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5Jan/180

Ersatz StuG Ausf. G and more Germans in winter gear

The StuG is done and here are the proper picture of the third vehicle for my Unternehmen Greif / Panzerbrigade 150 force for Bolt Action.

Bolt Action - Ersatz StuG III

You can read about the work in progress in more detail over here, Ersatz Stug Ausf. G WIP. I thought a double sided Zeltbahn camouflage would be a nice detail for the vehicle. Went with winter / snow camouflage in "pure" white on the one side and a splitter tarn on the other side. There were reversible smocks for the infantry, proper details on the zeltbahn or vehicle netting are more difficult, so take this with some historical "liberty".

22Dec/170

Ersatz StuG III Ausf. G Work-in-Progress

Almost there with the Ersatz StuG Ausf. G for the 150th Panzerbrigade / Unternehmen Greif. Finished the white wash camo, decals are done, weathering with mud and cracks is satisfying. Only part missing so far is the stowage. Have to take care of the spare wheel, the jerrycans and the Zeltbahn. Actually, I'm thinking about doing a splinter-pattern on the one side and leave the other one white, as snow camo.

Bolt Action - Ersatz StuG III Bolt Action - Ersatz StuG III Bolt Action - Ersatz StuG III

When I started converting the Ersatz StuG I had a few black and white pictures of the Battle of the Bulge aftermath, and some more pictures of the Flames of War 15mm variant and a conversion tutorial by Warlord Games. In addition I found this one by Roy Chow on Network 54. I covered my own conversion in here (Unternehmen Greif) and here (Captured Ford M8a).

4Dec/170

Ford M8(a) captured vehicle and further winter gear

On the weekend I managed to do the last touches on the captured M8 Greyhound, named Ford M8(a) by the Germans. Applying the last few weathering bits and the fitting decals onto the vehicle.

Bolt Action - Ford M8(a) Greyhound

I used the Decal Fix and Medium by Vallejo, quite easy to use and the results speak for themself. Some suggest that you prepare the area with gloss varnish, I just used the Decal Medium, placed the decal and added a few thin coats of Decal Fix to soften the edges. Later "protect" the decal with matt varnish (and it dulls the decal a bit and makes it blend better with it surroundings).

16Nov/170

Rubicon Models SdKfz 251/1 Ausf. C

Yesterday we had the shorter command SdKfz 250/3, today it is time for the SdKfz 251/1 Ausf. C by Rubicon Models in a review to shine.

Rubicon Modelds - SdKfz 251/1 Ausf. C Rubicon Modelds - SdKfz 251/1 Ausf. C

15Nov/170

Rubicon Models SdKfz 250/3 “Greif”

Continuing with the Africa theme week, we stay with the vehicle kits, switch the manufacturer to Rubicon Models and take a look at Rommel's personal command car, the SdKfz 250/3 "Greif".

Rubicon Models released a broad range of armoured vehicles and added later conversion sets to some of them, to give them even more options. One of these is the command upgrade for the SdKfz 250 (Alte and Neu) and SdKfz 251 (Ausf. C and D) kits. In this case we're going to combine the SdKfz 250/1 Alte with the upgrade kit to build a SdKfz 250/3 in this building review.

 Rubicon Modelds - SdKfz 250/1 Alte Rubicon Modelds - SdKfz 250/3
3Oct/170

Rubicon Models GMC CCKW-353 2,5t Truck

Rubicon released with the CCKW-353 US 2,5 ton 6x6 Cargo Truck an allied counterpart to the amazing Opel Blitz kit (and the accessoires like Maultier available for it). It is one of the lighter vehicles by Rubicon and will be covered in this review.

Rubicon Models - CCKW-353 Truck Rubicon Models - CCKW-353 Truck

21Sep/170

Rubicon Models M4A3 / M4A3E8 Sherman

Rubicon Models released the M4A3 / M4A3E8 Sherman in Q1/17, as an replacement for one of their first kits, the M4A3 Sherman. The kit got an overhaul with new options and variants included, giving you the options to build an early or late production of the M4A3 or the Easy Eight with broader tracks.

Rubicon Models - M4A3 / M4A3E8 Sherman Rubicon Models - M4A3 / M4A3E8 Sherman

11Jun/170

Rubicon Models Allied Stowage Set 1

As a counterpart to the German Stowage Set, Rubicon Models released the Allied Stowage Set 1 in late summer 2016. So now you'll be able to add luggage and equipment to your allied vehicles in 28mm.

Rubicon Models - Allied Stowage Set 1 Rubicon Models - Allied Stowage Set 1

15Mar/170

Rubicon Models SU-85 / SU-122

Next up in russian tank week is the tank destroyer / assault gun kit SU-85 / SU-122 by Rubicon Models in this review.

Rubicon Models SU-85 / SU-122 Rubicon Models SU-85 / SU-122

5Feb/170

Unternehmen Greif – Ersatz StuG

As I took care of the Rubicon Models StuG just a few days ago, I already mentioned, that I've been tinkering with that kit.

The next Bolt Action supplement, Battle of the Bulge, is just around the corner and we have a lot of winter troops around. I have a fable for captured vehicles and special vehicles, so I decided to build my winter germans around the Unternehmen Greif and one of the Kampfgruppe X-Z.

I already prepared a Panther M10, using the resin kit by Warlord Games and adding a few parts from the Rubicon plastic Panther kit.

Bolt Action - Panther M10 Bolt Action - Panther M10 Bolt Action - Panther M10