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Das Abteilung

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    French WW1 Pair - FT & CA

    While I had the airbrush out for the Bedford I thought I might as well catch up with the other WIP still in primer. The FT will be in the scheme pictured above. The CA in a more complicated multi-colour scheme. Both will be brush painted. That colour is the French Milky Coffee from the AK Interactive French WW1 set. It doesn't really show in the photo but I tried to let some of the brown primer show through for a bit of tonal variation.
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    MMK Models Bedford OXA

    Some paint. I went with Model Air's G3 as I thought that best represented a Khaki Green, which should have a touch of the khaki about it. The G4 is Hataka's, applied by brush. It's a bit thin but covers quite well. That's 2 coats. Chassis will be back to a dirty black.
  3. No you're not rubbish. Like the rest of us you're just stumped by bad kit design and engineering from new manufacturers who don't know any better and older ones who should know better.......... I like the Trumpeter - and others' - approach of "link and length", leaving you just with individual links to fit around sprockets and idlers. I suspect it won't be long before someone uses slide moulding to even produce these too. So, fantasy is fine. But what about the today problem? My Meng Tortoise (and everyone else's!) had links held together only by adhesive: no mechanical connection. So, very much like your KT tracks. Yes, PITA. Why on earth would anyone make them like that?? I wanted to keep them off the vehicle for painting and I decided the only way this would work would be to make the track in several sections per side: 3, as it turned out. A top run including half the sprocket links, a lower run including the bottom half of the sprocket links and an idler piece. See top photo. There will need to be a section join at the front of the sprocket or the assembled section will never fit onto the sprocket teeth. But if you look at the lower photo you'll see the need for care. The left one fits and the right one slightly doesn't. These were assembled with non-quick-setting adhesive and fitted to the sprockets and idlers. But you need to start at the middle of the sprocket and work along the bottom run to get the link spacing correct for the idler end, working 4 or 5 links at a time. Leave the adhesive to partly set so that the links stay together but can still be flexed: you'll get to know how long with your glue an the kit plastic after a couple of goes. With the KT you have a sagging top run to worry about, but it gives you the opportunity to adjust the sag to make sure you don't end up with a gap. The tape idea is a good one, but I would use masking tape. You can get link building jigs to keep them straight - Trumpeter have just released one - but they don't help with shaping.
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    RMASG Centaur.

    I suppose there was no particular reason to remove them: they weren't in the way of anything. But disconnection and removal of the cables certainly seems likely.
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    RMASG Centaur.

    I hope you find the will to finish it. This is something I intend to get round to - eventually. Along with a matching Sherman. Question. Would the RMASG tanks have had the rear smoke candle holders fitted? Seems like something that might have been removed when the engines etc were removed and not necessarily been a priority to re-fit. Alternatively something so minor that it was just left in situ. Thinking about it though, did any wade-proofed tanks have them? Electrically operated incendiary device under water ........... Apart from the shorting risk the smoke candles probably couldn't be loaded until the emitters dried out ashore.
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    FV432 "Bulldog"

    Apologies, wrong way around. The MB uniforms and equipment are Afghan vintage, not Iraq. Iraq was the old Desert DPM uniform, Mk6 helmet and Osprey body armour and load carriage. You might get away with removing the arm pockets and flattening the helmet brims, and the angled leg pockets won't show on a sitting figure. But the body armour was very - and noticeably - different. Knee pads weren't issued then. Osprey had a belt holster for the sidearm: I can't recall if private MOLLE clip-on chest holsters were commonplace then - I believe they only became common when the SIG 226 was issued and may not have been available for the venerable Browning. The only plastic figures I know of with Iraq-style uniforms and equipment are the old Dragon ones if you can still find them, but they're not especially useful poses. Czech Masters do a set of 3 tank crew figures with what look like the right uniforms, but they have the AFV crew helmets. Black Dog also do a pair of tank crew figures, available singly or as a pair. They're labelled as "Afghanistan" but they definitely have Osprey body armour, but again have the tank crew helmet. Blast also did a Challenger crew set of 3 figures, one of which is wearing the Mk6 helmet and 2 the tank helmet: but they have the CBA body armour, which is probably not correct for the time when the upgraded 432s were deployed. Accurate Armour have a few figures too: might be something there. The old Verlinden modern British tank crew are no good. Of course, most of the tank crew figures are only half-figures (the Black Dog are full) and would only work standing in the cupola.
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    FV432 "Bulldog"

    No they didn't. But Masterbox did. How about these guys? http://www.mbltd.info/35180.htm The vehicle figures might be adaptable: the lounging gunner in the cupola would look good, or the standing commander might fit. And the 3 standing figures might make a dismount group on a base next to the vehicle, perhaps using the sitting driver or gunner figure talking to them. The arm with the thumb pointing over the shoulder would be a nice touch. "I think it's over there, mate". These figures are only appropriate to Iraq, not Afghanistan, which is fine for a 432.
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    So, AFV Club think that Zimmerit was applied by deer?

    Yes of course it's "die", and they have now changed the packaging. But finding the old one still advertised on eBay just raised a giggle with me. Conjures a picture...........
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    WW1 Paris "Marne" Taxi from ICM

    This kit is now available. Several sellers at the Avon IPMS show last weekend had it. Cheapest I saw was £20. Had a peek inside a box. Looked OK at that distance. And relatively simple, as was the original. A big question would be the colours of bodywork and upholstery. The box art shows quite bright red bodywork, but period photos are a dark shade - which could be a dark red/burgundy colour. But could equally be black or dark blue. Was there an official colour for taxis in Paris at that time? If I ever get round to doing one, I think I might go for dark blue with burgundy upholstery unless anything more definitive comes to light. Paints in those days would have been more towards a satin finish than high gloss.
  10. Every now and again an English translation spelling error raises a giggle. In my simple mind anyway. Like AFV Club's Zimmerit Applicator Doe .......... I don't recall Cloven Hoof being one of the patterns...............
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    Takom Spz abt 505 Tiger Ausf B

    Thank you for the detailed explanation and instructions. I might have to give one of those a go. As I said, my soldering skill is sadly lacking (keeping giving trying up doesn't help!!), even having invested in a variable-temperature iron and several fluxes and solders - including some tubs of tiny solder balls analogous to your cut pieces. But then again I'm fed up with using cyano too............
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    Takom Spz abt 505 Tiger Ausf B

    One extra mile? I'm hearing a pair of Scots singing something about 500 extra miles......! This has all the indications of being an epic build. Any chance you could, for us uninitiated, explain how a resistance solderer works and what you used to build it? I've never been much good at soldering. No Maplins to go to with a parts list now.
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    Panzer IV F2(G) Colour Scheme

    There were no defined schemes. An Ausf G would have been factory-finished in Dunkelgelb, although an F2 would most likely still be finished in Panzergrau. F2s were used by the Afrika Korps so you have the option of a desert scheme, often seen worn back to the factory grey in places. I'm not sure if the G made it to Tunisia. Once Dunkelgelb became standard in 1943, tanks were issued with tins of Rotbraun and Olivegrun paint paste to be thinned with petrol, turps or water (all of which changed the colour and density of the mixed paint differently). In theory there were spray guns, but in practice they were few and far between. Units and individual crews applied camouflage as they saw appropriate and with whatever means they could find. There is a photo on line of a crew "painting" (daubing?) a PzIV with rags wrapped around bundles of straw! Bearing in mind the number of PzIVs built there is a fair degree of licence and it would be very hard to say that any scheme using the 3 colours is wrong. Except that PzIVs would not have been in the "ambush" or "disc" schemes. Any pattern involving patches, swirls, stripes etc is fair game. There's always the winter whitewash option (especially if you don't like the camo result!). I would find a photo in a book or on line and copy that, using it as a guide for the bits you can't see in the picture.
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    MMK Models Bedford OXA

    Rummaging through my paint drawers I could not find the bottle of DOA Green G3 that my inventory list said I had. But I did find an unlisted 2nd bottle of their Tyre Black, so I can only assume that they sent me a wrong colour and I failed to notice. Too late to do anything about that now. Rather annoyingly towards the end of their time they switched to screw-top glass bottles from plastic dropper bottles, and the diameter and thread size don't match anyone else's dropper tops. Pipettes it is, then. The Hataka colours are decidedly off. Their G3 is too green and too pale: it's much more like the little-seen G5 - in fact it's almost a direct match to DOA's G5. G3 should have a browninsh tint - it is khaki green - which is completely lacking in the Hataka colour. Their G4 is far too dark, more like Luftwaffe Schwarzgrun and darker even than Deep Bronze Green. I found a bottle of Model Air G3 which looks more promising, with DOAs G4 as the contra colour. The kit calls out Humbrol enamel and Agama (Czech) acrylic colours. I have a fair few Agama colours but not the ones suggested, which are in any case supposed to be RAF colours and therefore unlikely to be right.
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    MMK Models Bedford OXA

    So now I have the whole thing actually glued together for the first time, minus wheels for now. And primed. As expected, it didn't go according to plan. Even with all my relocation of the wheel arches and fuel tank shortening the rear wheel arches were still in the wrong place such that the front of the wheels fouled the boxes - although they looked right. Clearly there is something very wrong with the basic dimensions of this kit. At this stage my only alternative is to drill new axle locations towards the front edges of the brake drums. Pegging the wheels to the base is probably even more necessary now: pegs fitted. Looking again at the few available photos I realised I'd goofed the cab-body joins on the nearside and top. They should have external riveted flanges whereas the kit parts just show rivets for internal flanges, which I'd replicated. That worked in my favour as it provided a ready-made means of disguising the poor fit here. The offside join needed some filler: I couldn't get this to fit flush without a small step. Ho hum. I also realised I'd missed the bracket on the lower front armour for the Arm of Service plate, which is completely missing from the kit. Easily made from a couple of bent pieces of the etch fret frame. The question now is colour. The few photos all show disruptive schemes, so overall SCC2 Brown or Green G3 are out. That leaves 2-tone greens G4 over G3 or Nobels Dark Tarmac over SCC2. Mike Starmer believes that both are possible, although it's unclear if the tail end of OXA production continued after the switch from G3 to SCC2 in 1942 or whether the factory already had enough green paint to finish the whole run. So although the short-lived Tarmac over brown scheme is appealing, the balance of probability is for G3/G4. I've got the allegedly-right colours from the oft-maligned Hataka, and also from the now-closed-down DOA. These latter are a nice thin consistency and so might spray nicely, unlike the criticism of the Hataka product. My only use of Hataka to date on my Tortoise did necessitate a 0.5mm nozzle. I did splash out on about 20 of the new AKI "real" colors, but took one look inside the bottles and sold them on. Decidedly dodgy.