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  1. I started building my L4500 a year ago and although it reached the primer stage in March this year it has set idle since. I was recently inspired by some war time pics of columns of German vehicles abandoned during the retreat to the Seine in Aug 45. This led me to sketch up an idea of a small dio that involved a couple of vehicles which had been driven/pushed into a ditch at the side of the road. I will also add a few GI's inspecting the booty. As I already had a few candidates already built and some in primer I set about choosing two which could work together. The Zvezda 1/35 AWD L4500A has no tilt cover in the kit so I could display hastily thrown in loads, partially fallen out of both vehicles. With that idea in mind, I also decided to compliment the Mercedes with the ancient Azimut resin cargo trailer. Although not stated on the box or in the instructions its military designation being Anhänger (Mehrachs) mit geschlossenem Aufbau. This was already built but as it had required a whole bunch of surgery on one side to cover a glaring gap it had also been left on the shelf of doom. You would think you couldn’t really go wrong with essentially a simple square boxy design, but the French company did With essentially only one side visible, as both vehicles would be tilted at an angle in the ditch and butted up against a thick hedge, the trailer could be utilised without further work. This decision also determined the direction both vehicles would be displayed. This was also fortunate as I had modelled the L4500 load bed cargo bin door open with items hanging out on the same visible side. I won’t include a build log or build step pics as member Lummox is recently in the process of a detailed build of the L4500 where he scratch-builds many items and adds photo etch. He also addresses the shortfalls and addresses the issue of some inadequately moulded parts and missing components. Apart from being a little creative in the cab by adding a few additional items including a fire extinguisher and adding rudimentary cooling pipes to the engine my kit is pretty much built out of the box. What was essential to address was the strange tyres included with the kit. As they are moulded with the hubs an aftermarket set was purchased. As both vehicles were likely to have had camo applied in the field, I was happy to create my own patterns. I started with the trailer which was Dunkelgelb base coated then lightly colour modulated. After a few attempts I was finally happy with this artistic pattern. Although I didn't copy this from any ref pic, it does have a fleeting similarity with the box art, although that has been long since binned. The details on the rear door exteriors are extremely crude and there are no details on the inside faces. As both doors will be displayed open, and the exterior features hidden it gave me a chance to add them back to front. A few missing hinge plates were added along with some interior details like side rails. A door mechanism catch plate on the floor was also added. To fill the void at the back of the interior some old rubber tyres and containers from the spares box were attached to a piece of card that was cut out to locate behind and between the wheel arches. This could be dry fitted and would form the basis of the visible load which would be complimented with more items that will be added fallen over and out of the back. These will be painted and added at a later stage. The trailer was then weathered in the following steps which occasionally required going back and forth and repeating to create a layered effect. Step one was some oil mapping and fading. Raised areas were also treated with a highlight colour of the base coat and shadows with a darker shade. This was then sealed with a coat of Tamiya semi clear gloss mixed with Clear yellow to bring back the colour tone and protect it from further steps. Oils were used again to create a pin wash and create faint streaking and chipping. The next step was a sprinkling of rust and dirt-coloured oils. These were flicked over the trailer from a distance along with some mud splatter marks carefully added closer behind the wheels and at the front where it would have attracted a lot of dirt build up. Any un-realistic larger spots were blended in to ensure a scale friendly appearance. I then felt it then required an opaquer layer of dust around the lower areas, so a dust-coloured acrylic mix was created with Tamiya flat brown, German grey and Buff. This was lightly blown over the lower areas with an airbrush. Finally, some small, selected areas of exposed metalwork were treated to rusty stains where the paint had chipped off. Although the trailer wheels are more oval shape than circular, they have been improved and will be employed and dry fitted for now. I am still searching ref pics (which there are very few) so see if any alternative wheels and tyres may be suitable. The load item parts will all be painted and weathered as I move onto positioning the vehicles on the groundworks so for now, we can move on to the L4500
  2. Not a well photographed soft skin, and one than I haven’t seen modelled a great deal, at least in non Maultier guise but a workhorse of the Wehrmacht, nevertheless. This is the ICM 1/35 S300 version which is a simple little kit and one I built straight out of the box to get some paint and weathering practise on. It built up well apart from an odd conundrum whereby a gap materialised between the bulkhead and engine panels and bonnet on just the offside. I can only put it down to a build error on my part, it’s just one I strangely never noticed until the paint went on! First stages of weathering on the filth
  3. Can anyone please answer the following queries I have about softskin vehicles in the Normandy area June 1944? - Did the British Army have any U.S. softskin vehicles such as Half Tracks, GMC 6x6 etc., at Normandy? If yes, were these vehicles repainted in British Army green (Mickey Mouse?) or did they remain in US Army Green The British did have DUKW's but were these repainted or did they remain in US colours? Grateful for any constructive assistance here as I'm not very knowledgeable on this subject but I have quite a few vehicles to paint for a D-Day dio. At present I plan to paint the British Vehicles with Vallejo 71012 Dark Green and the U.S vehicles with Vallejo 71016 (RLM 73) US Dark Green. cheers Mike
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