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The Rhine Crossing

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Steffen Christmann shares with us some images of his latest work depicting Allied forces hitting the shore during Operation ‘Plunder’. On the 23/24 of March 1945 Allied Forces crossed the Rhine river in Germany; shown here is an LVT-4 (Number 57) in action transporting a Dingo Scout Car and a small number of infantry across the river.

The models used in this work, the LVT-4 is the superb AFV Club kit built almost out of the box, the Dingo Mk.III is the MiniArt offering. The figures are primarily from MasterBox and have been dressed up via the addition of Hornet heads. The water has been replicated with Acryl and drove Steffen to the edge of madness.
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About the Author

About Steffen Christmann (Steffen23)
FROM: RHEINLAND-PFALZ, GERMANY

I started first modelling as a child, but time changed interests and so I restarted about 6 years ago. I'm a member of the german modeler site "modellbauforen.de", where I found a pleasant community. My start at armorama should widen my horizon and open my the door to international modelling con...


Comments

I was watching a documentary at the weekend that included some footage of Winston Churchill crossing the Rhine in a LVT, and I thought that it would make a great diorama subject. No Churchill in yours, but everything else is there and you've done a great job all round. The water effects are particularly good. Very realistic - well done. - Steve
JUN 30, 2014 - 12:37 AM
Superb, especially the water works.
JUN 30, 2014 - 01:32 AM
Thank you all! I'm very happy that you enjoy this little scene. @Nathan: The british LVT-4 hab sometimes this special 2cm Polsten Gun mounted. (This one here is from resicast.) In the sideshields had been .50 or .30 machine guns - #57 had ( what I think to see in a few pictures ) .30. But there are a lot of variants in the weapons at that time! Have a good time, Steffen
JUN 30, 2014 - 01:53 AM
Steffen, mate, I don`t think that I have to say to much here. Everything said! The water is absolutely convincing. Nice one.... as always. Cheers. Dennis
JUN 30, 2014 - 08:10 AM
I keep coming back to look at this one. Really great! What is the rope made of? It looks so soft and fussy and absolutely convincing
JUN 30, 2014 - 06:16 PM
@Dennis: Thank you!!!! @Motives: I had this rope left from historic ship builds, it is a anchor rope. Cheers, Steffen
JUN 30, 2014 - 09:15 PM
Ah thanks, I'll check it out!
JUL 01, 2014 - 05:24 AM
not just the water effects are absolutely convincing. Check the grass! The transition in appearance and colour from close to the water where it is still muddy to the place further up the bank with its more green tone... Awesome. Brilliant execution!
JUL 02, 2014 - 11:27 PM
Lots of congratulations Steffen. the watereffect is very convincing . Well done , you have my deepest respect too. Cheers Kurt
JUL 03, 2014 - 07:38 AM
Whoa! I have to learn how to make the close-to-real mud like this! Amazing work on the vehicle and groundwork mate, congratulations! ^^
JUL 12, 2014 - 02:55 AM