A Southern Biff's Return to Modelling

In answer to @Boxy 's post earlier (so far):

The storyline of this diorama has changed a bit; originally it was going to be an 2-cab light armoured recce patrol being briefed just behind the line somewhere in the low countries late 44-early 45, but I decided that three vehicles (M5, Carrier and briefing commander's jeep) would be too crowded, especially with the German positions having grown from the original plan:

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This has now been binned in favour of a more specific time and place, the commencement of OP VERITABLE, the clearance of German forces from the west bank of the Rhine in Holland and Germany, starting 08/02/45, around the area southeast of Nijmegen. Being of little tactical use in wooded close fighting, the light armoured recce element is being used to gather int from captured positions, whilst the armour and infantry of 21 Army Group is slugging its way into the Reichswald, smashing into the first German defensive line:

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The PAK position, overlooking a wooded track and small meadow with a flanking MG42 trench providing enfilade cover previously fired on an advancing Churchill, which sensibly scooted back out of sight and called in a mortar stonk which took out the PAK. Combined armour and infantry assault then took the PAK position and the MG trench, and have since advanced up the track (and out of sight).

Still to be added to the diorama are British infantry advancing up the cart track, and (possibly German POWs being escorted to the rear, either down the track or following the Churchill tracks. And of course the Recce wagon crews, along with whatever else hasn't made it onto the model yet....

I walked this area on a Brigade Battlefield Tour fourteen years ago; the three veterans who we escorted were all of the opinion that this was the hardest fighting they'd ever seen (and one chap had been at Alamein, whilst another had fought through GOODWOOD ; both were infantry).

Anyway, that's the plan at the moment....
Excellent dit and supported with maps and historical data takes the build to a completely different place. Doing a model is a great way to escape and switch off but the research and things you learn along the way take it to another level.

Great piece of work, and I’m sure the mrs must be made up with that on her table:)
 

Themanwho

LE
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Excellent dit and supported with maps and historical data takes the build to a completely different place. Doing a model is a great way to escape and switch off but the research and things you learn along the way take it to another level.

Great piece of work, and I’m sure the mrs must be made up with that on her table:)
S'alright, it's in MY library.

She has complete choice over the decor in the rest of the house and I have my library and workshop. Much to her disgust, but she agreed to it 10 years ago.

In my experience, to win at wedlock you have to have a long memory.
 

Cutaway

LE
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With the large tree to be positioned above the MG42 trench, the area around it won't have grown as much, and under the Carrier what's the point?
Attention to detail ?
;-)
 
I might get one of those grass applicator thingies, I'd like to do a Pacific diorama of some infantry in long wind blown grass, like in The thin red line, not a well liked movie but it has inspiring photography. Any chance you could do a lesson on it in hints and tips.
 

Themanwho

LE
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I might get one of those grass applicator thingies, I'd like to do a Pacific diorama of some infantry in long wind blown grass, like in The thin red line, not a well liked movie but it has inspiring photography. Any chance you could do a lesson on it in hints and tips.
Happy to, but it will be quite brief! "Buy this, do this".
 

ches

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Having seen the ridiculously detailed and realistic work of you and others on here, you definitely get a funny for that! This isn't false modesty, and I'm very proud of what I've managed to do so far - it's far better than anything I've ever done before, but I know that my vehicles are nowhere up to the standard shown on here, and the figures I still have to build will not be either. But thank you for the very kind words.

As far as I'm concerned this isn't a competition (I have no doubt you feel the same way), it's a bit like how I felt about running (before my back and knee failed me!): the only person I was ever running against was myself. I know where I am on the talent totem pole, and I'm very happy with where I sit.

In the politest possible way - up yer arse. The groundwork in this alone is becoming a masterclass in that dark art itself so don't sell yourself short. Like a few others here, I'm learning a fair bit esp on the application of the grasses. I've got some dio plans on my next cpl of build & this is invaluable stuff. Wrt the vehicles, nowt wrong with them & as you keep going you're going to be learning more, testing techniques & maybe improving. Right now though there doesn't seem to be a whole lot to improve. Loving this build & it one of the threads I look forward to checking esp each Mon morning.
 

Themanwho

LE
Book Reviewer
In the politest possible way - up yer arse. The groundwork in this alone is becoming a masterclass in that dark art itself so don't sell yourself short. Like a few others here, I'm learning a fair bit esp on the application of the grasses. I've got some dio plans on my next cpl of build & this is invaluable stuff. Wrt the vehicles, nowt wrong with them & as you keep going you're going to be learning more, testing techniques & maybe improving. Right now though there doesn't seem to be a whole lot to improve. Loving this build & it one of the threads I look forward to checking esp each Mon morning.
Fair enough, I do enjoy the scenery. Sorry to say, nothing to report this Monday morning as I was taking this baby for a spin yesterday:

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Fair enough, I do enjoy the scenery. Sorry to say, nothing to report this Monday morning as I was taking this baby for a spin yesterday:

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Right. Where is that you are shooting? I need to know.

Thats looks about 400 or 500 yds???

Nice location. I had to make do with blatting the 22 in the garden. I've got approval to zero the rifle and control vermin.
 

Themanwho

LE
Book Reviewer
Right. Where is that you are shooting? I need to know.

Thats looks about 400 or 500 yds???

Nice location. I had to make do with blatting the 22 in the garden. I've got approval to zero the rifle and control vermin.
CPTA Hythe Ranges Serial 2, 300m. Recognition feature: Martello tower half left, to be known as Red Roofed Barn. :D
 
CPTA Hythe Ranges Serial 2, 300m. Recognition feature: Martello tower half left, to be known as Red Roofed Barn. :D

I did wonder. I see they have 400 & 600 yd ranges also which is nice - looks like a nice location. Funnily enough I was going to ask if that was facing out towards the coast, and 'White Cliffs' suggests to me you are spitting distance from the channel?

Nice web site also - I keep banging on to our lot about getting a web site. It looks really well organised. How many members?

A bit of thread drift here, so apologies everyone, but this is guns and they are important!
 

Themanwho

LE
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I shoot with Ashford District Rifle Club, this range day was down at Hythe MOD Ranges so yes the Channel is just behind the Martello Tower. there were about twenty firers yesterday, about double the usual turnout for the club; first outdoor club shoot since last summer, and a few of the "once in a blue moon to keep my ticket in date" types tipped up - some of whom promptly f***ed off, without doing their stint in the butts. :mad:

Hythe ranges are generally OK, and the wardens are usually pretty wilco (except for parking, but it's their playground), although after nearly a year of being out of use I thought somebody might have thought to put some grease on the target pulleys and frames!

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Serial 2 butts is by the Martello Tower in the distance.

Anyway to try and drag this thread back on track, I do fancy making a model of a Martello tower, I know that in WW2 at least one had a Bofors mounted on it a bit further down the coast!
 

ches

LE
Anyway to try and drag this thread back on track, I do fancy making a model of a Martello tower, I know that in WW2 at least one had a Bofors mounted on it a bit further down the coast!

Good idea, but Christ on a bike what a miserable fooking shift that would be in the middle of winter.....esp if the RAOC driver can't make it to you cos the road is too icy.
 

Themanwho

LE
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Apologies for the break in progress, this is mainly due to three factors:

1. Work is getting busier
2. Thanks to easing of lockdown we've been visiting elderly rellies regularly.
3. I've been shooting. Lots and lots....

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However, I am going to try and get back to sorting out the advancing reinforcements, the POWs and the dead Chermans this weekend.

Honest.
 

Helm

MIA
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Apologies for the break in progress, this is mainly due to three factors:

1. Work is getting busier
2. Thanks to easing of lockdown we've been visiting elderly rellies regularly.
3. I've been shooting. Lots and lots....

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However, I am going to try and get back to sorting out the advancing reinforcements, the POWs and the dead Chermans this weekend.

Honest.
Ah the 7.62 biro effect.
 

Themanwho

LE
Book Reviewer
Nope, that's the .22" Brno Model 2 effect with a cheap scope and a bag at 30m, and you sir are a cad and a bounder!

Obviously I chose the very worst target to take a picture of as I'm far too modest.
 
Nope, that's the .22" Brno Model 2 effect with a cheap scope and a bag at 30m, and you sir are a cad and a bounder!

Obviously I chose the very worst target to take a picture of as I'm far too modest.

I’m thinking about sneaking off and booking 300ms at Bisley for an afternoon in the next few weeks. Electronic target and I can burn my way through some 7.62mm to my hearts content
 
A summary of the last couple of evenings' efforts:

First, dead leaf ground cover (dried out, crushed and sieved leaves from the garden)

IMHO silver birch seeds make excellent dead leaves for dioramas. I've used them with 10mm and 15mm figures, and seen them used to make up muddy autumnal and winter ground clutter for larger figures.

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Best of all, they really do grow on trees. A plastc tub of them will take half an hour to collect and will last you for years.
 
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Themanwho

LE
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I’m thinking about sneaking off and booking 300ms at Bisley for an afternoon in the next few weeks. Electronic target and I can burn my way through some 7.62mm to my hearts content
I'm up there a week on Saturday at 600m, hopefully....
 
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