A reference guide for the author about: scale modeling, model painting, history, war gaming, model inventory & project progress. Primary focus of modeling is WWII Armour & Infantry on the eastern front, with detail focus on the battle of Kursk
Comments: Only 24 original 33B's made, and one of these models will be blasting through a Russian inter-city brick wall (I already have the terrain made). Watch out Tankboy (REF) could be suspended from ceiling!
History: Sturm-Infanteriegeschutz 33B on Wikipedia
Comments: Hat & Armourfast are basically the same thing. I do not know the company's history, but I do like their philosophy of more for cheaper with a fast build. I really like the presentation of the box art on their gun series. Yes the detail of the model is not that great, but for someone trying to figure out painting techniques, more is much better. Right now my painting technique is far better than my building & gluing techniques, and that is not saying much. My gluing issues are so pathetic, that I'm concerned for myself, and that is why I love these rubbery snap together Kits. Stop sniffing the glue gang!
Comments: I already had bought the Zvezda German Motorcycle R-12 kit as seen on this post, but I picked up the Armourfast kit because I could set up one of the three BMW's and still have 2 for future painting. With the figures included, I think this set was a good value.
Comments: Is that not Mitt Romney in the top box image? Running into battle with a deer in the head light look. That is Mitt as a Nazi, is it not? I think the Brit's never like that guy. I think ther is a consperecy here! Here is the link to the Italeri Paratroops.
Comments: This is another set that I'm sure I had as a youth. This set is usable thanks to a couple of figures. The dying guy, the walking "game over" guy with his right arm up, and the running guy are all figures I regularly us as soviets. Sorry guys, Uncle Joe needs you :-(
Comments: I'm embarrassed. In my middle age early jones for 1/72nd figures, I bought Airfix & Heller WWII German Infantry w/o realizing they were the same set, or even worse, maybe forgetting that I had realized that in the resent past. Well at least I have those memories of this being one of the earliest sets I ever had in 1/72nd. So early, I think I had the 1961 Airfix "type 1" version, but I do not remember that out of scale gun, but I do remember the dead German and the guy hugging his Panzerfaust . I know I had the 1974 version, however that was around the end of my modeling time, which could not of gone on too much later than 1976. I started with 1/32 & 1/35 figures & worked my way down in scale. I had all my 1/72nd scale figures in a 1960's G.I. Joe footlocker that my older brother had when he was younger. How we covet things from our elders.
For being a set from the 60's that is closer to 1/76th scale, I think it hold up pretty well. Flash is low for these early kits, and I like some of the poses. The officer shooting a Luger could be very handy. His smaller size could be realistic shooting out a tank turret. The guy bent over covering his ears seems to have multiple uses, such as: a shot soldier, or working with artillery crew, or just being shell shocked from a near by explosion. The German with the Kleinflammenwerfer (German for Flamethrower) is rarely seen in set and is handy, although I've just acquired a Zvezda kit that has one very nice flamethrower.
I really like the Box Art from the more recent airfix box (here). It looks real nice with the figures in the representation reflecting the look of the 1/72nd figures. the composition with the action, colors and logo placement feels very commercially optimal. The very bottom image in this blog's title images of Heller's box with German in goggles, looks very cool but does not seem to reflect what is in set, or does that really matter?
I think I've given out too many details already
Reviews: Plastic Soldier Review (PSR) Airfix version, Heller Info, and early Airfix "Type 1"
Comments: Another Aixfix set, repackaged as Heller. These figures are real crap. The Officer & radio guy may be usable, and some of the others may make acceptable dead guys in another theater. I let my 5 year old play with these. The flash is so bad that there maybe no way to remove it. I may or may not had this set when I was a youth, however the lack of quality in this kit reminds me of those times long ago. Why is it that, these crappy sets have me typing in more than the others posts for now?
Comments: I was still in my western allies phase when I got these. They were cheap at $5.50us, and I was happy when I discovered that they were the same figures from a Airfix set that I had when I was a kid in the 70's. Even though this set is a bit crude and figures are small, it still has a lot of usable figures that could be used in many various ways. I use the ladder all the time. I think the kayakers will become civilians, shooting only the rapids in peace time.
Comments: If I ever lost faith in what I have been doing (i don't know what i'm doing), than this 1/72nd figure set put me back on track, in the pursuit of my quest (1/72nd windmills?). This set hits dead center on my collecting parameters. What not to love about this kit, Killer box art, Tank operators with sub-machine guns, the hubris of figure with roses, & shooting your way out of a tank hatch option. The options are intriguing. Sure the flash sucks, but at least the figures are worth the trouble. Get your Aryan/Slavic Armour Hatefest On!
Comments: When I saw this set on the 1/72nd shelf of the hobby shop, I snapped it up right away. Even though it is out of my collecting parameters. That said, a couple figures could pass at Kursk (may need conversion?), some others could pass in Fall or Spring time line, however my surplus of Russian Winter Troops is ever growing. There is a storm building for a winter confrontation were the dish is served sub-zero.
Comments: I almost forgot I bought this kit. I was working on this data base and looking through Plastic Soldier Review (PSR), when I noticed a figure that I had but I didn't recognized art work too well. So I search through my box art work and sure enough I did purchase these Panzergrenadiers. Well, That is why I'm working on this blog so I can remember what kits & set I have, and what work and techniques I have used on them.
As for this set of figure, It is currently outside my current hording of summer 1943 eastern front era stuff. Also it is a little boring in poses, however I like the one officer that was included in set. I might be able to get away with painting smocks camouflage. Party on Garth!
Comments: What can you say about this kit other than "Smoking Hot". A 1/72nd Hitler with Hitler youth sculpted from last footage of Hitler out side the bunker, and chick with Panzerfaust, it does not get better? I have a couple of Diorama plans for this kit. How about "Ivan celebrates prematurely" with panzerfaust being fed by blond out to torch a T-34. These guys should work well as Stalingrad victims. Also the Terrain pieces are great for intercity battles
Comments:This was one of the first 1/72 figure sets that I purchases in my current metamorphosis. I painted it once in panzer grey without primer, then stripped it only to Prime them in white (which I wished I had never done). well I've have about two years into these figures & sometimes I think of just buying a new set & starting over. This is such a nice kit & I hope I do it justice
Reviews: Kit Review, Really good Review with excellent painted figures from this excellent site, Another super Great review with awesome photo
Progress: Washed, Primed in White, Painted flesh_uniform_details, Needs assembly & Basing for next step