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  1. Thanks for the kind replies. Yeah, I don't know why Tamiya experimented with this scale but then gave up. All I know is that while it says Tamiya on the box, the fit was awful and detail was non-existent. However I am very pleased at how it came out so I can't complain. To be honest even though I tried throughout the build to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, I always managed to turn it around and make an improvement. This build really had a charmed life and I literally felt I couldn't go wrong. It's a dead cert that my next build is heading for the bin at the first stage. I think I used up all my luck with this one.
  2. Hi all, I always wanted an Intruder on shelf after the seeing the film "Flight of the Intruder" and then more recently reading the book. The Tamiya kit is from 1969 but has markings that are close enough to the film to make "Devilfish 508". Size comparison with a 1/72 Spitfire Ps I had to buy a second kit as I messed up a couple of decals (A new kit is only a fiver with postage). The first person to PM me with their address can have it free of charge. All that will really be missing are the stars and bars for the underside and topside of the wings. Thanks Alan
  3. Andy, I can’t thank you enough for the information you have provided on my mum’s cousins Lanc. It will mean an awful lot to her I am sure. It is all very much appreciated and goes to prove what a wonderful and special resource the Britmodeller Forums truely are. I now plan on picking up an Airfix Lanc at some stage in the near future. Alan
  4. Lovely build and an even better story. My mum’s cousin was a gunner in a 7 sqdn Lancaster that was shot down in January 44 and I would love to build a model of his plane myself. When I do I hope it turns out to be half as good as yours.
  5. Hi, Blanketyblank,

    I also have those tracks in my stash, but I have so many kits to make, that I don't know if one day I will dare to use them ...
    As I have mentioned above, I made the same model a few years ago and I have it posted on the forum, just like you, I used the pigment you mention to make the red powder.
    If you are interested, you can tell me and I sent you a link to the RTI, which in turn has one to the WIP.
    Cheers and TC

    1. Blanketyblank


      Hi Francis,

      The tracks do look great but it is easy to get glue on the moving parts. Plus life is too short to spend many evenings cleaning up the hundreds of individual track parts. I could have built a couple of models in the time i will have spent on the tracks alone. I assume Mvtb has just used the kit’s rubber band tracks yet it still looks amazing. 

      Believe it or not I remember your recent build of this kit and I have used it as a reference and a source of inspiration. The M48 is one of my favourite tanks so I always pay close attention if someone posts an RFI of it, especially as it was going to be my next build. 
      Given the amount of extras I have bought for this old, “cheap” kit I am certain Tamiya  will release a new tooling as soon as I am done. I have only newly returned to the hobby and I might have bitten off more than I can chew with workable tracks, photo etch, new decals and resin parts. If you would like to forward on the links to your Build again it would be much appreciated. 

    2. FrancisGL


      Hi Alan, 

      If I have not misunderstood, you have already seen my M48, but it is not a bother to put the links here.
      I would love to change the tracks to mine, I already have them, and add figures, which I also have, would be great, but it is a very heavy job and that I do not master, also I have the stash about to explode ... lol
      Cheers and TC


    3. Blanketyblank


      Your build really showed what could be done with the old kit. The cast texture and weathering were spot on. I don’t think I enough to add the mr surfacer 500 myself 

  6. That’s fantastic. I am in a middle of a stalled build of this kit. The Bronco aftermarket tracks have sapped my will to live. Each track link has 6 parts! How did you do the excellent Vietnam dust effect? I have some AK Vietnam earth pigment sitting ready to go and would be very happy if it turned out half as good as your weathering
  7. That’s very nice indeed. My mum is from Armagh so I had always wanted to build this kit with the same decal option as you went for. Unfortunately the odd shaped spinner has always put me off it.
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