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  1. Blimey its nearly two months since I have updated this, which shows I guess that life gets in the way... Between Covid and and vaccine program there is no time for anything else! However, I managed a small amount of building and base priming the other night so hopefully I can get some time and the model mojo back! Great inspiration to keep going on this site Thanks all for a bit of sanity!!!
  2. I like the suggestion even more... Squaddies and confusion!! I was never in the army but my Dad was for quite a long time. He had a simple mantra... - A good squaddie never looks back... I got away with a lot quoting that back to him...
  3. Hmmm.... now there is a suggestion! That could look really good, the gun on those things was massive and it was a wide tank! I'm going to think about that, it may be better than the Matilda...
  4. Hi, Thanks, the plan is to have something on the back, kind of mid-pull so to have the ramps down and the jacks in use etc. I was going to improvise and make use of something I already have here, but seeing as this is taking while I'm switching and going to use the normal family exasperation around what I want for Christmas (who knows...) to ask for a 1/35 Matilda and potentially stick that on the back...
  5. As predicted life has got well in the way of this over the last couple of weeks... I have managed a bit more assembly and I'm going to start a bit of basic painting this week. The truck is much more fiddly than the trailer, some of the bits are tiny and as the plastic is quite soft I have had the odd disaster getting the parts off of the sprue! Its nothing that hasn't been able to be repaired but still a bit of a pain. A couple more pictures below... Some chassis sub-assembly stuff: Chassis to date: Ready for painting:
  6. Haven't posted on here for a while as life has kind of got in the way of modelling... However, over the weekend, between life and getting the house puppy ready... What have I agreed to!! I have managed to do a bit of basic building. There are plenty of better pictures of mine and as with the trailer there are plenty of bits of the kit that are fiddly! Engine: Engine and radiator, not joined as I'll paint them first: Chassis starting the build up: Its my annual work conference this week and next, which is new entirely virtual venture, which will no doubt stop play a bit... Hopefully I can get a little bit more done!
  7. Thanks for the comments, Its certainly an interesting learning curve getting this together! Got the the end of the trailer for now... Going to move on to the tractor and get that built up and then finish the trailer with rigging etc when its all together as one. I've roughed it up with the wheels as is for now, but I may still try and get some different ones. I have used some very light oil wash just to give an impression of a roughed up surface. Now back to building...!
  8. Yes the wheels are a bit of horror... In the instructions there are two tyre options. The first one is sort of straight through tyre tread and the second an off set type of tread which is what I have gone for. The first option would show and approximation of the tyres in the photo but even then it doesn't look like them. I think giving the two options for the tread is why the wheels are built in the way they are, e.g. a bit rubbish in the kit! I think when its all put together they will look pretty hidden, but I may also look at aftermarket ones if they look rubbish...
  9. Excellent! Good news, yours is looking really good! Where did you get the radiator from? I haven't actually checked if my kit has the old one in it, I assume so....! Richard
  10. Doing it with the wheels on would be a task...!! Having got more than a little bit obsessed with the US election and the CNN interactive maps in particular, I didn't really get much done this weekend... I have made a start at trying to show some wear on the trailer before clearing it is prep for some very minor wash effects. Couple of pics of progress: Wheels waiting of go on: Extra wooden planks and some wear effect (attempt) on the trailer deck: Ramps and deck with a bit of wear effect: Wheels, not fitted yet but doing a test check: Soon to stop on this for a bit and move onto the tractor unit. When this is finished I'll have the trailer set up with the winches pulling a vehicle onto it so can set the jacks an ramps etc until I can see how it all sits on the ground... I'm really enjoying this but its going to be a long project...
  11. The PE looks fine to me, its a tank, I doubt there are any in use that are not a bit knocked about! I really don't like PE, you have done a better job than I do with it!
  12. This is great and really good research! Tigers are epic things although as it turned out there were not lots of them and they could be temperamental! As an aside there is a great podcast which has a lot of tiger content, whilst being about ww2 more generally, called 'We have ways of making you talk'. Def worth a listen.
  13. Looks really good, you have done a brilliant job on the wooden floors, they look spot on. Its a pretty big thing all together and loaded up. No idea where I'll actually put mine when its done....
  14. Managed to get some paint on the trailer over the weekend. Its a bit of a mission with the airbrush because there are a more than a few hidden areas... I started by putting down some random brown areas and also to pick up the wood... The moved on to coat of desert yellow to serve as the main base coat Followed by some green added as camo. I roughly followed the pattern on the instructions but just free-handed it with the airbrush: Final bit was to do some work bring it together and working on the wood a bit. I will be doing some aging an weathering but I think need to be careful with how far to go. Most of the pictures I have seen of vehicles from North Africa show them to be very dusty but not especially dirty and obviously not rusty! So I think its important to be a bit delicate... I'm pretty pleased with where it is so far: The wood effect has been done with pencil and as first time try I think its gone ok. I've also very lightly sanded where the tank tracks would be winched up, it hasn't quite shown in the pictures mind you. Next step is clear coat it before some very low level dust oil washes and try a bit of chipping and then fix the wheels. I'll then leave this for now and move to the tractor. I am not going to rig it until I know exactly how the ramps sit with it all coupled up... Thanks for the comments etc, it certainly helps with the motivation! Richard
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