What if operation Sealion had been successful and the Germans had  pulled of their planned invasion of Britain? 

For most of the year my end to end railway layout lies dormant. So clearing away all the modern image rolling stock and other visual clues  allowed  me to use it for some WW2 wargaming.  Set against the backdrop of an imaginary British town we find some Panzer Grenadiers moving forward intent on capturing the high ground that overlooks an abandoned loco yard. 

At the same time  the British are attempting to reinforce the same position by rushing forward some more infantry and armour.

Who will win? 

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"The rest of the lads better get here pronto or we're stuffed good n proper like"

 

B2

"Right Chaps lets get a move on, Jerry's up ahead and we have to stop him here and now"

B3

A couple of A13s  to the rescue. Not much fire power but they will help with moral.

B4

One infantry section moves up through the sidings. Plenty of solid cover here.

B5

The Grenadiers with armour support start to fan out from under the bridge.

B6

On the high ground near the pub. German fire support gets ready.

B7

1st objective for the Hun. The ruin on the edge of the embankment

B8

They have spotted the British armour. "Achtung Panzer, FIRE...!"

 

Time to throw some dice.

To help you put the Clyde Puffer kit together, here are some helpful images showing the model in close up.

  • Wash all the resin components to remove any trace of mould release agent.
  • Check for fit of pieces before assembly and sand or file where needed. 
  • It is best to pre paint the deck before assembly as its quite tricky to do so after all the fittings are in place.
  • If you do paint the deck then remember to remove paint from the fittings mating areas for better glue adhesion.
  • Add thread or cord to create lower rungs of railing.
  • Once you have decided where you want to position the wheel house, drill the  4 holes for the ladder handrails.
  • Life ring (not shown) can be attached to the aft railings.
  • Anchor (not shown) can be lifted on deck using the small davit or hoist. Or attach it to the bow at the hawsepipe. 
  • Add extra details like wire stays for the mast, anchor chain and coils of rope on the deck.

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I have just produced a set of rough stone wall sections for creating small harbour scenes.

Inspired by those amazing wee place to be found all around the coast of Britain.  My mate Andy Milligan lent me some of his

20mm Commando's  after he saw the harbour set up as part of my model railway. 'The sort of  out of the way Scottish place where many a training exercise would have been carried out' He said. 

The Austin ambulance is there to take care of the inevitable injury's that will occur as the training staff push for as much realism  as possible.   After all the next outing might be  to  Norway or the French coast. 

I think some gaming using my railway is on the cards for sure.  

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Inspired further Andy said the walls would also be good for 28mm figs and so he lent me some pirates.

Here is what we set up taking care not to include any 20mm stuff in the background.

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From the 1945 sketchbook of a  Western front veteran.   

'Some of us made it to the end'.

'Before we were allowed to go home though, there was much to be done, including the disposal of thousands upon thousands of vehicles'.

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I was wondering how I could incorporate some of the hundreds of wargames vehicles I have into

my OO gauge railway.  The inspiration finally came from watching Combat Dealers on TV. 

So here is my interpretation of a military vehicle dealership THE WAR WAGON.

 

This company specialise in sourcing rare WW2 vehicles and all sorts of military hardware and collectables.

They  also  restore old vehicles as well as trading in more recently retired trucks and AFV's. The showroom is in the 

process of being set up as a mini museum and will open to the public next year.

Owned by Craig Lindsey an ex Royal Engineer, the company is based in a large yard next to Mardam station

which is now home to the local rail preservation society.  History is being brought to life on both sides of the fence.

The name WAR WAGON is a salute to the John Wayne film of the same name. 

 

Just some of the amazing treasure trove  of equipment for sale.

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The boss's 4x4 out front with the new arrival a partial restoration Kubelwagen 

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Main showroom interior. This project is on going.

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Some Studebaker trucks and a Bedford OYD in the showroom. 

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Some WW2 wrecks alongside more modern vehicles.

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This last image shows the interchangeable base board section for this model as it is prepared for insertion .

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