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Will there also be resin T-34 tracks?  While the plastic tracks are pretty good, I am quite interested in Rubicon's planned range of extra-detailed replacement tracks.
Good point. To my shame I have not got the existing tank destroyers, but the original T34 tracks do lack detail on the inner surface.

Showcase & Gallery / Re: Jimmys WIP Thread
« on: Today at 03:53:29 PM »
That looks good. Following Ballardian's idea, you might want to add the lever on top of the breech.

As mentioned above, you just need to give the impression

What thickness rod did you use? I have 0.4mm (4mm scale handrails), 0.7mm (7mm scale handrails) and 1.0 and 1.5mm (various reinforcement and gun barrels).

By the way, are you going to call your M18 "Patsy" (or more obscurely "Rachel")?

Showcase & Gallery / Re: UVS models
« on: Today at 03:34:19 PM »
I was inspired by Ballardian's rain cover (I had seen models with hand rails but thought that was too much "chrome" for a last ditch piece of kit).

Interior will be in two stages, one is the addition of a radio, two boxes of something, two gas mask cases and the tube for the sight.

The second will be the crew, as that will require possible scratch building and I would like to have the model painted soon. I will leave the turret unglued to allow access.

Oh, and formal apology to Ripley, my excuse was I had not seen the instructions and thought the gun mount parts were on the outside and that the  socket for the locating piece was the sight opening (I did wonder why the loader had a widget above the  turret top, at least I did not claim it was a machine gun mount ^__^).

Showcase & Gallery / Re: UVS models
« on: Today at 03:17:03 AM »
There are not many kits that you can dry fit, resin or otherwise.

I have not started gluing anything else together yet.

I have added rods for some soft stowage on the rear plate and a jerry can.

The hull needs disassembly before painting and I still need to detail the turret.

Showcase & Gallery / Re: WIP Rubicon Shermans
« on: Today at 01:08:36 AM »
Well done, very nice.

Showcase & Gallery / Re: Jimmys WIP Thread
« on: April 23, 2018, 08:15:59 PM »
Yup, colour is weird (I did a two day course on it back in the 'eighties, I felt no wiser afterwards).

Lighting is important, I did some comparisons here:

Sorry, real life interfered and interrupted  my ramblings.

One of the reasons why smaller things look darker is how our brains interpret things, binocular vision only works out to a short distance after that ranging is dependent on how things appear (which is why 3D films often look odd). Reversing the logic if you have a smaller version of an object, your brain takes the size cues and reinterprets what the eye sees.

Photographs are dependent on the recording media, chemical recordings vary dependent on temperature, processing and other settings. Digital recording adds software processing at the recording stage and the "developing" stage.

Unless you are using RAW together with fixed exposure and aperture settings, it is difficult to get consistent colours.

Would be nice to get a small and large hatch version

You are a spoiled kid... by us, lol.
You know us so well...

Work In Progress / Re: Digital Sculpts - British Helmets 180422
« on: April 22, 2018, 03:09:52 PM »
Something British... at work!

Drinking tea!
The Boiling Vessel is a distinctive feature of British vehicles and the envy of the world! Though we have to store the milk in the American's walk in fridges....

Good to see work on this, we will need helmets with and without heads. I must have a look at  Warrior 183.

Large hatch hull (no cut out on rear plate)?

Lots of complex curves.

Work In Progress / Re: The Krupp-Steyr Waffentr├Ąger in resin
« on: April 22, 2018, 02:56:59 AM »
Nice job.

Good idea on fixing the crew to the breech.

Is that a release on the right side of the breech?

Showcase & Gallery / Re: Airfix Model World - May 18 (issue 90)
« on: April 22, 2018, 02:33:13 AM »
Well done.

Showcase & Gallery / Re: Jimmys WIP Thread
« on: April 21, 2018, 05:12:24 AM »
I have used Citadel Agrax Earthshade and the camoshade on them, earthshade for the grubbier ones.

General Discussions / Re: Citroen 11CV
« on: April 21, 2018, 02:48:42 AM »

Showcase & Gallery / Re: Tracks' M4 Medium tank thread
« on: April 19, 2018, 11:39:45 PM »
Company B used to do an upgrade kit for Abram's later Thunderbolt, now they just do the kit.

Showcase & Gallery / Re: Tracks' M4 Medium tank thread
« on: April 19, 2018, 11:18:44 PM »
The M4A4, or the Sherman with the lengthened hull. Another important version, I agree! However, a plastic M4A4 (Sherman V) kit is available to us. It is made by PSC for Warlord Games, and while it might not be of Rubicon Models excellence, it is still a pretty good plastic model kit, and so much better than any resin kit.
I have two each of the two Sherman Vs (though only one finished and one under construction):

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