Monday, June 26, 2017

T34 Conversion

Another Roco ARV conversion.

Sometimes the Russian built a box over the opening, not unlike many German ARVs.

I use a few bits of sheet styrene for the box.

Then I put another small, removable piece of sheet styrene and put tools and supplies on it.

Dismounted it makes up a small machine shop.

Band saw or drill press from a model railroad store.

Soviet Jeep with Roco Kubelwagen.

Side view.

Sunday, June 25, 2017


Easy ARV conversion.  The Soviets used many old T34 hulls as towing vehicles for disabled vehicles or those stuck in the mud.

Take and M113 hatch and glue it on the top of the T34 where the turret used to be located.

Glue the boom from the M577 along the turret ring.

Add a "steel" unditching beam.

And an extra resin cast road wheel.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Land Battleship

This tank reminded me of this vehicle.  It seemed perfect for my 1938 US Army. 

They had some very nice clear parts.

I used the Model Master Clear Parts Glue for it.

 All the other plastic parts got Model Master glue.

 Flash free and excellent fit with all the parts.

 Lots of little sub assemblies move.

Instructions were very clear.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Giant Tank

Years ago I ordered two models from Hobby Japan.

They were kept on back order and now they are here.

The parts fit together perfectly.

It is going to be a great tank.

It's a 1/72nd scale science fiction tank from some comic book.  The crew are pig men.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Soviet ARV

These are also bridge launcher tanks.  I went with a simple superstructure.

The cross bars are the Roco clips that hold the underside wheels on the tanks!

A third type of ARV.  One has a Roskopf 14.7mm machine gun on it.

An overhead view.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Soviet Bridge Launchers

More Soviet WWII tank collection photos.

I did a massive upgrade on my T34/76 Roco tanks.

I cast replacement hatches, and roadwheels, and bow machine guns.

Many were missing parts or had droopy cannons, and upside down cannons!

I also made a few more bridge launchers.

I made a simple bridge and added supports to the top of the vehicles, and a life ring on this platoon.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Wespe Artillery

Painting my resin Paul Heiser Models Wespe self propelled guns.

Each battery of six guns gets two ammo carriers.

The primer paint gives a nice even texture to the model and sticks well to the resin.

Models are HO scale.

It was an excellent use of the Panzer II chassis to use it as a self-propelled gun and ammo carrier.

The ammo carrier was almost identical except it had no gun, just more ammo.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Soviet ARVs

Right now my project has been to repair and rehabilitate old Soviet models.

To assemble any unassembled kits.

And to primer paint any unpainted resin or metal kits.

I am also primer painting some of the plastic kits.

Particularly the conversions.  This conversion has a cargo of supplies that is removable, but mounted on a sheet of styrene.  Placed together they form an nice supply dump or maintenance location.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Boom Crane

More T34 armored recovery vehicles.  This time with a more complex cargo space.

Shermans are from Paul Heiser in HO 1/87 scale.

The Soviets used a number of Sherman tanks and they were generally well liked.

This is a Lee / Grant armored recovery vehicle.

Most Soviet ARVs don't have the luxury of a boom crane.