"This is what I have been up to in the past few weeks.
Dragon 6106 Sdkfz 250/9 recon halftrack with
a 2cm gun turret mounted on the top of the body
More progress on this one, I have now painted all the interior, fitted the floors, bulkheads and body panels as well. just need to get paint onto this one now and put the track links together. Hopefully finished soon.
Takom 2040 Chieftain mk 2 tank
More progress on this one as well. Almost all of the tiny etch parts now on and basic primer coat of paint. Just the track links to sort out, I had the impression they were clip together but ohh no, they glue together! This is not going to be fun especially on the top run, and there is the track pads to out on as well - still, I’m getting there.
Tamiya 33203 Jagd Panther late model
This has now progressed to the main vehicle is assembled and the etch grills added, now awaiting paint and also a set of track links. I am in the middle of putting together a set of Bronco panther track links which clip together and are handed as well. I am also trying the Meng models late panther track links, - but ohh dear! Separate guide teeth for each link. Yes, 2 per link and 90 odd links to fit as well! But I am doing them slowly and steadily to try those on the vehicle.
Icm 35373 Panhard 178 armoured car
What can I say about this one? it is proving that Icm can make a very detailed kit with interior & engine which still all clips in place and fits very well together. I am up to the stage of putting the top of the body on and then fitting the turret and of course painting. This model has a choice of 4 French vehicles mostly different units up to 1940 and a few interesting paint schemes. still more progress.
Zvezda 3596 Mercedes Benz 4500 truck
A 4.5 ton ww2 Mercedes truck which has 4 wheel drive. The fit of all of the parts have been really good and I have got everything bar the cab built. the engine looks very effective a 6 cyl. diesel engine. I’m leaving out all of the plank seating in the rear body and doing it as a cargo vehicle in europe 1944. So it will be 3 colours again.
Tamiya 35364 Marder 3 Normandy front
This is based on the 38t chassis and is a really nice kit. It has all of the gun compartment visible and also has quite a few 75mm shells in the stowage racks. The fun part with this one is the tracks, length and link are supplied and I am about halfway through doing these before getting paint on the vehicle. So hopefully it will not be too long before completion.
I have also purchased a couple more over the past few weeks.
Takom 2135 Bergpanzer 2a2
This is the recovery version of the leopard 1 chassis and has a box packed with parts. I have only briefly inspected it, but it appears to be very involved and has lots of very small parts as well but looks to be a very nice vehicle especially as it has a crane fitted to it as well.
AFV club 35116 Sdkfz 251/20 Uhu
Basically the excellent 251 chassis from AFVclub with the massive infa-red searchlight fitted. Shame they did not get the correct information about the real vehicle as the light has several features the real one does not, which include the missing generator which mounted across the chassis just behind the drivers area, effectively cutting off the driver from the rest of the crew. Also there is a panel fitted above the driver’s area which never existed. But as they say, these things are sent to try us. Good kit otherwise. But I do not like the vinyl tracks.
Heller 1/24 Landini 16000 dt tractor
This is the French built Massey Ferguson tractor for European use, it is a snapfit kit which has been reworked a bit and i thought it would go nicely with the other tractors in my collection. Basically a fairly simple kit, vinyl tyres and clear parts for the cab. A bit simplified in some areas but should build up into a good model."
"Well that’s about all my news for now,
I hope everyone is keeping safe and well."
He's still building his Trumpeter Attacker.
Also waiting for his 1/48 scale Control Tower
and Nissen Hut to arrive.
Mountains of etched brass!