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November 2014 · Volume 18 · Number 13


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Military & Civil Aviation – Military Weapons & Equipment – Naval Vessels

Panzerwrecks 17
Normandy 3
L Archer Which 15cm British and
chemical rockets were Prelude to the First The War Archives Soldaten The Images of War How to Build the Images of War Kent Commonwealth
available to the Ger- World War The D-Day Allied Vehicles, German Soldier in Battleships of the Leopard Family in At War 1939-1945 Warship Camouflage
mans in Normandy? Balkan Wars 1912- Aircraft & Equipment World War 2 D Oliver United States Navy 1:35 S Pollard M Khan The story of of WWII Destroyers,
How do you identify 1913 E Hooton P Ware A reference of Showcases the men M Green From 1895- Comprehensive guide the county from the Frigates, Sloops,
them?, and many other Looks at events in the archive photos and and armoured vehicles 1944 the US Navy to modelling this famous beginning of the war Escorts, Minesweepers,
questions answered. eastern and western contemporary draw- that held the German commissioned almost vehicle in its many to the end and after- Submarines, Coastal
theatres of war and ings, that looks at allied lines in the Netherlands 60 steel-clad battle- forms. From battle wards from both civil Forces and
SB 96pp £16.99 Auxiliaries M Wright
concludes with the vehicles, aircraft and through 1944 and 1945. ships. This book gives tanks to recovery vehi- and military perspec-
second Balkan War. equipment of D-Day. Lavishly illustrated. a broad overview. cles. Colour photos. tives. B&W photos. Depicts in detail the
official and unofficial
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Barbarossa Derailed.
The Battle For
Smolensk 10 July-10
September 1941 The Eyes of the Let's Go! The History The Tiger Project A Team 19 in Vietnam: The Encyclopedia of Rise of the Tank : Images from the
Volume 3: The Desert Rats British of the 29th Infantry Series Devoted to An Australian Soldier French Tanks and Armoured Vehicles Arsenal of Democracy
Documentary Long-Range Division 1917-2001 Germany's World at War D Millie Armoured Fighting and Their Use in the C Hyde This book
Companion. Tables, Reconnaissance A Barnes The story of War II Tiger Tank Drawing from pub- Vehicles 1914-1940 First World War spans from 1940 until
Orders And Reports Operations in the the 29th Blue and Grey Crews Dr. G¸nter lished and unpublished F Vauvillier Covering M Foley This book the end of the war,
Prepared By North African Desert Division which com- Polzin--Schwere military documents, the period of the Great concentrates on the presenting up-close,
Participating Red 1940-43 D Syrett prised the National Panzer (Tiger) his personal diary, and War to the beginning period of the develop- rarely seen views of
Army Forces D Glantz Tells the story of how a Guardsmen from the Abteilung 503 the letters he wrote of the Second World ment of the tank and newly built plants and
Documentary Companion small number of dedi- Mid-Atlantic region D Ritter The third while deployed, the War this fully compre- its use in the First repurposed production
to Barbarossa Derailed, cated men developed which achieved a rep- book in the series author introduces hensive encyclopedia World War and lines, a staggering
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tary evidence for the two crossing the unmapped outfit during the Meuse panzer soldat from routines and actions, principal types of tanks opment and use of and components. Black
volumes of narrative. Western Desert. -Argonne campaign. Germany’s Wehrmacht. of a field staff officer. and armoured cars. the early tanks. and white photos.
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The Samurai Warrior:


The Golden Age of Tiger I on the
Japan's Elite Warriors, Battlefield World
1560-1615 B Hubbard Rochev & Doher Tankograd British Tankograd Military Images of War Tankograd Military Bush Pig - District War Two Photobook
Describes the unifica- M109A1/A2 Rochev Special 9022 Special 5051 FUCHS Stilwell and the Special 5052 FUCHS Cop Service with the Series Volume 7
tion under the Tokugawa and Doher in IDF Spearpoint 80 Joint The Transportpanzer Chindits The Allied The Transportpanzer British South Africa C Brown With dual
bakufu, the major Service M Mass British and American 1 Wheeled Armoured Campaign in 1 Wheeled Armoured Police in the language captions
battles of the era, the Colour photo album Forces face the Threat Personnel Carrier in Northern Burma Personnel Carrier in Rhodesian Conflict (Hungarian/English)
weapons and armour containing an exten- from the East W Bohm German Army 1943-1944 J Diamond German Army 1965-79 I Smith this photo album con-
used, the social structure sive collection of pho- Traces the various Service C Schulze This book covers the Service Part 2 - This is the story of one tains rare large format
of Japanese society, tos of the Rochev and phases of Exercise With 96 colour photos, dramatic events that Reconnaissance / man’s fifteen year photos of the Tiger I
myths about the Doher self-propelled Crusader in 1980. 33 black and white, saw ultimate Allied Engineer / Command service in the British tank during combat
samurai, and their guns used by the IDF. With colour and B&W 12 graphics and one victory over the Japan- Carl Schulze South Africa Police of 105 Black and white
eventual decline. With technical drawings. photos and 4 maps. 5-view in 1:35. ese in Northern Burma. With colour photos. Rhodesia from 1965. photos throughout
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Tankograd In Detail Tankograd In Detail


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Bradley The US Army Mammut The new
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Vehicles No.19 July/Aug 2014 WW2 British Wheeled Special Modelling Modern Modelling fahrzeug 4/2014 Fighting Vehicle Transporter C Schulze
Oct/Nov 2014 This issue includes Armour P Ware the Fennek Magazine 7 GERMAN TEXT. Panzer- R Zwilling Shows in Shows in action photos
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best modellers from all over the world
and presenting their work on high
quality paper), but the digital
edition will certainly allow more
people to read MMI and give you
the opportunity to be flexible in
how you enjoy the magazine. To
purchase the digital edition you
can follow the link on our website
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International’ on Magzter (www.magzter.com), or download
the ‘Magzter’ ap for your phone or tablet. In other news,
we’re gearing up for our two biggest shows of the year.
On 8 and 9 November 2014 we’ll be at Telford for the IPMS
Nationals (which we’ll be marking with a World War I special
issue), while the following month, on Sunday 7 December,
we’ll be hosting the London Plastic Modellers
Show at the Business Design Centre in Islington.
There are two great shows you won’t want to miss!
This month’s MMI has an inadvertent Soviet
theme. First up, Chris Jerrett returns and presents
his take on Tamiya’s superb IS-2. Then it’s a new kit
build by Dai Williams in the form of Trumpeter’s
S-51 self-propelled howitzer. The Red Army theme
continues as Marian Bunc kitbashes the venerable
Tamiya T-34/76 to build a Beutepanzer, that is a
captured T-34/76 in German service. Moving to the era of
the Cold War, Domingo Hernandez presents a build of
W Models’ Small-Scale SA-8 Gecko. In something completely
different we welcome a new contributor, Loris Visintini, who
debuts with a build of Dragon’s El Alamein Sherman II.
Finally, we bring you an extended show report from the KMK
show in Belgium and our annual visit to Euro Militaire. Until
next month, happy modelling.

David Grummitt Editor

The September ‘Spot the Difference’ competition was


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6 Military Modelcraft International


News at the Front
An in-depth look at some of the latest releases
Takom Roman Volchenkov

A
year ago it was quite body, then the side sections
obvious that to mark with numerous rollers, tracks
the centenary and sponsons. The latter have
anniversary of the beginning good detail for the Lewis
of World War I that the major machine guns, but no other
manufacturers would produce inner detail is provided (the
some of the very first models Mk. IV male kit has larger
in 1/35 scale that would meet sponsons with 6pdr guns). The
today’s standards of quality running gear is one of the
and detail. When Meng absolute highlights of the kit
released their FT-17 it began a and it will be especially useful
veritable avalanche of releases for a tank placed on a diorama
including from Takom both with some damaged tracks
the WWI Heavy battle Tank section or even a wreck. I’ve
Mk. IV ‘Male’ (ref. 2008) and heard many modellers were
‘Female’ (ref. 2009). frightened by high parts
Simultaneously, Tamiya offered number for tracks (five per
their own Mk. IV ‘Male’ kit and track link) but the assembly Here you see the exquisite service detail that characterizes the Takom kit.
that stirred discussions among can be easily simplified by
modellers on Facebook and gluing only the outer part of
various forums. Which one is the brackets located on the
the best? wWhich is more inner surface of the track links.
accurate and which is easier to This will allow you to insert the
build? The answer to the latter tracks into the corresponding
question is obvious: Tamiya is lips on the lower surface of the
for those who want to build a hull sections and to click them
model in one or two evenings together for a proper
and then paint. Takom is here appearance from the outside.
for detail and accuracy, Actually, Takom have already
although not with issues. Here reacted to criticism over the
I will give my initial thoughts complexity of the tracks and a
on the kit which will be separate set of single-part
followed by full build and workable track links (ref.
paint feature in the next issue. 2008X) will be out very soon.
The ‘Female’ kit comes in a Decals are provided for two
large and heavy box with a options: one British and one
colour paint scheme on top for captured vehicle in German
a Mk. IV in German service service and for the German Some state-of-the-art moulding makes this a straightforward build.
(named ‘Ännchen’). It is filled tank the figure of a soldier
to the brim with more than with camera is included. On
350 tan styrene parts for the the negative side it should be
tank itself and around 1000 noted that both ‘Male’ and
parts for the tracks! In addition ‘Female’ kits from Takom have
there is a small photoetched an issue with the top hull
fret, metal chain, decal sheet hatch. There is an incorrect
and a large 20-page assembly number of rivets on the top
manual. What impresses most hatch and its shape is not
in this kit is the quality of the perfect either. Another thing I
surface detail; bolts and rivets noticed is that the styrene in
are carefully reproduced and this kit is rather soft and it is
even minor elements are well easy to sand off the detail that
captured. No flash or other should be there. Otherwise I
moulding defects were feel excited about finishing
present in my kit and there that model. Our thanks to
were thankfully no ugly pin Pocketbond, who distribute
marks that would be visible Takom kits in the UK, for
after assembly. The build supplying the review sample.
should be done in separate Takom kits are available from The hull almost completely assembled. This is a great kit.
sections: first the main hull all good model shops.

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News at the Front
An in-depth look at some of the latest releases
IBG Moustafa Assad

T
he Einheits Diesel was a heavy truck parts, once properly trimmed from the the side of the vehicle are a little bit crude
chassis which was supposed to be a sprue, fit astonishingly well. The only parts and come in single plastic pieces. I
unified design manufactured by I could complain about are the springs thought that these could be upgraded so I
several German manufacturers during (Y22) which could be better. The kit tyres used small plastic rods to resemble the
World War II. The truck had sound are unfortunately the only drawback: not field telephone poles and had them
engineering for a 6x6 by 1940s standard only do they depict a 1post-War pattern fastened with photoetch tie downs from
and was produced in many but they are composed of two plastic the spare box. I could have done the same
configurations. The IBG kit, halves that don’t fit well. These have to with the roof stowage rails but then
be replaced with some resin decided to use the somewhat basic kit
Aftermarket items if you want your offerings as these won’t show once the
vehicle to look sharp and aggressive. stowage is added. Overall I was really
The engine build starts at steps 8 impressed with this, my first kit from IBG,
and 9 and is followed by the and I look forward to building more. IBG
completion of the lower chassis kits are available from all good model
assembly which is again a marvel to shops.
work on. Extra care has to be taken
when fitting part X22 and I had the
assumption that any slight mistake
here would make my vehicle sit
unevenly. My fears were unfounded and
Einheits Diesel Kfz. 61 the vehicle sat well despite a mistake on
Fernsprechbetriebskraftwagen (Heavy my part assembling the rear axle; this
Telephone Exchange Van) (ref. 35004), again shows IBG at its best. In steps 13, 14,
depicts the heavy communication variant 15 and 16 you fit the road wheels,
which saw active service with Luftwaffe however if you intend to use resin
units, as well as the army and other upgrades then I suggest you hold off until
branches. It isn’t a new kit (having been the painting stage.In step 19 do not glue
released in 2010) but was my first kit from or fit parts X35 and X36 as these will prove
IBG. It was the second of five kits IBG have problematic in the final assembly stage. The well-detailed and sturdy chassis and suspension
released based on the Einheitsdiesel kit. Simply omit these parts or just discard under construction..
The kit comes moulded in dark grey them altogether; they won’t show much
plastic on four sprues and a single clear anyway when the vehicle is complete. As
plastic sprue for the windows. No for the fuel tank (parts Y57 and Y58), make
photoetch is included in the kit and each sure that no seam lines are visible before
wheel is moulded in as two parts in you glue them to the chassis as these will
plastic. be hard to remove later. Step 20 sees the
Construction starts with the rear cabin, completion of the driving cabin and it is
then progresses into the construction of here where some fine-tuning is needed.
the front driving cabin. The fit of the parts The parts are good but some lack fineness
is extremely good, but I noticed that you and will benefit from a little extra
need to be very careful with the parts that detailing. The odometer is basic and IBG
form the seating cushion. Parts Y16 and does not provide any decals so you either
later on Y68 will form the driver and have to paint something or raid your The various sub-assemblies: the crisp moulding of the
passenger seats and it is best to keep spare box again. dark grey plastic is evident.
them unglued until you join the rear and In step 21 the front and rear cabins are
front sections; perhaps even keep them fitted together and I suggest you hold off
separate until the painting process. I glued on this until after painting. Make sure you
mine and later on found that I needed to do not glue the roof (part A1) as this
trim Y16 a bit to ensure a proper fit. means you won’t be able to paint the
Nothing crucial here and any modeller interior any more. I kept these
with some basic skills will work that out. unassembled and joined the parts after
With the basic cabin built, I moved on to everything was painted and weathered;
the chassis and it is here where I was same applied to the chassis and step 26.
thrilled by the quality IBG has to offer in Steps 27, 28, 29 involve the smaller parts
engineering. IBG provides a state-of-the- and accessories and these can be left until
art approach on this and allows the the vehicle is painted and complete. They
modeller to build the vehicle from the can be painted individually. It is worth
bottom up in easy steps. The process is mentioning that the parts representing The roof dry-fitted in place: fit is pretty good but you should
clear, easy to build and totally fun. The the telephone wirings which are fitted on certainly test fit everything before gluing it in place.

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News at the Front
An in-depth look at some of the latest releases

Star Decals Moustafa Assad

N
ew from Star Decals is Lebanese Tanks and AFVs
this set focusing on part 1
Egyptian tanks and (ref. 35-959) covers the
AFVs during the 1950s and Lebanese Forces militia,
1960s. Egyptian Tanks (ref. Guardians of the Cedars, the
35-946) covers the famous Phalange Party, and the South
spread eagle markings seen Lebanon Army. Markings
on JS-3M Stalin tanks during provided can be used on M-
the 1957 Cairo parade, as well 113 carriers, T-54, T-55 and
as pre-revolutionary kingdom Tiran tanks, as well as many
’Chariot of the Gods’ markings other vehicles that can be
seen on M4A4 Shermans. You used in a generic form. The
also get markings for Phalange Cedar markings are
Staghounds, BTR-152, T-34/85 particularly well made and
and the Suez crisis SU-100 will go well on any M-50
’Green Kingdom’ markings. Sherman, Jeep, Land Rover or
Overall this is a superb gun truck, while the Lebanese
coverage of a popular theatre Forces roundels will go on
that hasn’t been covered ’Nun Nun’ command cars,
since Verlinden’s dry transfers BTR-152 and many others.
released in the late 80s. Overall this is a high quality
Although this is a topic that decal sheet that can be used
has been covered before, and on a multitude of vehicles.
was the feature of a dedicated Highly recommended. Many
markings set offered by MMI thanks to Johan Lexell for
in 2009, Star Decals have providing us with these new
released more variants of the releases.
Christian militia markings.

Greg Buechler Enterprises Moustafa Assad

N
ew on the resin market is the
release of a new-tool M50
turret kit for Tasca/Asuka
Sherman kits. This is a new design
based on a General Steel Castings
shell featuring cast-cheek armour,
retrofitted pistol port that can be
made to open, retrofitted oval
loader's hatch, and correctly shaped
and dimensioned turret bustle
based on the latest and most
authoritative research. The kit can
be used to produce accurate IDF M-
50 Tanks in 1956 and 1967 as well as
Lebanese SLA and LF militia tanks.
The kit includes a turned aluminum
barrel and resin parts for the muzzle
brake, oval hatch, pistol port door,
blade vane sight, smoke discharger
mounts and tubes, ventilator dome,
gun mantlet, and locking catch for
the loader's hatch. The price is $35,
and shipping via Priority Mail in the
USA is $11. Shipping overseas is via
First Class Parcel service for $15.
Contact Greg at
gtbuechler@hotmail.com to order.

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News at the Front
An in-depth look at some of the latest releases

Eduard Moustafa Assad

A
new release from in two parts comprising
Eduard under their new the gun and the
brand Brassin, cocking handle. A small
MG34 (ref. 635002) is a this photoetched fret
small resin set that includes provides the quick
parts to construct a single change barrel handle.
German MG34 suitable to be Overall good value for
fitted to tank gun mantlets, money from Eduard.
coaxial fitments or halftrack Now, as they say, for
pintle mounts. The gun something
provided is not the type used completely
by the infantry and so does different.The great
not have the perforated metal release fro Academy
barrel sleeve. from last year is now
The kit contains three resin repackaged by
parts, namely the gun, butt Eduard and
stock and ammo pouch and released under the
eight small photoetched parts Profipack label as
with the sighting reticle being Pz.Kpfw. VI Ausf B
the most prominent among Tiger II Late
these. The parts come in an Production (ref.
elaborate box which seems to 3715). The box is large and on
distinguish Eduard from features Eduard’s own artwork par with most modern would
everybody else in the field. but almost everything inside releases, and offering a state- have added value to this
Another new resin accessory is identical to the Academy of-the art rendition of the Late release of an otherwise
from Brassin is their offering issue apart for the decals Tiger II, I still think that Eduard excellent kit. We’ll be featuring
on the US-made M2 12.7mm which have been revamped. should have included some a full build feature on this kit
Heavy Machine Gun (ref. The kit is being offered at $74 goodies inside the box to lure in a future issue of MMI.
635001). The resin set comes at the Eduard store and while customers. Some paint masks

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Roden 1/72 David Grummitt

R
oden Eduard
are besttakeknown for their
pre-painted
photoetch
aircraft kit andto the also
have nextrecently
logical
level with
released some these camouflage
softskin vehicles
nets
for military for AFVsboth
modellers and aircraft,
in Small-the
Scale andfirst in Selbstfahrlafette
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releases7include
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and quite a model.as well
Only as 20
were builtBarracuda
and they Woodland
were used and first as a
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at £16.99.
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for the defence an A5 (132mm
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and Hungary
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wellkitas
1/48 models. For
contains 147 parts across four sand-most 1/35-
colouredscale
sprues,dioramas you will
a transparent need at
piece
and a pieceleast
of two
mesh.setsThetomoulding
make a
looks very good and test fitting seems
very positive. Some highlights include
the Vomag logo on the radiator grill
and details on the gun itself. The kit
includes a full engine and transmission,
although the chassis itself needs to be
shortened (suggesting that other
versions of the Vomag chassis are in the
offing). This is a reasonably
straightforward operation but you need
to take care. The tyres are nicely
moulded but unfortunately the fit is
less than perfect and by the time you’ve
added a little putty and done some
sanding much of the nice tread pattern
has disappeared. Markings are provided
for four vehicles, two dark grey and two
in an attractive three-tone camouflage.
Overall this is a very nice kit of a large
and impressive vehicle. Highly
recommended. It’s available from all
good model shops and distributed in
the UK by Pocketbond who kindly
supplied the review sample.

Dragon David Grummitt

D
ragon’s Black Label errors, notably tracks that are
series continues some 3cm too wide. That aside it
of the more esoteric does have some good
prototype tanks produced. The features, such as some
M6A1 Heavy Tank (ref. 6789) retooled road wheels, but this
was a heavy tank mounting is something of a lost
both a 3in gun and 37mm opportunity. It is the only real
anti-tank gun that was quickly game in town, so if you want a
obsolete and thus none of the model of this unusual tank
40 tanks produced saw then Dragon have answered
service. The Dragon kit seems your wishes. Dragon kits are
to have been based on the available from all good model
Commander Models resin kit shops and are distributed in
produced a few years ago. It the UK by the Hobby
has repeated some of that kit’s Company.

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A round up of the latest releases

Academy AFV Club


‘Normandy 70th Anniversary’ AFV Club Churchill Snake AVRE Mk IV (Bonus
Tiger I Mid Wiesel 1 A1-A2 TOW Resin Figure included)
Scale: 1/35 ACE Model Scale: 1/35 Scale: 1/35
Ref: AY13287 Aerosan 98K Ref: AF35265 Ref: AF35259
SRP: £33.99 Scale: 1/72 SRP: £41.99 SRP: £41.99
www.pocketbond.co.uk/Product.aspx?ID=4414 Ref: 72517 www.afvclub.com.tw www.afvclub.com.tw
Academy kits are distributed in the UK SRP: £TBA AFV Club kits are distributed in the UK AFV Club kits are distributed in the UK
by Pocketbond and available from all by Pocketbond and available from all by Pocketbond and available from all
good model shops See www.acemodel.com.ua good model shops good model shops

AFV Club
AFV Club M24 Chaffee Light Tank French
Churchill Mk IV TLC Carpet Layer Army The First Indochina War
Type A (Bonus Resin Figure) Alpine Miniatures Alpine Miniatures
Scale: 1/35 Scale: 1/35 US Inf. Div. ‘The Big Red One’ (incl. British RAC AFV Crew #1 (incl.
Ref: AF35285 Ref: AF35S84 optional heads) optional heads)
SRP: £47.99 SRP: £41.99 Scale: 1/16 Scale: 1/35
Ref: 16026 Ref: 35178
www.afvclub.com.tw www.afvclub.com.tw
SRP: £TBA SRP: £TBA
AFV Club kits are distributed in the UK AFV Club kits are distributed in the UK
by Pocketbond and available from all by Pocketbond and available from all
good model shops good model shops www.alpineminiatures.com www.alpineminiatures.com

Alpine Miniatures Alpine Miniatures


British RAC AFV Crew #2 (incl. British RAC AFV Crew Set (incl. AMMO MIG AMMO MIG
optional heads) optional heads) French Tank Colors (Camouflage British & German Camouflage
Scale: 1/35 Scale: 1/35 Colors from 1914-1940) Tanks Colors from 1914-1918
Ref: 35179 Ref: 35180 Scale: N/A Scale: N/A
SRP: £TBA SRP: £TBA Ref: A.MIG 7110 Ref: A.MIG 7111
SRP: £TBA SRP: £TBA
www.alpineminiatures.com www.alpineminiatures.com www.migjimenez.com www.migjimenez.com

Andrea Miniatures Black Dog Black Dog


Stormtrooper, 1917 Merkava Mk.III Accessories Set IDF M113 with Sandbags Black Dog
(incl. optional heads) Scale: 1/72 Conversion Set Marmon-Herrington Mk.II
Scale: 90mm Ref: T72017 Scale: 1/72 Accessories Set
Ref: S8-F57 SRP: £TBA Ref: T72072 Scale: 1/72
SRP: unassembled kit: €61.00 SRP: £TBA Ref: T72073
assembled/painted: €378.00 www.blackdog.cz SRP: £TBA
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A round up of the latest releases

Combat Armour Models MMK


VCL light Amphibious Tank A4E12 Conversion Set M2A4 MMK MMK
(early production) (for Tamiya/Academy kits) Lift Truck YT-40 TATRA 815-7 6x6 Multilift
Scale: 1/35 Scale: 1/35 Scale: 1/35 Scale: 1/35
Ref: CV35-001 Ref: F3011 Ref: F3035 Ref: 35042
SRP: £TBA SRP: £TBA SRP: £TBA SRP: £TBA

www.riichmodel.com www.mmk.cz www.mmk.cz www.mmk.cz

MMS Models Model Miniature Model Miniature MR Models


Semovente Da 47/32 (incl. 3 figures) VAB P ‘Felin’ (with ANF 1 and Wheels for Boxer (x8) 105mm Gun Barrel – M51
Scale: 1/76 Wheels Type 2) (for Revell kit) Supersherman
Ref: 096 Scale: 1/72 Scale: 1/72 Scale: 1/35
SRP: £13.95 Ref: MM-R145 Ref: MM-R147 Ref: MR-35430
www.mmsmodels.co.uk SRP: €29.90 SRP: €8.90 SRP: £TBA
www.model-miniature.com www.model-miniature.com www.mrmodellbau.com

MR Models
20mm Gun Barrel – Schützenpanzer Nuts Planet Panzer Shop Panzer Shop
Marder MICV BW Claus von Stauffenberg Gun Carrier Mk.I w/6" Howitzer 6" British WWI Howitzer
Scale: 1/35 Scale: 1/10 (Bust) Scale: 1/35 Scale: 1/35
Ref: MR-35437 Ref: NP-B008 Ref: PS35C145 Ref: PS35C146
SRP: £TBA SRP: £TBA SRP: £TBA SRP: £TBA
www.mrmodellbau.com www.nutsplanet.com www.panzershop.cz www.panzershop.cz

Panzer Shop
Panzer Shop Peugeot 146 w/Hotchkiss Panzer Shop Panzer Shop
Medium Mk.C Male Machine Gun Peugeot 146 w/37mm Gun Russo Balt AC w/76mm AA Gun
Scale: 1/35 Scale: 1/35 Scale: 1/35 Scale: 1/35
Ref: PS35C148 Ref: PS35C149 Ref: PS35C150 Ref: PS35C116
SRP: £TBA SRP: £TBA SRP: £TBA SRP: £TBA
www.panzershop.cz www.panzershop.cz www.panzershop.cz www.panzershop.cz

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A round up of the latest releases

Perry Miniatures Perry Miniatures Perry Miniatures


WWI British OM36 Light Truck (incl. Crew for 25 pdr. Perry Miniatures Major General Freyberg plus New
driver figure) Scale: 28mm Wolseley Helmets Zealand Hats
Scale: 28mm Ref: WW 21 Scale: 28mm Scale: 28mm
Ref: ITWW 15 SRP: £7.00 Ref: WW 22 Ref: WW 23
SRP: £17.00 www.perry-miniatures.com SRP: £7.00 SRP: £7.00
www.perry-miniatures.com www.perry-miniatures.com www.perry-miniatures.com

Plus Model Plus Model Plus Model Plus Model


Acid Containers Milling Machine Achtung Minen US Blood Marmite Cans
Scale: 1/35 Scale: 1/35 Scale: 1/35 Scale: 1/35
Ref: 430 Ref: 437 Ref: 443 Ref: 445
SRP: €16.00 SRP: €19.40 SRP: €11.10 SRP: €14.50
www.plusmodel.cz www.plusmodel.cz www.plusmodel.cz www.plusmodel.cz

Real Model Real Model


Plus Model Plus Model NZLAV & LORIT – Afghanistan White 666 Engine Set
PET Bottles Crew UH-1 Version (for Hobby Boss kit)
Scale: 1/35 Scale: 1/48 Scale: 1/35 Scale: 1/35
Ref: 446 Ref: AL4048 Ref: RM 35152 Ref: RMA 35261
SRP: €11.90 SRP: €11.30 SRP: £TBA SRP: £TBA
www.plusmodel.cz www.plusmodel.cz www.realmodel.cz www.realmodel.cz

Takom
Takom St. Chamond WWI French Tank
Japanese-Made SUV Late Type
Scale: 1/35 Scale: 1/35
Real Model Real Model Ref: 02007 Ref: 02012
LAV III Family Wheels Set Stryker Family Wheels Set SRP: £35.99 SRP: £52.99
(for Real Model/Trumpeter kits) (for Real Model/Trumpeter kits) ww.pocketbond.co.uk/Product.aspx?I www.pocketbond.co.uk/Product.aspx
Scale: 1/35 Scale: 1/35 D=4377 ?ID=4423
Ref: RMA 35275 Ref: RMA 35276 Takom kits are distributed in the UK Takom kits are distributed in the UK
SRP: £TBA SRP: £TBA by Pocketbond and available from all by Pocketbond and available from all
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Takom
Takom WWI Heavy Battle Tank Mk IV Male
Mk IV Workable Tracks Tadpole
Scale: 1/35 Scale: 1/35
Ref: 02008X Ref: 02015 Toro Model
SRP: £11.99 SRP: £57.99 Toro Model Heavy Machine Gun wz.30
ww.pocketbond.co.uk/Product.aspx?I ww.pocketbond.co.uk/Product.aspx?I Heavy Machine Gun wz.30 with Crew
D=4377 D=4377 Scale: 1/48 Scale: 1/48
Takom kits are distributed in the UK Takom kits are distributed in the UK Ref: 48023 Ref: 48F31
by Pocketbond and available from all by Pocketbond and available from all SRP: £TBA SRP: £TBA
good model shops good model shops www.toro-model.home.pl www.toro-model.home.pl

Trumpeter Trumpeter
GAZ-66 4x4 Light Truck I T-90C Russian MBT Welded Turret
Scale: 1/35 Scale: 1/35
Ref: 01016 Ref: 05563
SRP: £39.99 SRP: £39.99
Toro Model Toro Model
Italian Street Improvised Armoured Car ‘Kubus’ www.pocketbond.co.uk/Product.aspx www.pocketbond.co.uk/Product.aspx
Scale: 1/48 Scale: 1/72 ?ID=4329 ?ID=4329
Ref: 48A01 Ref: 72001 Trumpeter kits are distributed in the Trumpeter kits are distributed in the
SRP: £TBA SRP: £TBA UK by Pocketbond and available from UK by Pocketbond and available from
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Trumpeter Trumpeter Trumpeter


2S3 152mm Soviet Self-Propelled M1082 LMTVT Light Medium Trumpeter SS-1D Scud-C Soviet Ballistic
Howitzer Late Tactical Vehicle Trailer JS-7 Soviet Super Heavy Tank Missile & MAZ Launch Vehicle
Scale: 1/35 Scale: 1/35 Scale: 1/35 Scale: 1/35
Ref: 05567 Ref: 01010 Ref: 05586 Ref: 01019
SRP: £35.99 SRP: £22.99 SRP: £52.99 SRP: £95.00
www.pocketbond.co.uk/Product.aspx www.pocketbond.co.uk/Product.aspx www.pocketbond.co.uk/Product.aspx www.pocketbond.co.uk/Product.aspx
?ID=4329 ?ID=4329 ?ID=4329 ?ID=4329
Trumpeter kits are distributed in the Trumpeter kits are distributed in the Trumpeter kits are distributed in the Trumpeter kits are distributed in the
UK by Pocketbond and available from UK by Pocketbond and available from UK by Pocketbond and available from UK by Pocketbond and available from
all good model shops all good model shops all good model shops all good model shops

Trumpeter Trumpeter
BTR-80A BMP-2 Russian IFV
Scale: 1/35 Trumpeter Scale: 1/35
Ref: 01595 M-30 122mm Soviet Howitzer Mod 1938 Early Ref: 05584
SRP: £37.99 Scale: 1/35 SRP: £39.99
www.pocketbond.co.uk/Product.aspx Ref: 02343 www.pocketbond.co.uk/Product.aspx
?ID=4329 SRP: £32.99 ?ID=4329
Trumpeter kits are distributed in the www.pocketbond.co.uk/Product.aspx?ID=4329 Trumpeter kits are distributed in the
UK by Pocketbond and available from Trumpeter kits are distributed in the UK by Pocketbond and available from all good UK by Pocketbond and available from
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Tamiya JS-2 Model
1/35 1944 ChKZ

Chris Jerrett returns with an iconic


World War II subject.

F
ollowing a recent visit to the modern armour that I tend capable of defeating any units. However, the JS-2 Model
California’s Military to model. German tank, its main role was 1944 (often referred to as ‘JS-
Vehicles Technology Returning home, I checked to support infantry during an 2M’) remained in service much
Foundation, I have become assault, using its 122mm gun to longer with the armies of Cuba,
my collection of unbuilt kits in
particularly interested in the destroy bunkers, buildings and China and North Korea.
search of something that would
rudimentary construction other ‘soft’ targets. By the 1950s,
fit the timeframe. In fact, I had a
methods used on late- the emergence of the ‘Main
war/post-war Russian tanks. Tamiya version of the T-72, but Battle Tank’ concept The Kit
Since this was a private tour of decided to shelve this in favour (combining medium-tank For this project I opted to use
the establishment, I was able of a much earlier example, the mobility with heavy-tank Tamiya’s ‘JS-2 Model 1944 ChKZ’
view the exhibits at close JS-2. One of Russia’s first Heavy firepower/armour protection) (ref. 35289). The kit has been
quarters. Studying such tanks Tanks, the initial version of the rendered the heavy tanks around a few years now (since
as the T-72 and JS-3, I was JS-2 entered production in obsolete in Soviet operational 2007 in fact) and is arguably
amazed by the basic December 1943, and first saw doctrine. Many of these were the best kit of this subject. I had
construction compared with combat in early 1944. Although assigned to Red Army Reserve purchased the limited edition

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Tamiya JS-2 Model
1944 ChKZ 1/35

Improving the weld seam around the turret was well worth the effort. Having added the
necessary texture, I applied a coat of Mr. Surfacer to blend this in.

While not all the photoetched parts were used, the engine-grille mesh screens were certainly a
welcome addition.

Having removed the rear mud flaps, I sanded the edges of the fenders and finished them off
with thin strips of plastic sheet.

version of the kit which Tamiya main hull and turret assemblies.
produced in association with I find this the most sensible
Polish Aftermarket approach, as it allows me to
manufacturer Aber (ref. 25146). attend to any gaps and add any
It includes a turned-aluminium missing weld seams before
gun barrel with separate smaller items are attached.
muzzle brake (compliments of Once the hull was firmly
Aber), three large frets of assembled, I removed the rear
photoetched details, a choice of mud flaps and front fenders.
one-piece and individual-link Using a soldering iron, I added
tracks, two crew figures, and suitable texture to the large
optional markings for four weld seam around the turret,
vehicles. and blended this in with a coat The added weight of Friul’s metal tracks gives a more realistic appearance. However, I decided to
replace their link connection wire with a stronger version from Armor Farm.
Construction began with the of Mr. Surfacer.

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Tamiya JS-2 Model
1/35 1944 ChKZ

Perfect fit! Imagine the difference if Tamiya had included metal tracks with the kit. The replacement front fender (suitably damaged) made from plastic card.

The next task was to install pair of Eureka XXL towing


the suspension and road cables; a turret-mounted DShKT
wheels. Again, I normally prefer machine gun from the Russian
to fit these at an early stage in company, TANK; and various
case any adjustments are scratch-built stowage items.
required. Having planned to
replace the kit-supplied tracks
with a somewhat-heavier set Painting
from Friulmodel, I decided that As always, I began the
the suspension would benefit painting sequence with a coat
from strengthening to cope of AK Interactive’s AK 175 (Grey
with the added weight. Surface Primer). Having studied
Similarly, the Friul track-link various photographs of late-
connecting wires were replaced war Russian tanks, I prepared
with lengths of Armor Farm’s my base colour; a mix of Tamiya
Whenever cylindrical parts are moulded in two halves, I prefer to apply a coat of primer to ensure there are Track Wire, which proved to be XF-65 (Field Grey) and X-15
no tell-tale gaps. Note, however, that the weld seam along the length of the fuel tank needs to be retained. much stronger and easier to (Light Green). With this applied
use. overall, I added a small amount
With certain panel lines of X-2 (White) to the mix, and
deepened using a scribing tool, created highlights in
the basic assembly was appropriate areas. While
complete. Time now to make a appearing to be far too light at
start on the detailing work, this stage, the colour would be
which began by replicating the modified once subsequent
damaged left-hand fender filters were applied. Given the
using a piece of plastic card. size of the model, it was
Turning to the photo-etched important to
components, the Aber set is vary the
certainly comprehensive. tones,
However, I felt that certain both
items were less convincing than to
the plastic versions, so these
Since the kit does not include the DShKT machine gun, I managed to find an excellent resin were ignored. That said, the
version from the Russian company, TANK. engine-grille mesh screens are
a definite improvement. As
for the turret grab-rails, I
decided to substitute
the kit items with
stainless steel wire.
Final additions
included
a

While not always necessary, scratch-building certain items can be quite rewarding. Here I decided to
make turnbuckles holding the towing cables using lengths of wire and brass tube. Eureka XXL’s towing
cables have a realistic appearance, and are often an improvement over the kit-supplied versions.

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Tamiya JS-2 Model
1944 ChKZ 1/35

Working out the position of the stowed items before they were painted, avoided having to The front fender section removed. Including battle damage such as this certainly adds to the
constantly handle the model later on. realism.

create visual interest and to Various techniques have


replicate the effects of natural evolved, the one I favour being
light over more exposed areas. I the use of oil paints. I find this
tend to use oil paints for this by far the easiest to control, and
work, and find that diluting my favourite colour is Winsor &
with artist’s odourless thinner Newton’s Burnt Umber. Applied
helps the paint to spread with a fine-pointed brush, this
evenly. is ideal for replicating localised
Once the surfaces were dry, I rust. The downside is that oil
applied an overall coat of paints require several days to
Tamiya XF-86 (Flat Clear). Now fully cure, so patience is
using a selection of AK essential at this stage. At least
Interactive’s ready-mixed this would give me the
enamel washes, I laid these opportunity to experiment
down before brushing them with dust and mud tones; I
prefer to mix my own rather The primer provided an extra bonding for the smaller components, and formed a suitable key for
into all recesses with the help the subsequent base coat.
of thinner. Again, the model than relying on ready-made
was allowed to fully dry, during versions. Settling for a
which time I painted the red/brown colour, I gave the
stowage items using a model a protective coat of
combination of Humbrol and Vallejo 70.520 (Matt Varnish)
Vallejo colours. before airbrushing the darker
tones over the upper horizontal
Over recent years, one of
surfaces. In my opinion, the
the most popular features
best paints for this are from the
on military models
Canadian manufacturer, Tri-Art.
has been the
Being artist-quality colours,
depiction of
they are well matched to the
chipped
W&N oil colours (in particular
paintwork.
their Raw Umber, which I used
to highlight
certain
areas).
Tamiya XF-65 and X-15 were mixed to create a suitable base colour, and a small amount of X-2
added to form the highlights.

The palette of oil colours that I would use to modulate the model’s green base coat.

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Tamiya JS-2 Model
1/35 1944 ChKZ

AK Interactive’s pre-mixed washes help to speed up the weathering process, allowing more time AK Interactive’s pre-mixed washes help to speed up the weathering process, allowing more time
for experimentation. for experimentation.

When dealing with the lower areas that had been obscured
portions of the hull, I used a mix during the previous
of real dirt, plaster and weathering. Raised details such
pigments to depict dried mud. as bolt heads were dry-brushed
Applied with an old brush, the with enamels, and a
mixture was spread across the combination of silver pigment
surface with my airbrush set at and the tip of a silver pencil
low pressure. Ensuring that this were used to highlight exposed
was allowed to accumulate in metal on worn edges. At this
recesses, I then sealed the point I noticed that certain
covering with pigment fixer. parts not subjected to the
The final stages were weathering treatment
probably the most critical, and detracted from the overall
involved a wide variety of appearance. The simple
products. The first step was to solution was to blend them into
A light dusting of Tamiya Flat Earth applied with the airbrush helps to add further realism and provides a the surrounding area using the
redefine some of the green
base for the pigments.

One of the many uses of powdered pigments – adding accumulated dirt in corners and recesses.

Applying a build-up of mud to the lower hull. Made from a mix of real dirt, plaster and pigments, this
was applied with an old brush, and spread across the surface with my airbrush set at low pressure.

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Tamiya JS-2 Model
1944 ChKZ 1/35

Here you can see two layers of mud with varying tones. The more you can add, the better the Adding details to the stowed items. Here I have shown the protruding bolt heads and wire
finished appearance. binding on the unditching beam to provide further visual interest.

mud/dust pigments. common, so it is logical to add


Because tanks have many these in appropriate areas. AK
moving parts (in particular, the Interactive offer some excellent
tracks), they require large products for this, though it is
amounts of oil to wise to study photographs of
maintain them. Not real vehicles to work out
surprisingly, oil exactly where and how these
leaks and spillages would occur. The final
spillage are touch was to add some very
light streaks with Tamiya X-22
(Clear) to depict rain marks on
the surface, and to give the
impression of wet mud around
the lower areas; with that, the
model was complete.
A final touch was to depict wet areas around the model using small quantities of clear varnish.

Here you can see the heavily weathered, battered and rusting, side stowage boxes. These were
made of thin sheet metal and suffered accordingly.

Here you can see the heavily weathered, battered and rusting, side stowage boxes. These were
made of thin sheet metal and suffered accordingly.

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Tamiya JS-2 Model
1/35 1944 ChKZ

Availability
Tamiya 1/35 Russian
Heavy Tank JS-2 Model
1944 ChKZ (ref. 35289) is
available from all good
model shops.

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Trumpeter Soviet S-51
1/35 Self-Propelled Gun

T
he 203mm howitzer was almost every conceivable
the heaviest weapon used variant. I think that their KV kits run
by the Russians during the are excellent and assembly is so falling
Great Patriotic War. It was used straightforward that it does not apart when I
to great effect against need a blow-by-blow account attempted to fix it to the
fortifications and notably in the here. However, there were one model. The track sag
final battles of the war against or two areas where I made a characteristic of the
urban targets in Berlin. It was a few improvements. KV series is already
large and cumbersome weapon Assembly started with the moulded into the top
having had a semi-tracked hull sides and top. Before run of the
carriage, though if transported attaching the sides (K1 and K2) I tracks and so
for any distance it was broken used a razor saw to make small I decided on
down into sub-assemblies. cuts into the curved edges of the following
Much use was made of self- the parts to represent the torch sequence for
propelled artillery during the cut marks I had seen in photos assembly:
conflict by both the allied and of a preserved KV. The tracks 1. I fixed the
axis forces. The Germans in were of the link-and-length lower track runs (T1)
particular made extensive use variety. There were some between the
of modified tank chassis as a ejector pin marks on the tracks, centres of the first
means of providing mobility to but these were raised and and last road
heavy guns on the battlefield. therefore easy to scrape away
In an attempt to provide a self- with a curved scalpel
propelled carriage for the blade. The orientation
203mm Howitzer, the chassis of of the tracks is not
the KV1(S) was pressed into obvious from the
service. The resulting instructions and it
combination was known as the would be easy to
S-51. The turret was removed fit them the
and the gun was mounted wrong way
precariously on the front of the around.
vehicle. The S-51 was heavier Reference to the
than the original turreted tank box art will show
and with the centre of gravity the correct
moved so far forward mobility direction of the
was not good. The crew was treads. There is
also almost totally unprotected sufficient contact area
and their proximity to such a between the tracks so that
large gun must have made they could probably be
operating the vehicle in action assembled and then carefully
a very unpleasant experience. removed from the model to be
painted separately. I decided to wheels. I
Getting Started paint mine while attached to attached both
the wheels. This made for a the left and right track
Trumpeter has gone to town stronger assembly and avoided
as far as the KV tank is runs to the road wheels at
any problems with the the same time so that the
concerned with kits covering assembled and painted track

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Trumpeter Soviet S-51
Self-Propelled Gun 1/35

Dai Williams builds Trumpeter’s S-51 Assault Gun.

model would sit squarely 3. I glued the single track links


on a flat surface while the (T3) in place around the 5. I used the spare single links
tracks are assembled. sprocket and idler wheels. to join the tracks around the
2. I attached the upper track 4. I joined the tracks around the sprocket and idler to the fixed
runs (T4) in place on the sprocket and idler to the upper length between the road
upper return rollers. track run. wheels. The tracks will
inevitably need adjustment
and these last sections
were the only
places

where
these
adjustments could
be made. I used single
tracklinks here so that a little
sag could be incorporated if
necessary in order to get
everything to join up. The tracks
were allowed to set overnight
before proceeding any further.

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Trumpeter Soviet S-51
1/35 Self-Propelled Gun

The gun barrel halves joined together – the joint between the two halves will need some
The hull parts temporarily fixed together for test fitting alongside the fenders.
attention.

The undersides of the normal sanding. I used these


mudguards were hollow which here and they worked very well.
seemed odd to me. I felt that Photos suggest that the heavy
they should have had a solid barrels of the Soviet 203mm
base, though I had no pictures guns were cast and therefore
to support this idea. I blanked not completely smooth, so I
off the base of each mudguard applied Mr. Surfacer stippled on
with a piece of 20 thou card with an old brush to produce a
before attaching them to the little texture.
hull. I decide to deviate a little The gun supports caused me
from the instructions to allow a few headaches. They were
me to keep the model as sub- moulded in two halves and
assemblies for ease of painting. there were prominent rivets
These sub-assemblies were the along each half with a mould
main hull complete with tracks seam which was difficult to
The hull and suspension were quick and easy to assemble. handrails and shields, the gun clean up without damaging the
and the ramp at the centre of rivet detail. I used a new Swann
the vehicle. Morton 10a scalpel blade to
I like to get the larger parts of carefully scrape away the seam.
any kit together before fitting I think that the only way to
any of the smaller items. This is eradicate the joint between the
because if there is any filling, two halves of the supports
sanding or clamping to be would be to remove the rivet
done, this is most often the detail completely, fill and sand
case with the larger parts. the seam and then replace the
Dealing with any issues is much rivets with items made with a
easier if there are no small punch and die set. I was not
delicate parts in the way, so convinced that I could do this
with the major elements of the neatly and felt it best to leave
hull completed I next moved things as they were.
onto the gun.
The gun mount has been added.

The
main parts for the gun barrel
were moulded as separate
halves rather than tubes. The
fit of the parts was not that
good with the joints along the
centrelines needing some
attention. For aircraft models
where there is usually a joint
between the fuselage halves
that needs attention I have
begun to use Flexifiles. These
have small strips of abrasive
material suspended in a
metal frame. This means that
it is easier to sand away
The first stage in the assembly of the tracks is to add the run under the road wheels. material without leaving a flat
spot when compared with

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Trumpeter Soviet S-51
Self-Propelled Gun 1/35

The second piece to be added is the run across the return rollers. The two pieces were then joined
The undersides of the fenders were blanked off with scrap card.
with single links.

The rifling on the inside of these had a certain amount of


the gun barrel was supplied as ‘fuzz’ associated with them that
a flat brass piece that needed I felt would be very obvious
to be rolled into a circle and after painting. I replaced the
inserted into the end of the thicker string with picture
barrel. Due to my ineptitude I hanging wire and ran the
ended up with a pear shaped thinner piece across a candle
piece rather than a circle and it hoping that the wax would
appeared a little too deep to fit ‘defuzz’ it a little before use.
into the barrel. Rather than I must confess that I was
have my misshapen effort unsure about how the gun
protruding from the end of the recoil mechanism actually
gun I decided that leaving the worked. There were two girders
part out altogether resulting in attached to a crosspiece that
a much neater appearance. I was mounted on the top of the
think that if I was to build this The 203mm gun under construction.
engine compartment which
kit again or indeed Trumpeter’s had wheels attached. The front
towed 203mm artillery piece, I ends of these girders hung
would consider replacing the freely in what would have been
barrel with an aftermarket part the fighting compartment. As
(assuming one exists). Using they were supported only at
some walkaround photos from one end, I can’t really see how
the Internet, I added a few nuts they could have slowed the
and bolts to the gun using gun recoil. Perhaps there would
parts made with a hexagonal have been cables running from
punch and die set. the front of the gun to the
There were two thicknesses pulleys at the rear? Photos of
of string supplied in the kit, the the vehicle are scarce and I had
thicker string being for the tow no references to show what
cables while the thinner was for was going on here, so I left the
the pulleys at the front of the gun and girder assembly
gun. Both of unglued so that if more
information came to light in Texturing of the gun was done by stippling on some Mr Surfacer mixed with old Tamiya Extra Thin
the future I could revisit the Cement.
model.

The rifling for the gun was provided as an etched part, but I thought that this looked a little
unconvincing and so left it off the finished model.

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Trumpeter Soviet S-51
1/35 Self-Propelled Gun

The tow cables were made using picture wire rather than the string provided. I was
also not
too sure
about the
ladders (if that is
indeed what they are)
at the rear of the vehicle.
If assembled as shown in
the kit instructions they just
hang off the back of the vehicle
and don’t seem much use for
climbing on! I decided to leave the
these off the model, but kept recesses
the assemblies safe so that in Matt
again I could revisit things if Black (XF 1)
more information came to light to provide pre-
at some point. I made some shading and what I
The completed hull. Note that the shields at the front could be lowered to provide extra walking ladders from brass wire bent to suppose could be called
room for the crew. shape with rungs soldered in ‘pre-fading’. I sprayed the tracks
place that could be carried on next with a 50:50 mixture of
the rear of the vehicle. Nato Black (XF 69) and Nato
Brown (XF 68). The base coat of
Painting the model was Nato Green (XF
67) which after curing for 24
Painting started as usual with hours, was given a light
two coats of Hycote Grey Plastic overspray of the same colour
Primer from a rattle can. On my lightened with Yellow Green
aircraft models I usually polish (XF 4). At this point the model
this to give a smooth surface had taken on a rather lurid and
onto which transfers can be very alarming lime green hue,
applied. However, in this case I but this would be toned down
left it as it was with a slightly later.
rough feel to provide a key for
I try to vary the painting and
later drybrushing. I sprayed the
weathering methods I use on
centres of panels and all the
my models so that I’m not
raised areas of the model with
The recoil cables for the gun have been added. doing exactly the same thing
Tamiya Flat White (XF 2) and all
every time and to enable me to

The ladder (or is it a shell-loading ramp?) at the rear of the hull. Some of the plastic parts were
The grab handles were also replaced with brass rod.
replaced with brass rod.

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Trumpeter Soviet S-51
Self-Propelled Gun 1/35

try out Experimenting with this


different technique on the bottom of the
model showed me that the
dots of oil paint could not
be left for too
long
. . . I therefore replaced the kit-supplied ladders with more conventional looking items made from
soldered brass wire.

before blending
or an image of the dot
remained which could not be
blended in. It also seemed to
me that if I used white paint a
very visible dot would also
remain. It may have been that
techniques. My the matt acrylic paint was not
last armour model had properly sealed and perhaps a
been weathered couple more coats of Johnson’s
extensively with pastels Klear would have solved this
and so this time I decided to problem. After drying for 24
make more use of oil paints. In hours the model was again
preparation for this and to give sealed with another coat of
a satin surface on which to Johnson’s Klear before a light
work, I gave the model two pin wash was applied using a My rather untidy soldering was cleaned up with a file.
light sprayed coats of Johnson’s mixture of black and burnt
Klear, applied a few hours apart umber oil paints.
and thinned to 50% with Following this a little dust
Tamiya thinners. This was was applied using brown and
allowed to dry for 24 hours buff coloured acrylics paints
before proceeding. applied with an airbrush. I’m
I next applied dots and small still not a fan of mud and dirt
streaks of oil paint to the model splattered all over my models
one panel at a time using black, so the pigments stayed in their
burnt umber, raw umber, olive box where they belonged! The
green and burnt sienna. The inevitable green overspray on
paint was applied to a surface the tracks was fixed at this
that had been previously stage with a further carefully
brushed with odourless white applied spray of my Nato Black
spirit. Using a flat brush / Nato Brown mix. The tracks
dampened with thinners the were then washed with Burnt
dots and streaks were blended Sienna oil paint and the model
into the surface. This gave a was left for 48 hours for The ladders will be thrown around rather casually on the back of the finished model.
little variation to the finish. everything to cure.

The rear ladders as assembled from the kit parts looked rather odd to me . . . The model was primed using Hycote Plastic Primer from a rattle can

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Trumpeter Soviet S-51
1/35 Self-Propelled Gun

Highlights have been added in white and shading in black. The tracks were sprayed in a 50:50 Nato Black/Nato Brown mix.

I once read a review of a handrails using Vallejo German


modelling book on the Tiger Camouflage Black / Brown
tank by Patrick Stansell, which which seems to me to be the
featured what I thought were best medium available for this
some brilliantly finished task. This was applied with a
models. The review stated torn sponge that had most of
‘unfortunately there is some the paint removed by dabbing
evidence of drybrushing’ as if it it onto kitchen paper. I ground
were some sort of crime. One of the tip of a pencil on a clean
the many ‘how to’ books that piece of course wet & dry paper
are now available on finishing and applied the resulting
armour models that I saw graphite dust to the tracks with
recently also stated with great my fingertip. The same pencil
authority that ‘drybrushing was used to rub around the
The base coat was Nato Green sprayed on thinly to allow the previously added highlights and
should no longer be used on wheels to represent the bare
shadows to show through. armour models’. I therefore metal where the paint would
drybrushed mine with some have rubbed off after contact
enthusiasm using light green with the tracks.
enamel to bring out the raised
detail and tie all the underlying
colours together. Finishing Off
I wanted this model to look The girders and their support
like a freshly painted and not bar were gently placed
yet heavily used prototype into
and so kept any further
weathering to a minimum. I
applied a little chipping to
some of the exposed edges
and

Yellow Green has been added to the Nato Green to provide some additional highlights. The model
looks rather lurid at this point!

The paintwork was sealed with two airbrushed coats of Johnson’s Klear.

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Trumpeter Soviet S-51
Self-Propelled Gun 1/35

Some dots of oil paint have been added and blended into the paintwork to give further variation Some light dusting with Tamiya acrylics has been added and the green overspray on the tracks has
to the monochrome scheme. been corrected.

their locating holes on the back The Trumpeter kit was very easy
of the engine deck and the gun to assemble and I sometimes
was put in place into the use their KV kits as quick,
locating hole in the mounting relaxing projects in between
plate. The tow cables were more involved builds. A little
placed into their towing eyes care needs to be taken with the
and over the positively lethal joints between the halves of the
looking hooks protruding gun barrel sections, but aside
dangerously from the engine from that, this kit should pose
deck. Clear parts were provided no problems and can be
for the lenses for the headlight recommended to all fans of
and rear light and these were Soviet armour.
fixed in place using tiny dots of
Formula 560 canopy glue. This
dries clear and matt with no risk
of fogging the clear parts. A pin wash has been added and blended into the paintwork.

Conclusion
The S-51
was a

Reference
very
peculiar Photos of the S-51 are not
looking that common. However,
vehicle and there is an excellent set of
certainly ‘walkaround’ photos of the
appeared 203 mm gun courtesy of
very Yuri Pasholok at
different
from the www.primeportal.net/artill
turreted ery/yuri_pasholok/203mm_
KV on b-4_howitzer_mod.1931/ Drybrushing has been done using Humbrol enamels.
which it
was
based.

Availability
Trumpeter 1/35
Soviet S-51 Self-
Propelled Gun (ref.
05583) is distributed in
the UK by Pocketbond and
available in all good model A view of the fighting compartment on the finished model.
shops.

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Showtime Euro Militaire and KMK Scale World 2014
The Editor reports on a busy month of modelling shows.

S
eptember sees two of Europe’s most prestigious modelling feeling in recent years that the event has probably lost its position
shows. On 14 September the Belgian town of Mol played host as Europe’s premier modelling show. That said, the quality was still
to the Kempense Modelbouw Klub (KMK) annual show. The superb and the Best of Show ‘The King’s Death’, a dynamic vignette
following weekend modellers from all over Europe flocked to the showing the death of King Gustav Adolf of Sweden at the battle of
Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone for Euro Militaire. While Euro Militaire,
Lützen in 1632 by Danilo Cartacci and Maurizio Bruno. At the KMK
as ever, was primarily a military show with an emphasis on figures,
the KMK event showcases all aspects of scale modelling, with show Best of Show went to German modeller Robert Doepp for his
aircraft, civilian vehicles and Science-Fiction alongside figures and, diorama ‘In der Falle’, showing a King Tiger of s.Pz.Abt. 503
of course, lots of armour. The number of models on the ‘Feldhernhalle’ in Hungary in the spring of 1945. Both, very
competition tables at Euro seemed to be down, reinforcing a different, were examples of military modelling at their very best.

‘The King’s Death’ by Danilo Cartacci and Maurizio Bruno was the unanimous choice as Best of Show at Euro Militaire 2014.

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Sven Frisch won gold for this Brümmbar at both KMK and Euro.

Sven also entered this superb knocked out Tiger I.

Another gold for Sven was ‘A Steppe too Far’, a knocked out Brümmbar at the battle of Kursk. A close-up of Sven’s superb KO’d Brümmbar.

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Max Jamere’s King Tiger was a superb model and the ripped sheeting on the hull and turret side
Pascal Vassuer’s Prague Hetzer won gold at KMK.
a unique touch.

This PPRU-1M by Laurent Stankowiak was displayed at both shows.

Chris Meddings and Mac MacConnell entered a number of models at both shows, including this
One of a number of IJN Type 2 tanks entered into the armour classes. This was by Ron Sorrin.
rusting Shilka.

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‘Over and Out’, an Egyptian T-34/105 was displayed at the KMK show.

Looking for Monty’, a superbly finished Panzerbefehlswagen I on show at KMK Scale World.

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Another nicely finished German vehicle, this time a 4.7cm Panzerjager on Renault chassis at the KMK show.

Kristoff Pullinckx won gold at Euro for this BTR-60.

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Meng Models Char 2C proved inspirational for many modellers, including this superb example.

There were also quite a few World War I-themed models on display at Euro including this Small-Scale Mk IV.

David Pickford’s ‘Raiders’ was an exciting and innovative vignette.

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Franck Bazin’s French Indo-China diorama won plaudits at Euro.

Guiseppe de Carlos and Stefano Lancioni teamed up to model this BMW R35 and Zündapp DBK
Another Scandanavian modeller Johan
250 ‘On the road to Moscow’.

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Sweden’s Markus Eriksson’s diorama was well composed and finished.

Fohlin’s powerful diorama, ‘How the Gods Kill’, showing the German retreat from Narva in 1944, was one of the more eye-catching pieces at Euro. A

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Some of the other models from Euro Militaire
that caught our eye.

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The KMK show.

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Some of the superb figures on show at Euro Militaire...
Photos by the Editor, Simon Barrett and Petr Vorobok.

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Dragon El Alamein
1/35 Sherman

Loris Visintini joins the MMI team with a Sherman II of


C Squadron, 9th Queen’s Royal Lancers.

B
etween 1941 and
1945, the USA supplied
likewise
tens of thousands of its
with future tanks. In
Medium Tank M4 to many of its
the British naming system, the
Allies under the terms of the been
major variants were identified
Lend-Lease Act. Britain received removed from
by Mark numbers: M4 became
far more than any other nation their own units in the US.
Sherman I, M4A1 became
(approximately 34% of the total Once received, they were
Sherman II, and so on.
output). In fact, it was the British modified to British The Model
who first dubbed the tank The first Shermans to see requirements, specifically for
‘Sherman’, continuing the combat were M4A1s of the desert conditions. This included For this project my starting
practice of naming their US British Eighth Army at the over-painting the original olive point was Dragon’s 2008
tanks after American Civil War Second battle of El Alamein in green with either an overall release, ‘El Alamein Sherman’
generals. The US later adopted October 1942. The tanks were sand colour or sand/dark green (ref. 6447). Comprising over 300
the name, and proceeded to do supplied in a hurry, having disruptive camouflage scheme. injection-moulded

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Dragon El Alamein
Sherman 1/35

Here you can see the Verlinden Productions’ resin stowage bin, replacing the wrongly sized
Dragon kit part.

A side view of the assembled model: the Tasca sand shields, a big improvement over the
photoetched items supplied in the Dragon kit.

A front view of the assembled model: note the various resin accessories and additions, as well as
the Eureka XXL tow cable.

fret (complete
with folding jig),
one-piece DS tracks,
and a length of metal
towing cable.
Painting/marking
schemes are provided for
nine vehicles, and
components, accompanied by an
the kit also includes 23 appropriate selection of A rear view: note the scratchbuilt rear jerry can holder.
clear parts, a large photoetched Cartograf decals.

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Dragon El Alamein
1/35 Sherman

The Tasca .50cal M2 Browning is a big improvement over the kit-supplied gun. The Tasca .50cal M2 Browning is a big improvement over the kit-supplied gun.

An impressive feature of the decided to discard the one-


kit is the representation of the piece tracks, and substituted
hull and turret’s cast surface, these with a fully workable set,
which avoids the need to spend ‘T51 Tracks’ from Modelkasten
time adding the texture with (ref. SK-55). While preparation
putty or a Dremel tool. While I and assembly proved to be
intended to build the model as fairly time-consuming, the
far as possible from-the-box, result was well worth the effort.
there were notable areas that For added strength, I fixed the
would require replacement or connectors to the track pins
modification. The first of these using cyanoacrylate gel.
was the turret stowage bin.
Dragon have made this too
Painting, Marking and
wide, so I substituted it with a
Weathering
Verlinden version. I also felt that
The driver’s and radio operator’s hatches were also detailed with some homemade additions. the periscopes were poorly Having washed the model to
detailed, so replaced all of these remove any traces of grease
with resin items (again from and dust, I gave the model a
Verlinden). A more accurate primer coat of Tamiya XF-78
Browning .50 cal was sourced (Wooden Deck Tan). While this
from Tasca’s ‘Sherman II’ (ref. was drying, I began to
35014), with plastic strip experiment with various mixes
detailing to the ammunition to arrive at a suitable Desert
box; and the co-axial and bow- Pink colour. Eventually, I found
mounted .30s were from the RB the perfect combination: XF-59
Model range. (Desert Yellow), XF-2 (Flat
White) and XF-15 (Flat Flesh)
Although Dragon have taken
mixed to a ratio of 5:3:2. With
the trouble to present the
this applied, I highlighted
fenders and sand shields as
appropriate areas using the
photoetched items, I was not
same combination with slightly
satisfied with their appearance,
more white added.
preferring instead the plastic
The custom mix of Desert Pink was mixed from Tamiya acrylics following some advice from Mike versions from the Tasca kit. Following some excellent
Starmer, one of the leading authorities on British camouflage and markings. Reinforcements to the front of advice from Mike Starmer (a
the lower hull were then added leading authority on World War
using plastic card. I also scratch- II colours and markings), I
built the rear-mounted jerry masked off the sand-coloured
can holder using a combination areas using a combination of
of plastic strip and Evergreen Tamiya tape and UHU Patafix
profiles, the jerry can itself pads, and proceeded with the
being a Tasca item. Along with disruptive camouflage scheme.
the new periscopes, Evergreen The colour I opted for was XF-
strip and other materials were 61 (Dark Green) lightened with
now used to detail the three XF-67 (NATO Green). A light
crew hatches. overspray was then applied
using XF-55 with a small
Further changes included
amount of XF-2, heavily diluted
replacing the kit-supplied
with X20-A (Acrylic Paint
towing cable with one from
Thinner).
Eureka XXL; and adding stowed
equipment and tools, mainly While the kit-supplied decals
Painting began with my own custom mixes of Desert Pink and Dark Green. Even with the ‘correct’ are perfectly acceptable, on this
from Accurate Armour, Black
colours it’s worth adding some shading and highlights to the finish. occasion I decided to use
Dog and Formations. Finally, I

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Sherman 1/35

The result of some careful cutting and masking. It’s important to use a low pressure on the airbrush
Rather than using the kit decals, I carefully cut masks from Tamiya tape to apply the markings.
to avoid flooding the area.

alternatives from various The entire model now


sources. Beginning with the ‘C’ received a coat of Vallejo 060
Squadron marking, I prepared a (Satin Varnish) in preparation
series of masks using Tamiya for the weathering. I used a flat
tape, and airbrushed the brush to apply AK Interactive’s
colours in sequence to produce AK 66 (Wash for DAK Vehicles)
the fairly complex shape. The over the hull, suspension and
1st Armoured Division sign wheels. Allowing this to dry for
(white rhino on black oval), 9th about 48 hours, I repeated the
Lancers AOS marking (white 86 operation with AMMO MIG’s
on red square) and vehicle 1404 (North Africa Dust), this
serial number were from the time including all areas of the
Archers Fine Transfers range. As model to give the impression of
for the large number ‘2’ on the accumulated dust. I began the
rear of the turret, this was from process of adding chips and
The next stage was the detail painting. Here you can see work has started on the M2 Browning,
Bison Decals. scratches by applying Vallejo antennae and cupola.
With the tracks fully 889 (Olive Drab) with a piece of
assembled, I gave them an sponge over surfaces that
initial coat of XF-1 (Flat Black). would be most exposed to
The rubber portions were now wear. In certain areas, a fine-
picked out using a mix of XF-85 pointed brush was used, as this
(Rubber Black) and XF-55 would allow me greater control
(Wooden Deck Tan) with a of the paint. While it is true that
small amount of XF-2 (Flat the paintwork on vehicles
White). Once dry, the pads were operating in the harsh desert
masked, and the steel conditions would have been
connectors painted with a mix subject to heavy wear, it is
of XF-68 (NATO Brown) and X- important not to overstate this
10 (Gun Metal). After a couple effect on a scale model. The
of hours drying time (and with final stage was to paint some
the masking still in place), I stowage courtesy of Legend
applied MIG Productions’ P031 Productions and Black Dog. It’s
(Vietnam Earth) pigment to easier to paint these separately An overall view of the painted model, with markings in place and details painted. The AoS and
depict rust. and then attach them to the other specific markings were applied using Archer Fine Transfers.
model.

And an overall front three-quarters of the model, ready for the weathering.

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Dragon El Alamein
1/35 Sherman

Weathering began with an overall enamel-based wash. This both faded the base coat and with
Here you can see the delicate Modelkasten tracks in place.
subsequent applications began to replicate accumulations of dust.

Crewing it Up Final Thoughts


All that remained was to add Dragon’s Sherman II is a fine
a couple of suitably posed crew kit and with some Aftermarket
figures. In fact, both the and scratchbuilt accessories it
Commander and driver were can really be a showstopper. I
based on the same resin figure, was keen to do my research
‘British Tanker, Tropics’ (ref. and paint this model as
DA35005) from the Korean accurately as possible. Mike
manufacturer, Doug’s Original. Starmer offered some very
To avoid them having the same valuable advice and I hope this
facial appearance, I replaced model is a fitting tribute to the
the heads with two slightly men of C Squadron, 9th
different ones from the Hornet Queen’s Royal Lancers, part of
range. I also removed the the 2nd Armoured Brigade of
An overall view of the model at this stage. I was keen to keep the weathering muted despite the driver’s legs and hands, simply the 1st Armoured Division who
harsh desert conditions in which the real vehicle served. to allow him to fit into the took part in the second battle
hatch. of El Alamein in October and
Painting the figures began November
with a primer coat of Citadel 1942.
Colour 62-01 (Skull White).
Now using Vallejo acrylics,
I used the following colour
scheme: >

The accumulation of dust was achieved by adding layer upon layer of AK Interactive’s ‘Wash for DAK
Vehicles’ and AMMO’s ‘North African Dust’.

I then added some paint scratches and chips with a sponge and also with a fine brush.

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Sherman 1/35

It’s important to give all areas of the model the same treatment. Here you can see the weathered A close-up of the front, showing the subtle paint scratches achieved by sponge work as well as the
ammo box on the M2 Browning. deeper chips applied with a brush.

El Alamein Tank Crew: Painting Chart


Shirt, Shorts and Puttees
Base = 914 (Ochre Green) + 951 (White) (7:3)
Highlight 1 = Base + 951 (White) (1:1)
Highlight 2 = Highlight 1 + 951 (White) (diluted)
Shadow = 914 (Ochre Green) +880 (Grey Khaki) (1:1)
Belt, Holster and Socks
Base = 988 (Khaki) + 951 (White) (1:1)
Highlight = 951 (White)
Boots
Base = 950 (Black)
Highlight = 914 (Ochre Green) + 950 (Black) (3:7)
Beret
950 (Black) The two figures came from Doug’s Miniatures. The sculpt is excellent and they fitted perfectly. All
painting was done with Vallejo acrylics..
Goggles
976 (Buff ) + 988 (Khaki) (3:7)
Lenses
Tamiya X-22 (Clear)
Buckles
801 (Brass)

The addition of figures really adds to the appearance of the finished model. Hornet resin
replacement heads are the best in the business.

Availability
Dragon 1/35 El Alamein
Sherman (ref. 6447) is
available from all good A view of the commander standing in the tank’s cupola.
model shops.

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W-Model 9K33
1/72 OSA/SA-8 Gecko

Domingo Hernandez
discovers a new
manufacturer and is
impressed.

P
roduced between 1970 surveillance independently. on a 6x6 chassis, which is
and 1988, the Soviet 9K33 radars, believed to be a development
The system is
Osa (translated as ‘Wasp’) allowing it of the ZIL-167 vehicle. Fully
mounted
is a highly mobile, low-altitude, to operate amphibious, it is propelled
short-range tactical surface-to- through the water by a pair of
air missile system. ‘9K33’ is the water-jets at the rear of the
official designation, the vehicle. When operated on
NATO reporting name land, steering is on
being ‘SA-8 Gecko’. Unlike the front and
earlier Soviet self-propelled rear
air defence missile
systems, the 9K33 is
completely self-
contained; it has its
own tracking
and

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OSA/SA-8 Gecko 1/72

wheels, and a central tyre- normally As well being used by the


pressure regulation system accompanied by two USSR/Russia, the system has
allows the driver to negotiate BAZ-5937 been exported to various
all types of terrain. The NBC- resupply/transloader nations including Cuba, Greece,
protected crew compartment is vehicles, carrying 18 Poland, Syria, Ecuador and Iraq.
situated at the front of the missiles each Deployed in several conflicts
vehicle, the missile system is in (boxed in sets since the late 80s, the most
the centre, and the of three) that recent evidence comes from
engine/transmission is at the support a battery the Syrian Civil War. In
rear. While the initial version of of four TELARs December
the 9K33 (NATO reference ‘SA- (transporter 2012,
8A’) had four missiles in the erector
ready-to-launch position, the launcher
current version (‘SA-8B’) is and radar).
equipped with six (three per
side) housed in
launch/transport
containers.
The vehicle
is

rebels
fighting
Bashar al-
Assad’s
forces captured
at least one Osa system, and
(according to video footage)
managed to shoot down two
Syrian helicopters on separate
occasions.

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W-Model 9K33
1/72 OSA/SA-8 Gecko

1 2

The Kit
Based in Lithuania, coat
W-Model released their first of matt
1/72-scale kit in early 2014. black to prevent
Labelled ‘9K33 OSA/SA-8 the light-coloured
Gecko’ (ref. WB-01), the kit resin being visible
comprises a small number of through the windows
resin components, together (photo 3). Construction
with transparencies for was relatively straightforward
windows, a fret of photo- and took just three sessions to
etched parts and a length of complete. The only additions
brass wire. When examining the required were wing mirrors,
5 contents, my initial reaction
was how well the various parts
grab handles either side of the
windscreen, and crew access
had been cast; attention to steps located near the central
detail, no sign of distortion, and wheels. Any gaps were now
minimal preparation required filled with Squadron Green
prior to assembly (photo 1). To Putty (photos 4-5).
avoid any confusion, I identified With the resin components
with red paint any portions that assembled, I continued to add
needed to be removed. I was the photo-etched parts. These
also careful not to damage the included the windscreen wipers
surrounding area when cutting and various sections of the
these parts away (photo 2). radar. The brass wire was now
Since the kit lacks any interior used to form the radar
fittings, I decided to apply a attachment brackets. As you

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OSA/SA-8 Gecko 1/72

6 7

form a
can suitable
see, base for the
the
vehicle
subsequent
paint scheme, as 10
has an well as showing up
impressive though somewhat any construction faults
top-heavy appearance, thanks (photo 8). To recreate an in-
to the enormous missile scale appearance I opted to use
launcher/radar arrangement colours from Vallejo’s ‘Russian
(photos 6-7). Green 4BO’ set (ref. 78403). I
began by applying an overall
coat of the base colour (609),
Painting followed by successively lighter
Having masked the windows, tones to create highlights and
I gave the model a coat of accentuate raised details
Tamiya Fine Surface Primer. around the model
Being a neutral tone, this would (photos 9, 10).

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1/72 OSA/SA-8 Gecko

11 12

13

The
14 wheels were
painted in a
similar manner,
the tyres then being
brush-painted using (Highlight
70950 (Black) (photo 11). I now German I –
applied two light coats of satin Feldgrau). Focussing
varnish before allowing the on lower areas of the
model to fully dry. It was also hull, I carefully applied
important to ensure that the these with a piece of sponge
model was stored in a closed (photo 13). While initially
box to avoid dust settling on appearing over-stated, the
the surface. chipping effects would be
Despite the series of toned down once I had applied
highlights, the single-colour a layer of dust made from a mix
paint scheme required some of Tamiya XF-59 (Desert Yellow)
form of weathering to relieve and XF-57 (Buff ) (photo 14). I
the monotone appearance. To now used these two colours to
15 achieve this, I applied several
layers of heavily diluted oil
paint the front radar panels,
adjusting the mix to create a
paint; a range of colours variation in tone from top to
including green, buff, white and bottom (photo 15).
earth tones (photo 12). As with The next step involved
the choice of colour scheme, applying a series of pin-washes,
the scale of the model needs to both to redefine some of the
be considered when replicating details and to show staining to
surface damage. With this in certain areas of the paintwork.
mind, I returned to my Vallejo In my opinion, the best medium
paints and began to depict for this is MIG Productions’
paint chipping using a P221 (Brown Wash), heavily
combination of Model Color diluted with P239 (Thinner for
70822 (German Camo Black Washes) (photo 16). This was
Brown) and Panzer Aces 338 followed by a light speckling of

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OSA/SA-8 Gecko 1/72

16 17

18

Availability
W-Model 1/72 9K33
OSA/SA-8 Gecko
(ref. WB-01) is available from
their website
www.wmodelkits.com.

19

Vallejo
819 (Iraqi
Sand) to
the
lowermost windows, followed
parts of the hull by gloss varnish, and finally
(photo 17). Using a wide brush, satin varnish to reduce the
I now applied streaks of MIG sheen (photo 20).
Productions’ P023 (Black
Smoke) over the rear-deck blast
Conclusion
20
deflector to depict scorching
from the repeated missile While W-Models have a
launches (photo 18). relatively small range of
models, they certainly offer
When attaching the wheels
some interesting and unusual
to the model, I decided that a
subjects. Here is a perfect
more dynamic effect would be
example, and one that will
created by offsetting the front
appeal to many small-scale
and rear pairs. With the hull and
modellers. The company also
launcher sub-assemblies
produces some equally
complete, these were now
interesting 1/35-scale kits, so I
fitted together (photo 19). All
will be checking their list to
that remained was to apply a
decide what next to tackle.
coat of satin black to the

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Panzerkampfwagen
1/35 T-34-747(r) conversion

Marian Bunc returns with a mix-and-match T-34/76.

O
ne of the things I find My initial idea was a vehicle
particularly satisfying is captured by the Italians.
to combine parts from However, while
various old and unfinished kits looking for suitable
to produce a unique model. reference
This often leads me to images
rummaging around at local
bazaars and checking out
items

available
via the
Internet. In
fact, I recently
managed to
acquire from eBay
several Tamiya T-34
kits, along with some
resin conversion sets.
Among this were parts
from Chesapeake Model
Designs to build the T-34/76
Mod. 1941 STZ. For those who
are not familiar with the Assembly
designation, STZ denotes The base kit for my project
vehicles produced was Tamiya’s version of the
at the Stalingrad Tractor Factory on the Beutepanzer website 1943 production model T-34/76
(also referred to as Factory 264). (www.beute.narod.ru), I came very unusual camouflage (ref. 35059), which was
Having decided that this would across a photograph of an scheme, it was also fitted with a originally released in 1975. A
be an interesting version of the example with markings Panzer III/IV stowage box on hallmark of Tamiya’s kits is their
T-34, the next consideration belonging to 5th Panzer the rear of the turret . . . here simple construction, which is
was how to depict the model. Division. As well as displaying a was the perfect subject. certainly true of their older

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T-34-747(r) conversion 1/35

The model was built using a combination of Tamiya and Dragon parts, together with resin
components from Chesapeake Model Designs and various photoetched items from Part.

With the basic assembly complete, the model received an initial coat of black primer.

added lengths of
plastic strip to
the underside. The base coat was made from a mix of Tamiya XF-60 (Dark Yellow) and XF-2 (Flat White).
While the kit is generally
models. This accurate, certain details are
particular example was from really not up to current
their motorised range, so one of standards. The most notable of
the first tasks was to fill the these are the one-piece vinyl
holes originally intended for tracks. Fortunately, I had a set of
the electric motor and individual-link Magic Tracks
switches. Feeling that the from one of Dragon’s T-34/76
driver’s hatch, engine access kits. While requiring careful
panel and antenna mount were preparation before assembly,
poorly moulded, I decided to these would certainly be an
replace these with better- improvement. Items such as
detailed parts from Dragon. I tool holders and front fenders
also substituted the gearbox were removed, to be replaced
louvres and other details with by thin metal. Thanks to a
photoetched components from trouble-free construction, I was
Part. To give more strength to able to make a start on the The camouflage colours were formed from a mix of XF-13 (JA Green) and XF-3 (Flat Yellow) for the
the louvre sections, I simply painting fairly quickly. green, and XF-10 (Flat Brown) for the brown.

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1/35 T-34-747(r) conversion

The distinctive unit marking applied to either side of the turret was hand-painted as I was unable Using a mix of Vallejo acrylics, I brush painted the streaks of green over the turret, gun barrel and
to find suitable decals for this. stowage box.

Painting & Weathering vehicles), I applied the decal


The first step was to apply an crosses to logical areas before
overall coat of black primer. sealing the entire model with a
Once this was completely dry, I coat of satin varnish.
followed with a base coat of The weathering process
Tamiya XF-60 (Dark Yellow) began with a dark wash from
mixed with a small amount of Sira Hobby. Having allowed this
XF-2 (Flat White). A series of to dry, I proceeded to use oil
wide bands were now added to colours to replicate areas of
form the camouflage colours: a faded paintwork. The next step
mix of XF-13 (JA Green) and XF- involved replicating scratches
3 (Flat Yellow) for the green, and chipping. In areas where I
and XF-10 (Flat Brown) for the wanted to show extensive
brown. Unable to find suitably surface damage, I used a piece
To add depth to the appearance, I created shadows using satin varnish mixed with small amounts sized decals, I resorted to hand- of sponge; localised paint chips
of brown and black. For the highlights, the varnish was mixed with white. painting the unit markings on were applied with a fine-
the turret sides. The pointed brush to allow me
camouflage streaks on the greater control of where these
turret, gun barrel and stowage would be placed. Here I applied
box were brush painted using a lightened version of the base
Vallejo acrylics. With the basic colour, and added the exposed
colour scheme established, I metal portion using the tip of a
now began to add some depth Gundam marker pen (from the
to the appearance. Using satin Gunze Sangyo accessories
varnish mixed with small range). Since the fenders would
amounts of brown and black, I have been made from sheet
applied this to accentuate deep metal, any damage would
shadow areas. Similarly, the
varnish was mixed with white
to highlight more exposed
parts of the model.
Unfortunately, the single
I followed this by adding by an overall layer of Sira Hobby’s Dark Wash to accentuate the details reference photograph of the
around the model. vehicle only showed

Balkenkreuz
markings on one
side. Assuming that these
To create a faded appearance to the paintwork, I applied small spots of oil colour, and blended would be repeated on the
these into the surface using a brush moistened with solvent. On vertical and inclined surfaces, it other side (and checking
was important to draw these in a downwards movement. images of other captured

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T-34-747(r) conversion 1/35

To replicate chipped paintwork, I began by adding a lightened version of the base colour. A
Gundam marker pen was then used to indicate where the damage had exposed the underlying Various shades of brown were used to show heavy corrosion to damaged areas of the fenders.
metal.

quickly show signs of corrosion. Turning my attention to the


To replicate this, I used my running gear, I applied Agama
piece of sponge to apply Metallic Paste to the wheel
varying shades of brown, and rims, and gave the hubs a coat
allowed these to blend with the of my pigment/glue mix to
help of a few drops of thinners. match the mud effect around
I was now ready to add a the chassis. Having mentioned
build-up of mud to the lower that I opted to use the Magic
parts of the hull. Beginning Tracks on the model, it is worth
with the chassis, I prepared a noting that the injection-
mix of Sira Hobby’s Pigment moulded links require
Paste, static grass and white cleaning-up. This mainly
glue, and liberally applied this involved removing the
with an old brush. Returning to ejection-pin marks from the
my dark wash, I added random inner faces. Once assembled,
The chassis received a liberal coat of Sira Hobby’s Pigment Paste mixed with static grass and white
patches to replicate wet mud the tracks were given an initial glue.
and grease/oil residue. Moving coat of matt black. A heavily
to the upper hull, I used a diluted mix of grey, brown and
combination of CMK’s dry light sand was applied as a
pigments (Dark Dust and Sand wash to recreate a typically
Dust) to suggest areas of dusty appearance, and followed
accumulated dirt. The mix was by a repeat of the pigment
streaked down vertical and paste and dark wash treatment.
inclined surfaces; on horizontal Again, the Agama paste was
areas, drops of thinners were used to replicate exposed
used to spread the pigment metal on the various contact
across the surface and settle in surfaces. Suggesting that the
corners and recesses. Mud vehicle had been driven across
splashes that had been thrown open countryside terrain, I
up from the wheels and tracks decided to add a few bits of
were added, again using my vegetation that had been
dark wash. Stains caused by oil caught up in the tracks and
leaks were replicated using a around the fenders.
Using my dark wash, I added random patches to replicate wet mud and grease/oil residue.
mix of the dark wash and With the model almost
gloss varnish. complete, what it needed was a
few items of stowage. I made
some rolled tarpaulins from
two-part putty, a towing cable
from twisted metal wire,
and a shovel made
from a toothpick and
aluminium sheet.
Despite all the
new kits on the
market, it’s
always fun to
have a go at an
older kit and with
the help of some
Aftermarket items convert it
into something unusual or A mix of CMK’s Sand Dust and Dark Dust pigments was now applied to the upper hull.
unique.

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1/35 T-34-747(r) conversion

Stains caused by oil leaks were replicated using a mix of the dark wash and gloss varnish. Agama’s Metallic Paste was used to replicate the polished steel on the wheel rims.

The wheels themselves were treated to a coat of the pigment/glue mix to match the mud effect
around the chassis.

Having already assembled the tracks, I carefully applied heat from a hair dryer to encourage them
Agama’s Metallic Paste was again used to depict the exposed steel on the tracks’ contact surfaces. to bend around the drive sprockets and idlers.

To add further visual interest, I painted the spare track links with Vallejo colours, and gave them a Typical items of stowage included rolled tarpaulins made from two-part putty, a towing cable
rusty appearance using washes and pigments. formed from twisted metal wire, and a shovel made from a toothpick and aluminium sheet.

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The Final Post
Łukasz Orczyc-Musiałek builds Masterbox’s Mercedes Type 170V.

W
hile cars are not my
favourite modelling
subject, there are
occasions when I need to
take a break from tanks and
other armoured vehicles.
What better choice than the
Mercedes Type 170V, as car from the
featured in Master Box’s 2012 contemporary 170H, ‘Heck’
release, ‘Where are the Damned (rear) that used the same four-
Roads?’ In fact, this is the sixth had cylinder 1697cc engine, but
model of the Type 170V been produced. Due to positioned at the rear.
produced by MB; here its rugged construction, front
accompanied by a selection of designation), and rear suspension and fuel The Kit
figures to create a ready-made the vehicle was introduced in efficiency, the 170V was the
1936 and known as the Comprising no less than 170
vignette. Wehrmacht’s most widely used
Mercedes-Benz 170V. It entered injection-moulded
civilian car. While many of
Now commonly referred to military service in the following components, the vehicle kit
Germany’s vehicle producers
as the Mercedes-Benz W136 year, and by 1942 almost 87,000 also includes clear parts for
struggled to recover after the
(the manufacturer’s official windows and light lenses, along
war (many finding themselves
with separate vinyl
in the Soviet-controlled eastern
tyres. As
sector), Mercedes-Benz
for the
managed to retain ownership
figures, 60
of and access to its car plant.
Passenger car production
resumed in 1947, and within
two years a further 10,000 of
the 170V had been produced.
From May 1949 the 170D was
introduced, this being the first
diesel-powered car to be
available after the war. The ‘V’
The assembled model ready for paint. It provided a welcome change of pace from my usual suffix was short for ‘Vorn’
modelling diet of tanks! (front), and differentiated the

With the basic assembly complete, I masked the windscreen area before giving the model a coat of
Concentrating on all recesses, I applied a layer of AK Interactive’s Wargamer Dunkelgrau Shadow.
Grey Primer.

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Łukasz Orczyc-Musiałek builds Masterbox’s Mercedes Type 170V.

Successive highlights were created, first using Dunkelgrau Light Base, then Dunkelgrau Highlight.
This was followed by an overall coat of the same manufacturer’s Dunkelgrau Base. This lighter tone was now applied with a fine-pointed brush to add extreme highlights to the
various edges and raised details.

injection-moulded parts are diagrams, the assembly


used to produce the driver, instructions are clear and
seated Officer and a further simple to follow. These are
three standing ... not forgetting accompanied by painting notes
the faithful dog accompanying matched to Vallejo colours, and
his master on the back seat. The a choice of markings for five
quality of moulding is generally vehicles.
very good, detail is crisp, and Assembly was relatively
the parts show no signs of straightforward. However, I
flash. Thanks to a series of decided to replace certain
large items to give a
more in-scale
The selection of paints used on the model. Even on a small model like this you will need a range of
paints to achieve the different effects.

appearance: the
light in front of the
radiator was given a new
mount formed from brass wire, Looking back to the days when washes had to be prepared from oil paints, it is good to know that
and the rolled-back canvas these are now readily available. The ones I chose for this particular model are from a wide range of
door panels were simply made enamel-based washes produced by AK Interactive.

Areas of chipped paintwork were replicated using Vallejo Model Color 70.822 (German Camo Black I now applied a light coat of Tamiya XF-57 (Buff) to suggest road dust that had accumulated on the
Brown), with AK Interactive oil paints being used to show signs of corrosion on exposed metal. To lower part of the vehicle. I then applied some MIG Productions’ pigments for the heavier
vary the appearance, I applied these effects with both a piece of sponge and a fine-pointed brush. accumulations of dirt.

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Łukasz Orczyc-Musiałek builds Masterbox’s Mercedes Type 170V.
from paper. The most problematic. Fortunately, I was Tamiya kit was wrapped around
significant improvement was to able to resolve this with a layer the headlight, and some chain
use Milliput to make a new of Microscale’s Micro Sol setting (compliments of RB Model) was
folded roof. I also replaced all solution. Note that the vehicle draped over the spare wheel.
the grab handles, again using was marked with ‘Feldpolizei’ Finally, I placed a Tamiya jerry
brass wire. registration plates – ‘FP’ prefix. can and a Dragon Models MP40
My only complaint is that I To create further visual in the front of the car. Deciding
found some difficulty with interest, I added various items to omit the driver figure, I used
applying the decals; for some of stowage around the vehicle. the other four, but substituted
reason. However, with some The tree branches were made their heads with better-detailed
patience, I managed to rescue from lengths of wire covered in resin items. Once assembled, Availability
the situation. Before applying paper and soaked in PVA glue, these and the well-trained
spaniel were painted entirely Master Box 1/35 ‘Where
the decal markings, I treated and the smaller logs tethered are the Damned Roads’
the relevant surfaces to a coat to the front of the car were with Vallejo acrylics.
(ref. 35112) is available from
of satin varnish. For some simply wire bound with cord. all good model shops.
reason, these particular decals A length of rope from an old
proved to be
quite

Spot the difference


The winning entry will be
announced in the January
issue.
Answers by email to:
davidgrummitt942
@hotmail.com
or on a postcard,or back of an
envelope to: MMI Spot the
Difference Competition,
20 Warwick Road, Whitstable,
CT5 1HX, United Kingdom.
CLOSING DATE:
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Answers in November Issue
Just identify the SIX
differences between these two
photographs.
One lucky winner will win
Dragon’s M6A1 Heavy Tank
reviewed in this month’s NATF.

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Words & Pictures
A round up of the latest military titles
Title: Kommando: German Special infiltration and demolition. Recruitment
Forces of World War started as early as the Hitler Youth, based on
Author: James Lucas the doctrine of unquestionable loyalty and
Publisher: Pen & Sword fanatical discipline. These were the
ISBN: 978-1-84832-7-375 forerunners to the Werewolf units that
Price: £14.99pb played a part in the resistance against Allied
forces towards the end of hostilities in

T
his is a reprint of a classic of World War
Europe.
II literature with a foreward by the
respected historian of Nazi Germany, The book contains an evenly spaced
selection of black-and-white photos
Robert Kershaw. James Lucas, an officer in
augmented with corresponding text, mixed
the British army during the War, was one of
with some line drawings. There are several
the first authors to deal with the German
mini profiles on elite unit commanders,
wartime fighting forces in an objective way.
such as Otto Skorzeny (the SS officer who
This was based on his personal dealings with
was in charge of the Mussolini mountain
ex-Whermacht servicemen and his own rescue mission) and Oberleutnant Rudolf
research. This book, first published in 1985, Witzig, the hero at the Eben Emael
details the history of Germany's Special operations, again with photos and
Forces and combined operations during descriptive text. As well as the
World War II. The book focuses on the Whermacht and other ground forces, the
inception of special units, particularly the book covers the specialized aerial
Brandenburgers, an early war type 'Sturm' units, formed in an attempted
commando-style unit hand recruited from interrupt and reduce the impact of the
men of non-northern European descent. daylight raids by the USAAF. Some
Other units covered include the aircraft were converted to flying bombs to described
Fallschirmjäger divisions, special glider explode amidst bomber formations. The with some interesting black-and-
operations and other units such as the pilots flew into the tail section of bombers white photos.
Luftwaffe’s KG200, the Navy's midget and then bailed out if possible. The This is a highly readable book and first
submarines and human torpedoes. By the Kriegsmarine also played its part in special published nearly thirty years ago, it’s still
beginning of the war the Germans had operations, and a good portion of the book relevant. A must read for those with a
identified the huge potential of unique and is dedicated to the ‘K men’, seaborne teams passion for German military subjects and
even isolated units with individual skills, of frogmen operating special craft such as those that appreciate military tactics with a
ranging from different languages to the the ‘Seehund’ and ‘Biber’. The German midget difference. Highly recommended.
topographical knowledge for sabotage, submarines and human torpedoes are Nigel Norfolk

Title: Weep for Africa: A Rhodesian unsettled, following his SADF conscription,
Light Infantry Paratrooper’s Hall found himself in 1976 signing on for
Farewell to Innocence three years with 2 Commando, The
Author: Jeremy Hall Rhodesian Light Infantry as the bush war in
Publisher: Helion and Company that country erupted from a simmering,
ISBN: 978-1-90998-2-338 low-key insurgency into full-blown war. As
Price: £19.95pb a paratrooper with this crack airborne unit,
he was to see continual combat on

J
eremy Hall’s childhood in the white-
Fireforce operations and cross-border
ruled apartheid South Africa of the
raids into Zambia and Mozambique, such
1950s and ’60s was ostensibly idyllic:
as Operation Dingo, the 1977 Rhodesian
growing up in the farming areas of Natal, he
attack on ZANLA’s Chimoio base.
had free rein to pander to his keen
exploratory mind, yet niggling away was This book is part of a growing
entrenched racism and interracial hatred. literature of memoires that deal with
Closeted in the hallowed halls of an English- this complex and controversial period
speaking high school, the revelation of the of Africa’s modern history. It is well
real world that followed – a world of written and hard hitting, very much a
township unrest, Afrikaner politicians issuing personal reminiscence. For readers
dire warnings of the red and black hordes interested in the history of these last
massing on the borders – exploded into throes of European colonialism it’s
Hall’s psyche with his national-service call- highly recommended. It’s available in
up into the South African Defence Force the UK from Casemate Publishing
(SADF), where he encountered the (www.casematepublishing.co.uk),
institutionalized hatred of the Afrikaner who kindly supplied the review
hierarchy for the English-speaking recruits, copy.
the rowe, or ‘scabs’. Disillusioned and David Grummitt

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Words & Pictures
A round up of the latest military titles
Title: The Devil’s Garden: Rommel’s Resistance to British intelligence. This book (www.casematepublishing.co.uk), who
Desperate Defense of Omaha also serves as a visual record of German kindly supplied the review copy.
Beach on D-Day defences on Omaha Beach, David Grummitt
Author: Steven J. Zaloga covering the fortifications and
Publisher: Stackpole Books weapons placed in this sector.
ISBN: 978-0-81172-2-286 Zaloga’s well-supported
Price: £21.50hb conclusions are sure to spark
debate, and his book is

T
he severe casualties suffered by
essential reading in the
American forces on Omaha Beach on
seventieth anniversary year
D-Day, June 6, 1944, have led to the
of D-Day. As ever Zaloga
nickname ‘Bloody Omaha.’ Why were the
writes with insight and a
casualties so high on Omaha Beach
great depth of knowledge.
compared to the other four Allied beaches?
The appendices of
In his latest book, acclaimed military
German artillery strength
historian Steven Zaloga attempts to answer
on D-Day reveal the
that question by focusing on the German
depth of Zaloga’s
side of this important World War II battle. The
research, while the black-
nature of German defences at Omaha
and-white photos are
explains much of why casualties were so
informative and, on the
heavy there, and those defences can be
whole, well reproduced.
traced back largely to the efforts of Erwin
Recommended to all
Rommel, the famed ‘Desert Fox’. In addition
those interested in this
to telling the story of Rommel’s role in
pivotal episode of
shaping the German defences confronted by
World War II. It’s
the Allies on D-Day, Zaloga also explores
available in the UK
neglected aspects of the battle, such as the
from Casemate
German patrols tasked with shooting down
Publishing
the carrier pigeons sent from the French

Title: Rochev and Doher: photos of the real vehicles, and all
M109A1/A2 Rochev and designed with the modeller in mind.
Doher in IDF Service (IDF The book covers the Rochev and
Armor Series 10) Doher in action, mainly images
Author: Michael Mass and taken in 2006 after the Second
Adam O’Brien Lebanon War. This is followed by
Publisher: Desert Eagle Publishing walkarounds of the Rochev and
ISBN: 978-9-65916-3-564 Doher in superb detail, both
Price: £24.99pb inside and out. One of the
features of both the Rochev and

T
he Rochev and Doher SPGs used by the
Doher is the large amounts of
IDF are Israeli versions of the US-made
external stowage they carry on
M109, M109A1 and M109A2 self-
the hull sides, always something
propelled artillery pieces. The first M109s
that appeals to modellers. The
arrived in Israel in the early 1970s and
penultimate section of the
provided an immediate improvement on the
book looks at the various
towed 155mm guns and Sherman-based
tactical and other markings
SPGs then in service. The IDF extensively
carried by the Rochev and
modified the M109s they received from the
Doher, while the last couple of
US in order to fulfill the tactical requirements
pages deal with the various
of the Israelis. The Rochev Alef (based on the
ammunition fired by the
M109A1) and the Rochev Bet (M109A2) were
155mm gun. This is another
the initial versions, equipped with large
superb book from Desert
external stowage boxes and other
Eagle Publishing. Their
modifications. These still serve with the IDF
commitment to modellers
but are being replaced by the Do’her (or
is evident and make this a
Galloper) which is the M109A1/A2 updated
highly recommended title for
with a new fire-control system, electrical
all fans of IDF armour. It’s available in the UK
system, a silent diesel auxiliary power unit
from the Aviation Book Centre
and other external modifications.
(www.aviationbookcentre.com) who kindly
The book follows the usual Desert Eagle supplied the review copy.
format: high quality paper, superb colour
David Grummitt

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