Friday, June 4, 2010

Kampfgruppe Gräbner assembled.

Not a lot to say here, the pictures mostly speak for themselves. They mostly fit into the frame of the post so no need to click (unless you *really* want to...).

Airfix Sd.Kfz. 222:

Nice little kit, comes with two identical SMG wielders and an officer type as well as a highly useful Kübelwagen to transport an OP team or officer around.

Fujimi Sd.Kfz. 250.

Only got one picture of this before the batteries died. I found this kit incredibly frustrating. Things refused to line up correctly and occasional details, like the driver's viewport just seemed to be seperate to up the part count. Furthermore, I now need to get an MG42 to replace the gun that came with it, as it was the wrong variant. On the plus side, I now have a slightly mismoulded BMW bike to use for something, and a model of Rommel to use for something (after the spectacular hole in his chest is filled...).

Finally, Hauptsturmführer Gräbner himself.

A simple conversion made by sticking the kneeling officer from Revell's German Infantry set into the commander's cupola of the Revell Humber Mk II. Looks pretty good to me, well happy with the result. You can see the glue residue on the front where I decided I didn't like the look of the spare wheel (and really, what're the chances of capturing a Humber II with all the spares?) and there's a few small gaps here and there. There's also the controvery over exactly what kind of Humber he used, but I decided this one made more sense from a gaming perspective, giving him a bit of personal firepower to add to the unit rather than just a simple leadership bonus.

Forgot to photograph the five infantrymen who hitch a ride in the Sd.Kfz. 250 and I still haven't got my hands on a Sd.Kfz.232 8-Rad which is the last vehicle needed. It's a really BIG recon Batallion... or I just got carried away with all the cool stuff he used (which is far more likely). This also marks the first named model for a historical participant.

Bonus image, only noticed this when processing the photos for posting. Perhaps some form of advance German spyplane? Click for original context.


  1. Awesome effort Arquinsiel, It is well known thoughout the world that the 250 from ESCI/Italeri is one of the worst builds ever!

    However I have never had the pleasure of a Fujimi 250 perhaps its a detail thing on that scale.

    Keep up the good work!

  2. I've got a notion that because the chassis and hull would easily go together as two parts that they feel the need to fancy it up just to make the kit seem more worth the price than it is really. There's no justification for the high part count there whatsoever.

  3. Love the kits mate, really nice, tidy and well put together. The Bren teams, etc arrived today. A huge thanks for your support.


  4. Looks like you have been very busy :)

    For some reason my browser did not load the pics?
    I'll try another day

  5. The web server they're hosted on is currently up on bricks. It'll be a week or so before it's connected up again.

    I have been very busy, but sadly not particularly busy with toy soldiers. Real life has decided to get in the way and demand attention.

  6. Really interesting project. But is it still up?

    Last post August 2010?