Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Bang goes the neighbourhood!

I have finally completed the last of the artillery pieces for the game, the 2cm Flak 30 cannon, reportedly seen been emplaced in the tree line barely 800 yards, northwest of the castle, alongside the '88.  This has proved to be the most troublesome piece to finish, simply because of my lack of knowledge in the period and my inability to get past an initial idea.  You see, my limited research only seemed to throw up the quad variant, which I duly picked up from 'Rubicon Models', but in my head all I could see was the single barrelled version that was used to terrifying effect in the film, 'Saving Private Ryan'; my issue was that no one seemed to be producing such a weapon, or at least one mounted on its wheels.
Scene from 'Saving Private Ryan'.
Being a stubborn sort of chap, I eventually stumbled upon one such gun, but for the life of me, I can't remember where?  I thought it might have been 'Great Escape Games', but having just looked on their website, it no longer seems to be listed.  Provenance aside, the piece was going to be problematic insomuch as it came in vast number of pieces and all made from very soft metal, that saw the barrels and other elements twisted horribly out of shape.
My plan now was to combine the plastic and metal kits together utilising the various pieces to build one serviceable gun, the additional chassis would be used to build an ammunition trailer, but it soon became apparent that the scale discrepancy between to the two kits was going to make such a build difficult and so the project stalled, until I stumbled across the image below.
With the inclusion of a tarpaulin and a camouflage net, I could potentially hide all the difficult castings and so set about the piece with renewed enthusiasm.  The problem was that the metal kit didn't have any assembly instructions and so I was using the 'Rubicon Models' kit as a guide and know that I made a couple of bodged decisions along the way.  That said it started to come together and having decided on what size of 'Warbases' MDF disc to use, I rooted around the bits box to put together a small scenic base.
Having allowed the PVA soaked tissue paper, used for the tarpaulin, to dry, I was starting to feel pretty pleased with myself and duly primed the gun, working on the base to tie in with the other artillery pieces.  Unfortunately my clumsiness struck again when I managed to dislodge the replacement plastic barrel I had used.  On reflection, I was pushing my luck with this, applying the glue to only the smallest point of contact.  Not deterred, I drilled out the remnants of the existing metal barrel, allowing for a much more sung fit for the second plastic barrel, thinking all the time that it was a good job that I had four to work with!    
With the painting complete, it was time to create a camouflage net and decided on some gauze bandage liberally soaked with a combination of sepia and green inks.  This needed some dry brushing once it had dried and then it was just a case of threading in some lichen pieces, before gluing to the lower part of the carriage.  
For all its difficulty in assembly, I have to say that I am delighted with the finally outcome, as it started to match the source photograph that inspired it; I just need to remember to be careful with that barrel when handling it! 


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50 comments:

  1. Michael its a lovely looking vignette 101 out of 10 for perseverance and painting.

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    1. Thank you so much Phil, once I got into it I rather enjoyed the process, but just getting started to the time.

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  2. Splendid as always attention to detail..........only you will know the gun underneath the camo is in full working order 👍

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  3. That looks great. Well worth the effort.

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    1. Thank you so much, really pleased to have finally got it done.

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    1. Thank you so much Kym, that's very kind of you.

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  5. Great work. The tarp covers all! Very, very nice.

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    1. Thank you Greg, turned out to be an effective solution in the end.

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  6. Great result on the gun - looks the part.

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    1. Thank you Peter, so pleased I kept going with it.

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  8. Excellent outcome to your cannibalsing ythe two pieces into one.
    The camo net and canvas are a great addition and you have evidence of it in use to - bonus!
    Asmalways you've done a great job addibg the scenic detiails to the model - it makes for a wonderful piece of eye-candy.

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    1. Thank you so much Joe, such an encouraging comment. The whole project seems to be geared around being a feast for the eyes so I was pleased I managed to turn this one around.

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  9. Clever solution and great result.
    Didn´t (or does)ACE do a single barreled 2cm Flugabwehrkanone 30?

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  10. Awesome job, the camouflage net is perfect!

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    1. Thank you Phil, having made a batch expect to see it turn up on other projects.

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  11. A neat little piece, and bravo for overcoming the difficulties in the build. I still shudder when I remember some kits I had to work with.

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    1. Thank you A.J. it really through me, but I suppose we have been spoilt of late with crisp castings or plastic sprues. In effect I just treated like a bit of scratch building.

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  12. Splendid work Michael! It'll tie in nicely with the rest of your guns. Could it be that the metal gun used was the variant by warlord games?

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    1. Thank you Nick and you need to take some of the credit for the solution, you car cover may have inadvertently given me the confidence to try the approach. I don't think it was a Warlord Games version, possible though.

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  13. A fantastic conversion Michael! You've done yourself proud. I generally use cheese cloth for my camo nets, though the gauze seems to have worked quite well.

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    1. Thank you Terry, cheese cloth might be a better option as the cause was very fragile. I shall have to give that a go next.

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  14. You are truly adept in making of these beautiful vignettes! :)

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    1. You are incredibly kind Mr. Nimrod, thank you.

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  15. What a fantastic looking conversion Michael, expertly painted

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    1. Thank you so much Dave. Really pleased to have got it finished though.

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  16. It looks lovely and a great idea with the netting.

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    1. Thank you! The netting was a bit more involved than I thought, but I know have a load for other projects.

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  17. Brilliant creativity and execution. Your attention to detail is superb! I'm loving all these posts. Considering that I've the pleasure of seeing these elements in situ, it is such a joy to marvel at your wonderful photographs too.

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    1. Thank you so much James, like you I really enjoying seeing them on the board.

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  18. So good, bloody well done on a tricky conversion.

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    1. Thank you so much Dai, glad to get something from all those pieces!

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  19. Well doesn't that look just wonderful Micheal!

    Christopher

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  20. Wow you certainly nail that one Michael :)

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  26. Great thinking and converting, the tarp idea in particular is genius.

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