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Old 03-07-2020, 04:12 AM   #1
SteveKrieg
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Project - Wehrmacht horsepower - Field kitchen

G'day all,

Well hot off the heels (or hooves in this case), the planning for the next scene begins. As stated earlier, the first three vignettes pertaining to the over-arching diorama theme of German Army mobility during World War Two covers their predominant use of the horse and with the Panzerschreck carts packed-away I'm now putting together all that is necessary for a scene I've been keen to assemble in some years...a horse-drawn Hf.11 bzw. Hf.13 large field kitchen (Feldkuche or more affectionately known by the troops as 'Gulaschkanone') with associated limber Vorderwagen.

Picking out a couple of horses to draw the wagens was easy, scratch-building the harnesses probably not so but looking forward to giving it a go regardless (thanks 'Dutchman' for the pics in the last thread as they'll definitely come in handy reference for this one).

I'm in two minds about how to pose it...whether I have a couple of catering crew in the driver's bench seat giving the impression the wagen is on the move or having the wagen stopped momentarily with one of the cook's dishing out from the kettle pot to a couple of soldaten whilst the driver keeps the horses calm with a feed bag. Options aplenty which will no doubt become more cemented the further progress on this one is made. The wagens will get a complete workover as usual (circa France 1940) and the wherewithal of the cooks stowed nicely.

The model field kitchen is all-metal with wooden wheels, I can't for the life of me remember who produced it but I bought it back in 2012. Unfortunately my CHE field kitchen had a badly damaged undercarriage (due largely to the weight of the polystone on the wheels when displayed for a long period), this subsequently became part of the mobile field kitchen (placed in the back of a Protze truck) for the 2014 'Blitzkrieg' diorama. This metal version no doubt more sturdier and hard-wearing for the task.

Enjoy, Steve
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Old 03-07-2020, 01:44 PM   #2
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Re: Project - Wehrmacht horsepower - Field kitchen

Hi Steve,

Glad to be of assistence. Here is a link to a site from a guy who collects WW1 german artillery and which I used to create my own harnesses for my horses: https://www.lovettartillery.com/WW2_...arnessing.html

Attached a few pictures of the harnass I created. If you pm me your email adress, I can send you some full size pictures.

Cheers,

Randall
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Old 03-08-2020, 05:07 AM   #3
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Re: Project - Wehrmacht horsepower - Field kitchen

wow, that is some amazing work there Randall and I also like the way you've cut-back on the mane. Did you work off a trace for the harness?. At the moment I'm trying to find the right width and thickness and I've got a few weeks to source the materials required (or best closeness as possible). My email address is Steviecm67@hotmail.com

Much appreciate your guidance on this one and, judging by your work, exceptional guidance. Cheers muchly, Steve
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Old 03-08-2020, 03:10 PM   #4
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Re: Project - Wehrmacht horsepower - Field kitchen

Thanks for the compliment Steve. The horse's mane was cut by the previous owner, As for the harnass: I actually created a paper version of the harnass and taped that to the horse's body in order to compare it to some of the wartime original pictures. Then I used my paper template to cut the leather. Most of the hardware was puchased on Aliexpress, I'll include links to the items in the mail to you with the pictures.

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Old 03-19-2020, 12:01 PM   #5
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Re: Project - Wehrmacht horsepower - Field kitchen

G'day all,

Just some quick update pics on the Hf.13 Gross Feldkuche (large field kitchen) affectionately known by the Soldaten as 'Gulaschkanone' and its 'Vorderwagen' (front limber). Being all metal, I decided to clean and spray with oxide primer to give the coat of Feldgrau the right shade of grey. The limber was, like many German wagens of its kin, made of wood but because the model is metal then I thought a primer coat a reasonable idea to prevent any future rust.

The wooden wheels came without the metal rims which I've done with thin plastic card and painted accordingly. Whilst three of the wheels have been painted feldgrau, I decided to paint one of the Limber wheels in 'new wood' to give the impression that it had recently replaced a wheel badly broken during the advance.

My plan is to completely detail as best as possible the inside of the kitchen's various compartments (for this I'm using a couple of references including Scott L. Thompson's 'Gulaschkanone' by Schiffer (probably the best I've sourced on the topic). Actual wood and crushed fire residue will be use for the fire stoves and pans and a small bowl will be placed inside the cooking pot so that I can fill it with soup when required for diorama effects. This particular model is more robust than the CHE polystone productions (which are heavy and somewhat fragile in-comparison).

A bit of scratch-building and replacement of parts is required and as you can see, this process has started already and I've more than enough stowage for the limber (much of which I used on the mobile field kitchen vignette in 2014's 'Blitzkrieg' diorama (refer to the thread on that for pics).

More to follow, enjoy and I hope everyone is coping fine given the current condition of the world. Cheers, Steve
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Old 03-19-2020, 12:03 PM   #6
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And a couple more...
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Old 04-25-2020, 04:08 AM   #7
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Re: Project - Wehrmacht horsepower - Field kitchen

G'day all,

Just another quick one. Save for some incoming hinges (to affix the central firebox door) and some fittings for the horse harnesses, the field kitchen and limber are pretty much complete. Now the fun of pulling out a couple of cooks, some infantry and a few food-related odds and sods to complete the diorama.

I went into this particular project thinking there's only so much I could do however the more I delved into the finer points of detail the more I found I could put into it and anyone out there who has a 'Toy Models' all-metal field kitchen and limber combo should not fear as the skies the limit on what can be done with it in terms of detailing despite the fact there are - much like the DML variant - some minor inaccuracies (nothing new I guess in that regard) but we work them accordingly.

There'll be a bit of a pause now whilst I await and construct the parts on this one so I'll push on with my next 'cab off the rank' and update this thread once complete. The next project in-line with German mobility during WW2 is my all-metal TAOWAN winter white-wash Sd.Kfz250/1 which will also feature in this year's (finger's crossed) model show. A separate thread will cover this build (one I've had covered on a shelf since 2012) which will include a full repaint and detail of the exterior in whitewash and livery of the GrossDeutschland Div and the same for its interior. Enjoy, Steve
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