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About StephenMG

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  1. Italeri Crusader III

    Thanks all. I really enjoyed making this one and am pleased that Tamiya are re-boxing it. Despite its age it's a great kit, especially now that Tamiya have fixed the fenders and added some excellent looking figures. I might make another one!
  2. Italeri Crusader III

    I may be a bit behind the times but it was only after seeing HL-10's wonderful Valentine that I discovered Tamiya were also re-releasing Italeri's Crusader III - with fixed fenders (at last!) and other goodies. This reminded me that I'd found some WIP photos of my Italeri build so thought I'd post them if anyone's interested? A basic turret interior with scratch-built radio - I soon realised this was need when I saw the size of the hatches! Wheels painted, tracks and skirts fitted, incorrect Italeri fender modified, primer on... A bit of technicolour pre-shading... Camo going on... Crew coming together, including the world's grumpiest looking soldier! Finished!
  3. Hi Shaun, What a great set of models - keep up the good work! If you want to try some washes risk-free, you could try some Ultimate Weathering Washes (reviewed on this site here) or Flory Washes. They are water-based clay washes so they don't affect your paint job and, once dry, can be re-activated with water. That means if you really hate what you've done you can wash it off and start again! Mark
  4. Italeri Crusader III

    Thank you for your feedback everyone, it is very much appreciated.
  5. Italeri Crusader III

    Thanks everyone for the kind words. I didn't really plan this as a dio, I started building the tank then decided it needed some 'context' so decided to place it in a small scene - hence the 'Benghazi Burner' and the crew making a brew. I always prefer the idea of 'off duty' scenes like this rather than 'action' scenes...and it fits nicely with my love of tea! I've always been a fan of the Crusader. It may not have been the best tank ever, but it certainly looks good - like a sports tank! As Bullbasket says, the Italeri kit is getting on a bit now but still stands up reasonably well with a bit of TLC. I forgot to say I replaced the kit main gun barrel with a turned metal one. That made a significant difference to the look of the model as it's a bit of a focal point. This is my second 1/35 armour model - the first being Tamiya's lovely Cromwell. I'm inspired to make a similar small scenic base for that as well now.
  6. Hi all, Firstly, my apologies, these photos are not the best - quickies taken on my phone! This is my Italeri Crusader Mk.III which I have finally decided to call finished after many, many months of on-off tinkering and faffing! It's more or less out of the box although I have made the front fenders a little more accurate, scratchbuilt a rudimentary turret interior with radio (because the open hatch is huge!) and improved the searchlight with a Little Cars lens. The figures are from MiniArt and Resicast. The MiniArt ones are the chap leaning on the front of the tank with cigarette and the seated one, who has a head from the remains of an ancient Airfix Multipose US Marine set and a beret courtesy of an Airfix Multipose British Infantry kit! The Resicast figure carries a 'liberated' German jerry can instead of the original flimsy and is one of the grumpiest looking blokes I've ever seen committed to resin!!! The barbed wire is scratchbuilt as I needed something to put in the corner that wasn't bushes, sand or rocks! Other bits and bobs are mostly from Bronco except for the compo box which is scratched and cast by my own fair hand. I'm not the best figure painter in the world but I'm quite pleased with how the whole thing has turned out. I thought I'd take some quick pictures before my cats wreck it...! I'll take some better ones if anyone's interested. Cheers,Mark
  7. The Grand Tour

    I'm not. Can't wait for the next episode..
  8. This year's Dr Who

    A decent bit of Christmas fun, the way it should be!
  9. Rogue One

    Loved it! The last few minutes were worth the entry price alone! Can't wait to see it again.
  10. Hawker Hunter FGA.9 Bang seat

    Don't worry about modifying a Mk.2H seat to a Mk.3H for an FGA.9 as the RAF used both. Or rather they went back to using the 2H after initially using the 3H. Not sure if that was on all Mk.9 aircraft but it certainly happened on some. I suspect it was for the added protection the thigh guards of the 2H offered as the seats are otherwise identical (apart from the re-location of the emergency O2 bottle from the rear beam on the 2H to the front of the seat pan on the 3H). M
  11. Airfix 1/32 soliers

    That's good news. I can always remember the paras being particularly well-sculpted (I think I have a few of my original childhood paras around here somewhere!) but the old bendy polythene was a bugger to clean up, modify and paint. I think I just might get a box for nostalgia if nothing else! Cracking paint job by the way bigcheed.
  12. Airfix 1/32 soliers

    Wow, these bring back some memories! Are they still moulded in the same flexible plastic they were when I was a kid? I thought I read somewhere they were in hard plastic these days?
  13. A very impressive job on the bust. Although the uniform details are not strictly accurate the collar and cuff facings are (correctly) green not dark blue in the film - http://i4.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article3659177.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/Zulu.jpg
  14. Glad to be of help. Great work on the model so far!
  15. Hi all, I haven't been around here much lately so I (somehow) managed to completely miss this! The airbrake and the undercarriage are the worst parts of an otherwise excellent kit from Revell. As well as being a touch short, they also forgot the actuator completely. When I built an F.1 for the last Hunter STGB I cut a slot for the actuator, reshaped the hinge area and extended the brake itself with a thin piece of plastic card. As for the little-known difference between the early and later style, compare the following two photos to see it best, Early, Later, I hope that helps. Mark