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Kiwikitbasher last won the day on June 2 2017

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  1. Here's the link to his review: http://www.deaddesignmodels.com/model-reviews/nakajima-ki-43-i-hayabusa-1-72/
  2. 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.
  3. Cork tile, very quick and cheap, plus they an be layered and carved using a Dremel, here are some more:
  4. 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.
  5. 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. '
  6. 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.
  7. Thanks, Keith, That biscuit took a about an hour to make using a hairdryer to speed things along.
  8. 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!
  9. This is the 1/72 scale Modelcolect kit with Tetra Model PE for the Pershing II trailer and lots of wire for the M1001...
  10. The JS-7 was a 68-tonne monster with a 130mm main gun, no less than eight machine guns (most probably superfluous) and phenomenal armour thickness from all sides. Obviously impractical due to its weight, it was nevertheless well powered for its time (just after WW2). See link for more details: http://www.tanks-encyclopedia.com/coldwar/USSR/is-7-object-260 This is the Trumpeter 1/72 scale kit. I scratch-built the cage-like headlight guards, and added after-market two-ropes and made their tensioners. I also drilled out the 40 holes in th3 muzzle-brake, as well those in the tow rope shackles and mg muzzles. Solidly moulded handles were replaced with wire. My build-log is over on Missin Lynx: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/missinglynx/home-front-gb-js-7-t316760.html I decided this being a prototype was a good excuse to finish it "factory-fresh". I've put it on a quickly-made tank biscuit as I may yet give the same treatment to a JS-4 and possibly a JS-3 and have the three parked and lined up, as if ready to take part in a comparative evaluation. Here are images of the finished model, except it has just dawned on me that I forgot to paint the exhaust outlets (doh!). Something I'll obviously fix.
  11. This is Trumpeter's 1/72 scale Type 61 tank on the live-firing range. It was built for a "Home Front" group build on the Braille Scale discussion group over on Missing Lynx. I scratch-built the mantlet's canvas dust-cover, headlight-guards, tow-rope and smoke-grenade launchers. The kit is quite well detailed but suffers from very thin and flexible hull and turret, plus the vinyl tracks are thick, poorly detailed and crammed in under the track-guards. My build log is linked to here: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/missinglynx/home-front-gb-japanese-type-61-t316653.html
  12. Thanks, Yes, I found those (only 8 or 9 are M1001 tractor units, and several are of quite low resolution. I have however just found a US Army manual to download that has the camo plan for the M1001 and numerous other vehicles: http://imfmotorpool.com/015165.PDF
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