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  1. I've been needing an excuse to do this one. This is by TAKOM and represents a Prototype vehicle to superceed the M26 Pershing to combat the Russian IS-3 during late WW2. The war ended before this was completed and other options took over. Let's see what comes of this one after 24 hours (2x12'ish).
  2. This is the Trumpeter 1/72 scale kit: Thanks for looking.
  3. Way back in April 2005 Steve Zaloga built up the Tamiya Pershing with Accurate Armour's conversion as the T26E1 Pilot modified by the 33d Armored Regiment of 3d Armored Division. A year later Tamiya down-sized their 35th kit to the One True Scale. I started a project. Soon afterwards Steve Faxon issued a conversion kit that helped! Then I got more reference, couldn't get the resin gun barrel to stay straight, lost interest and put it way. This is what it looks like today... I've disassembled the lower hull and removed the suspension arms to alter the sit to the very nose down look of the original. The pathetically short dampers have been removed as well. I had added the underside detail as I do that sort of thing see the other project for the bare original which offends my sensibilities. I've found that an old credit card fits the slots the dampers leave behind perfectly so they're filled and hardening. There is a lot to be done but as things are slowing down at work now we've got the shops filled I'll have regular bench time. Apologies to Shermaniac for not doing the M4A2E4 I had definitely decided to do yesterday!
  4. Here is what might happen if you come across a 1983 Bandai Gundam 'Mobile Suit' with the funny trunk - I nearly built it as intended by Bandai but then had an idea.. And now it is no longer a 'Mobile Suit' and no longer in 1/144 but rather a Schweres Bergegerät 'Rübezahl' in 1/72. The story behind the diorama is the first appearance of one of the Rübezahl machines when US forces tried to capture a secret Luftwaffe airfield in Germany but became stuck when this Maus tank blocked the only road leading to it. A day later, the Maus suffered mechanical breakdown, observed by the US troops so they decided to advance with two Pershing tanks and some infantry. Unknown to them, something else had arrived during the night and has been waiting in the treeline beside the road to tow away the disabled Maus with first daylight. Having advanced to the Maus position, the US still had not seen the Rübezahl - the diorama is the scene just seconds before the three Maybach engines of Rübezahl come alive and along with them all it's internal e-motors, hydraulics and what else got stuffed into the heavily armoured skin of the giant. As the story goes, there was not a shot fired, but two Pershing tanks got new owners and a few GI's joined a POW camp. No wonder the GI's were too stunned to put up any reststance with the Rübezahl towering over them, wielding it's 'arms' bristling with weaponry. Despite such Wunderwaffen as the Rübezahl and the surprisingly successful Maus tank (124 produced, this is an early production model) the war ended soon after. There were only three Rübezahl heavy recovery machines built - one never left the factory, hidden deep in the Harz mountains and was later shipped to Aberdeen Proving Grounds in the USA. The second also never saw action but was damaged by aircraft and taken away to Russia. The one seen here successfully towed the Maus to the airfield for repairs and then was ordered to cross the Harz mountains for another assignment but never arrived there. According to a former crew member, interviewed after the war, the machine tripped over large rock in a remote part of the mountains, fell down and had to be abandoned by the crew. He claims it is still up there somewhere. By the way - the Maus is by Pegasus models, the Pershings are Trumpeter and the US and german infantry are mainly PlasticSolider Co.
  5. Here, as promised, is my contribution to the GB - the T26E3 Pershing (Tamiya, 1/48). It's a lovely looking kit and I'm really looking forward to it. I'll be building "Fireball", which was knocked out by a Tiger 1 in February 1945 only to be repaired and re-fielded later. This'll be pretty much OOB with a little etch for the brush guards etc. and possibly some stowage. Here are the obligatory prep photos: Cheers Andy
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