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  1. Dear Ship modelling experts I used to get all my Asian (Chinese) 1/700 ship kits and accessories from HobbyEasy. But now they seem to have gone! Luckymodel is an option but they don't carry much stock. Does anyone have any suggestions on a Chinese web retailer with a decent 1/700 stock? Thanks Andrew
  2. Thank you for your appreciation Guys You may not have noticed it but there is a 1 mm twist in my chassis. I could probably bully this into submission by gluing the doors closed and the roof down, but I can't bear to button it up, and you won't tell will you? George, charming as the latest Miniart GAZ werkstat vehicle is, it would have to wait in the que behind 4 other GAZ variants I have mysteriously acquired! Regards Andrew
  3. Dear Colleagues Just finished the dual axle GAZ bus outfitted as a command vehicle. You have to be very vigilant as you build as any inattention and it'll bite you! I used a jig in the end, I wished I'd used it earlier to true everything. The wheels, apart from the spares, are Panzer Art resin. Still, the details are so petite it is hard not to like. So the crew try to get it going And get fed up So some locals come to help But the staff keep working
  4. Rob, how do you like the connection of the front wheel assembly to the front axle? No strength is there? Andrew
  5. Thanks for your kind comments Guys We agree with three cheers for Miniart on this one. They are currently testing my patience with a GAZ AAA bus. Who in their right mind could have thought that their front wheel hub to axle attachment point would work being so negligable (ie there isn't one!)? The figures in the diorama are largely Miniart with some dragon and resin. The cats are pewter! Andrew
  6. Dear Colleagues Here is the Miniart T-60 Factory 264 kit. To my mind it is their most successful interior kit to date. It has the right balance of part number and fit to make it a really enjoyable build. Factory 264 was based in Stalingrad so production came to an abrupt end in September 1942. This factory pioneered the use of steel wheels due to the rubber shortage. Yes, the machinery and tracks lasted much less but then they did not expect a tank to last more than a day or so of combat at the front. Very different outlook to German manufacturers.
  7. Hello Rob W I confess to having a GAZ problem, I have at least 5 in the stash/being made! But this version had me puzzled. Do you think that was a one off lash up by the Russians at Leningrad using captured German Nebelwerfer rockets and crates? I have looked but failed to find pictures of the real thing. Do you have any ideas? Regards Andrew
  8. Thank you for your kind words Guys I don't want to give my workshop team a day off as they have to complete the tracks on my T-60 before the clock strikes midnight! Happy New Year to everyone Andrew
  9. I was so pleased to have this set. Previously welders were very difficult to find (resin Royal Models). However, from what I can tell both figures are given cutting torches. I think the period welder had a torch and stick (2 hands needed). So for my welder I converted him to having a MIG welding set, using a Bronco British no 18 radio set as the welding unit (which feeds welding wire to the torch). Am waiting for a professional to tell me I'm wrong!
  10. Dear Colleagues Enclosed is my last model of 2020. A year when society actually encouraged us to stay indoors and get down to serious modelling, not that we needed much persuading. In truth the BA-10 was more of an armoured lorry than fully functioning armoured car. A modest 50 HP was powering two rear axles only. On the plus side this was probably the most powerfully armed armoured car of the period and ran on solid tyres. The few that survived Operation Barbarossa probably had their small moment of glory in the November winter counter offensive in front of Moscow.
  11. Dear Colleagues Enclosed is my last model of 2020. A year when society actually encouraged us to stay indoors and get down to serious modelling, not that we needed much persuading. In truth the BA-10 was more of an armoured lorry than fully functioning armoured car. A modest 50 HP was powering two rear axles only. On the plus side this was probably the most powerfully armed armoured car of the period and ran on solid tyres. The few that survived Operation Barbarossa probably had their small moment of glory in the November winter counter offensive in front of Moscow.
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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?
  15. 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.
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