ColonelKrypton Posted February 6, 2022 Share Posted February 6, 2022 (edited) I have been following the fabulous scratch builds of @Model Mate and @Gorby of WW1 AFV's and was smitten with the itch to scratch. Following @Model Mate lead of turning card model designs into plastic scratch built models, I had a good look at the free to download card model designs on http://www.landships.info/landships/models.html I was looking for something with simple lines that shouldn't be too difficult or take too long as there is an upcoming group build starting in March that I want to participate in. After much thought the die was cast and the Poplavko Jeffery armoured looked like an interesting subject. I decided that I would have a go at scratching a Poplavko Jeffery armoured car. It's design met my criteria and as a bonus there didn't seem to be too much reference material around which should lessen the desire to add infinite layers of extra details. In fact, after spending a lot time looking at the designs of these early WW1 armoured cars I seem to have developed a desire to build not just one but quite likely several more. The card model is a design by Andriy Romanchuk. It is quite well done but there are no instructions which will require a bit of extra thinking on how all the bits and pieces will fit together once converted from card to bits of sheet styrene. It was also in 1/43 scale so required scaling to make in my chosen scale of 1/35. http://www.landships.info/landships/models.html# A bit of background - in a nutshell and some links This armoured car was developed by the commander of the 26th APV, staff Captain Victor Poplavko and the first prototype built in November 1915, and deployed on the South-Western Front. It was an improvised armoured truck was based on the American Jeffery Quad 2-ton 2x2 truck chassis. The Jeffery Quad was also known as the Nash Quad. The Quad became quite popular during World War I and was used by the USA, Russia, France, and Britain and was built in quite large numbers; apparently over 11,000 in 1918 alone. There were 31 examples built of the Poplavko Jeffery armoured car. Lukgraph in Poland made not only a nice kit of the Poplavko Jeffery armoured car, they also produced a couple of different kits of the Nash Quad as well. https://lukgraph.pl/en_GB/p/Jeffery-Poplavko/100 https://lukgraph.pl/en_GB/p/Jeffery-Quad-Ammunition-truck/96 https://lukgraph.pl/en_GB/p/Nash-Quad-Artillery-truck/76 http://derela.pl/jeffery.htm http://icvi.at.ua/forum/87-374-1 https://www.tanks-encyclopedia.com/ww1/russia/Poplavko-Jeffery.php http://pioneerflightmuseum.org/vehicles/quad.html For my build I will be using the Evergreen kit First Steps First step was to scale the 1/43 scale card model to 1/35, an enlargement of approximately 122%. Once the enlarged drawing was printed I could begin cutting outing various bits and pieces as patterns and try and figure out how everything will fit together. And then onto cutting some sheet styrene. So far my enthusiasm is running high. Simple design should make for a simple and relatively quick build. Will I be able to maintain that high level of interest long enough to finish this build? Will I get stuck on some minor detail and endlessly fuss for days and get nowhere? Stay tuned - to be continued in part 2. cheers, Graham Edited March 21, 2022 by ColonelKrypton update 13 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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