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Old 09-13-2020, 08:31 AM   #1
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Project - 'Wehrmacht Firepower' - PAKem in

G'day all, hope everyone is travelling fine?,

For those that have followed my various 'Wehrmacht on the Move' threads and the fact that my planned dioramas won't go ahead this year due to a COVID-Cancelled model show, I'm now combining the 'on the Move' with next year's planned 'Wehrmacht Firepower'. Alternating between vehicle models and weapons in the process (and naturally all will have appropriately-dressed figures to match the theatre of ops).

First off is a series of Panzerabwehrkanones or 'PAK's for short. I thought I'd commence with the CHE 5cm PAK38 which is the middle gun of the three (flanked by the mighty 7.5cm PAK40 (it's successor) and the old 3.7cm PAK36 (its predecessor). All three indicative of advances in enemy tank armour and the need to have suitable weapons on-hand to cope.

Even though this series highlights successive models to counter the increase in enemy tank armour as the war progressed, each remained in-service throughout the war to some degree. The PAK38, I decided, whilst as a pre-build that came in a three-camo with criss-cross whitewash, I wanted a more 'used' look to suit the end of Winter in Russia where whitewash, wear and tear of a long slogmatch that was the Russian Front is evident in the finish. The PAK36 is next and though the one pictured is in early-war Dunkelgrau, I've another in kit-form which allows for the front armoured shield to fold which is to my liking. This gun will be in three-tone camo also, with netting and foliage and will represent a gun in-use with the Fallschirmjager in Normandy. As such, it'll also be fitted with Steilgranate 41. The PAK i've yet to decide on. Enjoy, Steve
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Old 09-16-2020, 02:46 AM   #2
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Re: Project - 'Wehrmacht Firepower' - PAKem in

Very nice collection. What brand is the PAK 40? Don't see many..
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Old 09-18-2020, 06:42 AM   #3
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Re: Project - 'Wehrmacht Firepower' - PAKem in

The 1/6th scale PAK 40 is courtesy of 21st Century Toys (noting they also produced one in 1/18th scale). They were released early-on in the century and though I'm not a big fan of the 21st Century Toys 1/6th range (I always found them rather too plastic-like and clunky in detail compared to more recent offerings but, for their day when such vehicles just weren't around in that larger scale they sufficed).

I bought three back in 2005 rather cheaply from a model shop which was closing down and remains one of my favourite pieces from the 21st CT 1/6th range with moveable elevation, trails, breech plus comes with an ammo container and four rather plain rounds (which will also do up nicely) with the idea of doing up an outdoor diorama of them all waiting in ambush and I've always been keen to paint one of them in three-tone camo (they come in dark grey).

Alas, 15 years later, I've finally got the chance to do so as part of the PAK gun diorama which ostensibly will be all three lined up with crews, ammo and info cards. I do recall Cyber Hobby Exclusive brought one out as well which, like their PAK38, is made of the heavy polystone common to CHE 1/6th back in the day.

Two more 21st Century PAK40s were procured unfortunately a friend's deceased estate so with five in-total, I plan to paint/detail at least three of them (keeping with that ambitious ambush plan of 2005) leaving options open for the other two.

Cheers, Steve
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