This is the follow-up for a project I started last year, and then stalled. It is inspired by the photograph below;
5th Guards Army moving through or toward Kursk in 1943
Here they are, lightly kitted out as seen in my reference photo.
My DP-28 gunner, Nikolai, is the latest addition. The ammo bearer, Usman, debuted last September.
Nikolai looking thoughtful as they march on toward Kursk. The head sculpt is from Tony Barton's latest series.
Both soldiers are wearing the older style M35 tunics. Nikolai's is the latest offering from Alert Line. Great bit of gear. I tailored it to make it more accurate by adding the metal hook and eye closure. His equipent belt and DP-28 sling are both scratch made. Both Nikolai's and Usman's helmets are made by Alexander Khimenko (Troitskaya28).
Usman, seen once again, is fulfilling his role as the ammo bearer. His DP-28 Magazine pouch is made by DML, I took it apart and made it more accurate, closer to the 1:1 version. I re-did the carry strap and closure system. I also added "ears" and ties to the pouch.
I suppose a "star" in his own right is my DP-28. I started off using another brand other than DML. The plastic used in Brand X's model was just too fragile (the bipod legs broke!) and I ended up getting DML's version.
The sling is scratch made. I have seen some 1:1 DP-28 slings that offered a pad of sorts but I chose not to add it as I didn't see it in my reference photos. On my pan magazine I added the leather tab that was in use during the time to ease in reloading the magazine. I had a great time researching this weapon. A very remarkable weapon.
As to my photos, I consciously chose the grey background and effects to give the feel of a rainy day. The weather during the Battle of Kursk was just that, rainy and overcast.
Nikolai and Usman set up in their secondary position, waiting for "Fritz" to pay a visit.
Thanks for looking.............Jim