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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.

 

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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…

Aerosan objective (somewhat) finished

My aerosan objective is finished, I’m not too happy about the snow because the aerosan looks more snowed in than flying over it in high speed but I guess that thats kinda hard to achieve in small scale modelling…

Also I really need to build myself a lightbox, I had problems touching up the exposure, it seems to be harder when photographing white objects .

Some air support

QRF Fiat G.50 in finnish colors

I recently finished a  1/100 Fiat G.50 from QFR.

It’s in fictive markings.

The QRF G.50 is of the closed cockpit type so I have sawed up it and added a Peter Pig “Soviet tank crew” head.

I still need to get some flying bases.

SMGs, give me SMGs…

Converted BF dismounted cossacks

In my hunt for more SMG poses for my Finns I’ve grabbed a blister of Soviet cossacks, they are the best source I’ve found this far, just a headswap, remove the stirrups, split the tunic in front, remove some of the bagginess from the trousers, and add a bread bag for a good looking champion of the wilderness…

The DP-26 LMGs are an nice bonus, now I have more than enough of them.

Sturmi “pimping” completed

Now I’ve put the finishing touches to my late Sturmi conversion, so here’s a few pictures.

I had planned to do a step to step documentation but I kinda got “carried away”.

Together with Listys guide on the Flames of War forum and the early Sturmi conversion I posted before, most steps should be covered, but each image below does contain some useful notes.

Sturmi ‘pimping’ in progress

WIP of a Sturmi as it may have appeared in late August 1944.

In addition to my earlier Sturmi posts I have now started to do a somewhat later conversion of the Finnish StuG III.

In late August 1944 some of the Sturmis where completely modified, while some, like in this case, still lacked a few of them.

This particular Stumi lacks the reinforcement plate for the loader and the plates that reinforced the commanders cupola, but otherwise most of them should be in place, inclusive the protective visor for the drivers hatch.

I Still need to add the side reinforcements and convert some crewmen but otherwise it should be completed, except for the painting…

Some random conversions

Just a few conversion I’ve been fiddling with lately, a prone LMG guy and an engineer clipping up a gap in an barbed wire obstacle, both based on the prone NCO from the various Finnish blisters.

They still lack some green stuff to fill up some gaps.

The DP-27 LMG is from the Soviet motorcycle with sidecar blister.

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A couple of converted Finns.

Scouts

The long range patrol I was working on will end up as an platoon of LW scouts from the new list.
A whole platoon of soldiers in cammo smocks is  probably not that historical, but they look nice and they stand out nicely from the rest of the army.
Now I just need to figure out how to base them, I’ve been thinking about  adding a lot of bushes and birch trees to the bases but I’ll see if it’s doable.

Here’s a pic of the first bunch of ’em, my fingers still hurt from the headswapping… I resignated at the end and added a few ones using steel helmets from the Battlefront german heads sprue. I got the “German Combat Cap” heads from Peter Pig but they proved to be to thin to mix in nicely.

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Finnish Scouts, based on the Soviet dito.

Sturmi conversion

Since I’ve started my second Sturmi I figured that I could do a step-for-step guide for the conversions needed.

Materials/tools used:

  • A Battlefront GE123 StuG IIIG
  • Some 0,75mm styrene rod
  • Some 0,5mm styrene sheet strips
  • A sharp hobby-knife
  • Some superglue
  • Some thin brass-sheet
  • Thin wire
The original StuG resin hull.

The original StuG resin hull.

This conversion is for early summer 1944, logs and other hull reinforcements where made later.

Ok what needs to be done to upgrade the standard StuG to a glorious Sturmi?

  1. Using a sharp knife carve away the reinforcement wedge in front of the commander cupola. Resin chips of easily, use this to you advantage.
  2. Cut of the spare road wheels carefully from the rear hull. They tend to snap of and fly a couple of meters so be ready to look where they land! Don’t worry so much for the marks left after the road-wheels, this area will be covered by a stowage box.
  3. Clean the hull from any residues and prepare it by removing flash and so on.
  4. Glue the road wheels to each side of the superstructure. If you cant find them, then there are spare road-wheels included in the German stowage pack from Battlefront.
  5. Cut the styrene rod into thin (approx. 0.5mm) slices, you will need 24 of these, but since they are tiny you better cut up a few extras. Glue them to the front plates in rows of 6. By the way, you can skip this step since a few of the StuGs had welded on armor reinforcements.
  6. Cut a stowage box that is apox. 4x6x18mm in dimension of the styrene strips and glue it in place to the rear part of the hull.
  7. Cut a few 0,7mm wide strips of the brass-sheet and bend then to make the mounts for the road wheels and the stowage box.
  8. Cut a piece of wire and bend it into a crank, then mount it on the back plate of the StuG.
  9. Now your Sturmi is “Finnished”! Except that is for the usual stuff of mounting the barrel and tracks and the whole painting part of course. Also the MG mounted in the loaders shield should be a Soviet DT-27 MG instead of the German MG-34 provided, I haven’t found any substitute for it yet though.
The StuG has transformed like a beautiful butterfly into a Sturmi.

The StuG has transformed like a beautiful butterfly into a Sturmi.

Sources:

  • “The Sturmgeschütz in Finnish Service”
    Andreas Lärka,  http://www.andreaslarka.net/sturmi.html
  • “Suomalaisten rynnäkkötykkien kohtalot”
    Erkki Käkelä & Andreas Lärka, WSOY, 2006, ISBN 951-0-31423-4
  • “Laguksen rynnäkkötykit”
    Erkki Käkelä , WSOY, 1996, ISBN 951-0-21291-1