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  2. 4th Armored Brigade Shermans

    Certainly does appear to be a Firefly, with the rectangular loader hatch, pistol port, etc. I love this picture with such a mixed bag of vehicles. Lots of inspiration for us modelers. The vehicle I am wanting to do is a Mk1 Hybrid
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  4. RFM Panther Ausf. G

    Oh, I thought they were putting something on there to "scare" away the boogers......... Seriously, I realized it was a typo but couldn't resist. Lloyd Mark, looks like you and RFM are right though, and I learned something new today so it was a good day. Guess you can teach an old old dog new tricks. BTW the RFM Panther is around Cdn$120 and the Takom kits are just shy of Cdn$80 each. That's inflation when there's only $0.25 between US and Cdn dollars.
  5. Tiger I x 4

    I think you have described soldering right to a tee. That's why I stick to using ca glue, sticky fingers or not. Soldering and me just don't talk to each other, just like me and zimmerit or me and figure painting. A man has to only do the things he might have a chance at doing and those 3 things aren't it. Take care, Lloyd BTW the big guy is coming along great, how you can switch back and forth between 1/16 and 1/35 amazes me, I like to work on the big stuff more now that I'm spoiled and the small stuff just ticks me off more and more every time I try it. Wish there was a way better selection of 1/16 and that the prices were equivalent to 1/35 though.
  6. Hi Richard. Thank you. You are most kind! Kind regards, Stix
  7. More fantastic 1/48 modelling from your dad! Very nicely done. Kind regards, Stix
  8. Olive Drab question

    OK thanks. I need the paint for the AFV Club MIM-23 HAWK kit.
  9. AFV Club Churchill Mk IV 75mm Gun

    Richard That Matador looks like a monster, must be bigger than 1/35 and quite the project. No we missed the big hullaballoo storm this week, only got about 1/2" but we still have at least a foot on the ground and ice everywhere. The streets are an off road adventure every time we go out and rough as it partly melted then froze again in a never ending cycle. I think March 21 is the first day of spring and it can't come soon enough as they're calling for more snow tonight and tomorrow, uggghh!!! Take care, Lloyd
  10. Many thaks folks. I thank your kind comments. Weathering complete on finished models. Cheers
  11. Hi Duncan just watch the 9 May Parade Moscow on you tube and they show the tank you are building you might be interested in the colour. Regards Richard
  12. Tamiya 1/35 Sdkz.250/3 'Greif' w/Eduard etch

    There are various mud effects paints from Ammo, AKAN i believe, and i think also Vallejo. Theyre basically different shades of mud colors with a little bit of texture material mixed in to give it the look of mud.
  13. Valentine Mk.II/IV (Tamiya, 1/35)

    Great job Damian....very nice chipping....suits the theatre, and and the environment of North Africa.... nice clean build
  14. 2nd SS Panzer Division "Das Reich" ISBN : 9781612005256 Casemate Illustrated - Casemate UK The 2nd SS Panzer Division has to be one of the most infamous German units of WWII due to two massacres of French Civilians. Up to that point it had fought in most of the operations of the Germany Army with the exception of the Italian Campaign. This book in the Casemate Illustrated series combines text, pictures, maps to bring us the Divisions history from formation, through the blitzkrig campaigns in Poland, and then the low countries, then into France. Later they would move into Yugoslavia, and Russia as part of Operation Barbarossa. When the Allies invaded Normandy the Division was in Southern France and was thrown into Operation Luttich , the German counter offensive. The Division was encircled by the US 2nd Armoured Division at Roncey loosing most of its equipment their. The Division was finally surrender to the Allies in May 1945. Unfortunately the Division will be remembered for the massacres of 100 civilians in Tulles, and 642 civilians in Oradour-sur-Glane long after its military achievements have been forgotten. The book is A5 in format, 128 pages long and contains many contemporary photographs. Conclusion If you're interested in German Armoured Operations, and in particular the 2nd SS Panzer Regiment then this will be a good read. Review sample courtesy of
  15. Thanks. It's a nice simple kit and spent about two days total including painting and weathering. Thanks again. Thank you!
  16. Tamiya pair,Churchill and Centurion.

    Morning folk's,I've just took a week out of this modelling lark so batteries re-charged thought I'd do a bit of armour for a couple of hour's before work,so Churchill track's added and I watered down some Mr Hobby earth and ran into the detailing which is drying nicely.I can't match some of the superb effect's I see on BM so happy with a slightly weathered "Just off the Beach" on D-Day look for this one.
  17. T-60 Late Series, Screened Gorly Auto Plant. INTERIOR KIT 1:35 MiniArt The T-60 was the result of the ongoing development of light tanks that had started well before WWII. This particular tank started development in 1938 as an attempt to replace the T-26, T-40, the failed T-46 project and the T-50. Whilst such a large number were produced, it was hated by all who had to deal with it – all except the Germans, who found it to be a substandard and underwhelming opponent, and a rather nice ammunition carrier or gun towing tractor, once captured. As a result of its poor armour, substandard armament and sluggish performance, it was more dangerous to its crews than anybody else, earning it the title Bratskaya Mogila Na Dovoikh, literally: “a brother’s grave for two.” The basic design was completed in a mere fifteen days, and Astrov, seconded by Lieutenant Colonel V.P. Okunev, wrote to Stalin contrasting the advantages of the mass-producible T-60 with the more complicated T-50, which had already received the go-ahead. An inspection from a senior minister resulted in two decisions: firstly, the 12.7 mm (0.5 in) machine gun was to be replaced with a 20 mm (0.79 in) ShVAK, although it was still inadequate against the Panzer IIIs and IVs that the T-60 would almost certainly engage whilst there was a shortage of T-34s. Secondly, the Main Defence Committee (GKO), headed by Stalin, ordered 10,000 T-60s to be produced immediately. Some sources have claimed that Stalin’s interest in the vehicle is because he attended the vehicle’s final trials in person. The displacement of the Soviet industry in 1941 disrupted production and further refinement of the T-60. In autumn, Zavod Nr 37’s work on the T-60 was transferred to Zavod Nr 38 at Kirov and GAZ in Gorki. Shortly after, industrial evacuations continued, and GAZ was the sole producer of the T-60. In 1942, the T-60’s frontal armour was increased to 35 mm (1.37 in), which was still inadequate and made the tank more sluggish. The GAZ-203 engine gave the T-60 theoretical speeds of 44 km/h (27 mph) on road and 22 km/h (14 mph) off-road, but this was always difficult to achieve as a result of horrifically bad mud and snow. Replacing the spoked road wheels on the 1941 model with all-metal disc wheels, especially as a result of rubber shortages, did not help alleviate this problem either. The development of removable track extensions also did little to help mobility. Finally, any attempt to increase the calibre of the gun proved difficult. There were attempts to replace the main gun with a 37 mm (1.45 in) ZiS-19 or a 45 mm (1.77 in) ZiS-19BM, but proved unsuccessful as a result of the small turret. By the time a redesigned turret with the ZiS-19BM had passed trials, the T-60 as a whole was cancelled with the introduction of the T-70 in late 1942, although 55 T-60s were produced in 1943. The Germans would use captured tanks under the designation Panzerkampfwagen T-60 743(r), and the Romanians would modify 34 captured tanks into TACAM tank destroyers in 1943 armed with captured Russian 76mm divisional guns housed in a lightly armoured superstructure. These vehicles were confiscated by the Russians when Roumania changed sides in 1944. The Model The kit comes in the fairly standard, yet sturdy and colourful top opening box MiniArt use, with an artists impression of the vehicle on the front. This later tank is easily distinguished by the solid road wheels. Inside there are thirty three sprues of varying sizes, mostly small, in a medium to dark grey styrene, along with one sprue of clear styrene, two small sheets of etched brass and a smallish decal sheet. As with most MiniArt kits there is a huge amount of detail contained on the sprues and in this one there are 490 parts, including the etched brass. The mouldings are superb with no imperfections and very few moulding pips. Some of the smaller parts, and there are a lot of them, do have a fair number of sprue gates, but fortunately they are relatively small and shouldn’t cause too many problems. The sheer number of parts is explained by the fact that this kit is equipped with a full, and I mean full interior, which for a model/vehicle this size will mean you will need a magnifying glass/Optivisor when building. The build starts with the lower hull floor, to which the drivers position is attached, complete with detailed gearbox, levers and brake drums. Then there is the comprehensively detailed engine, which is a model in itself, and has more parts than some whole kits, around 22 in total. The two batteries and battery tray are then added to the left hand side of the hull adjacent to the drivers position, followed by the right side panel which is fitted with a fire extinguisher and four support brackets. The rear bulkhead is fitted out with several parts on the outside, before being attached to the lower hull, as is the lower glacis plate. The engine assembly is then glued into position and connected to the gearbox via a couple of drive shafts. The interior is slowly built up with bulkheads, ammunition racks with spare ammunition drums and boxes and another fire extinguisher. The left hull panel is then attached, along with the outer drive covers, idler axles, internal longitudinal bulkhead and several pipes. The upper hull plate is fitted with several panels before being glued into place. The drivers hatch is made up from five parts, while the drivers vision block is made up from six parts. Both assemblies are then glued to the driver position, and can be posed either open of closed. Depending on which colour scheme the modeller has chosen there are two options for the style of headlights to be used. The suspension arms are then glued to the hull, followed by the road wheels, return rollers, drive sprockets and idler wheels. The engine cover is next made up of three plastic and two etched grille pieces. This is then glued into position on the top deck, along with the drivers access and viewing plate. The tracks are each built up from eighty five individual links, which, unfortunately are not click able, but have to be glued, making it a little more awkward to get the sag and fitted around the idlers/drive sprockets. But with plenty of patience and care they can be made to look the business. The track guards are fitted with many PE brackets, as well as storage boxes, pioneer tools and a nicely detailed jack. These are then fitted to the hull and the build moves on to the turret. There is a large PE grille fitted to the rear engine deck along with a PE surround. There are two covers that go over this if winterising the vehicle, each plate is fixed with four to six PE wing nuts. While the turret is very small there is still plenty of detail packed into it. The turret ring is fitted with commander’s seat, ready use ammunition locker, plus traversing and elevation gearboxes and hand wheels. Inside the turret itself there are two four piece vision blocks, spent ammunition plug, vent cover, the breech and sight for the main gun which is slide through the trunnion mount, as is the three piece co-axial machine gun. The turret roof is fitted with a two piece hatch and before it is glued into position the machine gun ammunition drum is attached and the spent cartridge chute to the main gun. The roof is then attached, as is the outer mantlet and barrel cover of the main gun. The turret is the attached o the hull and the build is finished off with the fitting of more PE brackets around the hull and the engine exhaust glued into position. Decals The small decal sheet contains markings for four tanks. Unidentified Red Army unit, 1942. 22nd Panzer Corps, South Western Front July 1942. 3rd Shock Army of the Kalinin Front, Dec 1942. Unidentified Red Army unit, 1942. Conclusion This is another amazing kit from MiniArt and brings yet another lesser known military vehicle to the mainstream modelling community. With the numerous parts count and the large number of very small parts, this kit is really aimed at the more experienced modeller, it looks like it should build up into a superb model, absolutely full of detail, so much so that there shouldn’t be any need for aftermarket parts. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of Creative Models
  18. Thanks all, for your most kind comments. The gun was certainly a challenge, but I am pleased with how it turned out
  19. 1/144 DML Tiger and Flamm Hetzer

    No not quite up to the standard of needing an electron microscope although a pair of $10 reading glasses does wonders!
  20. Last week
  21. Takom M3 Lee late

    One more, with headlight lenses installed and viewfinders darkened.
  22. Big As MAZ

    Hey Guys, You all are great with the comments! Thanks. Just a quick report for today. I have bolted down the cab permanently to the frame. Now all I have left to build is, all the little stuff around the edges, that I would have knocked off and broken during handling. Mirrors, running lights, antennas...ect. and all the small accoutrements that go with a big truck. Be back in a bit.............
  23. Topdrawings 47 - Renault FT & M1917 ISBN : 9788365437648 Kagero via Casemate UK The Renualt FT can be seen as the worlds first modern Tank with features such as the Turret, rear mounted engine, and forward crew compartment that we still see today. Over 3000 units were produced towards the end of WWI by the French and in the US under the designation M1917. Many tanks which were then in reserve were borught into serivce at the start of WWII with examples captured and used by the Germans. The Russian T-18 was a derrirative of the FT as the Russian re-built and copied a number of FT which served with the White Russian forces in their civil war. This book is not a reference book on the tank per-say, but a collection of plans and colour profiles designed to help the modeller. Unlike the aircraft books there are no scale rules on the pages. In the centre of the book is an A-3 double sided pull out plan as well. As an extra there is a set of mask for the marking seen on the profiles, no scale is mentioned but they look 1/35. All text is in English & Polish. Conclusion If you're interested in these aircraft and intend to model a few of this Tank then its worth investing in one of these publications. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  24. Excellent build in this size scale,Cheers.
  25. French WW1 Pair - FT & CA

    Aww come on, the "oh bugger" part is the fun part isn't it? Looks like an interesting project...or two, love WWI stuff, some of it so ugly it's rather handsome in it's own way. Take care, Lloyd
  26. Knocked Out Stug IV; Italy.

    really well done, excellent figures and impact strike on the Stug. Love it
  27. Another 2-pounder question: Ammo Colors?

    Better tell IWM...............
  28. 44M TAS Rohamloveg - 1/35 HobbyBoss via Creative

    You don't see one of those every day!
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