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SS Infantryman, Due Respect

Article about: Some of you may have seen this photo that I have posted elsewhere on this forum. This young man was a school friend of my mother's. He was approximately 16 years old. He did not last very lo

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    Some of you may have seen this photo that I have posted elsewhere on this forum. This young man was a school friend of my mother's. He was approximately 16 years old. He did not last very long, just over 6 months. The dedication on the reverse is to my mother. This photo and the fact that a friend gave me a 1/9th scale german helmet started me on the road to create one of the most intricate items that I have made.
    I started by detailing the helmet. I added the rivets and vent holes, I also had to add the lip. I then created two brass bands with working swivels and bales. I then made a real leather liner for it. After I had completed the paint and decals, and installed the liner, I thought very hard on how to display the helmet. My first thoughts were to make a long bayonet to put into some ground work and set the helmet on it. I felt that this was not good enough to show the amount of work on the inside properly.
    So, what you see here is the result of circumstance.
    My 1/9th scale Mauser K98. This piece consists of 153 individual pieces that are all hand made by me from scratch. It is made from steel, brass, wood and leather. The barrel is bored, but not rifled. The bolt action works, as does the safety. The stag handled bayonet comes off. The peep sights beneath the scope work. The leather shoulder strap has a working adjustable buckle. It is set on a base that I made that fits a clock dome over it.
    Sorry for the long winded explanation, but believe me, creating it took a lot longer, (amost two years).
    I hope you like it.
    Ralph.
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    Amazing, well done! It would be cool to see some photos with an open bolt.

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    i always look at your miniatures when you post them. they're fantastic.

    this one is no exception and is TRULY incredible.

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    That photo is great, too. He is wearing an ET M40.

    What was his name? I can't make out the handwriting very well.

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    Coming right up Mo.
    First, the helmet.
    Ralph.
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    Quote by ObKrieger View Post
    That photo is great, too. He is wearing an ET M40.

    What was his name? I can't make out the handwriting very well.
    His name was Albert.
    I had it translated Mo, I will post it here when I am able to.
    Ralph.
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    Mo, Here is the dedication to my mother, Klara.
    "Meiner lieben Klara zum Andenken an meine Rekrutenzeit. - Dedicated to my dear Klara in memory of my recruit time
    Warschau, 20.3.42
    Albert"

    gefallen am 20. Sept 1942 - KIA 20.9.42


    Ralph.
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    Magnificent What a great tribute!

    Did Albert lie about his age when he joined the SS ?

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    Quote by Woolgar View Post
    Magnificent What a great tribute!

    Did Albert lie about his age when he joined the SS ?

    Nick
    Thanks Nick!
    Boy, If I knew that, I would probably know a lot more, that was a long time ago.
    More photos.
    Ralph.
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    Quote by tempelhof View Post
    i always look at your miniatures when you post them. they're fantastic.

    this one is no exception and is TRULY incredible.
    Thanks tempy!(Bennett)
    Ralph.
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