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  1. My second build in this GB will be rather more complicated than my Saracen I suspect. I have only ever tried to build one other kit from this Ukrainian manufacturer - their T-59 tank - and I abandoned it in the end. The engineering was poor, the fit worse and the white plastic would not stay glued together even with CA! Hopefully this one will be better. I will be using Zaloga and Parsons book in the Osprey Vanguard series for background. During WWII, in some respects the Wehrmacht probably led the field in using armoured carriers for infantry and in particular the "Panzer Grenadiers", who used the SdKfz 250/251 tracked vehicles to accompany the tanks into action. The so called "Battlefield Taxi" concept was for troops to use armoured vehicles to keep up with the Panzers across rough terrain and provide immediate infantry support even when under fire - something normal infantry either in lorries or on foot found difficult to do. The carriers were lightly armoured and usually carried just machine guns for self defence, and the normal mode of operation was for the infantry to dismount when they needed to fight. The Allies used Universal carriers, M-3 halftracks and even stripped down "Kangeroo" tanks for the same role, and after the war they continued with the same concept in vehicles like the Saracen and FV 432 for the Brits and the M75, M49 and M113 for the Americans. The Russians initially did the same but then decided to do something a bit different and sort of merge the APC with a light tank to produce the BMP-1 Infantry Fighting/Combat Vehicle, a tracked armoured carrier with heavier armament. Unlike the earlier vehicles the infantry inside were expected to fight from inside as well as outside - inside they could benefit from protection not only from incoming fire but also be relatively immune from the effects of both biological/chemical weapons and nuclear fallout which many thought would be used on Cold War battlefields. The Allies introduced their own versions in the form of the German Marder, US Bradley and British Warrior though they do not exactly follow the same principles when it comes to fighting from inside. More later. Pete
  2. As I managed to finish the Mk.3 I decided to do a Mk.5 as well. As it was a bit hard with the tight fit to mount the tracks I decided to leave the fenders off until I have the tracks in place. I just hope that the fenders will fit. This one will have a fuel cart.
  3. I have seen the name 'George Wittman' listed as a Canadian ace in WW2, with 17 victories. This is a name I am completely unfamiliar with, and can not find any info online. Would anyone have any info on this person and his service? I find it truly odd that he appears on the lists of Canadian aces just below "Woody" Woodward (19.83 victories) and above Willie McKnight (16.5 victories) but there is no indication of which branch he served with, or where. Canadian Aces Thanks, Colin ... update ... It's clear that the problem was the miss-spelling of his last name in the 'Aces' lists. Thanks to JackG for the clarifying link!
  4. Having just finished my tiny 1/72 F-85 Goblin build, I have screwed up the courage to try and restart building another of those shelf queens on hand, in this case the very model I began when I first re-entered modeling after a 20 or so year lay-off. I am talking about the famous F4U-5N Corsair, flown by Lt. Guy Bordelon, the only U.S. Navy Ace of the Korean War, but quite possibly the last propeller-driven fighter pilot Ace of all time. I don't know this for certain, and am open to other "entries". Anyway, here are the relevant pieces of this build: The Fujimi kit is actually pretty nice, but a little simplistic in areas such as the cockpit. The ancient Hi-Tech set will help with all that. Also shown are part of an old Microscale decals for this aircraft, long hidden in the stash, and a set of Moskit F4U-5 exhaust stubs, which I may or may not use. If they are not of the flame-dampener variety, I may try to use them on an F4U-7 later on. The major problem I had, years ago, was directions for the Hi-Tech PE parts, which were not including in the kit,which I found on E-Bay. Folks on-line helped me find directions for them on-line, but I have to say, they are the worst PE instructions I've ever seem, from the limited verbiage, to the poor drawings. Using that PE has been a matter of studying photos of the rear aircraft, to S.W.A.G.... Despite having tried to re-start this kit over the years, I can only hope that I have attained the confidence and skills needed to see it through this time! Anyway, when recently resuming this build, here's where I was, the front cowling parts cut off to fit the Hi-Tech resin replacement, and the cockpit sides scraped and fiddled to also fit the Hi-Tech cockpit. Also the kit rudder has been removed, for the same reason: Below, the arrows point to holes that need to be opened up for later installation of antennae, etc.: Above right, mustn't forget the two holes for the pilot's step, to be glued in later on. The Hi-Tech cockpit had years ago been brush-painted with a heavy slathering of Interior Green enamel, mostly obscuring the few PE parts I had been able to find positions for at the time. Recently, I brushed on some Testor's ELO paint and decal remover: Above right, after much painting and fiddly PE adding, it's looking much better than the original effort. Bear in mind, the whole cockpit is not much wider than the width of my thumb: Not a bad beginning. Warning! -- you KNOW I'll be back! Ed
  5. I found this underneath the Italeri kit boxes that I just finished and thought it would be a nice filler between other builds going on. The 2 pounder was the British Anti-Tank gun at the beginning of WW2 and was a very effective weapon, being the best AT weapon of its time. It was used both as an anti tank weapon in AT units as well as arming British tanks. As armour became thicker it became less effective and was replaced by the 6 pounder in 1942. It's a weapon often overlooked and continued to arm armoured cars up to the end of the war. The box contains a couple of sprues, of mainly small parts, although nicely moulded. And thankfully free of flash and mould marks. A single sheet of instructions and another with colour schemes. But no transfers. First job will be to get some paint on as an undercoat.
  6. Hi everybody, up for inspection is my little Saracen from Ace, which I finished recently. For anyone interested in the building process I provide the link to the WIP thread. The build was not easy because of the many small detail parts and the flash everywhere - at some parts it was difficult to tell which was flash and where the part began. All in all I enjoyed the build, the real problem was me and my clumsiness. Shortly before reaching the finish line the vehicle decided to act as an airplane but failed and landed hard on the floor losing all the small parts attached to the hull. Luckily I found all the parts again except one rear view mirror. Recently I found some time to scratch build the rear view mirror from plastic sheet and wire, now I call it done. Colors by Gunze, weathered with dark brown wash and grey wash for the road dust. Thanks for looking! Stay safe
  7. Hi everybody, hope that everyone is fine and safe. While I'm slowly slowly crawling towards the finishing line with my current project (Zvezda Tiger M w/Arbalet) I will start this little thingie, just to stay in the flow. It's one of the newer kits of Ace and I really look forward to building it, I really like the Ace kits. Before I begin let's have a look what's inside the box: Typical for Ace kits are the very small and delicate detail parts - this is going to be fun! Most likely I will build the Northern Ireland version. Hope to show you some progress soon! Have a nice day Nick
  8. Hi everybody, after a cursed and protracted build I am happy to show you the finished Tiger, albeit I am not happy with the result. Too many mistakes and too many problems made it hard not to throw it into the bin. Please don't get me wrong, I do not complain about the kit. It is a little gem, it is just my obvious and blatant lack of skills that kept me from doing the kit justice. For anybody interested, here is the WIP. Enough said, here she is. Because of the problems I had with the green pattern I chose to represent a dusty vehicle, mainly to cover up all the bad areas. At least this worked out quite ok. The only disadvantages of the kit are IMHO the moulded on towing cable which was very hard to paint, and the rubber tyres. Two of the five were badly moulded, one of them is the spare wheel, where it is obvious. The fit of the parts is very good throughout. Overall the instructions are ok, but quite unclear and wrong in some places and you have to study them really carefully, which I didn't do right at the start. This resulted in breaking apart the completed chassis again after I attached it to the finished cabin. I glued the axles upside down and realized it only as I tried to see how the wheels would fit. Doh! I hope that I'll find a replacement for the lost saw which should be on the right side. Weathering was done with earthy grey pigments (wheels), the mud was done with Gunze Rough Sand, some streaks with oil colour, and the dust all over with a thinned down light earthy colour applied by airbrush. This was an experiment, I think the effect is a bit too strong but it's ok with me. All in all the result could have been better, but after all the problems it was the best I could do. Thank you very much for looking! Any comments are welcome. Have a nice day Nick
  9. Hi everybody, parallel to Zvezda's GAZ Tiger M - which came to a stll - I started his little brother in 1/72 of Ace. This is what you get in the box: Very nicely moulded parts - I hope you can see some details in the next pic. The kit also contains the bonnet for the "M" version. Instructions 3 camouflage versions More to come soon! Thanks for looking. Have a nice day Nick
  10. A Bofors 37mm from Ace, 40mm Bofors on an English carriage and a Flak 36 with the latter two from Zvezda. A quick little project between one that wasn't and one that probably won't be.
  11. The International Resin Modellers Association (IRMA) is to release a 1/72nd Gloster E.1/44 Ace resin kit - ref. 16 British single-engine successor to the Gloster E.28/39 Pioneer - 1947 Source: http://internationalresinmodellers.com/irma_on-line_store V.P.
  12. The last of my recently built Soviet trifecta. This little BTR is the 1:72 kit by ACE. It is a beautiful kit, but a bit tricky to build. Some of the structures (e.g., smoke grenade rack) are multi-piece PE, all grab handles are made from bent wires, parts have to measured and adjusted to ensure proper fit, and the suspension took a very long time. This is essentially a short-run kit, but for once I felt like I was modeling and not just assembling. I've mentioned it elsehwere, an I'll say it again. I really like ACE's plastic. It reacts quite well to Tamiya Extra Thin, and disolving and then fusing into very strong structures. Great for all the butt-joints of fine tiny pieces. I finished the model as a Soviet machine serving in Jalalabad, Afghanistan in the late 1980s. Paint is MM Acryl. Weatheirng consists of a few washes, and pigment work. I have ordered some tank riders and crew figures, so stay tuned for more pictures sometime soon. As I said, this was an extremely rewarding build. I haven't built 1:72 armor in some years, but this relit that fire in me. I enjoyed this project much more than any of my recent 1:35 armor builds, and I think it looks much cooler on my shelf than the bigger tanks. Might be time to sell off that portion of my stash.
  13. #34/2016 After some pause a new 1/48 vehicle in-between by my dad ACE kit, painted with Gunze, Tamiya and Vallejo Initially I only wanted to try out "Precision Ice and Snow" on my dad´s model. But then I thought why not try out a little vignette. Done this for the first time. Took about an hour. Found a piece of panel wood. The rills on the backside matched the track width of the vehicle, so I decided to do a snowy field road. Used some gravel, grass and bushes (leftovers of our former model train phase) and fixed it to the panel with white glue. turned out like this... DSC_0001 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0016 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0017 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0001 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  14. This is my dad´s next armour project, the little BA-20 from the Ukranian manufacturer ACE. There are better kits but also worse :-) Gonna get a winter dress, stay tuned
  15. Let's have a look at the following Ebay offers: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/1-48-ACE-DASSAULT-RA...=item414f8fd970 http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/1-48-ACE-RAFALE-B-AR...=item3effce1f85 A Korean reboxing from the 1/48th Revell kits. Anyway the price - P&P incl. - is rather attractive respectively £25.86 and £17.45! Also a Rafale C mixing the B and the M parts! - ref.1203 - Rafale M - ref.1205 - Rafale B - ref.1206 - Rafale C V.P.
  16. More details on the ACE site, here: http://api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&jsonp=vglnk_14509784671729&key=0eff82a158b9bcd735539ea921a97f93&libId=iikimwh3010009tm000DAetoozshe&cuid=f-&loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.network54.com%2FForum%2F47210%2Fmessage%2F1450799012%2FGerman%2Bmobile%2Bpillbox&v=1&out=http%3A%2F%2Facemodel.com.ua%2Fen%2Fmodel%2F600&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.network54.com%2FForum%2F47210&title=Braille%20Scale%20Discussion%20Group%3A&txt=http%3A%2F%2Facemodel.com.ua%2Fen%2Fmodel%2F600
  17. #33/2015 After the Autoblinda and the 38(t), here´s my dad´s newest quarterscale WW2 vehicle. Decided to do something a bit different. Used the new Tamiya kit and made an AA truck out of it. The Flak is from ACE, the flak base from gaso.line, the wooden "outline" on the cargo board are matchsticks. DAK palmtree decals from the sparebox.
  18. Hi gents; I thought I might have a change of scenery for my third build for this GB so I chose a car; the ACE Citroën 11CV - in the Gentleman's Scale, of course. The father of my childhood best mates owned one of these - an exotic rarity in the 1970s - and it remains fondly in my memory as a classically beautiful car. I always imagined that one day I would own one myself, but experience proved me a dangerous liability when placed in proximity with motorised transport, so I never actually learned to drive... however thanks to the Eastern European model manufacturing industry I can have one of my own, albeit one too small to fit my fingertip into. I thought it would sit well next to my Armee de l'Air models and as it looks like it will be about an inch and a half long when finished it won't take up much space either. Here it is: The box is... erm, a little more spacious than is strictly necessary: There aren't that many parts and only a few transfers: The instructions include a template for making windows out of clear plastic sheet: I'm hoping to produce a black civilian car, but there appears to be some mould damage or multiple small pockmarks in the plastic on the roof and bonnet; if I can't smooth it out it will look bad under shiny paint, so I might end up doing the French army option. Cheers, Stew
  19. Just to prove that I occasionally complete models, and not just natter on about them, below please find photographs of my latest completed model. As the title indicates, this is the nice little Academy P-39N/Q in 1/72nd scale. I have finished it as a P-39Q in the markings of Grigoriy Andreyevich Rechkalov, the third-ranking Soviet ace, twice a Hero of the Soviet Union, with some 56 victories, most of them on the "Kobra". The kit went together very easily, with little or no filling needed, and I think it looks the part of an Airacobra. I chose to weather this a little, but not too much, as this was a Hero of the Soviet Union's aeroplane, and in pretty good nick from the photographs I've seen. An attractive little aircraft, and it looks nice next to one of my Shturmovik's. I realise the photographs aren't brilliant, but neither is the camera nor the photographer. Positive comments are of course welcome, whilst negative comments will be dealt with by the appropriate verbal abuse! Please enjoy (I hope I didn't make too much of a muddle of it)! Best Regards, Tovarish Jason
  20. Hello, My name is Alex and on behalf of Scale-model-kits.com I would like to notify all of you about latest new items that arrived in our shop's stock. - BA-20 light armored car, late from Ace in 1:48 scale (ACE48109) - Digital Flanker, Ukrainian AF Su-27 in digi camo from Authentic Decals in 1:72 scale (AD7261) - 44M Turan III heavy tank with side skirts (resin kit + pe) from Hunor Product in 1:72 scale (HNR72011) - Modern U.S. tankmen in Afghanistan from Master Box in 1:35 scale (MB35131) - Modern U.S. infantrymen. Cordon and Search from Master Box in 1:35 scale (MB35154) - F4U Corsaur Of The Korean War from Print Scale in 1:48 scale (PRS48-054) - Die Markierung der Flugbomben.Luftwaffe 1930-1940 from Print Scale in 1:72 scale (PRS72-057) - US Navy F-4 Phantom Mig Killers, Part 1 from Print Scale in 1:72 scale (PRS72-058) - US NAVY F-4 Phantom Mig Killers Part 2 from Print Scale in 1:72 scale (PRS72-059) - 1/72 Print Scale - Vigilante RA-5C from Print Scale in 1:72 scale (PRS72-061) - Gloster Gladiator Part 1 from Print Scale in 1:72 scale (PRS72-062) - Gloster Gladiator Part 2 from Print Scale in 1:72 scale (PRS72-063) - American Spitfire from Print Scale in 1:72 scale (PRS72-064) - Hawker Hurricane MK I from Print Scale in 1:72 scale (PRS72-065) Best regards, Alex Scale-model-kits.com - plastic scale model kits on-line shop
  21. Hello Friends, My name is Alex and on behalf of Scale-model-kits.com I would like to notify all of you about latest new items that arrived in our shop's stock. - Soviet armored aerosan NKL-16/41 from Ace in 1:72 scale (ACE72516) - Cromwell Cruiser from Airfix in 1:76 scale (AIR02338) - BEDFORD QT V1 from Airfix in 1:76 scale (AIR03306) - HARRIER FRS1 from Airfix in 1:72 scale (AIR04051) - CUTTY SARK - SERIES 9 from Airfix in 1:130 scale (AIR09253) - lattice Panther D from DAN Models in 1:72 scale (DAN72401) - lattice Tiger Early Production from DAN Models in 1:72 scale (DAN72402) - SE 313 ALOUETTE II from Heller in 1:48 scale (HE80479) - HONDA RC211V from Heller in 1:12 scale (HE80910) - Kadett K38 Saloon, WWII German staff car from ICM in 1:35 scale (ICM35478) - WWI Austro-Hungarian infantry weapon and equipment from ICM in 1:35 scale (ICM35671) - V3000S/SS M Maultier with 7,62 cm Pak 36r from ICM in 1:35 scale (ICM35803) - WWII German Luftwaffe pilots and ground personnel in winter uniform, (5 figures) from ICM in 1:48 scale (ICM48086) - Pilots of Luftwaffe, WW II era. Kit 1 from Master Box in 1:35 scale (MB3202) - German infantry defense, Eastern Front, kit 1 from Master Box in 1:35 scale (MB35102) - German infantry 'Off to the front' vehicle riders from Master Box in 1:35 scale (MB35137) - KrAZ-255B Soviet truck from Roden in 1:35 scale (RN805) - BTR-50PK APC from Trumpeter in 1:35 scale (TR01582) - Arado Ar 196 float planes from Trumpeter in 1:700 scale (TR03452) Best regards, Alex Scale-model-kits.com - plastic scale model kits on-line shop
  22. Hello, My name is Alex and on behalf of Scale-model-kits.com I would like to notify all of you about latest new items that arrived in our shop's stock. - Grumman AF-2W Guardian from Ace in 1:72 scale (ACE72304) - Olympia (4 door saloon) staff car, model 1938 from Ace in 1:72 scale (ACE72518) - "Buran" Soviet shuttle from Amodel in 1:72 scale (AMO72023) - Mini Hacksaw & 7 Blades from Hobby Park in scale (HP-MHB-7) - Flakpanzer III "Ostwind" (3,7cm Flak 43) from Maco in 1:72 scale (MACO7210) - WWII Soviet submarine type 'S' (re-issue of AMP302) from Micro Mir in 1:350 scale (MM350-002) - Nuclear deep-water station Project 1910 'Kashalot' from Micro Mir in 1:350 scale (MM350-007) - Decal for bomber Junkers Ju - 87 Stuka from Print Scale in 1:144 scale (PRS144-002) - Decal for helocopter Bell UH-1 Huey from Print Scale in 1:72 scale (PRS72-019) - Decal for fighter F-18 Hornet Part 2 from Print Scale in 1:72 scale (PRS72-045) - A-90 'Orlyonok' troop carrier ekranoplan from Zvezda in 1:144 scale (ZVE7016) - K-300 BASTION coastal missile system from ZZ Modell in 1:72 scale (ZZ72016) Best regards, Alex Scale-model-kits.com - plastic scale model kits on-line shop
  23. After the Panther wanted something simple so picked out the Ace P-51. This is the early cannon armed Allison Engined Mustang. The ACE kit is a Korean boxing of the Accurate Miniatures kit, and is nice and simple As is normal work starts with the cockpit - first the instrument panel Then built up the cockpit and sidewalls Fitted the fuselage halves together then slotted the instrument panel in from the front Finally fitted the Allison engine nose, and filled the small gaps with some Mr Dissolved Putty, then sanded back Peter
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