different to the standard 38t and early heater wheel in having a smaller diameter and less bolts, in other words they would have been taken from the late hetzer production lines which was due to change again into the Starr.

Again congrats. On a beautiful model.


  • Member since
    January 2007
Posted by the doog on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 9:02 PM

Manny, thanks for the "heavy" Yes. Pretty appropriate I guess for a heavy metalhead like me! Wink I WILL show it at some point--I have to find some shows down here in NC!

Kenny---thanks again for being "gobsmacked"! ha ha. (I love that word!) Big Smile

Terry, thanks for your comment, and for the agreement on the wheels! I had no idea about that whole "D" vs "t" thing? I'm relieved to hear that I made the right call on the color!

Big Smile Thanks again, guys!

  • Member since
    January 2007
Posted by the doog on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 9:05 PM



I love it, Steve! Big Smile

  • Member since
    September 2005
  • From: Uppsala, Sweden
Posted by bultenibo on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 5:24 AM

Well, what can I say that hasn't been said before - it's plain beautiful! Stick out tongue

What I especially like is that you've really captured a exciting historical situation in one single vehical. Just looking at it I get the feeling of desperation in the spring of 1945:

The Reich is rapidly falling apart, the industrial production is in ruins, but still the germans tried their best to piece together another vehicle to send to the front. The contrast between the naked steel barrel, the red hull and the few parts with camoflage paint signals both the desperation and ingenuity of the german industry at the last days of the war. That's quite an achivement to represent that with a single vehicle!

Have you considered adding one or two figures to it? A german crew or a allied soldier inspecting the monster with amazement would be suitable in my opinion.




  • Member since
    March 2006
Posted by TD4438 on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 6:06 AM

The attention to detail around the breach is fantastic!Toast

  • Member since
    January 2007
Posted by the doog on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 9:11 AM

Thanks, Tony! -- I will eventually paint up two crew figures to stand on the fenders or next to it when I get home to NC--right now I"m working up in NY, and won't be back til the 10th or so. An interesting perspective you had on it; I appreciate you posting it! Thanks for the kind words!

Ed--thank you sincerely! I actually spent a lot of time working that to get it looking "Just right"! Thanks for noticing it!!!

Big Smile

  • Member since
    January 2008
  • From: Bournemouth UK
Posted by Bodge on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 4:43 PM

Karl how ya doin? i have been away for a while but wow what a build to return to the forum and see. Superb weathering  and a superb build. Just how i would have wanted to do it. BRAVO

  • Member since
    January 2007
Posted by the doog on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 12:37 PM

Thanks, Andy! I've been .... busy, as usual. Currently up in New York, working; not back until next weekend. and then to start another Waffentrager!

Thanks for the compliment--I'll bet yours would be just as sweet! I KNOW it would be. Wink

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: 41 Degrees 52.4 minutes North; 72 Degrees 7.3 minutes West
Posted by bbrowniii on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 2:13 PM


That thing is ridiculously good! Of course, we have learned to expect nothing else from you!

Good luck with that new CD.


PS Expect a PM from me - I've got a quick off-topic question for ya! Smile

'All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing' - Edmund Burke (1770 ??)


  • Member since
    January 2007
Posted by the doog on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 3:53 PM

Thanks, Boyd, for the nice comments, and the wishes on the CD!

I think that this model would make a great CD cover?!? ha ha!

Hi me up with a PM any time! Big Smile

  • Member since
    April 2009
  • From: Carmel, IN
Posted by deafpanzer on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 7:02 PM

Looking GREAT!!!  I smell another magazine cover... no kidding!  

Good luck with the CD!  Please make sure it comes captioned or subtitled... remember I am deaf.  Oh you can't do it? That's OK as long as you send one of your best looking groupies to help translate what you are singing about... Whistling


  • Member since
    March 2010
  • From: Buffalo, NY
Posted by macattack80 on Friday, March 2, 2012 2:49 AM


Looking GREAT!!!  I smell another magazine cover... no kidding!  

Ditto  That is awesome!  Nice tutorial with your weathering and scratchbuilding processes.  Thanks for sharing.




  • Member since
    January 2007
Posted by the doog on Friday, March 2, 2012 8:29 AM

Thanks, mac! I"m happy to share anything I have learned here and in other forums! Smile It's just a way to give back for all the help I"ve received!

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, March 2, 2012 11:27 AM

Karl, super model of a very interesting subject. And thanks for the WIP/Tutorial. I haven't worked up the guts yet for anything as extreme as the different coloured hull and gun or the heavy weathering but I'm reading all I can and letting it ferment in my noggin.

And great save on the muzzle brake - nice to know that even master modelers have things go south every now and again. I'll try to think of this next time I drop a model on the concrete basement floor while airbrushing it.....


"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen


  • Member since
    January 2007
Posted by the doog on Friday, March 2, 2012 3:46 PM

Hey Cliff--nice to know your real name! Big Smile

Thanks for the nice, thoughtful comment! I don't mind showing where I screw up--if there's one thing I've learned through modeling, it's that sometimes a "failure" is not a failure at all, but a blessing-in-disguise!

Of course, dropping a model on concrete...uh oh...Surprise....Big Smile


Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account.

By signing up you may also receive reader surveys and occasional special offers. We do not sell, rent or trade our email lists. View our Privacy Policy.