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@Pinky, mind you if you can post some references here. We can discuss further with our designers over the final production meeting on the Panzer IV tomorrow!  ;)

From what I could recall, these were discussed at earlier meetings; and as @ripley stated, many of these features actually was present or missing on earlier variants as well.

There might be some compromise because the turret will be used for multiple variants (from Ausf G to J) complicated by sprue space.  But we will look into further updates as long as the changes are minor.


This is the final 3D drawing for the Panzer IV Ausf J. This signified the completion of our Panzer IV Digital Library project. Will start moving into the mould making phase.


Work In Progress / Re: Codename: Sherman 2016 - M4A2 Sprue Layout 171114
« on: November 17, 2017, 06:33:38 PM »
Yeah, considering that the US only took delivery of six M4A2 76(w), it did seem strange to have US crew. That said, they would needed to have created a brand new spruce for the Russians and I understand the costs and stuff.

The Russian Tank Crew blister will soon be available, so there will be no shortage of Soviet tank crews in the very near future!  A recap if you have seen them yet...


Work In Progress / Re: Willys MB - The Jeep - Jeep Trailer 171115
« on: November 15, 2017, 09:45:17 PM »
Why does it say "amphibian"?  Is there an amphibious version planned?

It was the US War Department designation for the trailer, not of our making!  ;)

Work In Progress / Re: Willys MB - The Jeep - Jeep Trailer 171115
« on: November 15, 2017, 12:58:50 PM »
How about a plastic trailer for your Willys MB Jeep?
Come with tow hook for the jeep too!


Work In Progress / Re: Codename: Sherman 2016 - M4A2 Sprue Layout 171114
« on: November 14, 2017, 08:00:49 PM »
DO YOU KNOW... For the same retail price of a 2-sprue kit, this is what you are getting from Rubicon Models... Multiple build choices and options in a box full of goodness! Not to mention a robust waterslide decal sheet plus a detailed assembly instruction is included.  What are you waiting for?


After several trials and error for different thickness and production method for the photo-etched (PE) plates, we finally get it right!

This is going to be the most straight-forward assembly for the use of PE parts with a plastic model kit!

The support frame is a two-piece plastic that you can mount on to the side of the Panzer IV "with" or "without" the PE mesh armour.

Mounting the PE is basically snipping the parts off from the PE plate with a sharp cutter and then "snap" it onto the support frame.  Finishing it off by adding a few drops of superglue to a few contact points. The final product should be fairly solid even being handled on the gaming table.


General Discussions / Re: My very first Rubicon Models.
« on: November 13, 2017, 04:58:33 PM »
Tank Tracks:
The M4A3/M4A3E8 kit is a strange one. The front part of the tracks have pretty good detail, but the rear part is very much plain. Now I would expect this for the bottom, but the detail for the visible part of the front and back should be the same. The tracks for the Tiger I is also a bit plain. Especially compared to the Warlord Tiger I kit. Some modellers would just say "Just add mud and dirt and you can't see the difference". However, tracks were not always covered in lots of muck and dirt. There are many actual combat photographs showing the details of the tacks very nicely because they are not all covered in obstructing mud, grass, and dirt. Anyway, I was just surprised by the lack of details on some of the visible parts of the tracks.

This is a much-debated topic whether you wanted a one-piece roadwheel with tracks or a multi-part assembly.  To do a single-piece assembly with all the details, you need a multi-slide mould for each track.  There are two assemblies on each tank.  Furthermore, there are different track links and bogie system combination which up-scaled the cost of mould making even more!

Once the vehicle was painted and assembled, and being placed on the table for gaming, don't think a lot of gamers will even care about the track details.  It is a trade-off between "ease-of-assembly" or "give you a hard time" type of argument.  For us, this particular design is best of both worlds.  With a single-sided slide-moulding, we get both front-end track details and holes in the gun barrels for not much of a production cost increase; thus keeping our retail price down.

We are also exploring the possibilities of creating some aftermarket tracks with full details in either resin or pewter, which will be quite expensive because of the expected low volume and the extra work that is needed to do it.  We would rather spend the time to create more new vehicles than addressing a minor issue that most people ignored. When there is new breakthrough in cost or production of mould making, we will surely continue to provide upgrades to our product range.


« on: November 13, 2017, 04:36:45 PM »

Work In Progress / Re: Codename: Sherman 2016 - M4 Hybrid 171105
« on: November 05, 2017, 02:49:29 PM »
If you love what you see on the M4 Sherman post earlier, you might love this even more!


Work In Progress / Re: Codename: Sherman 2016 - M4 Shermans 171103
« on: November 03, 2017, 05:29:37 PM »
For years, there is only ONE M4 Sherman plastic tank

You will soon have a new CHOICE which provides you with multiple build variants in a SINGLE plastic kit!

...just two choices from the various possible builds!


General Discussions / Happy Halloween 2017!
« on: October 31, 2017, 05:48:35 PM »
Hope your dice rolls doesn’t suck like a vampire. May you have an amazing day and a freakishly scary Halloween!


I must admit the tracks on that prototype look pretty good.

The image right above is from a 1/35 unknown manufacturer, probably Dragon, with after-market PE add-on...  not ours!  ;D

If you look at the solid bars on the turret armour, you can see half etched lines which I guess are the bend points.

Part no 2 & 3 are not schurzen for the turret, but top mesh that appeared on both the left and right-hand side of the hull as shown below:

Have you thought about adding a tool or turret bustle box or mounting brackets to the etch, there is quite a bit of empty space?

That will depend on what the designers wanted. Will pass the comment to them.

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