Sunday, September 16, 2012

Jagdtiger - "Eine Fliege in Meinem Kaffee"

Sd.Kfz.186 Jagdtiger 3./Schwere Abteilung 653 - "Eine Fliege in Meinem Kaffee" ("A Fly in My Coffee") - March, 1945 - Two 3./Schwere Abteilung 653 Jagdtigers were abandoned on Landauer Strasse in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse. Jagdtiger 331 was left in the middle of the street, while Jagdtiger 323 was parked in a courtyard opposite. Both vehicles had been abandoned due to damage to their final drives, probably as a result of a battle in Neustadt on March 22.

Jagdtiger 331 was captured, inspected, then famously shipped to Aberdeen Proving Grounds for study, trials, and eventually public display.


This is the Dragon 1/35 kit (#6285 - Review Here) with Eduard Photoetch, an Eduard correct length metal barrel, Fruil tracks, Tamiya motorcycle, Verlinden cobblestone street, lamp and sidewalk, and a mix of Verlinden and Warriors figures. It was built to model the less infamous of the two Jagdtigers found in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, #323 which was abandoned across the street from #331.

Modifications include the removal of the front and rear mud guards (fenders), and weld beads added in the correct areas of the entire vehicle using Evergreen styrene, Tamiya cement, and a Dremel tool. The model is painted with Tamiya acrylics in an ambush scheme, and has been finished and weathered with a combination of homemade filters and washes, and MIG pigments. The figures are finished with Vallejo acrylics and Archer transfers.

With this model, I attempted to set the hypothetical scene in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse on the morning of March 22, 1945. The Jagdtigers are positioned in strategic locations in the village awaiting orders for the day. Enjoying their morning coffee, the crew of #323 visits with a Feldgendarmerie, discussing the strategic situation, when the Jagdtiger commander realizes he has a little more than he bargained for with his sugar and cream...

#331 and #323 in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse

Jagdtiger #323

Jagdtiger #331

Jagdtiger #331

Jagdtiger #331 (Real color photo?)


Jagdtiger #331

Jagdtiger #331


Jagdtiger #331

Jagdtiger #331 (1950s/1960s repaint?)


 Jagdtiger #331

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.F2(G) - Tunisia, 1942

DRMM presents the Pz.IV F2 of Pz.Rgt.8, 15.Pz.Div., Tunisia, 1942.

This is the Dragon "Smart Kit", painted in a 4:4:3 ratio of Tamiya Desert Yellow, Tamiya Dark Yellow, and Tamiya Deck Tan. The decals are from the kit, with the exception of the Afrika Korps logos which are from the Archer Dry Transfers range. Fruil tracks were used in place of the Dragon Magic Tracks. The model was weathered with a various combination of MIG filters, washes and pigments.

Finally, the figure is from Doug's Original and is finished in Vallejo acrylics.