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Wish Lists / LRDG 30cwt Chevrolet truck
« on: March 22, 2018, 05:22:12 PM »
An iconic vehicle for the LRDG, with various weapon loads.

Now I wonder if I have a photograph of the IWM example.

Inspired by Captain Blood's  CMP.

Wish Lists / Modified hulls and other "small" variations
« on: December 20, 2017, 04:34:08 PM »
The discussion on the JPanzer 38 thread relating to the the proposed Recce version upper hull has promoted a number of other ideas by my fellow contributers.

I just thought that a wishlist thread might be a better place.

I was thinking of variants where the component change was minimal, similar to the JPanzer 38. So a Priest conversion would not fit, but an ARV or BARV would (even though the latter is a new hull or large overlay).

Next post is something that went through my head last night.

Wish Lists / US T2X series prototypes.
« on: December 13, 2017, 03:18:15 AM »
While I was building the M4A4E8, I had placed the turret on the chassis while I wa working on the upper hull.

What intrigued me was its resemblance to the T2X series of tank prototypes, especially the T23 (the source of the 76mm turret).

This would be an interesting composite model, using Sprue A and D for the turret and tracks and a resin upper hull and transmission cover.

Wish Lists / Who do you want to see?
« on: November 24, 2017, 09:03:16 PM »
Having watched The Death of Stalin, I wondered about a Jason Isaacs version of Zhukov.

Another would be a certain Canadian actor playing a tank commander with a positive attitude.

So who else would you like to see? Historical or theatrical.

Wish Lists / Roto trailer
« on: August 31, 2017, 04:01:45 PM »
If only for entertainment value.

Roto Trailer - filled with ammo and fuel ( in wheels ! ) towed by Valentine / Churchill tanks - seen in North Africa

Wish Lists / C15TA Armoured Truck
« on: August 09, 2017, 04:15:52 PM »
Based on the CMP 15 hundredweight truck.

Only thought of it because of:

Not sure about how much of your existing work can be reused.

There is also the Otter.

Wish Lists / Windscreens and windows
« on: August 03, 2017, 03:09:07 PM »
With the increasing number of Rubicon models of softskin vehicles, is there an opportunity to develop a method of supplying the windows, initially as an add on, later as part of the kit.

Conventional moulded windows are excessively thick and have strange edge effects, hand cut windows exceed the skills of some modellers (like me).

I wondered if there was a potential technology that could manufacture reasonably priced windscreens and windows?

General Discussions / Tank Museum Tank Chats: Crusader
« on: July 06, 2017, 03:12:21 PM »
The Tank Museum posts short videos about its exhibits on YouTube.

They are worth a look.

Wish Lists / Daimler Dingo
« on: February 21, 2017, 01:04:28 AM »
This has been mentioned before, in lists and as a combo with the larger Lynx.

I mention it as it has turned up on prime time Sunday night viewing on the BBC.

As a very long lived vehicle, it is useful for British and Commonwealth forces, and was also used by German forces.

General Discussions / Post war French Panthers
« on: February 12, 2017, 06:50:24 PM »
The French Army used Panthers post war (one might have got as far as Indochina).

Does anyone know what colour they were painted?

I was thinking of getting a Panther A and utilising some of the French decals.

I do need to get another Panther G for a Cuckoo clone.

General Discussions / Happy New Year
« on: January 27, 2017, 04:34:04 PM »
Looking forward to what you create this year.

General Discussions / Books
« on: January 08, 2017, 06:52:38 PM »
If you are in the UK, The Works (suppliers of cheap books, hobby supplies and tat) have a number of the Haynes Manuals cheap.

Of particular note is the Tiger Tank book:

Interesting photographs of the restoration of Tiger 131.

Wish Lists / Soviet Stowage
« on: January 05, 2017, 06:38:36 PM »
There must be a lot of Soviet specific stowage.

Besides various ammunition boxes, rocket boxes would be good for stowing on the rear mudguards of the Studebaker (there are photographs of them in the Tankograd Studebaker book).

Bedframe spaced armour might be useful. Both sprues could be used to equip one tank.

Replacement fuel drums (based on the improved ones from the tank destroyer kit).


Snow shoes?

Wish Lists / Allied Stowage set 2 wishlist
« on: January 04, 2017, 06:11:51 PM »
Having combined AN Other's Sherman kit with Rubicon's stowage, these are some of my wish list items for a second Allied Stowage set:

Individual Sherman track pieces to be combined on the turret.

Three link spare track rack for the Sherman glacis

Tools, specifically those for Shermans including the big tension wrench thing.

Water bottles, individual and in groups.

Small arms ammo boxes.

British tanker helmets

Fire extinguishers

Tank and artillery rounds including the tubes.

Smoke mortar (external fitting)

Smoke dischargers (pair).

Spare track unit for M5 for rear of hull

Churchill track links (and the late model Churchill to go with it) again for use as add on armour

Replacement M5 grousers to replace moulded detail (also usable on the M5 derived tractor)

I am sure I have missed other useful stuff (I also would like a Panzerschreck box to go on a command tank, but that is for the German Stowage wish list).

General Discussions / Panfilov's 28 Men (film)
« on: November 24, 2016, 03:59:58 PM »
Just watched this item from the BBC's website (if you are not in the UK, you should be able to search for it on

As a film, the vehicles certainly look the part, no idea if it is clever CGI, cut and shut FV432s or original tanks.

I guess the half-tracks are Czech OT810s.

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