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Work In Progress / Re: M4 Sherman - M4A2 Large Hatch 170816
« on: Today at 09:44:28 PM »
Have not updated our project progress for a while.  The M4A2 moulds are done and are now going through QC.
Unlike our M4A3/M4A3E8, there will be two products for the M4A2:

280054 M4A2(76)W - mounted with a 76mm gun, this kit can be assembled into either a small or large hatch
M4A2(76)W.  And by using the spare tracks from our M4A3/M4A3E8 (280042), you can convert this Sherman
into an M4A2(76)W HVSS too!

280055 M4A2 Sherman / Sherman Mk III - mounted with a 75mm gun, this kit can be made into either a small
or large hatch M4A2.  It can also be assembled into a British M4A2, the Sherman Mk III, as well.


Work In Progress / Re: Production Schedule - Updated 170521
« on: Today at 04:05:15 PM »
When do we get a preliminary list of what is in 3Q2017?  We are now half way through the third quarter!

Thanks for the reminder... info updated.
Please check the first post!


Work In Progress / Re: LVT Project - LVT-4 Cargo Bay Details 170814
« on: August 14, 2017, 04:41:59 PM »
Not the wooden slat seats - they are French.  I mean the flat panels along the interior walls - you have them on your design.  They look as though they might fold down.
Has anyone considered how hard it must have been to stand up in these things in any kind of rough seas?  There are no handholds or anything inside.

Don't think they are seats, but flat panels for access to the wheel assembly outside of the LVT.  Here is a close up photo...

Work In Progress / Re: LVT Project - LVT-4 Cargo Bay Details 170814
« on: August 14, 2017, 01:14:41 PM »
Nor could I work out if those panels along the side walls are folding seats.  They seem too flimsy.

Already confirmed the folding bench seats are of French origins during the Indochina war.  No worries.

Work In Progress / Re: LVT Project - LVT-4 Cargo Bay Details 170814
« on: August 14, 2017, 12:30:50 PM »
Thank you all for contributing to the details of the LVT-4 cargo bay.
After much search for photos and cross-references, we have finally
confirmed our speculation regarding the LVT-4 cargo bay details.
This is our best guess of what it should look like...


Don't forget the D and early A had the jack mounted under the exhausts

The jack design is in such a way you can mount it horizontally or vertically on the designated area.  So no worries.  ;)

Nice stuff.  But consider whether it's worth putting this much effort into this aspect of the kit when there are other (relatively minor) inaccuracies that are arguably more in need of attention.  Are these going to be on an extra sprue or are you revising an existing sprue?  Cos the gun barrel is on the same sprue as the tracks...

@Pinky - What do you think?  The truth is out there...  ;)

The "tail" of three panthers...


Besides changes made to the Panther track links, we are adding various rear exhaust options too!
Hope you like them all!  ;)


While you're looking at the Panther, could you tweak the fit of the engine deck where it meets the rear hull wall?  There is a gap there which is hard to avoid.  It'd also be good if you could improve the way the nose assembles, so that the interlocking armour effect is better defined.  And maybe refine the gun barrel, so it's a bit thicker and properly circular.  There are a few other points, which would improve the accuracy of the Ausf D in particular. 

We are not going to redo the Panther at this point, just minor tweak to the tracks.  If we are to make changes as you suggested, the alternations are worth redoing a new tank (or moulds).

This is the updated track links:


Showcase & Gallery / Re: DAK Diorama for Britcon 2017
« on: August 11, 2017, 01:49:52 PM »
The quality of the painting etc does tend to highlight the shortcomings in the Panzer III kit.  Especially when compared to the half-track and truck.

As you know, the Panzer III kit is one of our earliest kits.  Going to get replaced by two (or three) new kits next year... no worries!

Showcase & Gallery / Re: DAK Diorama for Britcon 2017
« on: August 11, 2017, 09:17:27 AM »
More of this amazing diamora...


Showcase & Gallery / DAK Diorama for Britcon 2017
« on: August 10, 2017, 02:26:34 PM »
Diorama by our Community Rep, Steve Perry, for Britcon this coming weekend in Manchester, UK (Aug 11 to 13).
...and yes, all figures, vehicles, and stowage are from Rubicon Models, except for the trees!  ;)


From several sources, there were 4 different track designs (or patterns) being used by the Panther throughout Ausf D, A, and then G.  Might be a mix of track links for left and right side during field repairs.  Going to dig into this deeper!

Apparently it had left and right handed tracks.

Really? That explains all the confusing track photos. However, there were some with the same track patterns on both sides!

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