Another 'hobby-to-the-side' of mine is the building of model kits and diorama's.
When i start building a model kit i really take my time to build it. Putting more effort into making it historically correct. It could take me 6-12 months to build a kit/diorama. Most of the kits/scenery's have a certain subject. Two of them i build after the likeness of an original photograph - one of these being of my own collection. This way it gives a challenge to make it look exactly the same and secondly it gives a 'color-view' of the original black&white photograph:
Model kit of a beute T34 model 1940 which i made
to resemble my original wartime photograph.
Su85 model kit which resembles a published photograph of a beute Su85 of the 128th PanzerJagerAbteilung /23rd Panzer Division, summer 1944, Romania.
SdKfz 7/1 Flakvierling 38 (4x20mm). This diorama is made after a scenery which is described in the book 'Black Edelweiss'. It depicts a vehicle of the 6th SS.FlakAbteilung/6th SS.Gebirgsjager Division "Nord" which is engaged in covering their infantry units during a fighting retreat battle near Muonio - Finland, November 1944. Hence its FlaK cannon is directed towards enemy ground units.
The soldiers wear the reversible Waffen SS winter uniforms - one side white and the other side camouflaged.
"Final Battle" depicts a Jagdtiger late version of the 501st SS.Pz.Abt./1st Pz.Div. "LSSAH" in the Waidhofen area - Austria May 7th 1945.
After the surrender of Germany some units decided to keep fighting - most of them did so to avoid being captured by the Soviets since the Soviets did not take any prisoners. Some Jagdtigers of this unit were still active in this area.
The model kit depicts an heavily damaged Jagdtiger which survived many ricochets.
Its commander is looking to the sky for enemy aircraft - one ear of his headphones to listen if he hears anything. He's studying a map to find a way out.
An early type Panzer 38(t). This tank was fabricated originally by the Czechoslovakian Skoda factories being one of the best German tanks during the early stages of the war. Many soon-to-be German tank aces started their careers in this type. The crew wears the original early black uniforms with berets. During the blitzkrieg tactics many tanks and vehicles wore german swastika flags for aerial recognition.
Work in progress. Early type Tiger of the 502nd s.Pz.Abteilung which fought at Leningrad. My plan is to make the Tiger, or one of the Tigers of the company, of panzer ace Otto Carius.