Saturnismus

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StuG again

I just converted an resin Warlord Games 1/56 StuG III G to a late version Finnish Sturmi.
The new plastic version is probably an better starting point but it turned out ok. I basically used the same method as for my 1/100 version but with some added details.
I’ll just add some pictures, hopefully they are self-explanatory.

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Hopefully I’ll get around to paint it up soon.

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Warlord Games T-26E

Recently I received the new T-26E from Warlord Games which is quite a nice model with crisp details and very little flash or bubbles, it also assembles quickly, there are 4 resin pieces and 5 pewter ones.

However there is a major flaw with the turret hatches though, instead of a big round spilt hatch there are two smaller hatches instead, just like on the T-26 obr/39.  See Andreas Lärkas site for some references.

T-26E or upgunned Finnish Vickers 6 ton light tank

The Warlord Games Finnish T-26E asembled. The erroneous turret hatches are in clear view.

It was quite easy to fix with some plasticard though, and I also added a periscope and a protectional plate for the exhaust.

T-26E modified.

The T-26E with a scratch built hatch and scope.

As the rivet counter I am, I was very close to add some missing rivets too (mainly on the sides of the superstructure and on the top part of the turret), but wisely enough I skipped that.

I’m also a bit unsure on how well the rear engine deck compares to reality but I couldn’t find any good reference pictures so I left it as it except that I removed the “signal horn” (?) from there.

Next up I will try to paint it up and at the same time review Warlord Games Finnish decals.

Cobwebs and dust…

Hello anybody here?

Where did all this dust come from?…

Well, let’s see if I can start posting again, I won’t promise any regular posts but I’ll se if I can post a review or two on resent purchases and stuff at least.

Because as usual I’ve been side-tracked, this time by a certain Winter War Kickstarter that is adding on to my unpainted lead-pile.

Hopefully I can find some opponents for Chain of Command or Bolt Action, but in the mean time I will collect and hopefully paint some 28mm for a change, of course there are millions of unfinished 15mm projects that hopefully can get some attention too.

 

SA-kuva

SA-kuva website

SA-kuva website

Old news for some of you I guess, but me having limited internet access at the moment, makes me lag behind a bit.
But now it’s here at last, the Finnish defense force picture archive, 160000 digitized wartime pictures available at sa-kuva.fi !
No more is needed to say, pop over there right away!

Slow but busy…

Not much happening here unfortunately, I can blame it on having a baby, changing job, moving and renovating, but in reality getting hooked up on World of Tanks is my main distraction, but hopefully I’ll get back to the fold soon.

Viking Summer But at least I haven’t added to my lead mountain that much, but I have kept stacking up on books, most recently “Viking Summer: 5.SS-Panzer-Division in Poland”, an excellent little book on the vehicles involved in the 1944 fighting, with a lot of color profiles and photos.

This year and the next ones is filled with new book-releases on the 5th SS.

A part from the afore-mentioned 3-part series by Charles Trang (the first part is available for preorder with a scheduled release date of december 19th), Marc Rikmenspoel has an upcoming two-part series under the working title “Sunwheels & Siegrunen: Wiking, Nordland, Nederland and the Germanic Waffen-SS in Photos” that will feature around 1400 photos.

Also in Mark C. Yerger’s series on “German Cross in Gold Holders of the SS and Police” the next two volumes (7 & 8) will be on the Wiking division, hopefully getting at least one volume out this year.

Hitlers SwedesAnd lastly Lars T. Larsson’s book “Hitler’s Swedes” should be published on June 1st.

Hopefully this will be it on Wiking related stuff, otherwise I won’t have any money left to spend on miniatures!

Mission accomplised!

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Sappers more or less finished!
I’ll add a few more and base them as soon that I return home, and also add some T34-85s.

Speedpainting!

I’m on a 5 day conferance and I have brought almost a complete engineer sapper battalion to paint in the evenings!
I managed to prime them the night before I left and have made some progress so far, my goal is to finish them off before the week is over, I’m progressing quite good, probably because I don’t have any other stuff with me to distract me…

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A long, long time ago…

…since I posted on my blog, apologies for that, but sometimes life get in the way. Hopefully I’ll be able to post a bit more regularly now.

As always I have a lot of unfinished projects to share, the most current is the Soviet Engineer sappers I’m waiting on to arrive.

Since I’m very much into on the visual aspect of  building armies and like to fiddle around, my plan is to mate some Battlefront Engineer-Sappers with the Plastic Soldier Company  Soviet Heavy Weapons box to have HMG and Mortar crews with body armour. This is probably not historically accurate but I want them to blend in visually.
Hopefully I’ll be able to pull it off, but right now I’m still waiting for my toys.

Charles Trangs upcoming Wiking books

Speaking of waiting, I’m very eagerly awaiting on the upcoming  3-part book series on the 5th SS Wiking division from Editions Heimdal written by Charles Trang. I’ll have to be patient until December 2015 for the complete series though, since they will be released annually starting with part one in December 2013…
But at least Santa knows what to bring for Christmas the next couple of years.

Some more conversion work on the T-50 and a Marder II Ausf D

I’m in a conversion mood right now, it’s usually easy to tell by the amount of glue on my fingers…

Well here’s a few WIP shots on the T-50 tank and a older projekt, a Marder II SdKfz 132 based on a Skytrex Pz II Ausf D.

45 degree view of the Marder. the "turret" is temporary stuck in place with "blu-tac".

My plan is to build 3 of these for my 1942 Wiking lists, we’ll see if I ever finish them…

Side view of the Marder and the T-50 to which I've built the turret since the last post.

I need to put a longer barrel on the Marder, I put a spare StuG barrel on it now but it’s way to short.

 

Plasticard adventures

Another one of my projects is to try to scratch build a T-50 “Pikkusotka” tank for my Finns.

I’ve been gathering some drawings and even a paper model but spurred of a post in the Flames of War forum I’ve started the construction.

So far I’ve done the basic hull and the superstructure, I think it looks ok so far considering it is my first real scratch built tank.

A few pictures with it’s bigger brother the T-34 as comparision. It isn’t that much bigger so I hope I got my scales right….

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Front view

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45 degree view

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Rear view

When i finally mange to get it ready, Battlefront will probably make an T-50 and include it in the Barbarossa book…