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I think I'll try to squeeze this one in.  It says 'Finnish Army' on the box...

No decals...I might try to hand paint something...not sure I'll get to the  anti-aircraft gun...I'll give it a go!

 

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Sprue tomorrow...

 

--John

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.... and another build...you really are having fun.

 

An interesting choice as well, quite an unusual looking truck with the armoured front to it.  Looks like they "borrowed" the AA gun.....Desert colours?

 

Good luck with this....I managed to catch the start of a build for a change. :D

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An interesting combination. Looks like the truck was one of the ones modified in Leningrad in the second half of 1941 and then captured by the Finns.

 

IZ Trucks Leningrad

 

I would have expected the gun to be Panzer Grey in 1941, but the more I research these things the more I find exceptions so who knows? Either way, I'll join up and follow this one, your builds are always worthwhile :)

 

Andy 

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Thanks for that link @Foxbat.  I have bookmarked it for further research.  

 

Meanwhile, back at the bench...

 

I will start here...

 

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All the parts need careful removal from the sprue and then even more careful cleaning of flash, little blobs of plastic that don't belong, etc...Yes...it's one of those kits.

 

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But it all came together alright.

 

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Next up...the wheels...yikes!  Flash city.  And I made a small error, due to enthusiasm more than anything else.  I don't need all the wheels they have supplied.  This mould is obviously also for the AAA GAZ truck with four sets of dual wheels...but I forgot that and started cleaning them all up until I realized I had too many!  😆

 

There is some detail in there...

 

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Once cleaned. they looked much better.  If you're wondering why they are white, I gave them a light dusting of white primer.  It makes it easier to discern detail from flash.

 

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Let's look here now...

 

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Yikes again...easily cleaned...

 

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And together. The required some finessing and blue language but it looks ok.  

 

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So far, so good.  I have been contemplating colour schemes and I might skip the elaborate camo on the box top and go for the basic Soviet Green.  I will hand paint some Finnish markings in blue or something maybe.  Mud and dust, yes...

 

--John

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A fair amount of assembly has happened.  The cab onto the chassis; the rear 'wooden' truck box is together; and the supports that go beneath the box onto the chassis.

 

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All of this required a fair amount of fettling and cleaning before the pieces fit properly.  Note that the two cross beams are not the same.  The notches in one are closer together than the other because the chassis is not a right angle.  It narrows slightly as it goes forward, if that makes sense.  I.e., make sure to attach part 55 in front of part 53.  

 

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And here I am now...I daubed a bit of PPP around the edges of the cab and sanded it a bit.  I'm about ready for some final bits of assembly and maybe some paint.

 

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--John

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I've sprayed the Russian Green (whatever that is...!) on the truck and Have attached the headlamps.  I painted the inside silver and have added a dollop of Revell Clear to it.  It'll dry clear, as we know.  

 

Wheels...

 

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Front bit...

 

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I'm about ready for the final assembly, markings and weathering.  

 

--John

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@reini wanted to now about the FLAK gun...

 

Yikes.  Lots of flash.  Soft, semi brittle plastic, impossibly small parts (with flash)...So I guess the answer is 'yes'...I will build the gun.  I still have 15 days until the GB ends after all!

 

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I became so engrossed with the process that I built quite a lot of it before I stopped and took some pictures.  OK, I also had to go out and meet some friends for the local pub quiz last night (my team won).  

 

Drilling, sanding, filing, clamping...Fettling to the Nth degree.

 

I cleaned up and assembled the guns, with their magazines.  That was tricky, especially the barrels which were flashy and still are not perfect.  I also assembled the centre piece that holds the guns on place, with the sighting mechanism, the seat...etc...I'll see what it all looks like today and how to proceed.

 

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I think I will paint this Panzer Grey even thought the box art has a more Afrika Korp look to it.  

 

--John

 

 

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Fettle, fettle and more fettling on a rainy weekend...I am building the FLAK gun in components.  Then I will paint the components and assemble them.  The instructions say 'Sand'...Could it be that along worth all the tropical 109 Gustavs, the Finns also received AK surplus?  I imagine anything is possible.  OK.  I'll go for the desert look.  Anyway...2 hours of sanding, trimming, filing, sanding some more...at one point I had two hobby knives, a pair of snips, two pairs of tweezers, one multi-side sanding stick, cocktail sticks, and four metal files all on the bench.  Madness.  CA and regular cement...insanity.  The guns and extra magazines are painted gunmetal but not photographed.

 

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And the end result.  All ready for paint.  

 

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--John

 

 

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This is coming together quickly.  I predict a gallery entry by Sunday evening.

 

Vallejo Air Sand (Ivory)...

 

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Tires need some rubber, assembly, etc...

 

I used some of the sand colour on the truck as well...and some darker brown.  I like it.

 

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--John

 

 

 

 

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8 hours ago, John Masters said:

Sand'...Could it be that along worth all the tropical 109 Gustavs, the Finns also received AK surplus?

The German Panzer yellow had nothing to do with the Afrika Korps, it was adopted after , I think, the first summer in Russia when it was found that the Panzer grey stood out like the proverbial against the sun bleached grass of the steppes.

 

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On 12/11/2021 at 8:46 PM, modelling minion said:

Really nice work John on an unusual subject.

You have done a great job of cleaning up all the parts, there was almost enough flash to make another kit!

Thanks Craig.  After attempting to assemble the FLAK components, I made an executive decision to abandon that element of the kit.  It was just not coming together well.  I think it was a case of poorly moulded plastic with too much detail...See for yourself.I am very unhappy with both the kit and my handling.  So there.

 

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The truck, on the other hand, looks fine and I have added some stuff in the back.

 

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What I have done is order the Italeri German small cannon set from the LHS and it should arrive here mid-week.  It has a FLAK 38 and from what I have seen online the plastic is better, a better kit.  I might cannabalize some bits from the current gun, but for the most part it is going in the bin.  Still plenty of time in this GB...

 

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--John

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Really sorry to hear that you have had to stop building the Flak 38 John, especially as you were so close to completing it but I completely understand as sometimes you need to draw a line in a build when it gets too much like hard work. Hopefully the replacement by Italeri will be better quality. I like the selection of stores in the back of the truck, very nice.

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Probably the right decision John.  Looking at the parts on the sprue, it was clearly quite a poor mould.  Frankly I think it was something of a minor miracle and great skill that you got those four guns off the sprue without them breaking into two or three pieces.

 

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7 hours ago, Andwil said:

Frankly I think it was something of a minor miracle and great skill that you got those four guns off the sprue without them breaking into two or three pieces.

 

AW

Well...one barrel did snap, but only after it was off the sprue and I was trying to clean a bit of sprue gate off the piece.  Thanks for the vote of confidence, however!

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A good decision. I thought you managed to clean up the parts very well but seeing it all together now... it just doesn't look anywhere near convincing. The Italeri version must be better!

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On 12/13/2021 at 9:13 AM, JeroenS said:

The Italeri version must be better!

I hope so!  I am picking up the kit today at the local courier.  I'll get into it later, I hope.  From what I have seen on line, the pieces are simpler and moulded better.

 

Here are the instructions.  

 

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The kit also comes with a couple of soldiers and some extra bits.  I think, since the Finns used German-looking uniforms, I might use one of the guys.  I'll throw the MP-42 in the back of the truck. 👍

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Here's the cannon trio from Italeri...

 

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The pieces I'll be using...

 

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Pretty simple instructions...

 

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Pretty quick work.  There was some flash but it was easily sanded/trimmed...

 

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The figures are moulded pretty well too.  I may use one or two.

 

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-John

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