Montag, 27. Dezember 2010

Last news of the year 2010

TMMI Issue No. 183 (January 2011) brings a full article about building and painting the StuH 42 in quarterscale.

One o the most interesting german armoured vehicles are without a doubt the “Sturmgeschütz”. For modellers there are many kits available – I think there is no model show without some StuG´s. However, StuH 42 you can see comparatively seldom.

To gave the infantry a support weapon the 10,5cm lFH 18 howitzer was mounted on StuG III G chassis. These vehicles were designated as Sturmhaubitze 42 (StuH 42). The first StuH 42 were produced on an StuG III Ausf. F and F/8 chassis. In March 1943, the first StuH 42 on StuG III Ausf.G chassis delivered from manufacturer Alkett. By the way – only Alkett produced all StuH-vehicles. From October of 1942 to February of 1945, all in all 1212 StuH 42 have been produced.

and here the kit, of course in quarterscale:

The kit comes from Tamiya and was released under Item No. 32540. Additionally I used some nice stuff from the aftermarket. The ABER PE-Set No.48042 and an aluminium turned barrel from RB models add a lot of realism. With the stowage from “Black Dog” at least it was possible to build a authentic heavy used StuH.

Looking through my references, I joined on StuH 42 used at Sicily. After the landing of allied troops at the Italian island Sicily in June 1943 several german troops fought against the allies, among these units was the Panzerdivision “Hermann Göring” – a Luftwaffe unit. This unit was equipped among others with StuH 42 at her III. Abteilung. On all pictures I could not see a StuH with sideskirts (that is the reason why I did not used the nice ABER skirts) Only 9 StuH were in service and apparently, every vehicle had a slightly different camo. For me as a modeller was interesting that some StuH had a heavy application of camouflage only at the frontside while the backsides had only a light camouflage or stick in the basecolour dark yellow. Inspired by these interesting camouflage I decided to adopt this in similar manner.

Additional parts:
ABER PE-Set      No. 48042
RB-Models          No. RB48 B47
Black Dog            No. BDOG48023
FRIUL                 ATL: 4804

Samstag, 6. November 2010

Publication AFV Modeller,November/December issue 55

Latest news - the AFV modeller magazine no.55 published a full article about my T-62 Modell 1962 from Trumpeter.

Here some additional pics:

Freitag, 22. Oktober 2010

„The Sowjets name it Bobby“ - russian BA-64B

Next news - a full article about building and painting the VISION Models Kit of the russian BA-64B was published at the actual issue No. 181 of the TAMIYA MODEL MAGAZINE International

Would be nice to hear if you like this article.

All the best

Scale Model Challenge 2010, Eindoven

Last weekend I was able to visit this great Model Show - a great event and maybe one of the best Shows I ever visited. My special thanks goes to all the guys from SCALE MODEL FACTORY - you have done a great job!!

For more informations about the SMF please follow this link:

I took also part at the competion with three quarterscale models. I am really happy about the results:

for my Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D

for my StuH 42

Montag, 20. September 2010

"A handful Steyr 1500"

At the WW2 the Steyr 1500 A was a quite common vehicle at the german Wehrmacht. The large clearance, a wading depth of 70 cm and the air-cooling made the Steyr ideal for cross-country purposes. The Steyr 1500 A/01 with internal spare wheel was manufactured from September 1941 to around August 1942. Around August 1942, the superstructure was changed. The spare wheel was moved outside of the car body. This model was manufactured until March 1944. Steyr produced over 12400 vehicles until March 1944. After bombing the factory the production ended.

So far the view back in history :-)

After some months ob absence from modelling I picked up another quarterscale kit for my re-entry.
All along one of my favourite kits was doubtless the Tamiya Kit of the german Steyr 1500 car. The Kit (No.32549) looks brilliant, a typical Tamiya kit – easy to build with an excellent fit overall.

Together with some aftermarket stuff it is possible to build a very realistic quarterscale model of this widely used german car. As you can see I used the BlackDog item T48053, some ABER and Hauler PE-Parts. Btw, the ABER Set 48045 is one of the most finest and extensive PE-Sets I ever saw. The parts are so tiny that ABER gives you two identical frames in case you should never find again lost parts on your carpet :-) I must confessed I was not able to use all of the tiny PE-Parts. If there is somebody out there who can make it – I wish I had his eyes, fingers, tools and patience.

The assembling proceeded without any problems, only the BlackDog accessories set needs some sanding for perfect fit.

What else as a worn winter white camouflage could be a possibility at these days? The almighty hairspraymethod as well was my choice. After spraying different grey tones the whole model was sprayed with hairspray. After some minutes drying I sprayed water diluted Tamiya XF-2 white. Then I was going smoke a cigarette and drunk a cup of coffee, returned back after 30 min and started removing the white colour with an old brush.

Some weathering, mainly with Vallejo-Paints was done for more change of the even looking white colour. Note I do not a heavy weathering with chips or streaks. Only some mud effects were applied.
Enough of boring storys – in fact there were no new or unknown techniques I used. I invite you to simplify matters looking the pics and have fun (or not).

Anyway, I plan a simple vignette with using a great painted figure by my friend Xavi Ruiz Xavi has now his own blog  ---->

Asap I will show you the whole scene.

See you later!

Montag, 9. August 2010

A trip to Switzerland

Last weekend I was together with my girlfriend at Birmenstorf (near to Zürich) at Switzerland. We had some interresting days, visit Zürich and last but not least a very big and impressive Show of hundreds of military vehicles at Birmerstorf. The event "CONVOY TO REMEBMER" was a great show. Here the link to the offical homepage:

A absolute awesome event was the DC-3 with real jumping paratroopers. Wow. I´ve never seen something like this..and the sound of the engines was real impressive too.

Here some of my pics from the event.


Some very interresting impressions of mud..



And finally the pics of the DC-3 Dakota, the jumping paratroopers and succesful said..a great moment of the whole show:

So many impressions for go back to modelling! :-)