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About Marco1965

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  1. That is what most of my fellow scale modelers tell me... Next time, with the Strabokran! Marco
  2. Saying goodbye to all the nice parts inside the engine compartment... not much will be seen after putting everything in place (Next time I´ll use a Strabokran to lift the engine and make it visible!). But well, I fit all the engine ventilation equipment, some more hoses, and although the parts fit well, I noticed some distortion of the engine compartment lateral walls, they are quite thin. It seems like between supports and hoses, they exert pressure on the walls. Luckily, once the upper part of the vehicle is installed, this distortion will not be noticeable.
  3. I installed the fire extinguishers, added some additional lines according to references. I finished adding the pipes to the engine compartment, some patience was needed as the parts need time to stay in place, one by one, to achieve a good fitting. Painted the ammo bags according to references, and glued them in place along each sidewall. To assemble the lateral "wings" I deviated from the instructions regarding the ammunition racks and projectiles. Instructions indicate assembling both before gluing to the "wings". I think that i
  4. Another doubt... location of the paravenes while stored. Trumpeter shows them attached to the deck (which I think is not correct), Eduard's PE instructions show them, together with a note in red "check references", attached to the front-lateral wall of the bridge superstructure, quite possible,. In the picture below I think the paravene is attached to the front-lateral wall, but it is strange how most of the front part including the "wings" extend much forward from the wall, or is it an ilusion derived from the picture's perspective seeing 1/3 of the body "hanging" ahead of the wall?
  5. I have been wondering about this for a while, you know I am a fan of Formula 1 car racing, and looking at those tiny engines delivering more HP than the huge Maybach, amazes me. Of course, they run like above 15,000 RPM, and I guess that would not be practical in a tank, but I am no engineer and don't really understand the HP/torque etc variables. Marco
  6. Well I took lots of pictures, as only like 25% of the engine is visible once installed. This kit would be ideal to issue a maintenance diorama, with all the insides out! But, I really enjoyed assembling this thing. Anyway, this is the finished engine before installing: Installing it into the engine compartment was not really difficult, maybe the biggest issue is making the traction shaft fit into the front part of the engine, I had to issue a hook with fine wire to be able to pull the shaft up un
  7. Leaving tracks apart... I started working on the beautiful Maybach H230, a kit on itself, around 70 parts, and a joy to assemble. I assembled as much as I could before starting the painting process. I appreciate that all the parts are provided in one single sprue, and the part numbers are listed in order, great! A pity that such details as the carburators intakes will not be visible, definitely ideal for a maintenance scene. I applies as base color "Base Engine", a very dark gray from MiG, and started working contrasts with different panel accents, artist
  8. So the time came to work on the track, which is an area where I have to learn a lot. The tracks in Takom´s Panther are provided in rigid plastic, molded in long segments as well as individual links. Track guidance teeth are molded apart, cleverly attached to a section of sprue that allows you to glue them in groups, detaching the guidance sprue afterwards without too many issues, And this is the final result after gluing the teeth in place and detaching the sprue guidance, clever. Same system applies for the individual links. Nex
  9. Hey I have been following your Panther! Amazing project! It has been difficult to find proper references of operational Panther´s interior, in fact I´ve got none, only from production or I guess manuals (and of course I don´t like restorations as reference). About the ammo, I didn´t know they would not mix ammo types, sound´s reasonable though. This time, it will stay there, already glued, artistic license, Marco
  10. At last! Colourcoats Light Gray 507C arrived! I had stopped painting with the "Light Gray" recommended in the instructions, because it looked too light-white. Reading about the "507C" color, it is supposed to have a bluish tint, which plain Light gray did not have. I am glad I waited. Comparing this color to the plain light gray, it has the bluish tint, it looks like a lighter "Light Ghost Gray" (sorry, I have been an airplane guy forever, can´t avoid comparing). Marco
  11. Finished applying decals to the 75mm shells, I have to say that the decals provided in the kit are one of the very best I have tried! I applied decals to I think 21 HE shells, the remaining ones will be for the AP shells, and there sill be lots of shells that won't be used. I installed the first three shells in the racks under the floor, no issues at all, look nice! And added some lines (scratch built with wire) that go from the gearbox to the pipes on the right wall, they will be visible afterwards, when removing the turret. Instructions don't menti
  12. I´ll sort of add some longitudinal "beams", resembling that structure, small enough not to make the difference between wood, or metal or rope or cable, just to give the impression of that grill. Marco
  13. I was checking the Trumpeter´s HMS Exeter Kit, and the Eduard PE parts. Eduard provides photoetched for that boat platform, but it does not represent that structure seen in the pictures. So maybe a little bit of scratch building will be necessary to represent it. As in my case the boat will be actually on the platform, maybe I don´t really need to do much more, we´ll see. Marco
  14. I think this is the area you are referring to? I don´t know but I think that that structure might be part of the boat platform, which is not really part of the deck but a metal structure protruding to the sides of the upper deck. My imagination only but they look like spaced wood or metal beams, part of the platform structure. I haven´t got any detailed picture of that part, but will try to find something. Thanks for the heads-up, interesting! Marco
  15. Hi Nick, in the direct overhead image (I think you are referring to this one, zoom below) the deck is not visible because it is covered with canvas sunshades. In the narrow areas where the canvas does not cover the deck it is difficult to say, but maybe the second picture below gives a better idea of the deck. You can find this one in wikimedia, too, and this is the one that shows planking more clearly. We discussed these pictures in another section of this site. The color of the upper deck is the same as the lower deck, and the same as the wood parts of the bo
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