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  1. I have had this cyber-hobby kit in the stash for a few years so I have dusted it off and I will throw it into this GB. The plastic has just been re-issued as a 2 in 1 kit by Dragon, I have always fancied building this scheme with the charging Knight on the turret, so it's as it comes with just a new Armour Scale barrel. Here's the obligatory box full of bits picture: Wish me luck, it's covered in Dragon zimmerit!
  2. After being teased / encouraged / cajoled / baited and generally ‘led on’ by a few folks on here I have decided it’s time to have a bash at 1/35 scale. I have had this sat in the cupboard for a good three months now & I admit to a bit of pre GB ‘inspection’ over the last few weeks. It is going to be MAHOOSIVE by my standards and comparing the hull to that of the 1/72 versions I am going to work on – it will be a beast. Here's the bits... I am sure 100's of BM'ers have built this kit over the years - but it's a first for me and I'm really looking forward to it. Please feel free to chip in with any words of wisdom along the way. Thanks for looking - Steve
  3. This is Meng's new Rolls Royce armoured car, which can be built in either the 1914 Pattern WWI version or, as seen here, a 1920 Pattern in WWII desert configuration. It's a decent kit, albeit one with a few iffy areas that you wouldn't expect from a Meng kit. Despite that, it's still lightyears ahead of the old Roden kit and builds into a very nice model. The caunter was painted with a mix of AK's Real Color shades and some Tamiya mixes, mainly for the Silver Grey as the AK version didn't look very convincing. The full build can be found here Thanks for looking Andy
  4. Time for another AFV build. I have a couple of aircraft on the go (Gloster Gamecock and Northrop F-5E) as well as an Airfix Vosper MTB, but I like to have an AFV on the go also! I started this kit a while back after completing the Accurate Armour M41DK project which had been my first AFV build in over 30 years. For those interested in that, the RFI is here: So to the kit. I picked up a rather battered version of the Heller kit a few years ago at Euro militaire. I think I paid around £5 for it. This one comes with Swiss Army marking and also contains the fitting and missiles for an SS11 equipped vehicle. It's a typical Heller kit of it's time, but looked like it could be built into something decent with a bit of effort. I rather like the AMX-13 and always had a fascination for it in my youth, so since picking this one up I also acquired these two beautiful examples from Takom: I have plans for those in the future, they really are superb kits, and do tend to emphasise the Heller offerings age. However, I do like a challenge............... So I will be helped along the way by a track set I picked up also, to replace the Heller vinyl tracks. The rest will have to be improved by scratch detail and hard graft! I didn't start to record the build until quite recently, so here is where we are at the moment. Hull is largely complete, together with suspension components: I've coloured the inside of the vision blocks and plan to use some Clearfix to add the glass, which will then be masked out for painting. If the Clearfix idea fails, I'll just fill then in and paint to represent dark glass.......? The turret needed some internal bracing to hold it all together. In addition I decided to improve on the kit supplied gun/turret canvas seal by using a fair dose of Mulliput sculpted to blend in and represent what I have observed in a number of pictures. The close up view shows there is still a bit of smoothing/sanding to be done, but I'm pretty pleased with the effect. Before completing the basis hull, the right hand side requires the exhaust system to be assembled and installed. I wanted to try and show a bit of a rusted effect so after assembling the basis unit, I stippled it with Mr Surfacer plus some polystyrene cement and dabbed the surface to create a slightly pitted effect. This came out looking like this: Next came an airbrush coat of mixed brown/red, followed by some MIG rust pigment dust. Pretty please with the end result, not too rusty and corroded but fairly typical in service example I think. So as of this afternoon, this is where we are: A long way to go yet, but I'm fairly pleased with progress so far. I'd originally intended to do an IDF AMX from around the six day war, but I'm also tempted by a French Army version during the Suez crisis. More soon Terry
  5. So, here we are. I'm not ready after more than a year of waiting. No point in having an extensive discussion of the Italeri M47 kit here; it is almost as old as I am, and has been around the block a few times. That said, it holds up well compared to any other armor kit from the 70s, and is still a good model today. Someone at Italeri poured a lot of love into this model box then, and it still shows. Here's a look at just a few of the boxings of it out there through the years.
  6. Actually it's more a question of how to zimmerit? The supplied stick on zim looks very flat but it may be a better option than home made stuff, we'll see All set to get going on this, photos to follow Cheers, Andy
  7. Hi guys, I will build the early version of the Tiger I. This operated first in North Africa. The kit is from Tamiya and it will have a few extra's on it. I have got some etch for the air inlets, a metal gun barrel and some friul tracks for the early version. The tracks are already build as I nicked them off from a older kit. Here are some pictures of the box and content. Cheers,
  8. Hi all, I am going to join in with this: I have bought some PE grilles by Aber which will be my only concession to aftermarket stuff. I have however bought a Tamiya Zimmerit applicator tool with which to spread and detail the "Zimmerit in a tube" (NO MORE NAILS), wish me luck. Cheers, Mark.
  9. Made a start on this little beast. They have you start with the main gun which is strange, normally it's the chassis which comes first. Anyway, there's 92 pieces and some are so small I can barely see them never mind trying to pick them up with pointy tweezers. The muzzle break isn't attached yet as that mantlet or whatever it's called is just loose. If this is a foretaste of the amount of detail it's going to be a dilly. I'm spoiled by those 1/16 monsters so this one is just a little tough for the old eyes and the four thumbs. Too bad most of this exquisite detail will never be seen again once the top goes on but I know it's there.
  10. My contribution to this GB will be a T92 Howitzer Motor Carriage in 1/35 scale. For those not familiar with this tank, it was an prototype 240mm howitzer based on the M26 Pershing chassis. 5 where built in 1945 & it was planed to use them during the invasion of Japan but the war ended before they could see service. Two of them still remain today, one of them is on on display at the Detroit Arsenal museum & the other is currently disassembled into a scrapheap at a storage facility. So here is the "kit" I'll be using for my build... It has been a dream of mine to build a T92 HMC but unfortunately there are no model kits of it available, except for a tiny 1/144 scale resin one. So I'm going to scratch build nearly the entire thing with plastic card & 3D printed parts, save for the tracks which I'll be using a Bronco set for. I've made a start with designing the 3D printed parts & have thus far done the lower hull, suspension & wheels. It has taken me several weeks to get this far, so it might be awhile before I've finished all the 3D modelling. Because of this I'm having doubts about if I will be able to completely finish this build within the GB time limit. But I'll try my best & keep going till the end even if it takes a bit longer.
  11. Hi I've got a Takom Chieftain Mk11 and FV432 next on the list. I've got vehicle crew figures but would quite like to open up the back of the 432. Does anyone know of any decent late 80's early 90's 1/35 British Infantry figures that are available to help man a diorama? Cheers Nick
  12. Hi all, So I'm building this kit: Seems there's a few IDF Patton variants being built, so it won't be alone! Here's a quick shot of the bits... Progress so far - haven't built/attached the return rollers yet... Though I've hit a small snag already - there's supposed to be a part for the rounded square hole (L39) but there's no L sprue, though the small square fill piece was actually attached to the lower hull and needed cutting off, kind of looked like scrap, good job I didn't throw that out - I'm wondering if I've thrown another bit out or it just didn't come with the kit (there's a parts sprue-tree diagram on the back of the paint guide, it doesn't show any L parts), maybe it's a mis-print? I guess I could always just use filler. Not sure on the colour yet, I saw there was some discussion on the IDF colour on another build thread - I might go for the IDF Sinai grey, but will order a bottle and see whether it appeals.
  13. This is Accurate Armour's CVR (T) Samaritan. The figures are AA too. There are no decals in the kit and my masking skills are not that good so I sourced some red crosses that were about the right size from elsewhere. I had a tough time with the tracks; the ones supplied come in short strips and have to be heated to bend around the sprockets which I didn't fancy, so I bought a set from AFV which didn't fit without a lot of cutting and fettling and don't really ride right to me eye. Anyhow, on with the pics:
  14. Hi, My first thread here in Britmodeller will be a model I've been building for a while now. It's AFV Club's LVT-4 Early version with few extras such as Voyager basic set, Eduard interior set, Aber metal barrels for machine guns and AFV Club aftermarket tracks. It's one of these vehicles that need the interior to be painted even before the basic assembly. So I was eager to complete the interior that much that it can be painted and the hull could be assembled. At first after following needed steps of the instruction it even seemed that way. But before I reached for the airbrush, I took some time to pay attention to some reference material in hand and it appeared that many of the interior elements are still to be added. So here we go: Gear selector had to be scratched as well because original broke in two and half of it went missing. That's all for now. The engine of my airbrush has finally started and next update will be of the painted interior. Kristjan
  15. Hello everyone, Here's my third model completion for the year, Takom's T-55AM2B built mostly OOB as a vehicle of the East German Army. Paints used were Colourcoats ARG05 Olivgrun (RAL 6003) for the base colour with Humbrol 67 Tank Grey for the rubber portions of the skirts whilst 53 Gunmetal, 110 Wood Brown and 201 Metallic Black (lenses) were used for the details. Tracks were done using Humbrol 170 Track colour over a Revell 9 Anthracite Grey base, then dry brushed with Humbrol 270003 Polished Steel and 53 Gunmetal. Weathering was done with Humbrol 29 Dark Earth, 32 Dark Grey and 93 Desert Yellow. Apart from the Tamiya primer coat, which was sprayed, it's all done using a brush! The only changes I made to the kit were replacing the kit tow cables for Karaya items and using Mark 1 decals for the NVA insignia. Here's the model alongside the Takom T-55AM I completed two years ago: I find it interesting to see the differences between between Soviet and Czechoslovak produced vehicles as well as the original Soviet upgrade for the T-55 and the Czech-based one the East Germans used. Comments and feedback welcome, Mike.
  16. This is my first time showing a build here, but some thing I'm interested in doing more of. And to test the waters I've got a simple easy kit to start with, at least I hope it will be easy. It's going to be straight out of the box to keep it simple and will probably have mistakes as I know nothing about historical accuracy and the paint job will probably be all wrong lol. I don't plan on painting the crew for this build, but that may change later on. Pictures of the box, spures, decals, etc are behind the spoiler.
  17. Hello all, this is my first post here apart from my introduction in the new member-thread. I want to show you the progress of my current project. Initially started the kit about three years ago, but the project got stalled and forgotten. Recently I discovered it again and heaved it up to my workbench. The kit is an easy and straightforward build with a good fit of the parts. I was only disappointed by massive spruegates in some places, but otherwise there were no big problems at all. I build the tractor straight out of the box. It will get the color scheme that is depicted on the box. Most of the main components were already done, I only had to do the interior of the cabin, attach some small parts and the windows. Unfortunately I did not take pics during the initial building steps. The chassis was already sprayed in matte black. After finishing the interior and attaching the small parts and the windows I masked the windows with the enclosed adhesive masks and sprayed the components with light blue. (Gunze H 417 - RLM 76) This is the current status: This is how it looks like when all the components are stuck together: The next steps will be: - mask off the light blue areas - spray russian green all over - peel off the masks and paint the black outlines by hand I hope that this will work out fine. I'll keep you in touch, if you are interested. Any critcs and suggestions are welcome! Have a nice day Nick
  18. After two months of work, I'm happy to present my Tamiya Leopard 2A6 I bought this kit on a total whim. When I opened it a few months ago, I was indifferent to it. Typical Tamiya - nice sharp plastic parts, but pretty basic looking details. I eventually shaved off all of the plastic tabs representing grab handles and replaced them with wire. I doodled around with a few other details not really worth mentioning. I then started to paint and really took a liking to the kit. I have never built anything in NATO tri-color before, and it was a lot of fun to paint. The weathering I applied was a bit different for me. Typically, I apply dark stains to light paint. Here I had to do the inverse, with light sandy colors needed to stand out against the dark base colors. It was pretty challenging to get things balanced just right. Base paints are Tamiya thinned with MLT. Nearly all of the weathering is thing glaze coats of Tamiya paint and artists' oil. The caked on mud is a wet mud effects product from Vallejo, which I really liked. I'm still working on a figure, but I'd since the tank-proper is done, I figured I'd post a few shots. Also, I'm glad to be finished because almost every time I sat down to work on this beast, this song would get in my head https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5es5MQX0VVA&feature=youtu.be
  19. Rolls Royce Armoured Car 1914/1920 Pattern Meng's new RR armoured car, a kit that I've been looking forward to since it was first announced. I'm hoping to get the build underway later tonight but, in the meantime, I'll post some sprue shots so you can get an idea of what's in the (rather small) box. It's by no means a complex kit, with only four main sprues, two of which are duplicates, a small clear sprue for the light lenses and a couple of separate mouldings for the body and turret. You do get photo-etch but only for the wheel spokes on the 1914 pattern wheels. Everything looks clean and well detailed so I'm not foreseeing any major issues with the build. Sprue A Chassis parts, mudguards, exhaust etc. This is a non-interior kit, so no engine as such, but you get the bottom of the sump moulded onto the chassis along with a basic transmission. Sprue B Turret parts, including the armament. Also, the wooden tool boxes and decking for the back of the body, none of which feature any moulded grain texture, which is fine by me as I'd rather create my own if needed. Sprue C (x2) Wheels for the 1920 pattern and tyres for the 1914 pattern, along with various other bits and pieces. For some reason, Meng have moulded some of the 1914 tyres as a single piece and some in two halves. I can't see any other difference between them. The single piece tyres go on the back while the two-part ones are for the front and the spares. Sprue T Clear sprue for the lights Main body moulding Turret part 1920 pattern tyres and poly-caps. No sidewall detail on the tyres, but the tread looks to be well done, and only a very slight seam line to clean up. PE for the 1914 pattern spoked wheels. There's no plastic option for these, and they'll need to be dished slightly but you don't get any kind of jig for that. The decals are okay, but not spectacular. The edges of the roundels are a little ragged, but they'd probably look better sprayed anyway, so not a huge problem. The remaining codes and other lettering look fine. Which leads us on to the marking options. You get two schemes for each version which offer a nice range of finishes. The Admiralty Grey option for the 1914 pattern would make a good companion to the CSM Lanchester, but I think I'll be going with the Caunter on the 1920 pattern. So that's what's in the box. The build should get underway very soon. Andy
  20. So, a King Tiger appeared down the chimney for Christmas It has been suggested that I should keep it for the Tiger Tank STGB in May. However, as this is currently my only kit, I couldn't wait that long, so here it comes (maybe I'll just get another Tiger for May ) I've read and watched loads about potential suspension problems, so it was with some trepidation that I cracked open the box yesterday. First impressions: the dark red plastic is slightly strange to start with. However, detail is very good. There's a nice little bit of PE for engine grills, and they've helped out with the tracks by including some 'ready-build' straight sections. No metal barrel for me However, really looking forward to it. Also, coming straight from a Panzer IV build, this feels huge Here goes... Straight into the chassis and wheels. The wheels come with poly-bushes which enable them to be taken on and off the chassis, which is really useful. Just sprue-attachment cleanup really. Despite the horror stories, the suspension sat really well, and the wheels are nice and flat on the surface. Maybe I just got a 'good kit'??? So I'm always learning. If you want to learn about the different Tiger II variants, then I can recommend this excellent video from the Tanks Museum: That's all for now... I'm not a quick worker, but will keep you all posted
  21. Lanchester 4x2 Armoured Car Copper State Model 1/35 This is CSM's new WWI era Lanchester armoured car. It's quite a simple little kit compared to some of the armour mega-kits that come from a lot of manufacturers these days. Despite the simplicity though, it really is a joy to put together. The fit is just about perfect, and the whole thing was built up and ready for paint in only 4 days. There's some really nice example of moulding to, like the front fenders which are thin enough to almost pass for being photo etched, and the wheel spokes which are remarkably thin for an injection moulded part. There are a couple of errors in the kit. The little bump on top of the turret is a socket for a flag, and it should be closer to the turret roof hatch rather than at the front edge. Also the insides of the rear wheel arches should be panelled off, instead of being open as they are here. Neither of them are big deals though and are pretty easy to fix. CSM have a photo etch set in the works for this kit, although to be honest, I don't think it's really necessary. They do have some nice figures though which should work well for a diorama. This one's painted with Gunze RLM 65 and RLM 76 in a rough representation of Admiralty light grey Thanks for looking Andy
  22. Yanmar YT5113A Hasegawa 1/35 Hasegawa's new Yanmar Tractor, the first release from their agricultural range which sits alongside the construction machinery range they launched a couple of years ago. It's a fantastic little kit with some amazing detailing, particularly in the cab. The only thing I didn't care for was Yanmar's rather gaudy colour scheme of candy red metallic body panels and gold wheels, so it had to get muddy, as any self-respecting tractor should be. The kit's also rather good value if you order it from HLJ, less so if you get it in the UK where it's almost double the price. Thanks for looking Andy
  23. My set was second hand and missing the RAF Leading Aircraft Woman, here are the other three. DSC_0012 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr DSC_0013 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr All the figures seem to be based on the ones published in The ARMED FORCES of WORLD WAR II Uniforms, insignia and organisation, ISBN 0-85613-296-9 Officer, US Women’s Army Corps, 1944 DSC_0014 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr DSC_0015 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr Lieutenant Junior Grade, US Women’s Auxiliary Volunteer Service, 1942 DSC_0016 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr DSC_0017 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr Lance-Corporal, British ATS, 1940 DSC_0018 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr DSC_0019 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr
  24. If you are easily offended, please move on to the next thread...
  25. DSC_0003 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr DSC_0004 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr DSC_0005 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr DSC_0001 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr DSC_0002 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr DSC_0006 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr DSC_0007 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr DSC_0008 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr DSC_0009 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr DSC_0010 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr DSC_0011 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr
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