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Corsairfoxfouruncle posted a topic in Group Build ChatHello everyone ... To prove to myself that I am certifiable. I still have the Proposed British AFV group build going. I also have the Patton Single type build in 2019. So I figured why not pour gasoline on the fire and see what happens. I must be a glutton for punishment. I am proposing another Single type group build covering the Mk.V Panther and all of its progeny. If anyone is interested please give a shout out or raise your hand so to speak. The general idea being actual vehicles no whifs. No paper tanks to me if it never left paper it should count as a whif. If a physical prototype was built and tested then it counts. As always all scales are welcome. Simply put I dont know everything about Panthers so please ask me or the co-host and we can research and determine if a particular version counts. Standard build rules will apply including the 25% rule. * I however understand that some of the aftermarket tracks take time to assemble. That might classify its own build ? INTERESTED MEMBERS 1. Corsairfoxfouruncle - Skorzenys M10 clone 2. Sgt.Squarehead = co-host 3. SimonT 4. PlaStix 5. vppelt68 6. Panther II 7. SleeperService 8. Arniec 9. Ozzy 10. Mike 11. trickyrich 12. Joss 12a. Knight_Flyer 14. Robert Stuart 15. Julien 16. Mark hoffmanly 17. GREG DESTEC 18. 19. 20.
British Mk.V Heavy Tank 1:35 Takom - 3 in 1 kit The British use of Tanks in WWI was very much a work-in-progress, starting from scratch, with numerous hold-ups due to the immature technology that resulted in the Mark.IV tank being a bit of a compromise and built on the Mark.III instead of being its own design. The Mark.V was originally a totally new design of tank that suffered from similar technical delays, so the Mark.IV was modified to accept the new more powerful 150bhp engine and renamed as the Mark.V, while the original project was dropped in order not to delay production too much. As well as the new engine, steering had been developed sufficiently to reduce it to a one-man job, freeing up crew-members to man the guns, with one machine gun added to the rear. A rear cupola was designed with hinged sides to give the crew protection when releasing the unditching beam or fascine bundle without having to leave the tank or expose themselves too much. The V features three different armament styles. The Male features two 6 Pounder main guns with four Hotchkiss Mk 1 Machine Guns, the Female featured Six Hotchkiss Mk 1 Machine Guns; while the Hermaphrodite (or composite) was fitted with one Male Sponson on one side, and one Female Sponson on the other side. This measure was to ensure that Female tanks were not outgunned by captured Male tanks, or indeed German A7V tanks. The V arrived mid 1918, but in sufficient numbers to be used in several battles where it performed well. After the war 70 were sent to Russia to support the White Russians in the civil war. Most were then captured by the Red Army four were retained by Estonia, and two by Latvia. Some were given to France, and they found themselves dotted all around, which explains why there are so many still to be found in museums. The American 301st Heavy Tank Battalion was equipped with and used Vs in WWI and at least one was taken back to the US and is now in the National Armour and Cavalry Museum at Fort Benning. There were surprisingly some uses of the V in WWII. The four Estonian examples were used as dug in fortifications during the defence of Talin in August 1941. In 1945 two damaged tanks were found in Berlin. It would appear they were ex Russian Civil war examples brought back to Berlin. It has never been verified if these took any involvement in the Battle of Berlin. The Kit The 3 in 1 part of the kit means that you can build a Make, Female or Hermaphrodite tank from the box. A fairly large box contains and impressive 11 plastic sprues, a small sheet of PE, a small length of brass chain and a bag of 190 track links. Constructions starts with the main centre hull section. The front machine gun and drivers area is built up and this is then fitted into the roof of the main body. The front, bottom and rear plates are then added. The rear plate also has its machine mount added. A towing shackle is fixed to the very front of tank. The rear roof box is made up and installed. Next to be fitted to the roof is the exhaust system, and then the semaphore signalling system is built up and installed. The last part to be added to the centre section is the rear box and carrier which is held in place by two short lengths of chain cut from the one length supplied in the kit. The side structures containing the tracks and wheels are the next items to be constructed. The front idler wheels, and rear drive sprockets are added along with the internal structure to carry all the parts. 27 small axles are then built up for each side. There are 11 type A axles and 16 type B axles. Each consist of a centre axles to which 2 wheels are added. It is important to follow the placement diagram for these parts when installing them into each side. Once these are made up the tracks can be linked and attached. There are 90 links per side which just clip together. The sides can now be attached to the main hull and the supports for the un-ditching beam rail added to the top. The modeller then needs to decide which of 3 versions to make as they will then need to make up the appropriate armament sections. The Female side sections contain two machine guns each. The guns themselves are in a circular copula with each of the 2 guns per side having 8 parts per copula. The two individual copulas are then mounted to a base plate and the external armour units added on. For the Male copulas each one contains a 6 pounder gun and a machine gun. The 6 Pdr units are complete units to be built up. The breaches are first built and these contain handles, blocks and sighting telescopes. A gun shield is then added before the external circular armour is added. The gun sponson is built up and then the 6 pdr and machine gun can be added to that. Before the gun sponsons can be added to the tank the modeller may have to remove some of the side rivet detail to match which type of armament selection has been made. The last stage of construction is to make up the un-ditching beam and secure it with tow small lengths of chain, again cut from that supplied. Markings Mig Jimenez's AMMO have provided the colour profiles and paint codes for this release, as is becoming the norm for Takom. The decal sheet supplied is small, there is no printer mentioned but the decals look in register and are of a matt finish. From the box you can build one of the following: MkV Hermaphrodite Shown in Berlin 1945 MkV Female Red Army Defense of Talin 1941 MkV Female Russian White Army 1920 MkV Female Shown in the battle for Berlin 1945 MkV Male Red Army Defense of Talin 1941 MkV Male France 1918 MkV Male H41 preserved at The Tank Museum, Bovington MkV Hermaphrodite Red Army 1920 MkV Hermaphrodite Captured White Army 1920 The paint codes are from the AMMO range as you'd expect. Conclusion This is a great looking kit and it is good that the modeller is given a choice of three different tanks to build. The parts count is high, and the inclusion of a small PE fret, chain and workable track links is good. The links in particular go together quite easily. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of UK Distributors for
woody37 posted a topic in Aftermarket (updates/conversions)Spitfire Mk.V Resin Enhancement Sets (for Airfix 1:48) Eduard Brassin The new 1/48 Airfix Spitfire Vb kit has been made to feel very welcome in the market for 1/48 Spitfires and that's no mean feat! It's considered an accurate representation and stands up well against the Tamiya kit that's been out for some time. It's not surprising then that it will get plenty of attention from the aftermarket manufacturers creating a win/win/win scenario for Airfix, modellers and the aftermarket producers. Eduard has established itself as a leading supplier of resin upgrades with typically excellent fit under the brand of it's Brassin range. Looking at the quality of these sets, I expect them to follow that tradition. Spitfire Mk.V 'Fishtail' Exhaust Stacks (648 182) Offered as direct replacement parts for the kit, these resin parts are beautifully detailed. Most Mk.V's were fitted with this type of exhaust as it offered a slight thrust improvement over the earlier types. The outlets of the exhausts are hollowed out with stunningly thin edges and the welded sections are faithfully reproduced as you would expect. Spitfire Mk.V Exhaust Stacks (648 179) These exhausts are the type that was phased out early in the Spitfire V development and replaced with the fishtail type provided above. I would recommend doing your research to ensure you purchase the correct type for your build if planning to use these given the rarity of their use in Mk.V service. Again, they are superbly cast with accurate weld joins and hollowed outlets. Spitfire Mk.V Radio Compartment (648 184) The radio for the Spitfire was carried aft of the cockpit and access was through a door on the port side of the rear fuselage. If you're wanting to build a diorama or super detailed Spitfire, then this option is worth considering. The fuselage interior is provided as cast parts that simply mate to the inside faces of the kit fuselage. An etch radio mount is then added to support the resin radio stack centrally. You will need to cut out the access door in the fuselage to view this extra detail, but a replacement door is provided for this purpose. Again, the detail is top notch, however visibility of this fine work is going to be quite limited once the kit is built, so this should be considered before committing. Spitfire Mk.V Wheels (648 178) Again, making full use of the casting ability of high quality resin, Eduard have produced these rather stunning wheels. The detail is incredibly sharp with the tyres showing off the 'Dunlop' text and mould lines around the circumference of the side walls. Separate 5 spoke outer hubs are provided giving the added benefit of making painting much easier. The inner hubs are slotted to allow direct replacement of the kit wheels on to the gear legs. Spitfire Mk.V Cockpit (648 183) This set necessitates a larger box such is the quantity of parts contained in the set. The complete cockpit interior is beautifully recreated in this set with nothing left out. Some of the parts are delicate and given the nature of them being cast to blocks, considerable care should be taken when cutting them free. An example of this is the control column. A hasty removal could leave you with several parts to glue back together. Assembly starts with the control panel being built up and mounted to the front bulkhead and the compass fitted. The rear bulkhead then follows with etch armour plate being fitted. The intricately moulded floor pan is then used to mount the forward bulk head assembly on along with the rudder pedals and control column. Next comes the seat assembly which includes rear framework and etch rear armour and perforated front lower lip. Finally, all the remaining main parts are fitted on to the floor pan creating an entire cockpit sub assembly. The Airfix kit has separate cockpit internal side walls. This is a great benefit to the Eduard set as it means that they have been able to replace the kit parts with far sharper and more detailed resin parts without the need for the modeller to go on a cutting and sanding spree to shoehorn the detail in there! The etch sheet is put to further use with various controls and seatbelts giving a comprehensively detailed result. As you would expect with such an aftermarket makeover, plenty of dry fitting should be done to make sure you are able to close the fuselage up afterwards. Given the intricate detailing including in this set, it is target towards more experienced builders who are used to using etch and resin. Conclusion These sets allow a 1/48 Airfix Mk.V to be turned in to a masterpiece either as a stand alone model or as part of a period diorama. The detail & quality is second to none and the range provides a modular way to enhance your Spitfire to suit a range of budgets and skill levels. If using the more intricate sets, a good set of modelling tools will make the job much easier such as an etch former and tweezers as a minimum. Review sample courtesy of
Homebee posted a topic in The RumourmongerAirfix is to release in 2014 a new tool 1/48th Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb kit ref.A05125 Source: http://www.airfix.com/shop/new-for-2014/148-scale-military-aircraft/a05125-supermarine-spitfire-mkvb-148/ V.P.