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Stephen Hawkins

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  1. Stephen Hawkins

    Milicast 1/72 A10 Cruiser

    I have built the same model from Milicast in desert colours. I am a fan of their kits, but they are not the cheapest out there. But they are great for all the more esoteric stuff. Stvee
  2. Stephen Hawkins

    Brewster Buffalo B-339 RNZAF - Tamiya 1/48

    Even if the Squadrons out in the far east were equipped with the same number of latest Spitfires, they still would have lost. Always up against it. Little or no early warning and when the japs turned up, they did so, 'mob handed'. Always out numbered and always climbing to meet the opposition.....Mostly when they were on their way out. Steve
  3. Stephen Hawkins

    Otter Armoured Car - 1:72 IBG Models

    I have an Otter as well, in the stash and have done a couple of their C15 trucks. Overly complicated and not for the beginner. The chassis really could have been molded as one piece instead of 25 pieces! But they are well detailed. Just steeling myself for the Otter. Cheers
  4. Stephen Hawkins

    Otter Armoured Car - 1:72 IBG Models

    I should have mentioned the individual track links....They are very small ...Oh dear! I would be wary of the template, and try to build them on a flat surface instead in sections. Glue them to the wheels in sections before the they go off too hard. I spite of that trauma I have done two. Good Luck Steve
  5. Stephen Hawkins

    Otter Armoured Car - 1:72 IBG Models

    If you buy one of the their Bren Carriers, you get an Boys anti-tank rifle to use in your Otter..
  6. Stephen Hawkins

    1/7nd AFV's, what's the attraction

    Mostly its display for me. I do not have the space to display many 1/35 kits. But I do build the odd 1/35 kit when the mood strikes me. Mostly old Tamiya or Italeri. Then there is also the cost. A new release 1/35 kit can be getting on for £50 in the UK, and that is too much. There is also the shear breadth of coverage. 1/72, 1/76 and 20mm have got it covered, if you look hard enough. And there is a choice in detail level and construction material, of the subjects you want to build. If you want to build all the cruiser tanks that served in the desert, then it will have to be 1/72, 1/76 or 20mm. Or all versions of the Vickers Light tanks (A, B, C and AA?) I find 1/48, 1/56 and 15mm a bit of a distraction, same old candidates in a different scale.
  7. Actually its the Armoured Carriers, Wheeled, India Pattern, Mk IIC or Mk III...I am after....
  8. I am doing North Africa as well. I like the idea of a Theatre, then investigating the hardware that the protagonists used. But you have to be careful. More that one time I have been caught out by box art. A Wespe or a Panther depicted by a palm tree - that does not mean they made it to North Africa! Even sweated over an Attack 'Grille' under the mistaken notion that they made it to the Desert. Doh! You can soon run out of normal injection molded kits though, by restricting yourself, they only make what they can shift quickly. Then you have to start chasing the more esoteric stuff. Anyone for a reasonably priced Indian Pattern Reconnaissance Car? Hurry up Millicast! Steve
  9. Recently I have been quite impressed with some of the kit by Plastic Soldier (1/72). Especially where one kit has 3 vehicles all of different types - Marder kit for example, has 2 different versions of the Marder II and the original 38T tank that they were based of, same with their Panzer III kits. Excellent value for money. I hope they manage to bring more kits out this year. For detail, I also like Milicast (1/76). But they are resin kits. if you visit their site, you will be amazed with the many types of vehicle modelled by them. And they are accurate. I have also recently done a few of IBG kits. A couple of Bren Carriers and some C15 trucks. They have, however, gone a bit mad on the 'parts count' competition, where they break down the model into far too many parts for the size of the kit. This makes them difficult and frustrating to build. Individual track links for a 1/72 Bren Carrier, anyone? That said, the do look good when done....Their range is also limited. I have also done Airfix, Hasegawa, Italeri, amongst others. The older kits tend to be less accurate, though. I have also looked at some of the other war gamming models, both metal and resin, with some limited success - scale accuracy does seem to be an issue though. The beauty of these kits, is that the are not so big that you struggle to store/display them Cheers Steve
  10. Stephen Hawkins

    Pathe Video RASC Workshop in North Africa?

    I have just used this link and was able to see the video via Windows Explorer. Great video, its just a pity it wasn't in colour. Would have saved a lot of grief. : ) Steve
  11. Stephen Hawkins

    Anti-Tank Gun with Crew and Carrier

    I have just finished mine, only in a desert scheme, and I only did the hardware, no fella's. Had to make the driving levers and seat backs, though. Must remember to put the tilt on one of them. Just put some decals on them before I finally dirty them up a bit. Far easier than the IBG Bren carriers of the same scale. Still having nightmares over the individual track links.....
  12. Stephen Hawkins

    Converting Plastic Soldier Stug III Ausf G to C/D and F

    Yep, it looks a lot more difficult to get a really true representation of these earlier Stugs from this kit. I had hoped it would just be a matter of losing the cupola and modifying the gun. Lesson learned.
  13. I am particular interested in armour from the Western Desert and Tunisia, so I have bought a Plastic Soldier Stug III kit which consists 3 models with the ability to fit 3 different gun/mantlet combinations. Unfortunately they are all Ausf G's with options for a long 75, and slightly shorter gun possibly of a higher calibre, both on the older angular mantlet, and a gun mounted in a 'pigs head' mantlet. All hulls are fitted with a Cupola on the port side. However I need to model the STUG III C/D with a short barrel, and an F/8, which I might be have the long 75 (?) Either way, I need to lose the cupola and fabricate a flat hatch on these earlier versions. I have a few spare barrels from a Panzer 4 kit for the short 75 And I think I might need to create some sort of air filter arrangement for the C/D vehicle. Is there anything else I need to consider? I am not expecting to get too creative, but half an hour with some evergreen and filler to create something reasonable in this small scale would be nice. Cheers Steve H
  14. Stephen Hawkins

    Airfix 1/76 Cromwell, other models with similar tracks?

    You want try a 1/72 IBG Bren carrier, with individual track links. That will definitely ruin your day! I have done two. That was Definitely enough! Steve
  15. Stephen Hawkins

    Loyd Carriers in the Desert?

    Thanks chaps, I have a Plastic Soldier Lloyd carrier set, which contains a pair of Loyd carriers with a pair of 6 pounders. I wanted to do them in desert colours. But although it seems that both types of equipment were in theatre, they were not necessarily paired up. Cheers Steve
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