January 5, 2014
From another company called Der Kampfflieger, I have for you a British Dingo Scout Car and a German Panzer Jager I. Both come in 1/72 scale so sizing does not need to be done. Both models were easy to build but both had their problems.
The scout car is only about 1.25″ long. That is problem enough! Everything about the card was pretty straight forward. There was one part of the fender that was printed on the wrong side. Nothing that a touch of bleached bone paint couldn’t cure though.
The Panzer Jager I was easy except for the gun assembly. I ended up building the gun barrel out of plastic and adding the muzzle break from a bit of toothpick.
Dingo Scout Car and Panzer Jager I.
Dingo Scout Car and Panzer Jager I Side. The scout car wheels are on loose. Notice the back wheel is slightly “off”. The axle went in crooked. I am probably going to remove it and adjust.
The inner works of the PZJgr-I. The model was pretty easy to build but the gun was a pit of a pain. I could not roll the barrels so I ended up getting two sizes of plastic rod from the local hobby shop. 1/16″ is the top rod and something smaller is the bottom. The gun is not exact but is close enough. The bell at the end of the gun is cut from the end of a round toothpick.
Again, the models were quite inexpensive at about $3.00 each from E-card Models. Print and build as many as you like! The Dingo took about 2.5 hours to build but the PzJgr-I took something along the lines of 6.5 hours. Good thing I don’t need to many of those! As with any photography, some of the imperfections immediately showed up in the shots. I assure you, the tanks look way better in person, especially from 3 feet away.
Panzer Jager I
Daimler Dingo Scout Car
January 5, 2014
No Lord of the Rings collection is complete with out Elves. These are from Caesar Miniatures from their MiniKnight Fantasy collection. Like most plastic miniatures boxes, these figures come on identical sprus. Companies do this for efficiency reasons. The cost of plastic miniature molds is even higher than that of metal miniature molds. The downside of this is that when you have command figures as well, you end up with 3-4 extra figures of leaders, standard bearers and sometimes musicians.
The sculpting on this set is very good. The look and feel is that of old school elves with simple clothing and cloaks for rangers and limited torso armor for the High Elves. There is nothing over the top about any of these figures.
Below are pictures of all of the infantry possibilities and a final shot of 2 regiments of elves.
Armored Elves (Front) with an archer, 2 swordsmen, standard bearer, leader/hero, lady caster and she-ranger. The ranger is out of place but has been included to show the contents. The figure looks like it was taken from World of Warcraft.
Armored Alves (Left Side)
Armored Elves (Right Side)
The Army Arrayed
One common complaint about these figures is the large ears. It is true they are quite large but once painted up are hardly noticeable. The box says 35+ figures. I believe there were 4 of every figure in my box. There were enough figures for a 10 man melee unit, 4 other armored bowmen to add to the armored unit and a 12 rangers. The extra command and caster figures can be painted in different color schemes and can probably be reposed or used for parts for other conversions.
Caesar Miniatures Elves Approximately $12.