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Old 09-10-2007, 05:33 AM
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Sd. Kfz. 184 Elefant, Italy 1944

Hello everyone,

as I promised, here's my first workbench blog for PlanetArmor. It's also shown on my German 'home-forum' so don't be surprised that sometimes there are German words in the pictures I'll explain it also in English then but will further try to keep it as neutral as possible.
There will be a lot of first times during the build, first time soldering, first diorama at all, first Allied figures, first self-made Zimmerit, first interior and at the same time first bigger work with resin...
Be aware that this blog will be a long time thing because I'm a slow modeller and will not have too much time for my hobby from October on. So there's a good possibility of no progress for weeks or even months before it goes on

Here's what I got for the build.

-DML #6312 Elefant Premium Edition
-ABER #35123 Elefant PE
-ABER #35124 Ferdinand / Elefant fenders PE
-ABER #35L14 88 mm gun barrel for Ferdinand / Elefant
-Voyager #35024 Elefant PE (no good PE but it was so cheap)
-Schatton-Modellbau #3528 German 2m turned brass antenna
-Tamiya / Voyager Zimmerit tool (I'm going to use Voyager's)
-Verlinden #2251 Elefant interior (poor quality!)
-Modelkasten #SK-66 workable tracks (they are great!)
-Karaya #TCR02 towing cables (don't know if I really need them or if the cables provided in the DML will do just fine)
-Zimmerit in tube form (it's both acrylic putty but I probably have to use 2k-putty because the acrylic putty looses much structure in the drying process)

These fellas will put some action to the scene! Don't know if I'm really going to use both medics. The guys with the .30 cal from the DML set will be used for sure as surpressing fire team whilst the other Americans cross a street or prepare to do so or also put some fire on the Krauts
There could be even more figures from two DML sets, but we'll see. Nothing is for sure yet and must first be looked at, not that the dio is overcrowed when finished.
The figures will receive Hornet heads (the DMLs only, of course). Also I've ordered an armorscale .30 cal barrel (I know it's not absolutely correct but it was the cheapest and not many people will even realize the barrel length issue, I guess) and need to get some Archer US divisional insignias etc. (what would be right for an Italian scenario? I'd like to do 101st, 82nd or 1st ID Big Red One but have no idea about this. I was already told that there weren't too many Americans involved in the Italian campaign after the beachheads were established but mostly commonwealth troops, but now that I got all the Americans I wanna use them).

Here's a little sketch for of what I imagine. It's 1024*768 resolution.
On the left we got a little rill and embankment where probably a tree will also be placed. There's also a small pedestrian bridge over the rill which will end at 3/4 because of the diorama rim. This is also the place where some GIs are waiting for their go to reach the other side of the street. The street will be very dusty and will narrow towards the tree. Not sure whether the soldiers will run to the back of the k.o.ed Elefant or not. In the first house there'll be the Nemrod medic treating the wounded GI. The second house is positioned in another angle to the street so that it looks more lifelike. It will be made of natural stone, the first of - don't know yet. The .30 cal mg team will be laying in front or at the side of the Elefant, having just a little cover from debris of the houses which are a little more or less damaged.
What do you think of this? Is it too unrealistic? You have to know I rather build my stuff like I want because that's more fun to me than try to build as historical correct as possible (though I really admire the people who do so). As long as the general historic requirements are met (I wouldn't put a panzer grey Elefant to Poland 1939, for example) I feel okay. What do you think?

Much hasn't happened since the sketch...

The boogies are completed.

The dry-fit of the Verlinden interior.
1) Verlinden provides no info on where to glue the floor. The only help you get is from the packshot but it's too tiny to see the position. I'm also not sure if there was no anti-skid plates at all on the floor of the fighting compartment, I can hardly believe this. If anybody has info on that, let me please know.
2) Poor fit, later more on that.
3) Driver's and radio operator's compartment are not too bad.

The interior is about 1,5mm short both sides. That's a real let-down. As I got to know recently, this "new" Verlinden kit for the DML Elefant / Ferdinand is just the old one for the Italeri model, relabeled. Thank God Italeri's attempt was not too bad. But it's a bad idea by Verlinden to do so and even charge 52€ for it - they just lost themselves a customer. The interior also seems to be simplified.

Okay, upper pic. Don't know what went wrong here, but the inner toothed ring is mating part B14. It's not unmovable, though, bit I just want to know what's wrong here. Do you have an idea? It looks not wrong to the instructions...
Lower picture shows my first soldering attempt. I think the result is quite okay. It's very big part I have to admit but I didn't think it would turn out this well.

So that's it for the moment, I appreciate any comment and especially pictures of the interior if there are any available - didn't found anything through google ;(

And as I said, it may take a while for the next update

Greetings from Germany,
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