Archive for May, 2014

More 15mm tanks from Plastic Soldier Company,but this time with

single tracks :).The PSC box comes with 5 Cromwells and plenty

of choice to make each vehicle different. I have added some different

crew and stowage made from cheese cloth again. Some of the cheese cloth

has scatter stuck on to make it appear like foliage. One small

criticism of the PSC model is that the front glacial(location of

45 and Black Bull) plate of the Cromwell is very narrow making it

hard as hell to fit a decal on.

My Cromwells belong to 11th Armoured Division but are 2nd Northamptonshire

Yeomanry as they provided Recce along with 15/19th Kings Royal

Hussars.

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Enjoy 🙂
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Joining my 3 Fireflys are the meat and veg of the Allied

tank force the Shermans. M4A4`s to be exact and made by

Plastic Soldier. You get 5 plastic tanks for £18.95 and lots

of detail. My only issue was the tracks that come is 3 parts

and are a nightmare to be honest. It seems later kits have now

been changed to one solid plastic cast of the tracks, most likely

due to people like me moaning.

Anyway as before the Shermans are marked up as 11th Armoured Division,

23rd Hussars Regiment.

Click on picky to get a bigger size.

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Hope you like them ?

I`m going to stick with 11th Armoured Division as I build my Normandy bocage

and terrain boards(I`ve actually already started but as of yet to got round

to getting the photos up) and I need some Cromwells and Stuarts. According

to my info 11th Armoured Division had 44 Stuarts,71 Cromwells, 175 Shermans,

36 Fireflys,28 Crusaders and 3 Valentines.So I better get building.

Decided to make my Jagdpanther blend in a bit more

with a bit of camo. Take a few bits of electrical wire

and twist them together to make the branches. Next paint

them brown(couple of coats will be needed) and they stick on

your flock with pva glue. I painted lighter colours(yellows and

browns) onto the flock before sticking it on. I then got me a bit

of cheese cloth and dipped it in a mixer of Agrax wash and green

paint and then dried it in the conservatory for a camo net. Now

just stick your camo net onto your vehicle and thread through the

branches.

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I have left this camo net hang loose but you can apply it slightly

damp and mold it to the vehicle shape.

Just finished by Battlefront plastic Jagdpanther and I`m very

pleased with it. The cheaper plastic kit(there is a metal version) is

just as good and comes with a ruined building(not shown). Once again I

really could not be bothered getting the airbrush out for a couple of

minutes use and then spending an hour cleaning it so free hand time

with the camouflage.

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The interesting part about this small project for me was the bocage

itself. I knew what bocage was and have been all over Normandy and seen

the stuff first hand. What was compelling was the constant argument on

various forums about should bocage have stone at the bottom of it ? Well

the first hand and most accurate answer is yes and no. Some bocage is built

up on age old(Middle ages or later) walls and some is not. Quite often stone is

used on hill sections of bocage and deep cuttings. Farmers in general clear fields

and push stone to the side and leave it. It is then overgrown by weeds and becomes

part of the bank/hedge.

The second compelling bit of information I came across after reading up on the

subject was the way enemy tanks were killed in the bocage. First initial thought

was great big dirty tank destroyer behind a hedge kills all(the Jagdpanther for example),

but you couldn’t be more wrong.

In bocage country 54% of tank kills were caused by gunfire(tank,anti tank,td and arty),

20% by mines,13% by non combat(stuck in mud or mechanical failure),7% by Panzerfaust

and the remaining 6% by miscellaneous.

If we then look at the 54% in more detail ,Britsh and American studies show that half

of theses kills were attributed to Stugs and by direct frontal penetration at an

average 800 yards. Forget the Jagdpanthers,Panzer I`Vs,PAK 43 man handled and arty the Stug

was the main man in the bocage!

Anyway I`m building a Normandy board as we speak to look out for hand crafted bocage with

and without stones and a few lurking Stugs.