Saturday, 17 August 2013
WW1 German Field Wagons
These two Field Wagons are based on the Heavy Provisions Wagon (Schwere Proviantwagen 05. This style of wagon, with minor modifications, was also used by the German Army in WW2.
Plans for these two wagons were a little thin on the ground, so reference was made to the 1/72 HaT kit and as many photographs as I could gather. There appears to be two variants of the same wagon, one with a horse fodder bin on the back and one without. I stand to be corrected as I am no expert on German Field Wagons!
The models are constructed from 20 and 40 thou Evergreen Styrene sheet and various pieces of strip and shape. The wheels were from a company called Pegasus and were labelled as HO scale (!!!)
The grooves in the timber sides were made with the scrawker. The poles are overlength and will be cut to the correct size once the horses are fitted.
The trees were fitted with chains and eyes so the traces could be attached realistically. The material I used for the traces was thin strips of electrical tape (with the sticky removed) and painted in a leathery brown colour. The Canopies on the wagons were formed by heat forming.
Due to the fragile nature, it was decided to base them using sheet perspex and ScenicMat, which is a marvellous product, if a little expensive, but very realistic. The Horses were Classic Toy Soldiers Draft Horses. The fodder in the rear bin was made from a piece of Micro Fibre dish cloth, painted in a straw colour.
I made up two drivers (wagoneers) from Armies in Plastic WW1 Germans and some Airfix Multipose parts.
Heavy Provision Wagon crosses Erhardt Armoured Car somewhere in Europe, 1917.