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  1. Dear Fellow Modellers This is the Miniart petrol pump set and a scratch built 1930’s scale petrol station made from wood, balsa and plastic. It has been wired to allow it to be fully illuminated. Leuna benzin was a petrol produced synthetically from coal by I.G. Farben. The production was subsidized by the Weimar Republic to reduce the costs associated with oil imports. Production began in 1927 at the Leunawerke refinery. Sales were carried out by the I.G. subsidiary Gasolin, which in 1939 had around 4000 filling stations throughout Germany. Some of you may remember my Miniart 170V cabriolet from an earlier post Hope you like it? Regards Andrew
  2. Dear Colleagues Here is the Das Werk Panther Ausf. A Early which I believe originates from the Takom kit. Das Werk also offer separately an excellent zimmerit set. I used some rather old and crumbly markings from Echelon to show the vehicle as one belonging to I/Pz Regt 4 in Italy. They were persuaded to settle only by Mr Mark Setter and Softer. The battalion seem to often have trays above their engine decks, so that had to be scratch built. I used a Gunze set of sandgelb paints And of course it has to go into the garage too! Hope you like it? Regards Andrew
  3. Dear Colleagues I hope our dear friends in Miniart are surviving? Here is their Mercedes cabriolet in pre-war civilian guise I used the old Archer instrument decals (plus Mercedes symbol on the steering wheel horn) And being tuned up in the Garage! I used appropriate wiring for the engine Hope you like it? Andrew
  4. Good Evening Comrades I made the T-44 from Miniart a while ago but I have been playing around with Ammo oilbrushers in an experimental way on the tank. I enjoyed this because of the control you have and being oil they have a long drying time Unfortunately you can't see much of its highly detailed engine! I believe the T-44 wasn't a great success as they found it difficult to cure overheating problems. But the chassis then matured into the T-54 and the rest is history Hope you like it? Andrew
  5. Good Evening Comrades I made the T-44 from Miniart a while ago but I have been playing around with Ammo oilbrushers in an experimental way on the tank. I enjoyed this because of the control you have and being oil they have a long drying time Unfortunately you can't see much of its highly detailed engine! I believe the T-44 wasn't a great success as they found it difficult to cure overheating problems. But the chassis then matured into the T-54 and the rest is history Hope you like it? Andrew
  6. Good Evening Comrades Not exactly armoured but still brutal in its way, the Zil-131 Soviet truck from Trumpeter. Very nice kit but with resin Miniart wheels and scratch improved engine. I believe its petrol V-8 returned about 5 mpg if you were thinking of buying one! This 1960s truck is still in use around the world And in its early days Hope you like it? Andrew
  7. Thank you Guys By way of contrast I peeped in the box of one of my 1/35 kits and there are something like 930 parts. This U-boat has about 10! Also, unlike 1/35, every detail you add is visible and on the outside Regards Andrew
  8. Dear Fellow Modellers Flyhawk do a charming but miniature set of their Type VIIB against a dry dock backdrop. Here is a tired Type VIIB back for repair Hope you like it? Andrew
  9. Hello John If you hunt around you'll find Lion Roar do a set of german scuttles/shutters which are essential for the Trumpeter Kriegsmarine ships Regards Andrew
  10. Hello David Those of us in the 1/700 club know we have to photograph our models next to a coin. Never heard that the Panzerschiff had problems with their main armament, remember the guns are 11" not 15" Glad you like it! Andrew
  11. Dear Fellow Modellers I finally completed the Graf Spee. The Panzerschiff Admiral Graf Spee needs no introduction in the community of Naval historians, nevertheless the inter-war Panzerschiff concept remains one of the most radical of the pre-war period. . The design was extraordinarily radical with two battleship turrets carried aboard a light cruiser hull and powered by 8 MAN diesel engines. The design was so tough on weight that the ships were slightly underweight and needed ballast. MAN wished they could have been allowed more weight to have produced heavier, more robust diesels. The result was a ship with extraordinary range potential, and with the help of auxiliary supply ships, to operate distant ‘cruiser warfare’. In the new era of radio direction finding, signals intelligence, aircraft reconnaissance and radar, cruiser warfare turned out to be not viable. The Trumpeter 1/700 kit is now rather old and shows its age. This model has 3-D printed turrets from Micromaster, barrels from Master, ships boats, searchlights, light AA, paravanes, reels all from Flyhawk. The characteristic shuttered scuttles on the upper deck have been laboriously added from a Lion Roar set. The masts are all scratch built brass Hope you like it? Andrew
  12. Dear Fellow Modellers I completed the Flyhawk HMS Legion earlier in May but was not satisfied with the results, so did some more photos today. As some of you may know, HMS Legion took off many of the crew of HMS Ark Royal when she was torpedoed in the Eastern Mediterranean on 13th November 1941 Hope you like it? Andrew
  13. Thanks Guys If you work with 1/700 long enough, you get used to it and every other scale seems enormous. Need to get good glasses to be comfortable though! Andrew
  14. Dear Colleagues The ‘A Class’ heavy cruiser Chokai was built at the Mitsubishi shipyards in Nagasaki in 1932. Following the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 which capped battleship building, many nations went on a mad dash to build the most potent 8” (20 cm) gun heavy cruisers. Before WWII up to a 1/3rd of Japanese taxes went on the Navy. Of all the Japanese heavy cruiser designs, the Takao Class was probably the most extravagant. Envisaged as flagships, the bridge structure could easily accommodate a flag staff. As Admiral Mikawa’s flagship, the Chokai led the Japanese Navy to its most astonishing victory in the Pacific War over the cruisers defending the transports off Guadalcanal in a night action of 7th August 1942. Eventually Chokai was sunk at the Battle of Samar in October 1944. Her wreck has been recently found and is perhaps the most complete warship on a sea bed anywhere in the world RV Petrel find IJN Chokai - YouTube I have been building the Fujimi Chokai on and off for a number of years. For reasons that still cannot be explained I managed to lose sprue C entirely so had to scratch build quite a lot of parts. I was helped by the 3D printed gunnery control units from Shelf Oddity and a PE fore mast structure from an old Fine Molds set. The 12.7 cm AA guns are Fine Molds NanoDread whilst the 25 mm units are PE from Veteran Models. The boats are also Fine Molds but the Daihatsu barge is from Five Star. I was pleased to add the truly minuscule ships lanterns from Five Star. These are beautifully turned miniatures in brass that can easily be lost inside your finger nails! Here is the ship at an earlier stage in the outfitting yard Hope you like it? Andrew
  15. As a lover of both 1/700 ship modelling and Japanese IJN ships this has been a real treat! I particularly like the applique bridge armour and precise rigging. I am interested Yufei that you and many Chinese, not say many Chinese model companies make superb models of IJN ships, yet historically Japan has a terrible record in China. Are you able to put everything into the past now and just see it all as ancient history? Regards Andrew
  16. For Michal here are a few construction pictures And then here is the base being prepared prior to painting the sea using acrylics Hope that helps, Andrew
  17. Thanks Guys Michal, I think I have a photo on my phone of me doing the base, so I shall try and find and upload it for you Andrew
  18. Dear Colleagues After a few trials and tribulations here is my 1/700 Flyhawk HMS Legion. The precision of the moldings are magnificent. My only additions apart from the Eduard PE RN crew and Fine Molds nanodread pom pom & quad 0.5" were the scratch mahogany name plates on the after deck house and crest on the bridge front, yes these are very small. Unfortunately, I discovered the hull had a slight sag so had to place her in quite a lively sea with a swell (otherwise her stern would appear to be rising 1 mm). During my first photo shoot after a few snaps I snagged my base scenery which wiped out the fore mast radar, radio aerials and after 4" barrels, such is life with these fragile 1/700 ships. Re-rigged aerials and re-purchased brass 4" barrels were necessary for the second photo shoot which was mercifully not error prone. With war approaching the RN stepped down from the big Tribal Class to the somewhat lessor armed J, K, and L class destroyers. The pre-war view of the major threat coming from other destroyers and submarines was starting to look unbalanced as the power of the German and Italian air forces was appreciated. The twin 4" MkXVI mount became the AA unit of choice and Legion was armed with these rather than the anti-ship 4.7" guns. The Legion famously came to the aid of the torpedoed Ark Royal and took off many of her crew before she sank. After fighting with distinction in the Mediterranean, she was severely damaged by Air attack and put into Malta where she was sunk by bombing on 26th March 1942. Hope you like it? Andrew
  19. Dear Jon Don't give up! You have endless photo etch extras available from HobbyEasy in HK to amuse you plus they stick just fine with white glue. Main thing is to get some good glasses and super precise tweezers. I was helped by ship modelling books of David Griffith The downside is you snag the rigging just as you are about to photograph the model and all the masts, yards and rigging come down! Yep, I just did that! Regards Andrew
  20. Dear Colleagues I loved the historic 1930's photo transformation, that was clever! The figure sets are pre-painted photo etched figures from Eduard. They look a bit better if you add a bit of white glue to their heads, otherwise they all look like they are in a Lowry painting! I wouldn't have minded being in the spotting top provided the ship wasn't rolling or the funnel gases being blown forwards! Regards Andrew
  21. OK, I'll try to remember to take photos of my seascape process next time. Forgot to mention how essential it is to get brass barrels, particularly for small calibre armament like the 12.7 cm here, thank you Master of Poland! Regards Andrew
  22. Hello Sinner boy I use the technique recommended by David Griffith in his ship modelling books of water colour paper followed by pasted on acrylic medium modelling paste to make the waves, painted in acrylics then a liquitex gloss medium varnish. Key thing is to look at overhead photos of ships at sea Andrew
  23. Dear Colleagues The Royal Navy only called upon nature to inspire the naming of warships with their Flower class corvettes, but for the Japanese all their destroyers were named after poetic natural images. In this case Hatsuharu apparently means 'early spring'. Unusually, the 1931 design genuinely tried to fit the treaty restriction of a sub-2000 t weight (which they later abandoned) and the ship was launched in 1933. However, a drastic redesign was needed in 1935 due to top heavy problems with a super-firing B turret arrangement (later moved to the stern). Hatsuharu lasted until 1944 when sunk by bombing in the Philippines in November 1944. The Aoshima kit has a lovely hull and is one of their better ship kits. As is my way I have added a lot of photo etch apart from the stuff that came with the ship and used brass rods for the masts. Hope you like it Andrew
  24. Thanks Guys Mick, good luck with the 1942 version. Her AA suite was upgraded - slightly! Andrew
  25. Superb job, I have to complete mine in 1/700 somehow or other. I particularly congratulate you on the aircraft especially the drift markings on the tails! A small touch you might like to note that towards the top of the pagoda tower a couple of the platforms have canvas curtains (pale colour) at the front, rather than being metal grey. They seem to be very keen on their hull plating for this one Andrew
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