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Das Abteilung

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    Leopard 1 question

    Don't forget that when that kit was new, some time around the Battle of Waterloo, we only had about 3 shades of green model paint, all Humbrol enamels..............
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    AFVs with bikes/motorbikes strapped on?

    There are many reasons for the "why", both practical - like hitching a ride - and acquisitive: buckshee kit. Obviously not carried in action. Earlier we were debating the "how". I can't see any means of securing the bike on the PzIII, but it must be tied on to the turret somehow. Hoisted fully up onto the trackguard is a lot more secure than the Tiger we started with, and it's a much lighter bike. This is more like how it should be done, then the lashing only needs to stop it falling off. The feeble lashing on the Tiger model is holding the entire 700kg bike weight, which it would not do. The tank itself is interesting. I thought it was an Ausf N, but on reflection it probably isn't. I'm not good with PzIII models. The missing gun is really intriguing: it can only be assumed that it had become damaged and been removed pending a replacement. The tracks are slack and in need of tensioning, a link removing or stretched to the point of replacement.
  3. What they said! I didn't know that US forces in Tunisia repainted any vehicles in a sandy colour. Thank you for imparting that knowledge. But I should point out that the figure is actually an official US Army Signal Corps photographer - a soldier - not a War Correspondent. The latter were civilians and wore only "war correspondent" badges on their uniforms. Under the Geneva convention they could not bear arms, take any active part in military activity or spy. This guy is wearing a sidearm and combat knife, both forbidden for correspondents. As an Official Photographer he would have worn normal uniform badging for his parent unit, and would be a Technician 5th or 4th Grade - Corporal's or Sergeant's chevrons respectively with a T beneath.
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    IDF M151A2 OREV

    I believe that is correct. There are many Djapa variants. I think this was officially the Djapa Orev, but it just gets called the Orev. The HMMWV TOW vehicle is the Hamer Orev. I think I misread your post title: eyes saw Orev, brain said Shmira. It's an age thing............ Don't laugh - your turn will come!
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    AFVs with bikes/motorbikes strapped on?

    DKW 350? That PzIIIN is obviously on a long journey somewhere, with a fair bit of luggage and a couple of hundred litres of fuel. Interestingly it has no gun mounted, just the empty mantlet, perhaps suggesting it's heading to the rear. Now that is unusual.
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    IDF M151A2 OREV

    Yes, my apologies. I was convinced it folded. Replacing GPMG as a section weapon with 7.62 Minimi was discussed as part of Reducing The Burden and the range and accuracy implications assessed. Then someone added up the £££ and realised we'd already bought several thousand new GPMG by then and committed to buy several thousand more 5.56 Minimi to bring it into Core under Dismounted Close Combat Consolidation. MG4 was actually originally preferred as the general service weapon, but was considered too new, insufficiently proven and with not enough configuration options: no short barrel then. But we've hijacked the Orev thread, and as he's probably going to use the MAG in the set we'd better bug out before he gets annoyed!
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    What tracks did M4a1(76)W mainly use?

    Agreed. I've bought loads of the RB ones, although I did pick up a few Orange Hobby cheap. People argue over the length and shape of the cooling jacket. Not necessarily. True, it isn't correct for Bonnie. But you could add a collar from some plastic or metal tube, or even wrapped lead foil. Or you could eliminate the turret rear vent and do an earlier vehicle. The MG stowage pintle goes directly on the turret rear. One of the Op Cobra units (2 AD?) had black-camouflaged M4A1(76)s. Here's one below, although knocked out - and the photo is printed reversed!! Lots of interesting details. Mixed welded and pressed wheels with pressed idlers and "plain" sprocket. T48 tracks with extended end connectors. Flat return roller arms. No exhaust screen. Smooth muzzle gun. No turret rear vent. Early loaders hatches that only opened to 90 degrees. Logs were commonplace to detonate Panzerfaust rounds early. Looks like some sort of gun barrel rest on the rear deck. I suspect this was a shipping piece that someone kept (they were shipped with gun rear) as the official barrel lock was at the front. You can make out the camo, which seems to be soft-edged in the photos I've seen. No side stars, but probably one on the engine deck. Not a huge amount of stowage. Not a bad subject. There were about 450 built in this configuration and almost all went to Op Cobra units post D Day, so you have some licence. Some fine soft wire wrapped around a thicker rod or wire works. Go raid your local craft store. Hobbycraft or The Range if you have either near. Lots of gauges, types and colours of wire there for not much ££. And surely it's our duty to pass on knowledge? I hate the "look it up for yourself" brigade.
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    IDF M151A2 OREV

    The original version did have the FAL-derived skeletal stock. But I was wrong about it folding: it doesn't fold on this weapon - only on the FAL and CAR. The receiver is so compact that folding it either way would interfere with something: feeding, ejection, belt pouch. There was and is also a solid fixed stock, although not widely bought now. The 7.62s bought for UKSF in 2012 had the fixed stock but this was quickly changed for the Savit Corp model, which at the time FNH didn't offer as a factory option.
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    What tracks did M4a1(76)W mainly use?

    Hey, I'm 56 plus a couple and I'm still broke! Modelling might have something to do with it ........... A set of Tasca/Asuka bogies is usually about £25, but you do get their vinyl tracks included. An AFV Club suspension set is a lot less: there's a set on eBay now for £16. It comes with the pressed spoke wheels, which are appropriate here. But as I said, you can get away with the kit bogies if you change the tracks for something less stiff. Others may disagree. PSC actually used all 4 roadwheel types on A1(76)'s. Not exactly helpful. Until about October 44 they used the welded spoked type shown here, but also used the pressed spoke type as well. Then came the welded plugged spoke type (like these but with the holes filled with plates with a small hole) and the solid disc type. Solid discs are the least common wartime Sherman wheel type, if only because they appeared last. This picture has a large-hatch turret with a rear vent and the M1A1C gun (ignoring the rubbish drawing of it!). So it isn't one of the first 450 off the line: somewhere between 450 and about 2350, when the loader's hatch shrank. But it still has the horizontal return roller arms, which I believe the kit has. So yes, the welded spoke wheels in the kit are OK for that configuration. It probably shouldn't have the vent cover between the drivers' hatches, but if you leave it off you'll have to fill the circular hole in the middle of the horseshoe-shaped slot. You might be able to rescue the Browning with a detail set (ET Model?) but it's pretty poor. A brass barrel would help: RB is cheapest but perhaps not the most accurate - certainly good enough. And you get handgrips and a cocking handle. Remember that the excellent is the sworn enemy of the perfectly acceptable and that Pareto's Rule applies: the last 20% accuracy will cost you 80%! The Academy US MG set actually has some very nice 0.30 and 0.50 MGs and mounts in it and is reasonably priced: less than a pair of Tasca Brownings. And you get enough for several vehicles. Did you get the right type of gun barrel? Only the type with the muzzle collar is appropriate here. Too late for smooth muzzle and too early for muzzle brake. DEF Model do all 3 and are reasonably priced. Aber are too expensive to bother with. RB only do the muzzle brake version. So it would have to be the DEF version. Note that this picture has a British No19 set antenna base, incorrect for a US vehicle. The triangular cage on the turret roof behind the hatches. US antennas had a spring base, wider in the middle. There are a few after market brass bases that would work: RB, Panzer Art, Aber to name 3.
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    IDF M151A2 OREV

    It's an unrelated weapon. But it does share the same side-folding stock as the Galil, which was a copy of the folding stock from the FN FAL and Minimi. The Galil was a derivative of the Finnish m/62 which was itself an AKM derivative. So the Galil is essentially an Israeli-built AK. While the rest of the world including the US was buying the FN Minimi, Israel and Germany decided to go their own way with developing the Negev and MG4 respectively. Following FN's lead with the 7.62 Minimi/Mk48, IWI have developed a 7.62 Negev - recognisable by its M4-type stock. In another similarity with the Minimi the Negev takes rifle magazines as a back-up to belts, both Galil and M16 types. You could probably carry out some surgery on a 1/35 Minimi to make a Negev as they are sort of similar.
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    IDF M151A2 OREV

    The real one in the photo has a Negev 5.56 LMG on the front mount, unusually. The Legend conversion has the more usual 7.62 MAG. I don't believe anyone does a Negev in 1/35. The Israelis certainly know how to turn every surface and space into stowage! Nice work so far. This vehicle is actually called the Orev, or Raven in English.
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    What tracks did M4a1(76)W mainly use?

    Well it always works for me. Maybe something to do with your biscuits or whatever they call these things. What browser thingy do use use? I use Chrome. The M4 Force is strong with Pierre-Olivier who runs the site. You need to find some way of getting on there. It is the best condensed M4 ready-reference on the web. The tracks are the worst part of the Italeri kit, which is saying something. Far too stiff. There are many opinions on after-market Sherman tracks. For rubber-block types there is little or no point buying metal tracks like Friul. For which you need deep pockets: you can get a whole Dragon kit with their indy link tracks for the price of a set of Fruils. Personally I like the Bronco plastic indy links, but many don't. They do the T48, T49 and T74 - all potentially appropriate. Plus they do separate extended end connectors. But expect to pay £12 or more a set. The suspension bogies need to be glued up solid once you have them attached and on a flat surface. Although replacing the tracks will help stop them being pulled up at front and back - and the idlers being bent - by the stiff kit tracks. I don't know what wheels the kit gives, but plugged cast spoke are probably most appropriate. You could replace them with a Tasca/Asuka or AFV Club replacement set, but more £££. The hull and turret need cast- texturing and the tools need replacing. As does the main gun and the M2 Browning. Personally, I would say to pass over the Italeri kit and go get a Dragon. You can pick them up for £30-40. But for that you get a metal barrel, some etch, indy link tracks and an all-round superior kit without resorting to any after-market parts. And loads of parts for the spares box. You could certainly spend a lot more than that doing-up the Italeri kit.
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    What tracks did M4a1(76)W mainly use?

    There were few set relationships between M4 types, factories and track types, except that the T62 and T54E2 ("cuff") types were factory-fitted only by Chrysler. Factories were generally supplied with whatever was available at the time, although Chrysler made the T54E2 themselves and the T62 was only supplied to Chrysler. I'm presuming you're talking VVSS not HVSS? T80 steel chevron is the probable answer for HVSS. I don't ever recall seeing an A1 on T66 tracks. The original HVSS T41 plain rubber blocks went out early in M4 production when rubber ran short: nearly a (US) ton of rubber was needed per pair of tracks. All-metal types then took over mid-war but by 1944 rubber types such as the T48 rubber chevron were coming back. US Army then had a preference for the T48. All M4A1(76) were built by Pressed Steel Car, so this model exhibits less factory and sub-contract supply variation than some others. Period photos of HVSS M4A1(76)'s mostly seem to show the T48 rubber chevron track. "Official" photos at Aberdeen etc all seem to have T48s fitted. However, the T49 3-bar cleat and T74 V-cleat steel types are also seen in service and very occasionally the T51 plain rubber block (which gave little cross-country traction). Don't forget that worn tracks would be replaced with whatever was available, including second-hand sets from disabled tanks, so factory, Stateside Tank Depot or shipping shots are the only sure way of knowing how they left the factory. Very very occasionally you see tracks on M4s made of different link types. They were of course all fully interchangeable. So, on balance of probability I would say T48 rubber chevron is most likely for an M4A1(76). Out of interest, whose kit are you using? I'm guessing Dragon as the Italeri one and its re-boxed clones are pretty naff. Both have the early turret with the large round loader's hatch, so may not have had the rear turret ventilator: the first 450 or so didn't. None of the Op Cobra tanks had it, so Dragon goofed that one. The first 380 or so large hatch no-vent turrets had the original M1 gun with the smooth muzzle, which Dragon did get right, and the rest after March 44 had the threaded collar M1A1C. Online, pretty much anything you need to know about Sherman variants and features is here: http://the.shadock.free.fr/sherman_minutia/. In print, I can heartily recommend the Son of Sherman book. But it's not cheap, even in softback.
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    Roden kits in processing

    Sadly (for me) all 1/72. Very welcome nonetheless. Perhaps they might see their way clear to enlarging these to 1/35, for which I'm sure the queues would be round the block. It was rumoured they would be covering the LGOC Type B truck too, but not listed. But sneaking in at the bottom of the 2019 new releases page is a 1941 Packard Clipper, one of the iconic US WW2 staff cars. That should be popular.
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    AFV Club Valentine Mk I

    Rear engine decks. Yes, the handles are unfortunately wrong. But let that not detract from an otherwise excellent build and finish so far. We've all had an "oh bugger" moment.......... But see how on the Mks II and XI some of the handles are bent up or over in the wrong direction. If there isn't the opportunity to change then, perhaps some judicious bending might help disguise it. MkI MkII MkXI