Tuesday, April 19, 2016

NEW Build
Alliance Model Works - Sd.Kfz. 9 - FAMO with 88mm FlaK 37
Anti-Tank and Anti-Aircraft Vehicle

I recently purchased a kit I'd wanted for a long time. It is the anti-tank and anti-aircraft vehicle based on the 18 ton FAMO. The pictures of the partially built model are from the internet and are NOT my model. I haven't started my model yet but I thought I'd show you what it might look like as I go.

This is the first installment of a build I hope is fun and challenging. During my progress I'll make more installments as time allows.

(from AuchtungPanzer.com - http://www.achtungpanzer.com/88cm-flak-37-selbstfahrlafette-auf-18-ton-zugkraftwagen.htm)
8.8cm Flak 37 Selbstfahrlafette auf 18 ton Zugkraftwagen

8.8cm Flak 37 Selbstfahrlafette auf 18 ton Zugkraftwagen
8.8cm Flak 37 Selbstfahrlafette auf 18 ton Zugkraftwagen
In 1940, 15 vehicles armed with 88mm Flak 18 were produced using FAMO Sd.Kfz.9 chassis and were used as anti-aircraft vehicles.  In 1942, order was placed by the Luftwaffe and Heer to build 112 8.8cm Flak 37 auf Zgkw 18t.  The vehicle was a Sd.Kfz.9 halftrack mounted with an armored cab and platform to mount the 88mm gun. The gun itself had limited traverse because of the armored cab and could only be fully traversed with the gun elevated. First 14 vehicles were delivered in June and July of 1943, but the order was cancelled and further production did not continue.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Dioramas from Around the Internet

I hope you enjoy these dioramas as much as I do.

Russian ZIS-5 Truck & Captured 3.7cm FLAK 43

This build combined two kits from the John Ford collection. The Truck is a 1996 Alan / Dragon kit and the FLAK gun is an CMK. These were both early production and not very well done. We will be discussion the features at the next meeting.

  I did find some pictures of these old trucks which were used for cargo and as shown carrying AA guns. I rusted it out a little.

The groundwork was a combination of celuclay tinted with acrylic dork brown.  I added crushed rubble stone, broke up sticks of balsa wood and added a resin street corner cobblestone. This was all washed with oils.

Vince B 4-17-16

Friday, April 15, 2016

Great Images of Panther Tanks from Around the Internet

I love German WWII Panthers. Beautifully designed and deadly, they struck fear into their opponents. I hope you enjoy these beautifully crafted model images as much as I do.

None of these are my models or anyone I know. I just liked them. The pictures and models inspire me to learn more about the art I love.


While doing research for my Panther F,  I found a few things on the internet about German WWII Infrared equipment. I thought I'd share. Used on some of their assault rifles, machine guns, tanks and half tracks during WWII, I found this technology to be far ahead of it's time.(Infrarot-Scheinwerfer)

Combat Use - 

Various units received IR Panthers including 116th Panzer Division (3rd company of 24th Panzer Regiment, Western Front, Summer of 1944), Sixth SS Panzer Army (Hungary, early 1945), Panzer Division Muncheberg and Clausewitz.One combat report is by a veteran of 1st SS Panzer Regiment of 1st SS Panzer Division "LSSAH", who states that few Panthers equipped with infrared night-vision devices possibly from 116th Panzer Division were used in 1944/45 during the Ardennes Offensive. In April of 1945, Panthers equipped with IR equipment (solution B) joined Panzer Division Clausewitz and in mid April near Uelzen destroyed entire platoon of British Comet cruiser tanks. Also on April 21st of 1945, same Panthers overran an American anti-tank position on the Weser-Elbe Canal.Most of those reports can’t be confirmed and are questionable.
(from Live Leak http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=7be_1383250165)

Solution A - Commander only had an infrared telescopic sight and search light

Solution B- Commander, driver and gunner all had infrared telescopic sights and search lights.
The photo above shows a Panther Ausf. G equipped with the IR night-sighting device. Power for the unit was supplied by an auxiliary 400 watt generator with a built-in 12 volt battery. The technical specifications of the sight were:
  • Lamp power: 200 watts
  • Lamp diameter: 20cm
  • Focal length of sight: 9cm
  • Field of view: 30 degrees (approx.)
  • Magnifier: 5x
Targets could be aquired to roughly 400m, though the driver could not see more than 100m away. The range of the Panther viewer was therefore not considered adequate, so it was designed to be used in conjunction with the Uhu in groups of five tanks. (see image below)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

The "Vampir" man-portable system for infantrymen was being used with Sturmgewehr 44 assault rifles.

Solution B
being used on a 251 Halftrack (above and below)

Solution A
  example on an equipped museum Panther