Welcome to my page!

Hello,

here I present my work. I create dioramas in the time period of World War II and everything only in the scale 1/144.
My main focus are tanks but from time to time a take a look at submarines, interesting airplanes and small ships.

Freitag, 1. Dezember 2017

new Monster from Metal Troops in 1/144

More by accident then by planned research I found this new Monster from Metal Troops. Remember they offered some years ago the Dora, the biggest train gun and now they come again with a gun. It is a German 35.5 cm super heavy Howitzer, only six of them have been built in WWII. Most of the were used in the East.

So here some prictures from their Twitter account:














Samstag, 25. November 2017

new stuff for Thanksgiving - new 1/144 tanks


Okay my plan to publish the new stuff right for Thanksgiving failed. And it failed totally. Besides the fact that I had lee time this week to do any drawings I had problems with the Maus special train trailer. I had to correct a mistake which Shapeways found, but  fore some reasons I do not found the root course. So this took me two evenings until I found the (stupid) mistake today. 


So, for the rest of the Thanksgiving weekend I will offer you the opportunity to order now.


First new model is the Opel Blitz, but not the 150 th. version, no, I designed it with the Einheitsführerhaus, a very primitive wooden cabin which by end of the war all truck producers had to use, so that they saved metal. 

Opel Blitz with standard cabin


Based on this standard cabin I decided to go with the next version I never saw either in 1/144 nor on Shapeways for any other scale:

The Opel Blitz with Einheitsführerhaus and Holz Vergasser. So what was this? With the wooden cabin they saved metal, with the Holzvergaser they tried to save gas. The problem was, that you had to carry a lot of wood to burn it, what reduced the space and weight you could carry. Therefore the Wehrmacht used these trucks only behind the front lines and only for less important transport jobs.


Opel Blitz mit Holzvergaser




Then I designed something more for me, the train station in El Alamein, that is in Aegypt, close to Cairo and was the turning point in Rommel's last attempt to sieg in Africa.

train station


This design is made in full coloured sandstone

Flak trailer Drilling 144 002


This new trailer with two AA Flak Drillings will come soon.


And for some of my very best customers and only on request I will print:
  


This is a special 14 axis train trailer, used by the German Reichsbahn to transport the super heavy Maus tank to Böblingen and to Kummersdorf.

Montag, 20. November 2017

some progress with my German field fortification

Last week I found enough time to close the work on the landscape. So the Basics are done and now I will continue with the details and the stuff to be presented. To get a better image I put some potential guns on it. Of Course and that was the main idea from the beginning I added the 1/144 Heeresfeldbahn, that was a narrow gauge Train the Germans used on many theaters. In the next weeks I will publish more stuff for the German Heeresfeldbahn, like a complete Train, and some rail sets, everything in 1/144.


field fortification with 88mm Flak 43 and range finder 



the new commander in Chief inspects this area of the Atlantic wall

the bunker for the range finder

parallel I tried something new, more but that soon

Montag, 13. November 2017

new 1/144 diorama, German open field fortification

I started this week again with a new Diorama. I will build something with an open field fortification. I have some ideas in my mind but yet not the final design. So I started with one of the old wooden Frames I took back from California. Basement is foarm which I cut an started forming some Details.


empty 1/144 diorama 
For the frame I use one of the old black boxes I bought some years ago, still have tons of them.
the foam can be formed with a screwdriver, some old blades and other sculpting tools


my 1/144 Diorama after half a day work

first painting, no the green will not stay


Sonntag, 5. November 2017

American and German landing crafts: Pionierlandungsboot versus LCM

Here some pictures from the American and the German version of a landing craft. While the German version is a bit older, the Americans started much later in the war with their design for landing crafts (what does not mean, that they started from scratch).

The Pionierlandungsboot 39 could be easily divided into two pieces and then transported by train, the Americans designed their LCM as a one hull solution.



Pionierlandungsboot 39 and LCM

Pionierlandungsboot 39 and LCM front side view

Pionierlandungsboot 39 and LCM with open ramps

Pionierlandungsboot 39 and LCM side view

Pionierlandungsboot 39 and LCM back view

Pionierlandungsboot 39 and LCM

Pionierlandungsboot 39 and LCM side view








Samstag, 14. Oktober 2017

Italien Field Fortification, Bunker in Calabria

While on Holidays the last two weeks, I found something very nice. A small Italian Bunker, not very strong, not very comfortable, but somehow interesting. We saw several of them parallel the coast line.
More 1/144 stuff will follow as soon as I have time to paint them.








Montag, 2. Oktober 2017

German Einheitsdiesel as Radio truck with trailer

I combined my new radio truck with an old trailer which I had for several years. Now behind the radio truck it looks not that bad, therefore I decided to create a set.


Mittwoch, 27. September 2017

Marineartilleriefährprahm 3D

It is done!

My birthday present is ready. I finished work on that project. While it took me more than 2,5 years to finish the Siebel Kampffähre, I can say the Artilleriefährprahm was done in less than 6 months. End of october I will get Prahm number two and then I will start painting the second one with a camouflage schema.










Freitag, 22. September 2017

Kampffähre in 1/144 or leichte Flakfähre

I believe the correct name is leichte Flakfähre (there was a schwere Flakfähre with 3 or 4 8.8 Flak). But anyway if you search for Kampffähre you will find a lot of entries in google.
I just finished my own version and can show you the first pictures of the final version.
The complete kit is built from several parts, the platform is still handmade as a 3D print would have been to expensive. The only thing I realised, the flak on the top platform is not correct, it should be a 3.7 cm flak. But this version is still under construction and there were several variants on all seas.
So take a look at my Kampffähre and let me know if you like it. If someone is interested in purchasing one, send me a mail maybe I could create a set be be printed at shapeways.  




1/144 Kampffähre

Siebel Fähre or Siebel Ferry

German Kampffähre

Dienstag, 19. September 2017

free shipping this week on all Shapeways orders

I just got the info that for some days (around 8 days left) you can order from Shapeways without shipping costs. So check for any News and enjoy Shopping without paying for the shippment.

Free shipping on orders over $25

Freitag, 15. September 2017

coming soon, 8.8 Flak 41

I`m in the process of finalizing the design of my latest Wehrmacht model.
At the moment I design the German 8.8 Flak 41.
First I will start with the Flak in firing position but I plan to build the Flak on the trailer 204 as well. Maybe I will combine both versions in one print. First I have to correct some minor mistakes and have to add more details so that I can get it printed soon.
Here is a first preview of the 8.8 Flak 41:




Dienstag, 5. September 2017

preview of upcoming work, my personal highlight for 2017

Hi all,

as my birthday is coming closer, I will show you the first pictures of my absolute highlight for this year.
It is the 1/144 copy of a German Artilleriefährprahm.
While planning the operation "sealion" the Germans started designing a lot of new ships. Especially for the landing they invented several landing and support ships. As the Pionierlandungsboote and the Siebel Fähre were too small, the Kriegsmarine designed the Prahme. It would take several weeks to write about them. Instead of that, if you like to learn more about German landing crafts, please check this wonderful page:  http://www.historisches-marinearchiv.de/index.php
Over the last years I got the Siebel ferry as a simple landing craft, as a Siebel schwere Flakfähre (AA craft), the Pioneerlandungsboot 39 and Pionierlandungsboot 41. About the MAL I do not want to talk, I just realised that it is not 100% correct so I will redesign it in the next months.
So what was missing was the biggest type, the Prahms, which took over several roles.
More when it is finished :-)
Here some pictures of the nearly finished Artilleriefährprahm type D3:


Artilleriefährprahm, white and fresh from the printer

Artilleriefährprahm, rear view

the Bridge of the Artilleriefährprahm

 most of the painting is done on my Artilleriefährprahm