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  1. Hi Kel, and yeah, I have that build blog but didn't come across it until I had built the engine by the kit instructions which I now know is wrong..... The alternator, oil pump etc are on the wrong side. I have these images now and intend next build of a Sd.Kfz 6 next time; with these additions. He does a great job of rectifying the errors across the whole kit. I was just looking for some images of cables and pipe to give it some realism. I'm happy with the results for this kit. I think I might go with the bonnet so I can paint the white band across it. Thanks again for taking a look....
  2. Good morning all......my bi-weekly update on this oddity. Thanks to Pete,Ed, John and Milan for your comments, and sorry for not replying sooner. As regards the build.......I've concentrated on detail in the cab and engine area, but I am getting closer to the painting stage. I've added the chains for the opening to the cab area. It might be a tad too large but does the job. Additionally I've added a cracked leather texture to the seat backs with some KitKat foil. It Still needs some burnishing now the glue has dried. Most of my time was spent on some plumbing in the engine bay. It may not be "super" accurate, but finding a really good pic of the engine and the cables etc was tough to find, so created something that looks the part. I still have a couple more electric cables to pop in before painting. The one thing I had issues with was the gap I couldn't rectify between the foot plate and mud guard above the drive sprocket, so decided to go with it and maybe introduce some stowage to cover it up.......the other side fitted perfect, go figure...very strange. Still deciding whether to have the bonnet fitted or totally open with just the bracing rods. I'll go ahead and make them in brass rod etc, as the kit parts were too long. The issue I found for any one building this one. The pivot points for the windscreen are after fitting too narrow for the windscreen. I've defaulted to the covered version and carved out the space required for it to fit. Well, thats all for today chaps.......if anyone has a specific question or observation, let me know. All the best....
  3. Morning all, my weekly update. Trying to at least find the time to post some progress....... I may not be able to fit the SBS radio I picked up, still working on a fix. A little too wide for the spot next to the passenger seat. May have to have on a packing block at the rear. Had to add a new crank point tube in brass and new stands for the number plate to raise it as the original kit part covered the crank point. Added a new tow point pin in brass and chain. I still have to fit the spare track mounts on the top of the mudguards which are in PE. From what I can see, not the best fit to arc. Never understand how a PE set provided by the kit manufacturer fit so poorly. You can see the brass straps on the wheels. Not too difficult to fit match the wheel arc, and look OK. Makes painting an issue with the outer rubber. Another reason I have to keep the gun deck separate until final build. Spent the day for some reason scratch building all the "plumbing" under the dashboard in the footwell......but not much can be seen when all is together.....still, some practice for the plumbing on the engine I'll attempt this week. Still having to find better pics of some of this detail. If anyone has a some info, would love to see some. Anyway, have a good day.......
  4. Thanks Keith. They don't do a PE upgrade set for this one but as you said not a bad kit as regards the detail so went with what it has; except I picked up an S.B.S. 3D printed radio to replace the kit on. Have to see if it fit's this week sometime. Cheers John, need to set up the painting area now as it's as complicated as a full interior build as regards the painting sequence of parts etc. Yeah, quite an oddball....early signs of Germany's inability to provide and having to recycle. I have that build blog and have done the widening of the axel. I found another build blog also that tackled that differently. I found it after I'd gone for the cut and splice method. Heres the link for future ref if anyone needs it..... https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/missinglynx/sd-kfz-6-2-with-37mm-flak-36-t321481.html Cheers Ed Thanks Rob As regards any progress. Did some rebuilding of the footwell in the foot pedals and gear sticks. The gear sticks I replaced with width indicator poles. Also, as I intend to use brass replacements for the width indicators on the mudguards. The kit indicator poles I decided to re-purpose them as the levers for the dashboard, perfect scale for them. Just drilled a 0.5mm hole and popped them in. Not sure why the kit doesn't supply them. Off to start planning the painting so I can actually pull together the growing pile of sub components. Cheers all.....
  5. Afternoon all.....my apologies for the long gap between kick off and posting any progress. It's been tough to get any time at the bench and to be honest not the simplest of builds in many ways. There are some issues with the kit in some parts fit and also the use of PE when actually moulding the piece in plastic would have been a much better choice. I'll post these for now and follow up with some list of parts etc you need to be aware of you intend to build the same kit and a run down of the build so far. Overall I am impressed with the kit in the level of moulded detail and clarity; very nice.........As regards the build...... The Gun and attaching it to the gun deck - Nicely detailed gun but be very sparing with glue in the building of........ In the instructions they direct you to cut down the limber arms as you see above but it turns out to be a little short where they marked them for cutting to meet up with the vertical posts on the gun deck. My suggestion would be to cut them a little longer and sand until they fit tight when you finally fit the PE straps which are added over the wheels........to come later. Regards all.
  6. Very nice Rob, nice finish and build......
  7. Hi Milan, glad to have you along. I've studied the build review on the Scalemates page for this Bronco kit and made the same amendments etc.....e.g. the axel at the front needed a 2mm added to both sides to widen the final location off the front tires. I'm just researching in my library for more details that he mentions are missing and see if it's worth adding them. regards
  8. Afternoon all. I hope all is well at your end. Finally after many months trapped on projects other than modelling, I'm back. I did intend to finalise many of the projects languishing in my cabinet, but couldn't resist starting another build. Not in the mood for painting at present.......can't be bothered to set up the spray booth. So, I checked the stash and this popped out at me. Something different and "odd" in many ways. I'm busy trying to locate a set of tracks in the stash; some R_Model metal tracks I picked up on Aliexpress. Here's the box art for the kit. Just noticed this morning, there's a print of the box art in the box free of all the text. Nice touch that, wish more companies would do the same. Anyway, I've kicked off on the chassis. I hope to have some pics of progress next time round. All the best.
  9. Hi Rob, yeah trying to a new project underway; but may concentrate on the long line of started.......🙄. Ask regards the salt chipping effect. I did that on the rear spade on mine to show well used and rusted. Good place to do it as the steel would rust heavily; unlike armour. Look forward to see progress....
  10. Hi Rob, how's things. Looking good so far. Reminds when I did mine for the Panther group build a few years ago, I did the Ausf.A.......I was surprised I got it done within the time frame of a group build. I did skip the engine though on mine as it wasn't seen. There was still a lot as your doing on the interior etc. I'm now back to the work bench after a long period on other projects. Keep up the good work and catch you again on the next update.
  11. Hi Echen, sorry for the delay in responding.......and as regards the Panzer IV, nah mate, still in the unpainted condition above. Unfortunately my other half signed me up... (volunteered me that is....🙄 ) to help renovate a house and then build a bathroom in another property, so been snowed under since August last year. I'm going to be finished on this last project by the end of this month, painting etc. I'm then off until next year.....theres a lot of unfinished armour projects started last year that need finishing. But knowing me, I'll end up starting some new builds and never get to them.....let's hope not. All the best
  12. Thanks Chaps, much appreciated……and yes Francis, I’ll get this one across the line…..I have to after all this painting effort😬 regards Simon
  13. Afternoon all.....I hope you are all well. A quick post and dash on progress on the KT. I took the plunge and popped on a version of late war camo with a late war pattern. I still have to put the Dunkelgelb dots in the green area and brown also. The Dunkelgelb you see below was yet another respray over the images above, due to my first attempt at the camo........ Once the final dots are done, on to pin and detail wash's etc. Anyway, thats all folks......catch you again soon with the next steps done.....
  14. That's some nice weathering and chipping....really nice, subtle and not over the top. Good job, and look forward to the finished article.
  15. Wow Ed, that’s a cracking Panzer IV and diorama……top notch. I need to persevere more to get mine on a diorama base……big thumbs up mate…👍 regards Simon
  16. Mmmmmm, I'm not sure on that mate. I had some issues with fit on some parts, particularly the bodywork.........And I hate rubber tyres. I know they do it to get better detail in tyre tread etc, but give me plastic moulded. My tyres on this kit were slightly narrower than the wheel hub. I had to glue one side and then try and get the other side to pop out enough to fill the gap on the inside......anyway, yes; I'll pop up the finished article by September when the group build deadline come around.
  17. Nice job, love the camo. I'm in the middle of one of these for my local MAFVA club group build....Italian Front 43-45. Mine is the Italian version before the Germans got their hands on them. Couldn't get this version for the right price. Nice job you've done all round.
  18. Nice clean Job John, as always. You ,lot put me to shame, I never seem to be able to finish anything to put it in the RFI section.......😬....I still have a Centaur languishing to be finished. Hopefully I'll be posting it soon along with the many half finished projects...... great job John, love the way you've done the running gear on that ridge line......very dynamic.
  19. Hi Bob, how's things, .........funny man.......I'd say a colour very similar to what we Brits painted our tanks in, dingy dark chocolate brown.....This can had Ronseal on though and not WD and crows foot Yeah, thought it would make a change from the much more complicated jobs in the line up. No interior etc. I've given up Model Kasten myself, for as you say the pins are a pain. As regards camo choice etc. I'm battling at the moment over colour use and what looks good. What I posted above is the second base coat I did in this new scheme. The first one was with Tamiya Dunkelgelb XF-60 with light buff added to do some shade changes. I'm of the opinion now that this may be correct to the period, but it's so dull at 1:35th scale. I'm favouring much more sandy light yellow from now on. Anyway, back at my bench after my chore, so need to mix my colours for the next round.
  20. Nice work Phil, really nice weathering. Looks the part. Regards
  21. Morning all, one of my very infrequent chances to post anything on the modelling front. Summer is always a drag as regards finding time for the modelling projects. I find I'm flitting around from one project to the next. Just came off my group build for my MAFVA club, The Italian Front, and decided to get back to grips on this languishing King Tiger. It's had many incarnations......as you can see from the build blog.....so.....final decision is going to be this one...... I'm going to airbrush the scheme, and not hand paint. I should be able to keep it tight and then finish with hand painted dots. Here's the first base coat of the Dunkelgelb. Need to add a tad more of a yellow hue to the overall and then on to camo. That's my time slot to post anything......off to sand and paint a garden furniture set, not the painting I had in mind for my Sunday.... Cheers all.
  22. Thanks Paul..... Yeah, makes a little easier and not to have to worry about the seam. As I said above, the muzzle break is well done with the internal parts just like a metal one. I intend a plain Jane in Dunkel Gelb with some red oxide parts here and there. Cheers mate..... I'm not set up for painting at present, so it may languish in this state for some time. There again I have to set up to paint the group build I'm in.....so could attempt to finish off a few as regards paint job's. Plain Jane Bob....Dunkel Gelb...maybe a faint green line camo....have to see. Thanks for the thumbs up mate... Thanks Ed..... Yeah sorry Keith. As I said above the kit itself falls together with nothing to report.......other than if anyone does build this Border Panzer IV, you have to put a bracket in styrene to support the top plate......just behind in between the driver and radio access hatch's, as the top plate has a slight warp downward which creates a slight gap. Oh yeah. This was mentioned in build blog somebody did on here. The rear idlers have a square pin, rather than a round pin that actually match's the hole. I had to sleeve them in brass tube, so I can adjust them when tracks are applied later. As regards the Thoma shields........all done... Off to start finishing all the tools and fender details etc.
  23. Afternoon all.....apologies for their considerable time since I kicked this one off, and not posting anything...... It's been a tough first time build of such complicated fenders.....for me that is. Learnt a bit from having a go. I've only at this point done a little damage to the front left. The rest is going to be as is, for now. The Thomas shields have been a handful, I have to admit but I'm happy with the result. The nice fine mesh of the Eduard set I ended up using, rather than the set that came with the kit by Border. The mesh from Eduard was far more accurate. I have the set of R-Model tracks waiting in the wings, but will give the kit tracks a shot first and see if they work out. Hope to post those next. Overall the Border kit is excellent, really nice to build. The barrel come's with it, and all I had to add was the locking clip on on the muzzle break from spare parts. As you can see from the white filler on the turret front, I picked up the wrong one for the J version. Although I have see in some images the only cover for the gun sight welded on - so might make that final amendment and put the old cover on with weld beads applied. Here's where she stands at present....... Both rear mud flaps have the springs that came with the finder set....and working hinges. I added a couple of Heavy Hobby 3D printed tool clamps for the first time....not a bad product indeed. The left hand side Thoma shields are done, including the top grills to stop I imagine hand grenades etc. Anyway, that's it for now and hope to post some more soon; but I have a group build with my MAFVA club that needs to be finished by the 30th September, with a subject of Italian Campaign 1943-45. I've chosen the Italeri Autoblinda AB41# 6591 in German hands after the Italian surrender. Cheers all.....
  24. Here's the best I could find in my archive of research.....hope this helps.
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