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Posted: Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 08:20 AM UTC

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I've also stumbled across what would appear to be a suitable pennant for his car:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Reichsprotektor_B%C3%B6hmen_und_M%C3%A4hren.svg



I guess so as well (the pictured car should be his 770) :



H.P.
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Posted: Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 05:18 AM UTC
Tim,

'Glad to be of help; Hornet do of course, provide lots of other heads with various expressions - I'm just not sure of those which would still resemble Heydrich's physiognomy.

I've also stumbled across what would appear to be a suitable pennant for his car:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Reichsprotektor_B%C3%B6hmen_und_M%C3%A4hren.svg

'Highly likely that he would utilise only the one - a sort of understated statement - if that's not too oxymoronic(!)

Anyway, keep at it - all going in the right direction!

Brian
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Posted: Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 02:08 AM UTC
OK,"glue flowing under the modeling bench". Best line in a modeling forum ...EVER !
Hahahahahaaa
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Posted: Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 01:55 AM UTC
Many thanks Brian that’s very helpful. Yes re HH/34 with slightly slittier eyes & thinner lips the 1st & 4th look promising, and the 3rd for the explosion. With HGH11 I’d say the 4th & 5th are the most promising. I guess this is in turn presses me to settle on how many images in the narrative there will be…and if I can get away with the same face/head from one or more different angles. The half-scale dio led to a provisional count of around 30 images, obviously not all including Heydrich but he’ll appear in at least 20 of them. So…I really need all 10 heads minimum, the less promising ones could still work in profile/turned away with some work on the nose(s). How many bodies? He sits, he stands, he gets hit, he gets out the car, he aims his empty pistol, he staggers, he collapses, he gets carried to a van...that’s 8 so I should make the heads & bodies interchangeable to mix it up. Shame they never made Action Man in 1/35th. Then there’s Klein…Gabcik…Kubis…I think I just aged a couple of years.

But a lot of cement’s got to flow under the workbench before I get into the figures – if I can overcome current windscreen difficulties & make the car look acceptable the trams are next on the schedule. All I know for sure right now is I don’t want the same pose/face in more than one image. Otherwise it might look like a diorama
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Posted: Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 01:44 AM UTC
Tim,

Re Heydrich figure: a glance at a somewhat out of date Hornet Head catalogue indicates that HH/34 might fit the bill: "5 Heads with aquiline features". His nose was quite pronounced and the first image shown might just suit. You'd still have to add on a peaked cap perhaps but the features might just work. The 3rd image of this set has a head with mouth open - which might be relevant if you're being shot at/blown up - and might also work but the head may not be suitably "Heydrich-y" enough. It would be hard to tell unless you get the actual item in your hand.

"HGH/11 5 Heads German Officer Formal Peaked Caps" might also suit but devoid of any real Heydrich feature, although the 3rd figure shown (from the left) does have some expression in that his mouth is open but looks tad cheerful, and the 4th figure in has his cap on at an angle and looks suitably arrogant.

However, perhaps a figure with a relatively calm disposition would work: I recall that Heydrich was shot down in a fighter plane behind Russian lines so being attacked on your way to work might be something he could deal with - apart from the presumably searing agony when the bomb exploded perhaps?

I'm sure the catalogue is online somewhere; as I say my (hard copy) is quite old but hopefully they'll still be around.

Re the No 73 Grenade: I would just reinforce that if these grenades were modified the soldiers would not necessarily have known about it; it would, in all likelihood, have been simply a case of their being issued with the weapons and equipment on the lines of " Grenades, No 73, for the use of, times 2 - sign here" in typical British QM fashion. Even if they were doctored the grenade would have been a robust sealed container and would only require fusing (like all grenades) to be suitably lethal. The pathogen would have been added to the explosive filling and the owner would have no need to know that it was doubly lethal.

However, I take your point: for German doctors not to have been able to recognise such symptoms would I think, be extremely rare. I suppose I just hoped for confirmation that we sneaky Brits could prevail whatever the circumstances (!)

Anyway, although with no images I hope the pointers re the Hornet Heads helps.

Brian

STOP PRESS: guilty of not thinking laterally enough - see

http://www.hornetandwolf.com/Hornet/headsets/PAGES/hh34.htm

and

http://www.hornetandwolf.com/Hornet/headsets/PAGES/HGH11.htm
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Posted: Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 12:57 AM UTC
Thanks guys

Jerry – it sure was first & last resort going with the plastic so if you think it looks OK that’s good enough for me.

Brian – yes possibly a custom pennant i.e. specific to “Protector” of Czechoslovakia, one or more of those motorcade pics Frenchy posted might show it. I’ve no idea what the protocols were, maybe it was just SS rank? From what I can see there was only one pennant-holder on the passenger wing, the Notek’s on the driver’s wing.

As for figures, I had it in mind to post a request on the Figures forum soon for suggestions for the Heydrich figure. Apart from being 6ft 4” he had a distinctive hatchet face & I’m hoping a Hornet-head or similar expert might know of a reasonable likeness on the market - and also any figures wearing the correct SS Obergruppenfuhrer uniform - and the Oberscharfuhrer driver’s too. Sitting or standing doesn’t matter, I’ll be Frankenverting them. As you’ve raised it now I might as well start here, all contributions gratefully received.

About the bio-toxin story - I’m sorry to report that (according to MacDonald op cit p.277) it was none other than Robert Harris & Jeremy Paxman (“A Higher Form of Killing” 1982 pp 88-94) who claimed Porton Down provided a nerve-agent for the grenades. MacDonald: “Their general account of the assassination is riddled with inaccuracies…no documentary evidence presented (for the toxin claim)…A moment’s thought indicates the absurdity of Kubis risking a night drop from an aircraft carrying lethal biological toxins and then transporting them round the Protectorate for the next five months. Moreover, Kubis was hit by splinters from his own bomb but he did not die as a result.”

Indeed Kubis died in the Cathedral shoot-out three weeks later, apparently well enough to put a gun to his own head & photos of his corpse show those shrapnel wounds round his left eye. While MacDonald was calling the kettle black a bit regarding inaccuracies, I think he was more accurate than most. I’d add that the senior German doctors attending Heydrich were likely to be capable of identifying the difference between the actual symptoms of bacterial infection/blood poisoning and an unknown/mystery pathology causing (presumably) paralysis, coma etc along the lines of what happened to the Skripals in Salisbury UK recently. Heydrich was sitting up in bed eating breakfast hours before he died, a week after incurring the injury.

Myth exploded, hopefully
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Posted: Friday, June 15, 2018 - 08:40 AM UTC
Hmmm. Jury's still out I suppose. If this was indeed the modus operandi, it is of course highly likely that the SOE agents concerned would not have been told of any modification, but merely issued with (whatever number it was) of the grenades and told to get on with it.

If the grenade was contaminated then it just shows how determined the British (and the Czechs) were to ensure Heydrich's demise.

Brian
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Posted: Friday, June 15, 2018 - 08:33 AM UTC

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I don't know if it was mentioned earlier - I am now too idle to re-read the threads - but it was mooted in some accounts that the grenade (No 73 type?) thrown was in fact doctored by the British with a biological agent to ensure his demise. Perfidious Albion yet again perhaps, but the fact was that Heydrich was simply too dangerous - and good at what he did - to be permitted to live.



Here's a related page from Bioterrorism and Biocrimes: The Illicit Use of Biological Agents Since 1900 by W. Seth Carus.

H.P.
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Posted: Friday, June 15, 2018 - 08:00 AM UTC

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Thanks gents
H.P. – hah! that’s been prime reference image for the seats all along, a rare view & perfect ref …giving me zero room for licence. I didn’t get the rear seat headrest quite right but the tilt might just conceal the oversize enough.

Brian – BLACK (see 29th May item 1) but no decision on pennant(s) yet - if nobody beats me to it I’ll do a bit more research when the car’s finished – probably the ceremonial final step to the sound of an oompah band.

Jerry & Cheyenne– too kind bros you’re both way ahead of me, & I’d never have thought of the seats solution if Susie hadn’t dropped that purse on the workbench with a soft thud.

So here's a bonus mini-toot for this weekend - after unearthing a spares boxes (from under the pile of packed-up stuff in the lock-up) I settled on this combo – hub from who knows what & after breaking the t*re the left-hand half was chucked, the right pared down…



Putty in my hands…



…I was feeling a little flat…









So clearly a bit more work on the tread pattern required (& my chrome-strip screw holes need un-dilating or whatever the word is) but that’ll do, it was getting…tiresome? OK nurse increase the medication



Damn! Despite all the evidence I was still holding out for some shade of green for the vehicle; as for pennants - there must have been something - if not for the man's ego viz "I am your Lord and Master - look on it and despair" or something similar (!)

Keep it up Tim, 'looking so forward to the figures especially Heydrich (who, let's face it, had it coming).

I don't know if it was mentioned earlier - I am now too idle to re-read the threads - but it was mooted in some accounts that the grenade (No 73 type?) thrown was in fact doctored by the British with a biological agent to ensure his demise. Perfidious Albion yet again perhaps, but the fact was that Heydrich was simply too dangerous - and good at what he did - to be permitted to live.

Crack on Tim.

Brian

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Posted: Friday, June 15, 2018 - 01:35 AM UTC
The dash is looking great. Making it in wood would be challenging,mostly because any wood grain in that scale would be gigantically over sized. Painting the grain onto plastic is the best scale solution. Yours' looks great dude.
Onward and upward,
J
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Posted: Friday, June 15, 2018 - 12:51 AM UTC
Thanks Jerry, we can but hope. Interesting exercise when there’s zero wiggle-room - make something one day & think hey that’s real close, look at it the next day & What the heck!?? how did I get that so wrong? Let’s call It the Yesterday Syndrome – 1st verse lyrics only!

I considered replicating the dashboard in its original material, following on from metal panels & leather seats, but carpentry’s not my strongest suit so…



The kit’s dashboard is actually reasonable (spot my dumb error, later corrected) but the decal sheet not so much (impressionist dials in yellow) – so I got DioArt’s dial set express. They’re generic in transparent positive & negative formats & the detail’s excellent…



1:1 target in the background & the prepared dash below. I was expecting the dials to be decals or adhesive-backed - nope, just plain acetate and no aids to cutting them out. I didn’t have the right tools (hole-cutters, tubes with razor sharp ends) so it was a case of brand-new blade, magnifier & patience…



…the 3 dials needed 5 components from the sheet, sealed with a blob of PVA/Elmers on each face…



Hard to get non-reflecting views at this magnification, this is the only shot of the finished item worth showing. It’s not perfect but the best I can do…



The wheel got slimmed as much as possible & I scratched what I assume is the indicator stalk immediately behind the left side of it (sorry totally invisible here) and also the black collar glued behind the dash. I gave up trying to connect the column to the steering linkage, it was never going to fit so I just chopped it short as it’ll never be seen.

The collar for the column has another purpose, guiding the rod to the hole in the firewall at the right angle and allowing some play, so therefore I don’t have to glue the rod at all. Past experience of trying to wrestle driver-figures into place reminded me it’s a boon to be able to take out the steering wheel (and/or the whole column) & also adjust its forward/back position slightly. For the same reason the driver’s seat ain’t seeing cement either ‘till the fat lady sings.

Next time – The Windscreen, or how to convert a swear-box into a Ferrari. Runs on profane gas.
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Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 01:23 AM UTC
You are well on the way to matching that damage exactly IMHO,
J
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Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 12:03 AM UTC
Rise of the Lurkers! Nice to hear from you guys & thanks for the encouragement. If this build was a day-stage of the Giro or Tour it’s been a relatively level/cruisy/scenic 60 or 70 kms so far. But just since last posting the gradient’s shot up to 8+%, partly because the dashboard’s a pig, the steering column don’t fit (a ah rare beef with ICM about the basic kit), and also because there are conflicting priorities looming between spraying un-assembled vs. assembled component parts gloss black & the necessary assembly order. Risks comprise finger-prints, dulled areas, glue-bleeds, intricate masking of fragile parts, hairline gaps between adjoining panels (e.g. doors, hood etc) getting clogged. I foresee an imminent investment in surgical gloves & upping the anaesthetic stocks.
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Posted: Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 09:05 AM UTC
Hi Tim - great work on that destruction! It looks very nice. I’ve seen you use aluminum before, but this time really stands out! The results look to be well worth the effort!

Cheers
Nick
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Posted: Saturday, June 09, 2018 - 09:00 PM UTC
I just love these OOTB builds
Great job with the car and fascinating research.
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Posted: Saturday, June 09, 2018 - 04:59 PM UTC
Will somebody please call ‘damage control!’... Looking well fragged, sir!💥💥💥

Cheers!🍺
—mike
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Posted: Saturday, June 09, 2018 - 04:00 PM UTC
Thanks gents
H.P. – hah! that’s been prime reference image for the seats all along, a rare view & perfect ref …giving me zero room for licence. I didn’t get the rear seat headrest quite right but the tilt might just conceal the oversize enough.

Brian – BLACK (see 29th May item 1) but no decision on pennant(s) yet - if nobody beats me to it I’ll do a bit more research when the car’s finished – probably the ceremonial final step to the sound of an oompah band.

Jerry & Cheyenne– too kind bros you’re both way ahead of me, & I’d never have thought of the seats solution if Susie hadn’t dropped that purse on the workbench with a soft thud.

So here's a bonus mini-toot for this weekend - after unearthing a spares boxes (from under the pile of packed-up stuff in the lock-up) I settled on this combo – hub from who knows what & after breaking the t*re the left-hand half was chucked, the right pared down…



Putty in my hands…



…I was feeling a little flat…









So clearly a bit more work on the tread pattern required (& my chrome-strip screw holes need un-dilating or whatever the word is) but that’ll do, it was getting…tiresome? OK nurse increase the medication
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Posted: Friday, June 08, 2018 - 10:39 PM UTC
Absolutely brilliant work , research , planning , auto shop 101 !!!
It's a joy following this build because of all of the above .
Hogwarts man , Hogwarts !!!
Your work is all FM Tim , all FM .
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Posted: Friday, June 08, 2018 - 02:03 AM UTC
Thinking+outside box=brilliant !
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Posted: Friday, June 08, 2018 - 01:33 AM UTC
Tim,

Outstanding - and a tutorial along the way - priceless.

I may have missed the actual thread but is the car going to be black or dark green - of whatever hue?

And did you decide on pennants etc...?

In any case, keep it up, fantastic work.

Regards,

Brian
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Posted: Friday, June 08, 2018 - 01:16 AM UTC
Looks the part to me



Well done Tim !

H.P.
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Posted: Friday, June 08, 2018 - 12:48 AM UTC
The seats were always going to be a test - every other vehicle I’ve made has either been enclosed and/or had plain seat covers not requiring much effort. This one’s obviously different, being of luxury quality plus front & centre in the action. The upholstery had distinctive padding/ribbing which I didn’t fancy scribing in putty & even if I pulled that off I wasn’t sure I could get the right leather appearance with paint.

Enter my better half bearing an unexpected solution she was prepared to part with – real leather & the right colour, as seen in the most recent posted photo. I guess you could say she had some hide…



The lining came off without a fight but after 20 minutes of hand-sanding the back of the square piece (the pale patch) its thickness had reduced from 1.5 mm to…1.499 mm. Who knew leather was tough? Time for some hardware…



…clamped for power-sanding but it proved just too hard to control. However, manually using the disc sped things up – this after about an hour, reducing the strip from 1.499 mm to around 1.0 mm on its way to the required sub-0.5 mm…



Experiments with imprinting the seams proved that thin-gauge wire snapped when using garotte-tightening (each line twisted using a paper-clip), whereas fishing line didn’t…



After tightening I found soaking it in water for an hour & then waiting 24 hours to dry before releasing it stopped the imprints from gradually springing out again.

Carpeting while I waited, using some random material…



…and after several days of torturing (a) leather (b) my fingers:



Fixing the leather to plastic and/or putty surfaces took some testing – I’m not sure exactly what the winning glue’s made of (Selley’s UltraRepair flexible polymer, emanating methane while curing according to the label) but it claims to stick almost anything to almost anything else & I didn’t even get high. The seats still need some tidying up before they’re glued down (curse/bless the unforgiving close-up) but I’m relieved it kinda worked OK – a nice bonus being the auto-weathering of the leather, in scale & caused by repeated handling. Anyone making larger-scale figures wearing leather gear/kit might consider this technique, I’m sure it’s not original but I made it up as I went along without much problem.

The daylight-LEDs light makes the leather look scarlet-ish in photos so I’ve adjusted the last photo closer to the actual hue...on my screen anyway.

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Posted: Monday, June 04, 2018 - 02:40 AM UTC
That’s certainly an accurate summary Jerry, Heydrich’s carrot & stick policies after only 6 months were working too well. Benes (Czech Prime Minister in exile in London) was desperate to make a statement & considered any reprisals were worth it, hoping against hope there wouldn’t be any. Efforts were even made to suggest the assassination was the result of Nazi hierarchy in-fighting & that the abandoned British equipment was a decoy.

After the Lidice & Lazaky massacres and forever after Benes denied he’d had any part in ordering or promoting it. That wasn’t only to distance himself from the reprisals others had warned about during planning, it was also because the objective was a complete failure - far from stirring resistance it was virtually wiped out for the rest of the war in Czechoslovakia.

Whether Heydrich’s elimination had any other effect will always be moot – it didn’t alter the course of the Holocaust, and it’s doubtful the French resistance would have been subdued much had he taken up his new position there in June ’42. Fortunately his policies hadn’t yet been proved effective in June ’41 because, as you mentioned, if they’d been employed in the Ukraine from day 1 of Barbarossa who knows what would have happened.
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Posted: Sunday, June 03, 2018 - 02:26 AM UTC
It is always difficult to get into the heads of folks at the epicenter of events important as these. Too many factors to be considered for one thing.
Let me throw this curve ball into the works. I read an article years ago written in England and they claimed the reason the hit was ordered on Heydrich was because he was being so effective in governing the "Protectorate" that the folks were becoming too pacified. Heydrich was evil,yes,but he was brilliant and one of the few Nazis that realized the brutal methods employed by almost all the other Nazi Officials in occupied areas were counter productive. Consider the Ukraine,where the vast majority hated the Soviets but the Nazi clumsiness turned guaranteed allies into enemies ! This could not stand and this is why agents were sent in to "stir up the pot" as it were.
Food for thought,
J
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Posted: Saturday, June 02, 2018 - 03:31 PM UTC
Thanks Jerry - although in terms of superlative modelling there’s someone far more deserving of that high praise – check out Dmitry78’s 1/16th King Tiger over on the Armor/AFV forum (June 1st as at today), it makes my stuff look about as intricate as lego blocks.

I’m sure you’re right about heat-of-the-moment-with-firearms, I’ve never been there (praise be) but can well imagine cool thinking’s a very rare commodity. I’m more critical of the agents’ plan, admittedly hastily formed 1 or 2 days prior in pressurised circumstances, but SOE’s training didn’t seem to emphasise the KISS principle. The Sten had 32 rounds but depended on one shooter successfully assembling it covertly on-site and operating it, vs. two shooters with pocket weapons and 14 immediate rounds + spare mags.

I also can’t fathom why they both left their means of escape – the bikes – leaning against lampposts (one laden with the spare grenades & Colt mags, abandoned it situ) across a busy main road 30 metres away from the bend. They were concerned about appearing to loiter & in fact were standing around for a full 90 minutes, not the anticipated 30, because Heydrich was running late – more than enough time to consider simulating bike-maintenance on the bend sidewalk itself?