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  1. Next project so I have something to build while the MkIVs are in the paint and finishing phase. Expunging the WW1 bug, for now at least. I think I have a couple of armoured cars in me somewhere and I'm waiting to see how the after market for the CSM Lanchester develops. I believe some WW1 trucks are in the offing in plastic too, although I don't really "do" softskins. So this is a double build of the Meng riveted-turret FT17 and the HobbyBoss Schneider CA with additional armour. Limited after market parts here. I think the FT will be an MG version, French if I can find evidence for that configuration in French service or US if not. I have the ET etched brass set and the Blast stowage and update set. I looked at a couple of after market Hotchkiss M1914 barrels, but decided to stick with the kit barrel. I still have a pack of Zebrano resin barrels, which are nice but perhaps a little over-skinny and fragile: I might use one yet. I had a Magic brass barrel but the cooling ridges (they're really too thick to be fins) were all wrong: flat-topped rather than pointed. The diorama base won't be used, although I did invest in some etched barbed wire, metal pickets and real wood strip just in case. Painting-wise I did buy a J's Work masking set but have decided not to use it: seems like far more trouble than it's worth. The Schneider has the Blast Models upgrade for the sadly lacking kit running gear and their stowage set. I've had a Magic gun barrel set on order for months from Nordland Models, still only shown as "processing": fortunately not paid yet. But as noted above I have since found that their Hotchkiss MG barrel is not usable, and the 75mm BS gun doesn't really need to be replaced. So that will be getting cancelled. With the one-piece upper hull moulding this looks a relatively straightforward kit, but one weakness is the tracks. Each link is made of 3 pieces and the little spuds on each link are too fat. The Schneider used the same tracks as the FT as far as I can determine, so if anyone has any spare sets of Meng FT tracks I'd be very interested: I'd need 2 sets. I can't really justify a set of Friuls and life is far too short for the 8-piece-per-link Voyager etched brass links..........
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