Sunday, October 20, 2013

Panzers. Will they never end?!

Good afternoon,

While looking around for something to do other than painting up those Persians(!), I thought, well, those Italeri Pz IIIs that I've got, well, they're quick build.


I thought I might be able to get away with making them fit both the Greek campaign, and early Russian.

After further investigation, by the time Barbarossa started, they'd all been up-gunned to the 50mm, but what little evidence I could find, they invaded Greece sporting the nifty 37mm gun. Some even sans 'basket'.




So, as I couldn't really get away with using them for both fronts, and as my main WW2 interest is with the 2NZ Div...Greece it was.




Though I expect that it'll be it for a while. Got to start cranking out reports shortly...

Nick

17 comments:

  1. No, they never end. There will be always more panzers! :) I love these early war boxes of steel.
    I also got this kit, its simply beautiful, with a lot of detail. Unfortunately the box is labelled wrong. These are noch Pz, III J, but version L. You can see that on the turret and the hull, both have etxra armour. The Pz. III L never came with a short gun, so Italeri did a bad job here (altough the set is great and historically accurate). But I believe nobody will recognize the difference on the table top, except for being an panzer expert.

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    1. Thanks Thomas. Yeah, I was a little worried that it'd be a bit too thick in terms of armour to represent an early G model, but then again...they all look the same to me!

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  2. Looks like a nice kit! Can't wait to see them painted!

    Greetings
    Peter

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    1. The second went together really well. The first, well, well enough, though the barrel is a little shorter than the other one!

      Never done me a classic panzer grey. Should be...interesting!

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  3. Wot! more Panzers?
    You certainly are churning them out Nick, good work :)

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    1. Yeah, I know, I know!

      I initially thought I could use it as a recon element with the Pz IVs/Vs/Vs. Now they're going to go to war all on their lonesome!

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  4. A nice looking pair Nick. Give yourself 30 minutes of man-time every night to keep your sanity!

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    1. Cheers Paul. That's a good idea...though it's too windy over here at the mo to break out the black spray primer.

      And I've really got to get the reports started...

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  5. there's just one way to avoid them: don't do WW2 :-) But I guess you're waaaaaaay past THAT stage ;-) Anyway I am looking forward to both your reports and the finishing of these "little-tankies" Cheers Sander

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    1. Ha! Cheers Sander!

      And let's face it, they are cool wee toys!

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  6. Interesting thought about doing them for Greece. Would they be suitable for early Africa as well?

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    1. Hi Leif,

      The Panzers straight from the box would do the biz nicely, these 37mm basketless ones would also fit for the early desert - I've seen a photo of some British infantry climbing all over one that looked just like mine. 'Cept bigger. And painted. And, you know, real.

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  7. Cool, I've looked at these before too. Do you think they are of a similar quality to the Armourfast variety Nick?

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    1. G'day Al,

      Hope the fires aren't near you mate.

      I'd say they're slightly better...though I've only had a quick look at the Armourfast stuff, and that was unmade. (To be honest, I got these 'cause they were considerably cheaper on Trade Me than I could get otherwise!)

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    2. Thanks mate, will keep an eye out. Appreciate the thought Nick but the fires are nowhere near us, mercifully

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