Monday, November 14, 2011
Winter Break outside Leningrad
Taking a break from aviation, I went back to 1/35 scale AFVs and vehicles in general. I was given the old Tamiya Panzerkampfwagen IVD as a present from my wife less than a year ago, and although I finished the vehicle in a fortnight, I really did not know want to do with it. The hot summer made me think of colder places, and thus this little Leningrad piece was conceived. There are some minor add-ons on the PzKw IV, but it is basically out of the box and painted as a vehicle from the 6th Panzer Division, which was deployed in Heeresgruppe Nord as part of the Fourth Panzer Group and the XXXXI Motorized Corps before being transferred to Heeresgruppe Mitte in October. The 6th Panzer Division ended up being stuck outside Leningrad after the initial successes of Operation Barbarossa, and the diorama depicts a fuel depot just behind the front some time after the first snow. The tank commander one of the Tamiya figures that comes with their Hummel, and the frozen sentry is an old Warriors resin figure. The base is plaster, and oil drums, sign posts, etcetera, are either scratch built or Tamiya offerings. The snow is baking soda.