WW2 Wooden Guard Tower

Postby Marco Peter » Sun Oct 08, 2017 11:40 am

I wanted a guard tower but none of the images on the web matched the image in my head, so I simply started building using Balsa-wood, this is what it turned out to be!

I've been playing around with balsa-wood bits for hours, cursing my miscalculations and the sslow drying time of wood glue, so I switched to superglue haha!

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Since I had nothing to work from, all I tried to do is use my logic. Adding support beams and deciding on the sizes. In the end it turned out to be a rather small tower, close to 1:18 if soldiers were to actually use it.

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The ladder was added at the end, I realised there was no way to get up there haha!
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Postby silversurfer1947 » Sun Oct 08, 2017 11:50 am

Add a searchlight and/or machine gun and it will be complete. Looks good, though the rungs of the ladder could be a bit thinner.
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Postby Rad_Schuhart » Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:17 pm

Looks great! Thanks for posting. I am planning to build one with working searchlight and machine gun.
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Postby Marco Peter » Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:52 pm

Rad_Schuhart wrote:Looks great! Thanks for posting. I am planning to build one with working searchlight and machine gun.

Really cool! I did add a machine gun, but certainly not working!

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Postby Rad_Schuhart » Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:55 pm

That MG looks great. Where can I buy some? Hope are plastic so I can install leds on it.
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Postby Marco Peter » Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:07 pm

Rad_Schuhart wrote:That MG looks great. Where can I buy some? Hope are plastic so I can install leds on it.

Nope, metal one, took a long time to sand and paint. used a very small drill for the muzzle.
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Postby Max-U52 » Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:08 am

That looks fantastic, Marco. I hope you won't mind if I shamelessly and flagrantly copy all your hard work and build a few like that for myself. @) @)

I built one a couple years ago, you can see it on the left in this photo, but I always felt like it was too big. It would measure 12'x12' in full size, and once you put a figure in there it just seems too big. I like the smaller size of yours, the way you have the ladder running up the middle, and the slanted roof would be much easier to make. I could use the same shingle technique I did on mine, using 500 grit sandpaper to make rows of shingles. It's actually a lot quicker than I thought it would be.

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You never did say, where did you get that great metal machine gun?
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Postby Marco Peter » Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:48 am

Lovin' the Indiana Jones vehicles but mostly the PAK! :-)

The metal MG34 is a very cheap one actually, like can be found here: http://www.hagen-miniatures.de/index.ph ... y/view/246 or here: http://www.hagen-miniatures.de/index.ph ... w/366/2242
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Postby Max-U52 » Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:50 am

This is the first time I've seen hagen miniatures and man, do they have some cool stuff. Decent prices, too. I can see myself placing an order with them very soon. The skull and bones is just one of the things that caught my eye, along with the early version jerry cans and the large wooden box. I also like the fact that you can get just the items you want at a couple euros each instead of having to buy a large set for a large price.

Great find, Marco.
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Postby Marco Peter » Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:38 pm

He is a trusted supplier, if something goes wrong he'll resend. And yes, decent prices and lot's of choice!

The skulls and bones are maybe THE most detailed accessoire he sells haha! Got it because I was strangly attracted to it, but no clue yet how to use it with my tanks haha!
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Postby Marco Peter » Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:41 pm

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In case anybody is wondering how I colored the wood: AK Interactive Wash for DAK Vehicles is GREAT!
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Postby Marco Peter » Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:19 am

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Spiced things up a little building a little platform, some 'walls', adding some diorama-items...

Oh and a floor!

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Postby Will01Capri » Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:30 pm

That looks fantastic. Nice work. The detail you have added is really cool aswell.
I have only just finished mocking up my guard tower in CAD.
https://flic.kr/p/CezbkL
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Postby Will01Capri » Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:31 pm

Max-U52 wrote:That looks fantastic, Marco. I hope you won't mind if I shamelessly and flagrantly copy all your hard work and build a few like that for myself. @) @)

I built one a couple years ago, you can see it on the left in this photo, but I always felt like it was too big. It would measure 12'x12' in full size, and once you put a figure in there it just seems too big. I like the smaller size of yours, the way you have the ladder running up the middle, and the slanted roof would be much easier to make. I could use the same shingle technique I did on mine, using 500 grit sandpaper to make rows of shingles. It's actually a lot quicker than I thought it would be.

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You never did say, where did you get that great metal machine gun?



Loving the scale war ground btw :)
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