Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Barbarossa decals in 1/35

I stumbled across this set of makings from Danmodels, a company I had not previously heard of. They seem to specialise more in aircraft markings and ephemera. So these sheets are a bit of a detour from the rest of their range. The set is a great companion for the main book as it covers 8 of the vehicles illustrated between its covers.

A welcome addition for me as I was planning to make models covering at least four of the Divisions that are featured. I have ordered it from Hobbyterra.com and await its arrival impatiently.
They look pretty accurate only a few comment to make:

  • The 11thPzDiv symbol looks too big in relation to the ghost rider but I have alternatives in the spare box (as do most of the Divisional emblems that seem a bit over scaled).

  • The 19th PzDiv emblem looks a bit chunky. 

  • And not sure about the thin outline around the 20th PzDiv turret numbers. But that could be dark grey, which would disappear.

Then there's the colour question. Black or red infill?
Here is a 3rd PzDiv, Stab PzIII (circa spring 42) with its numbers infilled with black.

Friday, 14 June 2013

BARBAROSSA stowage update on blurb

UPDATE no.2 is now complete and uploaded to bulb.  A full preview is temporarily available for the next week by clicking on the cover below.

The content of this update reflect the content and ideas presented in this blog. With many of the images discussed here used and supplemented by others.

Monday, 10 June 2013

Barbarossa Stowage Update ready to go

The second update will add to the info first presented in "Barbarossa Stowage" back in Aug 2010. The reason this book has taken that long to make is down to the constant trickle of new and helpful images, which mean that it now has 118 photos in it.  

This update manages to fill most of the gaps left in the original volume and add some newly discovered information. This includes:
how 1st PzDiv stowage changed in the build up to Barbarossa plus a driver's eye view of first days of action, more coverage of 4th K - 4th PzDiv, unusual turret markings in 6th PzDiv, rear marking details for 4th K - 8th PzDiv, the use of and stowage for Ausf Fs in 9th K - 9th PzDiv, a bit more light shone on the numbering system of 11th PzDiv, Kompanie specifics for 16th PzDiv, all round detail for 9th K - 17th PzDiv (ex-Lehr)unusual turret bin makings on 19th PzDiv and 5th PzDiv during the Winter of 41/42, 20th PzDiv rear stowage, 2nd PzDiv Stab markings & 5th PzDiv right hand stowage.

So the picture is now 99% complete. Along with this unit specific information there are the usual things discussed that are of general interest, and a few unusual including: 3 examples of cupola AA MG use, an 88 under tow!

The format of the book follows that of the main Volume, each Division is dealt with like a chapter. Where there are new general issue they are discussed as a heading and then individual Kompanies are described, followed by specific turret numbers/Ausfs for other vehicles not shown in the book.

Although this volume is an update to the previous edition it can still work as a stand alone book, as there are examples of all Kompanies included. So it should be useful either to drill down for that really specific detail or to get a sense of the vehicles and epic landscape of this gargantuan conflict.