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France 1940, a build blog.

May 13, 2019

Someone on a modeling site mentioned I should start a build blog for this massive diorama I’m working on so I am doing just that.

This first post will be a ‘scene set’ more than anything.

“May 10th, 1940, south of Juniville, France. Mixed elements of the 2nd Pz Abt., 37th Pzjgr Abt., 702nd Ind Ko., Armored Signals unit and the 1st MC Batt. of the 1st Panzer division cross paths as the recon units bypass armor resting, refitting near a KO’d Char B1s and Somua of the French 3rd Armored Division”

Here’s a quick peek at some of the kits and some VERY EARLY work.


Kits will come and go as I cannot control the mix of “feature creep” and my ADHD.

Here are some very early work shots.

The 223 got a full workout, PE as well as a full interior and stowage from Black Dog.


The Char B1 was in the midst of being towed by the Somua when the breakdown happened and both were abandoned. The 3rd French AD was comprised solely of B1’s when founded but received 35 Somuas to replace lost units during the early campaign.


The Somua

Always loved this vehicle and found a good kit. This was 1 of 10 units that were to make up the 8th PzJgr Abt that was attached to the 37th PzJgr Abt. of Guderian’s 1st Pz Div.


The Panhard was one of the better AC’s anywhere in the early 1940s and the Germans made extensive use of the large number they took when annexing the Sudetenland and Czechoslovakia.


Not many folks understand that while Germany was certainly as mechanized as any army in existence at the outset of the war much of that was due to their use of bicycles, cars, trucks motorcycles AND horse-drawn transportation. A Panzer division had to be mobile and much of their forward-looking capability came in the way of their MC recon battalions.

I am still unsure of how many cycles will be in the dio but I am adding a polish MC with SC and likely a few more German variants. So the number will be 8 at a minimum with it likely ending up closer to 12.

There are going to be somewhere around 50 total figures when all is said and done. There will be a large contingent resting, refitting and meeting on the side of the road but also a long column of soldiers marching just off the main road. I am building all types, stock, variants, and scratch to achieve the right look. Figures truly tell the story in a diorama and they help lead the viewer’s eye around the scene. It’s crucial to have them in poses that look both natural and ‘normal’.


I am doing these ‘as I go” for the most part.


So that’s the beginning. I’ll update as I can. Also, know that I am pretty much on Periscope and/or Youtube nightly working on this. You can find me on Youtube at this channel


Forgot to add these. These are initial mockups where I figured out my base was far too small for what I want. Way too much in too little space. It will grow.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 13, 2019 6:54 pm

    Outstanding Kurt! I look forward to seeing your progress.

  2. Frank Broughton permalink
    May 14, 2019 8:21 am

    Great work Curt…… looks outstanding!

  3. May 21, 2019 1:45 pm

    Sheeesh! You’ve been busy! I can’t wait until you have the diorama completed!!

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