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Mig Eater

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  1. Real life scale reference of a Type 94 being carried on the back of a Sherman
  2. Update, the new 3D printed casemate for the FT75 is done & fitted on a base/mounting brackets made from aluminum (drinks can). I also made a new more detailed trench crossing skid for the rear & also a storage box which is missing from the kit. The first attempt at printing them failed though, I'll probably need to re-level the build plate & mix the resin some more, which is all part of the process of 3D printing. I also made a start on the B1 hull, it will have a new open topped fighting compartment so I need to scratch build a basic interior for the front of the hull before I put the top on. I'm going to be away a for few weeks now so it might be awhile before the next update.
  3. If you really want to be confused, multiple types of transmission cover were used too 3 part bolted, cast sharp nose, cast round nose, cast round nose jumbo, EX100 Cross drive. several welded prototypes...
  4. I can understand, I'm building an FT 17 in 1/76 scale & it's so small it feels like a 1/144 kit
  5. I'm confused Meng's FT 17 kit (TS-008) is in 1/35 scale & it comes with decals for Le Tigre.
  6. I made a start with little FT 17 which only took a few hours to built up, I sanded down the turret ring in anticipation of the new 3D printed part & replaced the end of the exhaust with some wire, which was damaged when I cut it off the sprue. My 3D printer is currently whirring away & should be done with the new superstructure part in a few hours. I also contemplated 3D printing a new set of tracks, but for the sake of time & my sanity I decided to just use the rubber tracks that came in the kit.
  7. I was reminded by @stevej60 that I had a old Matchbox/Revell Char B.1 Bis & FT.17 kit in my stash. I picked it up many years ago out of a bargain bucket & it has been hidden away at the back of my stash ever since. Well now seems like the best time to build it before it gets forgotten again! So as not too overlap with Steve's build of the same kit & because it's impossible for me to build anything OOB I'm going to convert both of them into self propelled gun versions. The FT 75 BS was a modified version of the FT 17 replacing the turret with a fixed superstructure fitted with a short barreled 75mm fortress gun. Production begun in late 1918 with only 11 finished before the war ended, a further 29 were built in 1919 & they went on to serve in North Africa. There last use was against American forces during Operation Torch in 1942. The 10.5 cm leFH18/3 (Sf) auf Geschützwagen B-2(f) was a German modification of captured Char B1 tanks, the 75mm gun in the hull was removed & the turret was replaced with an new open topped superstructure fitted with as the name suggests a 10.5cm leFH18 field howitzer. 16 were modified between 1941-1942, they were at first used in France & then later transferred to Italy were their fate is unknown. Here is the obligatory box art photo, complete with the bargain price I payed for it It comes with a total of three sprues, two of them are for the tanks, the third is for a basic diorama (which I wont be using) & lastly there are two sets of rubber/vinyl tracks. The parts needed for the conversions will be 3D printed, they are just small boxes with barrels sticking out, so I dont expect it will be much work to design & print
  8. Quick question, would a French tank captured & modified by the Germans (or British) be eligible for the GB?
  9. I'd completely forgotten that I had one of these in the stash too I might join you with a quick build before I tackle my main 1/35 project.
  10. If you dont mind me asking, what happened to the bottom of the front plate, it looks like it hasn't been molded correctly or you cut it up?
  11. I eagerly started my build on Wednesday morning by putting all the parts back in the box & then turning on my computer to start work on the 3D model of the prototype ACL turret, so much for it being an after thought There is only one known photograph of an ARL 44 fitted with the ACL turret & it's not at the best angle... The ARL 44 prototype is featured in both of the online games World of Tanks & War Thunder, the later one looks more accurate so I'm going to use that as a reference for the parts you can't see in the photo. I also didn't want to start building the model just yet because I'm going to be away for a few weeks & would rather start the build when I'm back instead of having to stop halfway through. So it might be awhile before I post some more plastic, the 3D model of the ACL turret is nearly done though so maybe some 3D renders before I leave.
  12. French Blue was used on tanks for awhile post WW1, Amusing Hobby's recommendation to use it on the ARL 44 comes from the game World of Tanks where all the French tanks (FT-17 to AMX-30) use French Blue as a way to easily differentiate them from the other nations with green tanks. Amusing Hobby regularly copies World of Tanks for paint schemes & markings, they have even released kits based on some of the fictitious tank designs in the game.
  13. Yep I'm making its bigger 1/35 brother, I'm planing to use AK's French Army Green paint which (going by my colour chart) looks similar to Vallejo's US Dark Green (71.289).
  14. Yes that's the mount for the M1 dozer blade.
  15. Best place for French armour www.chars-francais.net
  16. There are five "surviving" tanks; Musée des Blindés Saumur Monument out side the 501st-503rd Tank Regiment Three different wrecks that were rescued from target ranges & are now at the ASPHM Association in La Wantzenau
  17. Here is my contribution to the GB, the ARL 44 heavy tank in 1/35 scale by Amusing Hobby. The ARL 44 has quite an interesting developmental history, the origins of it design started in 1943 as a tracked snow blower for the German Kriegsmarinem. French engineers secretly designed the parts with the duel intention of them also being using in a future tank design though. In late 1944 most of France had been liberated & work started in earnest on the ARL 44 with the hopes that it would be ready in time to take part in the invasion of Germany (Allied HQ at the time were expecting the Germans to put up more of a fight & that the war would take longer then it actually did). The first prototype was ready in 1946 & was fitted with the 76mm gun from the Sherman tank. It was quickly decided that this weapon was to small for use in modern combat so production was put on hold while & a new larger turret with a 90mm gun was designed. The new weapon took several years to develop but was finally completed in 1949, production continued with 60 tanks built in total. They didn't live very long though, in 1954 they were removed from service & replaced by the M47 Patton, most were scraped & some where used on target ranges. The kit comes with only four sprues, two of which are copies. The rest of the kits contains a single large upper hull, metal barrel, bag of individual workable tracks & a set of decals (there is some string to use as a tow rope too but I'm not using that). Close up of the upper hull, which is quite detailed & surprisingly sturdy. To add some colour to the kit I got AK's new modern French paint set. This is their new 3rd Gen paint that they have been advertising a lot recently, I'm curious to see if it's any better then their "old" paint. The part count of the kit is low & a dont see anything that will cause any issues, so looks like it will be a relatively quick build (famous last words ). It's become obligatory for me to add some 3D printed parts to every model I make though, which will add some time. For this one I'm thinking of printing the alternative ACL 1 turret used on the first prototype, I'll build the model first though & then see how much time is left & If I still feel like it
  18. Nice I've been very tempted to get one of these kits on several occasions, I look forward to seeing your build.
  19. Sounds like a Char 2C..? One of the Biggest tanks ever built. Designed during WW1 but not built until the 1920's Each tank was named after a different region of France. Only ever used in propaganda moves & never fired a shot in anger. The French say that they were destroyed by their crews to avoid capture, the Germans claimed that they were destroyed by Ju-87 dive bombers.
  20. Bah you're no fun Oh well, still have several other interesting options for the GB.
  21. I'm wondering if an AMX-40 tank (the 1940 version) would be allowed in the GB? The design was still being worked on when Germany Invaded France & none were built.
  22. You can add me, my stash is about 75% prototypes & paper designs so lots of options for this GB.
  23. I've got a few Japanese WW2 tanks & also some anime tanks in the stash too, so you can put me down.
  24. Hah, you're right I mistakenly made the calculations in 1/35 (my usual scale) & not in 1/72
  25. The tracks, wheels & sprockets are all just dry fitted, I prefer to paint them separately & add them at the end.
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