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Archive for November, 2015

Red TnT 01

This week’s tidying up is a mixed bag of new builds, brushing up and/or basing to complete some more artillery units for the Red Army …

Last time’s searchlight unit was intended to go with an AA battery … they may look like soviet 37mms but are actually US lend-lease M1 40mm bofors guns (about 3,000 of these were received – about a quarter of those in service) …

Red TnT 02(40mm AA battery with tows and searchlight truck … BF guns and Zvezda trucks)

Red TnT 03(AA battery deployed)

Red TnT 04

I’ve gone for a slightly peculiar arrangement with one set of wheels apparently attached to the trucks, and the guns deployed cornerwise on a 30×30  base.  Although this is neither one thing or the other it gives the look I was after both deployed and towed.

Red TnT 05

The guns are Battlefront/FoW, with crew by BF and PP … the trucks are Zvezda with a bit of extra detailing of the cabs …

The Howitzer battery has been around for a while, but the deployed bases were recently added and the bases needed landscaping.

Red TnT 07

The units is now fully finished … in addition to the Howitzers (True North/Old Glory) and their tractors, it has a command/observer team in a T-26 radio vehicle (Zvezda conversion) its own log (a Voroshilovets converted from the same TN/OG Kommintern that I’ve used for the main tows) and enjoys the protection of an attached AA unit …

Red TnT 08(203mm howitzer battery deployed)

Red TnT 09

The really tricky bit was remaking the running gear to the Voroshilovets arrangement.

Red TnT 11

I sometimes see it suggested that there were very few actual production models of these radio/command tanks – yet they do turn up in photos from Finland (so either they got around a bit or there were some allocated to combat units.

They can be added to the range of vehicles that can be built from the basic T-26 model I think.

Red TnT 10

The anti-aircraft gun is one of a pair of SP variants I built from the Battlefront/FoW Zis truck a while back (but hadn’t fully finished for some reason) … now they are dry-brushed and landscaped.

Red TnT 12

I modelled them as mounted on heavier YaG style trucks using the bigger wheels from the QRF Gaz series.  Otherwise both have rebuilt cabs and MDF and card adaptations.

Red TnT 13

Most of the rear is card, the gun is one of the many spare barrels you end up with in Battlefront/FoW gun packs and the crew is BF and Peter Pig.  The mount etc. is scratch built.

Red TnT 14

For the SU-1-12 the gun is actually a PP WWI ‘stormtrooper’ gun (but looks exactly right set in its card gun shield).

Since I did these quite elaborate adaptations, I think Battlefront have released commercial versions.  So i’m glad I took the time to make fairly convincing models which will stand up to comparison.

Finally, another addition to the long list of ‘what can you do with a Zvezda truck’ …  Here I have grafted a fuel vessel from a pound shop tanker set onto a slightly extended Katyusha chassis.

Red TnT 15

I will probably attach this to some airforce ground units as they will need plenty of refuelling …

I’m quite pleased with this latest batch of rear echelon stuff – it has tidied up yet another set of otherwise unfinished projects … it give me confidence the I can get back to the long delayed trains and boats and planes

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Zis-12 searchlight 01

Again, this will be of more interest to operational wargamers …and will enhance air defence assets.

I’m just going to do a post here rather than a feature on the modelling page as this is a one off … a Zvezda truck plus a lamp from a naval parts range (picked up in the model shop) – everything else is scrap/scratch-built.

Zis-12 searchlight 02(1:100 Zvezda truck with searchlight)

I replaced the Zis bed with the slightly longer one from the Opel Blitz and cut and lowered it but I declined to do a full Zis-12 conversion as it didn’t seem essential to model all features exactly.

I then fabricated a chassis and cradle to carry the light.  As the assembled components are differently coloured it is pretty easy to see how the bits have come together in the WIP photo …

Zis-12 searchlight 03

The lamp I had picked up looks a little smaller than the standard Russian air defence searchlight – but as the example bottom right in the picture below shows, some variations are possible …

I decided to leave the lamp’s plastic lens clear and the interior white – and it seems to have worked … in the photos it picks up the camera flash quite strikingly I think.

Zis-12 searchlight 07

Zis-12 searchlight 04

Zis-12 searchlight 05

I picked up the bits for this quite some time back so this ‘Zis-12’ is another outstanding project ticked-off and delivered.   Although a bit fiddly at times it was pretty straightforward, really and I am pleased with the results.

Zis-12 searchlight 06

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Sov Art 01b(15mm Red Army guns – various makers)

So this week’s tidy up has been basing and painting up gun crews …

A 57mm Zis-2 anti-tank gun,  a 76mm M1902/30 divisional gun, a couple of F-22s, a M1909/30 152mm howitzer, and some big howitzers …

Respectively Battlefront/FoW, Quality Castings and Old Glory/True North.

Sov Art 01ci

The crews are a mix of (mostly) Peter Pig plus some Skytrex and Battlefront.

That QC old model 152mm howitzer has been waiting for its full crew for some time …

Undoubted stars are the 203mm Howitzers, however – Stalin’s famous Breakthrough Artillery …

Sov Art 03(True North 203mm B4 Howitzer from Old Glory)

I’ve done my best to assemble crews … mostly artillery men just stand around waiting to serve the guns.  Not a problem if you are modelling, say, a/t crews for a tactical game – but we need lots of bods standing around for operational games …

Sov Art 04a

Next up, I need to complete the supply wagons for the rifle corps …

Sov Art 02

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