Sunday, June 28, 2015

Revell Krupp Protze and a Basing Blitz

I had a great game last night with Rabbit Man and the gang.  I’ll write it up anon but you can read James’ account of how the Fascist hordes were stalled on the road to Moscow.

I haven’t made a plastic kit in a while.  I found this in a local hobby store some months ago and thought I’d use it to keep my hand in.  It’s the Revell Krupp Protze truck with 3.7 cm anti-tank gun. It will be useful for Chain of Command games, which make sense for my 20mm collection.

I don’t think it quite dawned on me that this was a 1/76 scale kit.   All the other Revell kits I’ve made are 1/72.  Some research on the inter webs revealed that this was originally a Matchbox kit.

Painted with Vallejo 73.603 German Panzer Grey Surface Primer.  Drybrushed with Americana Yellow Ochre hobby paint.  I see in the photo below I forgot to dry rush the bit above the drop gate, which looks far too clean.

Nice to have a 3.7cm AT gun.  I think I’ll base it separately.  I can use the crew figures from the Matchbox Opel Blitz and 7.5cm PAK kit.

For the past two weeks I’ve been on a basing blitz.   I’ve made up MDF bases for all my 20mm German vehicles.  Each one is magnetized on the bottom, to fit into the ubiquitous cookie tins to get ready for the coming move and for better storage.   Here are the German A and B echelons.  It’s interesting to look at the various paint schemes I’ve used over the years, including the three Hanomags, a grey and rust pattern which I think I originally took from a Matchbox paint guide in my youthful naiveté.  There are two Pz MkIIs and a Pz 38 in that paint scheme which I haven’t based yet.




These figures bring my 2015 totals to:

28mm:  Foot Figures: 19; Mounted Figures: 10

20mm:  Vehicles: 1; Artillery: 1 

15mm: Armour/Vehicles: 5

6mm:  Scenic pieces:  7

Kilometres Run: 252


  1. Don't worry, Padre. So long as you keep, say, 1/72 Shermans with 1/72 Shermans and 1/76 PAK 36's with 1/72 PAK 36's, you can't tell the difference. It's only when you mix up the scales within the same units you sometime see a bit of a difference. Nice job, BTW.

  2. Looks pretty cool to me Padre.
    That's quite a collection you have there.

  3. 1/76 and 1/72 should be close enough on the table. Heck, we often see that size of variation within the same manufacturers' vehicles.

    You continue to churn out some very nice models.

    Great stuff!

  4. Great work- I'm a big fan of the old Matchbox kits.



  5. Lovely looking model. I'm pretty sure I've got the old Matchbox model in my mountain of kits to make.

    The age old question about this scale is whether to base or not. I was a non-baser, but then started basing the guns and thinking about the vehicles, but trying to come up with a temporary method so I can have the best of both.

    I'm doing WW2 in both 15mm and 1/72nd (1/76th) which doesn't help.

  6. Looking good, padre. One of the best things about basing on magnets is that the storage boxes are free and you even get to eat the cookies first!

  7. Looks really good, Michael.
    And for the scale problem: To my mind mostly (!) 1/72 and 1/76 work well as long as you don't have the diffent scale directly besides each other.

  8. Looks great Michael! I never worried too much about the slight difference scales either! Nice collection too!

  9. Looking good Padre! I don't think the scale difference will be much of an issue.


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