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  1. I found two so far: Pz III Ausf J - Armorama and Pz III Ausf J - Flikr There's also this which claims to be a J but with the spaced armour on the hull front is more likely an L. Pz III Ausf J - Reddit Andy
  2. Unfortunately, time has beaten me on this one - mainly because of the amount of it I spent trying to find compatible kits to bash into what I wanted. I started this GB with three Phantoms, I end it with 11 Eight of them are Hasegawa kits of various marks and vintages, and seven of those were my attempt to build the Turkish bird I started the build thread for. Got there eventually, if I mate the fuselage of the JASDF RF-4E with the wings of the F-4S I then have the bits left over to make the F-4S into the basis of an F-4J. The other E and at least two of the four EJs are now surplus. Why Hasegawa have three different sets of sprues for essentially the same aircraft is beyonf me, but there you go. Andy
  3. I've just being checking the big list and from the stash I have 23 possible entries from nine countries in six scales covering about an 80 year span. No, I won't build them all but as co-host I will try a couple of interesting ones as a thank you for getting this one onto the calendar Andy
  4. Saw them on IBG's Facebook page. They even specify which hull type (Type C) the Cromwell has. Looking forward to them, their kits normally have great detail even if that makes them quite fiddly to build in places. Andy
  5. From Nick Millman's book on the Zero: Nakajima continued production of the A6M2 until February 1944 while Mitsubishi ceased with production of the first A6M3 Model 32 in June 1942. So it is entirely possible that Nakajima built examples could have been in service right up until August 1945 as the last airframes would still only have been 18 months old by then. Andy
  6. Saw this too late for Telford, but two threads from the recent Hellcat STGB might be useful: Drone Controller F6F-5 Drone Andy
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    New Daimler AC

    It's their wargaming scale, but the models are actually quite nice apart from the very simplified tracks. While they concentrate on the Great Patriotic War (including British and US vehicles they got Lend Lease), they also do quite a range covering GB and Germany in 1940. I have quite a collection of them now. Andy
  8. I use acrylics almost exclusively, but since I'm a brush painter I find that a good brush, a palette and some tap water are all the tools I need. Horses for courses Andy
  9. Vote early, vote often is my motto, so mine are already cast in the right place too. Andy
  10. Most of them are £8.99 but a couple (the Puma, Sherman Firefly and Wespe this year) are also released as 'My First Diorama' gift sets with glue and paints and it's those versions which are over £20. That said, the Churchill AVRE and Renault FT-17/Char B1 are in the same bracket now, but they were always a couple of steps dearer. Andy
  11. Thanks for the tip on the MiG. I have 4 in the stash now, so plenty of scope for getting it wrong. For the Zeroes, I have the new IJN set from AK that was formulated for them by Nick MIllman. His Aviation of Japan blog is my go to for all things WW2 Japanese, so I trust these colours are as good as they can be. Andy
  12. Thank you, both for the kind words and the constructive suggestions. He's my first large scale figure so I'm still finding out what works and how to translate what I'm used to into the bigger scale. These guys are more my usual thing: Andy
  13. This is what was in the latest box. The Airfix MiG-17 isn't a bad kit by all accounts, good enough that there were a flood of them in the Africa GB not so long back. Although it has flaws, it's a better attempt than their MiG-15 retool was. The Zeroes are nice kits, acceptably accurate (apart from the colour scheme, but as you can see I'm not using the kit decals so don't care) and having already done one I know it's a nice build. The M3 scout car continues my love in with Zvezda 1/100 armour. It's intended for wargaming, but they actually make decent display models so I have quite a collection. The lower scheme is one of the ones I'll be doing with the Airfix kits. H-Model Decals also do it in 1/72 and 1/48 but they would have you mask and paint the fuselage and tail stripes yourself. Not on my watch matey - I don't buy decals to make life harder. Andy I thought Typos was a Greek island until I tried posting on public forums
  14. Would have saved time trying to find the skull of an enemy Andy
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    Brazilian P-47s?

    I only found out about the Mexican war time P-47s when I was looking for info on the Brzilian ones two days ago. I know Mexico used them in NMF post war because I have an Aztec decal sheet with them on, but I didn't know they started in the Pacific theatre. Andy
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    Brazilian P-47s?

    Have a look at the first post in this thread: More Info Lots of background and some colour photos from a Brazilian. Andy
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    Brazilian P-47s?

    From Wikipedia: During the Italian campaign the "1º Grupo de Caça da Força Aérea Brasileira" (Brazilian Air Force 1st Fighter Squadron) flew a total of 48 P-47Ds in combat (of a total of 67 received, 19 of which were backup aircraft). This unit flew a total of 445 missions from November 1944 to May 1945 over northern Italy and Central Europe, with 15 P-47s lost to German flak and five pilots being killed in action. As to the aircraft, they were P-47D-25s and given how shabby they look and the fact they're Olive Drab over Neutral Grey in contemporary photos I suspect they were used ex-USAAF rather than new builds. This photo is great: Brazilian P-47D as it gives a good impression of the weathering and the load out. Trickyrich built one in the Thunderbolt STGB a couple of years back, so should be able to fill in some of the huge gaps I've left. Andy
  18. Cheers Rich, I had a blast taking part. Kind of got the taste for big figures now, got three very different WW2 ones in the post. None of them qualify for this GB, but they'll be around somewhere soon Andy
  19. I did this one for the Ragnar's Return Nordic GB, and to dip a toe into larger figures having seen some fantastic ones here. This is how he finished up. Figure was built from the box then painted using Vallejo, Tamiya, Akan and Citadel paints, inks and varnish. Base is decorated with Woodland Scenics and Javis Scenics model railway accessories and a stone from my back yard Build thread is here: Build Thread Andy
  20. ICM 1/16 IX Century Viking Figure built from the box using Vallejo, Tamiya, Akan and Citadel paints, inks and varnish. Base decorated with Woodland Senics and Javis Scenics model railway accessories. Build thread is here: Build Thread Andy
  21. Calling him done. Some quick and dirtty pictures for now. Once he's set enough that I can move him I'll dust down the base and take some gallery shots that don't have my desk clutter as a background. That was a fun build, might be tempted to another one. Off to explore the rest of the GB in the meantime though Andy
  22. Thank you. I had help choosing colours from a friend who does re-enactment and who kept me right as I was working on him. I used photos of her group for reference and all the bits of historical info I dropped in are from her too - my knowledge of Vikings was very limited before I started this project. There are three secrets to layering Tamiya paints: 1. Sheer bloody minded perseverance 2. Leaving enough time for the paint that's already on to fully cure before the next coat 3. Don't take pictures of the bits that go horribly wrong Andy
  23. Thank you. Yes, you really should try a figure. Lots of using brushes for slopping paint about, no decals and no masking means it like a modelling holiday Andy
  24. His base needs tarting up still, but he's essentially done. Historical note: he is carrying a sword as well as his axe which marks him out as a Jarl or similar. Swords were expensive and not everyone could afford one, so they became a badge of rank and status. Similarly, his shield is blue. Like purple in Rome (and later in England), blue colouring was hard and expensive to make so was reserved for the aristocracy/elites. The design I went for in the end is a well known Viking representation of one of Odin's ravens - Huginn (Thought) and Muninn (Memory). It's a bit crude, but I think we can all agree it's adequate for a working shield. Nuff waffle. Some pics - that's what we're here for right? For some reason while he was rock solid on his base for the first three pics, he would NOT stand up for this shot, so he's leant against the paint pots Next pics will be in the gallery sometime over the weekend. Andy
  25. Thank you Yes, the top layer is quilted leather. Cheaper and lighter than mail (I've held a mail tunic, it weighed a ton. You'd have to be extremely fit to fight in it for very long). Everything else is wool or linen. Interestingly (or not, your choice) although the Vikings could make black paint, and blackened the iron they used for nails and shield bosses they didn't have a black leather dye - all their leather was shades of brown. My historical advisor was very firm on that: NO BLACK LEATHER!! And no gold Andy
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