Saturday, 6 February 2016

Review - Sarissa Seelöwe Barge

I bought a couple of the new models by Sarissa of the Seelöwe invasion barges.

The first thing that struck me was that this was a much bigger kit than I had anticipated. I have put a 28mm Warlord figure on the back to give an idea of scale.

The kit has quite a lot of precut card to get the rounded contours and cover up the joints. I constructed it pretty much out of the box just adding a lick of paint and a Nazi flag to identify the barge as friendly to the Luftwaffe.

I really can't believe, that the German army intended to brave the channel and the Royal Navy on something like this. Given that they intended to cross at night I wonder how many of these would be scattered all over the Bay of Biscay by daylight.


The kit went together easily. You have to be a little careful assembling the bow mechanism as it all has to unfold so the Nazis can disembark.

You can use the barge as either an infantry or vehicle carrier.

A photo of some of the original barges.

Highly recommended.

8 comments:

  1. That looks like a kit with a lot of conversion potential.

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    1. You can see the Emperor's finest on this? Or maybe cultists?

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  2. Hi John would you get a panzer IV in there? I can see Panzer I-III getting aboard or the skodas etc but nothing heavier

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    1. I'll check Shaun. It will be a tight fit but possibly.

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  3. Very cool watercraft, John. I must admit I don't associate them with WW2 Germans, but of course they had them. When I think of similar craft I think of Allies on the Normandy Beachhead or Pacific Theater :)

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    1. Operation Sealion, Dean. The aborted invasion of Britain.

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  4. Nice build, although those barges seem down right primitive compared to what the Allies used for D-day and in the Pacific.

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    1. They were downright primitive. Basically barely seworthy canal-barges.

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