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  1. 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.
  2. Hello, starting a new project, Sd.Kfz. 186 Jagdtiger - Henschel Production Type - Dragon - Nr. 6285 - 1:35 more picts soon
  3. My most recently finished model is Dragon's Panzer Ib in 1/35. While this was in a smart-kit boxing, it wasn't as "smart" as some of Dragon's other releases of the last 20 years or so. Detail is very good, but not great, and fit was a bit problematic in spots. I wanted to try out a few new weathering techniques on this model, one of them being wet pigment application, and the other a sort of different spin on oil-dot filtering. The wet pigment experiments were not successful. Something about the pigments I used (Vallejo) was not allowing them to form feathered edges. Instead they came to abrupt edges where the pigment would stick, and the rest would just dust off. This is especially visible on the sprockets. I used heavy washes of light ochre and light tan colored oils to fix the mess. I actually like the effect, but I need to learn how to control it more. The topside weathering was done with dots of Naples yellow, tan, sky blue and olive colored oil dots, scrubbed into the finish with a brush dampened in thinner. Unlike my normal approach to this, I did each color one at a time. I also added a few paint chips, most of which you can't see under the dusty look left by the oils. I'm pleased with how this turned out, and I learned a lot that I'm looking to apply on my next project. Most importantly - neatness counts when you're making your tank look dirty. You can't just slap dust and mud on any which way.
  4. Hello friends, this time I have a great and well known kit from the Dragon: I wanted to build it from the mid 1990s when I first saw this kit at my friend’s house. It’s a typical Dragon moulding from 1992 with a very good sculpting and perfect artwork from Ronald Volstad. An artwork represents the four infantrymen in their very motley equipment and that’s the main reason why I want to put my hands on it. The painting guide on the back of the box: Actually, I don’t decided yet which paints I’ll choose: Mr.HOBBY or AK Interactive... The sprue with the soldiers and ammunition: Same, the other side: The little sprue with the weapons: And other side of this sprue: The weapons looks fantastic, I haven’t seen more exciting rifles and machine guns in the 1:35th scale. OK, let’s start!
  5. Morning all....decided to kick off another project in this lockdown world at present.....the Panther D from the Kursk Offensive July '43. Picked this up off Ebay for £32. Came with RB's turned barrel, some part PE set and a set of Panther II skirts. Might get to use them one day day as they look similar to the Panther G type. This Panther by Dragon is a very clean and simple kit. Nice clean crisp moulding.....but needs some help with some basic PE.....so three sets on the way. Three PE set's.......PEA071 for the tool box specific to some Panthers at Kursk. ET Model Panther D set and I still have to locate the side skirts with specific brackets..... And finaly the tracks.....early set for this type of Panther... Hopefully, once the PE skirts arrive I can post some progress..... see you all later and stay safe... Regards Simon
  6. Hi guys, I will try to build this model. It was a second hand box I bought last year at a show. When I had a good look inside I noticed that the original turret was gone and there was a resin one inside. Now isn't that a problem, the only downside was a resin gun barrel, that I have replaced with a metall one from RB models. I have also got a set of Friul metal tracks for it. I hope they will fit. Here is the content of the box. Hope to start it soon. Cheers,
  7. Dragon kit (Dragon 6857): I added some missing details: 1) lever, pedals, spar on the floor 2) wiring installation tube I also made cable plugs and handles and making holes in radio rack dampers for radio hardware I added the some missing bolts, sanding the left wall in the engine compartment to the real thickness (I want to make the engine compartment open), crumpled fenders and muffler. The details are glued into separate blocks that will be painted separately:
  8. Here is my Italeri Mil Mi-24P “Hind F”, Red 23 of the VVS (Soviet Air Force). I built this one back in 2002. This was a reboxed Dragon kit. It was built mostly OOB. I added some details like aerials, the tailboom anti-collision light, tail bumper and undercarriage struts. It was all painted with brush except for the matt varnish which was airbrushed. The scheme was based on various photos of real machines as the back-of-the-box paint guide was useless (no pattern)! Thanks for looking Miguel
  9. Immediately after the end of hostilities in Europe, the allied powers scoured Germany for the remnants of their advanced technology. The American's set up 'Project LUSTY, which stood for LUftwaffe Secert TechnologY. Col Harold E Watson, a qualified test pilot was selected to head the mission. He picked a number of pilots, all combat veteran's and all Thunderbolt pilots, experienced ground crew, both American and German along with several experienced German pilots. He also carried a signed pass by Dwight D Eisenhower, stating that no senior officer or military police could impede him in his work. Two teams formed, one went after the piston engine aircraft, the other, jets. It was the jet pilots who were named the 'Watson's Wizzers' and adopted the squadron embalm of Donald Duck flying around the Earth on a Juno 004 engine. Me 262A-1a/U3 'White 30' was captured at Lechfeld. It was named Marge by the 54th ADS, and then Lady Jess IV while with the Wizzers with the aircraft being the mount of Captain Kenneth Dahlstrom. Declared surplus, it was transferred to the US Navy and designated 121443. State side, the aircraft was turned over to the Tactical Test Division at NAS Patuxent River where she was made airworthy and attempted to be flown on November 7th 1945. Failing to become airborne, it crashed into trees at the end of the runway and was subsequently written off. Because of this accident, no further attempts to fly Me 262's was made by the TTD. This is the 1/48 Dragon kit, which is the reboxing of the 1990's Trimaster kit, but this did not include any photo etch parts. The molds are still holding up well although there was some cleaning up of the lower wing required. These kits are well detailed but do require some work with the engine nacelles being a well known tricky part of this model. Test fit everything before committing glue and you shouldn't have too many problems. Decals come from Cutting Edge's Crossdressing Stormbirds and the seatbelts from Lions Roar.
  10. After the initial Airborne and Seaborne invasion, the Allies got bogged down fighting in the Normandy countryside. The bocarge that the Allies faced favoured the defender, the way the fields were laid out with high banks, hedges covered with trees. Enemy and Allies were operating either side of hedges some times without even knowing. Stuff used: Tasca: Sherman Treemendus: Tree kit, Senic kit Miniart: British Tank riders Dragon: various German figures
  11. My dad wanted to build this now for a long time, finally he got to it. Using the old Dragon kit. Bought it second-hand some years ago. Decals aren´t usable anymore, so gonna use AIMS ones. DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  12. Dear fellow Britmodellers, this is my 1/72 Dragon Arado Ar-234 B in markings of 9./KG76, flown by Hptm,. Josef Riegler. I built with addition of Reheat photo etch, True Details wheels and Master pitot tube. Decals from Aeromaster "Arado Blitz Bombers Pt.1", painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. Thank you for your interest! Best greetings from Vienna Roman
  13. #13/2020 And another one finished. Started with Dragon´s "E" kit but then stole the engine from one of their Ju88 kits and built an "A". Eduard seatbelts added, EZ Line for the antenna wires and brake lines, AIMS decals for the main markings, Gunze RLM70/71 for the replacement wing and old selfmixed RLM76 with Tamiya XF-23 Gunze H314 and H2 and a not known anymore light grey. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235068862-baby-blitz148-junkers-ju188a-2-rächer-iikg6/page/2/ Model shows an aircraft of II./KG6 which took part in Operation Steinbock, also called Baby Blitz by the Brits, and flew nocturnal raids over England. Info here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Steinbock DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0016 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0021 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0019 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0020 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0022 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0023 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  14. Another one I finished some time ago: The (very) old Dragon Pz III M/N kit no. 9015. This one is finished as an Ausf.M at the time of the Battle of Kursk. German armour is not really my thing but I've always liked the look of the Pz III's and IV's with the Schurzen fitted. As ever, hope you like it and all comments/criticism welcome. Bandit 1250
  15. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 Dragon P-61A, "Double Trouble" of 422nd NFS, built with Eduard photo etch, True Details wheels and Eagle Cals decals. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. Thanks for your interest, best greetings from Vienna!
  16. OK, this time something different. 1/144 Dragon A-6E with Retro Wings cockpit set and PaulusVictor decals. This kit is a nasty dog. In the box - it looks like 3.6 ...not great, not terrible. Unfortunately it is more terrible than great when you start it. Fit is very bad, and there is a lot of details missing. I tried to add some that are really visible. The most important is small hump behind the canopy... Some small intakes too. There is a lot of sink marks in the plastic, and many missing panel lines that needs to be rescribed. I will try to make decent wing fold. I used Tamiya Epoxy Putty for all these stuff so far. I made FOD covers because the intakes have wrong shape, and I will scratch pilot steps to make things more interesting. For now - I have two coats of primer and some polishing done - but there are still some surface imperfections... There will be more to show soon I hope. This A-6 is TRAM Intruder, but with old type metal wings and late type air brakes - real Frankenstein
  17. Another model I rescued off my shelf of doom, one of Dragon's older models, the Hetzer. It started life as a flame thrower but I bought it second hand from someone who had used that part for something else and included a resin conversion and metal barrel for a conventionally armed machine. I initially put this on the shelf of doom as it was before magic tracks, so I had to cut out and clean up about 200 track pieces. I guess I burned out on the model after doing that and it sat in the stash for years until I pulled it out again a week ago. Other than the tedious track link clean up, the kit is pretty good. The colours and markings represent no machine in particular. I kept the weathering fairly light, a grubby wash and some dirt here and there, enough to make it look used.
  18. I decided that I needed a Porsche turreted King Tiger in my collection. After doing some research last year during the Tiger GB I decided that one of the first 5 King tigers to enter service with s.Pz.Kp.(Fkl)316 would make an interesting model to build. The Dragon kit provides decals for one of these tanks, white 13, however it is not possible to build this tank with just what is provided in the box. These first tanks had some different features and I will highlight these as I proceed with build. The Dragon kit with moulded zimmerit is a good basis as all the King Tigers with the Porsche turret had a zimmerit coating, the kit also includes a turned aluminium barrel and an etched fret for the intake mesh and tool brackets. For my reference material I will use the Waldemar Trojca King Tiger book. Starting at the top, the first problem is with the turret, Dragon has represented the cupola as being welded to the turret roof (weld highlighted with a black wash) all the Porsche turrets had the cupola bolted on, so the moulded representation of the weld needs to be removed and a plasticard insert added to the cupola underside to replace the thickness of the removed material. The roof panel welds should be flush or proud of the panels so they need to be improved with some stretched sprue melted in with thin glue. That was quickly dealt with and now looks like this: Thanks for having a peek, some work on the hull tomorrow.
  19. Hallo again My first T-34. The kit is not a correct one. My verdict is acceptable. Fast build. No interior at all. Did any of you modeller a tank with interior? Since I have nearly all of them, AfV and MiniArt, RFM and Takom. Happy modelling
  20. Hello Here’s my present project : th Su 100. By Dragon in 1/35 scale First I had to gather data and blueprints concerning the beast. I found a couple of well documented websites. where these plans are availible : http://armchairgeneral.com/rkkaww2//galleries/SP_guns/SU_100_bp.htm http://armchairgeneral.com/rkkaww2/galleries/SP_guns/SU_100_int.htm And a 3D interior représentation https://3docean.net/item/su-100-with-interior-camo/15656562 Here’s the true model i want to do This picture was taken from "The Battle of Algiers" movie (circa. 1970) from the realisator Di Pontecorvo but i xill change the french flag for the algerian one this tank was used for the movie and The camouflage was likely the same as the syrian armours and this only from 1963 to 1967. Algerian Su-100 were brought from USSR in 1963 (60 units) with t-34/85 (150 units) The model : Like I said in the title of this project it's a Su-100 from Dragon in 1/35 scale. An average of 450 pieces, not bad.. A little PE plate, and very good details Well i think you all got the main idea of my project : building the interior an presenting the tank with all doors open … I started with the easiest works…. The rear panel. completed with plasti card. I added details using scratch parts built with a 0.25 mm aluminium foil. Then i completed the rear panel .. made a100 ammunition (i will use a mould to have a dozen or more of copies) and I’m thinking about iputing inside a lighting system. The driverside is almost done Honestly there’s is a lack of accuracy and a lot of mistakes comparing to the real one.. but i think it’s better to present a model with a fully equiped interior instead « an empty cane » (in my opinion) That’s all for today.
  21. Afternoon all.....a quick turn around project made from a defunct Dragon Stug III kit that had lost it's parts to install the gun mantlet etc. So, what to do with it..........convert it to a support vehicle. I didn't get to take images of the build so no build blog. There was not much to it other than build a new upper structure and canvas topped hinged cover. The addition of additional racks on the sides for fuel and additional supplies. Nothing special as regards tracks ( rubber band that came with the kit) or PE...used it as a filler between projects.....and some experimenting in weathering etc. Hope you like.
  22. After seeing an impressive image of a Churchill Mk.IV AVRE tank in the narrow streets of Bergen op Zoom (The Netherlands), during the town's liberation in October 1944, I just had to build one in my favourite scale. Dragon has produced a very nice kit of this obstacle buster tank and as luck would have, I managed to find a reasonably priced one on eBay. Building was pretty straightforward and even the flexible DS track behaved as they should. After construction the whole model was sprayed British dark green, after which the tracks and tools on the back were painted gun metal and the exhaust given a rust colour. The areas were decals were to go received a quick brush of Klear and after sticking them on, another layer to seal them in. Then everything was sprayed Tamiya flat clear from a spray can. Weathering was done using Tamiya weathering set A (mud) as well as the mud 'marker' pen. I also added some stuff from Blackdog's 1/72 British WW II equipment accessories set and two figures to round it of. Peter On to the pics
  23. This is a shelf queen that has sat at the back of my cabinet for well over 15 years. In a fit of "completionitis" I had a go at weathering it back to life. I originally handpainted the camo, Now I'd spray the scheme which is unique and well known. There have been various attributions over the years and in hindsight, foolishly I badged this as a 1stSS panzer division machine which was one suggestion. The figures presented a chance to paint some German wnter camo schemes which I haven't done for some time. It was an exercise in weathering if nothing else Thanks for looking Rob
  24. 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 of this build can be found here; Thanks for looking. John.
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