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Hi,

I recently obtained a German infantry soldier in supply duty from the company called 'Figure Home'. I had no idea about this company, perhaps Dragon's copycat or ex-subcontractor. Out of curiosity I decided to build this one. The result was a bit disappointing, no better than Dragon.
The body was similar to Dragon but its articulation was so flimsy that I spent a great deal of time to fix it. The collar rank insignia was decal and easily peeled off so I had to paintbrush the insignia myself. The belt was Luftwaffe's so I had to replace it with Heer's. The collar of the greatcoat was a way too big though the coat fabric was not bad. Overall it is not too bad but needs a great deal of time to fix it.

I wanted to add a sleeve rank insignia 'Stabsgefreiter', but hardly found the good reference photos. There were some soldiers who wore the insignia on the coat sleeve but most had none. So I decided not to add it. Instead I added the panel underneath the collar which fastens the both collars to protect the wind.

I replaced the HS with Liam Neeson and repainted it and also replaced the hands and gloves.

He wore M36 tunic in the early war and was supposed not to be much engaged in combat against heavy resistance during the invasion of Norway. So I did very light weathering on him.

In April 1940, the division participated in the German invasion of Norway. A small party of soldiers from the unit landed at Egersund where they seized the telecommunications cable linking Norway with mainland Europe, encountering no significant opposition. A further 900 soldiers from the division were put ashore near Bergen where they captured the defensive fortifications (which had fired on the approaching German ships) as well as the city after engaging Norwegian forces in combat. The largest element of the division, some 5,000 soldiers in 250 transport planes, landed at Sola airport after it was seized by German paratroopers. The division then captured the nearby city of Stavanger. After the successful Norwegian Campaign, the 69th Infantry Division remained in occupied Norway until November 1942.(from Wikipedia)

Thank you for browsing.

Best regards,
William

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William

I love your sculpt work! Posing per your norm is great! Another superb effort!

Cya
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Tho it may have been a bit poor as an offering, you have made it quite acceptable.

Turner Classic Movies just showed 1943's Edge of Darkness, about an occupied Norwegian village. The big fight at the end was very Hollywood, but the rest was a pretty good look at enduring occupation. There was some interesting detail about the German commander, frustrated at his "backwater" garrison assignment, and the unhappy soldiers, taking out their anger on the locals.

A nice example of an "uninvited guest".
 

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William, beautiful figure, I like the work you have accomplished here. Great details on his uniform and an exceptional job in painting the head sculpt.........Jim
 

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Very nice work !I especially like the coat .There's a lot of Lian Neeson head sculpts around,so who makes this one?
 

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very nicely done.
Thank you peakfans!:thanks

Very nice work !I especially like the coat .There's a lot of Lian Neeson head sculpts around,so who makes this one?
Thank you gijoe!:thanks As far as I know it is from HeadPlay. You can easily find it at Ebay.

William, beautiful figure, I like the work you have accomplished here. Great details on his uniform and an exceptional job in painting the head sculpt.........Jim
Thank you jim!:thanks

Tho it may have been a bit poor as an offering, you have made it quite acceptable.

Turner Classic Movies just showed 1943's Edge of Darkness, about an occupied Norwegian village. The big fight at the end was very Hollywood, but the rest was a pretty good look at enduring occupation. There was some interesting detail about the German commander, frustrated at his "backwater" garrison assignment, and the unhappy soldiers, taking out their anger on the locals.

A nice example of an "uninvited guest".
Backwater garrison? I agree.:lol:lol
Thank you pukingdog!:thanks

Can I borrow your Magic Wand sometime? You make everything look so perfect and real.
You mean my little trick?:lol
I am sure you have your own skills. Thank you for your compliment delusional!:thanks

William

I love your sculpt work! Posing per your norm is great! Another superb effort!

Cya
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Thank you Hankster!:thanks
 

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looks great! Maybe a little early for Y straps. For sure too early for the Y straps with the white stitching around the grommet that holds the short strap. Easy fix there blackening the white stitching. This white stitching was to hold a piece of leather behind the grommet, so the metal would not rub on the uniform. These began to reach the troops around 1944 iirc.
 

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Hallo!

Well done!

NOT a criticism or a negative but... the flat and cupped butt plates on the K98k were not blued but left "bright."

(Yeah, it always bothered me as it seems "counter-productive" to be bare metal when put on the ground so much...)
 

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Hallo!

Early versions came in in April of 1939 but only for mounted and transport.

"Koppeltragegestell für Infanterie" did not become common until 1941. Aluminum fittings to steel switched in 1940. The details of the basic design were changed a bit in 1942-1943 such as the adjustment method for auxiliary straps from a stud to a slide, and the rivet cover stitching was simplified. Manufacturer differences in the size and type of D-rings and hooks are known.

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Really nice work on improving the figure, and thanks for the history to make him really stand out. When I was 11, I went to Norway with my Dad, and we went to Stavanger. I remember the war memorials (and even tank obstacles) and wish I understood it better then. Thanks for posting!
 

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looks great! Maybe a little early for Y straps. For sure too early for the Y straps with the white stitching around the grommet that holds the short strap. Easy fix there blackening the white stitching. This white stitching was to hold a piece of leather behind the grommet, so the metal would not rub on the uniform. These began to reach the troops around 1944 iirc.
Hallo!

Well done!

NOT a criticism or a negative but... the flat and cupped butt plates on the K98k were not blued but left "bright."

(Yeah, it always bothered me as it seems "counter-productive" to be bare metal when put on the ground so much...)
Hallo!

Early versions came in in April of 1939 but only for mounted and transport.

"Koppeltragegestell für Infanterie" did not become common until 1941. Aluminum fittings to steel switched in 1940. The details of the basic design were changed a bit in 1942-1943 such as the adjustment method for auxiliary straps from a stud to a slide, and the rivet cover stitching was simplified. Manufacturer differences in the size and type of D-rings and hooks are known.

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Hallo!

Love the work!

And here I go again... with history but not criticism... :)

Riveted ammo pouches came out in 1942.

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Thank you guys for the info on the historical accuracy. :thanks

If I recap the comments,

That particular type of Y-strap may not be used in early war-time 39-40. Perhaps from 43 onwards.

The butt plate of K98k should be bright metal. Is it applied to all K98k or only to early versions? A lot of reference photos show blackened plates. Are they wrong?

The riveted ammo pouch was also not available until 42.

Can you recommend any books I can refer to with regard to the ww2 equipments and uniforms?

Thanks!
William
 

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I learned somthing here... Rivets on the ammo pouches!
As for reference books:

Uniforms and Traditions of the German Army by Angolia and Schlicht, published by Bender.
Three volumes, not cheap, but very complete. They also have a series of LW, SS and KM. Maybe you can get them used... Well worth the money.
As for the Y straps, the early I would not use unless post Barbarossa(summer 1941) this type with white stiching I would say summer of 1944. But without the stiching, ok for 1941.
The cavalry y straps were different, no short strap for A frame(similar to LW FJ y straps)
On the buttplate, news to me, will check...
 
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