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Operation Anthropoid
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Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 07:07 AM UTC

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Good luck with the move. I hope all the hard work arrives at its new place safely.

In the meantime... I don't know if you've seen this recent video by Mark Felton already, and you probably know most of the content already, but it still might be somehow interesting for you
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yP4DA0PSegs
I just hope you are not one of the individuals referred to at 9:38



That was so interesting. I wonder what other pieces of hidden history are hiding in barns around Europe.
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Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 05:30 AM UTC

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Actually G I drove real fast on the principle that the less time in transit, the lower the risk of damage I thought Mike F or someone would come up with a good caption for the 2nd photo…best I can manage is ”No, no, not without a muzzle sleeve”



Hi Tim,

Afraid I can't condom that sort of humours...ooops, meant condone, .

Cheers, ,

G
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Posted: Monday, June 29, 2020 - 11:06 PM UTC
Actually G I drove real fast on the principle that the less time in transit, the lower the risk of damage I thought Mike F or someone would come up with a good caption for the 2nd photo…best I can manage is ”No, no, not without a muzzle sleeve”
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Posted: Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 05:44 AM UTC

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p.s. shouldn't that be making Brummbabä(r)s Erwin, ?



That is a good one... Love playing with language.
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Posted: Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 03:38 AM UTC
Hi Tim,

That is some collection, glad it all survived the trek with little or no damage...guess driving more carefully and slowly gets easier as we get older, one advantage for you, .

That looks to be a serious bookshelf in the background, enough to hold a reasonable collection of research material... .

Looking forward to your Anthro build resuming soon.

Cheers, ,

p.s. shouldn't that be making Brummbabä(r)s Erwin, ?
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Posted: Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 01:49 AM UTC
Making baby Brumbärs

Glad everything made it intact
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Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 - 11:36 PM UTC
Had to be…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAgnJDJN4VA

…but a slow lead-in with endless honey-do’s & still shedding obsolete/useless stuff as we settle in so at least another 2 weeks before Anthropoid rolls again. Meanwhile one bonus of the move has been these display cases with mirrored backing I bought over 5 years ago & hallelujah finally they’re installed, instead of collecting an inch of dust in a draughty garage & you're the first to see'em…



Strapped tight on the car’s back seats for the ride yesterday & eventually wrestled into position in the new improved man-cave, all without removing the contents - definitely not for the faint-hearted (or intelligent) but only a couple of minor breakages & dislodgements detected. Regulars may recognize some of the usual suspects in there from previous projects (i.e. the ones I didn’t blow up) but they sure need re-distancing, the Brummbars seem to have got way too friendly in transit…



Yeah I know, don’t even think it. The Anthro bases also made it across intact today along with the trams/car etc & safely secured in a big-ass over-bonnet/hood storage box underground until the dust’s settled
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Posted: Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 06:18 PM UTC
Yeah still here, semi-buried under boxes. Apologies to Jerry & Glenn I missed the bottom of the previous page completely, thanks guys & sure enough let’s call it Modellers’ Law JR – although at least it’s not too late this time. However I’ve already had the premonition that one week after I’ve taken the final action photo set, there’ll be a post from the Czech Republic with some 1960’s colour photos showing the house was, in fact, pale blue.

Thanks G…although I thought “hyperoroduction” (sic) was actually the medical term for stress caused by annoying comments?

Dang there was a post here for a couple of days from a new Czech agent offering me a 20 Euro transfer from Prague airport into town, but it’s been deleted! Shucks, I guess I’ll just have to walk now
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Posted: Saturday, June 06, 2020 - 10:31 PM UTC
Hi Tim,

Dimitris' 'Hyperoroduction' makes it sound like something from the Gerry Anderson studios, ...that ages me, .

Looking forward to future reinstatement of your project.

Cheers, ,

G
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Posted: Friday, June 05, 2020 - 11:50 PM UTC
Thanks Dim! Alas it’ll be no-production until July

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XY9jQq7U85c
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Posted: Sunday, May 31, 2020 - 05:20 PM UTC
hyperproduction
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Posted: Sunday, May 31, 2020 - 09:37 AM UTC
Hey man , good luck on the move , roll on down . Beautiful work on the building !!

https://youtu.be/p867b5SvtNk
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Posted: Sunday, May 31, 2020 - 03:25 AM UTC
One of the cardinal rules of scratchbuilding of course is"Thou shalt find the missing reference at the precise moment you have completed your model".

An addendum to "Murphys' Law of course.
J
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Posted: Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 11:52 PM UTC
I’ve packed enough boxes today, and knowing how some of you have enjoyed my never-ending search for historical accuracy…

Presenting a good example of Researcher’s Block, which happens when early research is overlaid with successive waves of later research, leading to a conscious or unconscious assumption that early research has no residual value. Over two years ago way back on page 3 of this project “Galwitz” posted a link to the 1964 Czech movie “Antentat”. I skated through it then, focused on the Merc & the vintage trams. The assassination scene itself was full of inaccuracies and abruptly ended after the grenade exploded – no passing tram, no terrified passengers, no collapsing Heydrich, no chase. I moved on & never gave it a second thought.

So I’m very grateful to Agent Alfred for reminding me about this movie a few days ago, pointing out that the actual location had been used. Naturally it had changed during the intervening 22 years, the main road doubled in width to such an extent it now passed within a metre of the house – clearly the resident had no influence whatsoever over the Prague City Council planning department…



There are other alterations around the scene - the brick pillars have been re-faced or replaced & the footings between them restored. That may have happened soon after 1945 when the large memorial shrine the Nazis set into the wall on the bend was torn down…





One of the most useful discoveries is the detail of the iron fencing between the pillars – no excuse now for failing to photo-etch those accurately. And so there’s the house still standing in ’64, revealing that I made a few minor errors which will be worth fixing…





Check out the size of the guy leaning against the house - half the size of my 1/35 stand-in! That was a shock but of course it doesn’t matter, my house will move nearer or closer to the dio base until it looks right. Alas I still can’t see what inscription is over the upper storey balcony door, even in the movie. And how’s this for a curious bit of anti-Continuity – check out the windscreen & side window…



and half a second later…



That’s one thing I'll try to avoid…
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Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 11:26 PM UTC
Thanks G so now that we’ve compared bags & boxes let’s not speak of it again All that stuff’s now bubble-wrapped at an undisclosed location, I’ll be moving it myself so there’ll be nobody else to blame.

Thanks Nicolas & good to hear from you…ah this old chestnut, I covered it back in the mists of time in the first few pages of this project but I haven’t seen this recent clip before, so let’s re-examine the car with semi-fresh eyes:

Mercedes said it has no information about ownership but if they’re certain only one of the 34 320E’s was actually manufactured at Mannheim, it’s circumstantial evidence that this is the same vehicle because Heydrich reportedly drove it back to Prague himself having taken delivery of it there in late ‘41. But of the other 33 vehicles, several others could have been taken to Mannheim for the same or similar customisation as the allegedly single one built there. So no clinching proof there.







It’s easy to play spot-the-difference with images of the original barn photos vs. the green version (are they really the same car?) vs. the 1942 images, but it doesn’t prove/disprove anything. Alterations always happen to cars & this one’s now over 80 years old. That said, if the Danish wreck was believed to be Heydrich’s why would the original radiator grille (with the small Merc badge just below the mascot) be replaced with a different grille of lesser quality in the green version? Actually even the barn photos show a different grille to 1942, there’s no hard edge along the top of the original.

No mention was made in the clip of the quite large additional fitting required to house the radio which certainly was installed, either at Mannheim or by the SS in Prague. Apparently neither Lauritzen nor the narrator noticed the aerial showing in the 1942 photos. While the radio would have long gone its original fitting (and/or the aerial’s) or traces of it would have provided reasonably strong evidence. The fact there’s no mention of it at all raises red flags for me.

Many axles get bent, and rust repairs got fixed with tin. If I’d become the owner of that wreck and believed it was Heydrich’s, I’m absolutely certain that BEFORE I restored it many photos would have been taken of the insides/underneath of the rear right wing, rear right floor-pan, cabin/boot wall, and rear axle, to show the alleged grenade-damage repairs and any sign of remaining damage in forensic detail. Shrapnel would have left scratches & blast marks in all nearby inside panels, not worth repairing. I’m not aware of any such photos, and only they would convince me - one way or the other.

And no it wasn’t me who tried to dig him up, I’d have used dynamite
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Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 06:47 AM UTC
Good luck with the move. I hope all the hard work arrives at its new place safely.

In the meantime... I don't know if you've seen this recent video by Mark Felton already, and you probably know most of the content already, but it still might be somehow interesting for you
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yP4DA0PSegs
I just hope you are not one of the individuals referred to at 9:38
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Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 02:51 AM UTC
Hi Tim,

At last, a picture of your man-bag and man-box, .

Good luck with transporting everything, hopefully the move will be painless.

Cheers, ,

G
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Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 02:35 AM UTC
Thanks guys glad you like it, & thanks Mike - that house is in one box & all materials in the others, one sure wouldn’t get through Customs…



…isn’t that just a horrific photo? As for sedation (and smoke effects), I’m already…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Sa2q-b3oRo

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Posted: Monday, May 25, 2020 - 02:05 AM UTC
Need some tranquilizers?
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Posted: Monday, May 25, 2020 - 01:52 AM UTC
Remarkable resemblance for sure. Well done Sir.
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Posted: Monday, May 25, 2020 - 01:52 AM UTC
Dam Tim , excellent work on the building , looking good !!
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Posted: Monday, May 25, 2020 - 01:51 AM UTC
Your work on the building is magnificent! Who would even guess that it’s whittled from a chunk of styrofoam. And then, there’s the “money shot” with the two trams in place — warms my heart. ...🚋🚃

Hope you’ve got all the pyrotechnics packed away safely and secure for the move to your new abode. And don’t let the “honey-do” Projects interfere too much with your model building once you’ve unpacked... Must convince SWMBO that setting up the model bench... uh... “workbench” is mission critical.🛠😇

All the best to you and the Mrs.🍷
—mike
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Posted: Monday, May 25, 2020 - 12:46 AM UTC
Thanks Dim, and Erwin yes although I was reluctant to build the house I’m glad I did, it gives me the freedom to take photos from any viewpoint towards that quadrant of the diorama. I could never have painted it as a convincing flat backdrop anyway. The semi-rural landscape behind it will have to be, along with the long view back up the street, but I think I can handle that OK with some practice.

So tonight my hobby’s completely disappeared, all packed/boxed/in storage ready for removal. As I put the house in its cocoon today I realized I hadn’t done any weathering on the walls or tidied up a couple of paint over-runs, so at least I’ll know where to resume
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Posted: Sunday, May 24, 2020 - 07:28 PM UTC
Wow... The house really adds to the dio... Really love the way it beefs up the background..

Good luck packing things up and most of all, the moving the the new prem!!! I sincerely hope everything survives the manhandling!!!!