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Italian Campaign 1943-1945
GazzaS
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Posted: Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 02:48 PM UTC
Hi everyone,
As Crusader to Gazala draws to a close, and because it inspired me to complete two armored builds...
...and because somebody mentioned it earlier...

...I'm forwarding the idea for near-future campaign called Europe's Soft Underbelly...

Simple rules:

Any scale.

Land, Air, and Sea, including figures from any period of the campaign 1943 Operation Husky until the end in 1945.

Partially complete kits allowed.

Historical campaign only.

Start date of 1 December 2018 through 1 June 2019

Wanna reason to build that late mark Crusader?
To put a Panther turret in a block of Italian cement?
To put a Sherman by The Colosseum?

Lemme know, speak your mind!

Cheers,

Gaz
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Posted: Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 04:08 PM UTC
I'm in with my M31 from Takom
GazzaS
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Posted: Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 09:16 PM UTC
Cool! I had to look it up to find out what it was. Should be interesting to see come together with some great weathering options.

Gaz
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Posted: Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 11:16 PM UTC
Historical campaign is always a good idea, so I'm in. Not sure with what, but probably with something from allied side.
Lakota
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Posted: Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 12:01 AM UTC
Howdy Y'all
Of course I'm in. Lots of choices in my collection. Right now I'm thinking I would like to build one of these:
1. Diorama of a civilian father and son watching German or American troops drive by. (Hey it's Fathers' Day today)
2. Captured Semovente M40, I have the kit and the decals for a German machine
3. Sherman tank at Monte Cassino or Anzio
4. Spitfire in American markings
5. P-47D in checkertail markings
6. P-51 "Red Tail" from the Tuskegee group
But I'll probably change my mind before the start date. Anyone have any ideas for ship subjects?
Take care,
Don "Lakota"
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Posted: Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 12:34 AM UTC

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Howdy Y'all
Of course I'm in. Lots of choices in my collection. Right now I'm thinking I would like to build one of these:
1. Diorama of a civilian father and son watching German or American troops drive by. (Hey it's Fathers' Day today)
2. Captured Semovente M40, I have the kit and the decals for a German machine
3. Sherman tank at Monte Cassino or Anzio
4. Spitfire in American markings
5. P-47D in checkertail markings
6. P-51 "Red Tail" from the Tuskegee group
But I'll probably change my mind before the start date. Anyone have any ideas for ship subjects?
Take care,
Don "Lakota"



Ship idea: Some kind of landing ship/craft large or small at Anzio. Alternatively one of the many Italian ships that surrendered when Italy left the war.

Speaking of Anzio, one of the hard spots on the soft underbelly ... : Maybe the Anzio Annie?
http://samilitaryhistory.org/vol133lw.html

/ Robin
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Posted: Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 12:46 AM UTC

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Anyone have any ideas for ship subjects?



HMS Abercrombie supported Sicily landings, and Trumpeter has one in 1/350. I have that in stash, but I'll probably pick something simpler...
d111298pw
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Posted: Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 01:01 AM UTC
I'm in for this one. I've got an Elefant I can model for Italy 1944.
GazzaS
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Posted: Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 09:23 AM UTC

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Howdy Y'all
Of course I'm in. Lots of choices in my collection. Right now I'm thinking I would like to build one of these:
1. Diorama of a civilian father and son watching German or American troops drive by. (Hey it's Fathers' Day today)
2. Captured Semovente M40, I have the kit and the decals for a German machine
3. Sherman tank at Monte Cassino or Anzio
4. Spitfire in American markings
5. P-47D in checkertail markings
6. P-51 "Red Tail" from the Tuskegee group
But I'll probably change my mind before the start date. Anyone have any ideas for ship subjects?
Take care,
Don "Lakota"


Don,
That's certainly a lot of options!
GazzaS
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Posted: Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 09:25 AM UTC

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Anyone have any ideas for ship subjects?



HMS Abercrombie supported Sicily landings, and Trumpeter has one in 1/350. I have that in stash, but I'll probably pick something simpler...



I have to admit, I'd be a little shy about trying to complete a 1/350 scale warship in 6 months.

Gaz

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Posted: Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 09:27 AM UTC

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I'm in for this one. I've got an Elefant I can model for Italy 1944.



Excellent!
Hangelafette
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Posted: Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 02:07 PM UTC
Hi Gary,

Count me in! Not sure what yet, either something from the
Regia Aeronautica or an open top afv.

Nate
GazzaS
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Posted: Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 02:21 PM UTC

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Hi Gary,

Count me in! Not sure what yet, either something from the
Regia Aeronautica or an open top afv.

Nate



Cool!
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Posted: Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 08:26 PM UTC

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Anyone have any ideas for ship subjects?



HMS Nelson, HMS Rodney, HMS Warspite - all participated in Operation 'Husky'. They're available in 1/700, the HMS Warspite in 1/350 too; 1/350 Nelson and Rodney should be available soon. If you like them big, there's a 1/200 HMS Rodney with the overall length of over a meter...
1/700 and 1/350 Liberty ships are available too, as well as LCIs, LCSs, LCMs and LSTs.
Kaktusas
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Posted: Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 08:34 PM UTC
I got Tristar Marder that i was planing to finish in 29 Pz.Gren.Div. (1944 Italy) paint scheme. So im up for it
Chaman911
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Posted: Monday, June 18, 2018 - 07:35 AM UTC
Sweet! Gazza, it says partially completed builds allowed. Can I finish my Panzer III I started in the Crusader campaign? I also have Tamiya’s PzIII L I could do for this. I’m in.
GazzaS
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Posted: Monday, June 18, 2018 - 08:42 AM UTC
Darius,
Awesome!

Bryan,
Sure!
RobinNilsson
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Posted: Monday, June 18, 2018 - 09:55 AM UTC
The title, Europes soft underbelly, makes me see the profile of a pig with a great big soft belly hanging down, possibly with a swastika on the flank, and a hand with a dagger coming up from underneath. I just can't get this mental image to go away ...

Useless image for a ribbon since it is probably too complex for the limited amount of available pixels.
/ Robin
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Posted: Monday, June 18, 2018 - 11:26 AM UTC

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The title, Europes soft underbelly, makes me see the profile of a pig with a great big soft belly hanging down, possibly with a swastika on the flank, and a hand with a dagger coming up from underneath. I just can't get this mental image to go away ...

Useless image for a ribbon since it is probably too complex for the limited amount of available pixels.
/ Robin



Well... I have thought of other names:

Italian Campaign...

Up the boot!...

Italy 43-45...

Viva L'Italia....

Always up for the popular choice.

Gaz

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Posted: Monday, June 18, 2018 - 05:54 PM UTC
Italian Connection ?
Vicious
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Posted: Monday, June 18, 2018 - 06:03 PM UTC
or Italy nick name "il Bel Paese"
Chaman911
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Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 12:10 AM UTC
This campaign feels like a sister campaign to “Crusader to Gazala”. Maybe a name like Kasserine to the Gothic or something along thoes lines would be of interest. That would cover the war from where Crusader left off until the defeat of Axis forces in Italy. After that you could do “From the Boot to Berlin” or something like that. Anyway, just an idea.
Looking forward to whatever you decide.
RobinNilsson
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Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 12:19 AM UTC

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This campaign feels like a sister campaign to “Crusader to Gazala”. Maybe a name like Kasserine to the Gothic or something along thoes lines would be of interest. That would cover the war from where Crusader left off until the defeat of Axis forces in Italy. After that you could do “From the Boot to Berlin” or something like that. Anyway, just an idea.
Looking forward to whatever you decide.



Kasserine was a mountain pass so maybe
Kasserine to Brenner could be an alternative name?
Bound for Brenner ?
/ Robin
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Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 12:57 AM UTC
From Pizza to Sauerkraut...
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Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 02:27 AM UTC

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From Pizza to Sauerkraut...