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  2. It’s looking great! The size of the bomb makes an impression, especially when you imagine the true size Vytautas
  3. A little bit more done prior to heading back to work. Finalised the swing mount designs. There’s two ammunition racks on the cradle to account for either 5.56 or 7.62 mm ammunition boxes. Then on to the EOS R-400 remote/protected weapon station. After a quick print: Need to tweak the cradle for the Tamiya 50 cal.
  4. Thanks Cerberus. I'm hoping to get back to the build soon. I've lost one of the key parts.....enthusiasm! Once I've found it, I'll get cracking again. John.
  5. Yeah has been chilly lately mate.....hard to work those little bits wearing mittens and detail painting goes right out the window when your teeth are chattering.
  6. Today
  7. Thank you for pointing out about the gun travel lock. I've never noticed the connecting rod to the driver's hatch before. It is very hard to see! Yours looks great! I should have seen it earlier.
  8. In the first months of T-60 production, Soviet factories were disrupted severely by the German advance. Factory No.264 outside of Stalingrad, which would end up as the second highest producer of T-60 tanks, took a while getting up to speed and was assembling T-60s from components coming from other factories that had been packed up and sent deeper into the country as they were getting overrun. I converted a Miniart early Plant No.237 into a screened (uparmoured) early Factory 264 T-60. The unique armour plates (rounded at the bottom) of the particular vehicle I was modeling are not inclu
  9. Probably this, I very much doubt that Dragon put the flare on their barrels, and as you say neither of them look to have a flared end, and Dragon are notorious for part duplication and extra sprues.
  10. Very helpful document, thanks Jack! Begs more research... Interesting that, at least according to that reference, the Sd.Kfz 251/17 Luftwaffe-Flakausführung was produce only in very limited numbers, less than a dozen according that reference, and only served in the Hermann Göring Regiment/Division, e.g with the light batteries of the embedded Flak Regiment as shown in the image below of a vehicle from the 10th Light Battery of the 2nd Battalion, Flak Regiment, Herman Göring Regiment (Vanguard 04 Fallschirmpanzerdivision. 'HERMANN GÖRING' , p.9). Presumabl
  11. Surprisingly, Firefly applique armour was variable. I might have expected all Fireflies to have the full set added during conversion if they didn't have the thick-cheek turret, but it was not so. The only requirements for Firefly conversion were the wider M34A1 gun mount and the Oilgear power traverse. And no M4A1 or A2s. You see different combinations of hull front, hull side and turret patches. The patch was a factory fit for a few months in 43 before the thick cheek came in for a few more months until the end of 75mm production. Otherwise it was a field fit. One thing Drag
  12. Has anyone built any Wespe Models resin kits? They do some interesting subjects but in photos some look a little simplified.
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  14. Look for a book called, Duel in the Mist. It lists all of the panthers as far as they can be recognized, by unit, turret number, etc. Probably 3 or 4 volumes by now.
  15. Here are 60 photos..... Good luck with the build Lee. https://www.worldwarphotos.info/gallery/ussr/tanks-2/is-2/
  16. Untitled by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Even this shot gives some idea of the difference in size between the Mark IV and the FT.
  17. Many thanks, much appreciated, thanks for looking in and commenting.. Ed
  18. Hi echen. Thank you very much for your comments and I do like your signature in your posts! Kind regards, Stix
  19. Hi Nenad and thank you very much for your very kind comments. And a belated Happy New Year to you! Kind regards, Stix
  20. Looks great, nice weathering Seconded! It is very comforting that I am not alone here Vytautas
  21. Windows PC to the rescue: a curse on you, Chromebook...... Below is the Grant penetration and aftermath from a 5cm PaK or KwK APHE round that I mentioned above. To quote Michael Caine freely it didn't blow the bloody door off. But it did take the doors off the ammo bin. A few inches further back and it wouild have set off the rounds in that bin. You can see there are 9 or 10 still in there. Then we'd be finding the turret some distance away........ On which subject, the demolished Shermans you pictured are just that: demolished. Blown up by German forces to deny their recov
  22. A definite star of the future well done young man....so what's next
  23. Hi My Friend Roman!!! Congratulations for this last beauty added to your armor collection!!! I am not a big fan of the armor subjects but watching your work has been making me think about something... but maybe one of these days will try again my hand in one subject, but will prefer a wheel vehicle than a tracked one… The nice way you have built this small armor kit is clean and joyful, the soft weathering technique is great. Really I admire your job with such small items. Thank you very much for sharing!!! Cheers, Luis Alfonso
  24. Thank you all for your kind comments. I think I struck lucky with the mud as it was the first attempt at deep mud. I peeled the top layer from some 5mm foam board then cut the tyre tracks out. Then spread some Galeria modelling paste over it. Once dry airbrushed with Mig ammo acrylic brown and touched up with the Mig Ammo mud set pigments etc . Probably couldn't do it again if I tried.
  25. Hi guys, Good news one track run done 63 links Bad news the next run has 64 links Ivan
  26. I have built three A7V kits earlier: https://baecklund.eu/scalemodels/72/a7v.html and have now bought five more kits. When finished they will all be different, not only in colours, so I need to keep the models apart and follow my notes for each one. I want to mount the chassis after the hull has been put together so I cut them in half. First one on the way. #561, A 2'nd lot tank. Female front that was converted to a male. The grills on the hull top has been reduced to 9 from the original 45. It became a bit boring in the end. Door hinges
  27. Drop these chaps an email and im sure they will help...they import Tamiya to the Uk...i was doing a Challenger one for a customer and melted the gun barrel...emailed them with the part number and how i messed up and they sent the entire sprue for the gun. http://www.hobbyco.net/scripts/oe11.3/cgiip.exe/WService=WSHobbyV3EcomLive/sys/homepage.p
  28. Hello Stix Very cool news! Then I will get a bit of accessories for the gun THX! MD
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