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Showcase & Gallery / Re: Tracks' M4 Medium tank thread
« on: April 25, 2018, 04:11:55 AM »
Did you forget the Warlord M4 ? Much better kit IMO than their A4 versions

Probably should just be the crew compartment in resin . There's the commanders cupola and side bump out , redesigned shape of the front roof hatch , double mushroom fan covers and of course the gun mount . The SU-100 did have the square front fenders though unlike the early SU-122/85 .

Showcase & Gallery / Re: Jimmys WIP Thread
« on: April 24, 2018, 07:41:52 AM »
I think with a little paint it will look the part . These kits are small enough , you don't have to go all scale scratch build unless your really crazy  Shep Paine , the guy who built all those awesome 1/32 Monogram tank model dioramas  ( and 1/48 wingy things ) back in the 70s  had the right idea , just use what ever looks the part , the human eye will fill in most of the missing details and over look things that under careful scuitany would stand out .  For example he used Airfix wagon wheels as fans on his Panzer IV , took me 20 years the realize they ere the wrong shape :-[ And I've got books with pictures of Panzer IV engine compartments , it was just so cool you thought it "looked" right .  Those family and friends who look at your " toy " collection wouldn't know what the vehicle is never mind the extra detail you added to it . In fact a lot of model tank builders probably wouldn't know what improvements you've made to the kit unless they've actually  built one themselves .  I couldn't tell you if the shape of your breach guard is correct , I'm not up on the Hellcat , but I would know that it was missing because all tank guns have a guard of some sort to protect the crew . I've added some to my Panzer 3 , 4 with open turret side doors , as well to my  1941 T-34s  because its what you see when you look in the hatch . Are they the right size and shape , no but they look the part which is good enough for me . Same can be said for the internal details on the turret side doors , its not exact but looks the part

Showcase & Gallery / Re: WIP Rubicon Shermans
« on: April 24, 2018, 04:17:23 AM »
Well done

We'll just wait for the Rubicon Lee / Grant then ....they going to make one soon  I hope  :)  Actually I want one now ! ::)

Would they have had the REME guys copy the ones from the Grant ? The Brits  were pretty good at fabricating stuff they found they needed in combat , the sun shield fake canvas / steel  truck body for tanks , the NA 75 Churchill and the Firefly conversion late war to name 3

Would the sand shields be the same as on the  SF sprue that's  found in the M4 and M4 hybrid kit ? If so its just an easy add to the M4A1 kit .  Really looking forward to the A1 , my fav version of the Sherman . Got an urge to build one with the twin bow machine guns

Work In Progress / Re: Digital Sculpts - British Helmets 180422
« on: April 22, 2018, 09:33:40 PM »
Looks good . Don't forget to add the headphone flaps

I can't find any good pictures of the helmets with headphone flaps attached , was it a separate piece of kit or was it a part of the helmet ? Never really thought about it before  :-[ just built the figures OOB

Coming along nicely .

Work In Progress / Re: The Krupp-Steyr Waffentr├Ąger in resin
« on: April 22, 2018, 07:52:12 AM »
Coming along nicely . Good idea of putting the hanging tarp on the rear of the turret

Showcase & Gallery / Re: Airfix Model World - May 18 (issue 90)
« on: April 22, 2018, 01:16:15 AM »
Saw on the FB site  that Steve won some well deserved awards for his dioramas . Looking forward to seeing his Berge Panther dio finished

Showcase & Gallery / Re: Jimmys WIP Thread
« on: April 22, 2018, 01:13:08 AM »
. They look like they've been through a hell of a battle , very nice . All that's missing is a disorderly pile of stowage and crew kit  ;D

Work In Progress / Re: The Krupp-Steyr Waffentr├Ąger in resin
« on: April 22, 2018, 01:08:26 AM »
Looking really good .Putting Lots of detail in a very little space , fun huh ? I believe the canister above the radio should be a German gas mask case . All their tanks and armored cars  had them fitted in specific spots beside  the crew positions  till the end of the war . It makes it easy to identify most stuff inside WW2 German AFVs , as the holders were all the same in most vehicles , gas mask rack in Tiger , same size/shape in Panzer II & 222  Armored Car  for example . If you have room , there should be a canister , verticle in front by the gunner , it holds the  sight when not in use   .

General Discussions / Re: Citroen 11CV
« on: April 21, 2018, 03:45:46 AM »
Looks good , nice job on the windows

Showcase & Gallery / Re: Jimmys WIP Thread
« on: April 21, 2018, 03:44:44 AM »
I use a GW brown wash on the tank . and a GW black wash on the metal parts of the track , followed by a watered down brown wash

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