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Thursday, 28 October 2021

JAPANESE SUPPORT WEAPONS

Having painted up some Airfix WW2 Japanese I realised the need to have something more powerful than just machine guns and knee mortars, which come with these figures. Decided to construct a type 92 battalion gun out of plastic bits and metal spares, and to convert a suitable crew.





I also had a fair number of extra machine gunners and converted two of these into anti-tank rifles. I will add a supporting figure to each later to form a independent military unit of four.


Next step is to construct a more powerful mortar and crew, but might try my hand at constructing a tankette.

MORE BASING Decided to spend some time basing some of those figures recently completed. A bit of time spent on bases is always worthwhile and can improve modest castings into attractive gaming pieces.



MGB

10 comments:

  1. That Japanese artillery piece is rather nice .

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    1. Thanks Tony, its made out of plastic bits, plasticard, some 28mm scale cart wheels, and a broken penny toy cannon barrel which I cut down and ornamented with bits. I think its worked quite well. Must have cost less than £1, but its quite sturdy.
      Michael

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  2. The 92 battalion gun is amazing Michael! It really looks the business and the barrel is perfect! Your crew conversions look right at home in their duties too! Very well done indeed!

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    1. Thanks for the support, Brad. I was a bit unsure the odd bits would come together but it does seem to look ok now its painted. Its all due to superglue, poly cement, and a modelling drill.
      Michael

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  3. Love the gun and the ATR conversions! The woman nonchalantly strolling down the sidewalk in her best yellow dress as troops are deploying may be my favorite picture though. There's definitely a story there!

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    1. Hi John, the bulk of my buildings are 18th century, 28mm in scale, no doubt an attractive Dutch lady, lol.
      Michael

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  4. Well, its alreafy been said but.. Good work! Esp on the gun and crew.

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    1. Cheers Ross, I really couldn't find anything for the Japanese in 54mm. If I had, place a bet the cost of anything would have put me off, lol. Thanks!
      Michael

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    1. Cheers Mark, my Chinese were better equipped than my Japanese, had to do something.
      Michael

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