Thursday, 29 April 2021
Thursday, 15 April 2021
Some badly needed ARVs arrive to the shelves of the US Armoured Regiment. With luck no more bogging down in the (Richard) marshes of the Cotentin.
The models are MiniGeneral 3d PLA prints. The models are simple and very well designed but lack all the details that made this vehicle win plenty of Modelling contests with 1/35th scale models. No problem though as the extra details are easy to make.
After washing and carving out some excess plastic I tried something new in order to erase the few printing lines visible: before gluing any extras, two coats of varnish were applied and the problem was solved. The varnish covers most of the lines and this solution is much better than all the pastes I´ve tried. Besides now, and thanks to the varnish, the superglue that attaches all details has a firm substance to hold and stay.
I caught some nice photos on the web of a M32 with a Ben-Hur trailer and used one from Airfix.
Tuesday, 6 April 2021
Germany, mid April 1945 ( I like these dramatic and apparently serious entries). After leaving Kustrin, the "Emchas" (Russian for M4) of the Soviet 1st Mechanized Corps enter the small village of Michael Ballack and head for the Seelow Heights, the last big obstacle before getting to the final prize of the war, Berlin.
From left to right, the Gaz M1 "Emka", the Gaz M415 and the Gaz 67, all one-piece prints.
The "Emkas" and the Gaz 67 will be used by the command of infantry units while the Gaz M415 will tow 45mm guns or carry 120mm mortars in the mechanized units.
By looking at the o5m6 blog I understood what for are the small handlings in the back of the T23 turret. They were designed to carry the dismounted turret Browning and I built some half a dozen Revell Sherman M4A1 76mm for my US tank force without realizing that.
More Orion modern tank men were used as tank commanders.
Before the arrival of this last parcel from my friend I toyed with a conversion for a M4A2 you can see to the right compared to a resin printed version on the left. I followed Master Richard orders on the Bavarian Blue book on how to make one by mating the old Hasegawa and Esci kits.