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  1. Just been swapping the labels on my wife's herb jars. She hasn't noticed yet, but her thyme is cumin.
  2. The Tamiya kit is a Mk2/3/5 hybrid NOT a Mk5. The NBC unit in the kit is a No6 Mk1. The Mk5 introduced the No6 Mk2 pack as shown in Johns photo above.
  3. Dont believe Google! The British Army Bronze green pre-dates the Mk5 and although it came in different iterations was never the same as NATO green. The early service Chieftains (Mk2) were painted in the later shade of DBG, the earlier DBG having been discontinued in the late fifties/early sixties due to the high lead content. Humbrol 86 is pretty close for the NATO green of the period.
  4. The large NBC pack was introduced with the Mk5.
  5. Yes, been there done that! We mainly used ours for moving ground equipment as they were a bit of a liability with an aircraft in tow.
  6. Thanks Grant. It seems like a lot of lovely detail to only be glimpsed through the hatches, but you - and now all of BM! - will know its there. I did a full drivers comp on a Cromwell many years ago complete with driver but all that is visible through the side hatch is the drivers beaming face! Now I go for matt black and an occasional bit of trompe l'oeil painting on bulkheads.
  7. Thanks Kris. It does look a bit better in the photos than in real life, and the first one is better than the second one due to frustration, boredom and impatience! I have been scratching for over half a century which probably helps too!
  8. Fantastic work! How will all that detail be visible when you have finished?
  9. Well that great leap forward did not work as planned! For reasons that are not immediately obvious but could be ascribed to laziness (!) I used the Cromwell Models basket base as the pattern for mine, while forgetting that the Cromwell turret is much smaller than the Accurate Armour one. The result was that there was no way I was ever going to be able to get my creation to fit. Fortunately my improvised jig was easily converted to make a revised version so here I present basket Mk2. I replicated the lower mounts and used brass rod to pin the basket to the turret and now just h
  10. Well two years and three months later I actually have made some progress! A major stumbling block with this build has been the turret basket. Have never managed to work up the enthusiasm or get the inspiration necessary to tackle it. Did consider using brass but that was just too difficult so for a couple of years I have long fingered the build. Started poking it around again a couple of weeks ago adding some small bits to the hull to try and work up some enthusiasm, but really the basket was the thing that needed to be tackled. So I decided that styrene was the only pr
  11. Once upon a time there was an old man who lived by a forest. As he grew older and older, he started losing his hair, until one day, on his deathbed, he was completely bald. That day, he called his children to a meeting. He said, "Look at my hair. It used to be so magnificent, but it's completely gone now. My hair can't be saved. But look outside at the forest. It's such a lovely forest with so many trees, but sooner or later they'll all be cut down and this forest will look as bald as my head". "What I want you to do", the man continued, "is, every time a tree is cut down
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