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Kiwikitbasher

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  1. Thank you both for the additional advice, it makes good sense.
  2. Thanks Tony, That's a big help, the photos too. Upon doing a bit more reading, I think that aluminium undersides were changed to light aircraft grey from 1966 onwards, but I shall use aluminium.
  3. I plan to finish my Valom Twin Pin in the box art scheme: Valom's painting guide only uses generic colour names, but I assume the camo is RAF dark green/dark sea grey over light sea grey, or light aircraft grey? or should the undersides be aluminum as they could possibly be in this image? Unlike their box-art, Valom's painting guide has the undersides the same colour as the upper camo grey, which is clealy wrong. Thanks in advance for any help.
  4. Here's the link to his review: http://www.deaddesignmodels.com/model-reviews/nakajima-ki-43-i-hayabusa-1-72/
  5. G'day Andy, I don't know why Brett wants real names used on ML when usernames are fine on HyperScale. I assumed it was an ML community wish.
  6. Cork tile, very quick and cheap, plus they an be layered and carved using a Dremel, here are some more:
  7. The sloped rear is reminiscent of a Valentine's, and the forward position of the turret is a bit unusual as it's even further forward than a T-34's.
  8. This 1/72 scale Dragon kit that represents Panzerbefehlswagen VI (P) Tiger Fgst.Nr. 150013 as it appeared for Eastern front use in 1944, but sadly lacks the zimmerit coating applied to it. I decided my Porsche Tiger would be a development prototype as trialled in 1942. I wanted to use as many kit components as possible (something I initially failed to do as I shall explain later). The figures are by Ceasar and represent the crew taking a breather and chatting about the new Porsche design. My prototype needed to have the higher roof turret without the raised section for gun depression clearance (as adopted for production) had to be a version with four rather than eight-spoke sprockets and idlers so I could use the kit parts (most VI (P)s seemed to have had eight-spokes). I settled on building Fgst.Nr. 150013 without the additional frontal armour and zimmerit. I scratch-built a new glacis, and the front face with driver's visor and hull-mounted machine gun. Once all of this was in place I glanced at the kit sprues which are a mish-mash of three other Dragon kits - the Ferdinand, Henschel Tiger and Bergepanzer Tiger (P) parts. On closer inspection, this last kit provided me with ready-made bow parts and driver's visor, so I ripped off my bits and kept just the hull machine gun mount I had made. As far as I can tell, the other adjustments from the kit version I needed to make were to remove and also avoid using some track-guard supports, towing attachments and smoke-grenade dischargers (just their brackets were needed), and I had to mount the lights in a different position. Some of the crew's 43-pattern forage caps may not be quite right, certainly not for the 1942 trials. However, this prototype was completed in October 1942 and went on to be modified for operational use in Russia in 1944, so continued trials in 1943 are a distinct possibility. '
  9. This is Tamiya's 1/72 Ki 61, it's a really nice kit but I feel like I cheated by using the camo decals that can be bought separately for it.
  10. Thanks, Keith, That biscuit took a about an hour to make using a hairdryer to speed things along.
  11. Thanks, Keith, Actually, I don't sleep much and sometimes model until midnight or even 3am on occasion. 22 finishes since June this year and counting!
  12. This is the 1/72 scale Modelcolect kit with Tetra Model PE for the Pershing II trailer and lots of wire for the M1001...
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