Paint and Glue Miniatures Kfz 19 Krupp Protze

Kfz 19 Krupp Protze FL

This iconic vehicle featured heavily in the sort of photographs that were available in pre-internet days to a teenaged Panzer fancier.  I always fancied building one, but never got round to it. So I was delighted when PGM offered this model. It is a very nice print too. The usual comments about print lines apply , and when I get the review of the resin schwerer geländegängiger Personenkraftwagen (6rad) (Kfz. 21)
mit Fahrgestell des l. gl. Lkw. (o)
onto the blog, the differences can easily be seen, showcasing the superiority of  resin over FDM. As resin printers become more affordable, they are the way forward, I think.

Kfz 19 Krupp Protze FR

The PGM model can be used as a Fernsprech-Betriebskraftwagen (Kfz. 19)
mit Fahrgestell des l. gl. Lkw. (o)
(telephone vehicle ) or as a Funkkraftwagen (Kfz. 19) mit Fahrgestell des l. gl. Lkw. (o) (Radio vehicle). The latter , according to Holger Erdmann (see sidebar), was a rare variant, making up numbers for the commoner Kfz. 15.

Wikipedia gives 7000 chassis being built overall, but the radio and telephone bodies would have been a much smaller proportion of these. I believe that the Kfz. 19 and 21 were essentially early war vehicles, so I have painted mine grey. I haven’t seen any vehicles painted in mid war camouflage yet, although there are a couple of Kfz. 70s in the pre-war three tone pattern of dunkelgelb, green and brown. The vertical wooden panels on the doors and body are rendered nicely, but it would really take a resin print to take full advantage of this detail. the wheels are printed separately, needing to be stuck on. I’m very happy with my model, and can recommend it.

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Box Cataloguing

 

Every year, for my own benefit,  I attempt to bring the NQM Box Catalogue and its index up to date. It allows me to spot Orbat gaps and continue to fill in with models as new purchases are made. Older less accurate models are pushed down the Orbat. It’s dull. Enjoy!

041 Inf Korps Base CSO

Archiving is described thus by the The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, TW9 4DU :

Cataloguing is an important aspect of documenting collections. It can:

  • give you greater intellectual control over collections, creating accurate descriptions
  • allow you to identify preservation/conservation needs
  • widen access to descriptions and the collections themselves
  • enable you to contribute data to archive networks

Happily I can ignore most of this and just continue to bung stuff in boxes, with photos to remind me what still needs to be done. Still a way to go yet!

047 base Sov

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Paint and Glue Miniatures Cyclists

Paint & Glue Miniatures, German Fusileers on Cycles

The PGM resin cyclists and motorcycle combinations in 15mm are the most absurdly perfect 15mm prints that I have seen. Anatomical proportions of the riders are correct. Animation is both realistic and lively. The cycles have chains and spokes. There are over ten different models.

Paint & Glue Miniatures 15mm German Fusileers on Cycles in resin

I am fully expecting bits of the finely detailed weapons and wheel spokes to snap off in game use. I’m sure that my Soviet Artillery painting style¹ will not do the figures justice, but who cares. These figures need to be seen before my paint brush gets to them for the detail to be fully appreciated.

Paint & Glue Miniatures Soviet Cossack Ural in 15mm 1:100 scale

If the Soviet motorcycle combo looks like a BMW, it is no coincidence. I owned a Cossack Dnieper in the ’80s and it was clearly a BMW copy, made from scrap iron by rural tractor mechanics. Like everything else Soviet, it did the job after a fashion. There were enough of them to win the war.

  1. Throw all your paint at the target. Some of it will hit.

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Paint and Glue Miniatures Krupp Protze Kfz. 69 (L2 H43)

The Paint & Glue Miniatures Krupp Protze Kfz. 69 (L2 H43) is a very neat print that has excellent detail, and which models the rear tyre with its frame very accurately, and has good detail around the ammunition boxes. Print lines on the sloping front bonnet, the usual curse of printed models, are not too noticeable, and the windscreen is separate, so can be modelled up or down. Wheels are printed individually, which you either like, or don’t. It can be seen that printing separately enables better tyre detail. As usual, my battle-ready-get-it-on-the-table paint job does the model no favours.

Krupp Protze Kfz 69 with 1 driver QRF, PP

It compares very favourably with the Butler’s and QRF Kfz. 70s and the QRF ’69, which lacks the rear wheel detail. The Kfz. 69 was most often seen towing the 3.7cm Pak, with the Kfz. 81 variant towing the 2cm FlaK 30 and 38 gun

Krupp Protze Kfz 70 with 1 driver [8] (6) BPM, PP, (2) QRF, PP

Krupp Kfz 70 with 2cm FlaK 30 and 3 crew BPM, PSC "Protze"

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2021 Started Well …

As we were again dining in alone for 2021, The lovely Mrs K decided that this year’s theme would be Fancy Dress, which of course, means Pirates¹.

It started well …

But rapidly degenerated at the crew’s end of the table …

And quickly became very messy! Which reminded me of the pirate game at Sandhurst in the late ’80s, in which,

Jim Roche brought copious quantities of rum and gunpowder …. (what could possibly go wrong?)

Suzanne almost took someone’s fingers off with a Kukri², whilst opening a coconut … (They weren’t Trebian’s, but he might have been there, being a re-enactor of some note in his day)

And John Mengham may or may not have been very drunk, singing sea shanties during the debriefing.

We continued the party on New Years Day in Shed 24 at the allotment, surrounded by all the comforts of home.

Arrrh!

  1. For clarity, we mean those loveable swashbuckling scamps of Hollywood fame, not the murdering scum that were exterminated by the Royal Navy in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and South China Seas.
  2. She was, and remained, sober throughout the day. Ours was one of the few ships that did not run aground at some stage during the game.

 

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Dinner For Two

Dinner for Two - Miss Sophie

Dinner for Two – Miss Sophie

Every New Year’s Eve, Germans watch “Dinner for One“. If Freddy Frinton and May Warden are unfamiliar to you, then you are in for a treat. This year we toasted absent friends, and I managed to avoid spilling the port, tripping over the rug, and put most of the soup into the bowl.

Jim Webster introduced me to the quote “We are surrounded by members of our family; some of whom are alive, and some of whom are not.” This year it has never been more apposite.

So, to absent friends: Adrian, Albert, Alice, Alison, Andrea, Andreea, Anita, Anjim, Anne, Annie, Barbera, Beverly, Bob, Andreas, Andrew, Andy, Archduke, Arshad, Ben, Brian, Carol, Chris, Clive, Deborah, Dennis, Don, Elaine, Fred, General, and Mrs Whiskers, Geoff, Graham, Hamid, Heather, Ian, IRO, all the Jos, John, Jonny, José, Joseph, Julie, Karen, Kath, Keith, Ken, Kiera, Krish, Lewis, Lucy, Lydia, Mandy, Mary, Matt, Muriel, Paula, Peter, Phil, Posh, Mike, Richard, Roger, Roland, Ross, Sarah, Steve, Sue, Syrian, The Duchess, The Wargaming Pastor, Tim, Tom, Two Slice, Victoria, Will, Yvonne, Zorro¹.

I got a Pirate Hat - Cool

I got a Pirate Hat – Cool!

As if things could not get worse in 2020, Locals reported seeing a crocodile on the flooded banks of the river Nene². It may have escaped from from Labs in The University of Northampton³. Happy New Year, everyone!

Crocodile on the Nene

Crocodile on the Nene stalks unsuspecting locals.  UoN in the background.

  1. Some of you share first names in common …. not Two Slice, obviously 🙂
  2. Locals pronounce it “Nenn“, like pen. Further downstream towards Peterborough, they pronounce it “Neen“, like seen. On some Victorian Ordnance Survey maps, it is spelled “Nine“, which I believe to be a lettered Engineer’s interpretation of  “Neen”  as he struggled to make sense of a local dialect that used to render Irthlingborough as “Artle’noc“, within living memory.
  3. The only lab in a traditional sense that I am aware of at UoN, is the Microbiology Lab, so that’s pretty scary!

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Review – Paint and Glue Miniatures STZ-5 Artillery Tractor and 122 mm M1931 (A-19)

P&GM STZ-5 with 122mm M1931 two part print

P&GM STZ-5 with 122mm M1931 two part print – note spoked wheels

The Paint and Glue Miniatures STZ-5 Artillery Tractor and 122 mm M1931 (A-19) are reviewed here as they were commonly seen together. The STZ-5 is a beautifully-printed model, with excellent detail and the deep undercuts that only printed models can produce.

P&GM STZ-5 and 122mm Gun (1)

P&GM STZ-5 and 122mm M1930 rear and metal M1931/37 front with PP Crew

 

9,900 examples were produced, making this the commonest artillery tractor in the Soviet arsenal. By comparison, 2000 Kominterns, 1,123 Voroshilovets, an unknown (to me) number of Ya-12s and 13s, 1,275 Stalinets S-2s were built.

P&GM STZ-5 with 122mm M1931single piece print

P&GM STZ-5 with 122mm M1931 single piece print – note solid wheels and thinner recuperators

Garry at P&GM also sent me one of his early  single piece 122mm M1931 (A-19) prints with solid wheels before he decided to split the print by using the Deweycat version for better detail and add spoked wheels. They all have separate wheels for better detail, and they compare favourably with metal moulds, being superior in the area of symmetry (The comparison shown is the later M1931/37 with the sloped gun shield and recuperators) . Both metal and plastic guns sit well with the STZ – 5, seen here with Peter Pig Russian Civil War artillerymen, chosen for their Budunovka caps.

One area in which the metal guns have superior detail is in the rear earth spades. The metal versions actually look as if they would stop the recoil, and you can see what might be earth pickets hammered in. I have been unable to find any references to the A-19 having such, but am happy to be corrected or informed.

PGM STZ-5 and 122mm M1931 (L) and 1931/37 (R)

PGM STZ-5 and 122mm M1931 (L) and metal 1931/37 (R)

Sources:

  1. Engines of the Red Army – see Reference Sidebar on right.
  2. https://notquitemechanised.wordpress.com/2020/08/27/soviet-artillery-in-proportion/ ibid

 

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Review – Peter Pig New WW2 Russians and Germans

Soviet troops PSC- 2 new PP - old PPFrom L-R: PSC, New PP Scouts, New PP Scouts with a sneaky Command Decision R, Old PP Russians in Greatcoats

It is hard to dispute that most 15mm wargames figures are working caricatures  that aim to convey the essence of a figure whilst being easy to paint. There are exceptions, of course, but anatomy largely takes a backs seat to over-emphasising heads faces equipment and uniform details.

PP old Russian Infantry in Greatcoats

Peter Pig  old Russian Infantry in Greatcoats + Right a Command Decision

I have ranted at length about this before, here, here, here, and here, so it was with great pleasure that I noticed that first Peter Pig Germans, and then Russians were starting to look more anatomically proportioned with finer detail. Martin Goddard has achieved this with some figures by the simple expedient of adding a shim below the belt buckle to give figures an abdomen, instead of modelling the legs directly onto the belt.

Peter Pig New Russian Scouts

Peter Pig New Russian Scouts

A couple of the leaning forward figures look a bit odd from some angles, but overall, the result is excellent, giving properly proportioned figures. The results are not so different that they  look wrong with older figures in the range – the older figures looking quite reasonable in themselves and better than most of the older FoW and newer PSC¹ offerings. The new figures though are close to being as good as some of the newer resin-printed figures, and being metal are much more robust. The mix of figures available is wide enough to give plenty of variety when grouped in threes and fours. So hats off to Mr Pig! My painting does not do the figures justice close up, but looks fine from three feet away

PSC Soviet Infantry in Summer Uniform

PSC Soviet Infantry in Summer Uniform

 

  1. The original PSC Russians in Summer Uniform and Early War Germans are very finely moulded, excellently proportioned and true to scale.

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Review – Paint and Glue Miniatures T-20 Komsomolets Artillery Tractor

P&GM T-20 Komsololets with PP 45mm Anti Tank gun

The Paint and Glue Miniatures T-20 Komsomolets artillery Tractor is a handy little model that comes with separate tracks and a finely detailed MG that is quite fragile. The tracks glue on squarely with good detail, and the gun is easily replaced by drilling it out and adding a brass or stretched sprue replacement. Originally produced as an armoured tractor for towing 45mm antitank guns, 120mm mortars and 76mm regimental guns, the Komsomolets was neither fast nor well armoured, but it did the job.

100 examples were produced as the ZIS-30 with a 57mm antitank gun mounted on the back. As the tractor was smaller than the universal carrier, which itself struggled with a 2pdr on the back, firing was a lively affair for the crew. Nevertheless it gave useful service around LENINGRAD, and the T-20 soldiered on with 6,700 entering the war, and about 1,668 surviving until 1942. 1048 units were still around in Jan 1943, staying in service in dwindling numbers until the end of the war.

Mine will go to the Rifle Corps as prime movers for antitank and mortars.

Sources:

  1. https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/russia/t-20.htm
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Komsomolets_armored_tractor

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Review – Paint and Glue Miniatures SU-76i

 

Paint and Glue Miniatures produce this rather nice SU-76i in 15mm on request at 40% of the cost of their 28mm example. The lines that plague most 3D designs are not especially noticeable on this print. Painting was simple, with a coat of black, dark green then Humbrol enamel Green 80. mud will go on once an ink wash has been completed.

The Soviets manufactured about 200 of these self-propelled guns  (180 SPGs and 20 Command SPGs) that served from autumn 1943 to early 1944 before the surviving 10-15 were withdrawn for training. The opportunity came from large numbers of  Pz IIIs that were captured at STALINGRAD, and the need came from early transmission defects in the SU-76 that put most of the fleet off the road. The 76is plugged a hole in the orbat from Sep ’43 to Feb ’44, until they were replaced by the SU-76 when those initial faults and mechanical problems were resolved, and it became easier and cheaper to build new SU-76s than refurbish ’76is.

I have gleaned the following from trawling the net in my usual haphazard fashion:

16 were attached to 5th Guards (Division?), 4 Breakthrough Artillery Corps, 13th Army on the Central Front

Su-76is later appeared  in actions at OREL, southern Russia and northern Ukraine.

The following units used 76is:

1901 and 1903 SPG Regiments in the BELGOROD-KHARKOV offensive,

1902 SPG Regiment in 5 Guard Army (Steppe Military District) – 15 SU-76i SPGs

1938 SPG Regiment in 7 Guard Army (VORONEZH Front) – up to 33 SPGs.

177 Tank Regiment, 64th Mechanised Brigade – 44 SPGs were issued instead of tanks, being used as tanks.

58th Tank Regiment – up to 33 SPGs.

Sources include the usual 5 minutes on the net.

https://tanks-encyclopedia.com/ww2/soviet/soviet-su-76i.php

https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/russia/su-76i.htm

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