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  1. It's probably not even a good idea to put this concept out there. Someone with a stick up their butts might see it and think "ackshually...." and do it. Mind you, I've seen some idiots that don't think further forward than their next breath do some incredibly stupid things to spite other people, without realising that if they were successful they'd be wide open to being affected too. Dim doesn't begin to cover it, so who knows? Stashes are sequestered carbon deposits, so they should be encouraged
  2. A-26B/C Invader Wheel Set (3225 for Hobby Boss) 1:32 Halberd Models Halberd Models’ new(ish) flexible resin tyre sets require a slightly different method of construction to standard resin wheels, so I’ll refer you back to my initial review in 2019 here, which explains the process and design ethos in more detail. It also has a link to a video that shows the process fully, so if you’re unsure about how to use flexible resin tyres it’s worth a read. This new batch however adds another level of configuration to enable the modeller to apply a variable level of sag to the tyres that as far as I understand it, is possibly the first in the hobby. The new techniques include the usual parts we’ve come to expect, but with the addition (or subtraction) of a thin section of the tyre that is destined to sit on the ground. This gives the tyre alone an incredibly flexible contact patch with the ground if they were to be used with the old circular hubs. The new hubs are different however, and have a block at the bottom that fills the thin area of the tyre, making it less flexible. If you wish to make your tyre sage more, simply sand back the “key” as we’ll call it, taking care to keep the curved underside, which helps keep the shape of the tyre. The assemblies are otherwise a drop-in replacement for the kit parts, so they should glue straight onto the landing gear axles, but it's always wise to test and adjust as necessary, as you'll be using either epoxy or super-glue to attach them because resin doesn't adhere to plastic with styrene glue. The advantage is that you can configure the sag as much or as little as you want, all before you glue the hubs into the tyres. Construction is straight forward and first involves removing the moulded-in brake detail from the kit gear legs, as shown in the instructions. The centre section of the flexible tyres is removed with a sharp blade and final clean-up with a burr in your motor tool, then the main wheels have the two-part hubs glued into the two main wheel tyres with optional adjustment of the sag with a sanding stick to abrade away the key. The smaller nose wheel has three styles included, each of which have two-part hubs, one with fine spokes, one covered in simple flat hubcaps, while the third has a single hub part with an 8-spoke hubcap. The 6-spoked hubcaps on the main wheels and the 8-spoke nose wheel (if you are using it) have flash across the interstices between the spokes, so this also needs to be removed, showing off the deep interior of the hub to great effect. Once painted they should look very realistic, and the flexible tyres can be painted and or weathered if you wish with latex based acrylic paints, which have flexibility to match the elastic properties of the resin. Highly recommended. They’re currently being sold direct to customers via their Facebook page and eBay shop worldwide. Review sample courtesy of
  3. aboard Terry. There are plenty of "not young" people on here, so you'll be fine
  4. M3 Lee/Grant ISBN: 9780993564680 AFV Modeller Publications via Casemate UK In the years before WWII America realised that they were lagging behind in respect of armour, a fact that became especially clear when Germany came out from under a veil of secrecy to throw off the shackles of the Versailles treaty to show off and then use their new tanks and Blitzkrieg tactics. The M3 Lee was conceived in 1940 as a medium tank carrying a powerful 75mm gun, partly for manning by their own crews, but also because Britain had requested a large number of tanks to make good their losses from Dunkirk. The Lee was a decent tank but suffered from a high silhouette and limited traverse of the sponson-mounted 75mm gun, but was still widely used. In British service it was known as the Lee if it was fitted with the original American turret, or the Grant when using the lower-profiled British specification turrets. The Lee was used primarily in Africa and the Pacific theatres where the 2nd line equipment seemed to be fielded (for the most part) by the enemy, and against the Japanese who were far behind with their tank designs and tactics. It underwent some substantial changes including cast, welded and back to riveted hulls plus changes in the power pack and loss of the side doors to stiffen the hull. The riveted hulls suffered from rivets popping off and becoming projectiles when hit, which could be just as lethal as a penetrating round and was never fully eliminated. Lots of oddities and projects used the basic chassis, even after the Sherman supplanted it in general usage. The Book This is a new volume from AFV Modeller Publishing, and it is a weighty tome in a hard back binding with 471 real pages inside and a couple of blank ones in the rear to even things up. On the front is a stylised version of a wartime picture of a crew posing with live rounds in front of their tank, plus a small pile of “lightly used” spent brass in front of them. At first glance it appears to be a model, but later on I stumbled on the original picture at which time the cogs started turning and I took another look at the cover. It’s really well executed, I have to say. The pages are a satin finish and almost all of them are printed with contemporary photos, which are predominantly black and white, although a few are in colour. The best way to describe the book is an M3 Lee/Grant bible, as it covers the type from before its birth back to the T5 prototype that… well, let’s be frank, looks hideous and outdated even viewed through a mid-30s lens. The book is broken down as follows: Chapter 1 - Setting the stage, the T5/M2 3 Chapter 2 - Preparing for war 4 Chapter 3 - An overview of the M3 Medium Tank series 15 Chapter 4 - The radial engine tanks – M3, M3A1 and M3A2 30 Chapter 5 - The Diesel tanks – M3A3 and M3A5 38 Chapter 6 - The Multi-bank tanks – M3A4 116 Chapter 7 - Production and modification 138 Chapter 8 - M3-based conversions 148 Chapter 9 - North American use 247 Chapter 10 - The M3 in the British Isles 340 Chapter 11 - Combat debut – North Africa 366 Chapter 12 - The M3 in the Far East 420 Chapter 13 - The M3 in Australia 430 Chapter 14 - The M3 in Soviet service 442 Appendix - Tabulated data 452 The book is a goldmine of information, with every photo having an informative caption, with the main text expounding the history and major events of the tank’s development, from a rather angular beast to the shapelier M3 Lee and Grants that we know and sort-of love. The photos have been drawn from a number of private collections, and include many that are likely new or rare to print, with tons of pictures from the development, building of the tanks in the various factories and foundries that made the type, and at the proving grounds during tests. The depth of information in the pages is amazing, and some of the pictures are posed, while others are more candid both in the factories and in service. There is a great deal of inspiration for dioramas of course and so much detail that it would be of great value to modellers and history buffs alike. Conclusion You can imagine from the page count that the amount of information held within is comprehensive, and the photographs are of excellent quality both in terms of sharpness and content. If you’re interested in the type, you really should consider this book a must-have. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  5. Just to update you all, I'm still mucking about this this in the background with help from @alt-92, and have made a wee breakthrough this avo regarding the security, which may filter through and affect our reputation for the better. Who knows?
  6. This is prime time Kate Bush for me. The video's a bit hokey but then they all were back then. We forget how they all were for the most part. can't beat her music though, up until she disappeared to raise her family, and when you think she was about 16 when she wrote Wuthering Heights, she had some serious skillz. I was interested to hear the "new" album 50 words for Snow, but was immensely disappointed when I actually heard it, especially the title song. Made me sad and nostalgic all at once.
  7. I've just hidden the pictures of OP's gross thumb for the benefit of those with a delicate constitution, at his request after realising he could have put someone off their food. No harm done.... mostly
  8. I'd probably sand back the seam, then try to align the panel lines by rescribing them. Use some Dymo tape or a flexible metal ruler and a needle chucked into a pin vice, or a scribing tool if you have one. We've reviewed some if you haven't got one yet
  9. I'd just get on Google if I were you. It's really quite good IIRC Eduard still keep old stuff that's sold out on their website, so find the product code and get on Google I'm gonna move this, as it's not specifically WWII in reality.
  10. That's usually because the link is broken, possibly airwar.ru has been reclassified by someone along the line as a dangerous site? Much like happened to BM's emails recently Can you PM me a link so I can have a look please Serge? Just picked this one up despite not being able to read Cyrillic text even a little bit
  11. I've just finished watching a 3-part documentary on the QE's first trip to the US and the first landing and takeoffs from the decks, and they can and will be supporting 24 airframes eventually. Not sure whether they'll all be deployed at once, as I'm sure the RAF will want to play with them on land too. I notice that deck has become a lot more sooty since the first landings. Hope it's holding up. It is weird to see the stars and bars on our decks, but as someone said it's good to have some commonality. I've lost track of how many airframes we've got right now, and are there British pilots in the cockpits of the US marked 'planes?
  12. Oh dear - journalism just turned in its grave: Scroll down to the blue tinted panel.
  13. Nice job - the kit is a good one too. Used to have one myself until I got hold of the Special Hobby/MPM one in the one true scale (1:48)... I'll just be hiding over here while everyone disagrees with me about the scale
  14. I know one loony who has about 70ish Sabre models, so don't feel too bad (yet).
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