Another old Dragon kit I'd ironically begun a while back but stalled on about halfway through waiting for better references to surface and have now dusted off again given this group build and ploughed on with despite not getting them... K.H. Munch in "CHot653" talks about the last 4 Elefants of 614 withdrawing back toward Berlin and 2 actually getting into he city and fighting it out till the end which I'd always been fascinated by, and finally a shot turned up on eBay a few years ago of one of them which was the motivator to have a go at one. Sadly the shot is dark and low res and I haven't seen a better view so far. The seller sadly also didn't keep a higher res view either. So if anyone has a better one or any other views of it, I would obviously love to hear from you...and soon
The base kit is the original Elefant release not the later Premium which is why I scratched up the rear split hatch rather than just doing it OOB from the later kit which now offers it as an option (20/20 hindsight again...). Only 4 received this mod but its so unusual I figured it was a nice touch to give this one. Also decided to depict it missing a bogey unit on the unseen side and the fenders too from mine damage, so opted for Fruilis to allow the appropriate sag that would result. Other A/M used includes the very nicely done RB barrel, an Aber rear tool box, the Tamiya Pz.IV OVM set to put in it, a Voyager turned Pistol Port Plug, and some Ruskie figs from Mig and Stalingrad;
Anyway about 90% there now;
A few progress views;
I found .45mm straight brass wire a lot easier and quicker to use on the Fruilis than the soft wire supplied;
Just push it in using small pliers then pull it out 1mm and snip off;
Used Tamiya putty for zimm;
The Aber rear bin was a kit in itself;
The plan is to have these 2 lovely Stalingrad figs sitting on the barrel enjoying their vodka while their souvenir hunting Mig comrade uses a wrought-iron spear point fence post as a crow-bar to get inside;
Added a few missing touches over the weekend so calling the build on this one done now I think, unless someone spots any obvious misses?
I want to depict it as abandoned after firing off its last rounds and the crew then taking the MG and gun sight and legging it. The advancing Russian IS-2s have then either had some target practice or loosed off a few rounds to check if anyone was home as they got closer. Now after the dust has settled a few drunk Russians are souvenir hunting and getting some happy snaps taken.
So final tweaks added include the five 122mm penetrations done with a 1.5mm bit in a motor tool, a Eureka tow cable with Nordland resin eyes, 2 Nordland C-Hooks, the lifting handles on the engine grills bent up out of an old p-e frame, Fruili spare links on nose as well as an empty bracket next to it, and some small arms spall on the hull sides;