sexta-feira, 8 de maio de 2015

Rapid Fire! 20mm - Painted Sdkfz 223 conversion from Airfix Sdkfz 222



Here it is the scratchbuilt 223 after the usual GW Tausept Ochre painting. 

The accompanying Airfix Kubelwagen was built at the same time  as the  Sdkfz 223. It's a straight from the box model with just a small change in the rear passenger who has an Airfix body glued to Esci seated legs. 

domingo, 3 de maio de 2015

Rapid Fire! 20mm - Sdkfz 223 conversion from Airfix Sdkfz 222


Tired of the wrong turret of Airfix Sdkfz 222?
Tired of not having the Sdkfz 223?
Tired of not seeing Sporting as national champion? 

If you are, follow me in the next few pictures and comments. 


The turret was discarded and replaced by a smaller one taken from an undentyfied part I found on the  spare box. I´m not sure but I think it belonged to a ring from a Panther turret.

The antennae was built in Evergreen and wire. The vertical tubing is far more thicker than the original but as a wargame piece that is necessary to avoid self destruction. 



Don't forget a figure (this one is from PSC), some extra Jerrycans and tarpaulins and all the few white and black extras a little bit all over, in order to have a convincing model:

-Triangular disks on the wheels.
- Hatches in the turret.
- Visors in the turret ring.
- MG 38.
 


sexta-feira, 1 de maio de 2015

Rapid Fire! 20mm - Pz Sfl II for Rommel's Kampfstaffel, El Alamein1942, part 3


Normal DAK painting on a special vehicle. I'm sure the measurements are not 100% correct but even so it was a great fun to scratchbuilt. 


'Hey is it a 20mm AA gun ? ... ' 'No! its the antennae...!
 



I'm sure Rommel feels much safer now with this powerful bodyguard! May be he even can try harder on  Hitler's assassination...

 

segunda-feira, 27 de abril de 2015

Rapid Fire! 20mm - Pz Sfl II for Rommel's Kampfstaffel, El Alamein 1942, part 2


Now for the complete model. 
 

The Pz Sfl II in the probably  best picture of this machine (from 5 or 6 available). There are no exact measures for this vehicle which gives some freedom of construction. You can also use the measurements for Hkp 902 chassis used on other more well known German AFV's. 


The model turned out like this. There is an extra road wheel taken from a surplus model and glued to this one in order to have a total of seven.

The jerrycans are home made and you can see how to manufacture them in this fantastic blog ( it's not me who say it it's the crowd out there !) from two posts ago. 


The crew are the PSC (many!) surplus models of the Marder II. 


The gun tube was taken from a broken  Esci 7,5cm PAK  with an Evergreen sleeve added. 


The usual GW GreenStuff was used for bedrolls.
 

The gun mantlet is a piece of carved hard styrofoam. 
 



Small details like shovels and such were taken out from an Esci Sdkfz 251 veteran of many battles cannibalised for parts.

Next: painting the Pz Sfl II. 

RapidFire! 20mm - Pz Sfl II for Rommel Kampfstaffel - El Alamein 1942,part 1.



In the next 3 articles I will show you my way to make the model of the Pz Sfl II in 20mm. I couldn't find any kit of this model in 1/72nd or 1/76th scale so only  scratchbuilding remained as the solution.

As there was only two built, one model is more than enough for the DAK and Rommel's Kampfstaffel.


I´ve been looking at the wheels and tracks of the very strange and big Atlantic Kettenkraftrad for many years, after using their quite a lot of their seated German soldiers and even some MG´s. As a compulsive buyer of these old kits I have several of them. One day I was expecting for these material to become useful.
 
The web presents some 1/35th kits of the real machine and also some scratchbuilding both in 1/35th and (apparently) 20mm but i'm not sure of the last one as the site was in Japanese which is not my best foreign langauge.
 
Write "Pz Sfl II" or "hkp 902 chassis" ( the base of the vehicle) in your search engine for lots of information.
 

Use some Evergreen and hard Styrofoam for the chassis. Glue or drill the parts. I did both for strengthening.
 

A plate of Evergreen is used as the top part of the chassis and modelled as you can see.


The top part of the chassis needs careful planning as it needs to house a number of features.
 

The turret need to pivot. This is the bottom part...
 

...and this one is the top part.


It starts to look like the real thing.


 
The shape of the turret is quite tricky. In order to avoid too many calculations I use flexible paper card for essays and only after the Evergreen card.
 
Next: The Pz Slf II detailed and assembled.
 
 

sábado, 18 de abril de 2015

Rapid Fire! 20mm - A way to do Jerrycans


Jerrycans are one of the first things to end in our surplus boxes. 

They were used by the main contenders of WWII and virtually all modern wars and we never have enough of them, specially when you are into desert fighting. 

So I made up an easy and cheap way to do as many as I want. This is the result: 


Do like this: use a hard kind of styrofoam, the kind that comes in 3mm thick and about 60x120cm plates and that you can find in DIY. With a little luck your local supermarket can give you some of this material as some brands use it for advertisements.


Mark rectangles with the blunt part of your X-acto 7x4mm (approximately or the size you like) and then cut them. 



Cut a small top fraction to mark the handler. 



Use the blunt part of the X-Acto to make a hole for the handler. Press deep. 



Do the same for the characteristic X on the main surface. 



I also made an oblique cut at the petrol/water exit corner that you can see in the 1st picture. 

And here you have. Plenty jerrycans at no cost at all, only some time of course. 

Happy jerrycanning!!


quinta-feira, 16 de abril de 2015

Rapid Fire! 20mm, March 2015 DAK and 8th Army additions.


Last post material already painted.


The Krupp Protze and an extra Sdkfz 11 are always handy. I paint DAK vehicles with Tausept Ochre from GW. 


Sdkfz 251. The DAK symbol and its grey background are painted over the sand colour, the opposite way to reality.


The Italian 88's. I used GW Vomit Brown, a strange name but a nice colour for the Italians.


The Crusader II made from Frontline Wargaming hulls (from their AA Crusader I) and modified Airfix turrets. The Matchbox+Esci Pheasant is crewed by a "chinese" crew.  The colour for the British armour is Vallejo Yellow Ochre. 

I think the DAK colour is quite close. Both the Italian and British are not but as I already started these armies many dozen vehicles ago I will have to keep with these colours for the sake of uniformity. 


Now let's start with some more rare DAK vehicles like the most strange ones in Rommel's Kampfstaffel...