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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.

Samstag, 17. Juni 2017

Pionierlandungsboot 39 in 1/144 my next high light

The Pionierlandungsboot was the first design before the German Wehrmacht (not the Kriegsmarine!) changes later to the Pionierlandungsboot 40.
For me the Pionierlandungsboot 40 was the easier design, more straight lines / walls and less curves. But with the time I improved my skills, learned new functions with sketchup, so I started with the design of the Pionierlandungsboot 39. The original was a design from the Wehrmacht and had nothing to do with the Kriegsmarine. The Kriegsmarine concentrated on destroyers cruisers and other big ships. But the Wehrmacht thought about the need to transfer stuff from A to B, anyway on the open sea or via a river.
Back to my drawing. I am close the finish the 3D file. I found a way to open the doors and to use it very similar to the original design. The ramp and the doors are moveable.
There are still some small errors inside the drawing and I have to check some of the dimensions, but I would say in 2 or 3 days it should be done.
So enjoy the first impressions for the German Pionierlandungsboot.







Dienstag, 13. Juni 2017

Sonderanhänger 116 German heavy duty trailer

In the last weeks I had a chance to finalize the painting for my first Sonderanhanger 116. 
So far I have now three versions. The one from Metal Troops, nice, but the one I bought, some years ago has a slightly damaged frame.
From Shapeways, I have the version in white strong and flexible (WSF) and with Frosted ultra detail (FUD).
Below are some pictures where you can see the difference. 

left the Metal Troops version, then WSF and right the FUD version

Sonderanhanger in 1/144

Sonntag, 28. Mai 2017

Schweizer Panzermuseum Thun Swiss tank Museum in Thun part II

Besides the old stuff, there they have modern tanks like the German Leopard and the Schützenpanzer 2000. So here are some of the modern stuff.













Schweizer Panzermuseum Thun Swiss tank Museum in Thun

As my nephew invited me to visit him in Thun, where is is with the Swiss Army, I took of course the chance to visit the Tank museum at the barracks there. Normally you cannot enter the museum as it is inside the areal.
Enough words, here some of the highlights:










Samstag, 13. Mai 2017

M 19 Diamond tank transporter in 1/144 but where is the trailer?

Some weeks ago I finished work on the Diamond truck, created the dump version and ?
Yes of course the most known combination was still missing. The trailer for the M19 tank transport set.
So where is it?
Today I can at least present the drawing. When I sent the tractor to the printer, I realized that the trailer had some mistakes; wrong dimensions and both problems made it impossible to get it printed.
After working on some other projects I finished this week the drawing and will send it in the next two weeks to Shapeways.
So in some weeks I should have the German tank transporter set, the one with the Sonderanhänger 115, the second version with the Sonderanhänger 116 and for Tigers and King Tigers, the version with the Culemeyer trailers.
On Allied side, I have from Metal Troops the Dragon M25 set, the British Scammel set and the British Diamond set.
The point is, that the order to build the Diamond tractor and the trailer, came from the British war ministry.  The british industry had no free capacity, that's why the Americans jumped in.
Later the much better M25 set came.

Diamond tractor for M19 tank transport units

Diamond M19 set in 1/1144

Diamond M19 set in 1/1144



Freitag, 5. Mai 2017

Sonderanhänger 116 a German tank recovery trailer

Sonderanhänger 116 in FUD.
I continue with some more trailers. Next on my wishlist is the heavy Sonderanhänger 116.
This was a typical German design, excellent, but hard to produce as it was technically very challenging. The handling was very complicated if you compare it with other tank trailers.
For recovery you had to remove the back part, put the tank on the platform, raised it and connected to the dolly.
For the 1/144 version I decided to go with a new concept. I designed it from beginning in two versions, one with the minimum wall thickness of 0.7 mm and the special version for FUD, Frosted Ultra Design and 0.5 mm wall thickness. So I got two Sonderanhänger 116 in 1/144.
Okay, the FUD version I have to redesign, the material looks wonderful, but it breaks much faster than I expected.
The good point, you can present the tank trailer 116 in both versions, with the two dollies connected or with the back dolly removed and ready to pick up your tank. 

Sonderanhänger 116 ready to pick up German tanks

Sonderanhänger 116 in moving position

front view of the tank trailer 116 

top view of the German tank trailer 116

for the first time I even designed the underworld

1/144 Sonderanhänger 116 in FUD

1/144 Sonderanhänger 116 in FUD

1/144 Sonderanhänger 116 in FUD

1/144 Sonderanhänger 116 in FUD


Samstag, 29. April 2017

1/144 horse transport with Faun and trailer

I found the idea for this variant of the Faun tank transporter on the internet.
I liked the idea and thought it would be a nice idea, together with the trailer, which I do not had at that time.

1/144 Faun and 3 ton trailer as Wehrmacht horse transporter

1/144 Faun and 3 ton trailer as Wehrmacht horse transporter

1/144 Faun and 3 ton trailer as Wehrmacht horse transporter

1/144 3 ton trailer as Wehrmacht horse transporter

1/144 Faun as Wehrmacht horse transporter

1/144 Faun  as Wehrmacht horse transporter
The 3 ton trailer is designed, that you could use it as a simple trailer as well.
Both models are now as one set on sale at Shapeways.

As I wanted to try something new, I uploaded two short videos.

The Faun and the trailer.







Dienstag, 11. April 2017

Street fighting in 1/144

This is an older diorama which I had in my shelf for many years now. I bought it from Ebay, so it is not my work. I hope you like it anyway.


1/144 street fighting somewhere in Germany


1/144 street fighting somewhere in Germany

1/144 German counter attack in industrial ruins

Russian T-34 tank

German Brummbär and German infantry

Sonntag, 19. März 2017

WIP on my bench

I just got some new stuff back from Shapeways and try to find the time to paint everything.
So meanwhile here are some first shots of what is coming next.


Mercedes LF8 as fire engine and as radio truck

here the difference between fire engine and radio version

tank train German Jägerwagen / Hunter car, now with correct dimensions

Faun L 900 in the version as horse transporter with trailer

now the set is complete, Faun L 900 with Sonderanhänger 115

Würzburg radar on fixed platform

2 cm Flak (Vierlingsflak with and without protection shield


Flak in field fortification


painting still ongoining