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  1. Hello folks, a little while since I last posted a WIP, I've been having a little breather after finishing the last one. Looking through my stash of Miniart kits ( I still have a lot), I decided to have a go at this one. "`Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf. H, 3rd SS-Div. "Totenkopf", Eastern Front, Ukraine, Autumn 1943. This particular version appears to have been produced in August 1943, just at the start when Germany decided to add Zimmerit to their tanks. So I have to decide whether or not to do Zimmerit on it. It still could be too early to have it on, but then again.....At the moment, I think I will unless anyone can advise otherwise. My next build after this one is going to be a Miniart Stug III with interior which is about the same period as this one and my thoughts were to try Zimmerit on this one in case things go south rather than do it on the Stug after I've gone to all the trouble doing all the inside. So really this is a kind of an experiment model for me, hopefully it will turn out ok. I'm going to have all the hatches closed as I'm not interested in the insides. Miniart do actually add quite a lot of the internals even in this version for those who wish to have figures and have hatches open, which is good. I'll just have a load of parts going into the spare box instead. I've also got the option to add side skirts if I wish, I'll decide about that later on and will also have the schurzen in place. Here is the box art.... There are four versions to choose from, this is the one that I'm going to attempt to make, which will be from the 3rd SS-Div. "Totenkopf", Eastern Front, Ukraine, Autumn 1943. So to start things off I've started to work on the hull first, here's a photo of the pieces that make up the basic hull structure. No one piece hull here..... After gluing the firewall to the base plate the side plates all fit very nicely together.... That's the start, more bits and pieces are needed to added to the hull so I'll be back when I have more to show.... all the best Ed
  2. Having made MiniArt’s Mk Ib and Mk II Dingo Scout Cars I wanted to add a Mk III to the collection. MiniArt make one but it is very hard to find. Thankfully their Mk II kit has all the part needed to build a Mk III so I'm going to use that for my build. This is the vehicle I am going to model. It is from D Squadron, 11th Hussars, 7th Armoured Division and was photographed in Tonning, Germany near the Danish border. The regimental history says D Squadron was there between 10-20th May 1945. The photo is of poor quality but you can see it has been equipped with a spare wheel and a single Vickers K Gun (most up-gunned Dingos had two). There is no armoured roof so it is either an upgraded Mk II with the roof removed, or a Mk III built from scratch without one. I’ve assembled most of the components I need – a Dingo Mk II kit, a Dragon SAS jeep which comes with one more finely detailed K Gun than it needs, and the old Tamiya jeep which will donate drum magazines. I like the DEF Model weighted wheels and have used them on my other Dingos. Markings are from Star Decals and Mk III instructions are from scalemates.com. I’ve taken plenty of photos for reference including this one I saw at Bovington. It’s a Mk II converted to a Mk III owned by John Pearson who is driving it. (John also owns the running Valentine IX DD behind it). I got chatting to him on a Valentine tank modelling group and he very kindly invited me to visit his collection of vehicles. John is very amiable and hugely knowledgeable, and I spent a marvellous afternoon looking all over his vehicles and taking pictures of the details you often can’t get to see, so I’ll post some here as I build this model. My historical picture doesn’t give any details on how the spare wheel is mounted but I found this picture on a Dingo group of a reinforced frame to carry it. It's a modern interpretation but it works so I will copy it. I’ve only just started construction but here is my reinforced rear plate and a spare wheel for it. I’m using DEF Model wheels so taken one of the wheels from the kit and hollowed out the wheel mounting from the back to leave just the tyre and hub. Next up is the interior where I’ll use the photos of John’s Dingo and some creating thinking regarding ammunition storage to model mine. It usually takes me several months to finish a model but I'll add to this diary as I go.
  3. Hello folks, I have just completed my build of a Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf. H Vomag. This Is another model that I have completed from Miniart, which I found to be a brilliant model to make. I also wanted to do a base and do a winter scene. At first I wasn't sure whether to just do a blanket of snow and add the tank to it but the more I started building the base I realised that I wanted to do a melted snow scene with a bit of mud. The figures I have used were from Panzer Art for the tank crew and Alpine for the foot soldier. Here's a tour around the tank.... That's it I hope you like it... Here's a link to the WIP https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235122411-pzkpfwiv-ausf-h-vomag-miniart-35302-finished/ all the best Ed
  4. I managed to finish this up before the end of the year to get close to my project goal. These Miniart kits are fantastic-I built the non-interior version of this since all hatches would be closed. This is largely out of the box although the tow cables, tarp roll and barrel for the turret machine gun are aftermarket pieces. This is depicted as a tank from one of the T-54's first engagements putting down an attempt by Hungary to break away from Soviet influence in October 1956.
  5. Hello everyone, hope everyone is well. Onto a new project, for this one I have decided to build a Panzer IV Ausf H Vomag, early production June 1943 from Miniart. I bought two different versions of this model in a sale last year, for once I'm not doing an interior build, so this will make a nice change. The last Panzer iv I built was a Dragon one about 10 years ago, so it will be interesting to see how this one turns out. As normal the kit is full of parts and the detail looks very impressive. There are five different colour schemes to choose from and the one that I will be building will be the same as the box art which is the Pz.Rgt. 35, 4.Pz Div. Ukraine, Kovel District. Spring 1944. I shall be building this straight out the box, the only additions will be figures and some tow ropes that I will need to make. Here are some art photo's... So the first part of the assembly is constructing the hull. No one piece hulls here, these are the bits that make up the hull... This is the hull after assembly, all the parts fit beautifully together, I hope this is the trend for the future of this build.... I've never made a snow scene before, so this is one of the reasons why I picked this colour scheme and a chance to do something different. I started to look for suitable figures to put into this tank and there are quite a few really good one's. I've been looking at "Alpine" and "Valkyrie" figures which are really nice, but the ones that I have chosen are from "Panzer Art" with winter clothing.... These are the figures, very nicely detailed.... It's nice to have a spare set of heads, I noticed on the photo that the Commanders head, which is the third from the left has a couple of pin holes above his left eyebrow which will need filling. Also you get a pistol holster and a set of binoculars and there are headbands for the headphones. Those will interesting to trim from all of those gates, I'll have endless fun with those.🤣 I think they have been taking lessons from Miniart to see how many gates they can put in as short a space as possible. The figures themselves look really nice, so I'm looking forward to doing those when the time comes... Next up is to continue with the hull, the glacis plate has several components to be built into it like the hatches etc, then the instructions get you to start building up the tracks. I think I'll do a few short sets at a time in between building the rest of the tank, It's less onerous doing it that way... That's all for now, I'll be back when I have more to show... All the best Ed
  6. Here is my first diorama build of a Su-76m stuck in the mud somewhere in Poland 1944. You can find the buildlog here: It was a long build because of real life stuff going on at the same time. However i really enjoyed it. I learned a lot in terms of hiding mistakes, building a miniart kit ( it was my first ) making my first diorama, improving on adding depth, light and shadow. Thanks to all how tagged along, providing me with helpfull tips, reference pictures and positive comments. All feedback is more then welcome. Thanks for your time. Anyway, here are the pictures:
  7. Next up on the bench is this rather beautyfull kit from miniart. The SU-76m The kit comes with 5 figures, a fair amount of PE Lot's of decal options And teeny tiny tracklinks yeeeey! having a first look at the sprues i'm seeing a lot of small parts but very little flash. The plastic feels a tad bit soft. The overall detail on the parts is great! I wanted to build an open interior vehicle for a while now and this kit came at a bargain price so i picked it up real cheap. Also, this will be my first experience with miniart. Can't wait to kick this one off. Feel free to tag along. Bring beer and snacks, grab a chair and enjoy the ride. I expext this to be a slow build though. I'm having very little spare time at the moment due to work, school and next week we are starting a complete renovation in our bathroom. However, if i can find some time on the bench, i'll keep you guys posted as always. Cheers! 👍👍👍
  8. Hello everyone, my entry for this group build will be a Miniart Austin Armoured Car. There are two Ukrainian versions, a Polish and a Georgian one. I always like the box art covers that Miniart produce and have always ended up doing that particular version. So that's the one I will be doing this time as well, which is the "Army of the Ukrainian People's Republic, Sich Riflemen, Autumn 1919". I have had this model for a while now, so was very pleased that we had this group build so that I could do this. This is a lovely looking kit with lots of lovely detail and It's an Interior build, which I'm looking forward to. But typically with Miniart, there are lots of very small parts and quite a few straight fragile pieces that have lots of gates on. So will probably have to substitute some with rod or wire, I'll see as I go along. MD has kindly given some info regarding his build, with difficulties that he had encountered, so will take note and see if I have the same issues. So all I have done now is to label the different sprues for easy identification and I'm looking forward to starting the build... all the best Ed
  9. A project that took a little longer than expected, mainly due to a warm summer in the UK and model making in the loft. here’s my build of the old but nicely detailed Tamiya Goulash cannon with horses, I used the Dragon pontoon bridge with an enhancement from Costa Coffee with figures from Dragon and Miniart. I used woodland scenics realistic water for the water. IPMS Salisbury had an A4 diorama group build, I decided to do an early war diorama with the cooks bring up the rear. [/url
  10. Finished off the Battle of Berlin diorama today. Not normally one for what if’s, I saw the Miniart ball tank on line and thought it would make a nice diorama. Miniart ball tank: 40001 Miniart tank crew: 35254 Miniart furniture: 35548 zvezda Volkssturm figures: 3621 MDMB tram line base: 20211121
  11. In the post Christmas sales I picked up the Miniart Dingo Mk II. The boxing I picked up has a captured example on the outside, but also has some Allied markings available as well. The one that caught my eye was for one serving with the Royal Canadian Dragoons, mostly as it has an RAF roundel on the back. It took me a longish time to complete (missing parts, a bout of ill health), and I had a few issues with some of the tiny pieces and the decals lifting, so not my best work. Brush painted with Vallejo Model Colour 70.826 to represent SCC 2, various Vallejo model washes for weathering. Steel guitar string for the wireless aerials. Build thread can be found here: Thanks for looking.
  12. Here is the next installment in my building of all of the Panzer III variants-the Ausf. C. This is Miniart’s Ausf. C kit built largely out of the box other than the tow cable, which is about the only thing not included in the kit. The common impression is that the Germans (and then the Soviets) cake-walked through Poland in 1939, but the Poles put up a fierce resistance and destroyed or damaged a large number of German tanks. I wanted to model this one as a German tank that took fire and was disabled while attacking in a Polish city. That allowed me to use the excellent kit tracks to full effect.
  13. These two army pals are to be a part of a diorama I'm building but I surprised myself by how well they turned out so I venture to put them up here for your inspection. I struggle with figures, especially small ones, and have come to consider them just as accessories to my vehicles. The result is that I only paint them four or five times a year at most. Just lately, with several vehicles reaching completion at once, I've painted six of them. It seems that Miniac on YouTube has the right idea when he says the way to paint better minis is to paint MORE minis. I thought my poor figure painting was due to my eye and hand problems but perhaps it was merely lack of practice. I have noticed that as I get older, I lose condition, skills, slimness, a lot faster than formerly, so I guess the thing to do is to follow that sage advice and paint a figure or two each week just for the fun of it.
  14. Finished a while ago, but I have been waiting for two missing sprues. They were sent from Miniart mid February, but I suppose that Putins war against Ukraine badly effects the postal services. The parts I miss is the shovel and the pick-axe, so you have to create an image of them in the back of the bus. Hope you like it. It was a very fun and enjoyable build. You can find the wip-pix here: Take care! /Torbjörn
  15. Bringing another long-ago-shelved project back to the workbench. This one was started in January, 2018 and discontinued a few weeks later when I realized that the kit had accuracy issues with the engine deck and brake access hatch plate. I picked up some aftermarket “fixes” in resin, but was nit happy with how they worked. Miniart discontinued this issue of the kit and retooled it to make the necessary corrections. Miniart’s customer service is top-notch and they send me the updated sprues. Unfortunately, I’d already built the hull with the original parts, so it took some work to disassemble and I gave up. I’m currently on an early war/Panzer III jag and started building Miniart’s Pz III Ausf. D after New Years. That kit is excellent and I was having enough fun with it that it inspired me to pull this one out of mothballs. Here’s where I left it in Jan/Feb of 2018: Getting back to the build with the new, improved engine deck and brake access plate set in place. The removal of the old back plate took some work, but I managed to get things together. The engine compartment doors have big slots that show what’s underneath, so I added an “engine” from a 1/32 Monogram Panzerspähwagen that I built in the mid-1970s as a kid(!)-I didn’t even clean the years of accumulated dust off of it… Moving right along, return rollers and the drive and idler wheels are added, as was the engine deck and front hull plates. The superstructure box is just set into position for the photo. Having fun with this one finally. With the Miniart updates parts, this has become a joy to build. Here is the tank I am planning to model: Quote
  16. I picked one of these up and thought it would be a bit of fun, I wasn’t disappointed it’s a really nice build. It’s got a full interior with plenty of detail, my plan is to do it in a battle of Berlin. Toppled over with a dazed crew bailing out with some Volkssturm troops to capture them.
  17. Here's my entry. I don't have much free time at weekends, so it may be a few days before I can make a start.
  18. While approaching the last stretch of my large Karl diorama, I really needed to do a small project to keep the mojo flowing. Hence I pulled out this MiniArt tractor kit, and together with the MK35 farmer which was gathering dust in the stash, I came to the following story... A famer, transporting two filled buckets of water suddenly sees this big, powerful and somewhat shiny tractor... His jaw drops open while he thinks:"If only I had one of those!!!" Hence the title: Wunschdenken. I found this small (30x24 cm) project very enjoyable and I tried some techniques which turned out out remarkably well... Thanks for watching and enjoy the pictures...
  19. Dear Colleagues Just finished the dual axle GAZ bus outfitted as a command vehicle. You have to be very vigilant as you build as any inattention and it'll bite you! I used a jig in the end, I wished I'd used it earlier to true everything. The wheels, apart from the spares, are Panzer Art resin. Still, the details are so petite it is hard not to like. So the crew try to get it going And get fed up So some locals come to help But the staff keep working Hope you like it Andrew
  20. Hi there folks, here are a few pictures from my completed T-60 Gorky from Miniart. There are four versions that can be built, the one that I chose to build was the Red Army, February-March 1942. This has been a lovely little model to build which has a nice mix of interior/exterior. For this particular model I chose to do a winter white wash and then apply a little snow to the tracks, body and wheels of the model... Here are some photo's of the interior before I had added the top to the main body, just so that you can see the nice detail Miniart have included in the model. I had constructed the model so that you can have hatches open along with the engine hatch, removable transmission plate etc. I didn't glue the top of the turret so that is removable so that you can see inside. A view from the top of the model showing the internals of the model.. A couple of views of the turret from the top and underside. This model is definitely recommended for those who wish to have a go at an interior build. It doesn't take that long either to build compared to the T-55A which I had built earlier. No additions have been added to the model, it was straight out the box. Final view of the front of the T-60.... that's it hope you like it.. Link to WIP https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235083861-t-60-gorky-automobile-plant-miniart-35232-interior-kit/ all the best Ed
  21. Hi guys! Happy new year to you all! This build is a what if of a french VTOL (Vertical Take-off and Landing) aircraft based on the Tiebflügel 1/35 scale kit from MiniArt. (story in french below 😉 ) After WWII, various allied countries took over a number of German projects. France, with the SNCAT (National Company of Construction of airplanes Thionvilloise😄 ) has taken over and developed the renowned Triebflügel MCT-01 Athos (Triple Centrifugal Modulator) powered by three Fensch 57-02b steerable ramjets studied by Professor Von Boubou (great engine manufacturer of the 1930s, German defector). The aircraft is shown shortly before its first flight in September 1947. The stability being too uncertain, the project was abandoned after 18 flights without accident, however. The French state preferred to continue testing with the more standard propulsion aircrafts from Marcel Dassault. Back to the model, the assembly is very good, the engraving is beautiful. This model was the opportunity to test the Rub'n Buff for the aluminum of the surface. It is one of the best possible effects, but it remains very fragile once placed on the model. I hope you enjoyed this alternative story! Lolo In french: Cette maquette représente un des projets allemand de la 2nde Guerre Mondiale mais, qui n'a jamais dépassé la planche à dessin. MiniArt a donc sorti cette maquette au 1/35 du Focke-Wulf Triebflügel, un avion à décollage vertical. J'ai eu l'idée d'en représenter un what if français. L'histoire aurait été la suivante: Après guerre, différents pays alliées ont récupéré nombre de projets allemands. La France, avec la SNCAT (Société Nationale de Construction d'avions Thionvilloise 😄 ) a repris et développé le Triebflügel renommé MCT-01 Athos (Modulateur Centrifuge Triple) propulsé par trois statoréacteurs orientables Fensch 57-02b étudiés par le professeur Von Boubou (grand motoriste des années 30, transfuge allemand). L'appareil est représenté peu avant son premier vol en septembre 1947. La stabilité étant trop aléatoire, le projet a été abandonné au bout de 18 vols sans accident, tout de même. L'état français a préféré poursuivre les essais avec les appareils à propulsion plus standard de Marcel Dassault.
  22. I got this as a Birthday present, having seen a few builds in various sections on here mainly @diablo rsv. I've got a few ideas on how the finish build will look, it will be set in France as during the early stages of the buses conscription. I'm currently taking annual leave and got a bit done, the detail is fantastic, however, with the extremely delicate parts there sprue connections are a little over the top. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-36531984
  23. So this is my new project. My plan is to make it a bit battered and neglected, though still in use. Full of graffiti in several layers, so weathering, graffiti decals, weathering and more decals, and finally the last weathering. Let’s see if I can stay the course or jump on another project prematurely. Here’s the progress so far. I primed the under carriage with track primer, then added some rust colours from Vallejos rust set. Next step was some hairspray followed by an off black mix based on Tamiya’s flat black. Tamiya’s paints are the only ones I’ve used that behave the way I want them when using the hairspray technique. The wooden floors were painted by using oils, followed by heavily thinned Tamiya transparent orange in the cabins, and orange and smoke for the loading area, which ought to be more battered and worn. Subsequent weathering will follow.
  24. B-Type Military Omnibus of the 91 Army Service Corps MTC. Ypres Spring 1915 Introduced in 1910, when most buses were still horse-drawn, the London General Omnibus Company (LGOC) B-type was London’s most successful mass-produced motor-bus. After the outbreak of war in 1914, London buses, along with their drivers and mechanics, were commandeered for the war effort. The buses were used to transport troops to and from the Front Line and were put to use as ambulances and even mobile pigeon lofts. Nearly 1,200 LGOC vehicles went on war service, most to France and Belgium, with some travelling as far afield as Egypt. Apparently a number of these buses went to France still in their LGOC red livery and after a few weeks they were painted in a more suitable colour by their crews. It seems likely that this was a khaki-green although contemporary witness accounts describe a wide variety of colours. It was also observed that quite often the khaki paint would be chipped and worn through and the old red colour would show through bringing back memories of when these buses had travelled London's busy streets in happier days. The windows would often get broken by the soldiers rifles and equipment so in the end they just removed the glass and placed wooden boards on the outside. I guess it also afforded the passengers little protection from stray shellfire. The detail and fit on Miniart's kit is excellent however many of the parts are very fragile making them difficult to remove from the sprues and clean up which led to a very slow build process. I did have to replace some of the linkages with brass rod. The wood grain in the plastic window boards provided in the kit were a little over done for my liking and in most of the photos I could find they seemed to use five boards rather than the six on the plastic items so I used some wood veneer strips to replicate them. I also wanted to have a couple of broken windows so I used some glass microscope cover slips to replace the plastic windows. I did actually paint the model in the LGOC red livery so that I could chip and rub through the khaki top coat to show some ware and tare. However by the time I added all of the mud and dust effects not much of that can be seen so in hindsight I would have saved a lot of time just adding some chipping etc on top of the khaki. The 'correct' Khaki or service colour from WW1 is often debated and I don't think there really is an exact colour so I went with what I think looks right. In this case for a base colour I used AK's Real Colors Khaki Green No3 with some gloss added to get a satin sheen. I cut some stencils from the scanned decal sheet and sprayed the markings on and then sanded them down to give a worn look. Weathering was then added using oils,paints and pigments. There are photos of a couple of these busses carrying a bicycle on the front platform. I thought this might make an interesting addition so I added one of the Masterbox kits. Overall I'm pretty pleased with the way this one has turned out. Hopefully Miniart will add a Pigeon Loft at some point or even a Mobile workshop. If you are interested in how this model went together there is a work in progress here. Wayne
  25. Hello everybody! I'm new here and haven't built a 1/35 kit in er... decades. But with the whole of my family cutting, gluing and painting over the last couple of months of the Covid19 situation, it finally dawned on me that I could join in at the craft table too. So I've decided to start small and see how it goes with the MiniArt 1/35 Dingo Mk. 1b. It looks a like a nice, well moulded kit in the box with some PE included though I've noticed some errors in the decals (more of that later). My plan is to build it more-or-less OOTB as a way to practice a few skills. I'll probably add some stowage and I've seen photos of a Dingo with some sort of additional metal plate between the wheel arches on the right hand side, so I expect I'll try to add that. Some photos also show what looks like an aerial with a pennant on it on the front left of the vehicle and I might be tempted by that too if I can find more information. I won't be following the order of the instructions to the letter because I want to construct in sub-modules for ease of painting. As a modest start, I've assembled the wheels and the first parts of the hull. The wheels comprise two parts - a "front" that includes the front hub and tyres and a "rear" for the rear of the hub. The two parts fit very snugly and offer the first opportunity for a minor tweak: I've drilled out the wheel lightening holes with a 1.2mm bit which makes a definite improvement to their appearance. Thirty-six holes later: I've also drilled holes in the rear to accept cocktail sticks for ease of handling at the painting stage. Next job will be all the fiddly bits for fitting the wheels to the hull.
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