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  1. PSC kits are designed for wargamers, who would want 1 or more units of each type of vehicle and not single models. You can buy single kits from their website(they are listed as reinforcements). Canvas tilts can be made in 2 ways - 1) Make the hoops from wire and cover with thin paper(Airmail paper is good). Thouroghly crush the paper to break the grain befor using. 2) Make a plastic card superstructure and fill with Milliput, which can then be sculped to shape. (Written before Mike's posts)
  2. Ajax (Scout SV)

    The Challenger 2 upgrade program is to fit an overhead weapon station on the turret roof that can be fired by any crew member. This can have a 7.62mm or 50cal machine gun or the 40mm H&K Grenade Machine Gun. One other thing on the Ajax, does anyone know what the 2 rows of 3 vertical cylindrical objects on the glassis plate are?
  3. Ajax (Scout SV)

    According to Janes' Defence Weekly the trailer based Exactor launcher was adopted by the army in 2015.
  4. Ajax (Scout SV)

    The army bought 8 Spike NLOS launchers on M113's from Israel for use in Afghanistan. They have now been mounted on a trailer and deployed in place of 1 platoon in 2 MLRS batteries. Link to pictures - http://www.thinkdefence.co.uk/uk-complex-weapons/exactor/ Scroll down to "SPARC mk2 trailer"
  5. Ajax (Scout SV)

    Just had a thought about the Ajax. It should be possible to use the vehicle to control the Spike NLOS(Exactor in British army service) which would give the vehicle a tank/bunker killing capabilty, whilst remaining covert.
  6. Ajax (Scout SV)

    The Ajax is a scout vehicle, which is designed to find and report enemy formations not to engage them. Also give it anti-tank missiles and it becomes a priority target for enemy vehicles. Active self protection systems are a hazard to infantry and civilians near the vehicle.
  7. 1/72 AFV Newbie Questions

    it is a roller, used to stop the vehicle from getting stuck when driving into ditches.
  8. The frosted detail materials from Shapeways need to be washed is sopy water to remove the wax which supports the resin as it is printed. The resin is cured with UV light so sometimes it needs placing in sunlight or under a UV lamp to fully cure the resin. If this is not done small white spots will appear in the paint over time. There is an article on this forum - http://www.shipmodels.info/mws_forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=165297
  9. HMS GLASGOW 1st T26

    The Sea Ceptor is mounted off the vertical for that very reason, even on the land based system for the army and RAF.
  10. 1/48 Modern British kit

    There are some parts from Red Zebra models - https://www.redzebramodels.co.uk/scale-ciaa I have done 40mm grenade launchers, Enhanced ACOG and Spectre sights, L129A1 designated marksman rifles, an improved 50 cal for the Jackal/Wolfhound M72, Pzf90(Matador) and NLAW in my Shapeways shop - www.shapeways.com/shops/nmp
  11. 1/72 AFV Newbie Questions

    The aerials are stretched sprue. As it is a wargame model I used the sprue from soft plastic figures as this is more durable when the model is handled.
  12. 1/72 AFV Newbie Questions

    The light camo on the barrel on Fireflies was to make them look like 75mm gunned Shermans so is common on most vehicles. Here is a picture of the Cromwell ARV I made from the Armourfast Cromwell kit - I drew the unit markings in a program called DrawPlus and printed them on white transfer film bought from here - http://www.craftycomputerpaper.co.uk/
  13. Humbrol 66 is the early WW2 US Army olive drab. Later in the war they used a lighter colour similar to the British shade. I think they then went back to it after WW2.
  14. Stellar Envoy

    For inspiration on other YT1300 varients check out this - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Millennium-Falcon-Owners-Workshop-Manual/dp/0345533046/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1503673603&sr=8-1&keywords=haynes+millenium+falcon+manual