Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Soviet Sappers

Hot on the heels of my questionably clad mortar crew is this rather smarter engineer unit.  These comrades were assembled from an ICM hard plastic kit.  The box proclaims them to be from the Afghan War of 1979-88, while the body armour suggests they have been 'in country' for some time.
Yes there is a dog in the set but I've not painted it yet.
They are nice models.  I replaced the rather fragile handle of this chap's mine detector with steel wire.
All were treated to my usual 'toy soldier' paintwork - complete with mad staring eyes!
The mule seems a rather camera shy.

And here they are on one of my 4-inch steel bases as used in Little Cold Wars games.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

PM-43 120mm mortar - part 2

Following on from this earlier post, I have finally completed the mortar and it's crew.  Though clad in uniforms from WW2  - or rather the Great Patriotic War - I carried out a 'paint conversion' exercise and painted them in the camo scheme introduced in the 1970s.  As usual with toys in this scale (1/35) I have gone for a 'toy soldier' finish.  They look OK to me.

These two photos show the mortar with 3 crew figures and mounted on a 4-inch square steel base as used in my Little Cold Wars game.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Kicking up a Rakete - part 2

Here is the completed Rakete.  Remember that most of the paint was there before I started.   I managed to nearly match the shade.
The crosses and numbers were sourced from the decal box.
They obey what Ian Drury calls 'Gow's Third Law'.
That is - the less plausible the conversion the bigger the black crosses need to be.

Quite a successful bodge I think!
Those SS-11 should give the Forbodian Peoples' Army something to think about.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Kicking up a Rakete - part 1

Regular readers will be aware that I have of late been scouring the planet for vehicles in 1/48ish scale for my Little Cold Wars project.  In the course of this search I noticed a small range of Tamiya models in just this scale.  The range included a Jagdpanzer Kanone - just the thing for my West Germans.  I expected a fairly basic kit but when the thing arrived (a little over £10 including shipping from the Far East) it emerged from the box in the condition you see below.
This is an image from the Tamiya website but I can assure you that my Kanone looks identical.  Being a motorised model the tracks are a little chunky but that aside it's a lovely thing.  In term of scale it works out nearer to 1/40 but I can live with that.
It soon occurred to me (as it had to the 1960s Bundeswehr) that a 90mm gun is all very well but what if these new-fangled guided missiles catch on?  Their solution was the Jagdpanzer Rakete with the 'kanone' replaced by er, 'raketes...'  SS-11 to be precise.

I decided to copy those clever Germans and another model was soon on order.
When it arrived I set to work removing the gun and it's mantlet.  I had expected this to involve a great deal of razor saw action but the gun assembly turned out to be a separate part which was easily(ish) prised off.
Missiles were aircraft weapons sourced from the spares box.  The periscopes and bow MG (not fitted to all such vehicles) were adapted from 1/76 scale truck axles.  So far so good.  I'd better paint the thing.

Sorry about the title.  OK so the spelling is different but it was too good to ignore.  Musical link here.