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  2. Thanks for the tip. I used a dust wash to weather the spare track, as I figured that it shouldn't rust in a very dry climate such as the desert. At least that was my thought.
  3. Like it! Very neat job, looks good!
  4. Wow!
  5. Historex Agents in Dover used to carry them. Don't know if they still do. However, you can get the entire range direct from source in Russia here: I have dealt with this store many times for Live Resin products (I can't paint figures to save my life, but the Tank figures do look attractive) and have found them - thus far anyway - to be excellent. No problems with payment, delivery, out of stock etc. I've been lucky enough never to have been rummaged by Customs but that is a risk when buying outside the EU. If you want to buy within the EU customs border, try Modellbau Koenig or Der Sockelshop These are both in Germany and both carry some of the Tank range. Again, I have dealt with both several times and found them to be infallible so far. And no worries about customs duties.
  6. The best book on T-54/55 details comes from our Czech friends at WWP Not sure if it is still in print though :0( Andrew
  7. New Zealand used the Red Desert MERDC scheme for a number of years - it was rarely used by the US Army. Red Desert MERDC example Major colours (each 45%) were Earth Red and Earth Yellow Minor colours (each 5%) were Sand and Black Grey Desert MERDC example Major colours (each 45%) were Field Drab (ie brown) and Sand Minor colours (each 5%) were Earth Yellow and Black The 'brown' used for the Red Desert was much darker/more red-brown and note how the Sand (lighter shade) and Earth Yellow (darker shade) colours swap significance compared to the Grey Desert scheme. Cheers, Centaur
  8. Very Nice Julian I like the muddy footprints around the base the scene defiantly has the look of one poor sergeant getting a right old rollicking off his Co One to many bottles left empty Me thinks beefy
  9. The other option is maybe bit extrim but if you try to saw the off with very thin blade and try from different material, even like brass or foil. That give you backup from plastik which can be glued back if something won't be going the right way.
  10. Horch 108 Type 40 with German Infantry 1:35 ICM The original 108 was a design that dated from 1937 for a light 4x4 vehicle for the Wehrmacht, which was updated in 1940 to include an internally mounted spare wheel. Due to reliability issues they were retired from production in 1942 to be replaced by the new Kubelwagen that was not only cheaper, but more robust and reliable too. The remaining vehicles were used until they could no-longer be repaired, but many made it to the end of WWII. The Kit This is a relatively new tooling from ICM, dating from 2015, but adding in a set of figures to improve the overall value. The box art has been redone to show a Panzer Grey example with a group of four figures, although the instruction booklet is from the earlier boxing and has a Sand Yellow vehicle stood alone. The instructions for the figures are given on the two additional sheets that have been slipped inside the main booklet, which makes a lot of sense from a layout and cost point of view. Inside the usual box-within-a-lid that ICM favour are nine sprues in sand yellow styrene, plus a clear sprue, a floppy sprue of black rubberised tyres, a small decal sheet and the aforementioned instruction booklet. The model is built up on its ladder chassis, including the engine, transmission, suspension with nicely moulded springs, plus body supports, brake hoses and exhaust system. Overall it's a very neatly detailed underside, with the engine being the focal-point. The hubs are split between inner and outer halves, which facilitates easy painting of the wheels and tyres separately, and installation of the tyres on the hubs without stuggle. The coachwork is assembled on the floor plate, which has the rear wheel arches moulded in and stops at the firewall, with spaces for the driver's pedals in the left footwell. The body sides are added, with moulded-in framework, and the dashboard is fitted between them to stabilise the assembly. The dash has a decal for the instruments, a handgrip for the co-driver, heater ducting and a lever beneath the steering column, which is added later. The front inner arches are glued to the underside of the body, and a rear load cover with moulded-in seatback is applied over the rear arches, after which the two rear doors and their handles are installed. A delicate (in this scale) framework is fitted between the rear seats and the driver's area, with the fifth wheel behind the driver, and two bench seats facing each other in the rear compartment, which also have delicate framework under their cushions. The front seats are individual, but of similar construction, and have space for the supplied KAR98 rifles between them, with two more pairs fitted in the rear compartment. The windscreen is of the flip-down type, and has two separate panes added to the frame, with no windows supplied for the sides, as it is modelled with the hood down. The doors can be fitted opened or closed, with their own separate handles inside and out. Once the chassis and body are mated, more of the underpinnings are added, and the radiator with cooling fan are attached along with the louvered bonnet and front bumper irons. At the rear the hood is constructed from four parts, sitting on top of the load cover in a folded state, as there isn't an option for a raised hood on this variant. Wing mirrors, pioneer tools, front headlights with clear lenses, and number plates are dotted around to finish off the build. Figures Two medium sized and one small sprue are devoted to the figure included in this boxing, depicting an officer discussing directions or tactics with one solider, while a machine-gunner carrying his MG34 and his ammo-man walk past, the latter laden down with two spare ammo cans, and the former draped with a length of ammo around his neck. The ammo is on the small sprue, and is so thin that it is flexible enough to form to shape, then tack with a trace of glue. All figures have gas mask containers, canteen, entrenching tool, daysack, pistol, MP40 pouches, binoculars (for the officer) and even bayonets included, which are all given detailed painting instructions on one sheet, while the main painting guide fills the other sheet with full colour printing. Markings Four decal options are supplied on the small sheet, with unit, number plate and tyre pressure stencils being about all that is to be seen. All options are from the Eastern front, with three shown in Panzer Grey, and one in the Sand Yellow scheme used later in the war. From the box you can build one of the following: 8.Pz.Div, Soviet Baltic, 1941 – grey Russia, Summer 2942 – grey Russian, Autumn, 1942 – grey KG 51, Russia, Summer 1943 – Dark Yellow '43 Conclusion A nice detailed model that benefits from the addition of the figures. A driver figure would have been nice to see, but as you're getting four well-sculpted chaps already, that feels a bit churlish. You can build it buttoned up, or with the bonnet, doors and tail-gate all hanging open, so it lends itself to inclusion in a diorama. Review sample courtesy of
  11. Hi Bonks I keep an eye on your work, verry good of course. This bronze green is verry hard to catch but so typical, I'm surprised I imagined it more brownish. I have to cross the border to big scales one day,... Cheers secu
  12. I've been distracted by the weather, and by helping some refugees...But I've done a lot of pin-washing, and today I did some chipping. Matt varnish next... Today would be ideal for that, because it's warm and dry, but it's also windy. After that we're on to dust and sandy muck.
  13. another little update: i drilled a hole in the underside of the tank and put a screw trough it, so now the tank is officially stuck to the diorama. i've added decorations to the turret. these are some backpacks i've made using green stuff and a blanket over them to protect them from snow. i'm still undecided if adding or not two spare tracks on the sides of the turret as extra armor. apart from that i think the decorations are complete, i'm not planning to add anything else ( apart two figures ) i've started to add thick mud to the tracks. i've mixed some grass to the mud. this is also blending in the tank with the diorama. the mud work is not yet complete but should give an idea of the final result. so here you can see the ropes, the backpacks, the bucket ( you can't have a tank without a bucket! ) and on the right the canister is cleverly hanged at the ropes and is used to keep their tension. on the front i've added the german gas mask, and a cable reel. in the picutre one track has mud applied the other hasn't. and here's the thick mud applied. so, what's left to do: - add figures - finish thick mud on tracks - add some lighter mud splash on the sides and back. - add some little snow patches similar to the ones on the motorbike - add water puddle and water streaks of melting snow on the hull.
  14. Thx for your like SpookyTooth, cheers mate
  15. Thx for your like Etienne, cheers mate
  16. It looks even better, cheers Angelo
  17. You can use the Super Glue Accelerator. I personally never use it, but heard it work fine.
  18. Hmm, I've just received the list of Dragon's August releases and they seem to be releasing some of the older kits again. I do hope that Dragon is not going to continue the 'one piece' trend as there are at least four kits in their August releases that I will buy IF the tracks and wheels are separate, but none if they are in one piece. The ironic thing is that one-piece tracks are marketed in their 'armour pro' line. I'm not sure why Dragon is releasing wargaming kits at standard kit prices, either. Robby, aka Mr Not-Very-Happy
  19. Coming together very nicely, looking forward to seeing it in paint! Roger
  20. Kris, this is looking good and interesting thread.
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  22. Thank you , D.A. I think your post and pics . answers my questions . These vehicles must have been hard graft for the crews ! . The bod who cranked up the load deck must have been the original Dribollick Jack , ( very old joke ) . Cheers Don .
  23. Very nice vignette, good work with interior and weathering, i like a lot figures (I would like to do something moderately good ...) Cheers Kris
  24. I'll be looking forward for WIP of this.
  25. very nice indeed, and the base looks superb ....
  26. very nice work, great job on the scheme and the finish looks great....
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