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Home arrow Reviews arrow Dioramas arrow Accurate Armour D Day Anti Tank Sea Wall Set
Accurate Armour D Day Anti Tank Sea Wall Set PDF Print E-mail
Nov 24, 2009 at 04:39 PM

Review by Alan McNeilly 

Introduction  

Accurate Armour are well known for their excellent range of 1/35 scale vehicles, but perhaps not so well know for the diorama accessories.  They have quite an extensive range of German D Day beach obstacles as well as a small range of British Sea Defences.   This is a brief look at their German Anti Tank Sea Wall Set kit No FF35010.

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D Day Anti Tank Sea Wall Sections 

The set comes packaged in a sturdy professional box, with the makers name on the side and a product description on the top.  The box top depicts what you get inside, namely two sections of Anti Tank Sea Wall and two sections of concrete walkway.  The wall builds into a length of 11.5 inches, although the site info describes this as 11.4 inches or 29cm if you prefer.  That means that each section is just over 16ft in length in 1/35 scale.  The parts were packed in shredded paper for added protection with the walk ways being Cellotaped together.

Cast in a light grey resin the wall sections show the layered build marks of the concrete pour and some damage in the form of bullet marks on the front side.  The detail of the fontal concrete sections is very nicely done. The height of the wall is 85mm approx or 9.5ft in 1.35 Scale.  The shape of the wall gives it a thicker base area, slanting in to a thinner top width with the commonly seen thick round edge over hang at the top.  At the base the depth is 26mm, 3ft in 1/35 scale narrowing to 20mm, 2.25ft just under the lip.  The Lip is 28mm in depth, just slightly over 3ft in 1/35 scale.  The rear of the wall is hollow so you would need to back fill some ‘earth/sand’ into that area or in-fill it with plaster if you need to show an exposed rear.

There are two sections of concrete walkway, one for each part of the wall.  These to have nice slab like detail, but no indication is given as to what height they might need to be fixed to the rear of the wall but looking at what references I have these are really optional depending on your setting.

The pour stub should you wish to remove it will require a sharp Razor Saw and a fair bit of effort, this is some of the toughest resin I’ve tackled either that or I need a new blade!

Conclusion

Two handy sections of what appear to me to be accurate representations of one of the types of anti tank wall that can be found in the Atlantic defences.   Both the shape and size of the wall sections look to be correct, although reading the data in Lone Sentry the thickness and height varied greatly. 

There were many types of wall type obstacles used:  I’ve borrowed a text from Lone Sentry to illustrate this/

Quote c. Walls and Promenades

(1) Walls.—At many points along the western European coast the Germans have built concrete walls to serve as antitank and antipersonnel obstacles. Such walls usually are placed to obstruct the ends of thoroughfares and other easy exits from beaches and harbors, and to block the approaches to key positions back of the beaches. Their dimensions are from 6 to 8 feet in thickness, and up to 20 feet in height. In various places in Belgium the Germans have installed behind these walls several types of antitank barriers which were removed from the Belgian defense lines of 1940. Both stationary and portable flame-throwers may also be encountered at these barriers./

Walls installed across the full width of a street are 6 to 8 feet high and may be from 8 to 11 feet thick. They are reinforced with concrete bars, the ends of which protrude from the tops of the walls to serve as pickets for barbed wire. The backs of these walls are generally sloped and may have fire steps from which to operate antitank guns. Walls of these same dimensions are sometimes constructed in V shapes at beach exits, especially on open beaches outside town limits. The point of the V is toward the sea. Some wall obstacles blocking the ends of thoroughfares opening on beaches have gaps in them to permit the passage of a single vehicle at one time. These obstacles are of two types. In the first, a section of wall is built at each side of the road, and the gap between them is closed, when necessary, by steel rails, girders, or gates that fit into sockets of the walls. The other type also has two sections of wall, but these are not directly opposite each other. They are "en chicane," or staggered, one section being as much as 16 feet behind the other, on the opposite side of the road. This arrangement compels a vehicle to slow down and zigzag to pass through.

Long stretches of concrete antitank walls are built along the rear edges of beaches and across the estuaries of streams, with gaps to permit the flow of water. Where the regular sea walls are not very high above the level of the sand, they are sometimes adapted as antitank barriers by excavating accumulated sand drifts and gravel from their seaward bases, or by heightening them with concrete. In some cases there is an outward bulge below the top front edge of these walls to make them more difficult to negotiate.

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http://www.lonesentry.com/manuals/german-coastal-defenses/antitank.html 

I am no expert on the Atlantic Wall defences so whether 3ft in 1/35 scale is an acceptable thickness I cannot really say, but these pieces remind me of the anti tank walls I saw along the beaches in Jersey and in and around the small harbors and numerous slipway exits.

Anti tank walls were build both on the beaches and in land often to block a natural exit so it is not unusual to see pictures of them standing in single or double sections on their own.  I searched through my selection of D Day pictures but I couldn’t find one with this particular style of Anti Tank Wall, which doesn’t mean this type is not there just that I couldn’t find a good picture for reference.

 This is none the less a useful diorama item.  My advice would be to check you references for the type of anti tank wall you need and purchase accordingly.Normal precautions apply when working with resin.

Highs: The casting is well done, the detail of the concrete pours well depicted. 

Lows: I felt this was a slightly expensive product  

Verdict: A useable product.

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