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  1. Texans

    Camo advice please

    Hi y'all hope all ok I need the advice of modelers far better than myself to help with the camo on my below panther and Jagdpanther. Question is do you think the camo on Jagdpanther is too light or too much. Have seen pictures of the late war diagonal pattern but the red brown bands seem to look much darker than mine. Dark yellow ran out as well. No weathering done yet Thanks for looking
  2. Hello, This question may seem odd, but when looking through Pz 4 models and I’ve noticed that there seems to be no Ausf. “i” variant, only Ausf. H followed directly by Ausf. J. I wonder if there was something special about the supposed “Pz 4 Ausf. i” or whether they’ve simply skipped the “i” version because “i” could be interpreted like a roman number 1 or something like that? This may be a silly question, I just couldn’t find results for Pz. 4 Ausf. i on the internet. Thank you.
  3. JPuente54

    DAK Colors used

    What were the paint colors used for the German Africa corps? I did have them listed in the old Testors manual, which I cannot find now. There were four used that I remember. Two were issued when they deployed in 1941; in late 1942, early 1943, two other colors were issued as replacements. Can anyone tell me the RAL numbers and the paints names, please? TIA Joe
  4. I got the Masterbox kit used by another modeller, in excellent condition except for its box, which was damaged. Contains three fragile grey plastic frames, one transparent, decals and rubber wheels for the vehicle and one plastic tan frame for five figures and one dog. The instructions are not clear and need a lot of study so as not to make a mistake. Generally the kit is over engineered and makes the life of the modeler difficult, but the result is satisfactory. I decided to build a KriPo vehicle for the period 1936-1939.
  5. Hello, I am not sure about the best way of weathering steel tow cables. The kit provided brass cables which I did not like, so I’ve replaced them. The replacement was made from several strands of steel rope braided together. I think the rope is zinc coated, but I am not really sure about that. You can find a picture taken at daylight just by the window attached below (work in progress). When looking at real tanks, the cable seems to be too bright to me as it is (no weathering). What would you do about it? I would like to avoid coating the entire wire with a paint. I thought about submerging the cable in sulphuric acid for a while which could darken it a little in theory or maybe applying some dark oil wash over it. Has somebody dealt with this before? What would you suggest as the optimal weathering method? Thank you. The picture
  6. Two figures from Model Cellar.
  7. German Air Force in WWII Development and requirements • The conditions for planning an air force were not good. There was no distinct plan for war. No strategic plan, just a tactic plan for 1939. All campaigns with exception Poland and France were planned at short notice. According to the current situation, campaigns that were not sheduled and unintended, but set on fire by Italy, or because the conditions in one country changed, like in Great Britain: Duke of Windsor and Chamberlain got lost. And so it made the Battle of Britain necessary, or the grain deliveries to continental Europe were suddenly stopped in May 1941 by US emergency laws, and triggered the Russian campaign immediately. The Russian story in German warfare has to be seen under the condition of 1920 events, when Russia wanted to invade Germany after Poland and in 1923 a revolutionary try once more. • An interesting aspect is the design of long range aircrafts. As Fw 200 and Ju 86 as well as the He 116 and Ju 90. Their origin was the northern silk road to Japan. This was aborted due to the outbreak of war. • So it happened that e.g. some types that no longer seemed necessary were taken out of production and jigs destroyed. After the Battle of Britain Hs 123, Bf 110 were taken out of production. Exactly these types were missing in large numbers in Russia afterwards. Production was restarted on one type Bf 110. • Many types could only be developed specifically depending on the current situation. At the end of development, however, a variant was often already absurd. • In this way, demands were maintained even though they were already outdated. The ability to dive was dogma since the success of the Stuka. • It was also absurd that no attention was paid to the real situation at the airfields of intervention. Missing hangar space at advanced airfields in Russia for example could not give a chance for maintenance of a He 177. Or other advanced technology, never suited for the conditions in Russia. • New technologies, such as flying wings from Horton and jet engines, then lacked capacities because they generally capacities lost in planning chaos and manufacturing chaos. • New types were introduced as intercepter, with some or no success: Ta 152, Me 163, He 162, He 219. Today we can just think about such a dark time and be greatful to live in amore peacful time. In contrast, the relatively constant doctrine of aerial warfare in Britain. To consider also a relatively constant supply line for raw materials from all over the world. From today's perspective, this has to be critically examined, especially in the bomber command. From today's perspective, it's good that the war has ended. However, the suffering it caused will accompany us like a shadow forever. But I do consider, that the effort of the Bomber Command saved Germany from the drop of the American nuclear bomb. I would be delighted if you would give me your opinion?
  8. So folks with the M113 rapidly coming to an end I thought I'd let you all in on the next project. Undecided on the scheme but it might be the NATO 3 colour jobbie ? The beautifully done Master MG-42, this will be a modern MG-3 though. Expensive but worth it And a couple of crew figures It will be a few days before I cut plastic on this one. Regards Dan
  9. Hallo This kit I built straight from the box. Nice kit, and quite straight to build. What I do wonder most of all: The parts are so small and so fine mold, that the quality gap of kit parts between aircraft and vehicle is so big. Why is it? Since with this quality standard of vehicle plastic parts we could omit most resin in aircraft kits? Even the best aircraft kits do not reach this level!!!???? Happy modelling
  10. Hallo again Here is my first rescue tank. The first of a series of 4. The Bergepanzer Panther, the Panzer IV and Hetzer in rescue version will follow. The Tiger I has no interior, in opposition to all, which will follow. It is my first RFM tank. As you see, I started plastic work and I am not finished yet. My color option is German grey and all rescue equipment in minium. Stay health, and be patient. We all need lots of patience in future days and months. Happy modelling
  11. Hallo again Here I build now a Panther A from HB in 1/35. Actually, the kit is nice, good mold. With Zemerit from plastic sheet and etched parts too. So, it will be a build straight from the box. After a Tiger I E and a Tiger II B it is my third of the new German tank designs. Today I did plastic work with Zemerit, since it is first time I have to do with it. So, the next days will bring a lot of new interesting modelling activities. Happy modelling
  12. This is my build of the Hobby Boss SMS Seydlitz. For Some reason this kit has largely been ignored by the aftermarket manufacturers. There is now an imminent release of a full detail upgrade set from Infini, but this was not available at the time I started this build. A a result this is almost a straight box build with Infini mast replacements and the gorgeous Scaledecks laminate decks. An unusual looking ship, and that was the attraction along with the prominent red rear funnel. This is a selection of pictures of the build so far... [ Jase
  13. Hallo again In summary a nice model, a real challenge. A good kit from WNW, with some surprises included. My last WNW model. I choose spraying the camouflage, to prevent working with decals. You never know, if there are troubles with decals, it is too late. I learned my lessons already. Never trust any instruction! At the very end, surprise, surprise! How to install the gun? Because the holding D18 prevents rotating! It is so foolish. The cramped front position with the bombs vertically, no space left, and the gun looks tangential outboard! The kit part D18 is a flaw. The lower door, is actually closed by a spring. And as I read in Flight International after capture, no gun position was there either. The bomb installation opens questions, but no suitable answer in the instruction. So I left my outboard bombs at home! Well, dear modeler, never trust any instruction and be prepared for real astonishment. It is like an ambush! Stay ready to improve, and you may win! If you like crossword puzzle, so take WNW instruction, they are a puzzle. For rigging: Everything is written in my post, to create the same rigging as I did on this AEG! Happy modelling
  14. Hallo again This is my Albatros in 1/32: Happy modelling
  15. Hallo again Enjoy the photos! Happy modelling
  16. Hallo again Here is my LVG C.VI in 1/32 Happy modelling
  17. Hallo again This is my Fokker E IV. In scale 1/32 from WNW. Happy modelling
  18. Hallo again This is my Roland D.VIb in 1/32: Happy modelling
  19. Hallo again This kit is scale 32. Not easy! Happy modelling
  20. Hallo again This is my Pfalz D.XII in 1/32 Happy modelling
  21. Hallo again: Here please is my DFW C.V in 1/32: Happy modelling
  22. Hallo again Now here I do a Roland CII early from WNW in 1/32 scale. This a/c is at the time of design at 1915 a highly sophisticated a/c. Why: The aerodynamic with the goal to minimize drag was the guideline. At Göttingen, the University in the field of aerodynamic, with his head Ludwig Prandtl (4 February 1875 – 15 August 1953) was in charge of design. The concept was excellent, since the margin of 30km/h was reached. The same basic design was used for the Spirit of St. Louis. Spirit of St. Louis The overall concept for flight characteristic was poor. No downward visibility. The rudder response was poor, because of low incident flow at the rudder area. The build of this a/c is straight forward. · One point to mention: The shading or visual effect of ribs due to the fact that the fabric was translucent. You see the poor result at the rear stabilizer, as I did it. · Now I change the method: The surface is colored as it should be with any base color. Afterward I will take the base color and rib color in 1:10 or 1:5 and spray the exact pattern of ribs. It should work out much better and it is 100% comprehensible for other models. So, that is it. After it is finished, the late version will follow! Happy modelling
  23. Hallo This is my Roland CII late. In contrast to the Roland CII early, it is much more colorful. My Roland CII early, you will find here. Beside this, I did two major changes. · The rigging without knots · The airscrew, now laminated. Well, I hope you enjoy it. Happy modelling
  24. WWII German Infantry (A00705) 1:76 Airfix Although my childhood association with Airfix is rooted in scale model aircraft, there are many who grew up playing with their famous range of plastic soldiers and tanks. Now you can re-create the childhood adventures of Helmut and his mates, courtesy of the new Vintage Classics range. Inside the compact box you get six frames of figures, most of which are attached via the built-in base. This should give you a clue as to the market these figures were originally pitched at. Not for the hallowed halls of Telford were these soldiers. No, they were destined to slog it out with Tommy Atkins on the floors of bedrooms up and down post-war Britain. The large range of different poses include crawling/prone soldiers, as well as some crouching or standing and firing weapons. Also in the box are some machine gun and flame thrower crews, as well as some who are just standing around doing nothing. The quality of moulding is nothing remarkable, but that won't stop these little fellows evoking a smile from even the most stone-hearted of nostalgic modellers Conclusion These figures don't compare to modern offerings, but they are as cheap as chips and you get loads in the box. If you want to introduce a younger audience to the world of scale modelling, or even stick them at the back of a diorama, these figures can still do a job in 2019. Review sample courtesy of
  25. Hi guys This is quite an interesting subject by Takom that surprised us all. It just goes to show the vast range of kits and subjects available now. I bet most people never would have thought they would see a kit of this ever be made. Personally It's not my usual build but unusual enough to grab my attention. I have been working on it on and off for a while now. Quite a nice kit but a bit laborious to build. This is down to most of the bits being duplicated to cover both guns and a slight mould misalignment meaning the parts clean up is taking longer than it should. I can finally see the light at the end of the building tunnel though. IMAG0475 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG0478 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG0479 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG0480 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG0481 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG0482 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG0483 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG0484 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG0485 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG1166 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG1167 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG1168 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG1169 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG1170 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG1171 by Mark Inman, on Flickr
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