Thursday, March 29, 2012

Syrian T-62 MBT captured by IDF in East Lebanon 1982

By Francis Lee

Tamiya 1/35 scale T-62A MBT

Video of this diorama

Syrian army lost of T-62 were heavy during wars. The Israelis captured several hundred of these tanks from the Syrians and put them into service. These Israelis troops got a T-62 in good condition during fighting in East Lebanon in 1982.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

RAF F-2A2 Buffalo

By Francis Lee

1/72 Airfix Scale Model

In 1939, some 170 Buffalo were ordered by RAF and flown alos by RAAF & RNZAF in defence of Malaysia and Singapore. A lost of these were shot down by Japanese Zero and Hayabusa (Oscar) and captured by Japanese army.


Sunday, March 25, 2012

Airfix F-2A1 Buffalo of US Navy

By Francis Lee

Model: Airfix 1/72 scale F-2A1 Buffalo

I bought this kit in around 1987, luckily the decals are still able to use, the kit does not come with a box but just a clear plastic bag to store everything inside. It was the first & the last time I saw this kind of packing of Airfix model. As usual I need to fill up some gaps all around but it still fun to build up such an old kit after all.


Rework of weathering of P-47 Thunderbolt

By Francis Lee

Model: 1/48 Scale, Otaki/ Arii kit

It was fallen on ground & broken more than a year and recently I rebuilt it and rework of weathering on Thunderbolt surface.

Russian BT-5 tank & thirsty driver

By Francis Lee

Model:1/35 scale, Zvezda kit of BT-5 & Tamiya kit of Kubelwagen

It was october 1941, a BT-5 Russian tank got lost somewhere near Moscow. The thirsty tank driver looked for water but upset by empty water cans.


Saturday, March 10, 2012

StuG Diorama

by Aaron Weidenkeller

                                 This is the diorama I made with my StuG III.
                                 It is called "Endfight 1945" and takes place at the eastern front.

                                 The construction report is shown in the YouTube clip down below.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Panzer IV platoon.

by Kasper Fischer

My first 1/100 platoon for my first Flames of War army.

 I love gaming. Especially strategic or tactical games. I have played about a million games of Risk and Axis & Allied through the years. Now I mostly play computer games but it's still tactical games, like Company of Heroes. I have been looking at wargames videos on YouTube searching for modelling channels and I became real curious about the miniature game, called Flames of War.

Flames of War is a World War II game, where you play company commander and have to carry out either an offensive or defensive mission. It's not really realistic and the rules are a bit strange from time to time but I have joined a local club and have been trying it out the last couple of months. I really like it and have decided to build my first army.

The game is made by a company, called Battlefront and they manufacture almost every WWII vehicle made in the war but they are very expensive. With all my other hobby projects, I don't really need another money pit so I have been looking for a cheaper option. The scale is 15mm or 1/100 and as you guys properly know, it's not easy to find models in that scale. New manufactures are starting to appear with much cheaper kits.

Plastic Soldier is one of the new companies. They have started to make a range of armoured vehicles and infantry but are mostly focused on German late war tanks. Because of that, I have decided to start with a German Panzer company and I have made a test platoon of Pz IV's to see how good the kits are. I most say I really impressed by the quality. The box comes five kits for €22, which I think is a really good deal and the details are real crisp looking.

The unpainted tanks from Plastic Soldier.
I have added some over-sized antennas to make them more robust for gaming.

It took me two nights to complete the five tanks and I'm really pleased how they came out. They are only a test platoon and they will not be included in the final army list because I didn't have the right decals for the numbers and such. I have also since decided to add magnets in the turrets for safer handling during gaming and I don't want to after install them in the finished models.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

"Ammunition for the beast"

by Michael Rieß

The diorama shows a Tiger I of the initial production series near Leningrad in January 1943.
Some crew members left the tank, the two remaining guys started to resupply the tank.

The Tiger I kit is from Dragon, the figures were made out of several different bits.
The telegraph pole and the fence are from MiniArt.

Type 1 Hayabusa at Kumagaya Flying School 1945.

by Francis Lee

1/72 Hasegawa Scale Model

These Hayabusa (Oscar) and Isuzu fuel truck are classic kits of Hasegawa. I bought them while I was at high school and I build them recently.

The diorama setting was base on the decals data I got that flying schools planes turn to become Japan Mainland Air Defence Force to intercept B-29 in 1944-45. This Kumagaya Flying School is located in Saitama prefecture which is just behind Tokyo, so it is good place to set up flying team to shoot down US bombers that came to bomb Tokyo area.

Video of this diorama.

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