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AndrewCJ50 last won the day on April 3 2019

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  1. With Miniart some of the instructions and placement can be vague. Dry fit over and over again is the best advice and also I think that Miniart assume you will figure it out for yourself! Just don't see this is as a weekend job Regards Andrew
  2. Thanks Guys, The Miniart kit is a long slog to put all together but it is rewarding in that the detail has not been compromised. Regards Andrew
  3. Dear Colleagues After much fiddling and fettling I have finished the Miniart 1/35 Panzer IIID, yes the one with the funny suspension system. The Germans trialled a number of different suspension systems for their Panzer III, this had paired wheels on bogies with leaf springs and dampers. I think only 15-30 B to D types were built before settling on torsion bars in the E. Nevertheless although a trials vehicles they were pitched into the invasion of Poland. The figures are from Miniart too. Hope you like it?
  4. Glad you all appreciate the scenery! I like to think it makes you believe in the vehicle as a character in the drama of history.
  5. Thanks Guys I guess the key ingredient here is rain. I have been around tanks too on filthy wet days and the everything gets everywhere. I suppose you need parts of tanks which rarely get touched and has suitable nodes for the streaks to build and start from? Like the rear quarter of the Sherman above?
  6. Dear Colleagues For several years it has become the norm for armour modellers to finish their projects with a greater or lessor degrees of rain streaks of dust and dirt. But how realistic is this look for a vehicle in action? I can find this rain dirt streaks starting to form on my car but only after it has been sitting idle for a few weeks (thank you corona virus). The slightest touch will disturb/destroy them. I know that if I view an outdoor exhibit at an AFV in a museum (don't touch) the rain mark/streaks are very eye catching. Have we got carried away thanks to
  7. Yes, the figures are Miniart The main thing I recall with the build is patience. Don't recall any fit issues, less fiddly than Miniart. Bless them for length and link tracks. Regards Andrew
  8. Dear Colleagues The Universal Carrier was a truly British vehicle. No other nation in WWII had anything quite like it. Capable of bringing up ammunition under fire, evacuating the wounded and leading assaults, it was the maid of all work for a Commonwealth Infantry Battalion. Riich make a lovely example although don't expect to complete it in a weekend! Having read the book 'Lion Rampant' about life in the 6th KOSB I had to choose this one from the Riich decal sheet. Yetholm is of course on the Scottish borders.
  9. Dear Colleagues Do you know of paint sets available or your own favourites colours/makes for me to paint 1/35 British paratrooper smocks? Thanks for your advice Andrew
  10. Dear Colleagues I sometimes wonder whether the hanger always steals the show! This is card from Noy's Miniatures and features in many of my model posts. Can't have been a bad job to be paid to fly Spitfires in the post war RAF with no one shooting at you anymore. Shame that most of the Spitfires were then junked as the Vampires and Meteors came in! Andrew
  11. Dear Fellow Modellers The cut down later Spitfires with bubble canopies have a potent and beautiful look all of their own. This is Eduard's elegant post-war MkXVI with their markings for 501 Squadron at Filton (Bristol). Nice that they somehow held onto their sky European theatre band! I opted for the easy life with their one piece resin cowling and Barracuda resin pilot door. I think being based at Filton does qualify for it being placed in my usual hanger setting! Figures are from Gunthwaite if I remember correct
  12. Thank you colleagues for your kind comments. I perhaps now ought to confess I busted off the pitot tube and still haven't found it on the floor. I fear my wife's next vacuuming session will settle the matter! Also Revell forgot the ventral radio altimeter aerials which I guess i ought to scratch build (did anyone notice?) The AK paint was their dark sea blue which seems to me to be spot on! Regards Andrew
  13. Dear Colleagues Although the Korean War was famous as the first jet conflict, the reality was that most sorties were by WWII vintage piston era aircraft. For the USN this meant a return to conflict for the Corsair. This is the Revell F4U-4 Corsair with Eduard PE and decals from Print scale for an aircraft flown by Lt Pullman of VF-193 onboard USS Princeton in August 1952. The decals are terrifyingly thin and fold into themselves as soon as you look at them. The paint is from the new AK range which I found very impressive. The engineering of the kit is a mixed bag, the cockpit
  14. Thank you all for kind words Hope it will inspire more to pop their completed builds in dioramas? Andrew
  15. Dear Fellow Modellers I've always rather liked the archaic look of the Meteor NF12, an uneasy transition to the new world of speed offered by the jet engine from the rugged airframes of WWII. The NF11 and NF12 replaced the RAF's ageing Mosquito NF36 in the night defence role. Reading the Meteor Boy's book, radar operators said they were lucky to spot an opponent at anything over 5 miles and that they could only intercept a Canberra if the bomber 'co-operated'! The Special Hobby kit offers excellent interior and undercarriage detail but an uncertain fit. I replaced th
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