German Mine clearing Vehicle - Borgward B I - An ugly wheeled concrete box

Joined: 11:27 PM - Nov 20, 2002

12:23 PM - Jun 05, 2018 #1

Hello,

Several years ago I scratched the master parts for the Borgward B I.
This vehicle was developed by Borgward using a simple steel chassis with
wheels fitted to torsion bars and an upper body casted from concrete.

There was a gear handle fixed to the side enabling at least two different speeds forward and one 
backwards. Steering was feasible by a simple bar on the roof plate which allowed to 
have both (straight) or only one of the tracks (turn) driven.

A corresponding mine clearing device existed combining three steel rollers fixed in a frame 
which could be connected to the vehicle, but I decided to create my model based on an 
picture of the original without that device.

So, model fully scratched (with exception of the tracks), painted via airbrush with Tamiya colors 
and application of pastels for the dust. The figure is a "Frankenstein" combination from different 
resin figures plus Hornet head.

Cheers

gert brandl Folie1.jpg Borg 1.jpg Borg 2.jpg Borg 3.jpg Borg 4.jpg
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Joined: 1:28 PM - Apr 21, 2005

5:21 PM - Jun 06, 2018 #2

Gert,
Very nicely done. I like the subdued weathering and the subject is unique. I think you should have kept the mine roller though.
Regards,
Dan Graves
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Joined: 11:27 PM - Nov 20, 2002

8:17 PM - Jun 06, 2018 #3

Hi Dan,

Thanks for the feedback.

I still have of course also kept the mine roller device and I will do a complete vehicle one day. 
But as mentioned, I wanted to really depict a special vehicle as shown on a original picture. 
Please find the original for discussion purposes enclosed.

Cheers

gert brandl Borgward BI neu Kopie.jpg
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Joined: 2:33 PM - Jul 04, 2003

10:42 PM - Jun 06, 2018 #4

I have the model as well a good made resin Model and a good master .( I know who made it :-)   ) but the instructions are real baaaaaaaad ! the list of the parts don´t even fit to the model. parts you can´t recognize. even the number of parts don´t fit .If I bought it the was one of my Livetime wishmodels .From the number and  casting this will be a longer evening and you will have a nice model at the end .I can not find some parts on the Pictures ( that are not the best in the kit ) It is a shame the Producer cut the fun from the build ! Beside of this you realy do a good Job on your little Vignette Gert
greetz Detlev
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Joined: 11:27 PM - Nov 20, 2002

7:23 AM - Jun 07, 2018 #5

Hello Detlev,

Thanks for your kind words. Unfortunately I was not involved in the instruction manual and thus cannot comment on that.

Best wishes

gert brandl
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Joined: 3:20 PM - Feb 16, 2008

2:14 PM - Jun 08, 2018 #6

Another oddball vehicle you have brought to life ! Excellent work.
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Joined: 2:33 PM - Apr 22, 2018

9:31 PM - Jun 10, 2018 #7

Hi Gert, cool model.  I am not familiar with it.  Google turned up very little.  I would like to build one in 1/48.  Maybe you can steer me towards some good drawings and reference materials so that I might accomplish what you have done just a bit smaller?  Any help would be greatly appreciated. My e-mail is Steve dot noxaf at g mail dot com if you would prefer to contact me off this site?
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Joined: 11:27 PM - Nov 20, 2002

11:08 PM - Jun 10, 2018 #8

Hello Steve,

Thanks for your interest.
Based on the fact, that usually I am starting my projects with a scale drawing which is then translated into the parts for the model,
I can send you my drawings as well as all the reference pictures I have found in the net.

I will file them to a dropbox and provide you access.
Please let me know, whether this worked out.

Cheers
gert brandl
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Joined: 9:00 AM - Nov 16, 2015

7:46 AM - Jun 12, 2018 #9

Hi Gert, great looking model. I have always liked this vehicle and you have made a great model of it.
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Joined: 12:01 AM - Apr 28, 2018

2:01 PM - Jun 16, 2018 #10

Gert, I remember when you were researching this vehicle. Great to see that you managed to find enough info to build her. I didn't realise how small it was as I didn't have a photo with a soldier standing next to it for scale. 
Great job on the build, so glad you found the research info as I couldn't find any to help you. 
Too bad that the instructions don't match your build quality, not your fault but it must hurt your pride a bit as I know how hard you try to get it just  right.
Ron
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