A battle scene during the Great Northern War 1700 - 1721

A battle scene during the Great Northern War 1700 - 1721

Thursday, February 26, 2015

WWII didn't end in 1945...

Pictures of my last "old" diorama. This time a "What-if" or "Luftwaffe-46" scenario. It's the Focke Wulf Ta-283. The diorama is set in Spring 1946. The Normandy landings was postponed in June 1944 because of bad weather and a later attempt failed. Because of this the German army could send reinforcements to the East and stabilize the front. During 1945 there was a general lull in the fighting because of exhaustion on all sides. There was even talks of an armistice. Now in Spring 1946, the Soviets make a final attempt at ending the war and are advancing ever nearer to Berlin. The Western allies put their hopes on the Italian front and repeated bombing raids on Germany (they have decided not to use the Atom Bomb in Europe, unless absolutely necessary). The Ta-283 is to be used in combat for the first time in another attempt at stopping the Alled bombing campaign.

The aircraft never left the drawing board and we will luckily never know if it would have worked as a combat aircraft.

I have painted the panel lines too sharp. Perhaps fix this sometime... The aircraft kit used is made by Huma Modell.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Soviet made artillery in the Saharan desert

Another old little diorama in 1/72. A Soviet made 122 mm M-30 howitzer in Egyptian service during the Six Days War in 1967 or the following War of Attrition until 1970.
The howitzer were used extensively by the Soviets during WWII and large numbers found their way to the Middle East in the 1950s and 60s.

The M-30 and two of the crew are by Zvezda. The figures have been slightly modified to look like Egyptians rather than Soviets in WWII.

The third figure is from Esci's Warsaw Pact Troops.

Ammo box is scratch built by myself (from matches and plastic sheet).

1 Divisione corazzata "M"

My first post for a very long time. Thought I catch up and post pictures of an old little diorama depicting a Pz IV serving the Italian unit 1 Divisione corazzata "M" during exercises in 1943. The "M" stands for Mussolini. It was a Black Shirt armoured unit equipped with German AFVs (Pz IV, Pz III, Stug III). It never saw any combat as a unit and didn't oppose the overthrow of Mussolini in July 1943.

The tank is the old Esci/Italeri with some minor improvements (on the turret and the driver's hatch). The Italian tank crew figures are made by Waterloo 1815.

How would the Italians have performed if they had been equipped with better tanks and other heavy equippent from the start?