Non of the items here are posted with any form of political meaning, content or similar. Everything is displayed with an emphasis on historical correctness, unless stated otherwise. Swastikas and SS-runes are a part of military history, as are David's stars, rising suns, stars & stripes, hamer & scyths etc. If you have a problem with that, please feel free to leave! Political correctness does not live here and I will not be held accountable for hurting any overly sensitive souls that can not handle history.
If you are interested in building scalemodels, study actual military history and the like however, you're most welcome to stay, browse, read and/or comment.

The contents of this blog are mine; the models I built, the ideas I used etc. If you want to use these, I'd appreciate it if you asked permission first and use the contents as they are intended; the making and depicting of scalemodels.
The reference pictures I used were dug up on the internet and I use them only as such. Unfortunately I have no idea where I found them anymore, but many are from German archives. These pictures have their origin still visible on them.

torsdag 9 augusti 2018

Wave Polar Bear 1/20

Work on the mix 'n match diorama is slow progress, but progress nonetheless.
Some far I have been reworking 2 of the Masterbox figures, which turned out to be a real pain. In case of the trooper quite literally so, since I ended up slashing up my left indexfinger, causing me to almost faint. But after my bloodsacrifice to the Gods of Scalemodelling it turned out that it was accepted and they granted me proper results with the sleeves and helmet.

The Polar Bear-pilot received some additions in the form of augmentations to the left side of the head. Off with the mohawk and left ear. I drilled out the left eye and added a vision- and hearing aid plus a metal sheet to the skull. Extra scars will be added later.
In terms of fitting into the suit I had to perform major surgery to the right leg, making the angle much smaller and I had to remove the feet in order to reposition them later.

The suit is being severely reworked in order to show it opened up. I had to cut out the armopenings in order to have the open up outwards and redo the entire midsection, slightly widening the pelvisarea, fixing the legs in place permanently and scratch build an interior, which I made a start with.
I also added a spare missile to the front, ready to be reloaded into the launcher arm.

I also paid some attention to the armament. The missile is made up out of parts of a plastic pen, I added a lasgun-like barrel to the kitrifle and modified a toygun to look bolter-like.

I also added some internal detail to the Knight Warden. I wanted to depict a panel blwon open by an impact, showing some internal damage. Because it gives me a plausible reason to show panels open, since I like that in or on models. Adds a lot more interest and life to them.
The parts come from broken electronic devices, such as computermouse, switchboardwire and 2 Ma.K hoses from the Polar Bear.

fredag 27 juli 2018

Wave Ma.k 1/20 Polar Bear

Allthough I have plenty of projects lying around, I started with yet a new one.... The "problem" is that this one is a multi-kit-project. One of the kits I will use is one from the Maschinen krieger series, being the Polar Bear in 1/20 scale from Wave.

Now I do not have the basic overlook for this kit, but if you are interested in contents and a good inbox review, here you go; cybermodeler review
All I can say is that this kit, albeit basic, is a very good kit, when it comes to casting and fit. I spent 2hrs just cutting and clicking it together. I did not yet clean it up, hence the gaps everywhere, but I could put it together for the most part, just by clicking it together. The fit is that good and the break up of the parts that cleverly thought out!
It basically is all the parts split in 2 lengthwise, which can that be clipped together, using peg and holes, before being plugged into vinyl joints. In the pictures you can see that I placed some of the parts wrong, but that was easily corrected afterwards.

However there are some gripes I have with this kit; one is that the joints are very limited in movement. Arms and legs can not be bent far. Another is that the hips are too narrow for my taste. The kit also lacks details, which would make it more interesting visually, but on the plus side that leaves all the more room for enhancement after personal taste!

The plans I have for this figure, is to open it up and place a pilot inside it. That means a complete rework of the interior, since there is none!

onsdag 25 juli 2018

Games Workshop Imperial Knight Warden

I am no real stranger to the world of 40K, but not a veteran either. I have had some encounters through an old friend of mine, for whom I did some scratchbuilds and recently I have been kind of hooked on sci-fi, fighting robots, suits etc. in the form of Yokohama's Maschinen Krieger or Ma.K in short. It did not take long before I came across the Imperial Knights, whilst browsing the net and I was sold from the beginning!
The looks of this machine, the brutality and just outright awesomeness, the colours and the markings.... I decided there and then that I was going to get one some day. The price however decided that that day would be some time in the economic better future. It is no cheap kit with retailprice just hovering over 1100 SEK.
I have been drewelling over this kit for quite a while and finally I jumped at purchasing one, when I (thought I) got a good deal. Turns out that the seller "forgot" to mention he was selling a deboxed one without the original decals.....
Nevertheless, when it got delivered I could not wait to have a go at it, hence I forgot to take pictures of what I got!! So I took the liberty of taking and using the pictures from the official Games Workshop website. I do not think they would object....

When I opened the package I was impressed by the sheer volume of the spruce, the size of the parts and the look of them. Stunned is a better word really. The casting an detail is superb!! Now I was even more bummed out that the decals were not there, since that prevented me from doing the version as is shown.
What I quickly found out is that the plastic is very workable and the fit matches the casting and detail; top notch. The kit literally falls together after minimal cleanup. You can actually pretty much build its major components and assemble them without glue. Fits like a snapkit!
During the build, whilst still being annoyed about the decals, an idea started to take form... It would mean that I would not build this kit as intended by me..... or even Games Workshop! But I'll show you more of that in a future post. For now I will stick to the kit itself.
The breakup of the parts is done cleverly, so that most connections are in places where panels etc. would be anyway. You will end up with a lot of spareparts as well, as the Warden sprue is an addition to the original Imperial Knight kits, which are still included.

All the subassemblies

The weapons of choice

And this beast is huge!!
Comparisson to a 1/20 Ma.k!
...and still being able to break down in the subassemblies shown.

As for the price.... Well, yeah... Pricey. But worth every penny of crown. Just compare it to kits that are similar sized. Especially here in Europe.

fredag 27 april 2018

Nitto P.K.A. 1/20 became Hagglunds UPI61(p)

I have been planning on this for a while, but now my P.K.A. finally became Swedish! It became a Hagglunds UPI61(p) - Utrustning Pionjär Individuell 1961 prototyp (standing for Equipment Pioneer Individual).
It was painted in Tamiya's German grey and I replaced the large box by a tank. It just did not look right. The tank is painted in Tamiya's Olive drab. Via a Swedish scalemodelling facebook group I got hold of some Swedish markings and the "4" came from the sparesbox, as did the text on the tank (a Sd.Kfz.251 stencil in 1/35).
A first coat of dark wash was applied and now I am working my way toward weathering. Since it is to depict a new vehicle/suit, damages and weathering will be kept to a minimum.

fredag 6 april 2018

P.K.A. panzer kampf Anzug - Nitto 1/20

The Falke-project has been put on ice for the time being, due to lack of inspiration. Instead I went for another project in the Maschinen Krieger-theme, but a much smaller one; A single person armored suit in the form of the PKA-kit.
Now this is an older kit, coming from Nitto and it showed in the fit. Not as good as Wave, but still acceptable and with a little care and filler it will turn out ok still. However much of tjhe detail is (very) soft, like the pilot's bust. A typical example of 70's casting, strongly resembling Tamiya's from the day. Quite early on I decided to do something different with this one, based on the figure's helmet, the clawlike hands and some modeljunk I got. This one was to become not a fighting machine, but a sort of combat engineer. And a Swedish one at that! To top it all off it will be one in a winterlandscape, possibly with trees and boulders.
To the bust I added extended domes for earpieces, cables and a microphone. I scribbed out some edges along goggles and other parts to try and lift the detail, but the plastic was not really cooperating. It is not as workable as I wanted.

And a heavy armored suit would quickly sink away in the snow, so it needed specially adaptations for such circumstances; snowshoes!  Made from Airfix 1/32 soldierbases and evergreen.

In these pictures you can see that the suit got pants too. I used cloth from a derelicted umbrella to hide the massive gaps in the groinarea. The texture of the cloth does represent canvas in this scale quite nicely and permits movement of the legs, when deciding pose and position in the final diorama.

I added all sorts of bits 'n bobs to dress up the suit, ranging from 1/35 WW2 german kit to cables, airplane parts and Ma.K. spareparts.... and of course more evergreen.

I cut the armored plates that go over the thighs in half. They are too big, hinder the movement of the legs and sort of ruined the overall look. The part I cut off I reused as a guard for the kneejoint, where the hoses connect to the legs. Just a matter of reshaping those leftovers a bit.
The metal boxes are the weights from the Gustav-kit (I believe).

A 1/35 headlamp form a KV-1 tank, some handles (the square one actually is a staple) and a mistake. The right arm has 2 discs and the left arm none. I accidentally mixed up front and backparts for the upper arm, one receiving 2 fronts, one receiving 2 backs. The rubber jointmuff on the left arm tore when adding it, so I was forced to fix the left arm in a bent position later on.

tisdag 5 december 2017

Ma.K. Falke - painting the pilot

It has been a long time since I painted a figure, but I had to do this one and the interior, in order to be able to join the bodyhalves of the craft and continue work on it.
The paints used were acrylics, mostly Vallejo and Tamiya. The interior is painted in ivory or Elfenbein, a colour used by the Germans in the openingstages of WW2. The seat is Japanese cockpit green. Thought that that was appropriate. ;)
The decals used are a mix of 1/48 aircraft and 1/24 car leftovers and weathering is done with a dark wash and Tamiya's weatheringset.

As for the figure.... it took me a while to coe up with a combination I like, but browsing the net I came across a picture, dating from 1992, showing Flight Lt. Trevor Edwards, wearing a suit that looked quite similar as the figure's. So Lt. Edwards is my inspiration for the model. I chose Vallejo's British uniform as a base for the brown and Russian uniform for the pressure suit. Highlights and shadows were created by simply adding elfenbein for the highlights and German grey for the shadows, followed by some washes. Helmet is elfenbein once more with some 1/24 ferrari decals, the rearing horse in silver on the back.
I left the feet off. They are completely hidden and the shoes are a very welcome addition to the sparesbox.

The cockpit itself got some 1/48 Harrier decals, but the dials are from the kit, but I skipped the orange ones. Really didn't like'm. I am going to add more wiring later on, especially around and in the hatch.

torsdag 23 november 2017

Ma.K. Falke - first alterations

Like I mention in the first post, I saw this model more as e representation of a hovering vehicle then an aircraft. One of the things that almost immediately made no sense to me in that matter, was the very low position of the maingun; a gatling-like piece of hardware.
But before I got to that, there was some regular work to be done.
First things I did was to put together the engine, consisting of 2 large halves and 2 smaller pieces. This needs to be done before you can add it to the model and construct the hull.
Then I did the cockpit and figure. The figure is torso, 2 legs of 2 halves eachm 2 arms and a head. Choce between bare face with flight cap or helmet. Initially I went for the bare face, but switched to helmet later. The idea behind is that in order to check weaponsystems for proper functioning, the pilot woild need the helmet. And I skipped painting the face......
There also is an empty bay in the front with a hatch that can open. So of course I wanted it to be open! But "empty" really menat empty! There is nothing between pilot and front, so I needed to add a bulkhead and some hardware. The front of German radios as some form of computer, a Tellermine as coolingfan plus the back of a 88mm shell crate as other doodah's. The enginetop of a 1/24 car served as gapfilling connector. Plus the obligatory copperwire....

Then the gun!
Because I redefined this craft as a hovering vehicle instead of a flying craft, I figured the very low position of the gatling gun was not logical. Originally designed to hang under the centre frame. So it needed to be repositioned much higher up. And I wanted it to swivel and tilt! Why chose the easy way, when you can create hell. But I managed!
the top got an extra part as a laser rangefinder, the right side the pivoting point for vertical movement. That one's made up of a sprue bit, fashioned to shape, the muzzle of a 1/35 PaK40 and a Pz.4 wheel in the same scale as foot and base. There's also a piece of sprue as an axle in there. The grey bits are spares from the Ammoknignt kit.

The left side is a 1/35 200l fueldrum as ammodrum, the ammo is 37mm FlaK37 ammo, the cover is a piece of a 1/24 exhaustmuffler, the lamp/sensor a 1/35 KV1 lamp and some evergreen plastic to finish things off.

This will be the gun's new position. The very base of it is a 1cl measuring spoon, that had broken earlier.... ;)
At this stage I added some details, like antennae and a sensor to the dome.

There is something odd with this model.
Here's the front. The front has 2 fenderlike shapes with cables and fillingcap, to which some equipment has been moulded or needs to be attached. To the bottom of right one the gun needs to be attached and to the left on some cilinder. But the cables and fillercaps make no sense as there is nothing underneath! So I will change those into tanks for some fuel or another. This means adding an extra side and bottoms. The marked sections were trimmed off for that purpose.