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  2. That really has turned out superbly! Wonderful detailing, paintwork and finish! A model to be very proud of. Kind regards, Stix
  3. This camo was just starting to come into use as I left the Marine Corps (1978). The above photo is a great example of "gray desert" MERDC. To be truthful, as a west coast Marine, I only saw "summer verdant" and "gray desert". This would coincide with the large desert training areas out west as well as what was, at the time, thought to be a threat area (Pacific rim). Years later the PD I was with took charge of a few surplus US Army trucks. All were painted in "winter verdant" colors except one was "Summer verdant" The US 7th Army tested camo called MASSTER in Europe at the same time. That is also illustrated on the above listed web site. I say all this because i believe it drives home a point. There were a variety of colors schemes in use at any given time based on geography. G
  4. One of the restored monument tanks is dark gray. I found a narrative which indicates this was not the original color, but was used as a nod to WWII Germany. Some photos seem to show a dark color, others a medium shade. One restored example is sand colored. Best guess, green. A medium olive green. (think 4BO Russian green only a bit darker) The remainder of the Spanish army's vehicles were that color. It seems to fade to a gray green color similar to sage green. G
  5. Today
  6. Very nice job indeed. The last photo is impressive.
  7. Excellent job indeed. I like that a lot.
  8. I thank your interest...new photos you found in "ready for inspection". Cheers from Brazil.
  9. Looking at the Tamiya Famo and trailer , that I built some years back has set me wondering about the rear suspension/steering unit with the single cab . Was it self propelled ? as it would have to move aside to load / unload the trailer , Did the same unit lower and raise the rear of the load deck ? , in which case it must have had some sort of power .Looking at the model , which must be one of the best bargains on the market for the amount of plastic for money , set my old Mk 1 computer running ! Don ..
  10. Thanks Fellas ! , I`ll try a spot of glue . Don .
  11. Excellent result, and as others have said, the weathering looks just right.
  12. Sorry to hear about the glue drama. The E10 is looking good though. This is quite an interesting undertaking of yours. Prost
  13. Many thanks for your kind comments, cheers Phil
  14. What about Soviet use? John.
  15. To tell the truth I didn't realise that was just the turret basket for the commanders cupola......WOW
  16. Thanks for the links and advice guys. I purchased a set of the Hobby Boss tracks, and shall rejuvenate the old girl.
  17. Great job on the Mercedes truck. I remember seeing these when I was stationed in Germany in the 60's. In fact, I had brief encounter with one!!! This probably would have been more suited to being posted in the Vehicle Modelling (Non Military) section, but wherever you post it, it looks great. John.
  18. Very evocative scene you have created there Martin. Excellent placement of the elements to make the scene interesting and 'alive'. The Prieser refugee set is so useful for these sort of dioramas, I have one that I have painted up for the Fall of France 1940, very versatile figures. I like the vehicles and how you have distressed them, also the little detail of the wheels on the armoured car being turned, adds so much more interest. All in all an excellent little diorama, well done. All the best, Paul
  19. According to the old Vanderveen book, the "Truck 3-ton 6x4 Crew Coach" - i.e. RAF crew bus - came in Fordson WOT1 and Austin K6 versions. There was also a 4x2 adaption on Dodge US VK62B chassis. He suggests that civilian coaches were impressed for Army use after Dunkirk, but doesn't mention RAF use. I believe the QLT only appeared in '44. Don't forget that Ace do a couple of small cars and heavy utilities that might be useful in a diorama setting. The diecast and model railway world might have useful offerings, as suggested above. As well as the more universal and GS types, the RAF used many essentially commercial truck types not generally used by the Army, such as: Thorneycroft GF and HF "Nippy" 30cwt Bedford MSC 30cwt Dennis AM 30cwt Fordson WOT3 van 30cwt Standard "Tilly" ambulance version Commer Q2 van and explosives carrier 30cwt Dodge (UK) 82 workshop van 3-ton Crossley Q 3 ton Commer Q6 6ton Fordson Thames 7V Commer Q2 semi-tractor
  20. Yesterday
  21. This is awesome. I am enjoying your attention to detail. 10/10
  22. what about the Academy kit ?
  23. A bit more progress on the 75mm gun, although some surgery was needed on the mechanism that controls the gun's trajectory. As it stood, and if one were to follow the instructions, the wheel was almost where the driver's head would be - not a very comfortable situation to be in. So I took a look at some reference photos, and some You-Tube clips, wherein it looked as though that wheel was much closer to the gun barrel. So I cut the mechanism down to the bare minimum before glueing it: The only other thing I managed today was to attempt to prime the PE section of the right sponson/track guard. Being as it is quite an expanse of very shiny brass, I was concerned about the possibility of paint flaking off once painted. I recently obtained some etch primer and some appropriate thinner, so I gave that a go. Hopefully paint will have something decent to cling on to when I get around to it: I've also had a thought about the tracks. In the kit, there are 9 'I-section' track links. I am thinking in terms of making a flexible rubber mould, comprising as many impressions of one link as I can fit on the mould surface. Then hopefully I can make enough of my own to negate the need to buy whole replacement tracks. I will share the results when I finally get to trying it. Thanks for watching
  24. That's a beauty! And the colour now matches my expectation of what a Bronze Green should look like! My Dad confirmed that none of the colours on my test card were right - instead he directed me to a Military Vehicles Magazine with some excellent colour photos... so, not being able to get an exact match in any colour range (I've not tried Halfords by the way), I decided to try a little paint mixing myself: I think I'm getting close... but I'm going to put it in the post to him so he can examine it with the naked eye. Once I've got the right period mix, I'll share it in this thread. Meanwhile, while I wait for his critique I've made work on the modification of the cab. The T's in his company had an observation hatch cut into the roof. For most, this was in the central position but a few have them off to one side. For the 1/35 scale, my judgement is that it is the size of a penny... so drills, cutters and blades at the ready I set to work: Next steps will be to construct the hatch itself. Not sure yet whether to put a cover on it yet either.
  25. still working on the sherman by the way. Added some pigment layers, still work in progress. I've added a snow effect on the motorbike and sparkled it with dead leaves, the diorama is almost complete, i'll have to add some puddle and blend the tank mud when the tank is complete. here how it looks now. i'm definitely pleased with the way the diorma has turned out
  26. Apparently not all vehicles had them on as the 432 was below standard commercial vehicle weights (32 ton at the time). Also confirmed by former squaddies of my aquaintence who drove them.
  27. Great finish and weathering! A very care worn Pz.II! Well done. Kind regards, Stix
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