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  1. Those smoke rings do look good, as does the entire aircraft build. I think the advantage of airbrushing instead of a decal option, is you get that free hand look with various densities of the sprays. regards, Jack
  2. The only negative I've seen mentioned about the new Academy kit is the track guide horns are solid, but should be hollow - possibly deliberately done to save cost on the molding. No actual build reviews yet, but the brand does tend to fit well together, and a reviewer mentions it's nice to see the kit is not over engineered. RFM and Border also does the J series, but is too new to have any reviews available. Takom only does the M and N series, but a build review finds that some poor molding creates fit issues: https://www.track-link.com/forums/site_blogs/43855/f
  3. Going by memory, initially the most prevalent marks were the G and H. There might have been a few F versions, but all should have been upgraded with the 50mm main gun. The E mark could be present as a command vehicle, fitted with a dummy gun. Later would see the arrival of the J version, both short and long barreled 50mm gun. Still later in Tunisia, would see the Panzer IIIL and IIIN, the latter being a support tank. Great link here for photos of the first panzers that arrived in Tripoli: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/missinglynx/help-with-id-a-dak-panzer-iii-from-5-
  4. Canada mobilized six MG Battalions in 1939, assigning one to each Infantry Brigade. In January 1941, this was changed to just one MG Battalion per Infantry Division. Since the country followed British structure, it's a safe bet the UK had this type of unit in 1939, if not earlier. https://www.canadiansoldiers.com/tactical/machinegunbattalion.htm regards, Jack
  5. For me the formula would be small and fewest road wheels. So that means Panzer marks I and II, along with the Czech made 38(t). Panzer I has spoked wheels, so that may be a deal breaker. An Opel truck might be an idea too. Don't know your preferred shop, so pointless to suggest a specific kit. Obviously 1/72 on average will be cheaper than 1/35 and larger. regards, Jack
  6. Plan is/was to have this one built with the wheels up. Some test fitting revealed the tires are a really tight fit, and decided to reposition the pneumatic tank deeper in the recess of the wheel bay. When I popped the glued part lose, it went flying out of sight. Simple shape, so just carved another out of some sprue - hence the green colour. Also decided to open up the gun port holes as they seem a bit smallish. I used brass pipes to get a clean edge around the gun ports. An aluminum pipe was then inserted into this to simulate the blast tubes. The diagram I f
  7. The Panzer IV F2, or Panzer IV Special, appeared in North Africa in May 1942. Ten were present at the time of the Gazala battles, but not sure if some saw combat at that time. http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_panzer_IV.html Valentine deliveries to North Africa began June/July 1941. These would have the Caunter scheme applied, but it's not so straight forward. @Mike Starmer research would give a better idea of what the scheme really looked like, so hopefully he drops in with some extra pointers. https://www.mafva.org/british-vehicle-camouflage-1939-45/?v=79
  8. You will find standard helmets hanging outside, usually from the turret. The beret was also much better suited for the wearing of headphones. regards, Jack
  9. Might have to consider getting one of dedicated accessory sets for the specific vehicle. There are several listed for the 222, the Horch seems to have just the one though, going by Scalemates. regards, Jack
  10. Steve, thanks for posting, particularly the last photo to address any misinterpretation. One thing is for sure, the blast tube is a smaller diameter than the gun port opening, since it must fit through the hole of the spar. I would agree with your guess about the green coloured part in the diagram. It seems to be some form of 'collar' that slipped over the front end of the blast tube and kept it in place. The other curious detail, are that raised dimples at the 6'oclock position in the gun port openings. In the photo below, the same area are holes. Could be how the coll
  11. Question about the blast tubes - the green portion coloured in the diagram below, is that what is visible in the photo, or is part of the blast tube cover (door), or is it a separate piece that connects one to the other? Also a couple diagrams of the gun, it seems muzzle flash was standard for inside the blast tubes? regards, Jack
  12. According to Bruce, the problem of the metal barrel is not one of proper fit. It's length is of the L/48 caliber, which did not appear on the Ausf.G model til March/April 1943. Prior to that it had the L/43 size barrel. regards, Jack
  13. Very good looking model and presentation. I'd be interested in seeing some comment on the construction as well. Though not an actual build review, Bruce Worall has an extensive 1 hour long look inside the box (youtube link), and gives a lot of little pointers. One of the main items I recall is that the provided metal gun barrel is too long a length for this particular kit. regards, Jack
  14. JackG

    Bf 109F-2 vs F-4

    For JG 27, could find only one photo that definitely shows the square type wheel well. The site (photo is linked to it) and the book from Classic Colors Jagdwaffe series both share the same caption: 109 F4 Trop 8.JG27 El Asala North Africa July 1942 regards, Jack
  15. I have this site bookmarked from a while back so maybe it is outdated: http://napoleonistyka.atspace.com/British_infantry_the_redcoats.htm#_line_regiments Directly quoted from the site, but maybe too generalized/outdated information? The cloth was dull red for rank and file and bright scarlet for senior NCOs and officers. For parade the infantry wore white breeches and black gaiters. During campaign however they wore white (in summer) or grey-blue (in winter) trousers. At Waterloo, in June 1815, all wore grey trousers. regards,
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