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  1. Don't start me talking - I could talk all night My mind goes sleepwalking - While I'm putting the world to right Called careers information - Have you got yourself an occupation? Oliver's army is here to stay Oliver's army are on their way And I would rather be anywhere else But here today There was a checkpoint Charlie - He didn't crack a smile But it's no laughing party - When you've been on the murder mile Only takes one itchy trigger… Go on – admit it – your singing along already… So where do we start and who do we blame for this latest escapade into the world of tiny tanks? Was it @badger for getting me interested in AFV’s in the first place? Was it ALDI for putting an offer on these bad boys for £4.99 each? Was it @Lawzer for building one and then teasing me with the pictures of his triumph? Was it the PLASTIC SOLDIER COMPANY for luring me into the belief that these things are ‘easy and fast’ to put together? Anyway – let’s not apportion blame - until things start to go wrong of course… So let’s get going shall we and what better way to start than with the ‘box’ shot… ...well 3 boxes to be accurate... ...as usual I'm sure to have lots of questions along the way and as this is my first 'real AFV' kit(s) I'm sure to need some expert help - so I hope a few folk will tag along and keep my spirits up when it all goes pear shaped. More updates after tea - Steve
  2. This one This kit was originally tooled in 1971. The kit is reputedly of dubious scale, but the olive-green injection mouldings are adequately detailed. The tracks are wholly inadequate being badly distorted. The small decal sheet is old and yellowed, but appears to be in register. The instruction sheet illustrates assembly in seven stages, with options to build Mk II or Mk III versions with decal options provided for a Crusader III of 1st Army 17/21st Lancers, 6th Armoured Division in temperate scheme or a Crusader II of 8th Army 10th Hussars, 1st Armoured Division in desert scheme. My original plan to do this as a 1st Northants tank is foundering on a lack of images and Reg Spittals’ pictures look like Crusader IIs to me, so I shall try to replicate the muddy conditions at Linney Head in a small vignette. Stage 1 sees the construction of the Mk.II turret. All went fine until I tried to cut the spade from the runner; it snapped into two pieces, one of which was consumed by the Carpet Monster. I thought I might have a spare from a previous build but inspection of my bits and bobs failed to reveal one. However, I found something that looks like a starting handle, so fixed that in its place (having filled the locating holes with putty). I also found a British tank crew member I had built previously. I cut off his arms and repositioned them. He will stand behind the turret in a similar manner to those in Reg’s photos. I also found a spare set of tracks. I have no idea where they are from and they’re probably totally inaccurate, but they may be better than the kit supplied ones. Then the carpet monster gave up the missing part of the spade. I fixed both halves and added the spade to my spares. I also assembled the Mk.III turret because it is possible that the 2nd Northants fired these at Anney Head in December 1942. Next up was stage 3 and the assembly of the hull. I quite like the way the hull is broken down making assembly simple yet sturdy. I must remember that the tyres were solid black rubber
  3. Ooof, I don't think I have posted anything, actually for that matter I don't think, if I'm not mistaken, I have put anything together for about 9 months now. Tidied up my model area and just got a half decent compressor (Edward the Compressor I call him). I think I am slowly beginning to understand the different materials and how to use them. I still have a very heavy hand and am too messy. Spend a lot of time fixing silly mistakes. Also got some decent glue. So I feel this will be a pivot point and hopefully the last of my messy builds. Not finished yet, got the jeep to do, I will use the box decals even though they are for NZ (so not historically acurate for the PPA), still I was dying to get something up, builds a bit of morale. Will start another small build thread soon - next up will be the Humble Humber and if I make an effort it will be somewhat tidier. Thanks again for all YOUR inspiring work which is so encouraging!
  4. Hello, I am not sure this is exactly the right section for my question, so please inform me if it should be elsewhere. I get a ridiculous amount of pleasure from making Matchbox and Revell's 1/76 armoured vehicules with figures and dioramas. I moved from 1/35 after a dabble in 1/48 and 1/16, but decided I really do enjoy the 1/76 the most. I see many varied products in 1/76 and 1/72 and would like to know what the very talented people on this amazing forum feel are some of the best, most interesting, most rewarding kits to make in these scales (only armoured vehicules, figures or dioramas). I have seen Hasegawa, Italeri, Aoshima, Pegasus, Eski, Airfix, Caesar and many more. Thanks for taking the time to read and I look forward to adding to my Matchbox / Revell collection.
  5. This is going to be my next project for when I'm not at home and have odd bits of time when I can do some kit building. It is a follow up to my Airfix 1/76 Tiger 1 build which can be found here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234971585-airfix-176-tiger-i-yeah-that-old-one-upgraded-a-bit-update-071214/ I didn't have all my usual stuff available for the Tiger build and it's the same with this one, so I have to keep it simple. As soon as I'd finished the Tiger I knew I couldn't not build another tank and decided that, following making three German tanks, I ought to do something British and opted to do another 1/76 kit from Airfix; the new(ish) Cromwell IV: I had already read Paul AH's review of this kit http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/78263-cromwell-iv-tank/?hl=cromwell and so I had a little foreknowledge of what to expect, but I was still rather pleased with what I found when I opened the box. You have to understand that I am relatively new to tank kit building and know next to nothing about the kits that are available. Anyway this is what I found inside the attractive box - 2 sprues of light grey plastic: The detail seems to me to be rather nice: The tracks - which aren't rubber bands!: I'm especially pleased with these after the rather woeful tracks that came with the Airfix Tiger. I think there has been a mixed reaction to these tracks but I will give them the benefit of the doubt for now. I think they may be okay once painted and weathered. And it's good they arrive pre-sagged! Nicely detailed wheels: Decals for the two versions: Sample of the instruction sheet: And finally a separate painting guide: All-in-all a rather nice kit for £6.99 from a local toy shop. I'm going to make a version without the hedge cutter and probably without the deep wading gear. I will see about the latter later. I have made a start but I will do separate post for the bit I have done. Comments and suggestions welcome. Kind regards, Stix
  6. Hi folk's I had so much fun with the other two armour kit's I thought why not have a go at this re-boxing of a kit I have not build before hence this one box art not as good as the original though.
  7. Waterloo Highland Infantry (01735) Waterloo French Cavalry (01736) Waterloo British Artillery (01746) Waterloo British Cavalry [Hussars] (01743)
  8. An old (part) set of Airfix 01745 Waterloo British Infantry, supplemented with 5 Esci (215) British Infantry figures
  9. Couldn't resist the lure of this GB any longer! I used to build lots of Matchbox armour (and aircraft) kits in my youth and I used to like how easily they went together and the fact that they were good subjects and seemed accurate too, at least they did at the time! This is the only Matchbox kit I have in the stash so it didn't take long to choose what to build! Anyway, time for the usual box and sprue shots. I always liked the dramatic pictures on the Matchbox boxes and used to draw my own (terrible) versions of them as a kid. The wonderfully coloured plastic. I can assure you that the blue is every bit as hard on the eye in real life as it is in the picture! Tracks look like they will be fun too. And the instructions and massive decal sheet. I will build it mostly OOTB but will leave off the anti-aircraft machine gun on the turret as I don't think they were carried on this model of T-34, I believe it's meant to be a 1942 model. i will look for an interesting scheme for it, either a winter scheme or a green and brown one, I am open to suggestions. Won't be starting for a couple of days as I have a Dornier Do-17 to complete first for the Radial Engines Rock GB. Thanks for looking in. Craig.
  10. I bought this vac-form probably in the eighties and painted it very roughly back then. I have now added some scatters and barbed wire to this ancient Bellona (at least I think it's Bellona) vac-form trench diorama. The reverse (underneath) was filled with expanding polystyrene foam to give the 30+ year old plastic some rigidity.
  11. Having been looking for the Italeri 1/72 Valentine for several months I just have met the Fujimi 1/76 one for a stupid price. As I never heard about it I'd like to know, whether is it visually much smaller and of lower quality than 1/72 Italeri one. Of course I know that the difference in hull length should be less than 4mm, but how much is it really in this case? Cheers Michael
  12. Hi all, First of my models for this GB - A 1/76 Saracen from the JB Models moulding, I believe Airfix took the moulds over later. Have built this previously but this time I'll be doing the tropicalised Mk3 version. Not a long build last time and I don't anticipate a long build here either. The box and contents The hull is two main parts, top and bottom and there are two turret options, the smaller Mk1 or the Ferret turret used on the Mk2 and 3. Twenty minutes after opening the box we are here - Basic hull is now complete. More hopefully tomorrow. KR's IanJ
  13. Airfix's Waterloo Farmhouse. A restoration project
  14. See Duck à l’orange -- my Airfix 1/76th (OO) scale DUKW with scratch built hang gliders (page on my web site) Not strictly a military vehicle, but I figured anyone interested would be more likely to find it here than in the non-military vehicle section.
  15. My Revell boxing (03214) - the runners still carry the Matchbox code PK-76 Natural light using a flash Finished with Vallejo paints and Humbrol washes for Panzer Aufklärungsabteilung der Panzer – Lehr – Division, November 1944.
  16. Painted in Vallejo and Humbrol acrylics and given a Humbrol enamel wash I swapped the heads of these five figures with white metal ones from the Wee Friends WWII Axis Sahariana Crew with Alternative Heads
  17. Commanding officer’s tank of No.3 Squadron, No.1 Tank Division, Malaya, 1942. 5th Company, 17th Tank Regiment, 1943.
  18. Further to the two recent posts on the individual buildings, I've now put together this small diorama as a photo-base for AFVs
  19. Hope all you BMers are having a good winter. My modelling room is just making 5 degrees C, so it's a little tough on the old fingers. Building up energy to start a new build thread. For now here are some classic Matchbox / Revell 1/76. There are 3 kinds of kits I really appreciate - with figures, with dioramas, with interiors. A lot of fun with these kits!
  20. Here we have a 1/76 scale Airfix/scratch built Bedford QLC TEV Telex truck, marked up as HQ Signals, 2nd Corps ATB Sean
  21. Hello everyone I'm converting the Airfix K2 Ambulance from their RAF Emergency set into a N.A.A.F.I. tea van. I've not done much armour or vehicle modelling since I was a teenager, which was a LONG time ago, so I'm curious as to how this will work out! I'm doing this alongside my 1/72 Minicraft Liberator built, as a bit of a diversion. I've no scale drawings, no measurements - it's all done by eye and guesswork, so 'rivet-counters' might like to avert their eyes now... First job is to amend the cab: The Ambulance cab looks too wide, so off with the bits marked, and it looks like this: The kit's radiator grille is somewhat sparse: So, I took off with the vertical bars, and put some brass mesh in place: I've replaced the bars, and added the crank starter aperture: Like the radiator, the kit's wheels are pretty basic, so I've got some nice white metal ones from Wee Friends, which look great: On to the canteen area, and I've made the cab's rear bulkhead, marked out a tiled floor area, and started on the cupboards and drawers: This the rear bits tacked in place with Blu Tack for fit: The cupboard handles need sanding back once the glue has properly set, and next up will be the worktops and tea making equipment. Once that's done, it's back to the cab, which will need a new curved roof, doors, seats and controls. Then the body sides, roof and rear door... Cheers Simon
  22. A couple of conversion (to varying degrees) from Airfix sets...
  23. Hi All, Second entry in this GB. Popped in to Trains4U in P'boro (Work just up the road) for various tools and consumables for the A4 and this fell in the basket as well. Complete polar opposite of the A4 - Stephenson's Rocket was a ground breaking development in the very beginning of steam locomotive engineering. Introducing boiler tubes, the blastpipe and cylinders coupled directly to the driving wheels. It's the Dapol (Ex Airfix/Kitmaster) Rocket which I built at least 4 decades ago - Don't expect this one to move under its own steam though (Sorry) This is one that can be built at lunchtime at my desk - Something I wouldn't entertain doing with a whitemetal kit, elf and safety and all that....
  24. Amera's S131 Airfix D-Day Coastal Defence Fort base alongside their S226 Coastal Assault with S228 D-Day Bunker and the Airfix A05702 D-Day Coastal Defence Fort. There is a Heller Pak-40 in the bunker. I can't recall where I got the beach obstacles from, but I scratched the long hedgehogs. There are a few Revell and Matchbox German figures mixed in with Airfix German Infantry, Paratroops and Mountain Troops, and Airfix British Infantry and Commandos.
  25. Hello Everyone! Decided to build my second tank as well as experiment with terrain. This build was primarily an excercise in armor weathering and terrain generation. Thus historical accuracy was not high on the priority list. Built OOB, only additional detail added was dents and a loose panel in the side-skirts, and drilling out of the exhaust vents. And here's my first attempt at a tank back in 2014 I found the following links invaluable for weathering the King Tiger: http://www.panzermania.com/tipps/weathering_en1.html http://www.panzermania.com/tipps/weathering_en2.html Your comments and constructive critiques are welcome! Thanks for watching! Cheers, Alex.
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