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Discussion in 'Trench Art' started by militaryillustrator, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. militaryillustrator

    militaryillustrator Member

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    I painted this one last year. It's still one of my favourites.
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    This, along with several other WWII paintings I've recently done can be found over on my site (see link below).

    Cheers,

    Andrew
     
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    nice work. love how you even got the zimmerit(?) looking on it.
     
  3. militaryillustrator

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    Thanks and yes! They take a little time to do but the effect is worth it. I find tracks the most time consuming detail, however.
     
  4. militaryillustrator

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    Latest effort, Tiger II of 3 Schwere SS-Panzer Abteilung 501, December 1944.

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    Just a comment and not intended as a criticism but a command Tiger had no co-ax MG in the turret. The hole was blanked off and you could not see it under the zimm.
    007 was aslo a steel wheel Tiger.
     
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    Thanks for the heads up. Both should be pretty easy to fix. But I can't find any reference to the removal of the MG, however. Do you have a source to confirm this? Thanks.
     
  7. m kenny

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    This is a link to a model but it shows the plugged MG port clearly. Note that this Tiger has the front shackle extensions as the 'cut-out' type rather than the earlier 'straight edge' style depicted in your illustration.
    It also shows the 3 antenna set up on a Befehlswagen VI
    The MG was removed to accomodate the radio equipment.

    missing-lynx.com - Gallery - Franck Edet's Befhelstiger
     
  8. militaryillustrator

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    The removal of the MG for radio equipment makes sense and the shackle extensions should also be easy to fix. The model is a great visual aid, but I will do some more research and see if I can find something a little more authoritative. Thanks again for your keen eye!
     
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    Nice work militaryillustrator!!!!!!!
     
  10. m kenny

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    As I said I used the model because it was very clear. There were some on-line Befehlswagen plans but they show unzimmed vehicles and the plugged MG post still shows as a circle-easy to believe it still is open.
    I really have not got the time to wade through my books to find the actual specification for a Tiger Bfhl. maybe some one else will do it for you.
    Note that the plugged port is so indicative of a command Tiger that photos have been positively identified just on that one feature. Only a rear view shows details that mark out command Tigers from a distance..
    I.E see a Tiger with no turret MG hole and it is a command Tiger. That is how important this feature (or lack of) is.

    Here are 3 photos from Normandy that show it clearly.


    SS 101

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    Heer 503

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    SS 102

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    Thanks. I found these too, along with some info on the other issues you pointed out. It appears that the unit had a mixture of wheel types in mid-44, but I will use the steel wheel. I see that first image (008) has the binocular sight rather than the monocular one, which was introduced in April 44. I may have to change this too. Thanks again.
     

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