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  1. One way of another I haven’t been able to spend much time at the bench since May. Been absent from this site as well - just too much on. I have a few days off this week, and saw another of the excellent IBG Crusaders in the local hobby shop and knew what I was going to do. I’ve done the Mk I, the Mk III and now it’s time for the Mk III AA version. Familiar sprues, the only difference being the AA turret. Neat little decal sheet, and some photo etch. Won’t need the sand shields though, not applicable to the version I’m building (despite the box top image). I’m going to finish my model as Skyraker/The Princess. Nice straightforward paint scheme - SCC 15 all over.
  2. Yes, those were the days ... In the 1970s, my annual standard was 25-30 models. Between my first trip to the UK in 1972 and my 1980 wedding, I built 220 1:72 aircraft. Some of them still stand (more or less proudly) in my cabinet, but most were sold either through eBay or at various modellers' meetings. Then, in the 1980s, I built several 1:32 (Airfix and Matchbox) vintage sports cars, such as the Blower Bentley, Mercedes SSKL, Alfa 8c, two Bugattis, a.s.o. This led me to collect a few classic cars, but the scale became ... 1: 1. First was Volvo Amazon, then Renault Gordinis (R5 and R12), three Abarth-Fiats (595SS, 1000OT and Gp4 16v Mirafiori) and the Oettinger Beetle 1.6. And so my modeling activity was weakening year by year. For many years, I only built one or two models a year, then the standard annual production was zero. In the meantime, my stash became close to the four-digit number and one day I realized that I would never have time to build even 10 per cent of this collection. So I first introduced thematic restrictions, leaving only three topics: 1912-2012 military aircraft in 1:72, 1917-2017 AFV in 1:72, and 1901-2000 large warships in 1: 700. Then I introduced quantitative limits for each collection - for 150, 60, and 30 models respectively. All the other kits have been sold, and now a pile of just 200 (or a little bit more) kits doesn't look that horrible. And finally I started building models again. In 2019, I started 3 aircraft carrier kits in 1: 700, but to this day none of them can be called "finished". The same thing happened again in 2020 and now I have six 1: 700 aircraft carriers at various stages of completion with some hope that ALL six will be completed in 2021. Sent home from my daily work (at an auto parts store) due to the COVID pandemic, I started building 1:72 AFVs in March. To date, I have started 19 of them, but only a dozen are completed. Four of the remaining seven are waiting for decals, one for aftermarket tracks (the original ones fell apart a week after assembly, while the kit waited for the varnish coat after fitting the decals), and two (started in December) just for some time to complete the work. Nevertheless, the first to appear (in March) was a trio of two French Renaults and the US M3 light tank. You can find more pictures in the RFI threads there: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235070219-the-bovington-renault-ue-chenillette-in-172/ https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235070355-the-compiegne-museum-renault-ft-in-172/ https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235085946-the-laenzlinger-collection-m3-stuart-in-172/ Then, in April, three German vehicles (a tank and two tank destroyers) were built. The other three WW2 tanks were started in May but are still not completed for the reasons mentioned above. You can find more pictures in the RFI threads there: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235070476-jagdpanzer-38t-hetzer-by-unimodels-172/ https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235071304-the-afrika-korps-sdkfz-1611-pzkpfw-iv-ausfg-by-zvezda-172/ https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235071637-the-sdkfz1421-sturmgeschutz-40-ausf-g-by-unimodels-172/ The long evenings in May, June, July and August are the perfect time to do some 1: 1 classic car workshop work (I still do have an Abarth TC, Steyr-Puch 650, Escort RS, Fiat 124ST and Burlington Morgan to restore) and in September I came back to modeling. My T-34 STGB fruits were 3 Soviet types: a tank, a tank destroyer and a tiny tankette. You can find more pictures in the RFI threads there: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235079413-the-t-3476-m1941-by-unimodels-172/ https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235080010-the-su-100-tank-destroyer-by-unimodels-172/ https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235085701-the-t-27-tankette-by-shapeways-172-3d-print/ Since then, I have started another 7 AFV kits, but only three of them (the MTO GB) are completed for the reasons explained above. The three British tanks from the Desert campaign are here: You can find more pictures in the GB threads there: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235082611-still-one-more-matilda/ https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235082707-the-20th-century-middle-eastern-crusader/ https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235082860-my-funny-valentine-and-third-time-lucky-in-one/ And finally, let me take a quiz (though without prizes). In this blurry (misty?) photo, there are seven of my models waiting for completion in 2021. Try to guess what tanks they are Cheers Michael
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