The engine was a Matbach HL 120trm with 6 gears forward 1 reverse and a top speed of 35km/hr. This vehicle first saw action in the Ardennes with 137 vehicles taking part in the offensive.
The walls were made from leftover building supply gyprock, painted orange, washed in black acrylics to tone the orange down and drybrushed again with orange. The flat faces of the walls were painted a light grey and washed in black to give them the burned effect.
The ground cover is made up of straight real gravel/dirt,2 colours of crushed kids chaulks, wood bits and a light coloured sand ballast for hi-lites in around where the figures would be standing.
The small section of upper floor was made with balsa wood and simply
washed with dirty brush cleaning water and a bit of black acrylics. Signs and
telephone pole are from Tamiya and a few roots were added to finish.
A Tamiya Schwimmwagon was also added with quite a bit of personal gear to give the lived in impression.
Finally I was not happy with the overall scene so decided to change it from Fall to late Fall with a first dusting of snow. This was done by sprinkling white sand ballast from above, letting it lay naturally then adding white glue and water mix to freeze it in place.
Photos and text © by Russ Sharp