The « V » weapons and a Vintage Revell kit of 1972
Hello friends and modellers.
I completed not many kits last year as I am on a learning curve in this noble art still.
Corona and shifting work schedules got in the way too !
Running into one issue or another. I kept putting glue down on new kits so as to keep going Until I get it !
I wrote an article a while ago on this site After my visit to « la Coupole « in Wizerne France.
Here is a follow up with something I did manage to finish just now. that gives me a sense of accomplishment. Don’t look to closely but I am reasonably happy with it !
I seem to build models of my personal experiences and the ones my Family had history with..Karma ?
The A-4 V2 was the second iteration of arms procurements that got the moniker of « Revenge « weapons during Nazi time in Germany.
Much Ink ( and Blood ) has flowed over these machines so I’ll keep it short.
At Wizerne there was to be a Hardened Bunker to serial Launch the first Balistic Missile in History. It almost was operational but D-Day and the RAF came in between that !
If these interventions would not have happened that would have been catastrophic for England... let alone if the V-3 would have been ready.
As it was the launches of both V1 and V2 were from sites well within the German occupied territories . The attacks on Britain proved that « Revenge « for the Bombing of German Cities was the driver of these attacks. The strategic value was near zero but it killed many non combatants for nothing.
As Paris and Belgium were liberated the launch sites moved to stay within the targeting range of these weapons. ( roughly 150 Miles ) At that point with the Harbour of Antwerpen falling into allied hands, nearly undamaged, it Became the target .( With that cities like Brussels Paris and Liege received missiles as well.)
I’m not sure how the targeting of those was decided but Antwerpen received the vast majority of these attacks as a precursor to the von Runsted Offensive aka. The battle of the Bulge. Antwerpen was as Napoleon called it the” Dagger pointed at the Heart of England “ and that reputation was not missed by the Germans. The first V-2 struck October 13 1944. Over 7000 breached the Belgian border and 1610 struck the city and Harbour killing over 6000 people. The largest single loss of life was on the « Rex « Cinema where both civilians, British and American Slodiers were watching the film “the Plainsmen” with Gary Cooper. 460 people were killed just when they tought you could go to the movies again.
The suburb where my father lived got hit by over 100 V-1 and V-2 ‘s. He made it or I would not be writing this !
The venerable Revell kit with the odd scale of 1/69 from 1972 received my attention.
I Think this to be a great model Still despite it being this old, was quite well conceived of.
It took a While to do as there are many parts In both trailer and erector crane called the “ Meiler wagen” this took time. The ladder like structures On the trailer took a week to do ! I could only put 4 or 5 at a time down and had to make some for all the broken pieces.
The kit comes with the innards of the Rocket and most times gets either covered up for the missile outline only or halved, or anything in between.
I decided to cut out as much as I could to show the different compartments of this fantastic machine.
The painting i decided to do was the short lived Wavy pattern. Masking and spraying proved to be too dificult so after discovering the Mr Paint remover I resorted to brush painting it. I mixed the Mig Amo paints to get as close to the color as on the copy I show. This for the cream white and Tan. The Khaki Green was straight out of the Tamlya bottle with the Mr Thinner flow enhancer .
For comparison I put it next to the Condor models V2 I made a few years ago and which was a real test in masking and learning how to use an airbrush.
There are few of the accessory vehicle models on the market but the once that are available are in my Stash and I look for ward to putting them together as I go along.
Thanks for watching and great modeling fun to all on this friendly site that can stand amateurs like me !
16 additional images. Click to enlarge.