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Joe Kundlak
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Hi folks,

I am revisiting my plastic modelling love after various aircraft/helicopter models in my far history and given that I am also interested in WW2 stuff much more than I was before, I would like to start a personal collection of armored units from WW2 from all major forces - german/axis, british, american, soviet and possibly also japanese.

I chose 1/72 as the scale, as this is a compromise about the model size (even if details might be lost between this size and 1/48 or 1/35). I might later get some highlight models in a larger scale, but that is not yet the case

Which armor units would you recommend me to start the collection with?

For instance:
Axis - Pz.kpfw 38(t) (being a czecho-slovak native), Pz.kpfw 1 - 6, Hetzer, Marder, some other tank destroyers/mobile artillery...
UK - Matilda, Churchill, Crusader, Cromwell...
US - Stuart, Lee, M4A3, Firefly...
Soviet - T-34, KV-1, IS-2, SU-100, some of the ISU types...


I would spice the collection up later with other vehicle types, mainly trucks, jeeps, transporters etc.
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1/72?

The question is: what armor is not buyable in that scale?
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According to my nickname, a German Panzer VI E is essential. meeple

Russkies should be represented by a T-34, as Americans should ride a Sherman (an M4A1 with the 75 gun I'd say). A Matilda is a nice one for the British.

As for france, I always had a fable for these inferior B1-bis monsters, although an R35 or R40 would be also a fine choice.

Japanese ... hmmm ... maybe the first tank of Japanese design to be mass-produced - the Type 89A CHI-RO.

For Italians, I'd chose an M13/40.
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_Kael_ wrote:
1/72?

The question is: what armor is not buyable in that scale?

Heh
It's not the question of "what is buyable", but rather "what are the essential armored vehicles that any collection should not be without"?

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Well, for the US and the USSR I'd think that the essential models would be the M4 Sherman and the T34. I like the M4A1 with the 76mm gun but retaining the cast hull. For the T34, I like the T34c.

The Germans... I'd have to say the MkVI Tiger. Not the best or most numerous tank in the mix, but certainly the one with the most mystique.

For the Brits? The MkVIII Cromwell?

I confess to being fairly ignorant regarding Italian and Japanese AFV's. Maybe the M13/40 as a representative vehicle for the Italians and the Type97 Chi-ha for the army of Nippon.

My favorite AFV of WWII is not a tank - it's the Czech Hetzer. But in keeping with the turreted theme - perhaps the T35 because it was the vehicle that would have faced the Germans in a Czech - German conflict.
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Joeyeti wrote:
_Kael_ wrote:
1/72?

The question is: what armor is not buyable in that scale?

Heh
It's not the question of "what is buyable", but rather "what are the essential armored vehicles that any collection should not be without"?
So true

When I would revisit modeling, I would make a diorama of the German Tiger II (iconic tank) next to a Pz IV or even StuG III (work horses) to make a small overview of the sheer difference in size between the one getting the glory and the ones doing the actual fighting.
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It depends if you want to keep with the mainstream vehicles, I myself preferred the different AFVs, the Marder, Puma, STUG, Brummbar, Crocodile etc. It would be quite difficult to choose just one or two from each of the larger nations.
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_Kael_ wrote:
1/72?

The question is: what armor is not buyable in that scale?


With the demise of ESCI, less than you think... on another note, I would suggest a chronological study --- go Pz I then Pz II, try to find a Pz III E or F, and a Pz IV C or D... expand from there.

-or cheat- collect 1:144 pre-painted, and just choose the larger ones that you want to paint up.
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southern_cross_116 wrote:

-or cheat- collect 1:144 pre-painted, and just choose the larger ones that you want to paint up.


Some of the 1/144 scale models are very detailed and look superb
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whatambush wrote:
southern_cross_116 wrote:

-or cheat- collect 1:144 pre-painted, and just choose the larger ones that you want to paint up.


Some of the 1/144 scale models are very detailed and look superb


You're right about that - I wish there were more available (like a UK line... would love to have some early war UK models -- like the Matilda Mk II and ( think) Vickers Mk VI, etc.. for me unusual is better too many Tigers, Panthers, Shermans and T-34s ... not that they're not nice -but -well, they have saturated the market for decades now.
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