Tuesday, January 16, 2018

German Rocketship X-M

Zvezda WWII German elite troops in 1/72nd scale and the Pegasus Rocketship X-M in 1/144 scale.

I think the rocket looks just fine with 1/72nd scale figures and plan to use it with them.  This is not much larger than a 1/72nd scale V2 missile. Maybe I can use this fictional rocket as a V-8 missile for Weird War Two or Luftwaffe 46 scenarios!  Many of the German scientists were working towards Moon rockets prior to World War Two, perhaps a German crew on Rocketship X-M would have better luck on Mars than the America team?

Monday, January 15, 2018

Bofors, Germans, and a Clock Tower

Zvezda Elite Germans set.  I use the individual bases, but they offer a large base for all the troops together.

Zvezda 40mm Bofors gun, with Caesar Miniatures German AA Gun Crew.  Two standing men are not glued down.

Bofors, elite troops and Wal-Mart Christmas clock tower.

The clock tower makes a nice city center or can be placed near city hall, or in a park.

It's a good tall building.

So it works well for a sniper location or for artillery observation teams to adjust fire.

Less than $10, fully assembled, and painted.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Zvezda SS Troops

Zvezda German Elite Troops, in 1/72nd scale.

Basically, SS troops.

With a submachine gun.

This officer is obviously in close proximity to the enemy, he is looking through binoculars, but has his pistol ready.

Two of these men in the set, both with bayonets affixed.

Kneeling rifleman.  These figures fit together very well, have no flash, and take regular model glue.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

German Bofors 40mm Gun

 After I came across this picture on the Internet, I knew I had to do something about it.

 Then this model came out!

WWII Bofors guy by Zvezda, in 1/72nd scale soft plastic.

Just as Caesar Miniatures released 1/72nd scale German Anti-Aircraft crews!

So I built the kit right out of the box and instead of the British crew, I used Germans.

The kit is excellent, like is usually the case for Zvezda.  It fits together well, and takes regular model glue perfectly.

After the Caesar figures are washed with soap and warm water they take gap filling super glue just fine.  If you don't wash them, the glue won't hold.

The Caesar figures come with sheet plastic, with punch outs to make the bases.  I scruff the base up with a sanding stick so it's not so shiny and glue the figures down with super glue. The clear also had some odd clear plastic film on it, I peeled that off before use.

My plan is to give my Germans a battery of four of these guns.  The British crews will likely be transferred to the American Army for the Interwar period.  There are two different seated figures.  I put a drop of regular model glue on the seat and a drop of gap filling super glue on the figure bottom and the combination seemed to work.

The Germans captured them in Poland, France, and Norway and used them both on land and on sea.  They also manufactured a few near the end of the war.