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  1. These kits are just plain fun. I know they are made for the war-gaming crowd and the detail is not exacting, but they just fall together and look really good when complete. All I did with this one was add the exhausts to the carrier and separated the satchels as they came as a string of three. The figures are ok, not the best in this scale, but certainly adequate. My only problem was getting the carrier crew in place. It's very cramped and there may have been an amputation or two to get them in place. As is, I think the driver is going to need a lot of dental work after a few bumps. Anyhoo, he
  2. Started this one as an in-between project as some other stuff dried/set, but got carried away and had to finish it. I got it in a box of stuff I bought. I'm not sure of the date of this particular issue, but the molds date back to 1958. Fit is ok with the exception of the engine nacelles to the wings, which took quite a bit of filing/sanding/filling, and the front windscreen which was too wide. I solved that by cutting it in half in the middle, glueing one half in place and letting it set, then test fitting and filing the other half to fit. Once in place, it was puttied all over then sanded sm
  3. This is actually from a few years ago but I just came across the photos and thought some might be interested in seeing them. There are many detail differences between the Mk IV and the Mk V, but the basic framework s the same. You can see the changes and kit corrections in the in-progress photos and how they look on the finished product. I did replace the kit tracks with resin ones from Matador.
  4. Given the provision of the one piece track assemblies, which are quite common in war-gaming world kits, and that 1/72 is a very common war-gaming scale, I think Airfix was hoping for a bit of cross over marketing between modelers and war gamers.
  5. This is actually a war game miniature and you get three in one box. They say it's 1/72 but next to other 1/72 Sherman tank kits (I know the RAM was it's basis), it's huge! The suspension and tracks are one-piece assemblies, but with the exception of the guide horns not being correct, they are very nice. The gun mount is very simplified as well. I reworked the gun mount adding a gun sight and the control wheels and a gunner's seat. I also added an instrument panel for the driver. And by the way, you get a complete crew and the figures are pretty well done, if a bit plump. I also drilled out the
  6. This is from the very old bagged version molded in white plastic. The oversized rivets on the rear of the fuselage need removing as does a very prominent mold seam right around the cowl. There's no interior detail, but the engine looks pretty convincing. Overall, the fit was fine. Makes a nice model, especially in an eye catching scene like this.
  7. This is from the dual kit with the Char B1 bis. Before the accuracy police get started, I know it's a WW 2 version, and I know that there were many small and some large changes from the WW 1 versions and that this kit has been called to account for inaccuracies and it's very name has been questioned. However, in general, it looks more like an Ft-17 than anything else on my shelf and fills a hole in my WW 1 collection. I know there are other kits of it out there, but not any to which I have access, so this will have to do. That all being said, it's actually a nice little kit to build, if a bit
  8. FWIW. The 5th Royal tank Regiment, 4th Armoured Brigade, 7th Armored Division was not equipped with Grants at El Alamein, they had Crusaders and the Squadron markings were in blue, not red. However, at Gazala, they had Grants and the squadron markings were in red, so your guess would appear to be correct. This info is from William Plartz's book, Desert Tracks, a great resource, but sadly out of print.
  9. This is a very simple rather crude white metal kit primarily aimed at wargamers. As you can see from the bag topper, it claims it's 25mm 1/72 scale, Only problem is most sources I find say that 25mm scale is actually 1/64, which is born out by the fact that a 1/72 W/D resin kit I have of the same vehicle is much smaller. In any case, it was a simple build and really done to practice the camouflage technique. It is OOTB with the exception of the bed in the back. It was cast completely flat and looked very bare, so I added a bed made from scribed styrene stock. Also I was shorted one of the fron
  10. This is one of their older offerings. There aren't many parts outside of the road wheels and some are simplified, such as the exterior fuel tanks, which fit miserably by the way. I glued the two front and back halves together and then had to file and sand quite a bit to get rid of the large ridge that resulted between the two. I then scribed a groove at that point to simulate two separate tanks and added handles to their ends. The instructions are rather vague as to how the lower hull parts go together. Do it one way and they are too narrow, do it another and the bottom part is too long. I gav
  11. The kit says the markings are for an a/c from No. 2 Squadron in 1944. As to the orange on the wings, that's a poser. There are no instructions on what colors are what, rather you just have a color picture to go by, thus, you are at the mercy of the printer's inks. I have seen photos where these look more yellow than orange, but I was going by the kit illustrations, which are definitely orange.
  12. Here's another trip down memory lane. This kit dates from 1970. For those not familiar with FROG, they were making wooden model aircraft kits as far back as the 1930's and were one of the first to transition to all plastic kits. The name, FROG, stands for "Flies Right Off the Ground", as most of their early rubber band powered models did. I had to do a little research as I knew little about this a/c. It had an Allison engine instead of the later Merlin and came with two 20mm cannons, although the British models exchanged these for four 50 cal. mgs. From what I read, it was not intended to be
  13. I was working on the Airfix Buffalo kit with the jeep 'passenger', but I wanted to do the Buffalo as an ambulance vehicle, so I needed to figure out what to do with the jeep, if anything. Then it hit me, why not a Jeep ambulance? A quick internet search produced a score of possible variations on this theme, so I chose one and had at it. The stretcher support frames are plastic rod stock with the exception of the curved one in the front, which is from brass wire. I sistered in a dash panel from another kit as the Airfix one is blank, a different steering wheel and column, brake, clutch and acce
  14. Remember when kits had maybe a dozen or so parts? Remember when there were actual instructions that used real words to convey how to put together the model? Remember how nothing fit right? Well, here's a prime specimen. I got this in a sort of 'grab bag' purchase and after a few frustrating outings on more modern kits, I decided to just build it and have a little old fashioned modeling fun. It's OOTB with two exceptions. One is I sanded off all the raised panel lines. The second is that I blanked off the inside of the nose intake so you can't look all the way through the a/c. Fit was as you wo
  15. This oldie dates back to 1966. I did it mostly just for fun, but it went together surprising well, and doesn't look half bad. The decals had not yellowed, but I was afraid they would shatter when put in water, so I coated them with MIcro Liquid Decal Film and they worked fine. I posed it on the Matchbox base provided in the Monty's Caravan set just for the photos.
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