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  1. 1/72 AFV seem to be a little thin on the ground, so I thought I'd change it. With a stash reshuffle, I have moved my 1/72-1/76 afv's to my work workbench where I can have a little lunchtime activity, until they need painting that is. Having already having a Challenger I on the go at home, I thought I'd start a little armoured car. In this case it's Matchbox's offering of the Humber Mk II. Albeit that the box is battered, everything seems intack except that the base and decals are missing. Nothing major but I'll obviously will need to find decals fir this. I've made a start by making up the hull, wheels and part of the turret. The fit of parts is surprisingly good and little filler will be needed. Being quite an old kit, it lacks some details that I want to add like towing and lifting points, handles, etc. The hull has molded tools which will stay as I have such spares at this stage, a towing chain that as far as I can tell 'never was' and should be a cable, so I'll scratch that (or add a chain if one can be fitted). Stuart
  2. Hi guys, can't honestly remember when I last built armour this size, most probably about +/-45 years ago. Anyhow, I've decided on a quick detour away from 'wingy' things and although the intentions are to build airfield vehicles to display alongside my 1/72 aircraft, I thought I'd have a bit of fun with Revell's Challenger I or is that Matchbox 'cos that's what it says on the plastic. Decided on a WiP as 1/72 vehicles seem a little thin on the ground, so here I am. I do know somethings about tanks but don't I know a thing about a Challenger, so if you know of any glaring/ easy things to correct fire away. I have made a start and once I done something meaningful, I'll post it. Stuart
  3. Morning people. With the Challenger and Humber at home awaiting painting and accessories, I need another build for the lunchtimes while at work. I purchased this and loads of other afv's from a club member who wants to see this Matador built, so here goes. Nice sturdy box and a pic of what it should look like. What the heck am I supposed to do with this? It's got an inventory list if you know what things are. The pictures are very dark and not useful at all but I suppose I'll muddle through. The resin but whether it's all there... I'll only know when i check it against the inventory and/ or during build. I have started cleaning things up, a long, tedious and careful job indeed. Already thinking ahead with this as I want it presented slightly different. The idea is to have the tail gate open with the rear cargo tarp removed, so exposing the cargo within a loading/ unloading scene. Stuart
  4. This is my third build of this kit, done for the "A kit I built as a kid" GB. The first one was done when the kit was a fairly new Matchbox release in the late 70s. The second was sometime around 1986/87 and still exists. This one was the current Revell re-release. Pz.II, 5th Light Division, North Africa 1941. On its base, because it wouldn't be a proper Matchbox tank without it Finally, the obligatory 'penny shot' with the 1986 build - I have no idea how it has survived 34 years and 8 house moved, but there it is. Andy
  5. I first built this one back when I could buy Matchbox kits from my local newsagent, and did so every time I'd saved up the 50p or so I remember them costing back then. I had another go some years later towards what must have been the end of Matchbox's original existence. So here we are for round 3. The current incarnation is courtesy of Revell, so one of their end opening boxes. There are two sprues, both the same colour (boo!!) and both with some unexpected flash (very boo!!!) Instructions are the period Revell cheap as chips paper booklet instead of the rather nicer Matchbox fold out originals but the rubber band tracks and decals are still familiar. I always loved that interlock to fasten the tracks together. No messing around with heated screwdrivers like with contemporary Airfix offerings. And finally for now - my last build of this kit. Think this must be my oldest surviving model. I have no idea how, but it has gone through 8 house moves and is still in one piece. A testament to the power of tube glue, if not my painting skills. This what I haveto beat. I'd love to do the grey scheme for a change, but that would mean not using the base and figures. Hmmmm... Andy
  6. Hi all, Nice, simple and above all, quick build to start me off. Airfix's Panzer IV which I would have built aged about 9 - It was completed with a coat of light brown Humbrol paint and I managed to paint the tyres black despite not having any small paintbrushes! I built that one as the short gunned option so this time am going to do the long barrelled one - Aren't options great? Appear to have been moulded in the same colour plastic as I remembered. Anyways - 2 1/2 hours later while listening to a streamed Jesse Malin show we are now at this stage.... I seem to recall that I was at a similar construction stage, time wise, when I built Tamiya's 1/35th scale PzIV. More when it happens. IanJ
  7. Saw these two in my local model shop and couldn't resist the sheer nostalgia (don't worry about the Yak) a d seeing as I'm away from home an oob build with a basic toolkit was just about feasible and give me something to amuse myself after hours. Chassis assembled. Wheels done Some assembly That's the tractor done, I'll weather it when I get home. Now on to the 88mm.
  8. Hi Folks, this is my first attempt at an armoured fighting vehicle, my normal subjects are Second World War aircraft or modern jets so please be kind. After a visit to RAF Cosford I had this idea to build a small diorama featuring a World War 1 tank and a British and German aircraft in a dog fight above. Well something I found out during this build is I am not very good at building biplanes and consequently the Sopwith Camel found itself flying straight into the bin of shame, and that's where the Fokker Eindecker will find itself if it doesn't start behaving! Anyway here She is, or should I say He is. Built straight out of the box, I did not paint it in the recommended colour scheme as I just wanted something representative of the type and it is painted entirely with Tamiya Acrylics. I have enjoyed the build and found the weathering process liberating, you have to be a little more restrained with aircraft. I have a feeling this will not be my last armoured fighting vehicle. Thanks for looking, all comments and criticisms are welcome.
  9. From the RAF Refuelling Set (03302) with a few Dan Taylor Modelworks pieces. With the Matador
  10. I don't think there's a thread for this kit in the GB, and that's a shame. I picked this one up a few days ago: Panzer1 by John Walker, on Flickr This was far and away my favourite Airfix tank kit from my young days. Easy to build, you didn't need to paint it because the colour of the plastic already matched the boxtop and most importantly it didn't have zillions of interleaved road wheels. This is an early Humbrol era example. The colour of the plastic is like nothing I've ever seen in an Airfix box: Panzer2 by John Walker, on Flickr It looks more like something Matchbox would have put out. I have seen a green one though, which I think may have come from one of the Battlefront boxes. Instructions and a diminutive decal sheet complete the contents: Panzer3 by John Walker, on Flickr I'll put it together alongside the Mobelwagen. It'll make a nice contrast. John
  11. I started on this set at the end of November 2018, basically building the diorama base and Farmhouse, and then working my way through the figure sets: Highland Infantry (S35) French Cavalry (S36) French Artillery (S37) British Hussars (S43) French Infantry (S44) British Infantry (S45) British Artillery (S46) French Grenadiers (01749-1) Prussian Infantry (01756-9) Waterloo Farmhouse (1709) Farm Accessories (A06044W) Thanks for looking.
  12. Not available as an individual set, but an element of the Waterloo Gift Set in its various guises.
  13. 1. Bataillon, 3. Schlesien Landwehr Regiment with white shoulder straps my colours 3. Bataillon, 3. Schlesien Landwehr Regiment with yellow shoulder straps painted following Airfix instructions
  14. A simple conversion to an RAF Flatbed bomb carrier. Cab glazing added. Scratched wing mirrors and bomb cradles. Bombs from spares. Cab roof from 03302. Thanks for looking. Feedback always appreciated.
  15. 4e Régiment de Cuirassiers
  16. A while back I did a little cross kitting to produce a more accurate looking 1/76 Bedford QL bowser - https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235010404-bedford-ql-aircraft-refueller/&tab=comments#comment-2510934 Since then, the remnants of the Airfix QLD/QLT and Refuelling sets have been looking at me asking to be built. I did consider doing more conversions but in the end decided on some nice, relaxing from-the-box builds. So here we have the QLT, 100% straight from the box and the AEC 0854 again pretty much from the box, with the addition of a set of Wee Friends wheels, acetate windows and a raised fire shield behind the cab. Both have been finished in 'Mickey Mouse' style camouflage, the Bedford using the box top scheme and the AEC using my own artistic license as the colours of these things are ambiguous to say the least! Hope you like them.
  17. Howdy Sherman fans - WARNING... ....this post contains a very small and very basic kit from around 1961... I've been building this in the Vintage Airfix GB - but wanted to share it here too - where I might get some more comments from the 'proper' AFV 'experts'... It started out as a Sherman Crab - with a flail attachment - but I'm going to use that on something else. It was a very naïve kit with a few challenges that I as a newbie hadn't tackled before - like rubber tracks. I messed about with it a lot, adding clean air filters at the back / reversing the hatch covers / adding gun cleaning rods / replacing lifting hooks / adding track armour and side armour plates / creating a radio back box with jerry can and finally a load of aerials - as befits a command tank - oh and not forgetting a tank commander himself. The WIP thread is here - if you want to take a look... I hope you like it - Steve
  18. Howdy folks - I haven't been around here for a few weeks as I have recently been having a massive amount of fun in the Airfix: The Golden Years GB… https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/forum/626-airfix-the-golden-years-gb/ …however I know a lot of folk don’t tend to look at the group builds – unless it is of special interest to their ‘field of expertise’. The GB is covering all aspects of ‘old Airfix’ which includes a lot of very basic vehicles and the like. So I thought I would pop my vehicle results here - where they might be better seen and in case they are of interest to anyone in the future. I did a couple of K2 ambulances - from the RAF emergency vehicles set. There is lots of controversy over whether the RAF ever actually ever used K2s - so I have pressed them into service with the 11th armoured division - who definitely did. They were built OOB with just lenses for the headlights and a bit of acetate for windscreens. The drivers came from PSC - as the Airfix drivers were more flash than flesh. As always in this area - constructive comment would be very welcome - so here we go... There is a WIP thread - which you can find here... They were a basic build and went together quite well for their age - I hope you like them. It's good to be back - Steve
  19. Painted with Humbrol and Vallejo acrylics
  20. The other vehicles in the RAF emergency sets were described as K6 Crash Tenders. There is even more dispute over their use / colour / date of service etc - so I thought lets go mad and do a bit of 'what if'. K6s came in many different variants so I turned them into flat back lorries. The covered one is made from 2 CMP 15cwt truck beds - stuck together - as is the canvas canopy. The open one was scratch built from bits of evergreen and filled with stowage robbed from various PSC kits. I enjoyed these so much that I have imminent plans for 4 of the PSC CMP kits - as the bits I used went together really nicely. I hope you like them - here we go again... If you want to check out how I cobbled them together they are in the WIP thread here... As always - constructive comments are most welcome and thanks for looking - Steve
  21. Just for a change, I thought I wouldn't do a helicopter for a group build (although there's a Puma waiting in the stash that I might start next!) - so my pick will be the Scorpion which I've had for quite a while without quite finding the inspiration to build. As far as I can see it dates back to 1975 (hence the 1973 decal options) so should be quite eligible. So, obligatory box and sprue shots: I probably won't do too much extra to it for this build, and I'll probably represent a fairly early Scorpion, and I have the Osprey book for reference, and photos of a few real ones, including the one at Cosford. One thing that is clear to me that I'll need to scratch-build some additional storage bins, at least! But first, I'll follow the instructions and start with the running gear. More to follow...
  22. I was drawn to this kit the first time I saw it but never actually got round to buying one. Time to put that right I think. I nearly got an original blister pack, but the seller lost it, so I have a later re-issue. Same plastic though, and very nice by all accounts. Kingkit say mine was despatched this morning so it will be a couple of days before there are photos, much less any action to report. In the meantime here is a little light reading for your edification and delight: From ATF: 01319-4/01319/61319-6/A01319 Type 97 Chi-Ha 1/76 scale. Available as 01319-4 from 1974 to 1979. Included in Guadalcanal Japanese Defence (09658-0) in 1974. Sold in Type 5 box as 61319-6 probably from 1976 to 1979, but not listed in catalogues or on price lists. Not listed in 11th Edition (1974) catalogue. Reissued as 01319 from 1998 (due April) to 2003. Listed as A01319 in 2011 catalogue but not issued. Reissued as A01319 from 2012 to 2014. Britmodeller's review: Britmodeller Review And a little background: Wiki Andy Big kid in a small sweetshop
  23. Airfix Churchill, figure scratch made with a Dan Taylor head, a few extras added including the turret flared bottom edges. IMG_20180716_124908 IMG_20180716_124935 IMG_20180716_124958
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