Scammell Pioneer Tank Transporter with Churchill Vignette in 1/72 Scale

This is the IBG Scammell Pioneer Tank Transporter with the Italeri (ESCI) Churchill Mk. III, North Africa, November 1942.  The figure is from Preiser components, most of the stowage is from Value Gear.

Vignette construction here:

Scammell Pioneer Tank Transporter with Churchill Vignette Build in 1/72 Scale

The Scammell is the third tank transporter I’ve built in the last few years, and I have developed the habit of showing them hauling their loads on bases. In order to give the vehicles a bit more of a “lived in” look I wanted to add some stowage. There are a few odds & ends from the kit itself, but most of this cargo is from Value Gear, which I highly recommend. Value Gear here:
I’m not the best figure modeler, but I like to add figures for scale. This fellow is a combination of Preiser parts. If you want to see the judges get out their rulebooks at an IPMS show, ask whether your entry is a vehicle with a base, a vignette, or a diorama. This appears to be unsettled law. You will see clubs make different determinations depending on number of vehicles, number and placement of figures, and even the height of vegetation.
Here is the base, representing a well-traveled tract in the desert. It is a 4” x 12” (10 cm by 30 cm) piece of Oak trim with lightweight wall filler and stones from the driveway. Ruts were formed by rolling a Nickle along the filler, along with a few sizes of brass tubing. Vegetation tufts are from the train section of the LHS.
Bits and bobs painted and washed. One thing which I like about the Value Gear is most of these items are molded with straps in place – no “magnetic stowage” here.
I put a few pieces inside the cab of the Scammell, but most wound up in the bin under the cab or on the deck of the trailer. The jacks are spares from the kit, dressed up with some Evergreen stock.
The Scammell was loaded with the Italeri Churchill Mk. III and secured to the base. I had tried painting and washing the figure but didn’t like the result, so he was repainted and blended with oils. I’d like to see manufacturers produce more figures in casual poses, British or Australian figures gathered around “brewing a cuppa” would be very useful!

Scammell build here:

Churchill build here:

Woodland Scenics Cabin Diorama Build in 1/72 Scale

Yet another attempt at figures and basing. This one is centered around a kit I had in the stash from Woodland Scenics, their Abandoned Log Cabin in 1/87 scale, intended for railroad modelers. I don’t recall how I came to have this one, but I looked through some scenery supplies and there it was. It is on the small side in 1/72 scale, but then there are some pretty small cabins in reality.
Along with some bags of scale vegetation, here are the white metal contents of the kit. These required some clean up with a hobby knife to remove flash and ensure the parts interlocked.
I assembled the parts with superglue and filled any unwanted gaps with Perfect Plastic Putty. The model was then primed and painted as normal, drybrushed and washed.
Zvezda makes some nice figures, here I will be using a few from their Soviet Militia set. The weapons are Soviet, but the figures could represent any European nationality from the 1930s or 1940s.
There are five figures. Two of the figures are depicted drilling with the Moisen-Nagant, which I thought a bit unusual.
The figures are molded well and have good detail. These two poses looked casual enough.
The cabin on a basic base.
For a change I used a box of trees in Fall colors which I won at a show raffle.
The finished scene. I used figures from the Caesar WWII German Cavalry Division set to offset the Zvezda irregulars.

ICM Sd.Kfz. 222 and Caesar German Cavalry Diorama Build in 1/72 Scale

Keeping with my recent theme of basing vehicle kit completions, this diorama will feature the ICM Sd.Kfz. 222 with figures from Caesar set H092 “WWII German Cavalry Division”. All this is still experimental on my part in hopes of improving figure painting and scenery techniques.
These are the poses. The Caesar figures are molded in a flexible plastic which takes paint well. This is better than the “toy soldier” vinyl we are all used to. There is one additional horse pose, but it is depicted leaning over making a hard turn, an odd choice.
I added an extra bedroll and reigns from masking tape. Midway through painting I decided to add an additional set of small saddlebags, an entrenching tool, and a feedbag.
Here are the figures after painting. The standing figure is also from Caesar, from their Panzer Crewmen set.
This is the beginning of a tree. The wires are from lamp cord. The size of the tree is determined by the length and number of sections of lamp cord sections used.
Wires are twisted to form the tree, and then coated liberally with Mr. Surfacer 500.
Here the Sd.Kfz. 222 and tree are mounted to the base. Foliage and grass are from Woodland Scenics.
The final scene.

First to Fight Sd.Kfz. 247 and Polish Uhlan Cavalry Diorama in 1/72 Scale

This scene depicts a German Sd.Kfz. 247 scout car which has been abandoned by its crew.  A unit of Polish Uhlan cavalry has happened upon the vehicle and has stopped to inspect it. Mechanical breakdown or fuel exhaustion is common, or perhaps the crew has simply dismounted and is nearby, waiting for the Poles to pass.  I wanted the vehicle to appear disheveled but not damaged, so I posed the doors and visor open and placed various pieces of stowage and debris in the interior.

First to Fight Sd.Kfz. 247 Diorama Build in 1/72 Scale

A surprising subject in 1/72 scale are these sets of Polish Uhlan cavalry from 1939. These are from First to Fight, a Polish company which focuses on subjects from the September 1939 invasion. I thought they would be interesting as part of a diorama featuring the Sd.Kfz. 247 scout car.
Each box contains six figures and six horses on four sprues, you get two of each pose per box. The second box (1939-072) is interesting as one of the “mounts” is actually a pack horse, so there will be two extra figures from this set.
First to Fight also produces a box of dismounted Uhlans which complements the cavalry figures. Pretty thorough coverage for such an obscure subject, but their entire range is composed of obscure and unusual subjects.
You get three sprues in the box for a total of fifteen figures. The “horse holder” figure is duplicated on each sprue, so only four unique poses.
Of course, there is nothing stopping the modeler from re-posing the figures to suit a particular need or to widen the variety. Here is the stock dismounted Uhlan officer on the left, and one with replacement arms from the spares box on the right.
The horses were also dressed up a bit. The pack horse on the left has received additional loads. The horse on the right is a spare from the old Hasegawa M3 Stuart kit with his tack modified to better represent the Polish pattern.
Here are two of the horses under a coat of Mr. Surfacer 1000. There are held in clamp stands from TacketZ, a new company which produces a wide variety of holders for modeling tools and supplies for the workbench. TacketZ here:
Here are the completed Uhlans, ready to mount to the base.
The base is a simple dirt road with a few trees for interest. Vegetation is from Woodland Scenics.
This is the general layout. The Sd.Kfz. 247 has been abandoned by its crew and is being inspected by the Uhlan officer while other cavalrymen stand by. The vehicle is in disarray with open doors and various articles strewn about the interior.

Italeri sK 18 10,5 Field Gun Diorama Build in 1/72 Scale

Continuing on with my efforts to add figures and bases to my recent batch of vehicle builds, I wanted to depict the Italeri sK 18 Field Gun in a firing position. To add a little interest, there will also be some Soviet cavalry from Zvezda in the classic cavalry mission of operating in the enemy’s rear area and making a general nuisance of themselves.
There are two sprues in the Zvezda box, each containing one mounted figure. The Zvezda figures are crisply molded in hard plastic, and come with stands and a marker for wargame use. These are nice sets and there is a wide variety in the range.
I will be supplementing the Italeri artillery crew with another Zvezda set, this German Headquarters group. These are useful figures for many compositions. The Italeri field gun comes with five figures but the typical gun crew was seven, fortunately I was able to find some suitable additions from a 3D print file to make up the difference.
The contents of the Zvezda German Headquarters group box. Useful figures and a great value for the money!
I bought two boxes of the Soviet cavalry. The figures in the foreground are in stock poses with the molded-on reins replaced by thin strips of masking tape. The figure on the right has a replacement bedroll as there was no way to mold the undercut and it was obvious on this horse. The two figures in the rear are conversions mounted on First to Fight Polish Uhlan horses with replacement saddlebags. The figures are the same Zvezda cavalry again, with replacement arms and a head for variety.
Here are two of the Italeri artillerymen with basic colors applied and a gloss coat.
Here is the Soviet officer with basic colors, the paint has been sealed with a coat of Future, which is an acrylic. I have intentionally kept the colors on the lighter end of the spectrum to experiment with oil shading.
The figure was sprayed with a flat coat and then shadows were enhanced with thinned oils. I think the technique is encouraging and hope to improve with experience.
Trees will be used to provide a vertical element. These are made from the wire inside of lamp cord, which has many uses for modelers. Don’t throw away a broken lamp without salvaging the cord first!
Here is the final composition, with the Soviet cavalry charging the unsuspecting German artillery position from the woods. The base is of the same construction as the previous TKS tankette base, ground cover and foliage are from Woodland Scenics.