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Chatham, Kent, United Kingdom
I'm 47. And after losing Mom am now unemployed (for the moment) I am also disabled, and suffer from Avoidant Personality Disorder. I also like Photography, Museums and Art Galleries. Military vehicles have always been of an interest to me, and I only got into aviation after my Father passed away twelve years ago.

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Friday, 14 December 2018

Takom 1/35 PzKpfw V Panther Ausf A Late with Zimmerit 14/12/2018

I moved into my flat on November 9. And after unpacking and cooking myself a bite to eat I started this model. This build won't be strictly from the box, as I'm using items from my spares box to make a specific tank. More when it gets to that stage.


I'll add the images up to the stage I'm at now. The first thing to do was add the hull stiffener's to the hull. 





I then had to open some hulls in the sidewalls for some bump stops. The first image is before I opened the hulls. 


The second image is after I opened the hulls.


I then added some colour to the lower hull and sidewalls. And also painted the torsion bars. 



While the lower hull and sidewalls were drying I started the assembly of the Transmission. 



While the transmission was setting I installed the hydraulic reservoir to the lower hull. And also the floors for the driver and radio operator was also installed. As were the frames for the batteries. And other items. 


I then took a break from the interior and worked on the rear hull plate, and as I wasn't impressed with the Takom exhaust housings I used better ones from my spares box which had a representation of the cast texture on them.


I then worked on the power take-off unti which supplied power to traverse the turret while the engine was running. 


I then added the firewall and painted the rear of it and added idler wheel adjusters. 


I then assembled the engine with some improvements from the spares box from photos I have. I also painted the engine.











The engine was then finished and then installed into the engine compartment. 



I then assembled the hull ammunition stowage bins.


As the ammunition bins were setting I assembled the header and fuel tanks which sit in the engine compartment. 


And mocked up to show how it sits in the engine compartment. 


I then finished off the firewall by adding a portable and the automatic fire extinguisher and other bits. And then did the detail painting. 


A little earlier I fitted the first ammunition stowage bin into the hull/fighting compartment. 


And that brings us up to date for this build so far. With just over a month's progress to show. 
















Meng 1/35 SdKfz 179 Bergepanther Ausf. A 14/12/2018


Now I've moved I've started this. Well I actually started began assembly on Monday after receiving it. So I began by painting the floor in red brown colour. I then began installing the torsion bars and their housings. With the progress so far shown below.


I'll continue installing the torsion bars. I've shown an example of how Meng have done them below. As you can see they are not bad.


Hopefully (all being well) there will be more progress once the torsion bars are in place, and I start doing the interior. 








Wednesday, 17 October 2018

A break in proceedings! 17/10/2018

There will be a short hiatus as I'm currently packing for an imminent move. Normal service resume once I'm settled in my new property. 

Friday, 5 October 2018

Build complete 05/10/2018

So my latest build (and the second for the year) is complete. This was built for a WW1 themed Group Build on the International Scale Modeller forum intscalemodeller.com This was something different for me as I usually build German armour. The base is an old CD case. I've entitled this little vignette "After the Battle. Somewhere in France, 1918". All brush painted as usual.




Monday, 1 October 2018

1/35 FV432 Build roof interior complete and work on the Defribulator 01/10/2018

So over the weekend I decided to do some work on the '432 by working on the roof interior.



Also something else I worked on was the Defribulator.



Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Kursk 75 builds Tiger progress. Turret interior 19/09/2018

Now as I plan to leave the turret roof and escape hatch movable. I'm doing the turret with an interior. Here is the progress so far.





And a quick mock up of how (hopefully) the model will look when completed. Excuse the paint on the model, it came from a previous build which I never completed. The gun and mantlet will be repainted.


Saturday, 8 September 2018

Kursk 75 builds 1/35 Tiger I 08/09/2018

The next build in this themed builds is Dragon's 1/35 Tiger I Early Production.


And I started on the turret, and the 8.8cm KwK 36 L/56 gun. The "dreaded 88".