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Episode 5 – Stalemate By 8th July 1943

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By 8th July 1943 a few more kilometres southwards were gained either side of Ponyri, but in and around the town the fighting had degenerated into a stalemate. By evening Model issued orders to 9th Army commanders to conduct “a rolling battle of attrition”, recognizing that the 50,000 casualties incurred in just 4 days scuttled any further hope of being the northern jaw of the giant pincer that would encircle the Soviet salient east of Kursk. By comparison the 4th Army’s drive northwards was making better progress, halting that evening only 10 kms from Prokhorovka.

A couple of previous sample photos make a second appearance here, but this time within the overall narrative. As always the aim is to turn up the realism as far as I can, mainly via genuine or implied movement.
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About the Author

About Tim Martin (Dioramartin)
FROM: NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA

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.


Comments

The combination of outside lighting and action poses really is very effective. J
JAN 18, 2017 - 05:18 AM
Aha! Now there’s order in all of that chaos! Finally scraped my jaw off the floor, so here are a few more comments … I really like the infantry guys running through the open field while trying to keep their heads down. The helmet between the rails is such a great little detail — can imagine it rolling and wobbling to rest. Really convincing work on the wounded and expired. And that last casualty image is so telling! Very dynamic presentation overall! Cheers!🍺 —mike
JAN 18, 2017 - 05:47 AM
so . the Germans won that battle at the train station? Kool..they took some casualties init?
JAN 18, 2017 - 07:21 AM
Thanks all, glad you like ‘em. Mike - you know what that’s what I like most about all this – I distinctly recall placing that helmet there thinking “wonder if anyone would even notice this, it’s so small it probably won’t even show up in the photos”. To use my hometown argot I’m chuffed (pron. choofed), thank you for noticing and also getting that the last image was kinda symbolic. You know I’m bolt-counting your land-barge now…btw have the Supremes gone on tour? David - riiight, that’s one interpretation I guess…do I detect a long-time Private Eye (UK) reader there? Glenda Slag init?!!??!
JAN 18, 2017 - 02:12 PM
Ahem … no touring just yet, they’re actually in the powder room waiting to get their makeup on.😳 Unfortunately, Makeup is out to lunch, as I’ve taken another break and enlisted myself in the current ‘Half a Year for a Half Track’ campaign. Just need to get a so-called “quick build” under my belt to fend off burnout.🔥 BTW: I’ve been lurking your ‘Mercedes Benz 170’ dio with much interest. “Oh Lord!” … How can I get anything done with all of this cool stuff going on in the forums? Cheers! —mike🍺
JAN 19, 2017 - 04:46 AM
Stunning...horrifying...Awesome!
JAN 20, 2017 - 09:12 PM
Just gloriously beautiful...
JAN 22, 2017 - 11:37 AM
very nice job !!
FEB 07, 2017 - 06:57 PM
Thanks gents you're too kind - took me by surprise to see this thread re-appear, reminds me that I ought to get my whatever together with Ep 6. I think it's the one which has my all-time fave detonation shot... Cheers, Tim
FEB 08, 2017 - 08:03 AM
Someone above said they were speechless. Well, I for one... see...it happened again...!!! If you weren't aware it was a modelling site...well, again...speechless... thehermit CANADA
MAR 04, 2017 - 10:14 PM