Sunday, 24 May 2015

Rapid Fire! 20mm - 4th DAK infantry battalion - El Alamein 1942

Last Afrika Korps infantry battalion. 

This DAK infantry comes from every possible plastic origin.

You can find the old and beautiful Airfix MG runner, the even older Airfix 28mm Pz B, Revell, Esci, Matchbox, 'chinese' Airfix, Hat (from the PAK 76,2mm set) and even some lovely if a little inaccurate Atlantic, all living happily in their barracks even close to their British foes which only in our devious minds are enemies.

The tripods for the heavy MG's and the bipod for the mortar are Evergreen and the barrels come from surplus tank MG's.

I'm two battalions of infantry and 8 AFV's short of presenting you my whole DAK. This will have both the full 15th and 21st Pz division and most of the assets of the 90th Leichte and Ariete divisions. 

The main thing that will be still missing are many of the soft skin vehicles a problem which I hope to solve with some boxes of Pegasus Opel Blitz and a parcel from Frontline Wargaming. Regarding Italian soft skins, particularly towing vehicles the problem will continue a little bit like in real life...

Friday, 8 May 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. 

Sunday, 3 May 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.

Friday, 1 May 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...