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.
Here is a small diorama featuring Polish Uhlan cavalry advancing, supported by a TKS tankette. Even a horse makes the TKS look small! The TKS and figures are manufactured by First to Fight, horses are from Zvezda.
Several of the blogs and boards I follow are devoted to the painting of (and/or gaming with) “minis”. The work of these figure painters is fantastic and inspiring, but makes me more aware of the limitations of my own modeling skills. I need practice, so I decided to add bases and figures to my recent batch of completed vehicles.
Dragon’s Protze is a nice little kit, and useful for many diorama applications. This one wears the Brown over Panzer Gray camouflage seen in the first months of the war.
The Sd.Kfz. 247 Ausf. A is a comparatively rare Wehrmacht vehicle used in the initial campaigns of WWII. I have modeled this example in the Panzer Gray and brown camo seen during the Polish Campaign. This is the First to Fight kit with doors opened and several added details.
This is a Polish TKS tankette with a 20mm cannon. The kit is from First to Fight, a Polish company which specializes in Polish and German subjects from the 1939 invasion. Their catalog includes several vehicles which are uncommon or unique in 1/72 scale.