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I have finally completed the long-heralded review of 15mm Russian trucks.

Of course, mid-war onwards, the most common Red Army truck might well have been the Studebaker (over 70,000 of these) … but I still enjoy that wargamer conceit of liking Russian trucks, Gaz, Zis, Yag and so forth for the Soviets, German for the Wehrmacht (although they used thousands of captured vehicles) and Italian for Italians etc.

studebaker(Studebaker … fully loaded, Soviet style)

That said, some 200,000 Gaz trucks were produced, and the Zis factory alone added over 80,000 of the Zis-5 model (which was also built in other locations).  You can also argue that neither of these is really a Russian truck (the Gaz being a Ford copy, the Zis an Autocar design) .  I digress.

Gaz MM(wartime Gaz truck … designated MM – note the wooden cab and simple bent metal mudguards)

So what is available and which is the best?    See the top of the page article on the Reviews page.

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A while back I devised a ‘paint as you go’ strategy: rather than buy stuff I see on  pages and at shows, but then tuck them ‘into reserve’ whilst continuing to work on my main project (so the main project gets done) … I now try to build/paint what I buy (and refrain from buying if I don’t have the time to do anything with it) …

This means my project reserve (‘leadpile’) doesn’t get bigger (it gets smaller) and I don’t forget why I have bought things and/or (which has happened several time in the past) forget I have actually got them and buy duplicates (grrr …) …

It means I get to build and paint while I still have the inspiration that prompted the purchase – and, in all honesty, doesn’t seem to have slowed the delivery rates on main projects at all.   It makes painting more fun, but does result in spates of bitty output – lots of one offs and oddments, especially when there are lots of shows around …

BA-20 unit 01(all built from BFs BA-20 or QRF’s FAI … BA-20ZhD, BA-20, FAI, BMW cabriolet, BA-20/clothesline aerial)

Inspired by getting the recent BF model, I completed work on a batch of QRFs too …

BA-20 rev 09(BA-20 ZhD rail scout)

The Zhd is the rail scout version of the Battlefront model … made by substituting some rail car wheels from one of my Thomas the Tanks Engine finds.   The turret is an adapted swap from the QRF but with the BF hatch (more anon).    BA-20 BhZs often took their road wheels with them, as this one does, so could refit for normal driving.

BA-20 rev 10(the trains now have eyes and ears)

There are never enough Staff Cars in 15mm, so I stripped A QRF A/C down to the car by filing off the armour … I finished it as a German BMW based on this picture of Wiking Division

SS Panzer Division Wiking Tscherkassy

… and following a useful discussion on TMP – but I modelled mine with the top down as my unit will be driving into a Caucasus Summer …

BA-20 rev 07b

BA-20 rev 07d(BMW 326 cabriolet staff car … Eastern Front 1943)

(see more on the modelling page) …

The traffic was controlled by another Wk Div HQ attachment … a detailed up Peter Pig motorcyclist (another BMW)

BA-20 rev 07 staff(Wiking Division Feldpolizei keeping the traffic flowing)

Back with the Soviet armoured car assortment, a clothesline antenna was added to a repanelled QRF FAI from brass wire (another modelling feature which I will add today) … easy to do and a nice addition.

BA-20 unit 05(BA-20 BF/QRF hybrid with added rail antenna … the windcreen hatches are open)

The turret is the other half of the swap … i.e. it is Battlefront, as is the spare wheel cover, both donated from the rail scout version.   The driver’s viewing hatch is open.

But I think my favourite of them is the straight FAI … just a tidied up QRF model.   The main work being to replace the wheels and chop out all the extra mudguard detail that clutters up the front …

BA-20 unit 03a

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(QRF FAI armoured car )

The model has flat armour, but my black insert sort of gets the under sloping from some angles … No front bumper on mine, which is quite normal.   I think the model catches that jaunty look the FAI has (it seems to think it is quite a beast – which, of course, it isn’t).

The Rail Scout will likely feature more in Operational games where rail lines are vital, and for PBI my light scout detachment now looks like …

BA-20 unit 02(15mm Soviet light Armoured Car patrol … Battlefront BA-20, hybrid BA-20 and QRF FAI)

Back to the Germans, I have also added some ammunition schleppers and an artillery spotter from Forged in Battle (see reviews) …

FiB Demags 01(Forged in Battle Sdkfz 252s and 253 … come in a pack together)

The 252s come with trailers, but I have removed them purely for ‘real estate’ reasons …

FiB Demags 02(Sdkfz 252s in earlier and later camo schemes)

I am delighted, now, to have dedicated LOG for SP artillery units.

… and I have added a Field Kitchen to fortify the German infantry (who are much put upon on the Eastern Front) … it is QRF and features near the top of the Reviews Page)

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In addition, 22PD now has the ability to tow its broken babies off the battlefield … I thought it would be inappropriate to allocate such a lightly equipped division something like a Bergepanther as a repair stand but have seen a number of pictures in which standard agricultural machines are towing broken or bogged vehicles out East.

So I got a Case Tractor (again QRF) and dressed it in 1930’s style with some Irregular wheels and put a plastic rod hoist on the back …

Repair asset 01(needs must: converted QRF tractor commandeered by 22 PD’s repair unit)

I think it does the job.

Repair asset 02

The driver is a BF spare, the front wheels from an Egyptian chariot, the radiator from a Zvezda truck … but it a QRF tractor underneath.   I mention all this as I know some enthusiasts these days like the VBCW narrative – and I guess if you do olde farm gear may be of interest.   QRF file it under ‘miscellaneous’: it is basic but I like it.   Adapted or ‘as is’.

Like the intro said, lots of bits and pieces … but quite a lot of boxes ticked, too –  and that’s not really where my main effort has been going!   Christmas is coming.

Thanks to Battlefront/Flames of War, QRF, Forged in Battle and Peter Pig for this batch: a lot of ingenious pleasure was had …

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