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Building a Corsec 1/56th scale LCVP

October 17, 2017

I recently purchased three 1/56th scale LCVP kits from Coresec Engineering for a D-Day scenario.  The kits are in laser cut MDF and plasticard.

http://www.corseceng.com/products/28mm-lcvp-landing-craft-kit

The kits come in flat shrink-wrapped packs, with no instructions, but a bid of fiddling with trial and error resulted in a pretty nice landing craft. Below is a step-by-step on assembling one.

  1. Shrink-wrapped kit, laser cut MDF on one side, laser cut plasticard on the other

Coresec LCVP laser cut MDF

Coresec LCVP plastic card

2. Separate the pieces from the MDF “sprue,” and do the same for the plasticard when you need each piece.

Coresec LCVP parts

3. Assemble the hull.

  1. Glue the bulkhead to the bottom piece (with the tread pattern)
  2. Glue the ribs into place from the rear forward, one pair at a time. I found that doing the two rear ribs first allowed me to glue the upper section into place.  Then glue each rib (pair by pair seemed more stable) in place to join the lower and upper hulls
  3. Glue the “instrument” panel into place where the driver figure will stand, on the right side making a shelf that joins with the bulkhead — under the upper hull piece
  4. Leave the assault ramp and round gun tubs alone for now

Coresec LCVP - Assemble Body

4. Glue the rear hull panels into place after cutting them from the plasticard set. The pieces glue on long side up, with the slant towards the outsides.

Coresec LCVP rear hull panels1

Coresec LCVP rear hull panels2

5. Glue the long side hull pieces onto the ribs of the boat, and use rubber bands to light hold them on while drying.

Coresec LCVP rear hull side panels

Coresec LCVP rear hull side panels2

6. Glue the armored hull pieces into place on the inside of the boat kit, starting with the rear section and then both sides.

Coresec LCVP box armor1

Coresec LCVP box armor2

Coresec LCVP box armor3

7. Glue the rear armor plate into place into the slot behind the gun tubs, as well as the two front hull pieces. The front hull pieces glue in long side up, slant outwards.

Coresec LCVP front hull

8. Glue on the two gun tubs and the steering wheel/door ramp wheel.

Coresec LCVP rear gunner armor

9. Glue the plasticard door plate onto the outside of the assault door/ramp. The door as the tread pattern facing the inside of the boat. Make sure the pattern etched into the door plate is facing outwards.

Coresec LCVP assault door

10. Add more details and bits if you like. I’ve added  struts on the sides of the armor plating as well as cleats and the bollard in the rear. Magnets in the assault doors keep them closed.

Coresec LCVP work in progress

11. You can also get 28mm LVT crew figures from Company B that go well with this boat.

  1. Gun tub MG crew: https://company-b-models-and-miniatures.myshopify.com/collections/crews-for-afvs/products/miniatures-usn-lvta-tub-gunners2?variant=15950897667
  2. General LVT crew: https://company-b-models-and-miniatures.myshopify.com/products/miniatures-usn-lvta-4-crew-2?variant=15950880835

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On the Workbench: хэви-метал! (1/48th scale KV-1 tanks)

January 21, 2015

More heavy metal for my”28mm” WW2 armor wargaming collection – a platoon of KV-1 heavy tanks. These are two different 1/48th scale model kits I got cheap on eBay. One is an old Bandai kit, the other is a newer Tamiya kit. The Tamiya kit has lots o great detail, despite the finicky tank tread bits the hull is of die-case metal and makes it feel more survivable as a game figure. I tend to mix my armor scales, with most of my heavy tanks in 1/48th scale and my Medium/Lights in 1/50th and 1/56th/. I’ve found it all looks OK as long as the same kind of tanks are kept to the same scale — so don’t mix 1/48th scale and 1/56th scale Shermans, doesn’t look good!

Let’s see how that platoon of Panzer IIIs I finished earlier fare against these beasts!

 

1/48th scale KV-1 tanks ready for service.

 

 

On the Workbench — 1/285th scale Gear Krieg 3D test prints

August 24, 2014

While working on 3D artwork to up-scale Gear Krieg from 15mm to 1/56th scale for 28mm Weird War 2 gaming, we also took GK down a notch to 1/285th scale. Here are some initial prototype 3D prints from Shapeways with some 1/285th GHQ vehicles as scale reference. The General Early and Valkyrie walkers were printed in White Strong Flexible and look fairly rough. The gun barrels will need to be re-done, and the models would benefit from finer printing. The G-27 and AWA were printed in Frosted Detail.

Group Shot

US General Early combat walkers and non-canon USMC amphibious walkers

More US General Early combat walkers

Soviet G-27 light combat walkers

German Valkyrie combat walkers

 

USMC Amphibious Combat Walker

August 10, 2014

This is a prototype WW2 USMC Amphibious Combat Walker. Why should the Army get all the fun? Those jarheads need close fire support against the Japanese, and a combat walker is just the thing. While the Marines used Army Walkers for a bit, it’s only fair and just they get their own. This design is based on the LVT series of amphibious landing vehicles and close support vehicles. The hull of the AWA (Assault Walker Amphibious) is shaped like a boat’s hull and the legs and land propulsion system tucks up against the side creating an ungainly yet seaworthy combat walker. While less seaworthy than a LVT, it can take choppier seas and swells than a Dual Drive Tank and when combined with it’s walking ability can cross coral reefs and other obstacles that would trap a standard LVT or DD tank.

Propulsion and Mobility: A dual-drive inline radial engine powers the vehicle on land and in the water. In water transport mode the AMA’s protected propellers draw water through intakes in the lower hull, with secondary motive power provided by the walker’s tracks, which are modeled after the LVT and have “scoop” shaped treads which help propel the craft. When on land the crew have their choice of “road” travel mode or walker mode. In walking mode the walker’s weight is more evenly distributed than other US walkers through broader feet and support struts that allow it to walk on soft and sandy soil. The AWA also has sharp “toes” in it’s front wheel housing that allow it to climb sharper grades and hills, digging into the soil and providing more traction.

Armor: Like all combat walkers there’s a trade off in mobility and protection and it has about the same armor as the US General Early M11A3 combat walker (GK) or the M17A1 Medium Walker (WWE).

Weapons: The AWA “Satan” is designed as a close support walker and mounts a modified 75 mm Howitzer Motor Carriage M8 – armed with a 75 mm howitzer, and a Canadian Ronson flamethrower. The Ronson has a small napthalene fuel tank with less pressure and range than a standard mount, but sufficient to take out most fortified positions. The AWA also mounts a front pintel .30cal Browning LMG, plus an armored gun tub with an additional .30cal Browning LMG.

There are stats for the AWA given in NUTS: War Without End, but should this become part of GearKrieg’s “official” world?

On the Workbench: Early WW2 Russian & German tanks

June 12, 2014

With NUTS! Final Version out, I’m finally sitting down at the workbench for some unfinished projects — early WW2 Russian and German tanks. I just completed some 1/56th scale Soviet T-28 heavy tanks by the sculpting guru Tony Ashcroft, and next up is a platoon of German Pzr. III Ausf J tanks to give them a run for their money. These are the older kits from JTFM,  and I will probably get extra turrets to swap out for the Ausf F version.


T-28 Heavy Tanks


Pzr. III Ausf J tanks

1/56th scale General Early first production kits

June 14, 2011

New pulls of the Early mech from the molds by JTFM. These are the production kit resin components. JTFM has really done a nice job on these. Notice the grab holds and other cast on details!

General Early 1/56th scale first production kit - Driving , Scout mode

General Early 1/56th scale first production kit - Driving mode (turret)

General Early 1/56th scale first production kit - Scout mode

General Early 1/56th scale first production kit - Walking mode (turret)

Valkyrie Hull Prints in Hand

May 16, 2011

Valkyrie Hull Prints

I just got some rapid prototype hull prints of the 1/56th scale Valkyrie in hand from Shapeways. The Valkyrie has been designed in 3D courtesy of Shane Smith, and worked on through multiple edits to arrive at the final design. This set is for personal use and review, the final master is being printed via Moddler. Moddler is able to print incredibly detailed models, very impressive. We are using the same process for other vehicles currently in design. I’ll release more images as I work on these.

NUTS! War Without End coming in June 2011

April 24, 2011

NUTS! War Without End draft cover art

Here’s a sneak peak at the cover art — all the weird war madness you could ever want in one book!

NUTS! Weird War 2 first draft rules in playtest

April 21, 2011

Whew! The initial hard rules grinding for NUTS! Weird War 2 is done and now it’s time to try and break ’em with playtesting. I’ve found that while what you’ve written is self-evidently brilliant and ground breaking (to yourself!), the real test is when someone not close to the rules takes a read and says “What is this gibberish!?!”

“Why, what do you mean?,” says the brilliant rules author.

“I can’t understand what these rules are supposed to do, this modifier chart is too complex, I don’t get why that unit does what it does, and what about this other rule that blows up the game by unbalancing the thing-a-ma-jingy charge against the whats-it-whose-it?”

“Oh,” says deflated less than brilliant rules author. “I hadn’t thought of that…”

So thanks to those who’ve stepped forward to help playtest. If you’d like to help, just drop me a line and I can send you a draft!

Draft NUTS! Stalingrad Cover reviewed

January 4, 2011

I just had the chance to review the cover art that Ed at Two Hour Wargames worked up for the upcoming NUTS! Stalingrad book. It looked really nice, I’m looking forward to seeing a final review draft and then off to the world!!