Sunday, December 3, 2023
Thursday, November 30, 2023
Egyptian T122mm SPG
Sunday, November 26, 2023
Volvo C303 Pansarvärnspjästerrängbil
Volvo C303 Pansarvärnspjästerrängbil 1/72 Gecko Resin kit
Another kit review of Gecko Heavy Industries 1/76th scale resin kit. The Volvo C303 Pansarvärnspjästerrängbil 90mm recoiless anti tank gun. The only model of this kit that I am aware of for 20mm wargaming, I needed to purchase this for my Swedes for our Cold War event “Whisky on the Rocks” at French Wargame Holidays from 3rd to 7th May 2024.
The kit is resin with four options for the build, a complete clear resin cabin with stowed gun, a half cabin with stowed gun, a windscreen with roll cage mounted or a firing version with folded down screen and roll frame.
The resin spruces were simple to remove, do take care though with assembly as the instructions are not that clear, and you will require a few images from the web to fully assemble it correctly, particularly the gun mount. The roll cage will need some work if you are to get close to an actual vehicle, so I opted to fold mine down in the firing version. The clear parts are not that great and I think I will scratch a new windscreen(which will be folded down anyway…. The front seats were also incorrect from what I could see, so I trimmed the kit pieces to suit. Overall a 8.5 out of 10.
The kit was €22 from panzerfux and worth the price I think as it is such a rare beast. Looking forward to getting some paint on it and I will possibly convert some S&S miniatures Swedish crew.
Volvo C303 Pansarvärnspjästerrängbil Layed out
Tuesday, November 21, 2023
Volvo c303 Tbg11 - Gecko Kit Review
|Gecko Heavy Industries Volvo C303 TGB11|
|The kit removed from sprue, note the alignment on the chassis|
|Note the huge sprue knob on the clear cast resin|
|Piece removed, then wet and dry to smooth to level, a good hour of work|
Saturday, November 18, 2023
Praga 53/59/70 30mm AA Lizard
History Praga 53/59
The Praga M53/59 was developed post ww2 and entered service in 1959, mounted on a armoured cabin, the cabin armour was quite thin 10mm on the front and 6mm on the sides making it small arms fire proof only. The vehicle was the Czech V3S 6 wheel drive truck chassis. The chassis, engine and electronic components were upgraded and improved in 1970, these vehicles became the M53/70. Further electronic additions were added in the eighties so electronic air tracking was available via connection to a battery command vehicle using the M85 Zirafa radar allowing it to remain in service for some time in the Czechoslovakian army until 2003. A large number of both models were exported during the Cold War and quite a number still remain in a number of armies today.
The 30mm cannon was originally designed by Bruno for the kreigsmarine during ww2 as a submarine anti aircraft design. The Czechoslovak designation was the 30mm PLDvk viz.53. The top mounted magazines for the gun held 50 rounds, however weighed a hefty 85 kilos when fully loaded. The guns had a practicable rate of fire of 150-200 rounds per minute, AA effective range was 3500m and on ground targets 2000m. The gunner had optical sights only and manual trigger and hydraulic assisted traverse and elevation, until the 1980s when the upgraded system appeared for targeting. The twin guns could also be dis-mounted from the chassis into a fixed ground position. The vehicle had a crew of five, Commander, driver, two loaders and a gunner, and normally operated in a division of 6 vehicles, plus a command vehicle for the battery of two divisions.
The Praga had the nickname the lizard due to its code name during its development and was widely used in the ground role during the Yom Kippur war and the Yugoslavian wars, where Praga became the nickname for all anti aircraft SP cannons.
Review NB models Praga 53/59A superb offering of the Praga 53/59 30mm SP AA gun by NB models. This is the 1/72 version, there is also a 1/35th scale available too.
Monday, November 13, 2023
Analogue Painting Challenge XIIII 2023-24
|Result of painful overstretching of the Analogue Painting Challenge|
I plan to participate in the Analogue Painting Challenge again this year, I have reduced my points to 500 points which is predominantly because we will be in Australia for half of the challenge so smaller pieces of 20mm figures will travel with me. Last years total was 3304 points, which was around 400 28mm figures painted so I doubt I will reach those dizzy heights.
The figure painting challenge really pushes production in the winter/summer months and will also give me a spring board again into next year. The challenge commences on the 21st of December and finishes on March 21st 2022.
You may commence the challenge with undercoated figures, and the points are scored thus
6mm foot figure = 0.5 point
6mm mounted figure, artillery piece or crew served weapon = 1 point
6mm vehicle = 2 points
10mm foot figure = 1 point
10mm mounted figure, artillery piece or crew served weapon = 2 points
10mm vehicle = 3 points
15mm foot figure = 2 points
15mm mounted figure, artillery piece or large crew served weapon = 4 points 15mm vehicle = 8 points
20mm foot figure = 4 points
20mm mounted figure, artillery piece or crew served weapon = 8 points 20mm vehicle = 15 points
28mm foot figure = 5 points
28mm mounted figure, artillery piece or crew served weapon = 10 points
28mm vehicle = 20 points
40mm foot figure = 7 points
40mm mounted figure, artillery piece or crew served weapon = 15 points
40mm vehicle = 25 points
54mm foot figure = 10 points
54mm mounted figures, artillery piece or crew served weapon = 20 points
54mm vehicle, limber, etc. = 30 points
Terrain is based on 6 inch squared areas
My Cunning Plan....
- AB Napoleonic French
- 28mm Greeks
- 20mm Soviets Cold War
- 20mm Swedes Cold War
- 28mm HYW Scots nobles and foot
- 28 Norman and Anjou/Maine for the anarchy
- 20mm American 2nd Armoured
- 20mm 9th Panzer
- 20mm British armour
- Gaslands cars and figs
- 28mm 11th-12th century chateau
- 20mm Ww2 and modern buildings
- Gallic buildings