Not been doing much in the way of model building over the UK summer - busy with holidays, trips out and restoring one of my old motorcycles.
I think I also needed to take a break from it all and clear my head!
As some will know - I've visited Peenemünde a couple of times now, once with my flying club, and latterly on a family road trip in 2016. It's an interesting place to visit - excellent museum and a lot of atmosphere - and it's fired (sorry!) an interest in some of the amazing wartime projects that were resident there.
End of last year I acquired the Dragon 1:35 kit of the V-2 and was looking at purchasing a resin kit of the Meillerwagen transport trailer/errector.
Was just about to pay a lot of money for one on a French auction site when I saw Takom had announced a new kit of the V-2, Meillerwagen and towing Hanomag. Would save on costs - vastly reduce work - and be a lot more accurate...
SOLD to the modelholic that had seen yet another squirrel and just had to have it
That set off a need to research the subject over the summer and I found several things that would be great sources of research material/detail info - the excellent V-2 Website, a full set of operational/test manuals (in .pdf/English) and a stunning film made by the British Army during their test launches after the war. I'll post more on this as the build progresses.
This then set off another train of thought - like these things do...
How about a diorama - a test V-2 being set up on it's launch platform, with Wernher von Braun briefing a small number of senior officers regarding progress.
So that train of thought set of another stream of acquisition:
From the above I'm thinking the chap in long coat (I have a photo of Von Braun in almost identical attire) and officer on far right.
Just the officer on the right on the above - my son is going to grab the two tankers for one of his projects.
Far left and far right figures from the above set.
And some very nice Tamiya decals to help with uniform insignia.
Just a couple of suitable crew figures for the Meillerwagen/Launch Stand to find now.
This will be a slow build going on in the background - but stay tuned for further updates!
Secret Project - so just between us eh?
Oh - and *very* impressed with Imageshack so far for hosting these images...