I finished a figure that I've wanted to accomplish for over a year now. Having read (years ago) "A Bridge Too Far" and more recently "It Never Snows in September" and A Street In Arnhem" both by Robert Kershaw, I wanted to try my hand at this figure and I was also wanting to make my own version of the DML figure "Rolf Wagner". This is my version...
Rudi Trapp, 3rd Company, 21st Panzergrenadier Regiment, 10th SS Panzer Division. He was an acting corporal conducting weapons training when the attack started. He and the rest of his company were ordered to respond to the attack, sp they took off on purloined Dutch bicycles. He and his comrades ended up facing off with Lieutenant Colonel John Frost's 2nd Bn. His story inspired my figure as well.
Sturmmann Rolf Wagner- my version. He is lightly equipped as per the photo record seen of most of the SS troops who participated. Many of whom were anticipating to "rest and refit" back in Germany. Others, like Rolf, grabbed what they could and responded as ordered being told they would be reinforced as soon as possible. Many had stored their gear, stuffed ammo and whatever they could into pockets.
His "blurred edge" camouflage smock is by Toy City. The metal grommets removed and eyelets stitched in as per the 1:1 version, along with a better draw cord. The pocket flaps are functional and have also been button hole stitched. His belt buckle is by DiD and re-worked. The belt is scratch-made as per the 1:1 version as are his Y straps. His Tunic is a DML M43 tunic that has been tailored and now has functioning buttons and the hook and eye closure at the collar. The collar tabs are by Sixth Scale King. His tunic and smock pockets are stuffed with some German and British ration items made by Sixth Scale King as well.
His M42 helmet is by Troitskaya28. I painted it the mid-late war color scheme, the liner and chinstrap are scratch made from leather.
I armed him with the Sten MK V for this as there are numerous photos showing the Germans using them and numerous accounts of the German vets stating that they used them quite a bit as well. The Sten is by DiD, the sling is scratch made and properly attached.
His trousers are Battle Gear toys (BGT), brushed cotton and great to work with. His boots are BGT as well and his gamaschen are some re-worked Newline Miniature that I had on hand.
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