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PostPosted: Sun 16 Jul 2017 23:07 pm 
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This is Matchbox Montgomery Caravan (Matchbox PK- 175, now Revell 03227), built right from the box.
Matchbox kits were very good ones, like Airfix's.
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According to Chris Ellis, the Britisk Engineers use some of these trucks to transport the side panels of the Bailey Bridges.

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PostPosted: Sun 16 Jul 2017 23:10 pm 
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Airfix's AEC Tanker of the RAF Refuelling Set (03302), built right from the box.
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PostPosted: Sun 16 Jul 2017 23:14 pm 
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A Russian BTR 152V, introduced in 1950. The model kit is from ICM (72531), an East Europe company.
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PostPosted: Sun 16 Jul 2017 23:21 pm 
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This is a not so good scratchbuilt Rolls Royce, a 1920 Pattern I think (I'm not sure of that). The wheels are from the ever faithful Airfix 88mm Gun carriage. I don't know if this vehicle had twin rear wheels or simple ones.
Although it's not a great model, it filled a gap in my collection.
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PostPosted: Sun 16 Jul 2017 23:31 pm 
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Two scratchbuilt guns: the 88mm Pak 43/41 "Scheuenentor" ("Barn door") and the SIG33 (Schwere Infanterie Geschutz = Heavy Infanterie Howitzer) 150mm Howitzer.
The tube of the first, again, I sanded it from a sprue, the other was more simple. The rest is plastic sprue, plasticard and strechted sprue on flame.
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I didn`t have aproppiate steel wheels, so I improvised a little with toy cars wheels and kit wheels.

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PostPosted: Mon 17 Jul 2017 05:53 am 
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Keep up the amazing posts Danny, great scratch builds, conversions and OOB, simply brilliant work :clapping: :clapping:

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PostPosted: Mon 17 Jul 2017 12:03 pm 
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PostPosted: Mon 17 Jul 2017 13:39 pm 
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This are two American heavy artillery guns: M1 8 inch (203mm) Howitzer (front left) and M1 155mm Gun "Long Tom". The second one was based on the French GPF (Grand Pouissance Filloux = Filloux High Power).
Both are Hasegawa's Minibox (MB 02); the Howitzer only had a shorter barrel.
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PostPosted: Mon 17 Jul 2017 13:46 pm 
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This little diorama shows a German Pantherstellung, that is a Panther turret mounted on a concrete bunker. It was used in Italy against British and American Armour, and it was lethal: one of this turrets could destroy 5 or 6 tanks before getting destroyed itself. Its low profile made it very dificult to see.
Turret and base of the diorama are from a Matchbox kit (the Panther G PK-73 kit); the concrete box is plasticard, and the tree (let's call it that way :cry: ) it's strechted sprue and a piece of cleaning sponge.
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I have great difficulties making trees that look well...
I don't make many dioramas (my house is rather small), just this one, some observation posts and a Tobruk.

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PostPosted: Mon 17 Jul 2017 13:58 pm 
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Excellent scratchbuilding time and again, Danny. Making trees is an artform in itself. One of the easiest ways I've found is to hunt down suitable-looking fronds in the garden, dry them, and spray them with glue (you'll see some in pics on my portfolio). They seem to last pretty well (and you can always replace them with fresh materials if they don't!)

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PostPosted: Mon 17 Jul 2017 14:01 pm 
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This is a real monster: the Russian T-35 tank (1933 Standard Version), with radio antenna.
It was a land battleship with 5 independent turrets (two with 45 or 37mm gun, two with MG and one with a short gun). It was a disaster: during Operation Barbarossa (German invasion of Russia, in 1941), the 67th and 68th th Red Tank Regiments lost the 90% of their T-35. They were too heavy and too slow to confront the fast German tanks and 88mm guns. The Russian used them as artillery bunkers.
The T-35 was a good one at parades. It was one of the few multiple turreted tanks built during WW2 (I thinkthat the Crusader tank and the A6 had just one secondary turret with a MG).
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This is a Rocco Minitanks (now Premo, I think) 1/87 model. I've painted it, make a bit weathering and put some transfers.

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Another Russian multiturreted Tank, the T-28, from 1935.
It had only 3 turrets, one with a gun and two with MG.
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It's again a Rocco/Premo Minitank in 1/87 scale.

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PostPosted: Mon 17 Jul 2017 19:33 pm 
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Some brilliant scratchbuilding again Danny. Your Turret dio, reminded me of a tale that my Grandfather told me. During the war when he and the rest of the British Army where marching through France, they came across a German Tank that had either run out of fuel, or was disabled in some way. It had been "dug in", on a bend on the road they where marching up. Luckily for him, and unlucky for the German Tank crew, the gun was traversed, the opposite way, so by the time the Germans had swung it round the right way, a British Tank, had taken it out.
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PostPosted: Mon 17 Jul 2017 19:53 pm 
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Thank you David and Mike.
Your father's story, Mike, show us that in war (and in peace!) sometimes to live or to die is a matter of luck. That day luck was from his side.
I'm still thinking about that story and it frozen my blood... You known, my own father was almost buried alive in his childhood, when a tornado torn down his house. He was saved by a man that passed by... Just luck, too. :(
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This is another Russian impressive monster: the KV-2, a 152mm howitzer on a KV-1 chassis.
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The basic kits is Esci's KV-1 Type C (8037); I discarded the original turret, except the base and replaced it with a scratchbuilt one. Then I added some details on this turret that I cut from the KV-1's

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Now, a very little one: the PzKpfw I or Panzer I. It's a Esci model (8024), built right from the box.
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This kit has a particular story: it belongs to my "transition time", from not painted kits to painted ones. I bought it in 1979 and built it right from the box; no paint. One yearlater, I painted it in green (yeech!). Finally, I painted as you see it: it represents an Afrika Korps tank.

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A Centurion from the Israeli forces, Six Days Wars. It's Airfix model (02307), with a pair of MG.
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This one is a Bergepanther, a German Recovery Vehicle. The spade in its back was for towing tanks heavier than the proper ARV.
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The model is based on Matchbox's Panther G (PK-73; later, I used the tower of this one for the Pantherstellung) witch some scratchbuilding in the superstructure, the crane and the capstan (you can see it here). I've heard this tank had a 20mm MG for close defense, but I didn't know where it was located and how it would see...
Now, I think "R02" is a wrong designation, because that was for command tanks. Am I right? :cry:

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PostPosted: Tue 18 Jul 2017 03:53 am 
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I also like a lot the half tracks, both German and Americans. Here are two pictures of SdKfz7 1 and 2.
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This was my first experiment, using Airfix's SdKfz and Hasegawa's 37mm Gun. I added extensive cab armour and a wide protection for the gun crew. The result is SdKfz 7/2: I know the Germans used this vehicle in Italy for fire support, not for antiaircraft missions.

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This is Hasegawa's SdKfz 7/1 with 20mm quad Flakvierling 38 (MB 014). I also added cab and motor armour. I think the back of the vehicle was longer (Airfix is better for this). This is a SS Division vehicle, as it was used in France, again for fire support tasks.
Hasegawa's tracks are thicker than Airfix, but the system to close them is very good. I had always to sew Airfix's tracks.

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