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  1. How about this - https://uk.banggood.com/Heng-Long-6_0-116-2_4G-3888-1-German-King-Tiger-RC-Battle-Tank-p-1061808.html?akmClientCountry=GB&gmcCountry=GB&currency=GBP&createTmp=1&utm_source=googleshopping&utm_medium=cpc_bgcs&utm_content=garman&utm_campaign=ssc-gbg-all-newcustom-0822&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIwoyOzfCl5QIVmLPtCh0tYQyMEAQYBCABEgKyzPD_BwE&cur_warehouse=CN Note that the 2.4gig RC system in this model would cost £70-80 alone.
  2. Milicast usually have stocks of 1/76th scale decals(oftain called transfers in the UK). They usually have a stand at Telford, I've not checked for this year. Link to their webpage - http://www.milicast.com/shop/home.php?cat=85
  3. The image I remember had oars straddling the mast and used about half the oars on the ship. The top of the oars were much lower than the boom, so would not foul it. The practice would only have been used on the large ocean going ships which had a very flat hull form, which would only have been able to sail with the wind. The drag would be ofset by the increase in speed that is obtained by sailing across the wind.
  4. I remember seeing it in a picture or TV program many years ago when I was at school(in the 60's). As to the appearance - The oars were mounted like this ||||||| along the side of the ship starting further forward than the mast to a point equally far aft of the mast, with the blades in the water, on the lee side of the ship. the blades ends would be lower than the ship's keel.
  5. Oars were used when sailing. They were mounted vertically on the side of the vessel with the blades in the water like the lee boards on Thames barges to act like a modern centreboard, so the vessel could sail slightly into the wind. One other point, Vikings never had horns on their helmets, this myth comes from the misinterpetation of a painting by one of Wagner's costume designers!
  6. I think the "number of paints" refers to the paint's colour reference number in the "star and block" symbol and not to the number of different colours needed for the model.
  7. I think the chain is 3D printed. As long as there is a 0.05mm gap around parts, they can be 3D printed in resin 3D printers, like Shapeways detail plastic.
  8. Could it have been a Centurion mk3, that was available motorised? Given that radio control is much cheaper today than in the 1970's, 1/35th scale has become a static scale model format. There are radio control, ready to run models in 1/24th and 1/16th scale, although I think the only British model is a Challenger 2. When looking for radio control models like this go for 2.4gig versions as these are digital so several can operate at the same time without interferance, unlike the analogue 27mh. Being in the UK, I don't know of any US retailers.
  9. The markings don't look right to me, based on the official positioning and types of markings. The white ring looks like it should be the outside ring of the bridge classification plate, with should be higher and to the left. The battalion marking (the red/light blue square with 174) should be placed below the bridge classification plate. The triangular markings(the company marking) should be the other way up and placed on the sides and possibly rear of the turret. It also seems to be missing the unit the battalion is part of, a division(unlikely as these had red battalion markings, numbered 51-53) or independent brigade. I've no idea what the "ST16/38" marking is for. It could be a marking for ship loading, although it looks too neat for this as they were quickly applied with whitewash. In addition most British Shermans did not mount the 50cal machine gun on the cupola.
  10. There is here, not used them myself - http://www.gaugemaster.com/products.asp?searchstring=preiser+&style=&andor=&method=kws&strType=&currentpage=1
  11. The kit instructions have the side parts of the wheelhouse the wrong way round. The 2 ribs towards the rear in the instructions are actually sliding doors which should be at the front. Photo of my wheelhouse -
  12. The World At War series refered to is often repeated on the Freeview chanel Yesterday in the UK.
  13. On vehicles one note - The LCAC normally carries a maximum load of 60t, although it can carry 75t in very good weather, which is too much for 2 Type 74 MBT's under normal safety rules.
  14. Yes they would be in place when the gun fired. They are used to lift the trail so the gun can be aimed.
  15. One small point. You've got the handspikes in the rear of the trail the wrong way round. The stepped end should fit into the small rings.
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