Sunday, December 11, 2016

28mm WWII German Limber Freya Radar Terrain Piece

I've always wanted to add a WWII radar station to my Bolt Action terrain, even before the great scene in Saving Private Ryan. This is a Freya Limber Radar station. From the other photos I've found on the Net, it appears that this was designed to use the same limber system as the 8.8 cm Flak gun - aka the '88'. Since no appropriate model exists in 1/56 scale, I decided to scratch build this one. I say 'scratch' built, but I did use my laser cutter to do all of the intricate work on the radar system's receiver support structure.

Radar systems in WWII were BIG. This might possibly be one of the smaller land-based systems. Often multiple were used in a single installation. Although the base turns, it wasn't operated in a spinning mode like more modern radar systems. Since this is a terrain piece, I've gone for a relatively simple rendition of what was a very complex system of antennae in front of the mesh reflective surface. The mesh for the array's reflector surface is fiberglass window screen. The weave shows up prominently in these photos, but much less so in person and is 'close enough' to giving the right feel for me.

Below are some additional photos, plus one 'scene' with a bunker I previously built, a radio antenna my Uncle scratch built for me and an SdKfz 250 command half track and a couple of infantry figures for scale.









The diagram I built my model from, and a couple of historical photos from the web below.







I'm counting this as one (1) terrain item in my annual painting totals. This may be one of my favorite laser-cut original creations.

13 comments:

Mark Decoteau said...

This is one of the best terrain pieces I have ever seen! Great job!

Adler Hobby & Board Game Cafe said...

Sell my clothes I'm going to heaven

AJ (Allan) Wright said...

Thanks guys! Awww shucks.

CelticCurmudgeon said...

What a superbly done effort! This actually demands a commando raid to secure it for the allies. Perhaps on a coastline promontory....

AJ (Allan) Wright said...

My thoughts exactly, something for my commandos, or my Ox and Bucks glider airborne once I get them finished. Now if I could only find a 1:56 Horsa. Might have to just scratch build a Waco since they're easier to do with their flat sides.....

CelticCurmudgeon said...

AJ
If you can find one even scaled down to 20mm you might want to use it. The glider will simply be another token on the field anyway.
Jerry

Adam Carriere said...

Looks like a great Piece

The Kiwi said...

That's an original and awesome looking piece for the games table. Really Good work. cheers

Giles said...

That's brilliant, AJ! What a fantastic piece of modelling, and something that must be pretty unique as well.

Best wishes

Giles

AJ (Allan) Wright said...

Thanks Giles - high praise from a paint-meister like you!

Looking at this a bit longer, I think it needs some weathering and a bit of a terrain base. There may be a part 2 to this project thanks to all the good feedback.

CelticCurmudgeon said...

May I suggest that if you do any weathering at all that it be kept on the very light side. This would have been a piece of technology the Germans would have taken a lot of care of when it was deployed.

AJ (Allan) Wright said...

Good point. I was looking at the historical photo bottom right and there are some color variations on the panels. Maybe just trying to simulate some shading and light dirt. I agree that chipping and rusting would be less appropriate for this than a tank or afv.

Phil said...

Unusual and very very nice!