Federal Republic of Germany
Main Battle Tanks
APCs & IFVs
Reconnaissance Vehicles
Engineer Vehicles
Artillery and Air Defense
Miscellaneous
Infantry
Helicopters And Aircraft


Main Battle Tanks

GHQ Leopard 2A6
A fine model from GHQ, with fine detail.




CinC Leopard 2A5
Crosses are from the GHQ West German and Canadian decal set


A top view, showing the large, distinctive turrets.


GHQ Leopard 2 MBT using two different painting techniques.


I have been trying to make an improved version of the Leo 2.  Here are several with on-board baggage and brass MG3s added.  The MG3s are 22 gauge brass wire with the end pounded flat with a hammer to look like a stock.  Doesn't show well in this photo.


Here's an alternate monochrome scheme with extensive washing and weathering.
I really need a better photo here...


GHQ Leopard 2 With Base
Part of a recently painted and mounted Panzer Brigade


ISM Leopard 2
An interesting model that appears to be based on the CinC Leopard II


GHQ Leopard 1A4


ISM Leopard 1A4
Not a bad model at all; I believe it is based on the CinC 1A4.  However, I can't really account for the armor on the turret.  There were apparently two different hulls (at least, there were when I bought them off of eBay)




ISM Leo 1's exiting a village


GHQ Leopard 1 eBay rebuild -- barrel is plastic from evacuator on out.  Decal is GHQ.



CinC Leopard 1 -- eBay rebuild (notice a trend?) -- barrel is plastic rod wrapped with masking tape.  Crease isn't noticeable at a distance.


Another CinC Leopard 1


CinC M48A2G2
An excellent model -- CinC's M48/M60 chassis is excellent, and this turret works well.


H&R TH-301
This is a conversion of the Argentine TAM -- a medium tank based on the Marder chassis.  Throughout the 1980s, Thyssen Henschel marketed an upgraded version to the Bundeswehr as a reconnaissance tank under the designation TH-301.


APCs & IFVs

GHQ Puma IFV
An astounding new model -- most noticeable for its size.  Decals are from I-94.




Here's the Puma, looming over a group of Cold War era GHQ West German vehicles


GHQ Marder 1A3


GHQ Marder 1A2


GHQ Marder 1A2 with a different paint scheme.  The above used Tamiya NATO Green, Black and Brown.  This version uses Tamiya NATO Green, PollyS Scale Black, and Vallejo Beige Brown.  There's a lot more contrast in colors, and I think the brown is closer to the actual color, although probably too light.


Three Marders -- CinC Marder 1A1, GHQ 1A2 and 1A3


Early Marder by unknown manufacturer
Actually a very nice model.  Just below GHQ in quality, but no markings on the base.  It could very well be an early GHQ version of the model.  If anyone has any info, please let me know.



CinC Fuchs followed by GHQ Fuchs
An engineering variant is forthcoming.


Another GHQ Fuchs


And yet one more...  This time with an Iltis.  Buildings are from Gamecraft Miniatures, and my paint job does not do them justice.


BV-206S
An excellent new model from H&R/Armstrong of the armored version of the BV-206. The figure in particular is a nice touch, though seems too big for the model.   It is used by a number of NATO forces, including the Germans, so I painted it up in a generic NATO scheme.  I used acrylic paste to make the snow, and fine sand for the gravel.






HS-30
Early Cold War West German APC.  Model is a 3-D version, designed by Dragoman and produced by Shapeways.




Hotchkiss SPZ Kurz
Also a Shapeways model by Dragoman's Depot




These are the support versions from the same line
Mortar Version


Command Version (at least I think so...)


Logistics Version


Ambulance version


Reconnaissance Vehicles

GHQ Fennek
A newer model from GHQ, and extremely well done.


Only now do I see the narrow windows on the side of the hull.


Bent the mast on the top one...


GHQ Luchs recon vehicle.  This is a surprisingly large model for an armoured car, but is to scale.


Same vehicle with a different set of paints, designed to lighten up the colors.

Here is the less detailed Heroics & Ros version


Wiesel
The Wiesel was the mechanized vehicle for the West German paratroops that entered service just as the cold war ended.  This model is from H&R (I believe).
20mm gun armed version


TOW ATGM armed version


Forward Observer version (speculative -- there was long an outstanding requirement for this vehicle, but IIRC, it was never actually built)


Engineering And Recovery Vehicles

PioneerPanzers by three different manufacturers
Upper left is GHQ, upper right is H&R (I believe) and lower is In Service Miniatures.  The ISM piece is close to a copy of the GHQ piece, but with accessories added. 


 Leopard II ARV Buffel
An interesting model from Scotia.  I like the spare engine on the deck.


PioneerPanzer Fuchs
This is the engineering variant of the Fuchs, with bins for barbed wire on the roof, a light machine gun mount, and additional exterior stowage.  The original model is GHQ with metal and lead accessories.  I painted the windows gloss black, but I think they are too black and insufficiently glossy after finishing them.




Leopard Biber Bridgelayer
A custom built model with a GHQ Leo 1A1 hull, a bridge from the Scotia Biber (along with the commander's cupola), the crane from an old battleship model, and a few pieces of brass and stock plastic.




M48 AVLB
Basically a GHQ M48 hull with an M60 AVLB bridge, which is probably incorrect for the model, but I was unable to find an decent photos.  The vehicle was still in use in some territorial units (and the 6th PzGd Division) at the end of the Cold War.


Skorpion Minelayer
This is a conversion of a CinC M548 to the Skorpion rapid minelayer.  The parts are all stock plastic.  The launchers were textured by pressing them hard against the textured grip of an Xacto knife.  CinC's M548 is better than GHQ's for conversions because the two canvas pieces are optional.



The ISM Version -- a bit rough


Another version of the same...


ISM PioneerPanzer "Dachs"
Like many ISM models, this one was built on speculative photos published in defense magazines.  The final version of the Dachs had only one crane arm.  Still, its a cool model.


Artillery and Air Defense

Panzer Haubitze 2000

A massive model from GHQ, very impressive




GHQ Marder With Roland


GHQ Gepards
These are eBay rehabs, and the guns are of an incredibly soft, but flexible material.  I'm not even sure its metal (I didn't want to strip them down for fear of damaging them). 


GHQ PanzerMorser 120 (actually an M106, but they are close to identical except for mortar size)  No idea where the machine gun got off to.


Here's a later (and better) version with a decal from a Dragon 1/144 kit and a CinC M2HB


Scotia TAM Mortar
Actually a Argentine model, but built to a German design.  


CinC LARS 110mm Rocket Artillery
Decal is again GHQ.  This vehicle, like many CinC truck-based models, comes in about 6 pieces, which allows a far higher level of detail.


A comparison between CinC's LARS and the H&R version, which is not yet stripped and painted (I have since sold the H&R versions on eBay)


GHQ MLRS
Same as the US version, but with a West German decal from a 1/144 Dragon kit


GHQ M109A2
with a CinC M2HB


Skytrex Lance Launch Vehicle


Miscellaneous Vehicles

GHQ Jagdpanzer Jaguar (1 or 2) Tank Destroyer


H&R Jaguar (1 or 2) Tank Destroyer
I attempted to dress them up with netting and baggage


GHQ Jagdpanzer With SS-11


GHQ Jagdpanzer Kanone Tank Destroyer
All five of these that I have will be getting decals.  I am also working on converting several H&R models into divisional artillery vehicles.


Jagdpanzers in pre-tri-color scheme.  Decals just didn't work this time.




H&R Jagdpanzer Kanone Tank Destroyer


GHQ M577 in West German colors
Decal is from Dragon 1/144 scale modern German kit (a great source of decals and parts)
Antennae are nylon paintbrush bristles -- flexible, large enough to be seen, and dirt cheap.  Model is an eBay rebuild.


CinC M577
An interesting model, more sharply molded than its GHQ equivalent, but with less protruding detail.  Also has the option of wooden plates to be attached to the side.


ISM M577


Infantry

I am currently using GHQ Modern US individual infantry for West German regulars, and Main Force Miniatures for territorials.

GHQ Moderns









A platoon-scale battalion


Main Force Miniatures Infantry
Not particularly good models, but look decent on the table and are virtually indestructible.



Miscellaneous Vehicles

H&R Faun Elefant
A very good model from Heroics & Ros (I believe).  The level of detail is good and the casting style is clean and crisp.  Why can't all their vehicles be this good?


CinC MAN 5 Ton and 7 Ton Trucks
Excellent models from CinC, but I wish they came with canvas tops


GHQ MAN 5 Ton Trucks
A fine model, comes only in covered version.  Detail-wise, the CinC and GHQ versions are both excellent.


Another version, with a better paint job and an ink wash


H&R MAN 7 Ton Trucks
A decent model, but not in the came category as the CinC or GHQ pieces


ISM MAN 5 Ton Truck
This model has pallets molded in the back.


ISM MAN 7 Ton Fueler


Unimog 2 Ton Truck
A fine model from GHQ




Same model, different paint schemes




M113/Green Archer
Custom-built from GHQ base.  Please see the custom section for full details


Fuchs/RASIT ground surveillance radar vehicle
9 per divisional recon battalion during the 1980s
Model is CinC Fuchs with back hatch removed, hole drilled, radar assembly inserted, and replacement hatch slid off to one sie on the back deck.


GHQ Iltis




Helicopters And Aircraft

These are a pair of Viking Forge UH-1s.  I think the original models are by Collectair, currently marketed by Scotia-Grendel, but I am not sure.  The door machineguns are 28 gauge brass wire.  The decals are from various DML 1/144 armor kits.  The doors should say "HEER" in white letters, but they are way too small to paint.  Brass rotors are on order from GHQ.



This shot gives a better view of the door gunner.


PAH-1
BO-105 anti-tank helo that was a Cold War staple of the Bundesheer.  Model is a good one from GHQ.  


PAH-2 Tiger
A pair of the newer attack helos from H&R -- quite good models (though some pieces were missing in the bags from both).








EC-135
New aircraft from H&R


Bundesmarine Tornado
Naval strike version of Tornado




Luftwaffe Tornado
GHQ Model with somewhat random collection of decals




T-33
Light training aircaft with secondary ground-attack role, manufacturer unknown




Same aircraft, now mounted, in a much better photo



Inventory
Painted     Unpainted


Main Battle Tanks
27
0
Leopard 2 (GHQ)
0
12
Leopard 2 (H&R)
4
0
Leopard 2A5 (CinC)
10
0
Leopard 1A4 (GHQ)
0
13
Leopard 1A3 (CinC)
22
0
Leopard 1A1A1 (GHQ)
4
0
Leopard 1A1A1 (CinC)
0
31
Leopard 1 (H&R)
4
0
M48A2G2 (CinC)





Personnel Carriers
10
0
Marder 1A3 (GHQ)
13
5
Marder 1A2 (GHQ)
3
0
Marder 1A1 (CinC)
0
3
Marder 1A1 (H&R)
3
0
Fuchs (GHQ)
3
2
Fuchs (CinC)
4
0
M113 (GHQ)





Miscellaneous
3
0
Gepard (GHQ)
0
4
Gepard (CinC)
5
0
Roland Marder (GHQ)
5
5
Jagdpanzer Kanone (GHQ)
3
6
Jagdpanzer Kanone (H&R)
3
0
Jagdpanzer Jaguar (GHQ)
3
0
Jagdpanzer Jaguar (H&R)
2
0
M109 (?)
2
0
PanzerMorser 120 (GHQ M106)
3
0
LARS (CinC)
0
2
LARS (H&R)
5
0
Unimog 2t Truck (GHQ)
3
0
Man 7.5t Truck (CinC)
3
0
Man 10t Truck (CinC)
4
0
Man 10t Truck (H&R)
1
0
Faun Elefant (H&R)
2
0
M577 (GHQ)
2
0
Forward Observer M113 (CinC)
3
0
Forward Observer Jagdpanzer (H&R Conversion)
9
3
PioneerPanzers (GHQ, H&R, ISM, others)
0
1
Biber (Scotia)
1
0
Buffel (Leopard 2 ARV) (Scotia)
1
0
M113/Green Archer (Custom)
2
0
Lance Launcher (Skytrex)


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