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About Redcoat2966

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  1. Redcoat2966

    Pz.Sfl.IVb 10,5cm le.FH. 18/1 Sd.Kfz.165/1 Ausf. A

    Thanks Stix Looks like a really nasty day tomorrow, so I think a really good day to kick it off. As I said before, I have to shut down for Christmas after next Thursday until nearly the New Year. My goal is to have the majority of the sub builds done during the coming week. Seems a simple construction......then PE as a separate phase. Simon
  2. Afternoon all....well, finally got the time to sit down and set up the build log. This is to be the contribution to the GB. Only two test units being built in reality, and a further ten for test purposes on the Eastern Front. Once under test, it was realised that the 105mm howitzer could easily fit on the obsolete Panzer II chassis, becoming the Wespe; so the proposed further 200 were cancelled as the Panzer IV chassis's were needed to supply combat Panzer IV's due to urgent need on the Eastern Front from the losses of 1941 and early '42. All ten production vehicles served with the Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 16, attached to the 16.Panzer-Division on the Eastern Front. The Division was held in reserve during the Balkan Campaign, but took part in the invasion of the Soviet Union, Operation Barbarossa, in June 1941. It was used in the southern sector of the Front, advancing to Stalingrad via Lvov, Pervomaisk, Zaporozhe, Taganrog, Makeevka and Artemorsk. The 10.5cm leFH 18/1 (Sf) auf Geschutzwagen IVb joined the rest of 16.Panzer-Division in late December early January. The regiment was destroyed in early 1943 in the Stalingrad pocket. Overall it'll be a clean build and apart from mud and dust, not too much wear and tear as is seen on the AFV's of this front. I have developed a build plan and schedule to efficiently build, and try and have the most time for the painting sequence, as I intend to use a new product for the making of mud. I'll need to spend some time practicing that first. The hardest part will be the PE phase.....lot's of tool clamps..... I have prepped as much as I can as I have a feeling the Christmas fortnight will be a zero build time as I have to pack away the bench as it's in the spare room,(family visiting...) All my part spru's are washed and ready to go, just filling the time trying to confirm some Dragon Model issue's as regards the reality of the interior ammo storage; which I think they have wrong. I discovered a pic of Voyager Model upgrade with an additional ammo locker, not specified in the Dragon build instruction sheet -even though supplied. Plus to complicate things, a photo has popped up with the ammo cabinets at an angle in the fighting compartment.......nothing but issue's. Anyway, hope to post first progress by the 16th, as we have rain over the weekend.......must always see a positive somewhere on a grey day... Simon.
  3. Redcoat2966

    Panzer IV STGB Chat

    HI PLASTIX....I was referencing vppelt's comment, not your reply. I should have quoted as I have done above. But one bit of observation, is the two pics you have popped up is one that looks like a brand new unit and the other I believe is very early in the Barbarossa campaign when I imagine all AFV's were in tip top condition. As things went on and I would imagine after 19343 and in constant retreat, repairs etc would have been harder to keep up....even for OCD German's......
  4. Redcoat2966

    Panzer IV STGB Chat

    repeat posting
  5. Redcoat2966

    Panzer IV STGB Chat

    Mmmmmmm.......I’m not sure about that. I have many images in my archive of extremely sagging tracks. Some where the sag coming from the drive and leading to the idler look quite precarious...
  6. Redcoat2966

    Israeli Improvised Armoured Car.

    Really nice build and finish John. Did you have build plans, drawings for the scratch work.......or just from photos. If so, it makes it all the more impressive Regards. Simon
  7. Redcoat2966

    Panther SchmalTurm

    Well......just wanted to say that Ironworks knocking out a cracking Panzer here....and I’ve enjoyed the thread immensely. Picked up a few things here and there on some techniques and materials. Same goes for the “trackdebate”.......learnt a lot on metals and finish that I have set myself the task of creating as close as I can to what has been discussed here by the team and DA’s Input and photos. Makes being a member of the forum forum all the more enjoyable Simon
  8. Redcoat2966

    Panzer IV STGB Chat

    Yeah, same problem here....I have chosen another open top so all the internals need painting before I build the main turret. Plus I've added in a PR upgrade set to complicate things somewhat. On the upside, my colour scheme is a "plain Jane" Panzer Grey, as only two were built for field testing before DunkelGelb became standard in 41/42.....I don't think they were operational by then.... Although in reading on the question of what colour "WAS" Panzer Grey.....I read some chap's research that he comes to the conclusion that is was was virtually a Blue/Black...., like a dark Prussian Blue. He said due to black and white images and the presence of dust it has been assumed to be as is portrayed very often a much blue'er grey. They even have blue filters to accentuate it on a paint job of Panzer Grey. I might do some test's on an old hulk and pre-mix this darker Panzer Grey before the 15th. Simon.
  9. Redcoat2966

    Panzer IV STGB Chat

    That's a good idea Stix......got my project for the weekend..... Simon
  10. Redcoat2966

    RMASG Centaur.

    Nice John.......like it.....mines gone off the boil....I must get back into it again....... Great job... Simon.
  11. Redcoat2966

    1/35 Sturmtiger Dark yellow

    Really nice piece that......nice to see a single colour scheme. Chance to see the detail and weathering.......great job..... Simon.
  12. Thanks Soeren Yeah, I'm keeping this one as though only a few weeks on the front....mostly my efforts on weathering will be dust and a new mud product I picked up. The chipping will be kept subtle as I did with the Cromwell Centaur I also have on the go.....just around hatches etc. Simon.
  13. Hi gang....interim update......satin coat applied. The jack and a very light dusting over the decals (to soften them) is all that's left, then she's ready for her "wash". All the tools are dry fitted at present and will fit after the wash stage.
  14. Redcoat2966

    Panther Gs early any else

    Hi Soeren.....you don't have to tell me about PE......I think I need to build a chin rest for my magnifier as I seem to spend most of the time at the bench looking through it........
  15. Redcoat2966

    Panther Gs early any else

    Got your work cut out here mate....looking good... Simon.