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  1. Thought I'd share this here, a Swiss F-5E. Some tools and techniques used here were unusual to me. The weights in the base are not, strictly, needed. The model stands up without them, but they aid stability and confidence. The model is, to some extent, posable on the base. The base itself is 3d printed using an FDM printer, and uses acrylic support rods. The posability comes from the rods. These are not glued, but held by pressure and friction; they try to occupy each other's space. This is helped by the close spacing of the rods, both at the jet's twin exhausts, and at the base. The symmetrical paint scheme was achieved using Affinity Photo (similar to, but cheaper than, PhotoShop) to design the masks and a Cricut Joy (entry level cutting machine) to cut them. Other brands offer similar products. Build thread here:
  2. There seems to be something huge in preparation with AFV Club! Found here: https://toylandhobbymodelingmagazine.com/2022/05/20/afv-club-af35342-1-35-churchill-mk-iv-avre-with-sbg-bridgetest/?amp=1
  3. Hello everyone. Here is my entry for this GB. I've bought this set from a friend a while ago, and did'nt no what to do with it, but now I've decided to make one flying in Saudi Arabian marking. I've been told, and have read in several threads in this GB, that the AFVclub F-5E is a great kit, so it will be a nice relief from the other more "basic" sets I normally do for my iranian fleet in 1/72 So I'm really looking forward for this build, so lets get started with some photos! The kit: Aftermarket part: AGM 65 missiles from en Hasegawa kit, Quickboost seat, and a resin pitot (hard to see in the bag) The decals:
  4. Hi guys, I finished my AFVClub Valentine MK II build (kit No. AF35185). You can find WIP posts here. It's an OOB build except some wiring added here and there. It's not based on any particular contemporary photo, but on a combination of several photos from Operation Crusader period. Painted with AK Real Colors No. 61 Light Stone. I tried to keep weathering to minimum as this tanks were quite new at this period. I used combination of Mig's North Africa Dust nature effects and pigments. This is also my first attempt to do a bit more professional photos (with DSLR and light box instead of my mobile). @diablo rsv thank you so much for your photography advice, it was very helpful. Here it is: And a few with black background: And a few details: Cheers, Nenad
  5. Hi guys, I started my new build recently. It's AFVClub Valentine II, kit No. AF35185. Except few frustrating and unnecessary issues, this is a great kit. Great details, very nice, fine molding. I decided to go with the 8th RTR option, from the Operation Crusader period. I couldn't find any exact reference photo matches of the markings provided by AFVClub, and these are closest I've got. At least according to my brief review of the terms, those should be OK to share for non-commercial use. Now I'll fast forward to the point where I am now. Everything went out smoothly until I realized that this kit is not as accurate as I believed for the subject I selected. My bad I didn't do enough research right away so i had to do some painful surgeries. I'll make a list of inaccuracies I found out. I am sure that some of them if not all are already mentioned in other topics, but it does not hurt to mention them again. Radio and aerials, there is quite a confusion here. Instructions says that you should build Wireless Set No. 11, but there is no antenna mount for Wireless Set No. 11. However, aerials you should build if you follow instructions is intended for the Wireless Set No. 19 (with two antennas). But, there is only one antenna mentioned in the instructions, although there is a mount for another antenna in the kit. I first built Wireless Set No. 11 and I had to remove it (this was painful experience) and build Set No. 19 with two antenna mounts. Road wheels are an older version that were used on Valentine II, but not with the markings provided in the kit. There is no new version of road wheels in the kid and I decided that I can live with the old ones. Tool box lid in the instructions is wrong one. There is the right version in the kit (N5 with two strengthening bars), but it is not mentioned in the instructions. Unfortunately I used the version from the instructions (with 4 strengthening bars) and I decided to leave it like that because I was quite sure that I will damage the toolbox beyond repair if I try to remove the lid. Here's the Wireless Set No. 11: Replaced by Wireless Set No. 19 (also present in the kit - parts E4, E7, E10, E31, E32 - but not mentioned in the instructions) I added additional antenna mount (part B14 and etched part G21) and fit it to the rear right corner of the turret. And here's the current state of the build: I decided to go with these sub-assemblies: That's it for now. Best, Nenad
  6. Hi, Here is the little egg plane that I finished a few months ago. This is a F-104G Starfighter from AFV. I have build this very cool kit in belgian colors like the one preserved in Beauvechain air base in Belgium. For the metal finish, I tried the Rub n'Buff before doing the same on the Kinetic F-104 I have on my workbench. For the flags and the roundels, my friend Patrick helped me with decals from Retrokit for the Mirage. The codes are Decadry. Well, an easy assembly kit I recommend! See you Lolo
  7. Hello modeling friends. About two years ago I bought this magnificent kit from AFV Club (AF35235). Rommels Mammoth is a real cool truck, story is well known I guess. Erwin Rommel's drive's all have that particular, a little eccentric flair. Even his flight is special for some reason. The AFV Club - kit AF35235 - comes with a special resin radio / communication set. My question: Who, (After Market) makes such a complete set? Today I received another AEC Armored Truck (from AFV Club again), this time its the English version, Box Art shows Truck Noº 5. This one needs the same radio / communication set. Because when there is a Max, a Moritz ain't far away. Need to find out who the commander was using Moritz. Dragon has a nice set (DRAGON 1/35 6723 Rommel & Staff, North Africa 1942). Also in resin I found some very good looking figures of Erwin Rommel. Ok, almost forgot to mention... I started a truck called Max yesterday evening. And for the second time, this will be a, somewhat belated, duo build. Some pictures will follow over the weekend, covering this build with a real working tittle... Max & Moritz - Mammoths is the Desert Have fun. Robert Jan
  8. Hello Modeling friends. A project I've been working on over the last 6 weeks. It's in a final stage, where only little details are missing, but of a lot work still has to be done. That might sound familiar. Finish line is near. Build can also be seen on Armorama - Once more unto the breach - Campaign. The Sd.Kfz.251/7 and trailer are loaded with goods, are on the move. Second time I build the Sd.Kfz.251/7 Ausführung C. It's a fun kit and the theme allows a lot of personal input. Not the first time I build a Bronco Models Kit, but I've become a big fan of them lately. The Vulcan Motorcycle kits are my most favorite builds of the year. Almost finished is the K800 Zündap, in the works his little brother the K500. With some TLC it is a potential GEM (I don't know about Lion Roar or GWH yet). Some pictures taken today The Zündapp K800 is not on this series of photos. Decals drying and needs some touch ups. I marked the areas of damage / rust to be added on the Sd.Kfz.251/7. A little experiment I think that will work (show that later). The builds will come with a base / diorama / setting. Plans worked out, but no hurry with that. Maybe a next episode, otherwise it will be posted in Read for Inspection. Hope you like it so far. Happy modeling and have a nice day. Robert Jan
  9. British 6pdr QF Anti-tank Gun Mk.IV AFV Club 1:35 History The Ordnance Quick-Firing 6-pounder 7 cwt, or more commonly known as the 6pdr, was a British 57mm gun, which became the primary anti-tank gun during the middle of World War II, as well as the main armament for a number of armoured fighting vehicles. The United States Army also adopted the 6pdr as their primary anti-tank gun under the designation 57 mm Gun M1. Introduced into service in 1942, the 6pdr was designed to replace the obsolete 2pdr gun. The 6pdr first saw action at Gazala, North Africa where it not only proved very successful as it was able to penetrate and destroy any enemy tank in service at the time, but also allowed the 25pdr to revert to its intended artillery role. Even when the Panther and Tiger tanks were introduced the gun could still prove effective when used against the rear and the sides, but wasn’t able to penetrate the frontal armour. This was overcome however, with the development of the 6pdr Mk.IV, the subject of this kit. The weapon proved so successful that, in addition to being a towed gun, it was fitted to the Churchill MkIII/MkIV Valentine MkIX and the Crusader MkIII. Naval gunboats, such as the Fairmile D also mounted the gun and it was even mounted in the Mosquito MkVIII Tsetse. The 6pdr Mk.IV was supplied to many Commonwealth countries as well as Brazil, US Army and the USSR. The last gun was removed from service in 1951 with the British Army, yet it continued to be used for many years after by the Israeli defence forces who put it to use in two Middle Eastern wars. The Model The kit comes in a very attractive box with an artists illustration of the model on the front along with a big sticker stating that the first editions have special parts included. On opening the box, you find three sprues of green styrene nicely wrapped in individual poly bags with heat sealed ends which include a small etched brass sheet, brass turned barrel, three brass turned shells and two rubber tyres. The moulding is very nice with no sign of flash, and only a few moulding pips. The detail is crisp and finely done and you notice there are an awful lot of really small parts, so an optivisor or similar looks to be a must have when building the kit. The build begins with the construction of the split trails. Each trail arm is a single piece moulding which are clipped, not glued, together along with the axle and held together by a pin and socket. To the axle numerous small parts are attached, such as the shield supports, brake handles and axle plate. The lower shield section is then attached, and then fitted with the inner shield spacers, followed by another outer shield section and the pioneer tools. More parts continue to be added to the front of the axle shield, including a towing eye, lower splinter shield, gun cleaning rods, and grab handles. Back to the split trails and each one is fitted with a large manoeuvring pole, grab handles, locking mechanisms, towing eye to the right hand trail, and the recoil blades. The next operation is to build up each of the two wheels. In this edition the tyres are single piece rubber mouldings, to these are added the inner and outer hubs plus five tyre grips per hub, followed by the three piece locking collar. At last it’s onto the gun itself. The metal barrel, (there is also a slide moulded styrene item included), is fitted with the muzzle brake, recoil slides, two piece breech, with several unidentified fittings attached and the breech block. The gun mounting is then assembled with the slide in two parts which when joined together are capped off at either end and has the two trunnion blocks fitted midway up the slide. The trunnion supports are then attached along with the gunners shoulder pad and mounting frame, sight support frame elevation wheels, and another protective pad for the gunner. The inner main splinter shield is fitted with a chart case, binocular case and support arm on the left hand side, whilst on the right hand side is the ready use shell storage. The three shells, (brass in this edition, but three styrene ones are provided too), are fitted into the lower holder and upper collar parts before being attached to the splinter shield. There is an alternative part which provides an enclosed shell case, possibly for a later period. With the inner splinter shield complete the gun trunnion/slide is fed through the hole and the shield attached to the top fittings. The outer splinter shield is then attached and the main gunner sight assembled and fitted to the large mounting hole on the left hand side, which also has a optionally positioned door fitted to the front face. Finally the gun assembly is fitted into the recoil slide from the rear thus completing the build. There aren’t any decals provided in the kit and only one paint scheme is alluded to. So the modeller will require to do some research as to what, if any, markings were applied to the guns and what colours they were painted dependent on where they were being used. Etch The small etched sheet provides alternative parts for items such as the tyre grips on the wheel hubs, small boxes, wing nuts, hooks and the rear parts of the wheel locking collars. Conclusion This is a great looking kit and will make a nice companion piece to anything from a Jeep to a Bren Gun Carrier and lots of vehicles in between. You could even mount it on the back of a Bedford QLD truck Portee style. Whilst there are numerous small parts, some of which look quite tricky to fit, this would make an interesting weekend build. Highly recommended. I would like to thank Dave Wardle, (Panzer Vor!!!), for helping me with this review. Available soon from all good model shops. Review sample courtesy of
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