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  1. On the final stretch now. One job that I had left until last was the headlamps and their brush guards. I have the Eduard etched set for the M3 Scout Car, but on inspection, I decided against using it for the brush guards as they are so very fragile as to be useless (well at least in my clumsy hands). So I looked at the kit's offerings, and they're not too bad. A lot better than the Italeri ones. The inverted U shape of the guards is a bit on the thick side, so using a coarse sanding stick, I rubbed them down to a more acceptable thickness. At the back are a couple of triangular fillets which I removed and replace with thin card. When I was happy with them, they were glued in place. But then........I had another look at the etched brass ones and thought, well why not give them a try. So once removed from the fret, I bent the frame to shape and added the open mesh guard... carefully. Breathe on them and they would bend out of shape. I managed to attach all of the mesh by adding super glue, using a piece of very thin stretched sprue. I was happy with the finished article, so I removed the kit item, and glued the etched ones in place. I'm leaving the headlamps off until after painting as it would be nigh on impossible to get the lenses fitted with the lamps in place. Basically, that's the build finished. All I need to add now before proceeding to the paint shop, are some pieces of kit and a camnet. The first bit of kit that I wanted to add was a stretcher, as there are photos of these A/C's carrying them. For the shafts, I used lengths of plastic channel and glued strips of 10thou card to them, and then glued short lengths of 40thou rod to the ends for the handles. The feet were pieces left over from an Eduard set for the Academy Grant. I bent them to shape and then super glued them to the shafts. The stretcher's canvas is blue towel roll soaked in dilute white PVA glue, and then the whole thing was affixed to the side of the A/C. The retaining straps are also from the Grant set, plus some strips of pewter foil. On the other side and the rear I added some personal kit which came from a Verlinden set. I added a couple of straps and buckles to the large pack on the rear of the vehicle. Finally, I rolled up a length of camnet, soaked it in dilute PVA, and then positioned it around the top edge of the roof. I decided against adding any straps as the few (not very clear) photos that I have of these vehicles with camnets appear to show them just laying on the roofs. And that's the build completed. All that needs to be added are a couple of aerials and the headlamps, and these will all be done once the painting is finsihed. Hopefully, I'll be able to make a start on painting this over the next week. As always, thanks for looking and for any comments. John.
  2. Thanks very much for all of your comments. You'll never know how accurate the comment about itchy scratchy is. That's the last time that I fuss next doors cat!! Time to change the flea collar I think. John.
  3. It's coming to life now Ben and really looking the part. Nice work. John.
  4. I'd say, looking at that photo, that the person who commissioned that monstrosity, had a nasty experience with a wedding cake as a child. John.
  5. I have a stalled conversion of an Aussie Centurion to a Korean War Mk.lll. I remember at the time of starting it, I asked on another well know military modelling site what would be the correct colour for it. A well known and respected historian came back with the reply that Korean War Centurions were in SCC15. John.
  6. Yes, it is the Academy kit, reboxed. It's basically a good kit. The early releases had a problem with the VVSS units being about 1.5mm too high, but Academy corrected this in later issues. There are also some missing rivets on the side of the hull. The best place to get a full rundown on the kit is here; https://www.perthmilitarymodelling.com/reviews/vehicles/academy/acd13212.html Just ignore Terry's remarks about the VVSS units, because as I said, they were corrected. John.
  7. I love Christmas. When it arrives, that means that Strictly has finished for a few months. Bliss!! John. (Life time member of the "We hate Strictly club").
  8. Great looking model and the figures are excellent. I like the detail in the engine bay. Nice work. John.
  9. That's looking first class Ben. And fuel lines too! Very impressive. John.
  10. Thanks Ben. Much appreciated, and so is the news that RB might be getting back into production. Let's hope that it's right. John.
  11. Not had that said to me in a long time!! Thanks for the comments Darryl. Only a couple more jobs to do and then it's into the paint shop. John.
  12. Nice work Ed. You've captured the look of the T54-85 in Egyptian hands perfectly. Now if you want anything rearranged on it, I'm sure that I could send along an M51. John.
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