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  2. cngaero

    RAF Mechanical Transport Fleet

    That's a very impressive collection of RAF vehicles you've put together. They're all nicely built and beautifully finished. I'm particularly grateful to you for including the sourcing of your vehicles. I can't wait to see more.
  3. One word awesome..... That brush is soooooo good. Love all the detailing you have packed in masterful..
  4. Beautiful, painting and weathering superb.
  5. Excellent work. Can you remember the paint mixture?
  6. BlackMax12

    Meng Merkava MK III D (Late) LIC

    Thanks Fights Those bins are a bit of a pain and actually pretty fragile but they do look nice. Lloyd
  7. aking a break from Aircraft with this quite nicely done kit. I have to thank Joseph Rocamora for sharing the images of his build, and Prime Portal for a very handy walkaround (which shows quite a number of details that need to be added or improved upon). I bought some Tankograd wheels with a more accurate tread pattern and better detail etc. and have been adding a bit of extra detail here and there. The next two post (two because of the ten-image upload limit) show progress so far. I'm thinking of doing an Iranian machine based on a colour profile in Osprey New Vanguard #120. Base coat on... Bit more progress with cab assembled and camo splotches applied. There's still a long way to go, not so much with assembling parts as there're not many left: three ladders, driving mirrors, stabilising legs and of course wheels. Bu in terms of details, washes, and weathering there's still a lot to do. I still have to make exhaust pipes, refine mirrors, scratch-build the roof-mounted light and its protective cage I cut away, add a telescoping antenna to the cab, make various lifting eyes and hand-holds, and figure out the octopus that is the missile control and monitoring wiring harness. I also have to mount the doors once I fix their glass in place. The elephant in the room is the heap of hydraulic piping that runs in the belly of the beast beneath the missile cradle. The kit appears to be inaccurate here, as the area around the cradle erection hydraulic ram is open to the ground through the chassis, whereas the kit has a curved floor and no see-through. So this will be my excuse for being representative rather than replicative with piping etc.
  8. Kris B

    Panther G early Dragon 6384

    Nice paintings.
  9. Kris B

    E-100 128mm Waffenträger

    I like it. The mud on the sides of the hull you achieved using the brush and air blast with airbrush?
  10. Soeren

    Taigen Panther G 1:16

    Thank you guys. I wonder why the 1:16 rc tanks have this little refined detail in the first place. Because these start as plain toys in the beginning I guess. So here is the new face compared to the old, and the amount of gun depression that would be theoretically possible now. Old Face New Face and possible gun depression
  11. Kris B

    IWO JIMA LVTA

    Looking good. Weathering going in right direction.
  12. Das Abteilung

    1/72 SWAT police decals

    Kingfisher Minatures do some UK police markings in 1/76. Fire Brigade Models might have something, but I think they're mostly in larger scales. There's a company called MRE Transfers that I know nothing about. They only seem to be on eBay. If you're thinking US (SWAT being a clue) most of the vehicles I've seen on the web had text markings that could be made up from wet or dry transfers of the right size. You can put dry transfers onto clear decal sheet. Badges and logos are the biggest problem, but you can home-print onto clear or white decal sheet if you can get hold of the logo or badge image in a usable form. Policecarmodels.com do a lot of US police markings, but the closest scales are 1/87 and 1/64(!). Decal sheet is available in a range of colours including "dayglo" from which coloured stripes or "battenburg" markings could be made. Microscale springs to mind. IIRC they do various coloured stripe decal sheets too. I asked myself a similar question recently as I was thinking about a 1/35 Maxxpro Dash as a SWAT wagon or a "what if" UK Police vehicle. MDP were after some of these a few years ago but it didn't happen.
  13. Many thanks for your interest, i'm glad you like it, cheers Hewy
  14. Sorry BlackMax12, the anti-skid comes with model but you can use fine sand with white glue (for wood). Thanks for your comments Regards
  15. BlackMax12

    IDF Collection so far

    Hi Richard Not exactly sure but I think the Gal Batash was used after the 1967 war and the Tiran after the 1973 war both of them up to the Merkava era. Then the Merkava Mk 1 dates from the early 1980s but retired now and the Achzarit from the later 80s to the present far as I know. Could be all wet and someone like Israel would know for sure. When is that show in Nanton, must be getting close? Take care, Lloyd
  16. FrancisGL

    AFV Club Churchill Mk IV 75mm Gun

    More fantastic job!...nice progress, It's all a little engineering work... Cheers Richard
  17. snapper_city

    AFV Club 1/35 M113A1

    Nearly all the Vietnam minigun fitted M113's have seen had what looks like a 40mm ammo can or two on the roof to the right side of the cupola. This is the look I will be going for. I have also seen one picture of the minigun mounted on the back right ACAV position where I have mounted the .50 cal. Minigun on the back
  18. Last week
  19. arkbuilder2012

    4th Armored Brigade Shermans

    All the while I've been doing another build concurrently. Just got around to putting on the base colors and a coat of gloss. Not sure of how I'm going to mark it yet. This is the Tamiya (Asuka) offering from a few years back. These both are my first UK/Commonwealth builds, though I've got numerous kits in the stash waiting.
  20. robw_uk

    Hobby Boss TAS 44-M

    further progress on the machine gun and also added smoke launchers on the turret. Not sure if I will do the same on the other side IMG_20180521_220427 by Robert Worth, on Flickr IMG_20180521_220435 by Robert Worth, on Flickr IMG_20180521_220328 by Robert Worth, on Flickr IMG_20180521_220406 by Robert Worth, on Flickr
  21. Kris B

    Leopard 2 A7 - 1:35 v. Meng Models

    One of the few modern tanks I like. Nice one.
  22. Shar2

    Soviet T-34/85. 1:35

    Soviet T-34/85 ICM 1:35 History The T-34 was and remains a legend. It is not only the most produced tank of the WWII-era, with 84,000 built (compared to the 48,966 Shermans of all versions) but also one of the longest-serving tanks ever built. Many are still stored in depots in Asia and Africa, and some served actively during the 90’s (such as during the 1991-99 Yugoslavian war). They formed the backbone of countless armoured forces around the globe from the fifties to the eighties. The basic design was drawn for the first time in 1938 with the A-32, in turn partially derived from the BT-7M, a late evolution of the US-born Christie tank. The T-34/85 came about after it was recognised that there was a need to increase the firepower of the T-34/76 following the Battle of Kursk in 1943. While the hull stayed the same, a new turret was designed and was to be originally fitted with a derivative of the M1939 air defence gun. This gun wasn’t chosen to be produced en masse, that honour went to the ZIS-S-53 which armed the 11,800 tanks produced between 1944 and 1945. The Model The model arrives in a strong box with a separate top sleeve with a nice artist’s representation of the tank and riders on the front. Inside, within a large poly bag, are five sprues and two hull parts of green styrene and, four lengths of tracks, a small sprue of clear styrene, and a smallish decal sheet. On initial inspection the parts are really well moulded, clean, with no sign of flash. There are a number of moulding pips, some of which are on quite fragile looking parts, so care should be taken when removing. The sprue gates attaching some items like are also quite heavy and I can see these parts breaking if not careful. The build begins with the fitting of the engine cover onto the rear decking, and the bow machine gun, armoured tear drop, mantle and ball. The two intake covers are then assembled and also fitted to the rear deck. The two piece bow mounted machine gun is then assembled and slide into the ball of the mounting, being glued such that it is still moveable, whilst there are four plates that are fitted to the underside of the rear decking. The drivers hatch is made up form four parts before being glued into position. Back aft, the rear bulkhead is attached, followed by the radiator cover. Inside the lower hull section the eight suspension boxes are fitted, four per side as are the two driver’s control sticks, whilst the rear mudguards are fitted to the rear. On the outside the driver gearbox covers are fitted, as are the five axles on their torsion beam suspension arms and the idler axles. The drivers are machine gunners seats, each made from six parts are glued in their appropriate positions and the two hull halves joined together. Each of the idler wheels, drive sprockets and road wheels are made from two parts before being fitted to their respective axles. The four towing hooks are then attached, two at the front and two aft. The upper hull is then fitted out with grab handles, stowage beams and a couple of smaller hooks. Each of the two halves of rubber track lengths are joined together and slide of the wheels. While there isn’t really any interior, ICM have allowed for the fact that some modellers like to have the hatches open, to that effect there is some semblance of interior parts. The main gun breech is made up form thirteen parts, and although relatively simple, does look quite effective. On the outside of the turret the mantlet and fixed section of the mantlet cover are fitted, the breech assembly is then glued to the mantlet from the inside and the lower turret, including the turret ring is glued into place. The moving section of the mantlet cover is then attached, along with the machine gun muzzle. The three piece mantlet extension and three piece main gun is then fitted, along with the four piece cupola, gunners hatch, grab handles, ventilator dome, viewing block and top armour plate for the mantlet. There are more stowage bars, periscope sights, lifting eyes and viewing blocks fitted to the turret before the whole assembly si fitted to the upper hull. Final assembly includes the four, four piece fuel drums, each with two cradles, spare track links, stowage boxes and aerial base. There is a four piece folded tarpaulin, (in place of one of the fuel drums), another stowage box, two more track links headlight, horn, two towing cables and a large saw attached before the model can be declares complete. Decals The decal sheet provides four options for tanks that each served in 1945. All of the tanks are in all over green, each with tank ID numbers and unit markings. The choices are:- A T-34/85, 7th Guards Tank Corps, Germany, Spring 1945 A T-34/85, 7th Guards Mechanised Corps, Germany, Spring 1945 A T-34/85, 4th Guard Tank Army, Germany, Spring 1945 A T-34/85, of an undesignated unit, from the Spring 1945 Conclusion This is another fine kit from ICM. Although not the most complicated of tank kits, it does look the part and would make a nice, relaxing weekend build. Review sample courtesy of
  23. Hamden

    Sherman tanks in the PTO ...

    More splendid attention to the smallest detail! Roger
  24. BlackMax12

    Takom IDF Tiran 4

    Thanks Kev Lloyd
  25. Bullbasket

    Tiran 4 Late Type. 1:35

    I'm setting myself up here to be shot down again, but although this is a Tiran 4, it doesn't have the 105mm gun. I believe that it's the Russian 100mm with the fume extractor at the end of the barrel. Over the weekend at the Saumur show, I picked up Miniart's Tiran 4SH Early Version, which is the version with the M68 105mm gun. The decal sheet contains markings for four IDF tanks and the kit comes with a full interior. To illustrate just how much plastic is contained in the box, I have Takom's Tiran 4 kit which tips the scales at 713 grams, and admittedly there is no interior with it. The Miniart kit however weighs in at just over 1350 grams, almost twice as heavy. This certainly not a weekend build. John.
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