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  1. The Trumpeter catalog is usually unveiled in early December. 2017-2018 - https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235012221-trumpeter-catalog-2017-2018-complete-programme-now-online/ 2018-2019 - https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235029230-trumpeter-catalog-2018-2019-online/ 2019-2020 - https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235047347-trumpeter-catalog-2019-2020-programme/ I'm really curious to discover the 2020-2021 catalog a/c novelties. Cross my fingers for 1/48th Nanchang A/Q-5 "Fantan" & Xian JH-7/FBC-1 Flying Leopard "Flounder" To be followed V.P.
  2. After having been given permission by our esteemed and generous hosts I am going to build what has been described as the ultimate evolution of the basic T-54/55 design, the T-62. Now I know that this is not a view held by all and I left it up to the hosts to decide and they have allowed it to go ahead. The kit I will be using is the recent Trumpeter T-62 Mod.1975 and it looks like a very nice and well detailed kit too and is considered to be the best 1/35 T-62 available, not that there is a lot of competition! So lets have a look at the box and whats inside it, starting with the box art; And what is inside when you remove the lid; Ooh lots of goodies, lets have a look at some. We will start with the tracks as you get two options, either the old style vinyl single length tracks or individual links: Now I'm no expert (far from it) but those vinyl tracks don't look that bad close up; I am most likely going to go down the individual link route but it's nice to know that I have a usable fall back option if time gets away from me. You also get the option of a metal main gun barrel and some etched grills and twisted copper wire for the tow rope; Not bad as standard with a kit. You get a nice representation of a DShk 12.7mm AA gun, no respecting Soviet tank should be seen without one; You get a set of crew figures that @Stix would do a far better job of then me; And a nice set of individual weapons for them, though I'm not sure if they are too modern for the era; And the colour paint guide which gives you the Soviet version of early Ford cars, any colour you want as long as its green; I will have a look in my stash as I'm sure I might have some more interesting markings (not hard) somewhere. I hope to be able to make a cursory start on her soon. Thanks for looking in and as usual all comments and criticisms are gratefully received. Craig.
  3. Hello friends! Just looked at the @Alan P‘s resurrected thread and decided to post some pictures of my Vigilante. I bought this kit some time ago for my friend and feel no rush to build it - just putting some bits together from time to time... The box is large and sturdy: And all the details are well-packed there: The Runner A contains the two fuselage halves (very big, I must say): The wings and protected intakes are on a Runner B: The Runner C with control surfaces: And D with a pylons: The Runner E contains wheel wells and the cockpit details: And the two Runners G is for the engines and some other parts: The clear Runner H, the tail and ventral canoe are packed in a separate plastic bags within a separate cardboard box: An instruction and the painting sheets with a protected decals is also here: The top box cover is already employed by my Wool Companion: And some parts are off the trees: I want to make as much little subassemblies as possible to speed up the build... As you can see, the seats are already glued and wheels already dry-fitted: The plastic is very good and the fit is well, too. Thanks for looking!
  4. Apologies in advance for another 1/200 build, but this is the largest & most expensive build I've ever attempted, so it warrants documentation. I've been wanting this kit ever since it was announced, and the addition of a full aftermarket kit that could be purchased with all added extras as one unit was ultimately very appealing. Over the last couple of years, I've built three ancient 1/600 Airfix kits for a friend of mine, who decided to buy this kit for me as a thank you. Suffice to say I was over the moon! At this point in time, I'm still working on acquiring the right paints for this kit in its 1944 pre refit camouflage scheme. But with the amount of PE involved, it could be a while before the airbrush comes out at any rate. So without further ado, let's do this... While waiting for the Pontos set to arrive, I did what I could in the meantime which included adding the bulkheads and sanding smooth the plugs on the bottom of the hull. I downloaded a set of Pontos instructions and set about removing the plastic parts as per the instructions. It was way easier than expected. That's all for now, More updates soon! Thanks for looking!
  5. Mig Eater

    Cuban Cigar

    My contribution to the GB will an T-55 variant made by the Cuban army, which removed the normal turret and replaces it with a S-75 Dvina (aka SA-2 Guideline) anti-aircraft missile launcher. It was first seen during a military parade in 2006 & nearly all of the photos I can find are from this one event. There is very little information known about this modification, even the official name is a mystery, it has been refereed to as several different things online such as the T-55/S-75, T-55/SM-90 or the T-55/SA-2. For this build I'll be combining Trumpeter's T-54B & SA-2 kits along with a set of Miniart's RMSh tracks & various small scratch built/3D printed parts. This will be my fourth GB here & so far out of the other three I've only managed to complete one of them! (Note to self: must finish the T92 HMC) This shouldn't be a very complex build so hopefully I can get this one finished in time
  6. My next build is Trumpeter's 1:72 British Wyvern S.4. I'm quite excited about this build as it will be my first kit made by Trumpeter, and it looks fantastic. The box art is stunning, and entice you right in. The instruction booklet is large with clear and beautiful pictures, as is the colour scheme/ decal sheet. There are 5 grey sprues with a nice amount of detail and no flash. There is a small clear sprue, and large decal sheet which contains a film piece for the instrument panel. I plan to build it straight from the box, using Vallejo acrylics, with the wings in folded position. I will use the colour scheme of 830Sqn HMS Eagle, 1956. Time now to give the sprues a wash and set to work
  7. Hello. This is my second chopper build and its in a big scale. 1/35 Trumpeter kit painted in Myanmar Air Force colors. OOB build with some scratch details added. Hope you like it.
  8. Not a bad model from Trumpeter, but definitely one that can be improved upon. The nice things about the kit are; adequate detail in the cockpit with photo etch seat belts, lots of weapons with clear inserts for guided weapons seeker heads, plenty of detail if you want to leave panels open and a nice decal sheet. Metal undercarriage legs are also included along with plastic. Shortcoming of the kit are; difficult to eliminate seam in the engine air intakes and exhaust (unless you use covers like me). Trumpeter completely forgot to include the outer hard points for the air to air missiles despite drawing them into the box art and having the locating holes for them. It is also meant to be built with slats, flaps and all undercarriage doors down, which is incorrect for the Su 25 when on the ground. I have fixed all but the two main gear doors which would take extensive modification to correct. It also pays to drill out the locating tab holes as the fit of the parts is sometimes just too tight and test fitting can rip off the locating pins when you try to separate the parts again. Along with the slats and flaps, I also closed the gun bay, the engine access compartment, the cockpit ladder and speed brakes. These however were easy to do with minimal cutting. All up, it does make into an impressive model, I may still buy the aftermarket outer hard points to mount the K60 aphid missiles as it doesn't look complete without them.
  9. Hello Folks, I wanted to invite you to follow me through the journey with this Trumpeter Swordfish Mk I, as I'm pretty sure you've seen some before. Nevertheless the Stringbag in it's matchbox incarnation was one of my first models I build together with my father way back in the seventies. While I type this, I just can't help slipping into a bit of nostalgia, remembering the three coloured model from their "Orange" range of model, summer holidays in the seventies, the toy shop where I spent a fair amount of my pocket money... (Ok, let's stop here now. For those interested - this one: http://www.matchboxkits.org/product_info.php?cPath=27_35_53&products_id=712) I decided to go for W5984 with the "full" camouflage, mainly as it seems more like the one at the FAA Museum in Yeovilton I visited last year and I hope I can use some pictures for details. As I planned to do this one straight OOB and followed this direction so far, I start here with the body already put together and having received it's clear coat: The pictures are not 100% perfect (I take this as an excuse for considering the acquisition of a nice Macro lens), but you get an idea. I used Lifecolor Dark Green and Dark Seagrey for the camouflage and Revell Sky for the bottom, airbrushed the camouflage pattern from hand and blutack-ed beween upper and lower painting. I'm ok with the result so far, as it comes close to what I imagine as a quick "field paint", applied not in the factory but on an airfield and far from being perfect. Something like the birds from that aera as exhibited, like the Walrus and the Stringbag in Yeovilton.
  10. New tooled 1/48th Sikorski H-34 "US Marines" and "US Navy Rescue" is announced by US company (new to me) Gallery Models. Trumpeter is also reported as the producer of this kit. Source: http://www.cybermode...s/gallery.shtml V.P.
  11. Evening all, My latest completion hot off the bench, Trumpeter's lovely little MiG-29. A mostly trouble free build, the only real effort required was around the intakes and nose. Finished as a Czech example using Hataka Orange Line lacquers, my first foray away from enamels, I won't be looking back! They were infinitely better to use compared to my usual Xtracolor. The decals have silvered in places which is really annoying and takes the shine off the finished model, but it looks OK from a few feet... 1/72 Trumpeter MiG-29A Fulcrum by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr 1/72 Trumpeter MiG-29A Fulcrum by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr 1/72 Trumpeter MiG-29A Fulcrum by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Thanks for looking, comments welcomed Shaun
  12. Dear Colleagues Can any of you understand how Imgur works these days? I cannot find my albums, only a selection of my uploaded photos which Imgur now simply calls 'posts'. So it seems I cannot create albums anymore simply upload my photos as posts? What do others make of it? As a trial here are some photos of the post war Soviet D-44 85 mm field gun From a somewhat bemused modeller Andrew
  13. Hi all! My last model. T-64BV of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Acrylic painted Tamya and AK Real color
  14. HobbyBoss is working on a 1/32nd Douglas A/B-26 Invader family Sources: https://www.facebook.com/groups/767571186705677/permalink/2111108359018613/ https://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?/topic/81228-132-douglas-a-26-invader-from-trumpeterhobbyboss/ V.P.
  15. DeHavilland Sea Vixen FAW2 Trumpeter 1:48 The DeHavilland Sea Vixen was a twin boomed fight designed for use by the Fleet Air Arm in the 1960’s. It was the first British twin seat aircraft that could achieve supersonic speed, although not in level flight. While it was a great improvement over the previous FAA aircraft, it could be difficult to handle and many were lost in crashes during its operational history. The Royal Navy Historic Flight current has the only flight worthy example, although this too had an accident not long ago where its hydraulic system failed and it had to be landed on its belly at RNAS Yeovilton. This caused considerable damage to the underside of the fuselage. Hopefully we will see its wonderful shape in the air again in the future. The Model With the Airfix 1/48 kit now out of production and getting harder to find, modellers may be pleased to see Trumpeter releasing this kit, but be careful what you wish for. I’ve this kit a little while now, and thought it necessary to do a fair bit of research before writing this review as Trumpeter have a reputation for grabbing defeat from the jaws of victory when it comes to British aircraft types. First of all let me say that the moulding is up to the standards we expect from a modern kit, with fine panel lines, recessed and domed rivets where they thought they should be. I say this as there are some spurious panels and fastenings over the surface of the kit. On the wide upper surface of the fuselage some panels aren’t the right shape, and most of those which are fitted with quick release clips in real life don’t have these represented on the model, but more like screw fasteners. Some of the prominent vents don’t appear wide enough, plus the hot air duct around the cockpit is not wide enough. The same can be said for the underside, with none of the panels matching photos of the real aircraft, plus the sides of the airbrake bay at the trailing edge are not quite correct. The panels on the booms are either completely missing, the wrong size or have the wrong fastenings, and the raised rear sections of the booms, where they meet the tailplane aren’t prominent enough, in fact they look like they are part of the boom rather that an addition, with just a panel line where it’s meant to be. The tails are at least accurate in shape, but again the access panels are mostly the wrong shape, size and position, plus the panels on top of the tails are only represented as panel lines of the wrong shape and no fasteners. This goes for the insides as well as the outsides. While the intakes look pretty good, as do the exhausts and nose cone there is something not quite right with the nose section, some areas are too curved while others not curved enough, making other parts look wrong, particularly the navigators hatch, which is then correspondingly too narrow. Whilst in the nose area the cockpits are, shall we say, interesting. They don’t seem to match photos at all, other than general appearance. The cockpits of the Sea Vixen is cramped and very busy, you just don’t get this feeling with the kit example, but I’m sure the aftermarket companies will come to the rescue, even if you can’t see much once installed, there are prominent handles and fittings that are visible with the canopies open. Oh, and don’t get me started with the seats, they are awful and don’t resemble any seat I know and/or have worked on. Moving onto the undercarriage, while the legs are a little simplified they do at least seem to match the real thing. As for the bays, there is some nice detailing within on the roof and sidewalls, as well as the undercarriage doors, and Trumpeter do come close to achieving what’s in the real bays and doors, but they’re still not quite right. The interior of the airbrake bay is better, but appears a little too deep and the equipment not quite in the right place or the right shape even. It’s the same story with the pylons, in that they have an ok shape, although not perfect, but with the spurious panels. The kit comes with four missiles, two Red Top, with clear seeker heads and two Firestreak, with protective covers, why they did this is a mystery as the FAW 2 was generally armed with Red Top, whereas the Firestreak was used mostly by the FAW1, but not worry, that’s not the biggest problem with them, the main wings are of each missile wrong in shape and design. The drop tanks look ok though, if a little skinny. For the sake of completeness I will go through the build process as with my usual reviews. The build begins with the assembly of the nose wheel bay, which is made up from three parts into which the four part undercarriage leg and wheel is attached. The intakes are also assembled, with the single piece intakes being fitted with three piece trunks and two etched parts. The main undercarriage bays are also multi part, with the sidewalls being glued to the roof section. The nose bay, main bays, intakes and the arrester hook bay rear bulkhead are glued into the lower section of the fuselage, followed by the upper fuselage section being glued to the lower. Each of the two ejection seats are made up from five parts, then glued into the cockpit tub, which is then fitted with the longitudinal framework, pilots rudder pedals, joystick and instrument panel, followed by the navigators instrument panel and radar stick. The completed tub is then glued into the upper nose section, along with the navigators side window. The two booms are now assembled, each of two halves. The two piece horizontal tailplane is the glued between the two tails and the whole assembly glued to the fuselage/inner wing assembly, although it might be better to glue the booms in place before adding the horizontal section to keep everything aligned. The upper nose section/cockpit assembly is also glued into position. The outer wing panels, whilst separate are not given the option to be posed in the folded position. Each is made up of upper and lower sections and fitted with the two piece ailerons, PE wing fence, and clear navigation lights before being attached to the fuselage assembly, along with the cockpit HUD, canopy, windscreen, and two piece navigators hatch. The main undercarriage legs are made up of upper and lower sections, to which the two piece wheels are attached before the assembly is glued into position, along with their respective doors. The jet pipes/exhaust are fitted with the rear face of the engines before being slid into the aperture in the fuselage. The separate nosecone, in-flight refuelling boom, front and rear airbrake bay bulkheads, and nosewheel bay doors are then fitted as are the large air-scoops adjacent to the airbrake bay. The missiles and drop tanks are assembled and attached to their respective pylons. They are then glued into their respective positions. The three piece airbrake is then glued into place, as is the three piece arrester hook several aerials and the two pitot probes completing the build. Decals The decal sheet provides markings for the three aircraft. They are very nicely printed, with no sign of carrier film, in good register and nicely opaque. Unfortunately the colour schemes indicated on the painting guide, and thus the colours of the decals, particularly the underside serials are wrong. The problems are mainly due to the undersides being depicted as grey, rather than white, which, given that the provided serials are white and not their correct black, it’s all a bit of a mess. The callouts for the upper-sides are for extra dark sea grey and dark grey, where in fact they were only ever painted in extra dark see grey over white. The options are:- Sea Vixen FAW2, 127/E XJ565 of 890 NAS. Sea Vixen FAW2, 464/C, XN654 of 893 NAS, HMS Centaur, circa 1964 Sea Vixen FAW2, 707/VL, XN647 of 766 NAS, RNAS Yeovilton, circa 1969 Conclusion The Sea Vixen is a very distinctive and surprisingly large aircraft which deserves to be well kitted. Unfortunately, no matter how beautifully moulded the parts are, or how fine the detail if it doesn’t look right then let alone be accurate it does leave the modeller a little flat. I’m sure it will still sell well, and will look the part in a collection viewed from about three feet, but, in my opinion it just doesn’t look right. I’m sure the Sea Vixen experts will have their own opinion, I have only laid out what I think is wrong with the kit. Review sample courtesy o UK Distributors for
  16. Morning All, I'm pleased to say that I've finished my 1/72 Sea Fury. It's mostly the Trumpeter kit, but modified with a bit of scratchbuilding and embellished with a few parts from the Special Hobby kit. A long project that almost didn't make it to the end but I'm glad it did. Modifications, from bow to stern, were: Using the Special Hobby propeller (it's slightly better thank the puny-looking Tumpeter offering, and the Airwaves white metal one is now impossible to find) Rescribing some of the panel lines on the cowling and making the three cowling catches each side out of plastic card) A lot of work to improve the area around the cooling 'gills' behind the exhaust area (both Trumpeter and Special Hobby get this badly wrong) A Pavla cockpit set, and an Eduard late Spitfire gyro gunsignt Polishing off the seam running down the middle the sliding canopy Making the wings in the unfolded state, so filling amd rescribing the fold lines A bit of work in the wheelbays, and moving the undercarriage legs outboard to the correct position Using the Special Hobby main legs and wheels Sanding off the bulges on the main wheel doors Scratchbuilding the small finishing doors out of plastic card (the kit ones are too thick to look decent) Adding extensions to the aileron trim tabs (which may or may not be correct for a Mk 10...) Opening up the external cockput step and handhold on the fuselage Shortening the arrestor hook for a Mk 10 So it was quite a lot of work. The Extra Dark Sea Grey is Xtracrylix, and the Sky is Tamiya. Roundels came from an Airfix Spitfire 22 kit, serials and JR tail code from Xtradecal Sea Fury sheet, big fuselage numbers from a generic Xtradecal sheet (the bespoke Sea Fury sheet ones are too big), and stencils from Print Scale. The latter are a bit hit & miss but the best I could find. But enough chatter, here are some photos: Here you can see where I've moved the legs outboard, withe the jacks no longer fitting into the mounting holes in the wheel bay. This area might have been Hawker Yellow rather than sky, but no bother. Two photos of the subject: Here is the original Trumpeter shape around the cooling gills: And my effort to correct it: The Pavla Cockpit is nice: Hope you like it. Justin
  17. This was an entirely unexpected new release revealed by Trumpeter at the 59th Japan Model - the Cairo Class Royal Navy Anti-Aircraft Cruiser in 1.350 Scale which although announced in the 2019 Catalogue was not provided with any early pre-release box art from the normal artist that Trumpeter usually used Randall Wilson who has a facebook page , where you can see the artwork painting being produced note this is a FAR BETTER and clearer high resolution photo taken at the show of the RN cruiser interestingly Trumpeter seem to have provided the correct quadruple pom--pom mounting for the ship ( unlike the Tribal Class Destroyer which was wrongly given a octuple 8 barrel mounting ) anyway enjoy ! kind regards to the Forum
  18. Not in the new Trumpeter's catalogue but in the IPMS Philippines homepage. Trumpeter is to release in 2016 2019-2020 a 1/48th Chengdu J-20 kit - ref 05811 To put alongside the Hobby Boss 1/48th YF-23 kit, I suppose? http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234934034-148-northrop-yf-23-black-widow-by-hobby-boss-released Source: http://ipmsphilippines.com/test-shots/testshot-trumpeter-148th-chinese-stealth-jet-j-20/ V.P.
  19. Well I suppose I ought to show my intended build, seeing as the GB is my idea. I've been through quite a few different choices in my head as to what subject to build and am still not 100% sure which scheme to finish her in but I have at least decided which aircraft to build and have settled on Trumpeter's 1/48 Chengdu J-7B, what could be more appropriate than an Asian manufactured model of an Asian manufactured aircraft in Asian markings? The kit looks to be quite nice with good surface detailing and a fairly well equipped cockpit OOTB and comes with markings for 2 aircraft in PLAAF markings, the choice of colour scheme is like an T model Ford in reverse, any colour you want as long as it is white! Anyway onto the kit itself and starting with the ubiquitous box and contents shots. The box; And the contents, still sealed in their plastic bags; Quite a few parts for what is a reasonably small aircraft. I must congratulate Trumpeter for the way they have protected the clear sprues, they are wrapped in a foam packing and then sealed in their own little plastic bags, this absolutely removes any chance of accidental damage and really is to be applauded. you can see one sprue unwrapped and one still wrapped in the picture below, along with the dreaded rubber tyres (why?); The kit decal sheet looks to be well printed and is in perfect register; And a look at one of the options from the sheet, the other is identical apart from the aircraft's number; I wasn't over keen on an all white aircraft to begin with so I bought some aftermarket decals by Aztec which cover first generation Mig-21's and J-7's (actually F-7's when expported) which has some nice options on it; Only one of the options is appropriate for our GB, that being this one flown by the Bangladeshi Air Force from 1989 onwards; It was flown by 35 Squadron the "Thundercats", not sure which of the Thundercats flew it but my money is on either Lion-O or Tygra, Snarf couldn't reach the rudder pedals. So at some point I will need to decide which scheme to finish it in but as the aircraft are essentially identical I don't need to decide until the painting stage, and a weathered all white aircraft is growing on me. Thanks for looking in and as usual all comments and criticisms are gratefully received. Craig.
  20. A simple diorama for my 1/35 LAV-A2 by Trumpeter, with Black Dog accessories and two Miniart USMC Tank Crew figures. Had originally considered doing it coming up a beach, but the beach sand texture from AK Interactive was...less than impressive. it lacked texture and cracked up, feeling more like an air dry clay in the end. So I re-purposed a Mig Ammo grass mat from another planned build for this one. Still not entirely happy with my lighting setup, especially since it seems to highlight every known scrap of dust that I cannot see with my naked eye >< Anywho, onto the pics Thanks for looking, Gaz
  21. Hello I have finished this couple of 1/72 Trumpeter early U.S. Army P-40s. This kit is not the best but as I had them in my stash it was the opportunity. First I built a very early P-40 with only two machine guns in the wings and from the 20th Pursuit Group in California at the beginning of 1941. AT the time there used to be stars upon and under both wings and a striped rudder. Next come a P-40B from the 15th Pursuit Group based on Wheeler Field, Hawaï on December 5th, 1941. This one had only stars on upper port and under starboard wings, and no more rudder stripes. There are 4 guns in the wing leading edge. You could see I have used different colours for these two kits as I wanted to mark the differences between Olive Drab 31 and Grey 33 for the P-40 and the Olive Drab 41 and Neutral Gray 43 for the P-40B. Comments are welcome. Patrick
  22. Hello, built oob. Painted with Revell Auqa Color. cheers Peter
  23. Time for a new project; The 1/350 HMS Hood with some aftermarket add-ons; Artworx wooden deck; Flyhawk PE and Trumpeter after market set (mainly for the barrels; Eduard PE along with Northstar secondary guns mounts, Vickers MGs, searchlights and bridge equipment and White Ensign replacement turrets; It's going to be a long project and it's a bit hard to know where to start really - so started on the hull; Removed the moulded degausing cable and drilled the scuttles to give a bit more depth - some where filled and replaced using various photos as references along with the hawse pipe hull openings; Scrapped away the moulded chain and drilled the deck hawse pipe openings; Fore deck fitted with the bow full of filler - when it's dry I'll try and drill the hawse pipes to connect hull and deck openings. Never tried it before but if it doesn't work the anchors and gratings will cover it, so worth a go; Thanks for looking. Cheers Nick
  24. I wasn't really sure where to post this, since the humble box doesn't really fit any particular genre. Mods, feel free to move this if you wish. While I'm no expert, there's something fascinating about the quotidian ubiquity of shipping containers. I've built a couple before (see here) but I was never happy with the colour of the CSLU box. I recently chanced upon an online store which sold appropriate "Reef Green" paint so I thought I'd have another go. If you'll indulge me, I'll post a few reference shots and some WIP of the box itself. Abandoned Shipping Container by Matt Grommes, on Flickr 2016 - China - Yangtze River - China Shipping by Ted McGrath, on Flickr MMNU Mobile Mini BV 20ft Container by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr I really like the Hazmat ghosts on the side of this (storage in our local co-op) Dutch rental unit and that's something I'd like to try and replicate. MMNU Mobile Mini BV 20ft Container by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr So, some model progress shots: 1/35 20ft Container by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr 1/35 20ft Container by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr 1/35 20ft Container by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr 1/35 20ft Container by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr 1/35 20ft Container by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Just visible in that last shot is the only addition I've made so far, a couple of door stops to keep the doors level with the ends.
  25. Working on the basis that if I start a thread I'll have to at least attempt the build, here is my effort for this GB. It's one of a surprising number of Trump-Boss kits of Chinese armour and vehicles that are often incredibly cheap. This is the box: To keep you going until the weekend and the sprue shots and what have you, here's a little background culled from Wikipedia: The Type 89 (designated as ‘’’PTZ-89’’’) tracked tank destroyer was a Chinese armoured vehicle developed by Norinco in the 1980s, entering service in 1988. Armed with a 120mm smoothbore gun, it was intended to combat newer generations of Western and Russian main battle tanks. Despite a successful development process, with the end of the Cold War it became apparent that the weapon was no longer needed. Production was halted in 1995 after around 100 examples had been built. It had several shortcomings, including thin armour, high maintenance costs and an unstabilised gun that could not fire on the move. It was phased out in favour of anti-tank guided missiles. It looks to share a chassis with the Type 83 152mm SPH which itself bears more than a passing resemblance to the Soviet 2S3 152mm SPG. Truly there is nothing new under the sun. Andy
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