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Michi
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 8:19 pm    Post subject: SdKfz 232 in 1/48 Reply with quote

The Frog/Bandai SdKfz 232 finished today:














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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Super ! Nice weathering , and still with nice clean paint job underneath.
The infantryman is real nice too

Wish I could paint like that
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow-great model! Very nicely done.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovley work Michi! I have one from Solido I spent $40( Shocked) on that still needs detaling. I must ask what that thing is on the front, when I get around to detailing mine I think may want to add one. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Janick wrote:
I must ask what that thing is on the front, when I get around to detailing mine I think may want to add one. Very Happy


I am not that deep in WW2. I´m sure, there are experts in here, who know exactly what it is, but to me it looks like a ramshield or additional front armour of some sort. Ugly in my eyes, but cool somehow...


Done a bit more this saturday. Second Protze, Goliath, StuG III and Schwimmwagen finished:












Note the following numbers on the license plates. The "6" on the right one is handpainted...
















I broke the plastic steering wheel and had to rebuild it by wire. Colourbottle is for size comparison:

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2008 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought it might be a rammer like you said...but great weathering, I love all the rust, grime, and dust. The two trucks look fantastic, I also like the little goliath.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2008 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

they look real!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2008 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely work Michi!

Love the dusty veteran look of the vehicles. Will you add stowage such as ammoboxes,tarps and buckets later on?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2008 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow Michi, awesome stuff!
Love the gradual tones of the grime.

(Btw that "prow" is additional armour, as they found that the front was often too easily penetrated, if I recall correctly. As to why they mounted it so far outward, I've no idea. Inevitably crews quickly discovered it was an ideal place to cram all kinds of junk in.)

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2008 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Erik! I was wondering why I never saw a lot of SdKfz 232 with those on them...

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2008 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Janick,

Wasn't entirely sure, so I had a root round to check my facts:
It is indeed an additional armour plate, 8mm thick, retrofitted to many 231's. They started adding this thing early 1940.
They stopped doing it on 231's produced from May 1942 onward, when they upped the frontal armour of the turret and body to 30mm. This added nearly a (metric) tonne to the vehicles weight. (Don't know the earlier thickness, sorry. One source claims 15mm at the most, but that seems awfully flimsy to me.)

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2008 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yekke wrote:
Will you add stowage such as ammoboxes,tarps and buckets later on?


No, I won´t. All will be kept as it is without crew and storage and with hatchets closed as parked (or in combat). The vehicles will be used for different purposes, including pulp scenarios like Indiana Jones, where bad Nazis are more needed than authentical fighting troops... Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2008 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic Michi. I love them.
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