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Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 07:43 PM UTC
Keep on the good work Tim ! BTW did you see my PM ?

H.P.
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Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 06:51 PM UTC
Thanks Brian, Birubi Point did help recharge...





The story of how Australia has 300,000+ feral dromedaries & camels is best left to Wiki but maybe those samples relieve the claustrophobia of the others pics for a few seconds. Crawling ahead on several fronts, this is the really tedious & ultra-fiddly part:

12 hinges or rather 6 pairs, 2 per door…including the damaged 3rd door, it’s just tray-foil rolled round a wire.









The fun part will be lining the door up on the hinges. The good news is the foil can be easily bent if it’s not quite true, bad news is cyano doesn’t glue metal to plastic too well & sure enough these hinges came off with no more than a dirty look – if Araldite doesn’t work maybe I’ll use watchmaker’s screws.

The hood vents – more foil, using the side vents as templates. The wing-shaped hood edges are scribed in, a tad too thickly but I’m counting on primer/paint coats closing the gap…





Meanwhile the damaged wheel arch/rear panel – so nearly screwed up. I was cutting through from underneath…



…until I could see the cut from above all along its length…



…but I’d got fixated on making that final neat incision from on top. Scalpel poised I suddenly remembered that this was still the pristine version. After sanding away the ridge formed by the under-cutting the plastic’s only about 5 microns thick now, but at least it’ll be easy to snap it out before setting off the IED filming from the front & other side of the car. Then the damaged foil version will be substituted for the aftermath photos. The chassis will need to be tightly wired to the base to prevent movement & the rear wheel/axle protected by a metal plate to prevent it being blown off.

I’m still pondering how to make the damaged wheel/deflated t*re - current thinking is to take a basic mo*ld of a full t*re & sculpt the flat from that using plaster or putty, because I haven’t found anything close to the right size/type/appearance on the market so far.

Next time – Fifty Shades of Upholstery
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Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 07:34 PM UTC
Tim,

Do not be discouraged; this is an excellent project and has uncovered all sorts of rare and interesting aspects of a subject that is rarely even considered by modellers; in this case an assassination of a top Nazi sanctioned by a government in exile with the assistance of an organisation dedicated to setting Europe ablaze - as I believe Churchill directed.

To portray this in 1:35 will be a revelation I feel.

Keep it up - with the batteries recharged after your sojourn there'll be no stopping you I'm sure!

Brian
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Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 05:57 PM UTC
Thanks guys, it ain’t getting any easier. Seems this forum’s been in what Jerry calls “tumbleweed” mode for a few days – I looked in the other night and the visitor count was 43! I’m not ready to post next instalment pics but I was tempted to post some holiday snaps instead, just returned from a few days in idyllic Shoal Bay/Port Stephens (north of Sydney)
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Posted: Friday, May 18, 2018 - 03:21 AM UTC

Great bodywork so far,
The damage going to look real nice with the the foil doors
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Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 10:49 PM UTC
Very elegant solutions as usual,
J
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Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 07:19 PM UTC
Thanks Brian, re the ladies – remember Allo Allo from the ‘80s & how Herr Flic’s PA Helga tended to be in uniform…or more often lingerie…those were the days. They might be wives of Czech ministers of the puppet government given the occasion, or one might even be Frau Speer. I have found a small difference between the ladies’ 320 & Heydrich’s – the front right wing’s pennant collar on the latter isn’t on the former. It probably doesn’t signify anything much, other than in the winter months late ’41-early ’42 a/the 320 hadn’t been fitted for a flag. Yet?

Meanwhile - it takes a while to nut out the right step-sequence with this auto i.e. the eventual assembly order & how/when to paint components, it’s deceptively complicated. This week’s progress shots: no panels or doors have been glued & nothing’s had its final tweaks for fit or finish yet. Most of these are tests to see what’s possible & rehearsals because I’m prone to slipping up if I rely too much on a 3-page sequential list - typically at step 65 it turns out step 66 should have been step 31A and steps 32 thru 45 have to be ripped out.



The gap allows for the hinge brackets…







In parallel with the pristine version of the car I need to progress the damaged version, using components from the former as templates for the latter before it’s too late.



Baking-tray foil works well (although the foil seal on Nesquick chocolate powder’s even better) although this test door panel will be replaced by a better one…



…ditto the rear panel. New inner panels also required, these are OK with a few tweaks. They’ll all be damaged later, they just need to fit (the body & each other) for now…









The chrome strip running along each side has been sentenced & reprieved several times – the kit’s is semi-circular in section but RH’s was clearly rectangular and a tad wider. A pain to replace, but fortified with more anaesthetic…



In this last photo I’ve sketched in the required change to the rear edge of the hood-flaps. The kit sedan 320 version’s is straight across but the cabriolet’s forms a gull-wing shape nearer the windscreen…which in turn has to follow the same lines. Testing times for sure…



And those hood flaps also need small sporty air vents inset into them. Progress is way slower than I’d like but was it Kipling who said “Softly softly…”
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Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 01:22 PM UTC
Tim,

No problem; keep up the good work - this project is unearthing all sorts of interesting stuff!

The females' hats? Well, that's fashion for you I suppose. It may not be inconceivable that one or both of the ladies could be secretarial staff? Unlikely but senior officers like Heydrich would have had a PA or two I would have thought. By extension, he might have been a caring employer and given his staff a bit of a break and a day out?

Anyway, this does nothing to help the research; keep it up Tim, looking forward to the next phase - and whatever amazing photos Frenchy uncovers.

Brian
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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 - 05:57 PM UTC
I’m so sorry Brian, in my last post I got confused who I was replying to, it’s now corrected. Stay with us, I appreciate your input & we’re all looking at the same clues.

Thanks again HP – so these are very relevant photos. If only that 2nd image had been cropped a centimetre further right we’d see the plate. Mercedes’ own records say “Heydrich’s” 320 was one of around 30 customised “Mannheim” versions (i.e. pimped/bigger engine) and that he personally took delivery & drove it to Prague. I’ve taken some time to compare the above 320 with the recon photos & while I can’t be positive it’s the same car I can’t spot any obvious differences either. The rectangular frames on the front screens are presumably heating elements (it’s winter-time & the other limos have them too) so presumably they were removable for warmer weather. I don’t think there’s any evidence there were two Mannheim’s in Prague so maybe it is THE car…all the more galling that photo was cropped.

The Macdonald book has 2 images of Frau H – she had a high forehead with blondish hair pulled tight back so nearside lady no, t’other one…maybe but I don’t think so. What’s with the funny hats? I’m more interested if that’s Klein at the wheel – but likely he was driving one of the big limos in front I guess.
(Off to Canberra, back online Friday)
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Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 11:27 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Your 1st & 2nd images must be from the same sequence – snow/slush on the ground, the 770/SS-3 followed by Pol -12 – is there a date/location for them?



Here's the caption I've found for the second one on the CTK Photobank website (Google translation) :
"Hitler's architect and creator of the Nazi monumental structures Albert Speer visited in December 1941 at the invitation of Reinhard Heydrich of Prague. Pictured a Mercedes column with Speer, Heydrich and their escort on Vítkov Hill before the Liberation Monument." The date is December 4, 1941.

Here are two other pics from the same sequence showing a 320 : I guess one of the women should be Frau Heydrich...






H.P.
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Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 09:34 AM UTC
Thanks Brian – as expected I did need an anaesthetic in pre-op to steady the hands (for fine motor I’m ambidextrous), the kind found in large dimpled bottles…

I agree about the German need for assertion over their “subjects” although see below. And yes I thought the pennants were no-brainers but have recently lost some confidence about which one(s).

Thanks HP - your 1st & 2nd images must be from the same sequence – snow/slush on the ground, the 770/SS-3 followed by Pol -12 – is there a date/location for them? I’ve made an ineffectual attempt to trace a reference I read weeks ago which (if memory serves) claimed Heydrich had SS-1 to SS-4 (i.e. 4 cars) in the garage for official use. What stuck in my mind from that was SS-3 therefore wasn’t necessarily his personal plate. His Deputy Karl Frank would have used one of the others but perhaps it just depended on what was available – otherwise RH would surely have always rode around in SS-1, Frank in SS-2 etc.

So going back to my first para – and depending whether those photos were taken in Prague 1942 or another place/time – we could construe that SS-3 was in fact on that 770 all the time (particularly if in Prague) & thus couldn’t have been on the 320. The received wisdom that it was may be exactly because the photos you posted are reasonably well-known & everyone has just assumed SS-3 was RH’s personal plate, given the reconstruction photos leave everyone guessing.

The only other scrap of information that might be relevant is that RH was on that very day heading for the airport, flying out to meetings in Berlin with Hitler & Himmler & then onwards to Paris, regarding his probable new assignment (Reich-Protector France, he was not returning to Prague) so he had his suitcases in the boot/trunk & dress uniforms laid out on the back seat, which incidentally got blown up onto the overhead powerlines…a wonderful image although I’m not altogether convinced it happened (Ivanov/MacDonald). Whatever, the 320 was perhaps more suited to such domestic tasks rather than the big limos & may not normally have been used RH. And so like you I’m coming round (via a slightly different route) to thinking “SS-4” is more – or just as - likely, particularly if the hierarchy was based on car-type.

Yep going black for sure now; as for the upholstery - burgundy-red, based on the apparently meticulous restoration-or-replica (p1/2nd image yet again) and some b&w’s hint it was a slightly lighter tone than brown e.g. the pic I posted yesterday. That’s for later, I’m still wrangling the body-shell right now
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Posted: Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 07:53 PM UTC
Hi Tim

Heydrich's other cars have pennant and plates, like at least this one he used for official travels, a 770 with the "SS-3" plate :



I guess you can see the pennant holder base on the front right fender :


AFAIK, the 320 above had the "SS-4" plate...

H.P.
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Posted: Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 07:47 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Gee tough crowd HP, made me laugh anyway. So while we have the place to ourselves here’s a question for you…



The reconstruction photos (which I believe were taken late the same day) show the car with no license plates or pennants. All the movies/re-enactments have “SS 3” on the plates (& various pennants), but I’m not sure if this is another case of everyone copying a possibly suspect original factoid. I could understand the Gestapo removing those items – it was an embarrassing security lapse. I doubt anyone could/would have risked souvenier-ing them.

On the other hand I wonder if the car never had plates or pennants, as Heydrich’s only concession to other requests from Himmler for increased security which he chose to ignore?

Just a point of conjecture I doubt can be proved one way or the other, but I have a slightly irrational preference for not having plates/pennants at all.



Tim,

Very impressive work; I only wish I had the nerve let alone the skill to modify plastic like that.

Re the Pennant and Number Plate issue. To my mind it would be inconceivable the vehicle not having a registration. The German mind just doesn't work like that - especially the military one. In fact, any military would insist on whatever equipment being registered etc. Otherwise, say, fuel issues, workshop schedules just don't happen.

Whether or not it was SS 3 or not begs another question; I would like to think it was SS 3 - perhaps Heydrich saw himself as No 3 in the SS hierarchy - although surely in that case he would have been deemed second only to Himmler therefore the plates would be "SS 2"; did Himmler ever use a vehicle with "SS 1"? But this perhaps is chasing the error.

Alternately, such a senior officer would have more than one vehicle available, conceivably SS 3 was Heydrich's favourite, and perhaps he did indulge in a small vanity of such a personalised number plate of some sort? (I'm probably not being much help here!) So his secondary vehicle - ie the "spare" when his favourite was being serviced etc could have been "SS 2" perhaps?

As for a pennant; again, I would assume that some sort of pennant would be flown (these being the rigid encased type not the fluttering small Swastikas shown in various films). A quick bit of Googling produced these examples

https://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/de%7Dns%5Ess.html#rfss

but I haven't finished studying it all yet. I am sure that Heydrich would have had something on his vehicle - it's the Nazi/military way where hierarchical instantly recognizable emblems were/are everything.

There may well have been pennants on both sides of the vehicle - I just haven't worked out what these might have been yet - but I'm no SS expert - but perhaps someone else will spark. Conceivably, a secondary pennant could have been a version of the national flag.

As you point out, the Gestapo would have removed both as soon as possible, that must be a given surely, "Secure the crime scene but don't embarrass the Reich" or similar lines of thought.

As I say, I'm not sure I'm adding much here; I would encourage "SS 3" and pennants; just imagine the colour contrasts, Heydrich's Field Grey (and blood?), black/dark green vehicle (are we still going with black?), brown leather upholstery, black and white and silver pennants? National flag on the opposing wing?

However, I am well aware that such a diorama should not be dictated to by a colour chart!

Keep it up, whatever you decide.

Brian
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Posted: Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 06:45 PM UTC
Gee tough crowd HP, made me laugh anyway. So while we have the place to ourselves here’s a question for you…



The reconstruction photos (which I believe were taken late the same day) show the car with no license plates or pennants. All the movies/re-enactments have “SS 3” on the plates (& various pennants), but I’m not sure if this is another case of everyone copying a possibly suspect original factoid. I could understand the Gestapo removing those items – it was an embarrassing security lapse. I doubt anyone could/would have risked souvenier-ing them.

On the other hand I wonder if the car never had plates or pennants, as Heydrich’s only concession to other requests from Himmler for increased security which he chose to ignore?

Just a point of conjecture I doubt can be proved one way or the other, but I have a slightly irrational preference for not having plates/pennants at all.
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Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 06:58 PM UTC
Impressive example of plastic surgery

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Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 06:20 PM UTC
Brian – regarding movies/stills unfortunately they’re not much better - I’ve yet to see a single cinematic image without fault(s) of some kind, as compared to the original sources (or as original as possible/accessible) that I’ve read. I guess it’s all about maxing the drama but was the actuality ever lacking any? Same goes for the written descriptions, endlessly rehashed errors. Incidentally I’m happy to report Macdonald’s narrative is not defective after all, I did him (or rather his memory) a disservice by earlier saying there were two errors - it was just missing a clarifying phrase which if restored cancels both errors.

Time to prep the patient – here she is dry-fitted in pre-op condition as per kit specs…





…and then after several hours under the knife. Avert your eyes if you’re easily offended or turned on, she’s gone topless:











So many wordplays, so little time… I made a couple of boobs, one each side…



Specifically, after cutting both so-called suicide-doors along the kit’s panel-lines I realised – duh - I should have cut the hinge-end much further back straight off, because the 2-door’s are much longer as you can see below - correct 2-door length port-side vs. 4-door size starboard side:



Revised door on left after bonding the extra length from the side-panel:



Test-fits showing how much plastic was lost during surgery, restorable with Evergreen endplates:





I’m avoiding gluing anything for as long as possible, the only cement used so far is holding the engine/chassis together. The old wooden pegs (& rubber bands) exert just enough pressure without warping or denting the parts. From this point on I’ll take the driver’s side to completion - any further mistakes will hopefully be conceal-able & hopefully I won’t repeat them on Heydrich’s side, where more/most of the close-up photography will be. Much more sanding & filling to come to get the doors plumb & tight, then some scratched/working hinges – a task guaranteed to put more bite-marks in the workbench when you look at how small they are (p1/2nd image).

For Heydrich’s side I need to meditate further on how to make the pristine door/running-board/rear wing detachable, so they can be replaced by a duplicate section with blast-damage at the relevant point in final photography. There’s no escape because there’ll be close-ups taken of that side of the car before the grenade’s thrown, & then post-blast. At least I don’t have to make that door’s hinges workable because it was half blown off before Heydrich got out.

I’ve talked myself out of the alternative - building a 2nd stunt-double car, even though there’s a risk the IED could cause “unexpected” damage - how ironic if it does. I should be able to video that event from the other side of the car, so that the damaged sections are in place to take the blast & would be easier to repair…back to the right amount of damage, if that makes any sense.
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Posted: Wednesday, May 09, 2018 - 07:14 PM UTC

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I see your point Brian. The problem is that this period painting is sometimes used "without caution" to illustrate articles dealing with Heydrich's assassination :

Example #1
Example #2
Example #3

...etc

H.P.



Henri-Pierre and Tim,

Well that really is a bit sad and rather unprofessional; 3 apparently learned publications/sites and yet they can't be bothered with the fine-tuning. Thank Heavens for Modellers eh?

A still or two from one of the films or reconstructions would have been better perhaps (I can only think of Op Daybreak as that's the only one I've seen).

Oh well, as I say, Modellers to the fore!

Brian
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Posted: Wednesday, May 09, 2018 - 06:09 PM UTC
Agreed Brian - you’re absolutely right & Cuneo was incidentally a superb artist. It’s just a pity this work wasn’t re-titled after WW2 “An impression of the Assassination etc” or similar, to distinguish it from most of his other paintings which really were meticulously accurate - and also prevent what HP’s illustrating
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Posted: Wednesday, May 09, 2018 - 05:19 PM UTC
I see your point Brian. The problem is that this period painting is sometimes used "without caution" to illustrate articles dealing with Heydrich's assassination :

Example #1
Example #2
Example #3

...etc

H.P.
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Posted: Wednesday, May 09, 2018 - 04:15 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Yes H.P. saw that one way back when we first started sifting the sites. Rather than spot the inaccuracies it saves time to spot the accuracies, there might be one: Heydrich’s hat…although I’ll stand corrected if someone knows better.

Apart from that…completely wrong in every single way, an astounding achievement. It reminds me of that old Monty Python skit where members of the Womens’ Institute in twin-sets re-enacted military engagements in a field armed only with handbags, they’d have done a better job than this



In fairness to Terence Cuneo (the artist) at the time he painted that - 1942 - I doubt he would have had any confirmatory information whatsoever, the op being so highly classified. I would estimate he had to produce something - not least for home consumption - based on what he could glean from press reports and the like. The rest would probably be sheer imagination; he was hardly able to get hold of an after action review or the like.

In the dark days of 1942 any publication of even his imagined event would probably have been used as a tonic for the British population, during what were still fraught times.

Terence Cuneo, already an accomplished artist went on to produce endless accurate renditions of British Army regiments, events and equipment, and to achieve this was afforded much access to pretty much all he desired, but this would not have been the case in 1942, even if the Allied authorities had a comprehensive report, which I strongly suspect they didn't.

Brian
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Posted: Wednesday, May 09, 2018 - 03:55 PM UTC
Yes H.P. saw that one way back when we first started sifting the sites. Rather than spot the inaccuracies it saves time to spot the accuracies, there might be one: Heydrich’s hat…although I’ll stand corrected if someone knows better.

Apart from that…completely wrong in every single way, an astounding achievement. It reminds me of that old Monty Python skit where members of the Womens’ Institute in twin-sets re-enacted military engagements in a field armed only with handbags, they’d have done a better job than this
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Posted: Tuesday, May 08, 2018 - 06:55 PM UTC
Just stumbled across this :



All I can say is the accuracy of some reconstructions is at least questionnable (Spot the Differences game anyone ?)...It should not be the case with yours

H.P.
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Posted: Tuesday, May 08, 2018 - 04:05 PM UTC
Thanks Phil & Russ – both of your suggestions are viable on the Far Side (but hey it’s you guys that are upside down!) & either/both may well be the eventual solution – I’d been trawling the net for ready-made decals/stickers without success, closest are 1/24 scale and/or not adaptable. I’ve even considered approaching Mercedes direct but somehow I doubt their Marketing Dept would view this as a particularly attractive sponsorship opportunity
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Posted: Saturday, May 05, 2018 - 08:22 PM UTC
I have a solution for your Mercedes wheel hubs. Take a look at the photo below from 72 land, and the article from Large Scale Planes below. You're probably wondering why I'm sending a photo of an aircraft in 72 scale-- it's because the name plate was made with a black decal, allowing a silver design to show through. You can use the same method to make your Mercedes symbol hub cap designs. You'll need access to a computer program like PowerPoint or some other graphics program, a good quality printer (bubble jet is fine), and clear decal paper. First, flat coat your decal paper (gives bubble jet ink something to grab). Using your graphics program, create the Mercedes circles and symbols, with a black background, leaving the actual symbols in white (no fill color in the case of PowerPoint). Scale the symbols to fit, replicate however many you need, and then print on the flat coated decal paper (you may need to run the paper through your printer a second time to get a deeper depth of color). Wait a few hours for the ink to dry thourouhgly, and then coat the decals in Microscale decal film solution (used to make the decals-- not the softening solutions). When dry, cut out the decals and apply them over previously painted chrome hubs. The chrome will show through the black/clear decal paper brilliantly. That's how the name plate and placards were done for the 1/72 Douglas B-18 And 1/16th Scale B-17 diorama in the photos linked below. Works for just about any design you can print on a computer. See below.

http://72land.blogspot.com/2018/04/2018-ipms-seattle-spring-show-part-1-of.html

(The third photo in the blog)

http://www.largescaleplanes.com/articles/article.php?aid=3273

(Towards the end of the article, second row, last photo-“secure gun...”)

An alternative is to photoshop a photo of the hub cap, and print it onto decal film following the process above. The only issue is that you will need to have a clear, straight on photo with no distortions.

VR, Russ
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Posted: Saturday, May 05, 2018 - 07:16 PM UTC
Tim~not sure of the availability on the far side but I like the look of the “Liquid Chrome “ by Molotow