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  1. Thanks for that, John. Now l’ve found that Aber do a set - 48 011 - which includes the fan covers for the fighting compartment heater: http://www.aber.net.pl/detal,503.html Finding it in the UK seems to be a problem, though. Panda Commander
  2. I've just bought the Tamiya 1/48 Panther G, and I'm looking into go-faster bits. Question: Does anyone make a replacement brass grille set for this kit? (Note: Just the grilles; my Jurassic eyes couldn't cope with 1/48 tool clamps, Schürzen etc.) Panda Commander
  3. Thanks for that. lt appears to have the early, small idler, so it’s correct for the tank l want to build: “Black 302” of 3./Pz. Regt.3, abandoned outside Hosingen during the Ardennes Offensive. Excellent! Panda Commander
  4. Just a quickie: Does the Tamiya 1/48th Panther G: - come with the large or small idler wheel? Panda Commander
  5. Hello, Ash; welcome to the asylum. A couple of acknowledged masters of the art of weathering, and who produce excellent, detailed, videos on their techniques, are Night Shift and Plasmo. I have often sought inspiration, and gained knowledge, from their presentations. Have fun! Panda Commander
  6. An excellent job. It could easily be mistaken for one a couple of scales larger. Well done! Panda Commander
  7. Inching ahead despite poor fit, ambiguous part location etc. I had to lop off these two "Polos" to get the side plates into some sort of fit: As she looks now (except that I had to remove and replace the spud box, as it would have interfered with the tracks): (Much filler required around the "cupola"). Exhaust shortened & end angle modified to match photos of Deborah. I'm starting to come up with odds & sods to be paced in the spud box to give the appearance of stores: Aluminium foil from
  8. A payslip made from a sheet of papyrus shows a Roman soldier was left penniless 1,900 years ago after the military took out fees for certain items. The document was made out to a Gaius Messius, who participated in the Siege of Masada, one of the last battles during the First Jewish-Roman War. The receipt shows Messius received 50 denarii as his stipend, but fees for barley money, food and military equipment were taken out that totaled to the amount of his full pay. Because part of the deductions taken were for fodder, food for livestock, experts
  9. Wonderfully precise use of PE there: exemplary! Panda Commander
  10. A wee bit more millimetric (literally!) progress: 0.5mm holes drilled into the Lewis mounts; MGs superglued into the mounts, then dry-fitted into the sponsons. The photo of D51 Deborah about to be interred shows that she had asbestos wrapping around her exhaust, but only one section of it: White sewing thread wrapped around the pipe, then "tacked" into place with superglue. An issue I foresee is the track grousers: JK Resin supply 30 and only 30 grousers, i.e. 15 per track. It's unclear how many grousers should have been
  11. Painstaking research and excellent graphics: Thank you. Panda Commander
  12. l’ve never tried it, but l’ve heard some people recommend running cotton through PVA glue on one’s fingers. lt’s supposed to slick down the loose fibres. Panda Commander
  13. The resin tracks comprise three lengths of track for each side, total 86 links per side (IIRC); and a total of 30 grousers, 15 per side. That’s all you get in the box. I’ll be using transfers from Fox Transfers for the lettering. Panda Commander
  14. Having been out of the modelling game for decades, I decided to dip my toe in the water by starting with the Emhar Mk. IV Female in 1/72, because 1/72 has to be easier and cheaper, right? (Ha-ha...) So I bought the kit, then an airbrush, then a compressor, then loads of paints, adhesives, brushes, tools, references... Anyway, I've now accumulated enough stuff to (a) Drill an oil well, and; (b) Make a start, so here goes: I read Al Magnus's review, but decided that I wanted to model D51 "Deborah", the Mk. IV Female miraculously discovered and preserved by Philippe Gorcyn
  15. I can't quite visualise the area you mean, but there are a couple of excellent photo walkrounds here, e.g. Lodestar III in Brussels and Liberty at APG. Panda Commander
  16. I can attest to the quality of their brass. Here are a couple of pics I took: Panda Commander
  17. I have assembled a few odds 'n sods via Tracks & Troops in the Czech Republic for my forthcoming Mk. IV in 1/72. You'll find JK Resin tracks; also brass barrels for the long 57mm guns, Lewis and Hotchkiss guns, etc. Don't be alarmed by the hideous postage charge they quote: it's the maximum possible amount, and they will reduce it as far as necessary when they post to you. Panda Commander
  18. Call off the dogs and wee on the fire: I've just discovered that JK do a set specially for the Mk. IV. Available from Hannants here. Thanks to all. Panda commander
  19. I am looking to build D51 Deborah in 1/72 from the Emhar "Female" kit (Part No. 5002) The rubber band tracks don't look inspiring, and I'd like to upgrade them to a set with the extra-wide grousers fitted, as was the case with Deborah. My question: Would these replacement tracks from J.K. Models be appropriate? I don't want to spoil the ship for a ha'porth of tar. Panda commander
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