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"Kapitulieren?"

Tamiya's 1/48th scale StuH 42 modified as one of the very last produced. Seen here during The Battle of Berlin as part of the 249. Stug.Brigade (see below).



The Gun Commander is eaves dropping on the unit push, listening for word of surrender as a Kannonier looks on. This unit was part of a successful break out from the city. Some of the men managed to make it to the American lines.


   "Kapitulieren?". An overview of the diorama. The vehicle is stationed in one of the many parks in the city. The tree is made from small twigs glued and pinned together. The bark was carefully rendered with Elmer's Wood Filler. The street lamp is from Tamiya, but modified into the remains of a twin street lamp..


    The skirts are copied from a pattern that appeared at the end of the war. Screens for the engine deck were made from photo etch screen, sheet plastic and wire. The black civilian trunk was scratch-built from sheet plastic. The guide horns on the spare track mounted on the rear of the fighting compartment, were carefully hollowed out.
   The cobble stone, side walk and curb are made from sheet plastic. The fallen leaves are oregano.



The remote control MG 34 mount was scratch-built. The commander's hatch was detailed. Weld beads were made from Elmer's Wood Filler.


I sculpted the Gun Commander and Kannonier specifically for this project. The Panzer Faust and each crewman's holstered pistol are from Tamiya. The tree trunk is made by cutting a sliver from a small tree branch, then covering, shaping and detailing a bark texture from Sculpey sculpting clay. The broken rope handle for the empty ammo crate was made from twisted copper wire.


 The branches are made from twisted wire covered and textured with Elmer's Wood filler. Oregano leaves are used for foilage.


The travel lock was an unused part supplied in the kit. Model ship chain and wire shaped into a spring was used for the quick release mechanism. T-34 track from another Tamiya kit was used for supplimental armor.


A missing skirt reveals a late style return roller. It was made from plastic tubing and sheet plastic.



2 comments:

  1. 1/48? Amazing, very impressive, congratulations!

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    1. Thank you very much, and yes it is 1/48th.

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