Non of the items here are posted with any form of political meaning, content or similar. Everything is displayed with an emphasis on historical correctness, unless stated otherwise. Swastikas and SS-runes are a part of military history, as are David's stars, rising suns, stars & stripes, hamer & scyths etc. If you have a problem with that, please feel free to leave! Political correctness does not live here and I will not be held accountable for hurting any overly sensitive souls that can not handle history.
If you are interested in building scalemodels, study actual military history and the like however, you're most welcome to stay, browse, read and/or comment.

The contents of this blog are mine; the models I built, the ideas I used etc. If you want to use these, I'd appreciate it if you asked permission first and use the contents as they are intended; the making and depicting of scalemodels.
The reference pictures I used were dug up on the internet and I use them only as such. Unfortunately I have no idea where I found them anymore, but many are from German archives. These pictures have their origin still visible on them.

tisdag 5 december 2017

Ma.K. Falke - painting the pilot

It has been a long time since I painted a figure, but I had to do this one and the interior, in order to be able to join the bodyhalves of the craft and continue work on it.
The paints used were acrylics, mostly Vallejo and Tamiya. The interior is painted in ivory or Elfenbein, a colour used by the Germans in the openingstages of WW2. The seat is Japanese cockpit green. Thought that that was appropriate. ;)
The decals used are a mix of 1/48 aircraft and 1/24 car leftovers and weathering is done with a dark wash and Tamiya's weatheringset.

As for the figure.... it took me a while to coe up with a combination I like, but browsing the net I came across a picture, dating from 1992, showing Flight Lt. Trevor Edwards, wearing a suit that looked quite similar as the figure's. So Lt. Edwards is my inspiration for the model. I chose Vallejo's British uniform as a base for the brown and Russian uniform for the pressure suit. Highlights and shadows were created by simply adding elfenbein for the highlights and German grey for the shadows, followed by some washes. Helmet is elfenbein once more with some 1/24 ferrari decals, the rearing horse in silver on the back.
I left the feet off. They are completely hidden and the shoes are a very welcome addition to the sparesbox.

The cockpit itself got some 1/48 Harrier decals, but the dials are from the kit, but I skipped the orange ones. Really didn't like'm. I am going to add more wiring later on, especially around and in the hatch.

torsdag 23 november 2017

Ma.K. Falke - first alterations

Like I mention in the first post, I saw this model more as e representation of a hovering vehicle then an aircraft. One of the things that almost immediately made no sense to me in that matter, was the very low position of the maingun; a gatling-like piece of hardware.
But before I got to that, there was some regular work to be done.
First things I did was to put together the engine, consisting of 2 large halves and 2 smaller pieces. This needs to be done before you can add it to the model and construct the hull.
Then I did the cockpit and figure. The figure is torso, 2 legs of 2 halves eachm 2 arms and a head. Choce between bare face with flight cap or helmet. Initially I went for the bare face, but switched to helmet later. The idea behind is that in order to check weaponsystems for proper functioning, the pilot woild need the helmet. And I skipped painting the face......
There also is an empty bay in the front with a hatch that can open. So of course I wanted it to be open! But "empty" really menat empty! There is nothing between pilot and front, so I needed to add a bulkhead and some hardware. The front of German radios as some form of computer, a Tellermine as coolingfan plus the back of a 88mm shell crate as other doodah's. The enginetop of a 1/24 car served as gapfilling connector. Plus the obligatory copperwire....

Then the gun!
Because I redefined this craft as a hovering vehicle instead of a flying craft, I figured the very low position of the gatling gun was not logical. Originally designed to hang under the centre frame. So it needed to be repositioned much higher up. And I wanted it to swivel and tilt! Why chose the easy way, when you can create hell. But I managed!
the top got an extra part as a laser rangefinder, the right side the pivoting point for vertical movement. That one's made up of a sprue bit, fashioned to shape, the muzzle of a 1/35 PaK40 and a Pz.4 wheel in the same scale as foot and base. There's also a piece of sprue as an axle in there. The grey bits are spares from the Ammoknignt kit.

The left side is a 1/35 200l fueldrum as ammodrum, the ammo is 37mm FlaK37 ammo, the cover is a piece of a 1/24 exhaustmuffler, the lamp/sensor a 1/35 KV1 lamp and some evergreen plastic to finish things off.

This will be the gun's new position. The very base of it is a 1cl measuring spoon, that had broken earlier.... ;)
At this stage I added some details, like antennae and a sensor to the dome.

There is something odd with this model.
Here's the front. The front has 2 fenderlike shapes with cables and fillingcap, to which some equipment has been moulded or needs to be attached. To the bottom of right one the gun needs to be attached and to the left on some cilinder. But the cables and fillercaps make no sense as there is nothing underneath! So I will change those into tanks for some fuel or another. This means adding an extra side and bottoms. The marked sections were trimmed off for that purpose.

söndag 12 november 2017

Ma.K. Falke 1/20 - initial thoughts.

It's been quite a while again and the Tamiya M3A2 has been shelved once more. I might just get around to it, eventually, but not now.
Now it is time for yet another 1/20 scale Maschinen Krieger. This time it's the Falke. Occasion for this new build was the finished redoing of my mancave and now it is a proper and functional corner to build in.

As with the other kits I have built or are building, parts are quite big and construction is fairly straight forward. Fit in this kit is very good actually. Upon looking closer I found some very familiar bits and pieces on several of the parts.
The hull itself is made up of 2 huge parts; the upper and lower hull Same goes for the engine and interior. Large parts here too with the add on of a number of smaller ones Apparently the idea behind the Falke is being a antigravitational aircraft. At least that's what I take the large bulbs on the underside for and it has 2 wing-like thingies It also has a large maingun fixed to the underside of the craft indicating it is rather high flying.
I however decided it was not an aircraft, but a hovering vehicle, which means that there will be some distinct differences once I am done with it. Differences like a higher placed weapon that both swivels and turns. No wings either, but steering flaps And why doesn't it have a landinggear??

Looking at the previous and next picture you can make out parts resembling 1/72 scale and 1/35 scale parts from other kits most likely.  The pilot's seat for instance has 2 1/35 ammunition magazines from a 20mm German antiaircraft kanon.

The downside of this kit are the figures, mainly their soft details But I guess that is because of their age They aren't exactly state of the art 21st century figures, but with care they should make pretty decent figures nonetheless.

söndag 30 juli 2017

Tamiya M3A2 halftrack 1/35 becoming a M3 radio comm. vehicle

I am going to give it another go; build a 1/35 project..... and finish it!!!

Choice of subject is a project that has been sitting on the shelf for years; another halftrack. Tamiya's M3A2 being back dated to the M3 version, but with radios added.
The M3A2 actually never saw service, so I am a bit puzzled as to why they released that version in the first place! But to backdate it will require quite a bit of work. Well, not physically, but the differences are quite notable on the rear body.
All the exterior detail the M3A2 has, has to go; the ladders, the gunturret and in many cases the mineracks too. I am thinking about keeping the latter though, just to make the vehicle look cluttered with all sorts of gear, mre's and what not.

And I want to go real old school on this one..... with a lot of Verlinden add-on's! Just like back in the day when I got into scale modelling myself. Or at least when I started to make serious attempts at achieving a presentable model!

måndag 24 april 2017

MK44 ammoknights - the final images

MK44 ammoknights - the base

Yes, another project I can call finished!!
All I actually needed to do, was to make a base for it. I wanted to keep that simple, since it's been awhile since I last done one and I did not want to go overboard, as I tend to do, with some post apocalyptic scene. Just a simple base, showing concrete slabs with grass and such. Like an abandoned airfield or something.
The base is a round cork disc (to put your glass on), glue to a round wooden base. Dimensions fitted nicely. I carved rectangular blocks from it before glueing it in place. That gave nice, coarse edges. Then I painted the whole thing in layers of different shades of grey, making sure to not have an even finish. Then drybrushing with greys and whites. When dry I glued in the grass tufts in the cracks, followed up by pebbles and dust.

fredag 21 april 2017

Industria Mechanica - Porpoise 1/20 building them

So I started working on the Porpoise figures and I must say the quality is very good. However no assembly guide is provided. You'll have to do with one photo on the box. The casts in my figures was flawless. Not a single bubble or warping.
When handling them they emit a smell reminiscent of Tamiyaäs grey filler, though. The resin itself is very easily workable and the castingblocks are placed cleverly, so little cleaning up afterwards. 
The fit of the parts is so well that the figures can be assembled almost without glue. I added a small piece of bluetack, so they wouldn't fall apart when handling during the "photoshoot".
I did not alter the figure, but will add a gunsling after painting.

The smg carrying figure however does have a serious glitch...
He has 2 left feet!!!

The shotgun figure I did some work on. It had a hood that looked too short, revealing a strange gap between mask and hood and the pose with the shotgun not only looked strange, I felt it fitted not right either. I started with added a strip of styrene, so the hood now hangs a bit over the mask, concealing that weird gap. I then cut off the hand with grip, removed the drum magazine and carved out an area on the inside of the underarm, so the butt would fit snugly. I then repositioned the hand with grip and created a new, more suitably sized magazine out of 2 1/35 German landmines and a disk of thick styrene. The angled edges of the mines create a slight recess between the disks. A gunsling will be added after painting here too.

Here you can see the altered posts compared to the as-is figure on the box.