Showing posts with label Conversions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Conversions. Show all posts

20 September 2009

Nebelwerfer Scratch-Build – Juan Reyes

Scratch-built Nebelwerfer

Our gaming group had a list of things we needed to build for some of the forthcoming games we had planned in the Disposable Heroes Arnhem campaign, one of those being a Nebelwerfer.

The old Esci kit still hasn't yet been re-released by Italeri and the expensive prices on Ebay for the old Esci kit made it a no-no, and resin or lead alternatives aren't really our thing, but Juan said he'd take care of it.





The rocket-tubes on the Nebelwerfer are made out of sprue, and the split-trail carriage, and wheel assembly are from the HaT Industrie German Pak-36 37mm Anti-Tank Gun.

The Steyr 1500A in the background is also another of Carlos de la Concha's Altaya-Repaints.

26 May 2009

Altaya Die-Cast Repaints



Some more of the new Altaya die-cast tanks recently out on the market here in newsagents in Spain.





Ideal for wargamers. Not really worth building models when these are on sale for just 10.95 Euros apiece.

Some photos below of of Altaya die-casts repainted by fellow wargamer Carlos de la Concha. The figures inside that repainted "Rommel Chariot" are two old Matchbox figures.








06 March 2009

Aifrix Bedford QLD Conversion

Aifrix Bedford QLD Conversion by Doug Iovinelli

Second installment of some more really nice conversions by Doug Iovinell from San Diego. As per the boats in the previous post, I meant to put these on the main website some time back, but they got misplaced on my old computer and I only recently dug them out again (sorry about the long delay Doug).

"I have been slowly converting the Airfix Bedford, two months, into the QLD. The pictures should explain most of it. I used cardboard and a paper napkin for the tarpaulin. The back end is completely scratch built. It was fun painting it too. I have not yet decided what unit markings I shall paint.

Doug Iovinelli"




18 February 2009

Sherman ARV - Trumpeter 1/72 Conversion


From Pablo Alvarez in Tenerife, another 1/72 scale conversion, a heavily modified Trumpeter kit built into a Sherman ARV







02 February 2009

Airfix / Hasegawa Churchill Conversions in 20mm Scale - Teide Hobby

If you ever get to visit the island of Tenerife, don't miss out on a trip to the old town of La Laguna in the north. Apart from old style colonial buildings and a quiet and quite different type of day out far from the more typical tourist centres, it's an excuse for us modelling enthusiasts to get to visit a model shop, Teide Hobby.

It's actually probably one of the few remaining traditional old-style privately owned model shops that still exist today, most others in developed countries are now steadily dwindling away, many having gone over to to supermarket / franchise style outlets which often employ staff with little or even no knowledge of the products they're selling.

The owner of Teide Hobby, Pablo, is an avid modeller and knows the hobby well. He's also got a workroom in his shop where you'll always find him on the go on various projects. You can talk to him about any aspect of modelling and you'll get a reply from someone like yourself who knows the hobby well.

Last time I was there, he showed me some conversions he's working on, some kitbashes using parts from the Haswegawa and Airfix Churchills, pictures of which I'm pleased to post here.















21 January 2009

Desert Figs – Mine Detector Teams - Figure Conversions


A few photos of some recent 1/72 plastic-figure conversion work on 8th Army mine-detector teams.

Squaddies


Kiwis


Indian Inf.

30 January 2008

Dimestore 1/72 boat conversions by Doug Iovinelli



I was sent some really nice photos of a conversion done by a friend, Doug Iovinelli, some time ago. I meant to put these on the main website back then, but they got misplaced on my old computer and I only recently dug them out again (sorry about the long delay Doug).

"I bought some toy boats for my 3 year old daughter and one of them was screaming to be converted into a D-Day Europe Station keeping boat. Since I had not really looked into what one looked like in any detail, I used my liberal imagination to convert this toy boat into something that I imagined might be in the water to guide the landing craft to the correct beach and double as a rescue boat for any unlucky boats. It will join my collection of landing craft.

Doug Iovinelli"








13 March 2007

1/72 Scale Conversions from the Toy Arena - Doug Iovinelli


Two little conversions from the toy arena by Doug Iovinelli (Dugzmodels)

1st - a VW that I repainted in DAK colors


2nd - A G.I Joe bulldozer that I repainted into Allied colors to work with those beach engineers


29 June 2006

Flakpanzer V Coelian by Bram Corts

By Bram Corts (original article formerly on the miniaturezone.co.uk website)

The green Panther-conversion is a so-called flakpanzer V coelian






It's a what-if project because the Germans only made a mock-up of the vehicle. The turret is scratch-build and I used the Hasegawa Panther G with steelwheels as base.

Copyright Bram Corts, Netherla

14 June 2004

Grant Armoured Recovery Vehicle

Grant ARV - By Jorit Wintjes -  (original article formerly on the miniaturezone.co.uk website)

The result of a rebuilding project of an old, battered Airfix kit - and the accidental destruction of the scratchbuilt turret (the Airfix Grant turret is totally out of shape, as is the Hasegawa one) I put sooo much work into :((.

Faced with the prospect of doing all the laminating and reshaping again, I decided to go for a recovery vehicle instead.





Stowage boxes and pioneer tools are scratchbuilt, as are the headlamp guards. I loaded the vehicle with stuff from the spares box and tried to give it a well-worn look; it's not as glossy as it looks in the pictures.

The trailer is a stock Airfix one that comes with the Halftrack.

© Jorit Wintjes (June-2004) (original article formerly on the miniaturezone.co.uk website)

15 January 2004

Hasegawa Crusader with Airfix Turret

Hasegawa Crusader with Airfix Turret - Jorit Wintjes (original article formerly on the miniaturezone.co.uk website)

The Crusader was built by mating a Hasegawa hull and an Airfix turret.

While the Airfix hull has some dimensional problems - it's too short - the Hasegawa turret looks like anything but a Crusader one.

I scratchbuilt a new turret roof to get the angles and the hatch correct, and spent some time getting the opening mechanism right - only to hide the latter from view with a poorly painted crew figure. Kinda unsmart... Getting the scratchbuilt sideskirts look right (they should bend slightly outwards) was very difficult.

In the end they still look rather flattish, but you have to be rather close to the model to see that (and if you're that close, your attention will be drawn to a number of other shortcomings :) ).





I also tried to improve the look of the tracks by cutting them into small sections to get some sagging effect, but this didn't work out as intended - actually, around the sprocket, it worked just the other way round!

To get an accurate representation I should also have reworked the engine deck, the side stowage bins and the air filters, but I decided to call it a day and simply load it up with stowage stuff (scratchbuilt or from the spares box).

© Jorit Wintjes - Würzburg, Germany (2004) (original article formerly on the miniaturezone.co.uk website)

30 July 2003

MiniatureZone Gallery Archives (2000 - 2006) - Jorit Wintjes - Seehund Midget Submarine

This article is one of many articles and gallery contributions from fellow amateur smallscale enthusiasts all over the world that appeared on the old MiniatureZone website during the first six years its existence when there were only a handful of websites dedicated to smallscale models and wargaming. 

If you've been around on the internet since back then, we hope you like the nostalgia, and if you´re a newcomer, hope you enjoy looking too.



The Seehund midget submarine is actually a 1/87 piece from the Dutch company Artitech. The kit consists of a beautiful one-piece casting and some smaller resin parts; you get two of these waterline subs in one box (or rather bag). I binned the smaller resin parts, made new periscopes and vacuformed a new perspex cupola.


Comparing the result with various references showed two interesting things: 1) there were many small differences between the subs that were actually built and 2) the kit's conning tower is too large for 1/87. This actually made me quite happy - I converted an Airfix MP into a RN officer, and voila: Kiel, August 1945, collection point for ex-Kriegsmarine hardware.

This was really a fun project. Scratchbuilding the smaller parts took perhaps 15 minutes, the rest was painting and  enjoying the result, which could serve as a nice accessory to a harbour layout for a wargame.






Copyright 2003 Jorit Wintjes

MiniatureZone Gallery Archives (2000 - 2006) - Jorit Wintjes - Afrika Korps

This article is one of many articles and gallery contributions from fellow amateur smallscale enthusiasts all over the world that appeared on the old MiniatureZone website during the first six years its existence when there were only a handful of websites dedicated to smallscale models and wargaming. 


If you've been around on the internet since back then, we hope you like the nostalgia, and if you´re a newcomer, hope you enjoy looking too.



Airfix SdKfz 222

From the Airfix recce set, which I really like. Apart from minor additions (Matchbox MG 34), stowage, battle damage and heavy wheathering it's straight out of the box. 

On the model, the air recce panel (which is dimensionally probably wrong, but I didn't care too much about that...) is dull red and not bright of the glossy 'here-I- am-shoot-at-me'-kind.






Matchbox SdKfz 251/10

A converted Matchbox vehicle - well, 'converted' is way too much, in fact, I simply mounted the Matchbox 37mm AT gun and rearranged the interior. Stowage again comes from the spares box, the crewmen are converted Matchbox figures. Should have done something about the tracks...






Kubelwagen

From the Airfix recce set as well, once again straight out of the box with some minor details (side windows, rear mirror etc) and stowage added. Again converted Matchbox figures as crewmen.



BMW sidecar

From the Matchbox/Revell SdKfz 11/Pak 40 set, which is a nice little model in itself; The driver (rider?) came with it, the other figure is - again - a converted Matchbox figure. Here the only additions are some stowage and the machine gun mounted on the sidecar.




Copyright 2003 Jorit Wintjes