Archive for March, 2011

March comes in as a Lion or Lamb?

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

In light of recent natural disasters or man-made, I wasn’t sure about writing or not this month…with the 8.9 earthquake that hit Japan or the one that hit Christchurch, New Zealand and not to mention the fighting going on in Libya or unrest across the Middle East.

Makes you wonder about the statement; “wars and rumors of wars” or “there will be famines and earthquakes in various places”?

Speaking of war, I finally finished my King Tiger tank project called; “The Road to St Vith”.  This diorama portrays an SdKfz 182 Königstiger tank assigned 2/Kompanie, Schwere Panzer Abteilung 506; (Heavy Tank Battalion 506 or s.Pz.Abt.506) supporting the Grenadier-Regiment 294 (18.Volks-Grenadier Division) just outside Andler, Belgium.  The sPzAbt 506 were the only Heer (Regular Army) King Tiger unit to be engaged in the Ardennes Offense of December 1944 – Wacht am Rhein.

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The King Tiger was straight from Dragon’s 1/35 Kingtiger (Battle of Bulge) kit except I added zimmerit from an after-market kit from Eduard.Yep, there’s sixteen figures;  four came with kit other four from Dragon’s German Combat Unit, Ardennes 1944/45, four from Academy Models WW-II German Infantry ’44  and the tank figures came from MiniArt Models German Tank Crew Winter ’43-’45. 

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I knew I needed a barbed wire fence, but didn’t want to spend the money on another “kit.” 

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So after reading articles on-line, I was able to scratch build the fences.  The following on-line article was the best…

http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Sections&file=index&req=viewarticle&artid=107 

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The project took about eight months to complete, between hunting, Christmas, and the Honey-Do lists.Hope all is well on each of your fronts and take care…

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Until next time,

Andy