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About Niall

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  1. Figure build sequence

    I've found it depends on the figure. I prefer to assemble as much as possible before painting. For Historex Napoleonic figures I assemble the 2 legs and lower body parts and then the rest of the figure in full, except for the back pack, although I fit the straps for the latter. then paint, finally glueing the legs and backpack to the rest of the figure. For figures from other periods I tend to paint after assembly.
  2. 1/72 Tanks and armoured vehicle kits

    I thought the Panther was manufactured with Zimmerit until October 1944.
  3. 1/72 Tanks and armoured vehicle kits

    Check out this site for review of almost all 1/72nd scale models - http://henk.fox3000.com/index2.htm
  4. How to fill plastic gaps?

    Are these hard or soft plastic? Mikes suggestions work for hard plastic but can be problematic for soft plastic as they set hard and don't stick to the plastic well. The traditional filler for soft plastic figures was plasticine hardened with banana oil.
  5. M7 priest in Normandy

    In a word no, they were equipped with Sextons .
  6. Heller Victory rigging

    Check out this build - http://www.shipmodels.info/mws_forum/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=99050 Also this book - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anatomy-Nelsons-Ships-Nepean-Longridge/dp/1854861220/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1515598676&sr=8-1&keywords=the+anatomy+of+nelsons+ships
  7. In your photo, the left hand figure holding round(shell is only the projectile) in the loading position is incorrect(PSC's error not yours), the left hand should be a fist, to "punch", the round into the gun. Holding the round in the way it is modelled the soldier would be in risk of loosing fingers.
  8. Loyd Carriers in the Desert?

    I also don't think they were used in the Desert. In north west Europe they also towed the 4.2" mortar trailer.
  9. Arthur C Clarke Centenary

    The BBC did Childhood's End and A Fall of Moondust as radio plays, they have been released on CD but I don't know if they are still available.
  10. A tank battalion/regiment had the following structure - Battalion Squadron - HQ platoon - 4 tanks(2 had the gun removed and a map table fitted - these were fitted with a dummy gun barrel) Recce platoon - 10/12 Stuart light tanks Scout patoon - 10 Dingo or Humber scout cars Signals platoon - 1 3t Lorry with office body(QL or Retriever) and 3 15cwt morris or CMP light trucks All of the above would have the diamond shape on each side of the turret or hull, although it was usually only on tanks) 3 tank squadrons each with - SHQ platoon - 2 Tanks, Plus 2 Close Support tanks(Sherman 105mm's in Sherman/firefly units), possibly with 1 ARV tank. 3 platoons with 4 tanks or 4 platoons with 3 tanks(The latter was used by the Guards tank brigade and Churchill units). These would have the square, triangle or circle marking for each squadron as listed in the photo you posted. It would be unlikely that a Firefly would be at the division, brigade or battalion HQ. They would be in the tank platoons in the tank squadrons.
  11. Further to my previous post. The tracks on the PSC T34 and PzIV kits have less or no detail on the ends of the tracks which are designed to be on the inside. You got a gap on the tracks if they were the wrong way round. On markings brigade and division HQ vehicles did not have a shape marking on the turret sides(HQ squadron refers to the tank battalion/regiment HQ). Plain stars were supposed used on the hull sides, but these were often omitted as they made good aiming marks for the enemy. The stars in a circle were used on the roof for recognition by aircraft and these were used as the allies had almost complete domination of the airspace.
  12. Rust builds up on tracks when the vehicle is not run. An operational tank would have very little as the vibration of movement and abrasion of the ground will remove it. On the PSC T34 and PzIV kits the tracks are left and right handed if you put a left hand lower with a right hand upper it gives you the sort of gap you pictured. I don't know if this is the case with their Sherman kits.
  13. For stowage check out this link - http://www.milicast.com/shop/home.php?cat=10
  14. The aerial is fine for that mounting, the other aerial has a destinctive guard ring at the top of the base.
  15. The box at the back of the turret is for the radio also had a block of concrete to balance the turret because of the greater weight of the 17 pounder. The kit adds a stowage box to the back of this, which was not used by all Fireflies.