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  2. Excellent work on a very Impressive Diorama
  3. Corsairfoxfouruncle

    2011 Christmas build done !

    Great work takes time
  4. Corsairfoxfouruncle

    Centurion Shot Kal 1973 1\35 AFV

    Beautiful work on your Shot Kal ... I tend to really enjoy Israeli models both Armor and Aircraft quite a bit. Yours is very much a top tier build.
  5. dcrfan

    British Army Land Rovers

    Same as the outside.
  6. Jim Wasley

    1/35 T-55AMV

    Thanks bazer,the T-55 has been around a long time,this one just has a few up-dates(bit like me new teeth,glasses and a haircut ) Cheers.
  7. Yesterday
  8. Kris B

    Trumpeter Maxxpro MRAP

    Like it.
  9. Hi Daron. Hope you are keeping well. Thank you very much for your very kind comments. I look forward to seeing your Tiger. Kind regards, Stix
  10. PlaStix

    Tamiya T55A

    Really superb T-55A! Very impressive modelling all round. Kind regards, Stix
  11. Mike

    Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.D/B 1:35

    Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.D/B 1:35 MiniArt via Creative Models Designed in the mid 1930s to be part of a pairing with the larger Panzer IV, the lighter Panzer III was originally intended to be sent up against other tanks, as well as to push through gaps in enemy lines to cause havoc with supply lines and generally disrupt the enemy's day. Production began in 1937, with few of the early marks reaching series production, using up A through D as prototypes, of which the Ausf.B was used in the Polish campaign briefly before being put out to pasture as a training vehicle along with the remaining Cs and Ds. The suspension was a work-in-progress, using leaf springs until the Ausf.E, which moved to torsion bars that were then seen on most new German designs during WWII and beyond. During the early period of WWII the Pz.III continued to do its prescribed task until the T-34 tore through their ranks, brushing aside the lighter armoured Pz.IIIs and necessitating an up-gunning of the Pz.IV with a new high velocity gun to combat its sloped armour. By 1942 it was relegated to tasks where its light armour and 3.7mm pop-gun wasn't an impediment, such as close support of troop advances. By this time it was clear that it was past its sell-by-date, and that the Pz.IV had much more development potential. The chassis went on to be used for many other developments, some of which were quite successful, such as the StuG III. The Kit This is a re-tool of MiniArt's new range of Panzer III models, the early Ausf.B with crew we reviewed recently here. While it does share some of the larger parts with its stable-mate, there are a significant number of new sprues due in part to the different suspension, but also because of the additional hull parts (stowage and such) that are visible in the box painting. There are twenty seven sprues of grey styrene, plus three separate parts, a further twenty one sprues of track links, and five more of track pins, plus a clear sprue, fret of Photo-Etch (PE) brass, a decal sheet and the instruction booklet. The usual high level of detail is present, and the modular approach to moulding allows them to produce maximum variants from their toolings. The major difference between the boxings is to be found in the track area, where different suspension units are used, necessitating the tooling of new parts that include the hull sides. The new parts have three leaf spring arrangements, with two Y-shaped suspension arms damped between them, and each arm mounting two pairs of wheels on an additional swing-arm that pivots around the centre. Each wheel has a rubber tyre around the steel rim, and a cup inside the inner wheel allows them to remain mobile after construction if the glue is used sparingly. The large drive sprocket is retained, as is the large idler wheel, although both are subtly different due to design changes. The forward section of the top deck is identical to the previous version, but the engine deck is different, having two side-by-side access doors on the flat section, each having clamshell doors, with the sloped section retaining the single doors of its predecessor. The raised centre section is identical, and the fenders are moulded in one run, but with panel lines and fasteners showing the modular nature of the real things, and some slight differences between the fixtures and fittings. The track links are identical, and are built up in sections nine links, using the perfect spacing of the pins to add them seven at a time, building into two runs of 96 links, one for each side. From my previous experimentation, the pins do hold the tracks together, but with handling they can slip free, so take precautions during handling. The jig shown in the picture is also not included in this boxing, but that shouldn't be much of an impediment, and you won't end up with your tracks glued to the jig. For two decal options there are additional track links draped over the front of the machine, to add extra armour to the area, which are made up and secured in place with PE brackets. Another addition to one of the options is a set of wooden stowage boxes around the rear of the tank, covering most of the engine deck apart from the access doors on the flat section. The boxes are made up from styrene parts, but with PE brackets, latches and padlocks where appropriate. Despite this not being an interior kit, the turret is quite well appointed, with a full breech assembly, twin coaxial machine guns, turret baskets, seats and other equipment supplied in the box. The side doors can be posed open or closed, and have PE trim on the inside, with more PE parts forming the little hatches for the sighting gear and coax machine gun openings in the mantlet. The turret sits in the opening of the hull and is not locked in place, so you will either need to remember this, or fix it in place to avoid dropping it with handling. Markings There are four decal options in the box, with some optional personalisations made to the kit depending on which you choose, as pointed out throughout the build instructions. The decal sheet is small due to the genre, but from the box you can depict one of the following: Panzer-Zug 2.Panzer-Kompanie Pz.Abt. (ZbV)40 attached to the SS Division "Nord" XXXVI Army Corps, Karelia, Summer of 1941. IV Panzer-Zug 3.Panzer-Kompanie Pz.Abt.(ZbV)40 attached to the fast detachment Fossi (Osasto Fossi) battle group F (Ryhmä F) 3rd Infantry Division of the Finnish Army. The fighting in the direction of Uhtua – Vuokkiniemi Karelia, July 1941. I Panzer-Zug 2.Panzer-Kompanie Pz.Abt.(ZbV)40 attached to the division of the Finnish Army Corps (III Armeijakunta, III AK) Karelia, November 1941. Panzer-Zug 2.Panzer-Kompanie Pz.Abt. (ZbV)40 attached to the SS Division "Nord". Defensive battles in Kestenga village area (Kiestinki) April 24-May 11, 1942. Decals are printed in the Ukraine by Decograph with good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin matt carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Conclusion Another high quality model of this perhaps overlooked early War staple of the German tank forces. Of course due to their period of operation the dominant colour is panzer grey, but a distemper scheme has been included for a little variety, and the crew personalisations of the appliqué armour and extra stowage areas brings additional interest to the model. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  12. spaddad

    Israeli Bren Gun Carriers

    Anyone have any info on Carriers in Israeli service, colour schemes, mods. equipment etc. TIA.
  13. spaddad

    PLA Tank Museum

    Good post, thanks.
  14. Tim_Both

    Meng Panther Ausf A 1/35

    Thanks very much Ian. Greatly appreciated. Tim
  15. SleeperService

    RMASG Centaur.

    Wrong address sorry. BT or Yahoo killed that one. nicholasDOTperry198ATbtinternetDOTcom should work.
  16. SleeperService

    Stupa-fied

    Standard aerial is 2M long. Diameter? Well it tapers along it's length. Base diameter about 1.0mm in 1/35
  17. Kiwikitbasher

    Syrian T-72BM

    Thanks Mate, glad you liked it. (I'm in Auckland, but don't consider myself a JAFFA as Te Anau's my hometown)
  18. Thanks Ian.....appreciate your comments Regards Simon
  19. Great weathering work .
  20. Last week
  21. The Spadgent

    ThinkTank! A toe in the muddy water.

    Thanks for that. I need to get a bottle from town tomorrow. Thanks Ced. Sure am. I would have done a squidge more tonight however I found out I’m doing it all wrong. Ha! You’re not wrong. I had planned on a little more tonight but as mentioned I think I’m doing chipping all wrong. I used to spray the chipping fluid then let it dry over night before putting on a paint layer and scrubbing away. apparently you are meant to let it dry but only for about 20 mins or so, then paint till just dried then wet and chip. No wonder it took a lot of elbow grease to get the paint off on the Catalina. So I’m going to need a bit of time at the bench to try this out properly so maybe tomorrow night or the weekend. ill keep you posted. I had a slight wallet malfunction and bought some more of these kits today from my LMS. To much fun not to have in the stash. Night night all. Johnny hot chip
  22. luis pacheco

    Serbian T-34 colours and armament 1990s conflict.

    Revell 361 Revell 68 (30%)
  23. Pete in Lincs

    Airfix Scammell conversions - Pioneer? Now Part 2

    After I shut down the laptop last night and went to bed, the word Buffalo appeared in my mind too. It would be about 50 years since I built one, so my memory is a tad hazy on the details though.
  24. US Machine gun set (37047) 1:35 MiniArt via Creative Models Continuing their current theme of providing the modeller with a full range of ancillary items to bedeck and festoon dioramas, vehicles and vignettes, this set takes the theme of machine guns seen on US Army vehicles since WWII. Namely the Browning M2 0.5" Heavy machine gun and the smaller Browning M1919 0.3" Medium machine gun. 4 of each type of gun is included along with various mounts, ammo belts and feed boxes. The quality of the mouldings is superb throughout and PE is included even for the perforated sleeves if you wish to replace it. This will be a perfect set for anything needing to have a Machine gun mounted, or for diorama purposes. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  25. Beautifully done. I like the subtle weathering. Nice one. John.
  26. RichO

    An Ugly Frog Prince

    Hey Guy's, Just a quick report before I start building the Gear Box/Transfer Case's. I have the Drive Shafts installed and I'm ready to move on with rest of the Drive Line. I made a little compromise with the shafts, in that I bored out a larger tube to insert a rod so I could adjust the install length of the shafts. The rod is somewhat longer than the original. but everything works ok. I didn't get as many photos as I could have, so just these few. This is the Left Front Drive Shaft... I managed to get everything squeezed in... I'll be back with the Transfer case's next..........Thanks All
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