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  1. I suspect that people might be worried about another can of worms subject. Like dunkelgelb. It is a subject that has come up before on here. Have you tried searching past threads? Try this one from last year.
  2. I try always to use the same brand of thinner to avoid gunk and disappointment. Although the Universal Thinner from UMP works with many brands.
  3. The official colours were Light Stone, Slate and Silver Grey. Slate was a greenish colour, but certainly not dark green. Light Stone is yellower than Portland Stone. Lifecolor also do a Caunter set, as do AK Interactive: in fact AKI do 3 now. Forget Tamiya, they're just generic colours. The original AKI set (AK4030) also included some generic colours badged as the right ones. You might look at the Lifecolor set or the 2 later AKI sets, in their Gen 3 and Real Colours ranges. Stowage could be any of a wide range of shades. What items were you thinking of? Tracks are a real can of worms. The basic alloy colour was a goldy-brown metallic somewhat like a light bronze which oxidised initially to a milk chocolate colour. Covered in dust in the desert of course. Bright wear on the inside from roadwheels and sprocket teeth. Not so much on the outside in the desert. Tamiya will wrongly suggest their dark iron colour.
  4. The 1914, 18 and 20 Patterns all had the unditching boards stowed below the running boards and "flowing" front mudguards. The 1924 Pattern introduced the unditching board stowage above the running boards for easier access - although they could still be stowed below. This necessitated squaring off the rear ends of the front mudguards so that the boards fitted. The 24 Pattern arrangement was a common retrofit. AFAIK the Bovington 1920 car is still on its original chassis.
  5. Now I'm really going to put the cat among the pigeons here. I've just measured the Bovington 1920 car and it comes out at 2.18m!! I measured it in sections for ease and accuracy. Good job I always carry a folding 1m ruler when I go there...... Floor to hull bottom edge = 650mm (on 1920 pattern solid rubber tyres) Hull height to top of driver's cab = 940mm Turret ring = 20mm Turret height = 570mm I'm 5ft 10 (1.78m) and the top of my head is about level with the bottom edge of the turret roof slope (1920 turret, remember). So 2.18m seems about right.
  6. IIRC the 1920 and 1924 Patterns, including the RAF Type A cars, were all built by Vickers. 1914 Pattern hulls were built by various people and varied a bit. Don't know about the 1918s, but there were only 3 or 6 of them anyway. OOB the Meng kit is a 1918 Pattern: taller-sided turret and wire wheels. Djiti's do the 1920 pattern disc wheels. I think that is all that's needed for a 1920 pattern. DEF, Djiti's and Panzer Art do desert wheels in resin. Resicast do resin and etched brass wire wheels. Friendship do the lower-sided turret with earlier driver's visor.
  7. Annoyingly the Hayes book on the RR doesn't seem to have weights and measures. As a comparator the Olyslager data book covering WW1 says 7' 8", or 2.34m. Picture shows a 1914 pattern.
  8. 10mm is a loooong way off. The 1918/1920 turret was somewhat taller than the 1914 pattern, but inches only. Some cars had a little cupola atop the turret but that was not exactly common. OOB the Meng kit is a 1918 pattern as it does not have the solid disc wheels of the 1920 pattern. The Warslug kit copies the Bovington surviving car and has the 1924-pattern front fenders and running boards, which were common later replacements. Some of the difference might be taken up by the difference in diameter between early skinny and fatter desert tyres. Would a 1920 turret on desert tyres vs a 1914 turret on skinny tyres explain it? The light tank type 1924 pattern turret was even taller IIRC. Taken together the fatter tyres and taller turret could tot up to about a foot of extra height - 10mm-ish in 1/35.
  9. As noted above, disruptive painting was not authorised for British tanks in NW Europe. That included Czech, Polish, Canadian etc forces operating under British command. That being said, there is photo evidence that it was done: 1 RTR for example. But I don't know if there is any evidence that the Czech Armoured Brigade used disruptive painting. Have you found any photos of camouflaged Czech Cromwells? I've only ever seen then in plain SCC15. The markings Airfix provide in their kit - if accurate (they can't even count the wheel nuts properly!) - are for a plain tank.
  10. No I'm not. All this info is out there online and in books somewhere. I've just gathered it together over time and Sherman projects. And many Google bookmarks. I've been making AFV models on and off for over 50 years, spent most of the 90's as an Army Reservist and over 30 years in UK MOD's procurement organisation including working on AFV and protected mobility projects among others. Can't remember peoples' names to save my life but I seem to retain this stuff. I saw an interesting statement the other day that we have become a generation in the internet age who no longer knows information, but instead knows where information can be found.
  11. I believe the small door on the lower hull front is the outlet for the self recovery winch cable. In which case the door above is almost certainly the winch compartment.
  12. I believe that both units who claimed Wittman were using VCs. The Sherman V was the predominant type in NWE by a long head so VCs will be more common. We didn't mix engine types in Regiments (hold that thought) so every Sherman V Regiment had VCs. ICs were only in units equipped with radial-engined types, Shermans I and II. But there were no Sherman IIICs so units equipped with Sherman III got VCs or ICs (thought un-held), although VCs seem to be more common in Sherman III Regiments. I don't know the NWE distribution, but in overall terms of Shermans supplied there were 50% more Sherman V supplied than Sherman III and 60% more V than I and II put together (and that would include about 1,300 IIA 76mm). Those numbers also include the many hundreds of IIs and IIIs lost in the desert campaign before we started getting Is and Vs. Overall we were sent 17,196 Shermans. M4 75mm = 2,096 (Sherman I) M4 105mm = 593 (Sherman IB/IBY) M4A1 75mm = 942 (Sherman II) (+80 DDs) M4A1 76mm = 1,330 (Sherman IIA) M4A2 75mm = 5,041 (Sherman III) M4A2 76mm = 15 (Sherman IIIA, not used) M4A2E8 76mm = 5 (Sherman IIIAY, not used) M4A3 75mm = 7 (Sherman IV, not used) M4A4 = 7,499 (Sherman V)
  13. Thinking of "stuck in its box for more years than I care to mention" I thought I'd better resurrect some of the dozen or so things on the Shelf Of Doom, including these 2. Just to prove that I do actually make stuff and don't just spend my time talking about it........ Painting is about done and decalling has started. I'm hoping the turret markings won't silver too much. Lots of Microscale decal products At the moment they have a different sheen so I won't know until the next varnish coat. I used the kit markings on the Centaur as they were pre-punched to go over the turret side bolts, although the holes were a little out of place. So I managed not to break into the Star decal set but I will need the Star set for the Sherman. Colour-wise the OD on the Sherman is OK (they were NOT SCC2.....) but the SCC2 on the Centaur has come out a bit too green, more like Dark Earth. See what it's like after finishing. One change is that I decided to splash out on Masterclub tracks for both, having fallen out of love with Bronco's M4 tracks and the Airfix and HobbyBoss Centaur tracks. Now just to decide on names. As I said earlier I wanted the 2 from the same Troop but the only Troop where both Sherman and Centaur names are known is H Tp, but their Sherman and half their Centaurs were knocked out on the beach quickly and the other 2 including "Hunter" in the kit didn't land until D+1. G Tp fared much better after landing at least the Left Section at about 0930, H+2., but no names are known. As explained earlier, I've narrowed the possibilities down to these: Gallant, Gurkha, Gladiator, Glorious, Greyhound and Griffin.
  14. It looks to me as if Firestorm have perhaps got the gaps between the reinforcing ribs too wide, making the rim and tyre offset too far towards the outside. Removing them to make a fit would destroy one of the advantages of buying them in the first place. It also looks from the photos as if AFV Club might have included part of the rim bead weld on their wheel face, which will push the Firestorm offerings out further. The outer edge of the AFV Club wheels should not have any rim or lip in order to fit the Firestorm parts. Everyone who has moulded one-piece Centurion wheels in hard plastic has omitted the ribs as they are impossible to mould. But they can be done in vinyl, as AFV Club did but are now going away from, and can be done in resin in soft moulds. Except that Legend still goofed it by not having the rings, so don't buy theirs. The Amusing Hobby Centurions have nasty wheels which not only miss the rings but also have square instead of tapered tyres. So you still need new wheels here too. For my money a full replacement wheel set from Sovereign 2000, Brach, Panzer Art or MR Modellbau would be a better bet than the Firestorm offering, noting different availability and prices in different parts of the world. Rim cross-section with final reinforcing ring arrangement. Earlier wheel with less pronounced reinforcing rings. Wheel design evolution.
  15. Coming soon-ish from CSM is the original design Austin Armoured Car. A version not thus far covered by Miniart in their extensive Austin collection, and quite different from the later series'. Essentially a new kit. Some basic CAD is all they have shown so far.
  16. Yes, questions. Yes the RFM VC is a "low bustle" (LB). All M4A4s were built with LB turrets so it isn't a debate that applies to M4A4s. All VC Fireflies had the British pattern square loader's hatch. Your suggested choice of Irish Guards means a VC, not a IC, so the whole bustle question is moot there. IC would only apply to the Coldstreams. But to chase the bustle question to ground anyway ........ The turret design change comes about with the enlarged hatch glacis ("large hatch") introduced first on the M4 Composite. It was found that the original LB turret fouled the new hatch hinges. The quick fix was to flame-cut chunks off the bustle lower corners. After about the first 500 Composites the "high bustle" (HB) turret was introduced as a permanent fix, with the bustle raised bodily on the turret rather than just having raised clearance beneath. The loader's hatch was introduced and the pistol port re-introduced at the same time. The key HB recognition features from the side and rear are the larger gap below the bustle and the top of the bustle being level with the main turret top. LB turrets have a noticeable top slope down at the rear. HB turrets also had the MG stowage brackets on the bustle rear - but so did some remanufactured LB turrets so that is not in itself conclusive. Same with the vision cupola. From the front it is really impossible to tell HB from LB. If the loader's hatch is visible and oval then that is another HB clue. The LB vs HB situation is a bit more muddled on other "large hatch" 75mm types (M4A1, M4A2, M4A3) but as none of these became Fireflies that's for another day. Because US Ordnance and the British systems did not separately identify the turret types it is impossible to know how many of the 500 or so LBs came to the UK or how many of those were converted to Fireflies. There are essentially 2 possible ways of looking at it. Firstly and most simply, HB turrets were the 75% majority of Composites so that is by far the most likely. Secondly, many M4 and M4A4 in service did not have the conversion criteria features. This limited the conversion pool, and in any case new tanks were preferred to used ones requiring other refurbishment. But M4 Composites were arriving brand new just at the right time and they met the criteria. So it might be logical that most of those went for conversion, and that would have included some LB tanks. Take your choice. There are a fair few photos out there so it may be a case of "counting heads" where you can tell the difference.
  17. The Dragon 75mm Composite kit actually comes with both high and low bustle turret shells in the box so there may be a cross-kit option there with their IC Hybrid kit and still have an early 75mm Composite/Hybrid to go with the Firefly.
  18. I guess that reflects the limited number of people who do interiors. But surely the information is available to convert? Less ammunition and additional radio for starters? Back to tracks, Wildcats Models have got the ET Model 3D Set in stock for £35.99 with free shipping. He has a lot of other Tiger-related stuff too: gun barrels, etch sets, tow cables etc. They are out of stock on the Masterclubs, which are usually £30-35 if you can find them. https://wildcatsmodels.com/ AFV Modeller magazine shop have the T Rex 3D printed tracks for £27 + shipping. https://www.afvmodeller.com/shop/ More Tiger stuff too. If you're thinking interior, Archer do a set of Tiger and Panther stencils AR77017 or a single Tiger interior set AR35353. Historex Agents might have these, but check first: I ordered some stuff they had listed but didn't actually have. They list lots of other Tiger stuff too, but no tracks for a 1.
  19. Only about the first 500 Composites had the "low bustle" turret. The remaining 1,500 or so had the "high bustle" turret with oval loader's hatch. US and British records do not, however, discriminate between them in the supply system. So it is not known how many of each came to the UK, in the same way that the distribution of Fireflies between M4 and M4A4 is not known. Indeed the number of Fireflies in different sources varies from 2,200 to 2,400. But a "high bustle" turret seems statistically more probable for a Firefly IC Hybrid.
  20. Noting that the tracks are on already and thinking of images of Shermans in the paint shop with tracks on, it is plausible that the lower hull and suspension are already painted final colour. Look at the mess we made of repainting Grants and Stuarts in N Africa with stripes across the wheels from the bogie arms, hard to reach bits left unpainted etc. British painting instructions, presumably replicated by Canada as was the norm, made it very clear that rubber parts were not to be painted as the paint affected the rubber. That covers spraying over the tracks and roadwheels. I can't see the tracks being removed and wheel tyres individually masked off with the tank being rolled forward in the paint shop to rotate the roadwheels. Would they have used brush painting for any areas or was it all sprayed?
  21. Canada followed British colour practice. In chronological order, Khaki Green 3, SCC2 Brown and SCC15 Olive Drab. Although some sources suggest US OD instead of SCC15 from early 1944 as supplies of OD were easier to get. The KG3 to SCC2 change as the universal colour was authorised in May 42, although it may have been in limited use before then. But existing stocks of KG3 were to be exhausted first, so the changeover was more gradual than sudden. Canada does not seem to have authorised the change until July 42. However, Ram 1s were all built before the end of Feb 42. So they would have been Khaki Green 3. Ram II production began before the colour change. Ram IIs with the M3 bogies would probably all have been Khaki Green 3 too. Ram IIs with the M4 bogies would mostly have been SCC2 with some early ones in KG3.
  22. RFM do several "early" or "initial" Tigers: Starting with RM5001 waaay back in 2015. Followed by RM5025 "Wittman's early Tiger" with interior then RM5050 "early" with interior. RM5001 was updated as 5001U with 3D parts in 2021 RM5075 "initial" Finally RM5078 "initial Phew! Do I presume that you intend using RM5025? That kit does include RFM's workable individual links. These are held together by plastic pins inserted from each side. And you have to glue the 2 guide horns to each link, which is a bit tedious. However, RFM do offer 3D printed links with guide horns attached. They still pin together. But expect to pay over £40 for a set in the UK. Try eModels or Frome Model Centre. We didn't mention ModelKasten tracks earlier, SK-2 for early Tiger. But they would offer no advantage over the RFM parts except not attaching the guide horns. We also didn't mention other 3D printed products from the likes of T Rex, Heavy Hobby and ET Model, all of which are also £40+ and very hard to find in the UK. In metal there are also R Model, Sanxin and Spade Ace. There may be others. Again, expensive and hard to get in this part of the world.
  23. Kingsman


    The original M38 had the taller bonnet/hood of the civilian CJ3/4 as in the Navy photo. This was fairly quickly replaced by the more rounded bonnet M38A1, equivalent of the civilian CJ5. So many MB/GPW Jeeps were built during WW2 that they lingered long in service after WW2 - but not as late as the 60's. A Shore Patrol MUTT would almost certainly be USMC rather than USN. MMK do a kit of the M606. This is essentially the standard civilian CJ-3B without the military modifications. Used in "domestic" environments and by non-tactical units like USN and USAF, also for export (M38s/A1s were essentially reserved for US forces). So a strong contender for your Shore Patrol. €39 plus shipping from Czechia and probably import VAT and Royal Mail fees on top. So you could be looking at £60-70. A brand not available in the UK.
  24. I don't think you'll find any metal links pre-assembled. They cost enough without paying for the labour of someone to assemble them! Friul tracks are extremely hard to find in the UK but can be bought direct - at the risk of additional customs charges. I bought 4 sets a couple of months ago and wasn't charged import VAT. Despite being of Russian origin, Masterclub tracks are still available in the UK through a Facebook forum here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/572105619930063 MTL35006 looks like the initial Tiger type. You might find some on eBay too.
  25. Side doors and long M3 gun is an odd combination. By the time the M3 gun was being fitted the side doors were either welded shut or eliminated. Miniart's Late Lee would be a good start point. I know the question of Burma colour has been raised before. As I understand it, vehicles arriving in OD and later SCC15 were not routinely repaiinted. No obvious need. Vehicles arriving from N Africa in desert colours or from the UK etc in SCC2 were repainted in the local theatre colour. Which may or may not have been SCC13 or may more likely have been a paint produced in India.
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