Monday, September 30, 2013

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"- I'll never pee in the holy water again - PROMISE!!"

Behold the madness that was: Mexican Pulp Covers

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Panzer: Sturmgeschütz III, ausf C
A damaged Stug awaiting repairs, probably photographed late 1941 or early 1942 in Russia.
The vehicle marked "Pz4" in the background looks like a Panhard 178 armoured car, a number of which were captured from the French army in 1940 and used by the Wehrmacht as Panzerspähwagen P204 (f). Note the high number of "kill"marks painted on the Stug and the small silhouette painted above them which looks like a bunker. Taking out enemy fortifications was a job for the Stug as an infantry close support vehicle.
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Monday, September 23, 2013

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Keeping it real here at DAMIJWH with some MORE Japanese box art!

The above piece happens to be my all time favourite...made in the 1970s by Yoshiyuki Takani for Tamiya's 1/35 scale R/C Jagdpanther.



Curiously, the artwork differed slightly depending on what version of the kit you had in the box.

The full R/C version (with two electric motors included) would get you the art with soldiers standing on the back end of the JP and a motorcycle w. sidecar in the foreground, but If you opted for the R/C version with just ONE electric motor, your box art was without the soldiers and the motorcycle.

More here
(you have to join the forum to see the pics, but it's free)

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Panzer: Befehlspanther, Ausf A
A unit commander's version of the Panther, with the extra "star" antenna mounted on the engine deck behind the turret, enabling direct radio contact with Divisional or Corps HQ.
Note that the cylindrical box containing cleaning rods for the main gun has been moved from its standard position on the left-hand side of the upper hull and instead placed along the rear end of the engine deck. This was a field modification done by some Panther-equipped units to prevent the container from being damaged (smashed flat...) during the fighting.
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Monday, September 16, 2013

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If Japanese box art is to your taste, read about one of the great masters Shigeo KOIKE
Fans of Hasegawa aircraft kits will be familiar with his work.


Shigeo Koike in his studio.

Realising how small his paintings actually are make them even more remarkable I think...

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Panzer: Pzkfw IV, Ausf H
A typical mid-war (summer of 1943 is my guess) Panzer IV, complete with zimmerit anti-magnetic coating and schürtzen armour.Some of the panzermen assembled are wearing the green denim fatigue uniform over their black panzer uniform, suggesting the panzer was undergoing maintenance work or being prepared for an upcoming assault.
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Monday, September 09, 2013

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No.
I have nothing to say this week...

Except maybe this: a well-dressed pipe-smoking man can always find a place in the world.

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Panzer: Pzkpfw III, Ausf N
A couple of panzer III's moving along, probably on the North-Eastern front, fall 1943. Despite being replaced by the Panzer IV and Panther as the main battle tank of the Wehrmacht, Panzer III's served on, usually on the less busy sectors of the front where it could still stand up well against partisan units and enemy infantry that lacked armoured support.
On close examination it is visible that the foremost Panzer III lacks the MG 34's normally fitted next to the main gun and in the ball mount in the frontal armour, suggesting this vehicle operated well behind the front lines, perhaps with a training detachment.
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Monday, September 02, 2013

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WHAT!! no posting at DAMIJWH!!!

Have had a very busy week... but : you gets your Panzer!

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Panzer: Panzerjäger Tiger Ausf B "Jagdtiger"
The gutted hulk of a Jagdtiger lies somewhere in western Germany, spring/ summer 1945.
This particular Jagdtiger was photographed exstensively by passing GI's who wanted a souvenir photo to bring home, revealing that the entire roof of the fighting compartment is missing and the vehicle was probably blown up by the crew just before they surrendered.
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