Modelling a covered
emplacement for 50mm AT gun on fortress mounting
For our Juno game I needed 2 x "sea wall casemates" with 50mm AT guns on fortress mountings. After looking at photos of the real thing and wargames versions by Colin Rumford. I decided to have a go at scratchbuilding my own.
there is one on the cover of the D-Day supplement http://www.rapid-fire.uk.com/books.htm
The piece needed to accomadate a Britannia 50mm AT gun on fortress mounting and 3-4 figures. For the Juno game I used Geo-Hex for half of the board and a piece of timber for the sea wall with a masonite base for the beach. The model needed to straddle the two.
I first roughed out the shape using paper and decided that what I initially had was too small for the table so I increased all measurements by approximately 50%. Unfortunately I was unable to find any overhead diagrams so most of the angles etc were based on guess work. The model was in two pieces. The largest piece with overhang that sat on the beach and the emplacment for the 50mm gun which sat on the Geo-Hex. At the widest point it was 4 3/4 " (120mm) and 4 1/2" (110mm) deep.
Two pieces of 5mm foam-board were mounted either side of 1 3/4" (43mm)piece of foam packing and pinned in place while the glue dried. I then used my foam hot-wire cutter to cut the foam to shape. The whole piece was then mounted on some mdf.
In this photo you can see the free standing part from the other side.
I then placed the pieces where they would sit to check the space for the gun etc.
Another overhead view.
A closeup oblique view.
Here is a good oblique view of the model as it will appear on the table. The next step will be to cover the model with filler and paint ! (to be continued)
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