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  1. I will enter the GB with this Dragon kit. Although the box art work must be one of the worst of the Panther kits that they produced, however, the kit is very comprehensive as it has the original wheels, plus a pair of steel wheels for one of the last dozen Panthers built by MAN and of course a full set of steel wheels. Here are the steel wheels. I have some extras in the stash, an Armorscale barrel with resin mantlet, ET p/e grills and tools and a set of Fruil metal tracks. Thanks for looking.
  2. And here we go again. Yes, it's yet another kreiger scratchbuild. No, as usual I'm not quite sure how it's going to turn out, but I do have a plan (subject to change as always). Consider the battlefield. After the flash bangs and screaming is over, there is always kit to be recovered for salvage or repair. Who does that job? Most model builders focus on the flash bang stuff, but I thought I'd try a bit of recovery work. Hover, tracks or wheels? Of the three I thought the track made the best sense, they should handle most terrains, and a crane doesn't really w
  3. This is my entry for the T34 GB, and hopefully I will complete it in time. This is the first RFM kit that I have built and first impressions are very favourable. Some of the engineering has been done in a helpful way such as the tyres being separate from the wheels, which will make painting much easier. RFM give you three different options for wheel types, but it doesn’t give any indication as to which one of the three vehicles depicted in the painting instructions that these apply to. The mouldings appear to be very crisp, and the kit includes a small etched brass sheet. There are no decals w
  4. HI Due to lockdown, I thought I'd restart modelling - first time in about 20 years. Settled on the HobbyBoss WMIK Landrover. Let me know your thoughts - but be gentle! I added various bergans and daysacs from other kits - painted a mix of DPM and MTP Pleased with the MTP on the daysac and webbing but on the figures I think I made the base coat a bit too green. Various strapping made from painted masking tape. The kit puts the spare tyre on the bonnet but moved it to the roll cage and made a kit basket out of plastic c
  5. This is a build that I finished last month and have only just got around to putting it in RFI. It's the Tamiya M-51 Sheman, built basically as Tamiya intended, that is, as a second batch or Dagem Beth. Eventually, I'll put it onto a base along with a figure, when I can find a suitable one. The WIP can be found here So that's the Dagen Beth, and this is my previous M-51, Dagem Dalet, or Batch 4, for a comparison. Thanks for looking. John.
  6. I've been rummaging around in my stash cupboard, trying to find something new to build that takes my fancy, and after much deliberation, I settled on a Sherman for a change. Well, I haven't built one since last week. I built Tamiya's excellent M-51 a few years ago, as a Batch 4 tank, that is to say, a very late version. This time, it will be built almost as Tamiya intended, as one of the early versions. I won't go through all of the rigmarole of showing you all of the sprues, as I'm sure they've been on here at least once before. So, just the box and a photo of the excellent books by Dr.
  7. No, I haven’t suddenly won the lottery and started living the high life. Champagne was an M4A3 (76mm) of the French 2nd Armoured Division and was knocked out in the battle of Dompaire in 1944. It now exists as a memorial in the town of Ville-sur-Illon, in NE France. This is a model that I built a few years back, but never got around to putting it in RFI because I wanted to put it on a base. The original intention was make a base, similar to the area that Champagne is displayed on, but it would have taken up too much space, so I’ve just depicted a simple gravel area made from course sand and sp
  8. I have posted a photo of this model in another thread, but never in RFI. I built it a few years ago, soon after the kit was released. As far as I can remember, the only things that I added, apart from kit stowage, were the missing rivets on each side of the hull, and the canvas dust cover around the main gun from tissue soaked in dilute PVA glue. I had previously built a 1/72nd kit of the Grant from a Polish company, whose name escapes me, and I used the painting instructions from that kit for this build. The base colour was sprayed, but the brown cammo was brush painted, as was the white surr
  9. I started this build several years ago, and it has been languishing on the shelf of doom, glaring at me ever since. So Having already completed another SQ (Centaur), I thought, why not get on and finish this one too. There is no real WIP ,just a page of updates, as I built this long before I joined BM. I'll get around to making a base someday, but for now I've added a couple of figures which are old Tamiya ones from the Cromwell, suitably modified and given Hornet heads and wiring for their radios. Anyway, I hope that you like it. I'm reasonably satisfied with it. The basic history o
  10. Having recently posted an A13 in the RFI section, I was keen to have another go at one of these nice little models from Bronco. I’ve had this in the stash for a number of years now, having picked it up for a bargain price at the Saumur model show. I say bargain because not only was the price good, but it came with two sets of Miniart figures, all for the desert, which was handy as I intend to finish this as a North Africa based tank. This was one of the later issues of Bronco’s A13 and I’m glad to say that they made some modifications, such as individual link tracks and corre
  11. I have several shelf queens sitting around in various stages of build, and I thought it time to get another one finished out of the way. I completed the Centaur last year and this one has been glaring at me ever since. Ironically, given what I’m building at the moment, this one is a Sherman lll with welded hoods, only this one is in 1/35th scale. Again, like my current build, it is in Light Mud/Blue Black based in Italy, but this one is a British vehicle as opposed to the NZ one that I’m building in 1/48th. I’d got all the way to the decaling stage with this, but made a right royal mess o
  12. I shall be building a Tiran 4. I have three different kits of these tanks and over the next couple of days, I'll decide which one. I'll probably eliminate the Miniart Tiran 4 Sh as it has full interior and will take me more than the allotted time to build it. Of the other two there's not much to chose between them as they both seem to represent similar tanks ie; early versions, still fitted with the Soviet 100mm main gun. Once I've made up my mind, I'll get some photos of the box contents posted. John.
  13. The last thing that I said in my WIP in December last year, was that I would put it into RFI as soon as I’d done a couple of figures. Well, 10 months later, here it is, but with just the one figure. The figure is part of the Master Box set for British and Commonwealth AFV Crew, but with the head exchanged for one from a Verlinden set for British Tankers. Fortunately, he had his mouth open, which fitted in well with the actions of the figure. The tank is one of the early Centaurs, taken from storage to use on D-Day. I’ve depicted it earlier in the year around April while they were conducti
  14. This is my build of a Sherman Firefly 1c of the 3rd/4th County of London Yeomanry, 4th Armoured Brigade. I’ve taken some liberties with the stowage as I don’t actually have a photo of the tank, so it’s basically just my interpretation. The WIP can be found HERE. Thanks for looking and thanks to all those who followed the build and commented. John.
  15. TAMIYA 1/35th TIGER I (Frühe) FRIULMODEL TRACKS (ATL-25) EDUARD ENGINE GRILL PE It took me 4 hours to find this GIF and work out how to get it on this page, so you'll forgive me if I don't provide well lit, nicely framed and focused photos of the following: In truth I was having a bit of a laugh, I can't compete with the photos some of you provide, so I've deliberately gone the other way! The glares on the kit box, Eduard package and sprue bags took a good deal of setting up to achieve.
  16. This is the Italeri kit of the M4A1 Sherman which I’ve depicted as a Sherman lla of the 2nd Dragoon Guards, The Queens Bays, in Italy in 1944, crossing the Rabbi river. I've added some foliage to the hull and turret. The WIP can be found here; Thanks for looking. John.
  17. In an attempt to actually finish something for a group build, I thought that I'd have a go at this Academy kit and build it straight out of the box. I don't have any etched brass or resin for this kit, so if anything needs changing/detailing, it'll have to be scratchbuilt. I'm not putting up any photos of the sprues as I'd only be repeating previous posts from others who are doing similar Academy kits. So basically, what's in the box is much the same as Glynn has posted in his M60A1 Blazer, with a few additions, such as the turret armour and the side skirts. Just one set of decals on a sm
  18. I haven’t finished anything since the Tilly, so I dug out some of my early builds. This one is from about 10 years ago and is the Italeri Crusader Mk.lll. I did a bit of detailing on it such as replacing the slats at the rear with thinner card, adding the fuel line from the auxiliary tank and used the etched set from Eduard. I also replaced the main gun with one from RB models. It’s painted in a plain G3 green (I think) using Tamiya paints, and is based on a tank of the 17th/21st Lancers in Tunisia in 1943. Thanks for looking.
  19. I believe that this was Bronco’s second issue of an A13, and as such, it had the individual track links which were a whole lot better than the original (too short) rubber band offerings. I never did get around to correcting the engine deck, but I will with the two others that I’ve got in the stash. All in all, it’s quite a nice kit to build with not too many surprises. I finished it as a tank of the 10th Hussars, based in France in 1940. As far as I can remember, it was built OOTB and finished with Tamiya paints in a G3/G4 greens camouflage. The figure is from Hornet.
  20. Here's what I'll be attempting for this build, a change from aircraft, although I have never finished an AFV in a GB IBG's 1/35th Marmon-Herrington armoured car, with resin 'clutter' by black dog. We'll see how it goes, I may add some figures, not my strong point!
  21. After two trips back to the UK in the space of a month, I've finally got around to finishing the Tilly and sitting it onto a suitable base, complete with much altered driver. It was a very enjoyable build and I will be doing some more, only less detailed next time. As always, thanks for looking. John.
  22. Because of an extended enforced break from modelling at the moment, I've not been able to post anything for a while, so the number of shelf queens that I've got has increased. Therefore the only things that I can post here in the RFI thread, are some of my older models. This one is the Bronco kit and if my memory serves me right, I built it about seven years ago. It's not a bad kit to build although, as this was the early release, there were one or two items that required changing. The tracks are Bronco's workable tracks, the main gun came from the barrel store and I used Eduard's etched set f
  23. Well, the M1 Super Sherman is finished and waiting for a base to sit upon, the Tiran 5 has been glossed and is awaiting it's decals and the M4A3 Champagne is also waiting on a base being made, so I thought that it was time to dig out the next project. I've had this sitting in the cupboard for some years now, and have been putting off building it as just about every review that I've read about it says that it's a “dog”. I'm talking about SKP's A30 Challenger. The box that I have states that it's an “upgraded kit”, which means that it has some replacement parts in resin and workable tracks as op
  24. This is a mini WIP combined with an RFI, as I built this around 10 years ago, and some day I may get around to replacing the sand shields with some etched ones, but given the number of unfinished models that I have at the moment, that's not going to be any time soon. A Brief Intro. Operation Battleaxe was the first time that Crusaders were used in any significant numbers, and they didn't exactly cover themselves in glory. Thin armour, an ineffective main gun which couldn't fire HE and reliability problems were three of it's drawbacks. On the plus side, it was fast. I'd built Tamiya's
  25. This will be my entry for the 10th Anniversary GB. It's Bronco's offering of the British Cruiser Tank A10. It'll be a struggle to finish it as I'm doing another in the M3/M4 GB, so having said that, I'm going to go against the grain for me, and build it (almost) out of the box to save time. I haven't decided which version I will build yet, I'll decide once I get started. John.
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