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Wish Lists / Re: SdKfz 10 Halftrack
« on: October 12, 2017, 01:32:14 PM »
I'm with you EWG. Although I think the Sd.Kfz.7 is an interesting vehicle and deserves inclusion by Rubicon it, and many other vehicles, don't really belong in the front line. I sometimes think they should be on a secondary table where they are only likely to be in danger from enemy artillery and tactical aircraft. At 1/56 scale they really shouldn't be mixing it with the opposing infantry and therefore on the primary gaming table unless broken down! 

Wish Lists / Re: SdKfz 10 Halftrack
« on: October 09, 2017, 07:54:25 PM »
Agreed. A vehicle produced in large numbers that would find a place in any German army of WWII.

Wish Lists / Re: Fast Russians
« on: September 30, 2017, 08:24:40 AM »
Yes BT (Bistrokhodny Tank) or Fast Tank. Hence Fast Russians. It's hard to imagine an early Russian force without them.

Wish Lists / Fast Russians
« on: September 29, 2017, 09:05:36 AM »
With Rubicon's T-26 getting closer I thought it timely to suggest tanks of the BT series get a mention in the wish list. It's not hard to imagine an early Russian force with T-26's containing BT-5's or 7's as well. These tanks were built in the thousands and fought against the Japanese, Poles and Finns in 1939. They were in large numbers when the German's attacked in 1941 and continued to fight in decreasing numbers for the rest of the war. BT-7's were also engaged when the Soviet Union attacked Japanese forces again at the end of the war. Although there were fewer BT-5's they were still numerous and used in the Spanish Civil War. Captured BT's were also used by their former enemies.

Surely a worthy contender for Rubicon. 

Work In Progress / Re: Digital Sculpts - Soldiers of WW2 170923
« on: September 25, 2017, 08:35:08 PM »
I don't know what evidence Rubicon are using that makes them believe there will be a lot of demand for these figures. Perhaps it's a hunch. I had thought the main aim was to provide 28mm compatible miniatures for Bolt Action or equivalent level wargames. In that regard only the surface has been scratched thus far. The possible subjects for miniaturisation in 28mm are almost endless. An Sd Ffz 231 may not be high on the list of most modellers wish lists but I'd buy one. Quite obscure vehicles are available in plastic in smaller and larger scales so I can't see why they wouldn't sell in 1/56 scale. Anyway, if I were Mr Rubicon I'd be charging ahead with 1/56 scale WW11 vehicles and diversify in the following priority order;

- 1/56 scale vehicles for earlier and later periods
- smaller scale vehicles compatible with existing wargame figure sizes

I'd largely give the figures a miss except to ensure their compatibility with Rubicon vehicles. I'd also steer clear of models in larger scales. I think those are getting too big to fit comfortably on gaming tables and if I wanted to build them for display or a diorama I'd prefer the highly detailed models currently available.

Just my two cents worth. If I was smart I'd probably be rich and I'm not!

Work In Progress / Re: Digital Sculpts - Soldiers of WW2 170923
« on: September 24, 2017, 10:18:51 AM »
Oh well. Rubicon look determined to go down this road. Attempts to nudge them to concentrate on the vehicles are unlikely to succeed. If they are a commercial success then Rubicon will be vindicated.

Work In Progress / Re: LVT Project - 20mm Polsten Gun 170913
« on: September 13, 2017, 01:14:13 PM »
Great info. Thanks for that EWG.

Work In Progress / Re: Neucraft Resin - PzKpfw 38H 735(f) 170906
« on: September 07, 2017, 04:09:37 PM »
I see your point UVS. The difficulty, as I see it, is you might sell X number H39's in resin and convince yourself there isn't much of a market. Whereas if they had been plastic the sales could have been something else entirely. Rubicon I suspect will know this isn't the best test of the popularity of early French vehicles. Particularly when early French tanks have been available in resin for some time.

Nonetheless I acknowledge it is good Rubicon plan to use both materials. As a potential purchaser of the kits I would probably wish they had been made in plastic more often than the business bottom line will permit.

Work In Progress / Re: Neucraft Resin - PzKpfw 38H 735(f) 170906
« on: September 07, 2017, 09:22:01 AM »
I agree that resin opens up some interesting possibilities. Although I am a little concerned we don't end up with things in resin that would have been significantly better done in plastic. This tank maybe an example of that. I'm trying to keep an open mind.

Work In Progress / Re: Neucraft Resin - PzKpfw 38H 735(f) 170906
« on: September 06, 2017, 10:27:03 AM »
The German cupola is a very useful addition. I hope a forum member will provide a review of this kit when it comes out. I'd be particularly interested to know if it is a leap forward from Resin vehicles already available or not.

Work In Progress / Re: SdKfz 173 Jadgpanther 170902
« on: September 02, 2017, 11:41:49 AM »
Jaeger can spot 'em  in the dark.

Work In Progress / Re: Neucraft Resin - Painted Test Samples 170827
« on: August 31, 2017, 09:20:06 PM »
Further trawling suggests 400 H35's built and a further 800 or so H39's (all of the H35's and 240 of the H39's by 1 Sept 1939). Although the H38 is mentioned it is in the context of a description used by the factory rather than a different vehicle. Of the 400 H35's 50 subsequently modified with the longer gun. If this is true the gun is not a distinguishing feature between the two types. H39's went with the French army to Norway with the short gun. The most obvious difference is the sloping engine deck on the 35 and an almost flat one on the 39 to accommodate the larger engine. Of these 1200 H35/39's some 550 captured examples thought to have been used by the Germans. They appear to have added to the confusion by calling the tanks Panzerkampfwagen 35H and 38H.

It appears common for H39's to be described as H35's even when built. My current thinking is a tank described as an H39 in unit strength reports etc probably is. Those labelled H35 (including the Polish ones) are more problematic. The Encyclopedia of German Tanks is describing accepted wisdom post war (and might prove to be correct yet!).

Work In Progress / Re: Neucraft Resin - Painted Test Samples 170827
« on: August 31, 2017, 11:30:56 AM »
I'm no expert on the subject but one of the difficulties appears to be the historical interchange of the H35 and H39 designations. Certainly I've found this to be the case with the few Polish examples. Although I'm inclined to believe Osprey's recent publication these were H35's Rubicon think otherwise. Without photographic evidence or something else substantial it is currently a mystery. Or at least it is to me.

Work In Progress / Re: Neucraft Resin - Painted Test Samples 170827
« on: August 31, 2017, 08:01:11 AM »
Note Pinky talks about H35's not H39's that Rubicon will be selling. To me they are as different as welded and cast hull Shermans!

As this photo is post war could the convention have changed?

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