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  1. This is the Glencoe re-release of the Adams kit. Fit was actually pretty good, although the launch pad posed a few problems here and there and the railings are pretty thick. You get two sets of markings. One for a USAF experimental bird with a pitot at the top and some to show the missile in UK service. I modified the nose cone into what was known as a "non-ablative re-entry" type, whatever that means and if I even have that term correct. Suffice to say its flatter with a more pointed top. The launch base is actually incorrect for the British missiles, but it suited Adam's purposes as it was also used in their Vanguard missile kit. It was a fun build and looks pretty good when completed. I made the concrete pad out of a piece of sheet plastic.
  2. For comparison, here's my Challenger done with the same technique. You can see there are some significant differences in the hull top and glacis.
  3. This was made from mating two Revell Cromwell kits and the turret from the Milicast Avenger with some extra detailing. Interesting weapon. Never saw WWII service, but was used by the Territorial Army for a few years postwar.
  4. I painted the whole tank "Middlestone". Then using photos as a rough guide, I lightly drew the lines with a pencil. I worked on one 'face' at a time, right, left, front back, top and did the turret separately. Then, using a thin brush I went over the lines with a very dark acrylic green paint I have called 'Russian Green'. I also did this one face at a time to avoid putting my fingers into wet paint as I went along. I had to periodically stop and clean the brush and/or thin the paint as both tended to dry out and clump after a while.
  5. This is the Vargas Scale Models 1/72 13" Coastal Mortor "The Dictator". It is a 3D printed model and was my first such model and it was a complete pleasure from beginning to end. Everything fit perfectly with almost no parts clean up necessary Watch out all you bubble and pin holed, short cast with blobby detail and huge resin blocks to be removed resin kits, this is the future. The photos make it look like I dry brushed the gun/mount with silver, which I didn't. In reality, they look greyish black. The lights just picked up the metallic highlights in the paint.
  6. It's done. The "in progress" stream can be found over in the, well, "In Progress" topics. It is basically OOTB, with the only changes made were "busying up" the basic kit supplied interior and opening up the drivers little armoured hatch in the glacis plate. I could have wired the smoke projectors or put the fuel line on the spare tank, but like I said, it's OOTB. I built it mostly to test out doing the Malta "pseudo rock wall" camo pattern. The figure is from the Tamiya Humber a/c kit as the Bandai kit, which I got from a vender at a show, did not have the crew figures. Anyhoo, done and done.
  7. Here it is ready for paint. I "rusted" the exhaust components already and that figure is from the Tamiya Humber A/C kit. I added some stuff to the insides of the hatches and divided the extra gas tank mounts, which were molded as single units, into separate legs.
  8. The old Bandai 1/48 armor kits were really gems at the time and still aren't all that bad. They all sported at least a minimal interior while other companies kits had nothing but old motorization brackets. This one is bound for Malta camouflage. I have gotten to the point where I have completed the interior with some extra "busying-up" parts added, like some more bins in the hull, some wiring a recoil guard for the main gun and I bodged together a sort of #19 radio set. The turret basket is not accurate and is actually in common with that in the Valentine kit. As a matter of fact, if you check the one in the ESCI 1/72 scale Valentine, you'll find it's also the same. But accuracy aside, again, at least there's something in there to see through the hatches I intend to leave open. Here it is so far.
  9. Careful about taking this on as a detailing kit. The fit is terrible and what detail there is is mushy, there are lots of injection pin marks, some in awkward places to fix, the wheels have a camber to the outside edge that needs to be flattened, which is a messy pain to do, all the spokes are 'sort of' round and have mold seams on both sides and there are sink holes in several places. And you have to fix all this before you'd start detailing. Oh, and the gun is not mounted to the carriage correctly, so you'd have to correct that with some scratch building/engineering. In short, give it a good look over before you commit.
  10. Actually, I have found out that the kit is based on the 1902 US 3 inch field gun. I checked interweb photos and sure enough, that's it.
  11. Finish is spot on. The whitewash was applied many times with brooms and even leafy branches of bushes if all else failed. My only comment might be to tone down the rust color on the muffler. It's a bit too bright.
  12. Very nicely done. Many surplus Crusader hulls were used to make AAA tanks and gun tractors.
  13. I continued with my little project of working on these old artillery kits. This is the LifeLike release of the what they call a WW I 75 mm. It bears little resemblance to a French or post war US 75 and looks more like, but not exactly like, a German WW I 77mm. It has elements of all those guns. Given that, and the fact that the mold was a mess with almost as much flash and mold seams as parts, with careful assembly and an interesting paint scheme, it can build up into a nice desk model. In the photos, if the wheels look a bit out of whack, some of that is camera distortion, but they were out of alignment. A little 'gentle persuasion" and they are better now. It was done OOTB.
  14. Didn't even know there was a kit of this in 1/35. I did one in 1/72, but mine was a 'female'. Also, are those "kill" markings on the side as these tanks were never used in action. The name is ironic, however, as the closest they ever came to "action" was being deployed to Glasgow during the riots there, but they saw no action there either.
  15. Yg. Gun is in 1/12 scale and measures approx. 5.5" X 5.5" X 7", or 14cm X 14cm X 17.5cm.
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