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Work In Progress / Re: SdKfz 222/223/260/261 - Question?? 180426
« on: April 26, 2018, 02:22:09 AM »

I think this is a photo of a Tamiya SfKfz 223...

Ah, doh!  :-[

Work In Progress / Re: SdKfz 222/223/260/261 - Question?? 180426
« on: April 26, 2018, 12:26:40 AM »

No idea! But it looks ace! Particularly looking forward to this kit  8)

And that doesn't look like plastic on the wire mesh on the top of the turret...?!

Showcase & Gallery / Re: Jimmys WIP Thread
« on: April 25, 2018, 04:43:24 PM »

Thanks. Your Pz3 does look cool!

Hmm, good point on the thickness of the rod - I guess it's probably 1mm ish, was just what I had to hand. Think I will try and get some thinner rod and try again?

I don't tend to name tanks tbh!  :P


What's the logic in all of the upper hall being resin? I can't see that there's anything different on the engine cover or the rear of the tank?

Just takes it from a must-buy to a not-worth it for me, as it won't be possible to interchange it with the existing SU-85/122 front hulls.

Showcase & Gallery / Re: Jimmys WIP Thread
« on: April 24, 2018, 06:36:24 AM »
Colour is very weird! I've always found these sorts of discussions fascinating, even though most of the nuances in shade, etc are lost on me.

So my local store didn't have the VJ Model Air range - I got the Model Colour Olive Drab, but it does look very much in the brown category to me. Having now looked online, it seems that it is quite a different colour (doh!), so will try and order the Air version of the Olive Drab from somewhere. In the mean time, I might try using the Brown Violet and see how it looks as I already have that.

So with the painting having to wait I stupidly thought I'd try playing around with the breech assembly. Having looked at a lot of photos of the Hellcat to try and work out how best to fit the crew into the turret, it also was obvious that that there was some detailing missing (and wrong!) on the kit and so thought I'd have a go adding some brass rod - kind of inspired by UVS' work on the Waffentrager - but unfortunately less successful (partially complicated by the fact I'd already added the Rubicon crew and undercoated the turret interior).

The original (real) Hellcat:

Attempt to copy:

So, with hindsight I think if you want to do this properly you'd need to scratchbuild the breech assembly as it's not quite right (and obviously do it before starting to paint or adding the crew!). Not sure if my bodge job is worth it and tempted to leave it out (the rod isn't glued in yet). What do you guys think?

Showcase & Gallery / Re: UVS models
« on: April 24, 2018, 06:15:51 AM »

The extra details look great  :D what else are you planning to add to the turret?

Showcase & Gallery / Re: WIP Rubicon Shermans
« on: April 24, 2018, 06:14:33 AM »

They're looking good!  :)

Showcase & Gallery / Re: Jimmys WIP Thread
« on: April 21, 2018, 02:41:43 AM »

Sounds like a plan. Brown wash though (or green?)?

Showcase & Gallery / Re: Tracks' M4 Medium tank thread
« on: April 20, 2018, 07:06:32 PM »
I have already assembled and painted my two M4A3 / M4A3E8 Sherman (Product Code: 280042). Now I have to order another one!

They look fantastic by the way!

Showcase & Gallery / Re: Jimmys WIP Thread
« on: April 20, 2018, 05:33:41 PM »

Thanks for the thoughts about paint colour guys. The silly thing is, being red/green colour blind, all of the different makes and versions of Olive Drab (or any green/brown paint for that matter) all look the same to me - so it's difficult to say what looks right to me, as they all do!  :P

I guess that makes me a little OCD about using the "right" colour (though I know that is a troublesome thing to define), rather than going for any old shade of green/brown which might look fine to my eyes but could look off to anyone else.

Found this article by Steve Zaloga which might be of interest (although you've probably seen it before), not that it's helped me much, just made me less sure what to use! On the plus side, I've assembled the Rubicon M20 car whilst I've been trying to work out how to paint stuff!

Showcase & Gallery / Re: Jimmys WIP Thread
« on: April 20, 2018, 05:25:38 PM »

Sloppy Jalopy do a 1/56 resin FV432, it is taking a while to assemble.

I forgot to pick up the Lucid Eye Project Sturm figures at Salute:

Superheroey stuff:

Cool! My Red Skull is based on one of the Lucid Eye models. Your AGENTS stuff looks great  :D

Showcase & Gallery / Re: Jimmys WIP Thread
« on: April 18, 2018, 03:57:51 AM »

Thanks guys! Yeah, afraid the Panther is part of a Marvel-themed K47 / "weird war" army - though I have built enough to field a proper platoon of them for Chain of Command, etc. Sadly haven't seen any 1/56 FV452s so I had to make do with the Panther  :P like the idea of having a few more paper panzers with them, so the waffentrager is on the list!

Good ideas for the Hellcat crew, hadn't thought about the jeep crew (haven't got one yet - have an excuse now haha!) and will probably pick up a couple of BA sprues to help with kitbashing. The new Rubicon M8/M20 crew set has a chap with all of his limbs so that might be an option for the cdr too.

And I guess you're probably right Ripley that once it's all painted it'll not be noticed. On that note; the Hellcat instructions list US Field Drab for the paint colour - but I'd read in a few different places about using Vallejo Brown Violet (seriously weird name for a green paint!). Now I'm colour blind so that chances I'd notice the difference between the shades of green are pretty small, but it'd be useful to know what you guys reckon is the better paint to use!

Showcase & Gallery / Re: Jimmys WIP Thread
« on: April 16, 2018, 08:48:09 PM »
Thanks! Ha, I'm afraid the Tesseract-power Panther is based on the HYDRA Panzer Divisions (circa 1945)... :P

So, taken some photos of the Hellcat. The internal detail on the turret is actually really nice in this kit, though weirdly thats part of them problem... possibly I'm overthinking things, but as you can see into the turrent (and out the bottom) to me I think it's going to be pretty obvious that the crew figures are missing their lower extremities...

Perhaps once properly assembled and painted it won't be too obvious, but I'm not convinced of that. Don't know if anyone else has built this kit but I struggled to find any decent pictures online of how it looks once completed (with crew). Plus it's missing one crew member anyway. So I was hoping to use the Rubion crew to add the third crew member and/or replace some of the existing crew. Having done a bit of research, I put one of the rubicon TD crew on the gunners seat. With the breech etc and the extra crew body filling the turret space, I hoped it would mean you couldn't really see/notice that the crew were only part-figures.

I think it works okay with the loader but the tank commander is still pretty obviously missing the bottom part of his legs. Not sure whether to replace him with another of the rubicon ones and have him sitting lower in the turret, behind the gunner? Assuming that I've got their positions in the turret right!

Or perhaps try and use some plastic US infantry to "donate" some legs for him (might end up doing both options in different Hellcats - have another two to build after this one). Any thoughts or other ideas?

Showcase & Gallery / Jimmys WIP Thread
« on: April 16, 2018, 07:21:32 PM »
Thought I should probably start one of these; got a few bits on the go at the moment - foremostly the Warlord M18 which I'm hoping to add the Rubicon TD crew to, would really appreciate some thoughts on that once I've taken a few photos of it.

Until then thought I'd upload some of my previous Rubicon builds, nothing particularly exciting, all pretty average tabletop standard but a bit of a mix of different things. Oh and please don't pay any attention to the water pot I use for painting, I've had it for a long time!  ::)

General Discussions / Re: Q1/2018???
« on: April 09, 2018, 10:45:32 PM »
Cool thanks, hopefully the TD crew will fit then - are they going to be available at Salute?

Ah okay, just had a vague recollection that there was a France era Rommel you'd been working on. Haven't built Greif yet and had been pondering how best to make Rommel removable/useable separately, guess it'll be easier just to get a second one for dismounted use  :P

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