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  1. Now that the Welded Cromwell WIP is finished and it's been put to bed in RFI, I'm laying this down as a marker and will hopefully make a start on it in the next couple of weeks. I've managed to get some modelling done by sitting in the armchair with a portable workplace on my lap, so as a consequence, the Tiran is nearing completion and I'll be posting some updates on that. But in the meanttime, this is my next WIP. Last year, I built a model of “Champagne”, an early M4A3 (76mm) of the French 2nd Armoured Division as it was during 1944, before it was knocked out at the battle of Dompaire. This tank still exists today as a memorial in the town of Ville-sur-Illon in basically the condition that it was once it had been disabled. It's been resprayed and new markings applied, but it still has the two shell holes in the left upper hull and through one of the VVSS units. When it was hit, it caught fire, so all of the rubber from both the road wheels and the tracks (T-48 rubber chevron), was burnt off. I've never built a model of an exhibit before and thought that it would make an interesting project. In some ways it will be slightly easier than a normal build as there will be no need to fit some detail parts (which are no longer there) and spraying will be straight forward as the authorities, when they repainted it just painted the lot in a yellowy green, including the tracks. So, I rummaged around my spares boxes and came up with the following. Lower and upper hull, final drive housing, rear hull plate, and VVSS units minus wheels; Dragon M4(105mm). Turret and M4A3 engine deck; Asuka. M1A1 Unthreaded 76mm main gun; Formations. Burnt out road wheels; Verlinden. Burnt out tracks; Panda Plastics. Decals; Bison. The Formations main gun, being resin, was slightly warped, so I assembled the one that came with the Asuka turret as an emergency stand by, should the hot water treatment prove to be unsuccessful. Also, as can be seen from one of the photos, I'm going to have to combine some Tasca VVSS springs and track skids with the Dragon parts. So, I'll be back when I've got some progress. John.
  2. Hello guys, this is one of my first kit in 1:35, Tiger 1 with white camo
  3. Another completion for the year, a second Finnish Sturmi, to go with my previous build of the Tamiya kit from last year: LINK. This time the model represents a specific vehicle, in this case Ps.531-34. This is one of the Stugs that Finland received in mid-1944 around the time of the massive Soviet offensive that culminated in the Battle of Tali-Ihantala. Like most of this particular batch, Ps.531-34 didn't see any combat and survived the war, giving many years of service until finally being retired and stored, surviving to this day: LINK. As detailed on Andreas Larka's website, this vehicle is a bit of an oddity, having an early style superstructure mated to a late style chassis and running gear. For this build I used the following: Dragon's 1/35 Stug III December 1944 Production kit as the base. The concrete armour, logs, drivers visor and side addon armour came from a second Tamiya Finnish Stug kit, which will be completed as a Hungarian example at some point! Filler was needed to blend the parts representing the concrete armour so they would fit the Dragon superstructure. The Zimmerit is Eduard's Stug III Waffle pattern set for Alkett produced vehicles. This must be for the earlier tooling of Dragon's Stug III as it doesn't fit at all well around the various hatches and the detail on the hull sides. The track is from EasyMetal Links: Panzer III/IV & Variants, 40cm type B (chevron style). Bought from Historex Agents and very easy to use! Spare track links are AFV Club's Panzer IV 40cm Mid/Late style track. The loader's Soviet origin DT tank machine gun came from Mini Art's Soviet Infantry Automatic Weapons and Equipment set. Finally, the barrel set is Aber's 35 L-60: StuK.40 L/48 7.5cm with late muzzle break for Stug III late and Stug IV early. Weathering has been done using Humbrol paint of various shades and I haven't included any stowage on the engine deck as I have no idea as to what Finnish practice was! Some photo's of the actual vehicle in service: Now for the model itself: With it's older sibling from last year! Comments welcome! Mike.
  4. Hello, starting a new project, Sd.Kfz. 186 Jagdtiger - Henschel Production Type - Dragon - Nr. 6285 - 1:35 more picts soon
  5. More 1/144 Eagles

    Hello all, As I was involved in the last F-15 STGB (wow has it really been 4 years?!), I thought I would join in with this one. I have been in bit of a rut recently with my model building, I've still got an Bear, Typhoon and Horsa to finish yet. But, after seeing the builds started by parip and azureglo, I have been inspired to give these a go. I'm not 100% sure on what scheme I will be going for yet... I have a few to choose from. I think I had the aggressor scheme for the last STGB?... I also have these... The kits I shall be using... The two top kits are from LS and are F-15A models, the bottom left is the wonderful Revell F-15E and I have about 12 of them (seriously) and the bottom right is the Dragon/DML version, I have about 3 of them. The resin goodies you can see in the top middle are two F-15A cockpit sets with an F-15E cockpit set and two exhaust can sets from RetroWings. I was going to order more, but the website will not let me order anything. I have sent in a question asking why but not had any responses yet. I also have the Res-IM resin wheel replacements and Brengun vacform canopy as well as the Shelf Oddity PE set for the F-15. Going all in on this one, however I am not going to guarantee that I will get any done. I am planning to make an F-15B ACTIVE alongside these ones, but this is one from a computer game thus not allowed to be included in the rules of the GB. However, I will include the build of that as well if anyone is interested and I am allowed, seeing as it isn't the main build. Picture below... The fuel tank will need to be replaced with a gun pod, like the F-4 carried on the centre line station which I have in an Arii weapon set (I have a lot of stuff in 1/144). Now sure on what decals/version I will build first however. I am tempted by the Digi-camo, 23 Sqn and the White Dragon set. Any advancements? I'll probably be starting at the weekend as I await bits to turn up. Kind Regards, Dazz
  6. Just finished this one, it has been on the shlve og DOOM for some time , but finally finished it with homemade zimmerit, made from milliputty. otherwise OOb. It was a preprodution vechiale so used for scooling. Cheers Jes
  7. Rambo's captured Russian Huey is just about done, he's shot the hell out of the camp and rescued the POW's. I have it temporarily on a pole until I get it mounted in the diorama on a river sandbank, now I have the base to build for the diorama, this is where the real fun begins! You can see my work in progress of this build in the link below.
  8. Early IDF M50.

    The Tiran is on hold at the moment, so in the meantime, as I have a lot of the build on my laptop with me, I'm going to do mini WIP on a project that I did a couple of years ago. Being one of those modellers who is forever raiding one kit or another for parts, I tend to find that I'm left with several boxes with incomplete kits in them, usually Shermans. So every so often, I try and use them up and build a complete model from what's left over. I did it before when I built the French M4A3 Champagne and I'm going down a similar route when I build the same tank again, only as it is today. This WIP is about the Israeli M50. Not exactly as the picture on the box depicts as that's HVSS. I'll be doing an early VVSS version. I won't be doing the usual and posting photos of the sprues etc, for obvious reasons, so instead, I'll give a little background to the tank. After the founding of the modern state of Israel, the IDF acquired many second hand Shermans from several different sources. These held their own against the surrounding Arab nations for a while, but it soon became apparent that the 75mm armed tanks were being outclassed, so a search was made for a more powerful main armament. The outcome of this was that they fitted the gun from the AMX-13, the CN75-50 which itself was a development of the German 75mm Kwk42 L/70 of the Panther. The first 50 M50s were converted using VVSS. They were based on M4A4's but the Chrysler Multibank engines were removed and Continental R-975 installed as at this time, the IDF standardised on this engine for all Shermans. Unfortunately the additional weight of the gun and the counterweight on the rear of the turret proved to be too much for the engine and suspension, so all subsequent M50s were converted using HVVS and Cummins diesels. So to the build. I had the Dragon M50 kit and from this I used the upper and lower hull and the turret. The first job was to add the eight bolts on either side of the hull, just in front of the forward suspension back plate. These I punched out of card with a hexagonal punch and die set. Next up was the transmission housing. This came from the early Dragon kit of the Firefly 1c Hybrid. Once the final drive humps were in place, some filler was required around the joints and in some ejector pin marks on the bolted flanges. More tomorrow. Thanks for looking. John.
  9. Early IDF M50.

    This was a build from a couple of years ago using Dragon's M50 kit, but backdating it to one of the first conversions. Anyone wanting to know how I went about it can click Here The base was just a simple construction of a box structure made from balsa wood and painted matt black and then filled with off cuts of laminate flooring fibre underlay. This was then fixed onto a photo frame. The top was covered in a slightly sloppy mixture of household filler mixed in with some yellow ochre acrylic paint and very fine sand. Before it dried I pressed some stones into the surface. First up, some photos of the model sans base. All the rest are of it fixed to the base. I included a figure but this is the one aspect that I'm not happy with. I tried (and failed) to make him seen as though he was casually leaning against the tank, holding a water bottle, but it doesn't seem natural. Maybe I'll revisit him another time. And that's it. Thanks for looking and any comments, critical or otherwise, are welcome. John.
  10. I wanted to prove to myself that it was possible for me to build a model out of the box so here it is. It's the Dragon 1/72 Mercury Redstone where you get decal options for Freedom 7 (Alan Shephard) and Liberty Bell 7 (Gus Grissom). Unfortunately the capsule is only approriate for Liberty Bell 7 as the capsule lacks the round windows for the early version flown by Shephard. Nice box art A simple kit Complicated by a slight lack of any instructions. Simple enough to work out where everything goes though. Just needed a little filler around the fin joints. Halfords white primer on the main tube and LET (Launch Escape Tower) and Tamiya fine on the capsule. I then mixed 9 parts Tamiya Rubber Black and 1 part X-25 Clear Green for the capsule colour giving it the greenish cast seen on the real thing. That was yesterday. Today, after a flurry of sanding, spraying with a mix of XF-2 and X-2 Flat and Gloss white, masking and spraying with rubber black on the main booster, sprayed the LET XF-7 Red and a little detail painting on the capsule I gave it a nice coverage of Tamiya Clear ready for decals Sorry for the lack of progress pictures, I got a little carried away. Thanks for looking Phil
  11. DRAGON 3563 Patriot Sam Launch System

    We've got a whopping £55 off the amazingly detailed Dragon Models 1/35 Black Label US MIM-104F Patriot SAM M901 PAC-3 Launch System plastic model kit right now! This offer is strictly while stocks last.
  12. It's back down to small scale for me at present as house move is probable - so I don't want to risk stuff that will be easily damaged.This is a Dragon kit with two in one box one navy and one marines, both nicely equipped with 12 Rockeye cluster bombs each, plus fuel tanks. I've built the navy one undercarraige up as I intend to display it on a stand with a Navy Hornet(at some point in the future !!). My first Dragon kit and I was quite impressed with the build quality and how it went together. The hardest bit was hanging the bombs they still look a bit 'off' and the yellow decals which I cut myself are far too wide. I'll excuse myself and plead small scale. Enjoy and feel free to comment Paints: Vallejo model air Cheers for looking
  13. German cavalry

    Dear Friends I had a go at this old set from Dragon 2007 to see whether I could make a go at painting horse flesh Most fun was getting the reins to look realistic - micro masking tape! Hope you like them? Andrew
  14. Hello, here is my latest model, a 1/35 Tiger II from Dragon. I have added Voyager PE for the exteriour and the skirts, a RB barrel and antenna and home made Zimmerit. The figures are from Mini Art. The model depicts tank "233" from s.Pz.Abt. 503 in Budapest. You can find several pictures of this particular tank online and in books, f.e. in "Tigers at the front" by T. Jentz. This allowed me to reconstruct most of the paint scheme. Only the upper surfaces, the lower glacis plate and the rear hull plate had to be improvised. I also tried to match the tools and the weathering to the photos, which depict a heavily worn turret upper surface. Here are some pictures: Reference: (source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/archive/9/9c/20110118202031!Bundesarchiv_Bild_101I-680-8282A-03A%2C_Budapest%2C_Panzer_VI_(Tiger_II%2C_Königstiger).jpg) Reference: (source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/archive/5/58/20110118202602!Bundesarchiv_Bild_101I-680-8282A-06%2C_Budapest%2C_Panzer_VI_(Tiger_II%2C_Königstiger).jpg) Comments and critisism are welcome! Best regards, Thorsten
  15. So, the 8.8 Flak is awaiting a sprue so, behold the half built glory of the T28/95. Im going with it being about 40% done as there are a lot of road wheels to make and quite a few sub assemblies. Heres what it looked and looks like now An this is what my kit is like now.
  16. IDF Sherman M1.

    I finished this a couple of weeks ago, but I didn't want to put it into RFI until I'd put it on a base and added a couple of crew members. Well, now that's done. I used the two figures that came with the Tamiya kit but I wasn't happy with the faces. Most of the figures supplied with kits are a little lacking when it comes to definition with regards to the facial features. For me, nothing beats the resin variety. So I changed the heads for ones from Hornet. Unfortunately, the only ones that I had were British, but I thought that there were many Europeans who emigrated to Israel after WW2, so they'd have to do. I made the base using a small picture frame bought from Wilkinsons, balsa wood for the sides and polyurethane foam sheet. I wanted to keep it fairly simple, so I mixed up some household filler, PVA glue and some yellow ochre acrylic paint with water, and spread the mix over the top of the foam. Before it went off, I gently pushed the tracks down into the mix. Once it had hardened, I added some clumps of grass. It would have been better if they had been a bit more parched, but once again, I used what I had. If you want to see the build log, it's here; Thanks for looking. John.
  17. Stug III Ausf E

    OOB except for the luggage, cable and flag (which could be better - not sure tissue is ideal, I need to try Magic Sculpt or some such). Nice kit, enough bits left over to virtually build another superstructure. Hopefully these are a bit clearer: Regards J A
  18. So the next project, this has been sitting around my workshop for about 5 years, I started it but never finished it, like so many things in my life Lets have another crack at it then, see if I can finish this time. So Eduard PE set, Modelkasten spare tracks , fruil tracks and a corrected Armour Scale barrel. More later. Dan
  19. Hi, here's a recently finished build of a kit I've owned for 20+ years at a guess! I can remember when I bought it it was deemed to be the best kit of the type! Anyway I built it from the box except for replacing the gun barrels and pitot with metal tubing. Decals from Kagero plus some spares obtained from a couple of nice chaps. Anyway, a few pics: Dragon 1/48 Fw-190A-8 by bryn robinson, on Flickr Dragon 1/48 Fw-190A-8 by bryn robinson, on Flickr Dragon 1/48 Fw-190A-8 by bryn robinson, on Flickr Dragon 1/48 Fw-190A-8 by bryn robinson, on Flickr Dragon 1/48 Fw-190A-8 by bryn robinson, on Flickr Untitled by bryn robinson, on Flickr Dragon 1/48 Fw-190A8 by bryn robinson, on Flickr
  20. IDF Sherman M1.

    I've decided to put my other Work in Progress on the back burner for a while because I am missing one vital part.....enthusiasm! So while the Centaur becomes a Shelf Queen for a while, I'm going to make a start on Tamiya's IDF Sherman M1. M1's were based on M4A1 76mm tanks and the majority of them came from French stock. Tamiya released this kit a few years ago and is bit of a mixed bag. Two of the sprues are a bit long in the tooth and originated in 1987, first appearing in Tamiya's M4 and then the M4A3. The small sprue for the .50 cal.mg is a bit more up to date, 1998. When the M1 was released in 2011, Tamiya included two new sprues which included a new upper hull and a new turret, along with a couple of IDF crew figures. Another good thing they did was to include parts to fill in the open sponsons, something that had been lacking on Tamiya Shermans. Unfortunately, they still used the original lower hull which has a problem, albeit a small one, with the base plates for the suspension units. This is best illustrated by the two photos further down. The VVSS is also not the best available. Because of this small problem, I decided to use the lower hull and running gear from Dragon's M4 Hybrid. Most M1's used T54E1 tracks, but the one that I wanted to depict used T49 tracks, so once again I placed an order with Panda tracks for their set. I've used their products twice before and they make up into a very nice set of tracks. It pays though either to purchase Pandas track assembly jig or make your own. I did the latter and it makes a hell of a difference. In addition to what I have shown, I also bought a set of decals from Sabingamartin for the M1, and an M1A2 76mm main gun from RB Models. I chose this manufacturers main gun because it includes the muzzle brake, something that Aber doesn't do. You have to graft on the brake from the kit. The next two photos show the nearly thirty year old sprues. The next two photos show the newer (2011) sprues and the 1998 mg sprue. In this photo can be seen the lower hull and VVSS from the Dragon M4 Hybrid. Finally, these two photos show the discrepancy between the left and right side VVSS base plates. So, now to get some work done. Regards, John.
  21. I took the unusual decision (for me that is), to build two models of the same tank, one as it was during 1944, and one as it is now. Champagne was an early M4A3 (76mm) and served with the 12eme Regiment de Chasseurs d'Afrique, 2eme DB. It was knocked out during the Battle of Dompaire. It is preserved as a monument in the town of ViIle-sur-Illon. The first model that I built was of Champagne in 1944, and for that I used parts from several kits. The upper and lower hull are Tamiya's M4A3 (75mm), but it is the large hatch version. The turret came from Asuka but I still had to source the main gun. Champagne was fitted with one of the early M1A1 unthreaded 76mm guns and I made this from a Formations threaded barrel with a piece of plastic tubing glued to the end. The transmission housing and running gear are all from the Dragon M4 (105mm) kit. The tracks are from Panda. The exhaust deflector which comes with the kit, is a little on the thick side, so I made a new one from 10thou card. I also made a new folding stowage shelf from card for the same reason. The commanders hatch and the loaders hatch are both Dragon. Other additions were the bump stops for the engine doors, the armoured blower vent on the rear of the turret, the rebuilt vent between the hull hatches, the extra "lifting" ring on the turret, seen on early 76mm turrets along with the 2" mortar tube, gun lock and spare track holders from Dragon, plus umpteen other improvements/additions, including Eduard etched brass. It was painted with Tamiya acrylics, decals are Bison and I used Carr's weathering powders. All I have to do now is build it all over again. But it will be quite different. Thanks for looking. John.
  22. M4A3 w/75 mm gun

    I have Dragon's 1/72 M4A3 105mm Sherman kit and want to make it into a 75mm M4A3 Sherman. I picked up Aber's metal gun barrel, but I suspect that there might be a little more to this than just swapping out gun barrels. Can anyone enlighten me further?
  23. Hello Chaps, During my recent spate of "Hairy Stick" painting, I came across this kit buried in my stash with 3 other 1/144 scale kits. They were buried for good reason- i generally prefer large scale models that I see better with my aging eyes. But, I must have been going through a patch of masochistic delirium and decided to have a go. But that said, after wearing 4x magnification Opti-Visors during the whole build so that I could "see" what I was attempting, then taking them off at the end, my vision was blurred for a few days after trying to readjust. So, I'll never attempt one again! I completed this build during the first week of this month (February 2017). I got lazy with this one and didn't attempt any scratch-building in the cockpit! Astonishingly enough, this kit included some stencils which were hardly visible with magnification, let alone with the naked eye, the main decals were the size of the average stencil! The kit includes movable wings, so the photos below will show some images where the wings are both open and closed. The last 4 photos include two with the model next to a US Quarter coin- slightly smaller than a UK 10 pence coin and two with the model next to my Revell 1/32 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IIa to provide an idea of scale and how small this model is.... If you'd like to watch my YouTube "Build Video" for this model, there here is the link to it: Thanks in advance for looking at this post and the video, if you should watch that, and for any comments left, much appreciated! In the meantime, until my next build presentation ( Italeri 1/72 F-16 A/B NATO Falcon), happy modeling! Cheers, Martin
  24. Mistel V, take two

    Mistel V using the DML carriage and bomb, and a HUMA Junkers EF.128 jabo in place of the Salamander.
  25. Good afternoon (on my part of the globe), gentlemen. This model was somewhat an opportunistic purchase; I won the kit at USD 15 in a local auction. Some times later I got a kit with a suitable theme so I made a dual build of those two. Therefore I decided the Komet would be in the whole RLM 23 scheme flown by Wolfgang Späte. The kit originally comes with engine parts but for simplicity reason I opted to build a closed-up fuselage. I was lacking in references, I should've smoothed out the seam between vertical tail and fuselage. I got troubled with some of the decals, hence some silvering can be seen (e.g. Balkenkreuze under the port-side wing) Unfortunately, for this project I didn't make a WiP documentation. And here's its dual build counterpart, I chose to paint both of them RLM23 Red, one is literally Red Komet, the other is piloted by "Red Comet", and to me personally, both are awesome machines (and kits). Should I post another article for the counterpart? Cheers, ZM
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