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  1. This build has been progressing at a snail's pace but the decals are on and a few bits and pieces added inside the turret. The tools aren't finished yet, and I'm sure they would have been painted OD, but I'm going for a light wood grain effect to add a bit of contrast. I also did a pin wash and some very light dry-brushing which is barely noticeable in the photos but does add a little bit more definition. I just need to add the .50 cal and aerials and then it's on to stowage and weathering. And the figure, of course...
  2. Nice little model of a subject I'm not familiar with. It looks great on the base.
  3. Welcome! A very impressive model indeed - colours and mottle look spot on. Sits nicely with the JG 7 262.
  4. It's good to see this being built - one of my favourite Matchbox kits, although I preferred Airfix's way of doing the tracks!
  5. 'Tis the way of things, isn't it? - WOP/AGs, air bombers, air signallers, flight engineers, navs, miners, milkmen... But then it always was supposed to be a pilots' air force. Full circle?
  6. My choice would be the Tamiya one. It's accurate, has extra 'desert details', and of course comes with superb crew figures. I'd suggest it's all you need to build a decent Alamein Pz IV 'Special'.
  7. Welcome. I'm another early retiree, thanks to some Covid and Govt-enforced job shedding. Its nice that you have a supportive wife. A lot of people around here seem to need ways to circumvent them...
  8. Good luck with it. Tiger II 'ambush' camo is factory applied and essentially hard edged with light spots representing dappled light. Probably easier to accomplish with a brush!
  9. That looks great so far. What an incredible amount of detail. I admire your skill and stamina - it's not a kit I would consider taking on!
  10. Nice to see another of these old clunkers. I think it looks good in Olive Drab.
  11. Hello and welcome I'm more of a Trumpton fan... Another Ian C
  12. Agreed. I've listened to the whole thing, a brilliant programme, and not just tales of derring do. The comments about Douglas Bader and the OR orderlies were particularly revealing.
  13. An interesting little project. Gaspatch Models do a variety of Vickers HMGs that might fit the bill.
  14. Thanks Stuart. The wheels have polly caps so they can turn but can't now be removed. I painted them before fitting, and also painted and weathered the chassis and undersides of the skirts before gluing them in place.
  15. Welcome. I hope you enjoy your time here. It does add something to the hobby. Be wary of accumulating too many kits, especially in the first flush of enthusiasm. Build more and buy less is my motto! Ian
  16. Great choice. That barrel looks good, and the etch is a big improvement for the grenade screen.
  17. I managed to get quite a bit done over the weekend. The paint is on - just bog standard Tamiya XF-62 OD with a bit of post-shading and highlighting, achieved by adding black or dark yellow into the mix. Next, it will be a coat of varnish, pin wash and the decals. Then I ought to think about the stowage, although I do love the look of this thing in its clean, uncluttered state!
  18. That interior looks great Rob! Presumably you'll be leaving the back door open?
  19. Fantastic work Ed. And FWIW, I'd get the painting done first. Touch ups are easier than struggling to reach inaccessible bits.
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