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  1. Robert Stuart

    Sd.Kfz. 165 Hummel

    A long time back, my father and I used to play board games by, amoung others, Avalon Hill. One of Avalon Hill's games was PanzerBlitz, which represented combat units at squad or company level. Amoung the most effective weapons, and my favourite, was the German Hummel, self propelled artillery - very effective at long range. I have wanted to build a model of one ever since, and now, maybe, I have a chance. Here it is ... ... one of Dragon's Hummels, an early version. Sprue shot ... There is a review and critique of the kit on the PMMS site, http://www.perthmilitarymodelling.com/reviews/vehicles/dragon/dr6204.htm with detailed sprue shots. I think I'll start with the tracks, which should require less thought than the rest of the kit ...
  2. Mig Eater

    Panzer IV Ausf.K "What-if"

    I'm finished with moving into my new modelling room, so I can now finally join in with this GB! My project for this group build will be using an old Dragon Kugelblitz kit from 1999. The Kugelblitz turret from this kit however has been earmarked for another build (Flakpanzer E-25) so I'll be using the leftover hull along with new 3D printed parts to make a Panzer IV Ausf.K. In 1943 during the development of the Ausf.H Krupp proposed changing the Panzer IV's hull to a new sloped armour layout. This change would have required production to stop while factories re-tooled for the new design, this came at a time when production of the Panzer IV had been ordered to increase though so the new design was cancelled & the Ausf.H instead only received minor upgrades. Krupp also proposed a new simplified turret design for the Panzer IV in 1944 that would have greatly decreased the the time & resources needed for production while increasing protection. Production of the Panzer IV was ordered to be stopped though, with only the Jagdpanzer IV continuing so development of this new turret was cancelled. The combination of Krupp's Ausf.H sloped hull & simplified turret is what is known as the Ausf.K, which is an unofficial "what-if" name used to help differentiate this design from the other Panzer IV variants. Before I start work on the kit I first have to design the the new parts for the conversion & 3D print them, so it might be a few days before the next update.
  3. Hello, I have the models stored for a long time. The kit made by Special Hobby is a copy of the one made by Eduard but more beautiful... But it will be necessary to prepare the pieces with care. Some eduard photoetched parts are directly molded onto the parts of the Hobby Kit. Obviously it will be this one. With a dragon and a green crocodile (neither white nor gray). Only 2 images (windsock datafiles) showing the cockpit ... This one, CIII or B II ? https://argonnaute.parisnanterre.fr/ark:/14707/a011490872320IXYATY/829de1c3f0 https://argonnaute.parisnanterre.fr/ark:/14707/a0114908723207BqTFP/747d88c39a On the floor (SH) I added the four boards (0.5x0.4mm).All the wood is painted with Mr Hobby's color (sail) and oil. The reservoir is Eduard's. The case, the throttle are in photoetched folded except the interupteur added. The chair is modified by gluing strips of plastic in and sanding. The steering wheel is made of metal wire, the pulley and the inside of the steering wheel come from the eduard photoetch. https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4779/39810278445_11d52cbeac_b.jpg[/img] The opening of the cockpit is refined. Both slots are missing. I will try to refine the wall and cut them out but I think it will not work ... Maybe by sticking a plate with the gills cut out ? I used the plan of the Albatros BII (wingnutwings) to make my cockpit. I'm sure of nothing. I replaced the black dials with white dials. I added an oil pump in brass tube and below a tube with a faucet. I should have glued the dashboard to the other half of the fuselage because the throttle cables must enter two holes on this dashboard... The box that carries the throttle is a little too low. The leather armchair. Of course it was too easy to put the gunner's seat under the hole ... I do not see what it's used for where Sp. Hobby put it. I moved everything so that it was not below the chair armrest and the tingles in front of the dashboard holes. The painting was damaged, obviously... The gunner's seat was moved forward by 5 mm: Now he can use it! I tried to paint the dragon to see if it was easy. I painted it on the eduard fuselage. Oil paint on a matte varnish and a brown background. The engine is almost finished. It is cut in the front and below to get into the plane at the right place. with engine spark wires: The wires are made of metal wire to make baits for "fly fishing". It's very fine. The fuselage must be sanded to remove too thick details. Some are almost 1mm thick and are not beautiful.Il will redo them. I sanded the traps that are on the nose of the plane. Eduard gives it in photoetching. It is necessary to resize the opening of the bonnet (in black) so that the hoses of the engine leave in the good place. Note that the closures of the hoods are very ugly ... I made plastic wire around the opening of the hood. I also sanded the bindings of the hoods to try to remake them. The pellets are a bit big (0.5mm) but I have nothing smaller. It will be necessary to add the spring on some. I cut with the saw in the hood a slot for the synchronization system of the machine gun. The rod and the hooks to carry the bombs are installed. We do not see them anymore or almost with the turret. A rod is put in place, it leaves the controller on the right side. The fuselage is glued. A whole evening of work to get the engine in the right place. No studs to place the half fuselages. The hole to get the bomb sight out is drilled in the floor and the fuselage. The photo shows the location as well as the plan in the Aerophile.. No image of the bomb sight. Can be one like this, a "Goerz". https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1917/1917%20-%200939.html The turret is too simplified and exceeds too much of the fuselage. So I filed down to try to have flanks more "bent". I wanted a base like the picture, unfortunately the base of the turret is not circular so impossible to resize on a turn. I pasted a profile 0.5x0.5 underneath. The height of the turret is reduced to the scalpel.Not enough yet, the leather protection is in greenstuff. The turret does not exceed the top of the fuselage. I cut a very thin band to pack the wall of the turret. Then I cut it all around with a razor blade. The interior must still be a little arranged..It remains to stick on the handles, the stuff that exceeds and to the slot in the front for the machine gun. The bumps on the hood are added, pity they are not molded original. Their shapes are difficult to apprehend on the photos of time. At the bottom of the hood (on both sides) I engraved and dug the notch in which a tensioner (cable) will be fixed. A dymo band pierced with a hole and cut out serves as a model to engrave the outline, then one digs with the scalpel. The foot market is dug, a photo-cut will surround it. A tip, do it before closing the fuselage ... The red engraving is deleted. The one in green added. I found only a photo of the back of the fuselage where we could distinguish panels of different colors or possible brands of "rivets". Same for the flanks. There are really not many exploitable images. A lot of putty and sanding but nothing insurmountable. The shape of the fuselage nose is too sharp in my opinion. I sanded a little to make it more "square". I redid fasteners for stretchers. Two on each side. A shot of surfacing with the airbrush and a layer of paint that will serve as a background for the oil painting. The panels are painted separately but without drying between each panel (too long). I use a piece of tape to limit the start of the panel. The paint is burnt sienna. The lower wing. It's not too transparent I think. I have too much beige paint and the cross has almost disappeared. On the pictures of the plane the central plate seems absent as well as the tank on the wing. We see the sky through the wing ... In addition there is a tank under the wing that I had not seen: As on this BII ? If anyone has any details about his form, I will be very happy ... That's it, it's dry and varnished. The covers are painted in light green XF76 (if not gray). I tried to paint white oil paint to make the dragon and the crocodile ... it does not work, the white is not opaque. It will be decals... I have no picture of gunner's cockpit, only this plan: https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k65518819/f14.double.mini.auto=2 On the plan (p14) there is a small dotted rectangle noted "CASIER". It is at the level of the bombshell on the right of the fuselage. This could indicate the position of the ammunition locker. I think the gunner was standing too. P21 Windsockdatafile, the gunner is standing (He breaks for the photographer. The plane is on the ground). The crocodile in white is made with a stencil. It is then varnished and the fine lines are painted with oil paint. I tried (and I made a mistake by cutting the stencil that's why it's upside down ...): The dragon is finished: It remains to remake the varnish that was damaged under the belly during sanding. The crocodile has been modified with large scales under the belly. The hind legs (only one here) I put them a bit like everyone more or less random because there is no picture to my knowledge ... Well ... that's not the best idea I had. I have all varnish gloss with AK varnish to be able to correct errors more easily. Alas the varnish reacts badly to the solvent, and the white becomes ... gray. I had a layer of Klir that actually resists solvent better but is not indestructible. I repeated several times each stroke and the Klir was therefore damaged (at the level of the crest and scales of the belly) where the black drips. It is much more difficult than expected. There is no landmark in the all-white crocodile to place the scales and all the folds. Some are therefore misplaced. Cracks have appeared in the varnish, we do not see them with the naked eye but the solvent takes the opportunity to get in and everything is gray. I think it's the thick-layer AK varnish that was not dry enough to support the Klir.
  4. Ozzy

    Panzer in the east

    I've been looking forward to this build, here's my kit I've got some figures to go with her From Tamyia and Dragon. Not sure how I'm going to display her, I will keep you posted.
  5. bigfoot

    Tamiya easy 8

    My new project, although this is a slow burn as it has to contend with my 7 month old son! I'm building the M4A3E8 depicted in this photo below as its a bit of an unusual subject (photo used for discussion only). The unusual things that have attracted me to building this are the use of empty jerry cans as additional armour, the early style turret and the the angled plates on the suspension bogies. I've never seen this last detail in any other photos of HVSS suspension shermans or can find any information mentioned in books or online about their purpose. If any of the experts on this site know their purpose, please let me know! for the build I'm using the Tamiya easy 8 as the base kit but with numerous additions. The main issue with the kit for this build is that it has the late style turret with the oval loaders hatch so I've used a dragon turret from their M4A3 76 kit that I've previously taken the lower hull from for another project. I've also used parts from an eduard PE kit and a DEF model barrel. ive cut away the fenders, these will be replaced by PE fenders so that I can wire the cans to them. The footsteps are also missing on the original tank so I've not added these and will be adding details to this area. the original photo doesn't show the barrel style, so given that it has the early style turret, I've used a barrel with thread protector to match that and make my E8 a bit different to the usual ones you see. I've added the stowage rails around the turret to match the photo and used mr surfaced 500 to add the cast detail back in in the joins. I added the strange angled plates from pcard with some meng bolt heads. next job is the fenders to add.
  6. Hey guys, i would like to show you my last finished kit. It is the very first armour kit since i came back to the modelling 2 years ago (hell the time flies fast!). One would say it does not matter, planes or tanks.. and bigger scale should be easier to make, right? Well, from my view, there are differences and bigger scales does not mean it ll be easier to make details.. Anyway, the build was a lot of fun to me, so i think soon i ll have a look on the 1/72 tanks in my stash The Tiger II was built for my friend to celebrate his fresh new engineering degree - ordered by his wife to surprise him, so i hope he ll be surprised in good You can find the WIP thread h with aftermarket parts used ere http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234990910-tiger-ii-april-1945-weathering-stage-dragon-135/, but because i had only month for the build (working on it on the few free days during the month), i did not have time to take shots of every little progress there Anyway, part of the gift was some wooden base (supplied by my friend´s wife) - and it was quite huge.. So i decided to build two little grass "isles" on it, with some ammo boxes and other stuff, to fill the empty areas. Now to the tank itself At the beginning we said there wont be any interior (because of the limited time), so everything is closed. Also i did show some camo schemes to my friend´s wife and she chosed the late war scheme as the nicest to her. I did some researching around and like 30 King Tigers were finished in this scheme - sadly i did not find any photo of any of these, so the camouflage is kind of what-if (used Rom1´s E-75 as an inspiration, thanks! ). Everything of the weathering stage (or well, the very most of it) was new to me and i was also experimenting a bit with artistic stuff.. Well, here is the result more to come..
  7. Afternoon all....well, finally got the time to sit down and set up the build log. This is to be the contribution to the GB. Only two test units being built in reality, and a further ten for test purposes on the Eastern Front. Once under test, it was realised that the 105mm howitzer could easily fit on the obsolete Panzer II chassis, becoming the Wespe; so the proposed further 200 were cancelled as the Panzer IV chassis's were needed to supply combat Panzer IV's due to urgent need on the Eastern Front from the losses of 1941 and early '42. All ten production vehicles served with the Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 16, attached to the 16.Panzer-Division on the Eastern Front. The Division was held in reserve during the Balkan Campaign, but took part in the invasion of the Soviet Union, Operation Barbarossa, in June 1941. It was used in the southern sector of the Front, advancing to Stalingrad via Lvov, Pervomaisk, Zaporozhe, Taganrog, Makeevka and Artemorsk. The 10.5cm leFH 18/1 (Sf) auf Geschutzwagen IVb joined the rest of 16.Panzer-Division in late December early January. The regiment was destroyed in early 1943 in the Stalingrad pocket. Overall it'll be a clean build and apart from mud and dust, not too much wear and tear as is seen on the AFV's of this front. I have developed a build plan and schedule to efficiently build, and try and have the most time for the painting sequence, as I intend to use a new product for the making of mud. I'll need to spend some time practicing that first. The hardest part will be the PE phase.....lot's of tool clamps..... I have prepped as much as I can as I have a feeling the Christmas fortnight will be a zero build time as I have to pack away the bench as it's in the spare room,(family visiting...) All my part spru's are washed and ready to go, just filling the time trying to confirm some Dragon Model issue's as regards the reality of the interior ammo storage; which I think they have wrong. I discovered a pic of Voyager Model upgrade with an additional ammo locker, not specified in the Dragon build instruction sheet -even though supplied. Plus to complicate things, a photo has popped up with the ammo cabinets at an angle in the fighting compartment.......nothing but issue's. Anyway, hope to post first progress by the 16th, as we have rain over the weekend.......must always see a positive somewhere on a grey day... Simon.
  8. I have to go back to my LHS because I have to replace a defective Fw 190D-9 in 48 from Hobby Boss, and they have 7 boxes of Dragon's D-9 with decals for Gerhard Barkhorn. Would someone be kind enough to provide me a wing level photo showing how the landing gear is positioned? Thanks and Happy New Year!
  9. Done is a very loaded word. However, I'm calling time on this one. A model of firsts: Using of pigments. Individual link magic tracks. 3-tone camo. There's nothing like close-up photos for showing up all the imperfections Things I learned. Don't be scared of individual tracks - they weren't too bad in the end. You can learn loads from YouTube. How much smaller the Panzer IV is than a Panther. Oils are great. Happy for any constructive comments Just do it, and enjoy it! On to the Meng King Tiger!!!
  10. Happy Christmas all, i built this festive Sherman as part of the STGB earlier this year, thought I'd post it in the ready for inspection on Christmas Day. As it didn't seem right to do it any other time of the year.
  11. nimrod54

    EA-6B PROWLER

    Whilst having a rummage through the stash for some 1/144 RAF aircraft, I found this Dragon boxing of a pair of EA-6B's and thought that I would make one up for this GB. Here are the box and content shots, whilst some the parts are off the sprue the kit has not been started. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr
  12. johnny akes

    Pzkw IV Ausf H

    Hi folks This was largely OOB although I had to replace the P/E schurzen with thin plasticard because I couldn't get the p/e handles to stick to the back of them! Regards J A.
  13. Hi! Let me present my last finish. A Dragon 1/35 panzerjäger Hornisse. I usually finish a few aircraft and ship kits each year, but this is my first 1/35 AFV in so many years. It's also my first time doing crew figures in action in an open-top vehicle. I also tried a full PE set for the armor plates. The fighting compartment armor is in full brass (I'm certain it will resist a 6 mm BB airsoft bullet at normal combat range, the paint won't survive though). So, the kit is Dragon's original release back in 2002. One PE set for armor plates and another set for interior details were from Lionroar, track links are AFV club and the crew is from Tristar. Originally the guy ramming a round into the breech was prepared, unfortunately I wasn't able to fit him properly with all the ammo boxes/tubes on the floor. (I did dry-fit them but perhaps not everything all at once. It's problematic because this build spanned over 7-10 years) In the end, the guy holding a round (from the same set) was brought in. The ammo doesn't seem heavy for him, if you notice. Anyway, it was done and I am quite happy with it. I'll certainly do more German panzerjäger and I hope it won't take such a long time to finish another one. Thank you for having a look. Comments are surely welcome. It is my pleasure sharing my model with you, as much as I'm enjoying your works posted on the forum. Nanond
  14. #30/2018 Here´s my dad´s newest completion. Dragon kit with AIMS decals, sadly they don´t include the correct (without black outline) Balkenkreuz for the fuselage and upper wings, took them from an Owl Decals sheet. Gunze RLM70/71 for the splinter camo, MRP RLM76 (in my dad´s opinion too dark and blue-ish) as RLM65 on the underside and a brightened version of MRP RLM76 for the field applied camo on the upperside. Added brake lines with plastic rods and lead wire, antenna with EZ Line. My dad used bluetac/Uhu patafix for masking the field camo. The edges got too sharp so he oversprayed them freehand but you can still see the sharp edges look through and it caused some spatter. When you don´t really go close up you won´t see it, so, in the vitrine the model looks still good. To oppose the multi-engined allied submarine hunters over the Bay of Biscay between the northcoast of Spain and France, KG40 built up a Gruppe equipped with different types of Ju88C Destroyers. Most aircraft received a field applied additional camo and each looked different. The model shows the aircraft of Oberleutnant Kurt Necesany, 14./KG40, 1942-43 Bordeaux/France. He was KIA on 14th Feb 1944 at the age of 23. While attacking a USN PB4Y-1 his aircraft was damaged by defensive fire. Necesany and his crew didn´t make it back. Despite search attempts, no trace was found of them. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235043706-bloody-biscay148-junkers-ju88c-6-kg40/ DSC_0001 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0016 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0017 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0018 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  15. After a bunch of small WW2 fighters, my dad decided it´s time now for something bigger. Using the good old Dragon Ju88 kit with AIMS decals, doing one of the colourful machines of 14./KG40. DSC_0007 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  16. Hello all. Today i want to show my old project, this model build during 11 years (start 2003 end of 2014). In model i used add parts: Aber PE set & Bronco track link set. Best regards. Michael.
  17. Took this project on for my cousin, who had acquired this kit at a discount when Modelzone closed down. He hadn't realised it was a one you build and paint, so he asked me if I'd take it on. Took me about three weeks in total to do. Metallic paints are unbelievably finicky to work with and not damage and I did more resprays than I care to remember. Also of note is the painting instructions in the kit were terrible, with the pose matching the actual figure which concealed certain areas. I had to look up other references for details and still missed one area that was supposed to be red. Also, the colour callouts themselves are wrong. If you use the recommended blue, and the mixed up metallic red, his too pale and the red too pinkish. I had to spray over the red with clear red and the blue clear blue, but it still didn't look right. It was only when I looked at my Meng F-350 model, which i sprayed in Tamiya Metallic Blue, that I realised how close that was to the one from the movie. I then gave the existing paint job a once over with that blue (neat, its still a bit off, strangely, but it tones up the underlying blues nicely). The red components on the gun are the same metallic red mix, but sprayed over a gunmetal rather than silver base. Another point of note is that the vinyl head insert was too large for the clear eyepieces to fit, and had to be cut into. In the process, I scraped off the silver I painted on the rear of the eyes, potentially losing the lighting, but alas. Here be the final product Happy to report he was very pleased with it Gaz
  18. This is the Dragon 1/72 Dieppe Churchill Mk.III kit with AB figures for the crew. The model is based on a photo of the tank, "Blossom" abandoned on the beach after the failed Operation Jubilee. The black line around the turret represents waterproof sealant that held a now ripped off waterproof canvas shield. Tattered remnants of this and the scraps of canvas on the glacis of the tank were made from zinc foil. The chespaling in front of the left-side track was made from thin dried twigs and lead wire. The real tank was driving on this and slipped off leading to chert (the type beach gravel) jam and break the right-side track. "Blossom fought on until running out of ammo and being abandoned by her crew. The project was spread over five days, and my build log can be found on the Missing Lynx Braille Scale forum: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/missinglynx/dieppe-raid-churchill-t316010.html Thanks for looking.
  19. Seen at the All Japan Model & Hobby Show 2013, a poster announcing a 1/72nd de Havilland DH.112 Venom NF.3 kit by Dragon/Cyber-hobby - ref. 5116. Source: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/blog/1310182 V.P.
  20. I built this a few years ago using up some left over parts from a Dragon Sherman Vc. I used the upper and lower hull from the kit along with the tracks. The turret is one by Formations which comes with some British fittings, but the hatch cover needed changing so I used the Dragon one. The colour for Fox is a bone of contention, some saying that is was SCC2, others that it was SCC15. One piece of info that I got from somebody in the know was that Fox was originally in SCC2 and held in storage. The thinking was that it would have been unlikely to have brought it out of storage and gone to the trouble of repainting it in SCC15 when the intention was for it to be used only for the initial landings, so that's the way that I went. The decals are from Bison on sheet number 35015, which is no longer available, but it can be found on Star Decals sheet number 35-C1020. As always, thanks for looking. John.
  21. Hi guys, well this has been a fun build. I had a picture in my mind how I wanted this diorama to look and for once it has come out looking just as I imagined it, spooky! It's a bit biased towards the movie look rather than a true representation of how an actual explosion would appear in the vacuum of space. I hope you enjoy the pics. Finally, you can see the work in progress of my build in the link below.
  22. Picked one of these up on ebay for more that what I'd want to pay. Sadly, Kettenkrad kits seem to be few and far between and it was a bit of a struggle to get one. This should be a nice little project anyway. Exams are coming up, so larger projects that occupy undue desk space may not have much progress on them. You don't get either of the figures shown on the box art, but I was aware of this, and may use the later war German driver figure included. Started by constructing some of the vehicle's internals. So far, it's a typical Dragon kit, with a bit of flashing and some mould seams to clean up.
  23. I did this kit two years ago, but didn't make photographs until this spring. Is a Borgward IV demolition vehicle, painted with a camo as other vehicles from a regiment in Crimea in 1944. I bought this kit in a street market and decided my unbuilt stashes couldn't grow more, so I built it on a weekend along my brother. It's a fine kit, and what is best, it includes a mini figure which I think is unusual for Dragon. Hope you like it.
  24. Hi all, been working on a new real space project this last week or so. I bought this kit off eBay, I wanted to convert it to be Apollo 13. I have opened up one of the compartments and scratch built the damage from the explosion. Adding some RGB (Red, Green, Blue) flashing LEDs to give a flashing explosion effect. I also wanted to light the thruster rockets on the side of the command module, however the nozzles were micro small and there was no way it was possible to drill them out to add lighting of any sort. I did a slight cheat and drilled some small holes through the back of the wall of the service module which allowed light to pass through underneath the nozzles and has give me a satisfactory effect of the retro rockets firing. I plan to mount the model on a tube running through the rocket motor nozzle of the service module going through up into the Lunar module. This tube will be driven from a motorised gearbox which will allow the spacecraft to slowly rotate, the plan is to have the model in some form of box that will have a space background and also showing the debris field following the explosion of the oxygen tank. "Houston, we have a problem".
  25. Hi guys, I will be building the Dragon Me262 mistel in 1/48 scale. There are some points that will be changed in the kit. The main change will be the trolly that will be replaced and the lead aircraft will be swapped with a A2a/U2 tristar model that is in my stash. This is the one with the bomber nose. I am teying to make one as close as possible of a test machine. I will place some pictures of the box and content later. Cheers
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