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Title: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: gedmundson on December 20, 2020, 03:13:21 AM
While waiting for the paint to dry on my other project, I decided to build another German WW1 artillery piece - Takom's 42cm Big Bertha. The model seems to be based on a model in a museum in Paris (there are no original Big Bertha's left) and reference material is scarce. There are several inaccuracies in the kit, which I've tried to correct. I've also added detail where I could see it was missing from photo reference. My primary reference was the Osprey book on the 42cm Big Bertha, which helped.

Once set up, the gun was used without the front platform in place, so I had to remove from the kit. The front end had to be modified to accommodate this change. The artillery piece had to be mostly constructed before figures could be decided on and positioned. I've also tried to build/convert some figures from a combination of resin castings I've made for the eventual display. Some of Dragon Models 1/35 scale WW2 German Artillery crew were modified to have a WW1 appearance.

Work continues with figure painting and weathering the gun (the huge shield on the front still needs to be fitted later).

Cheers,
Gary

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Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: rhwinter on December 20, 2020, 05:27:35 AM
WOW!😳
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: Borsos on December 20, 2020, 08:52:47 AM
Fantastic job on the gun and the figures!
Andreas
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: gbrivio on December 20, 2020, 05:30:24 PM
Terrific job (and size!) and lovely additional detailing.
Ciao
Giuseppe
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: Edo on December 20, 2020, 06:15:43 PM
wow! awesome!
really good job!
i like the added details you did a wonderful job!
ciao
edo
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: gedmundson on December 21, 2020, 10:16:21 PM
Thanks Richard, Andreas, Giuseppe and Edo - your encouraging words are appreciated.
I now have the figures primed and ready for paint, so I can hopefully finish this project within the next month!
Regards,
Gary
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: ModelCellar on December 22, 2020, 04:50:37 AM
Looks fantastic Gary.

Paul
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: TimDEFR on December 24, 2020, 10:40:46 PM
Hi Gary,

I have this kit in my stash for quite a while now but never started because I wanted to a scene with crew but struggled to find the right figures. So, thanks a lot for presenting a solution even though I'm not sure I can actually realize that myself. I will bookmark this thread anyway for the day I will eventually build it :D

Best regards,
Tim
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: pepperman42 on December 24, 2020, 11:42:09 PM
Very nice work!! An excellent combination of research and execution. Your figure conversions are amazing!!

Steve
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: gedmundson on December 25, 2020, 03:15:43 AM
Paul, Tim and Steve - thanks for taking a look and leaving your kind comments!

My figures have been primed to check for overall appearance, and will be painted hopefully over the next couple of weeks.
Cheers,
Gary

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Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: gedmundson on January 01, 2021, 01:16:42 AM
With the painting of the figures underway I'm putting a few more weathering touches on the gun, and have attached the shield.
Cheers,
Gary

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Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: Alexis on January 03, 2021, 10:41:07 AM
It looks functional !


Alexis  :)
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: gedmundson on January 04, 2021, 05:00:15 AM
Thanks Alexis - it finally is looking the part, so a base is being made and figures getting painted.

One of the figures holding the map needed a pair of glasses to see properly. I found an old DML etched brass sprue which contained a tiny part I needed.

(https://i.imgur.com/WB2RDqs.jpg)

Cheers,
Gary
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: Borsos on January 04, 2021, 05:21:55 AM
Fantastic work on the model and the figures, Gary. Breathtaking paintjob. If I may, IĎd add a little detail: German artillery of ww1 didnít wear the Pickelhaube but the Kugelhelm instead. The pike was replaced for a ball looking mount like this:

(https://www.kaisersbunker.com/pt/uberzug_11.jpg)

The only exception were Bavarian artillery troops. These wore the Pickelhaube, but sadly no Bavarian artillery units served the 42cm Dicke Bertha. If this should be of interest, some magic sculpt and a little shortening could do it to turn the Pickelhauben into Kugelhelme.
Best regards,
Andreas
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: gedmundson on January 04, 2021, 01:04:35 PM
Fantastic work on the model and the figures, Gary. Breathtaking paintjob. If I may, IĎd add a little detail: German artillery of ww1 didnít wear the Pickelhaube but the Kugelhelm instead.
The only exception were Bavarian artillery troops. These wore the Pickelhaube, but sadly no Bavarian artillery units served the 42cm Dicke Bertha. If this should be of interest, some magic sculpt and a little shortening could do it to turn the Pickelhauben into Kugelhelme.
Best regards,
Andreas

Andreas - I have to thank you so much for this information. My scenaro was based on the following photo, but knowing the proper uniform information allows me to modify their head wear, and make the diorama more plausible. I believe the photo shows visiting dignitaries to the Big Bertha gun setup (perhaps not attached to the artillery).

(https://i.imgur.com/OLbJf0l.jpg)

I'm currently making the correct tops for the Kugelhelms and will post pics when done.

Here is a photo showing of what you speak - troops of a 42cm "Gamma" gun with their Kugelhelms:
(https://i.imgur.com/vgca2K2.jpg)

As a side note - I have ordered and am expecting soon the Panzer Concepts 1/35 42cm "Gamma" artillery gun  :)

Cheers,
Gary
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: gedmundson on January 12, 2021, 11:08:39 PM
With great thanks to Andreas "Borsos" on our forum I have been able to add an element of accuracy to the officer's uniforms - converting their Pickelhaubs to Kugelhelms. This was the type of headgear worn by the artillery who operated these large guns. Removing the spiked pikes, I replaced them with blobs of putty shaped like the covers that would fit over the more domed tops for the helmets. The figures painted with Vallejo acrylics.
Cheers,
Gary

(https://i.imgur.com/3Drclv9.jpg)

Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: Alexis on January 13, 2021, 12:01:03 AM
Beautiful work on the figures Gary  :)


Alexis
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: Borsos on January 13, 2021, 03:51:17 AM
Fantastic conversion on the figures and a breathtaking paintjob especially on the faces of these figures. I canít wait seeing them posed around the gun on the diorama.
Andreas
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: gedmundson on January 13, 2021, 11:36:14 AM
Thanks Alexis and Andreas! Your feedback certainly makes it worthwhile to put up the progress of the build. I finished the project and wanted to share a couple of photos. There's always something else to tweak or correct, but at some point one needs to call it done and move on.
Cheers,
Gary

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Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: Radarman on January 13, 2021, 03:47:29 PM
Another fantastic display, Gary. I canít wait for your next project.

                                                                       Kevin
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: Edo on January 13, 2021, 04:17:56 PM
Gary, your diorama is a gem, as usual!
Everey detail is just perfect: groud work is super, figure painting is just fantastic....
I cannot find superlatives enought...
you make me want to build one.... very inspiring!
ciao
edo
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: Alexis on January 14, 2021, 12:23:34 AM
Wow !

This is your best yet Gary ! The most realistic setting I have seen . Grads on a fantastic display of craftmenship !


Alexis
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: Bughunter on January 14, 2021, 07:18:14 AM
What a monster of a gun!

Haven't commented yet you wonderful figure painting - that is real art! But now all together with figures it is even more impressive.

Cheers,
Frank
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: Borsos on January 14, 2021, 07:20:12 AM
That turned out to be just perfect! Great diorama!
Andreas
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: FokkerFodder on January 14, 2021, 01:27:47 PM
Agree - this is superb! Another kit I thought about but was too slow to acquire. While itís all fantastic, I really like the trees and ground cover. cheers Matt
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: coyotemagic on January 14, 2021, 03:00:46 PM
Gary, this is undoubtedly one of the most magnificent dioramas I have ever seen.
Cheers,
Bud
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: gbrivio on January 14, 2021, 03:31:24 PM
Gorgeous crew for your big gun. The diorama is a gem!
Ciao
Giuseppe
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: gedmundson on January 15, 2021, 03:43:11 AM
Another fantastic display, Gary. I canít wait for your next project.

                                                                       Kevin

Thanks Kevin - hopefully you won't have to wait too long. My Mk.I female tank project is just wrapping up  ;)
Cheers,
Gary
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: gedmundson on January 15, 2021, 03:45:02 AM
Gary, your diorama is a gem, as usual!
Everey detail is just perfect: groud work is super, figure painting is just fantastic....
I cannot find superlatives enought...
you make me want to build one.... very inspiring!
ciao
edo

Thanks so much, Edo. This was actually quite a difficult model to work on since there is so little info on it. Glad you found it inspiring!
Cheers,
Gary
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: gedmundson on January 15, 2021, 03:47:08 AM
Wow !

This is your best yet Gary ! The most realistic setting I have seen . Grads on a fantastic display of craftmenship !


Alexis

Thank you for that, Alexis - I'm so happy this little vignette has been well received  ;D
Cheers,
Gary
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: gedmundson on January 15, 2021, 03:48:15 AM
What a monster of a gun!

Haven't commented yet you wonderful figure painting - that is real art! But now all together with figures it is even more impressive.

Cheers,
Frank

Thanks Frank - I find painting figures one of my favourite elements of this hobby!
Cheers,
Gary
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: gedmundson on January 15, 2021, 03:51:44 AM
That turned out to be just perfect! Great diorama!
Andreas

Andreas - that is such a nice compliment, and I'm so glad you tipped me off about the helmets. It makes it so more accurate. I just received my copy of the book "Field Grey" which is a Schiffer publication full of great pictures of WW1 German Army uniforms. If you don't have it I thoroughly recommend it!
Cheers,
Gary
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: gedmundson on January 15, 2021, 03:55:44 AM
Agree - this is superb! Another kit I thought about but was too slow to acquire. While itís all fantastic, I really like the trees and ground cover. cheers Matt

Thanks Matt. I just bought this kit back in July, so there may be some still out there. The trees and groundwork were a lot of fun to put together!
Cheers,
Gary
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: gedmundson on January 15, 2021, 03:58:15 AM
Gary, this is undoubtedly one of the most magnificent dioramas I have ever seen.
Cheers,
Bud

Hi Bud - what a very kind thing for you to say - I'm so pleased you like it. I feel a bit guilty using an aircraft forum to post ground-power builds, but your comment (and of course the others) makes me think it's worthwhile.
Cheers,
Gary
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: gedmundson on January 15, 2021, 04:00:00 AM
Gorgeous crew for your big gun. The diorama is a gem!
Ciao
Giuseppe

Thanks Giuseppe - you always make time to look at my work and share some words on it which I very much appreciate. I'm very glad you like the final result  :)
Cheers,
Gary
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: bobs_buckles on January 16, 2021, 09:42:39 AM
Incredible work, Gary.
This Dio belongs in the IWM.

Superb!!

vB  :o
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: lcarroll on January 16, 2021, 11:02:09 AM
Gary,
    This is an incredibly magnificent example of the Modeller's "art", you are indeed in a class of your own! Having been privileged to see your work in person so many times over the past years nothing surprises me, but this one really shines! Congratulations on a truly spectacular model!
All the "Very Best"
Lance
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: ModelCellar on January 18, 2021, 01:52:28 AM
Gary,

That is FANTASTIC !!  the gun, the figures, the groundwork. Everything about it is "top notch". 

Paul
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: gedmundson on January 18, 2021, 07:19:33 AM
Incredible work, Gary.
This Dio belongs in the IWM.

Superb!!

vB  :o

Glad you like it Bob - thanks for that!
Cheers,
Gary
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: gedmundson on January 18, 2021, 07:21:50 AM
Gary,
    This is an incredibly magnificent example of the Modeller's "art", you are indeed in a class of your own! Having been privileged to see your work in person so many times over the past years nothing surprises me, but this one really shines! Congratulations on a truly spectacular model!
All the "Very Best"
Lance

Hello Lance - I'm so happy you like the build! Your kind comments certainly are appreciated in a big way. I look forward to when we can get together and share our work again in person (and have a beer afterwards!).
Cheers,
Gary
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: gedmundson on January 18, 2021, 07:23:28 AM
Gary,

That is FANTASTIC !!  the gun, the figures, the groundwork. Everything about it is "top notch". 

Paul

Thanks Paul, I certainly am happy you dropped by to have a look and your encouraging comments are great to hear  :)
Cheers,
Gary
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: RAGIII on March 26, 2021, 02:02:50 AM
Another Brilliant diorama! As always with your work the detailing, painting, and figures are Amazing!
RAGIII
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: Rookie on June 09, 2021, 04:21:39 AM
For me: the same as everybody else already said + a third WOW!!!

Willem
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: gedmundson on June 10, 2021, 08:29:12 AM
Thanks again Willem!
Cheers,
Gary
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: DeLano80 on June 10, 2021, 09:26:33 AM
I had no idea these kits existed. Your work is fantastic of course.
Thanks!
Title: Re: Takom 42cm Big Bertha
Post by: gedmundson on June 10, 2021, 11:27:41 AM
I had no idea these kits existed. Your work is fantastic of course.
Thanks!

Thanks for that Delano. Unfortunately Takom have stopped production of their WW1 kits. Anything that is still available is old stock, or could be sold by someone who has bought them previously and is wishing to sell them off. I was lucky to buy a few of their WW1 kits when my local hobby shop still had a few old ones kicking around.
Cheers,
Gary