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Redcoat2966

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About Redcoat2966

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  1. Nice little IV that Carius........like the 88......tempts me to get one......nice weathering....
  2. Hi John......I don't have anything more.....but if you put into Google Opel Blitz Blueprints........there are a few companies you can buy them from. Cheers Richard.....it's been a pain this one. I was looking forward to starting it.......but it has dragged.... I'm having to change my original plans. The way Miniart has done the kit construction, makes it really hard to do sub component completion and painting. I'm going to do a lower detail interior than I planned, with some boarded up widows etc on the side. I might go for a mobile surgery.....
  3. HA HA HA....That's funny mate.............., we are a creative bunch on here, even with the English language....... I've bought an eight drawer unit, just to store them as they wait for finishing, (seven at present... )............keeps the dust off them too.... Cheers both Simon.
  4. Just had a shipment of figures for a wide range of projects. Not a bad deal at £3.60 each..... Chosen this one for the Steyer. I'm going to shift all my time to this project for the next couple of weeks. EDIT: Changed my mind, this one now......
  5. I find the best thing to do mate, is to put away a problem, or a project you loose enthusiasm on and move to another......I look at all my "nearly" finished, and all need final touch's. But need to have a certain frame of mind for the individual needs of each one.....same applies to this Wespe. I have a display cabinet on the way, and intend to only put in what is "really" finished, and on a diorama base. Don't give up on 'em mate. Put them to one side..........
  6. Very nice indeed...... clean but has a nice "used" feel, that doesn't distract from the subject. Regards Recoat
  7. Couldn't agree more s.e.......I have the Panzerfaust set, really nice. You get a lot for your money in one set.......but as you say, some effort required. They need to concentrate on making all these additional parts detail though Vaastav actually fit together. I was impressed with the spru count on this kit, but if a large proportion is un-workable....it becomes pretty pointless.......linkage rods a good example........ I'm at the point in looking at the main cab....basically a "house of cards". There's no positive location points or any locking points to confirm correct location, other than at floor level for the side walls..... this build requires the main chassis and sub parts be exactly in the right place. Well.....the chassis as I have described is questionable in dimensions based on the parts design of Miniart and how they put it together.....I know that the radiator is off due to the part it sits on being off based on kit location points. This moves on to make the engine off by .5mm, which intern like a domino continues to the front fire wall section of the cab which is a critical part of the main cab and the "house of cards" build I have to contemplate. To keep the main cab square, you need the doors fitted......this so complicates the build if you want to do the interior......it's a catch 22....I need the doors in place to square the cab.....but I want them open.......I know before I even try..... the front doors will have a hole bigger than required.........so they might HAVE to be open.......this is due to the front windscreen wall of the cab being off........it goes on and on...........not major problems..... IFthat is, you want to make it with everything buttoned up. Overall, they make it very, very difficult to build to do anything on the interior, or even a plan to paint it correctly in considering the interior as well. I'm not here to bash Miniart......I don't think this experience will totally put me off another....but the subject matter will be more carefully chosen......don't think I'll choose an open chassis vehicle again.
  8. Best I can advise, is post some pics on progress.........I'm building a Miniart bus with full chassis, so I imagine with a Zvezda you're having some similar issues as myself......
  9. Looking under my bench though John, I think kit purchase's are on hold.......more than enough to keep me busy.....for a long, long time.........As you said above, someone else recommended ASUKA to me, so I have the new Sherman Firelfly to build too along with all the rest being Tamiya and Dragon. Although I did pick up a Das Werk 4 barreled 30mm FLAK the other day.....for a filler when fed up with the builds on the bench..........I'll think I'll take a pass on Italeri's and Zvezda unless really cheap for a trial build.
  10. Very simply........stunning build.......love it in all area's.......
  11. I don't know Bob, the Tamiya one looks fine to me.....nice camo. My Dragon one will be a very long build....certainly for the new year. I'll load up a new build blog to lay out the parts and upgrade kits in place for it.....it might motivate me to break ground on it.....in time for the MAFVA finals.......one can live in hope.... Simon.
  12. Hi Filippo Don't get me wrong, this kit is a nice one to build from a subject point of view...just been spoilt by Tamiya/Dragon....I hope will work out to be a nice conversion. ..... I'm yet to do a Zvezda....so maybe if I see one cheap; I'll give them a shot.....as regards this one, I'll plough on and complete......although it might get shelved occasionally.........with nearly 60 parts for 6 wheels, it'll be more than ...... I think what the engineers need is an actual model maker with them as they plan a kit. I had this problem with my engineers when I was in an industry that injection moulded. Sometime the engineers couldn't see the wood for the tree's. I would design it for end user ease, they were obsessed with looking at the end and say what a marvel of engineering.........for them I think some times it was "function followed form".......not the other way round, as it should be....within reason to detail required in kits......I think Tamiya and Dragon make the balance just right.
  13. P.S......nothing is going though to change my opinion of the wheels though..........hate them........
  14. Hi John. No mate, no big issue overall......I suppose it's my underlying OCD....... The linkage rod's as S.E. Charles said, could have been better done in wire.....if plastic reproduction isn't in their remit at present for this type of component. I mean, most of what I've done to date will not really be seen, but I still like to enjoy any build.....and not have issue's like this. The big issue is as I mentioned, the build sequence in the manual to me aint gonna work out in light of the slight issues in fit and location pin issue's.....built seperatly is the way ahead I think. Cheers mate.
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