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Panzerzug BP42 (Armored Train)

Posted by T. Dürrschmidt on 05 Jun 2020, 16:23

Hello,

by today I have finished my "longest" diorama so far (1,3 meters). It shows a German "Einheitspanzerzug" BP 42 pattern, Italy or Balkans 1944.To be more precise, the real train was exact double as long as my model.

The real train had the following components…

1. Abstosswagen
2. Panzerträgerwagen
3. Kanonen- und Flakwagen
4. Kommandowagen
5. Geschützwagen
6. Kohletender
7. Panzerlok (from this one my model starts)
8. Kohletender
9. Geschützwagen
10.Kommandowagen
11.Kanonen- und Flakwagen
12.Abstosswagen (I leveled this one up with an additional 3,7cm Flak).

The train had also two armored track cars, for reccon purposes. Normally These were French Panhards but I used an Italian one….(better model by Italeri).

The Lok, Geschützwagen and Flakwagen are from Hobby Boss (very good quality). They also provide the tracks and the base.

The Abstosswagen is a resin kit by tp model
The Panzerträgerwagen from UM-models
Panzer 38t by Pegasus
Autoblinda AB40 by Italeri
Figures by Preiser, Caesar, Zvezda and Munich Kits.
Flak 37 by Revell
Crates, spare weapons etc. mostly by Black Dog
additional decals for the Locomotive by Peddinghaus decals


It took me about 80-90 hours to build it. One big problem was the connection between the different brand vehicles. Mostly they don´t fit very well. So I had to use a bit "camouflage" to hide it.
There are quite little historic sources about these trains….it was nevertheless interesting to learn something about it.

A real benefit were the Preiser figs from different sets. These are hard plastic, quite fiddly to build but they have a good potential for conversions and the relaxed poses, eating lunch are just great.

Best regards from Northern Bavaria
Thomas

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The Panzerlok

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The Geschützwagen

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The Kommandowagen

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The Kanonen- und Flakwagen

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The Panzerträgerwagen

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The Abstosswagen

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The AB40 Panzerdraisine

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"One of our aircraft?"

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The Abstosswagen was also equipped with material to repair tracks.

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Posted by Kekso on 05 Jun 2020, 17:22

Absolutely impressive. I've never seen something like that before :love:
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Posted by C M Dodson on 05 Jun 2020, 18:27

Very nice indeed Thomas.

A monster project but completed with your usual skill and eye for composition.

The pictures, as always are lovely.

Best wishes,

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Posted by marc zijp on 06 Jun 2020, 02:04

A truly great and wonderful work. One of the best in this subject I’ve seen.
Outstanding.
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Posted by Wiking on 06 Jun 2020, 08:58

Still on my to do list. Also only the half train, too.
My biggest vitrine do not provide me 1.3 meter. :mad:

Yes to build the French support vehicle by RPM is ... different.

The pic with the whole train and especially the shadow is nice.
Started left, big to the far right, small.

Very nice Dio.
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Posted by T. Dürrschmidt on 06 Jun 2020, 11:17

Another option would be to build every wagon bith base for itself and put together each piece for a bigger diorama. But I am not a big fan of that, even if it saves storage room.

As you said Wiking, the RPM-model...I saw some pictures of it and I was not very happy with it. To be honest I have never heard of this company. Once I bought some WW2 models from unknown brands and all landed in the trash bin, for they were a pain in the a... to build and they had very poor casting quality.

But I was very pleased with the "Panzerträgerwagen" by UM Models. It was my first model from this company.
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Posted by Rich W on 07 Jun 2020, 11:21

This looks fantastic! Must be a nightmare to keep stored safely though...
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Posted by Bill Slavin on 07 Jun 2020, 15:00

That is beautifully executed. The figures are extremely well done. And I love how so many are anxiously looking up in the sky - you can feel the tension.
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Posted by Hellboy on 10 Jun 2020, 18:27

I am speechless ... :shock: The train is really cool !!!!! :yeah: Great done .... :-D ... and I love these Preiser figures!!!!!
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Posted by T. Dürrschmidt on 10 Jun 2020, 21:17

Thank you guys! I feel honored.
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Posted by lobo on 11 Jun 2020, 05:48

Awesome work. At first I Thought it was 1/35 scale…Congratulations.
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Posted by T. Dürrschmidt on 12 Jun 2020, 21:37

Thank you lobo! I saw once a train of this kind in 1:35. It was huge! 1/72 is the perfect scale for projects like this.
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Posted by Ben90 on 14 Jun 2020, 01:51

Wow! Looks impressive! Great paintjob, the camo looks very nice!
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Posted by Kostis Ornerakis on 14 Jun 2020, 23:38

Wonderful work!! :yeah: :-D
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Posted by Edmund2019 on 16 Jun 2020, 01:39

Outstanding diorama. Love the composition and the different groups of figures with natural poses and attitudes.
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Posted by T. Dürrschmidt on 16 Jun 2020, 21:08

Thanks for the many replies, mates!
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Posted by TK on 16 Jun 2020, 22:00

Very nice, especialy the figures are painted very lifelike.
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Posted by Bessiere on 16 Jun 2020, 22:18

Mr.Durrschmidt I tip my hat in salute to you for this massive yet fine work. Incredible variety of figure poses and I love that you have so many figures with the train (as it actually would have been). such a beautiful piece of engineering by the Germans, kind of a shame a single P47 could lay one to waste but that's war, eh? Extraordinary work Herr Durrschmidt!
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Posted by Minuteman on 17 Jun 2020, 09:04

Truly amazing, great work both in the execution of the whole model and also in the research behind it.

The camouflage scheme looks particularly impressive, although quite how you would have 'hidden' a machine as big as this and running on railway tracks is a mystery.
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Posted by stephane42 on 17 Jun 2020, 09:39

wonderfull diorama ! :yeah: :yeah:
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