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    1/72 aircraft & AFV, 1/700 warships, H0 trains

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  1. As most of you probably know, the biggest problem of every museum in the world is ... visitors. On the one hand, the mission of the museum is to educate people by showing its exhibits to visitors, but on the other hand, you cannot modify and improve your exhibitions when thousands (or even if only hundreds) of people wander between them every day. So when in March 2020 the Polish Aviation Museum exhibition halls were closed to the public due to the COVID lockdown, the museum management decided to start the operation planned from 2012. Those who have visited the museum in the past five ye
  2. 1/72 aircraft: Farman F40 (even the Veterans resin one) Breguet XIX (waiting for an injected kit better than HitKit - BTW it's very hard to imagine any worse than HK) 1/72 AFV: Leopard 2A4 (Dragon) M47 Patton (Polistil or a new tool needed eagerly) M59 APC (injected, a new tool needed eagerly) M114 ((injected, a new tool needed eagerly) FNSS ACV-15 (injected, a new tool badly needed) - there are so may M113s on the market (Italeri, Trumpeter, S-model) to use as the basis for the decent YPR-765/ACV-15 family 1/700: HMS Vanguard ba
  3. During WW2, the Wehrmacht used only 7 types of tanks - three light (6-10 tons Panzer I, Pz II and Pz 38t), two medium (15-25t Pz III and Pz IV) and one heavy (57-69t) Pz VI Tiger. In such a "company", calling the 45-ton Pz V a medium tank (as the Germans did) looks at least bizarre. For me (and perhaps most of you) the Panther is by no means a medium tank - it's exactly in the same league as the Soviet KV (44t) and IS (46t) or the Allied Churchill (40t) and Pershing (42t) all of which are considered "real" heavy tanks. Alternatively, you can call the Panther the first true Main Battle Tank, co
  4. Do you really think that KP kits will use Stransky tooling? Since 2010 they have their own, marketed until now under the AZ label though. Cheers Michael
  5. When you say „Luftwaffe single-seat fighter” you mean Bf 109 or Fw 190. When you hear „US single-seat WW2 fighter” you have a dozen options (P-35, P-36, P-38, P-39, P-40, P-47, P-51, F2A, F4F, F6F, F4U, and maybe even P-26, F3F and F8F). It is quite the opposite with tanks: compared to 7 German and (at least) 9 British types, only four types of American tanks were widely deployed during the war. And (with just 6,260 vehicles built) the M3 Lee/Grant family is „numer two” among American medium tanks, second only to the ubiquitous M4 Sherman – almost identical BTW for the first 4ft above the gr
  6. Actually I don't have enough space to keep 15 cars at the same time. At the beginning there were two of them, then four, then two were sold, then another two appeared, a.s.o. At the moment I have five of them (plus two for daily driving and a race car transporter), which I still consider "too much". Slightly OT, but I'll show you few of the already sold: The R5 Alpine (called Gordini in the UK) as raced in 2000 and 2001 seasons The Group 4 Abarth Mirafiori (IRS, 250 hp 16v 2.0) sold in 2008 to Tadek Myszkier and raced by him successfully till t
  7. So do I - they're 1/700 models, so it isn't as impossible as it may seem. You know my cabinet well, Brother - a year ago there were 100 models with wings (or rotors) in it. Plus 2 ships, and ZERO AFV. It was therefore a necessity to start modelling the AFV. Speaking of the quiz - two years ago I didn't know much about tanks either, so don't be shy. Moreover - you hit the WW1 Mark (IV) at 12. Sherman is in this photo too - but not at 5 o'clock. Thank you, Chris. Churchill at 2 o'clock hit the spot! Thus we have: Mark IV on 12, Churchill on 2, an
  8. Yes, those were the days ... In the 1970s, my annual standard was 25-30 models. Between my first trip to the UK in 1972 and my 1980 wedding, I built 220 1:72 aircraft. Some of them still stand (more or less proudly) in my cabinet, but most were sold either through eBay or at various modellers' meetings. Then, in the 1980s, I built several 1:32 (Airfix and Matchbox) vintage sports cars, such as the Blower Bentley, Mercedes SSKL, Alfa 8c, two Bugattis, a.s.o. This led me to collect a few classic cars, but the scale became ... 1: 1. First was Volvo Amazon, then Renault Gordinis (R5 and R12), thre
  9. It's a good news, as some 70 per cent of sprues should be common with the PT-76B, which had to be issued in 2020. Now I start to believe that the PT-76B (that I'm waiting for) will really appear on the shelves this year And I start to dream that this is not the last Toxso tooling that Revell will introduce. Cheers Michael
  10. With 23,500+ vehicles built, the M1/M2/M3/M5 family is by far the most numerous light tank ever. After 110 short-hull M1s and 700 long-hull M2s (both with rear idler hanging above the ground) there were 10,430 up-armoured M3 and M3A1 (15% of them powered by Diesel engines), 3,430 M3A3 with a roomier hull and 8,890 M5 and M5A1s, which combined the sloped armour of the M3A3 hull with a less troublesome (and more powerful) Cadillac „double V8” engine. The boxy little tank is 2 ft shorter than the Vauxhall Vivaro van, although it is a foot wider and a foot (due to the tu
  11. Honestly, I planned 2021 as my "Russian AFV year", but the summer T-34 STGB temptation turned out to be too strong. So I opened this can of worms and after the T-34/76 and SU-100 I decided to include the smallest AFV from my stash into my 2020 schedule. The 1932 prototype was the most numerous tankette in history – some 3,340 were built according to the Russian sources. Being a slightly scaled-up variant of the Vickers Carden-Loyd Mark VI tankette (licence-built by the Soviets in 1930-31) it was just 8’7” long, or 17 inches shorter than the Issigonis' 1959 Morris Mini-
  12. It's been a very busy four weeks and very little time for modelling. However, the rapidly approaching deadline forced me to finish work on the Valentine. Fortunately, there was no PE fret to fight like in Crusader two weeks ago. Here - as in the case of Matilda a week ago - the biggest problem was the decals that had to be assembled from scratch. But first I had to finish the assembly. And here another Italeri fault should be avoided. The instruction sheet shows the rearmost fender hangers fitted approximately 23 mm from the end of the tank, overpassing the hammer and shovel handgrip
  13. Infantry (Light) Tank Mark III Valentine Mk.II A Squadron, 50th Royal Tank Regiment, 23rd Armoured Brigade - Mareth Line, Tunisia, March 1943 Kit: 1/72 Italeri 7013 Paints: Humbrol 250, 253, 11, 53, 56, 67, 70, 85 and 130 enamels, Vallejo Matt and Gloss Acrylic Varnish - all applied by Italeri brushes Extras: Aber 0.3mm steel rod, decals from Mirage Grant, Tamiya P-47D Thunderbolt (SIC!), and Bolt Action British tank serials sheet The WIP can be found here: Cheers Michael
  14. Sorry for the stupid question, but I'm a newbie here: will this section close on 01:00 of 1st January (a deadline like in the GBs) or can I post my list of completed builds early in the 2021 (say it's January 6th or 7th)? Cheers Michael
  15. It was a very busy four weeks with very little time for modeling. However, the deadline has come close enough to continue work on the Matilda. Fortunately, there was no PE fret to fight like in Crusader a week ago. In this case, the biggest problem was the decals that had to be assembled from scratch. Thanks to a large stock of (sometimes very old) Humbrol enamels, I was able to paint the Caunter scheme with colors straight from the can. According to @Mike Starmer the Silver Grey BS.28 was "a medium yellow-green", which led me to the Humbrol 240. The Dark Slate BS.34 according to my guru
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