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Episode 6 - The Last Advance

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By the 8th July 1943 on the Kursk salient’s northern front line the fighting around Ponyri had reached stalemate, but fifteen kms to the west Model’s panzer divisions made their last flailing effort to breach the Russian defences. The goal was the town of Olkovatka where the last Soviet line could be smashed on the way to meeting up with von Manstein’s 4th Army, advancing from the south to meet it east of Kursk. Rossokovsky addressed the threat by rushing his last armoured reserves to meet the Germans on the heights before the town, leading to three days of intense attack and counter-attack. Although there were local successes there was to be no breakthrough…and in three days time to the south, Von Manstein’s panzers would reach the approaches to Prokorovka.

I couldn’t really depict the battle(s) of Kursk without attempting a tank vs tank confrontation, and its sometime result. Suffice to say it was more difficult to pull off a close-quarter detonation than I’d imagined, but after a number of failures I finally got lucky with this sequence, the T34 turret doing exactly what I wanted.

Ep 7 next month and then I’m done, thanks for looking in.
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About the Author

About Tim Martin (Dioramartin)

Celebrating 50th year of scale model building (1966, Ford Mustang in Boston, Mass.) & the glue hasn't got to me yyyyet. Born & lived in England until 1987, since then in beautiful Sydney Australia.


Lol. Was getting a bit punchy after too much time in the Turkmenistan desert!
MAR 09, 2017 - 10:00 AM
You work looks so AMAZING Tim! Looks like you where at the battle capturing the karnage. JohnA
MAR 09, 2017 - 11:00 AM
Great, ever great!
MAR 09, 2017 - 01:16 PM
Thanks kind sirs, I’d taken my eye off this thread too long as it’s had its day in the sun, but I really do appreciate you took the trouble to respond. And Colin, yeah I guess we’ve all been there – funny though, I was sure your avatar was from the Alberta badlands…somewhere near that well-known feature, the Key Butte…? Cheers all, Tim
MAR 13, 2017 - 03:30 PM
Great battle composition. Looks excellent.
MAR 14, 2017 - 04:47 AM
Absolutely fricking amazing! I would love to be looking over your shoulder as you set it up and shoot it! Just like a real explosion. Ever think of being a Hollywood pyrotechnics advisor? Just amazing.
MAR 14, 2017 - 08:30 PM
Thanks again, Ha Patrick! Had you been there you’d have probably also banged your head on the underside of the table I’d ducked under when it blew (I’d doubled the charge in an experimental 2-stage IED as prior attempts hadn’t worked, it was some Bigger Bang) and witnessed my 19 y.o. son Danny yelling “Jeez Dad not AGAIN?!” as he ran to fetch more water than I’d expected to use to douse the ensuing conflagoration. He thoroughly disapproves, understandable as he’s studying counter-terrorism at uni…I like to think I inspired him, if he goes on to save just one life it’ll all have been worth it. The blast is from video frames, I just roll film & take cover. I doubt there are many Hollywood opportunities if Adam & Jamie are still working & besides it’s mostly CGI these days.
MAR 15, 2017 - 08:21 AM
Tim, It just never gets old! Nice one!💥💥💥💥💥 —mike
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APR 03, 2017 - 06:56 PM
We broke our quick reply box. Working on it. Until fixed go to topic to reply.