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Cheers UVS, fixing them to the recoil guard seemed like the easiest way. Yes that's the breech release, I realise it's a bit thick, but it was the nearest to right size plastic rod I had lying around - I might try & put a little ball of green stuff on the end of it to make it look more lever-y.


 Cheers Ripley, it is quite enjoyable to do, though I did have to occasionally remind myself to stick to what would be visible & not fall down a detailing rabbit hole.
 & just to prove that it all fits....

Showcase & Gallery / Re: Jimmys WIP Thread
« on: April 21, 2018, 11:03:43 PM »

 It's a never ending quest to find the 'right' shade, but the Mig Ammo OD modulation set is pretty decent - 4 shades of US OD from  shadow to final high-light, I did some 15mm M4A3's & an M26 a while ago, & yes, I definately way overdid the chipping :P

Work In Progress / Re: The Krupp-Steyr Waffenträger in resin
« on: April 21, 2018, 10:47:34 PM »
 Made a little progress on crewing the Waffentrager - I went for a fairly low-tech solution. The crew's bodies are Rubicon (the gunner's is from the 250/251 20mm turret kit, with the head from a WG/Italeri tanker - its facial detail was better, while the loader was a left over from an SdKfz 3 kit).

Rather than build the crew seats (I did think about it - having some left over from the same 250/251 conversion kit) I attached the crew models to the recoil guard - they each have a small piece of square section plastic rod stuck to their laps as a spacer so they sit at the right height, with a pin through it to attach them to the guard (they're currently held on with blu-tak so I can paint them seperately.
Then there's the issue of how much to detail the inside of the turret - given the fairly small apature you can't see very much, so I felt that I could get by with basic representations of the turret clutter. There's a radio on the left behind the gunner, with a cylindrical canister above it, while on the back wall you can see a storage box with a fire extinguisher above it - I'll probably pretty much leave it at that, perhaps adding a pack & an MP40.

Work In Progress / Re: The Krupp-Steyr Waffenträger in resin
« on: April 18, 2018, 02:39:24 AM »

 Indeed, I doubt either the hull or turret would have been proof against anything more than small arms & shell splinters (maybe a .50 cal?) The Germans however had plenty of experience of thinly armoured tank hunters (pretty much all the PanzerJaegers/Marders based on Pz I, II & 38t chassis coudn't field more than about 30mm & the fighting compartment of the Hornisse/Nashorn was also thinly armoured). So shoot & scoot would pretty much sum it up - it'd be a foolish crew who mistook their mount for a tank.
 Interestingly, utilising the potentially long effective range of the PaK 43 would have been a bit trickier in real life - the British & US records show quite clearly that the vast majority of kills on their vehicles occurred at ranges less than 400m - well inside effective response range of pretty much anything (the 1km+ shots seem to have been vanishingly rare). This is explainable once you consider the terrain - rises & dips in the land, trees, hills & buildings all conspire to seriously restict line of site, the Normandy campaign is full of incidences of tanks bursting through hedgerows, or round corners only to find themselves facing the enemy at 2-300m or even less.

Work In Progress / Re: The Krupp-Steyr Waffenträger in resin
« on: April 18, 2018, 12:50:45 AM »
 Many thanks UVS & Ripley, it doesn't look like the gunner is too much of a challenge to fit in - the loader however... It's possible that I'll go with something akin to Ripley's suggestion -  possibly a figure cut down to head, shoulders & upper torso (since you won't see much else anyway). The loaders position in this vehicle looks like a nightmare anyway (as is demonstrated on the Trumpeter kit).

 Or there's the Heer 46 approach with the crew exposed - I think this is the 15mm version.

The Berlin Brigade pattern urban camo could look interesting, I've seen a Trumpeter E-100 Ausf B done in a similar way -

Work In Progress / Re: The Krupp-Steyr Waffenträger in resin
« on: April 17, 2018, 01:12:11 AM »

 UVS - yes, there appears to be a cable that is either draped over the vehicle or is coming out of the turret - either way I don't think that it's part of the vehicle.
 Interestingly, in the background of the second picture you can see the guns from at least two others - they appear to be awaiting mounting, with one on one of the typical turret rigs.
 I really would like to fit some turret crew, (giving the model more 'life') so two crew, who appeared to sit quite far forward in the turret on either side of the gun are going to have to be jammed in there somehow.
 I don't know whether the commander would be turret crew (& hence doubling as loader or gunner) or in one of the forward positions - there's certainly not room for three in that turret.

General Discussions / Re: Citroen 11CV
« on: April 16, 2018, 10:15:38 PM »
I bought one too, a gorgeous little model :)
 From the pictures I've seen, most seem to be in whatever colour they came in (given that most of the pics were b&w - they look to be dark colours). This is somewhat different to the models you see, with many co-opted by the Germans given a camo scheme. I've not found many painted this way, but here's one used as a staff car by General Kassin at Arnhem (where it was shot up - I don't recall if he was killed, but his driver certainly was & I've cropped the body from the pic as it is a touch grisly).

Here's one post Normandy landings, it still appears to be in it's original colour, but the driver's really gone to town with mud & foliage.

 The rest again look to be in whatever dark colour they were originally.

Work In Progress / Re: The Krupp-Steyr Waffenträger in resin
« on: April 16, 2018, 09:41:04 PM »

 I've never found a photo of the Krupp-Steyr version with the splinter screen (the only ones I have seen seem to have been taken on a single occasion, given the background, lighting etc.)  - but have seen a drawing from early in the design stage (if I can find it again I'll add it to the thread). As it would appear that the Trumpeter kit doesn't include it it looks like no answer can be forthcoming.
UVS - in the form presented it'd definitely prevent anyone seeing out of the vehicle - but as it didn't seem to feature on the prototype, what form it'd actually have taken is anyone's guess.
 Do you think the crew from the plastic WG Marder would fit (perhaps with a little alteration?)

General Discussions / Re: What's Warlord up to?
« on: April 16, 2018, 09:23:13 PM »

 They also had the sprues for their 8.8cm FlaK 36 & a pre-production PaK 43 in the 'coming soon' cabinet at Salute.

Work In Progress / Re: The Krupp-Steyr Waffenträger in resin
« on: April 16, 2018, 12:37:16 AM »

 I also have a question - does anyone know how the shell splinter screen would have attached to the turret (on the real vehicle).
 I've never seen a picture of the prototype with one, so I wondered if anyone was familiar with the 1/35 kits out there & did they include one, showing how it was attached (hinged at the front or back or might it have split like those found on armoured cars) ?

Work In Progress / Re: The Krupp-Steyr Waffenträger in resin
« on: April 15, 2018, 09:53:01 PM »
 I have to say that the instuction leaflet did rather leave you to intiut what went where, though the very low parts count meant this mattered rather less - still, pointing out where the gun mount attachments went would probably have been helpful (it only became apparent once I looked at the larger images on this thread - still, great model).
 The inclusion of the French decal sheet was a surprise, I suppose I'll have to get some french vehicles to put them on now!
So, has anyone thought about their colour scheme?
UVS, as the great sage once said, "the world is your lobster".
I suppose it depends if you want to represent the prototype pushed into service, or a 'prodution' model. The photos of the actual vehicle, being B&W don't really help - it's a uniform colour & if I had to guess I'd say it was either the Parkerised anti-rust finish (a pale grey as depicted on the Trumpeter model's box art) or that plus the ubiquitous red-oxide primer. The very dark finish at the gun's pivot point is anyone's guess & the gun barrel seems to be Dunkelgelb, probably taken from an existing vehicle or towed piece.
 Here's a nice scheme on an earlier version in a Resedegrun base with Dunkelgelb patterning (broadly the scheme I plan to steal).

Work In Progress / Re: The Krupp-Steyr Waffenträger in resin
« on: April 15, 2018, 03:34:01 AM »
 I got one too, it's a beautiful casting, really clean & straight (the turret needs a little tweak out at the top).
 Admittedly, slightly more comprehensive instructions would have helped make how to mount the gun more obvious - but when you refer back to the images in this thread it becomes more apparent. The two small rectangular panels fit on the inside of the turrets front facing - they can only go one way - with the small pins sticking out into the turret's interior - the gun mounts onto these, with the two small studs on the sides of the gun mount outside the turret. Now I'd like to find some crew - it'll be tricky as there really isn't much room in there, but it'd give it more life than putting the lid on.
 Hope thats of some use :)

General Discussions / Re: Q1/2018???
« on: April 07, 2018, 10:29:43 PM »

 I'm certainly interested in the Brit/commenwealth tank/vehicle crews & the Waffentrager is too fun a glass hammer not to pick up (plus a couple of the Traction Avant's).
 Are there likely to be any for sale at Salute?

General Discussions / Re: What's Warlord up to?
« on: April 07, 2018, 10:25:06 PM »
a resin upgrade of a plastic kit
I tend to agree, though I found it odd that they'd choose this version of a flamethrower M4 at all - I'd assumed that it was mostly aimed at PTO players Marine Corps forces - where there would be other choices (the  M3-4-3 & M3-4-E6R3.) That you'd pick a rare M4 variant when Churchill Crocs were plentiful is peculiar - but I suppose it could be thought of as another use for the model.

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