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Showcase & Gallery / Steel wheel Panther F conversion WIP
« on: May 24, 2017, 01:47:53 AM »
The Company B E-50 I'm expecting soon comes with a spare schmalturm, so I thought I'd have another bash at a Panther F, this time giving it the steel wheels the first one lacked. Thanks to being able to acquire the tracks/wheels from the Rubicon Tiger (many thanks Captain Blood) & with a Panther G in hand I thought I'd have a stab at swapping the wheels.
 The first issue is that Panther & tiger roadwheels were different sizes (the Panther's were slightly bigger), which required that the newly liberated tiger wheels needed to have a band of (in this case very thin plasticard)added to increase their diameter/circumference. I then had to extend the axles of the innermost set of wheels in order to securely fit the outermost.
 The Panther wheels that were attached to the tracks had to be removed & replaced with the Tiger ones  - & thats about it for the tracks (aside from a bit of tidying).
 It'll probably get additional armour plates on the rear deck/intakes & turret roof & some Thoma skirts (I've found some fine woven steel mesh which'll look the part) Hopefully this project can be fitted around the others currently on the go - will post pics as it comes along.

General Discussions / An approach to optional Zimmerit
« on: May 13, 2017, 01:29:57 AM »
 The Modelling News posted pictures fron the Shizouka Hobby Show, a couple of which demonstrated Tamiya's new  1/35 Brummbar kit - this contained extremely effective Zimmerit, in the form of a textured decal. While not the first example of this approach, it does clearly demonstrate how good it can look.
 Given the number of vehicles that could be depicted with Zim (Pz III, IV, StuGs, PJg IV's Panthers & Tigers - I & II with their tank hunter variants) it seems a viable approach, likely to be better & more user friendly at 1/56 than PE or resin add-ons. I don't know what it costs to produce the textured decals compared to the other approaches, but the potential quality of the results must make it worth investigating.

Showcase & Gallery / Panther Ausf F with Sperber IR gear
« on: September 11, 2016, 08:12:36 PM »
Finally got round to finishing the Panther F, it was a fun project with both elements (the Rubicon Panther G & the Heer 46 Ausf F turret & IR gear) being excellent.

Wish Lists / Armoured cars/recon vehicles
« on: August 01, 2016, 11:34:10 PM »
 Though I'm sure it's been brought up in the past, I'd like to put a vote in for some armoured cars/recon vehicles. There are a number of subjects very popular with modellers & gamers, which would be the obvious place to start - the German 8 rads (232, 234 & variants. I'd imagine it would be possible to do the 234/1 & 234/2 as a single kit, with the 234/3 & 234/4 as an add-on sprue) being one such. A Staghound (currently only available in resin) or Daimler Mk1 would be popular British choices (though Humbers, AEC & even the Marmon Herrington would have their fans too).
 The US are reasonably well catered for in ACs/recon in plastic, (with both your & WGs M8/M20/T8 options) though a White Scout Car could see multiple use. Which leaves the Soviets & the BA series which also have numerous fans.
(Personally, if you've got a PzKpfw 38t in the pipe, a SdKfz140/1 would be very welcome.)

Wish Lists / Applique/extra armour kits for late model Shermans
« on: July 14, 2016, 11:32:07 PM »
As you're currently updating your Sherman, I was wondering if I could put a vote in for some upgraded armour, as by the end of '44 increasing numbers of late model M4's were having various types of extra protection added. what I had in mind was mainly the extra plate welded to the vehicle glacis (rather than  the sandbag or concrete type reinforcement that was also common).
 I'd imagine that it would be an easy addition to any planned upgrade sprue, being simple flat plates - I know that this would be a fairly easy plasticard conversion, but its simplicity would surely also make it easy to add to any planned sprue.

Here's a 1/35 example from Verlinden

Showcase & Gallery / 251D & Blitz
« on: July 08, 2016, 02:33:32 AM »
Really enjoyed painting a bunch of Heer transports recently, both WG & Rubicon versions of 251Ds & Blitzs, along with a WG Horch & a 234/2. Given the shared camo schemes, the soft skins with one type, the 251s & 234/2 another, it was possible to get a nice batch painting production line going which made surprisingly light work of it.

Showcase & Gallery / Panther F WIP
« on: May 26, 2016, 11:59:26 PM »
 Here's the beginning of my Panther F, using your excellent Ausf G kit with Heer46's equally splendid Ausf F turret.
  So far It's only received a dunkelgelb base, (thought I'd try panel modulation) but will eventually recieve a late pattern DB        ambush camo scheme.

General Discussions / Turret attachment scale model vs. gamer approach
« on: December 07, 2014, 10:49:44 PM »
Firstly, have your Panther G & it's a great kit (my only wish is for a set of steel resilient wheels for the very late models) my question is to whether the standard 'bayonet' type method for attaching the turret to the hull is the best way to go for a gaming model.
 Gamers, unlike scale modellers, tend to rotate the turrets on their vehicles - in fact most of the WWII game systems I've seen (Bolt Action, Secrets of the Third Reich etc) have turret rotation & armour facings as part of their mechanic - & herein lies the problem. The standard scale model type attachment tends towards the snug - particularly after some paint is applied. This can easily result in damage to your meticulously applied paintjob or even a turret that is impossible to rotate.
 I would suggest that you consider the method by which resin vehicle manufacturers fit their turrets - an indent in the hull with a corresponding large diameter peg on the turret base - both of which could have a small recess suitable for a magnet (as present in 15mm Flames of War tanks - for subsequent releases.
 Looking forward to more of your excellent kits, (particularly the 251 & Stuka Zu Fuss variants) keep up the good work!

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