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  1. I've had little time to get much modelling done these last few months but, browsing the Rubicon Models UK website last week, I discovered this kit had been released. That'll do me! There's already a 1/56th scale Italeri kit of the 234/2, but this one offers the open-topped variants as well. So what do we get? 3 neatly moulded sprues of ABS plastic: Loads of alternative parts which allow 3 of the 4 main production variants to be built out of the box. You can get a seperately available turret to do the /1 version if that's what you want. Typical Rubicon high quality instructions: Also typical of Rubicon is the generic decal sheet, so you'll need to do a bit of research if you're modelling a specific vehicle: There's some info and a couple of suggested colour schemes on the back of the box: Choices, choices... More soon. John
  2. In the middle of July my son and I finally managed to make our Covid-delayed trip to the Tank Museum at Bovingdon. It's something we had been promising ourselves since before Covid, originally as a 21st birthday trip for him. Turned out to be a combined belated birthday and graduation trip (MEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Distinction) 😀 Naturally we had a great time and were there for the whole day, studying the exhibits and taking in the atmosphere. I came back home enthused to build some armour - I'm more usually a soft-skin sort of guy for my military vehicle builds. I decided on the Italian Ansaldo Carro Armato M13/40. It's the first Italian tank I've ever seen in the metal, as it were, and it just so happens I've got the Rubicon kit in the pile. Cool! Andrew's memory from the museum trip is a Hobby Boss 1/35th JagdTiger, which is a bit bigger...😃 John
  3. ...this one 😀 I bought this a while ago but with all the talk about K2 ambulances I feel the need to give it a start. This is the 1/56th scale Perry Miniatures resin and white metal kit. It's a little beauty: I'll have to source some decals but apart from that everything else needed is in the box. John
  4. Some years ago, I started a project to model some vehicles from the fighting in France in 1944, but like many projects time and a change of interests overtook it, and it was abandoned. However, the nagging urge to model the period remains. This time, I’ve moved up a bit in scale, and down a bit in detail, with the intention of using some of the vehicles manufactured for war gamers. This enables me to indulge my bodging style of “detailing “, or at least, adding fiddly bits. First up, an Italeri M10: M10 Tank Destroyer by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr M10 Tank Destroyer by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr M10 Tank Destroyer by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr These are intended as robust quick build kits, and without my bodging would easily go together in an hour or less.
  5. I probably shouldn't be entering any more GBs just now given my crash-and-burn rate in the last couple and I won't be starting this for a while but this is a project that has been on my mind for some time, prompted by the announcement of Rubicon's new Valentine kits. One has duly arrived from the good people at Rubicon Models UK: It not only has parts for a MkIII CS but also comes with the NZ Divisional markings. Hopefully I'll get a start some time before the GB ends...🙄 John
  6. I'm taking a break from 50 year old kits I built as a kid, so when this showed up in Rubicon Models UK's webstore the stars aligned. I'm not really an armour modeller but I have a small collection of Rubicon's 1/56th scale kits because they offer a nice relaxing build and I like the size of the finished article.They're also very high quality products. The first time I'd even heard of the Comet was when Matchbox released their 1/76th scale kit in the 1970s. It's still not that well served in the modelling world so this new kit is especially welcome. So, what do you get? A very high quality end-opening box: Rubicon provide comprehensive but generic decal sheets. The quality is usually good: 2 sprues in ABS, rather than polystyrene: Very high quality instructions: More shortly. John
  7. After my ruminations on 1/56th scale models a few weeks ago, I decided to get one and have a closer look. Having watched lot of how-to videos on YouTube, it seemed that Rubicon Models were probably the current leaders in the field. I'm a sucker for WW2-era trucks and they have a CMP truck in their range, so that was a fairly easy decision. The kit cost £18 plus £1.80 p&p from Plastic Soldier Company, so they're not cheap. 28mm armour generally seems to come in at or above £20. For your money you get a very well produced package, starting with a glossy end-opening box with a nice piece of artwork on the front and some information about CMP trucks on the back Inside we find 2 individually bagged sprues of dark grey plastic: A one piece cab and canvas tilt individually bagged and taped to a card sheet: There'a bagged decal sheet: And a high quality glossy instruction leaflet: Unbagging the bits and pieces reveal high quality mouldings: It's a nicely detailed little kit, simpler than the Airfix Bedford MWD which is probably its closest equivalent. You don't get painting instructions beyond the 2 profiles on the back of the box. The decals sheet is generic, rather that having markings for specific vehicles, which I gather is typical for this genre, so research will be necessary to choose a subject. There are also no windshields, which will have to be rectified if the kit is intended for a display piece rather than a gaming miniature. I'll put this together in between other ongoing projects. It should be interesting, and the first priority will be to pick which individual vehicle I'm going to finish it as. Incidentally this isn't the only CMP truck in my stash, I've got its big brother too: John
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