Part of my “block” clearly was my feeling of being overwhelmed by the two main projects I have going right now. Rapid Fire demands some moderate forces. If you want to game the Siege of Tobruk, you needs a fair few figures. I don’t know that I will ever get to that level but even the more moderate sized forces seem a bit daunting, especially since I am using card models for my vehicles.
I’ve broken my build process down by unit and am currently trying to stay focused on the early part of the Desert War. To that end, I am starting with the 5th Light Division and it’s recon battalion. It does require about 13 figures, 3 armored cards, a pair of combo motorcycles 2 kubelwagons, a half track, 2 heavy cars, an infantry gun and a PAK 36 AT gun. I’ve already built 3 kubelwagons. The third can either be used in the motorcycle infantry battalion or as part of the later era recon battalion. I have all the infantry though I need a 5cm mortar and one anti-tank rifle. Both, I believe I can scratch built out of plastruct and card. Junior General has an ATR. I can try cutting one out just the stock and replace the barrel with a thin piece of plastruct. The 5cm Mortar is really a tube, a base plate and a very small kick stand. It is not very different from the British 2″ mortar. Probably only the stand. I’ve already posted a picture of the kubelwagen. I am currently working on an sdkfz 222. The OB also calls for a 221 which only has an MG and has a smaller turret. I may just make them both 222s and not worry about the small turret. I can even make an alternate turret in case I want two 222s.
The final bit is the Horch 108 type 40 heavy car. I cannot find a card model for it. I believe Best Paper Models had one in 1/48 scale but it has not been posted to their new site yet. In fact, they only have posted about 20 of their more than 500 or so models so far. They are moving slowly. So, I will probably be venturing into the world of card model design. The Horch is relatively square. The hood should have rounded edges to make it look somewhat authentic. That will probably be the hardest part of this effort. I think I can do it though.
I started working on a Valentine tank, another not represented by a card model. That is a later era desert tank though. It shall sit on the back burner for a while, along with my M-3 Grants.