After a splash of paint, a dirty wash and the addition of fenders made from slices of paint brush protectors, they look half decent. I could not round off the rear ends properly because of the hollow moulding method.
The barge at the front is awaiting the arrival of some model railway pallets to give it a front door / ramp.
Not at all perfect (just like in 1940), but they will do for my purposes.
I have found it very difficult to source German naval models for my Operation Sealion campaign.
However, thanks to the book “Invasion of England 1940” by Peter Schenk, I have been able to look at a number of photographs and plans of the equipment designed by the German forces.
I have ordered several models from Second City Games, Heroics & Ros and Irregular Miniatures, but I have also been working on adaptations based on the good old Airfix Pontoon Bridge set, having discovered that the pontoons for 1/72 scale approximate Rhine barges in 1/300 scale. (Is there no end to the versatility of these models? See D Featherstone: Wargaming Airborne Opperations)
And so far I have, awaiting painting, in the photo below, from front to back:
A powered barge with ramps to discharge tanks,
A towed barge for infantry or tanks,
Two towed barges, one shown with ramps for tanks,
An unconverted Airfix pontoon.
They are very basic conversions, using 4 pontoons and one ramp carved up. I hope that when painted they will give the correct impression.