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Chatham, Kent, United Kingdom
I'm 46. 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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Saturday, 9 June 2018

Kursk 75 builds 09/06/2018

This July marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Kursk on the Eastern Front from July 5-August 23, 1943. Kursk was the greatest armoured battle of WW2. Kursk also saw the combat debut of the PzKpfw V Panther These themed builds will see a Panther, a Tiger, a T-34, KV-1 and KV-2 as well as an M3 Lee, which were supplied to the Soviet Union under the Lend-Lease Agreement.

These are the first two builds of this themed build.



And the Panther was the first on the bench. 
















 So that's how the Panther looks at the moment. The Schurzen comes from a kit, which I didn't use. So its easy to add damage to. This model is now ready for paint.

So next up is the Tiger.


The above image shows how significantly larger the Panther was compared to the more compact Tiger.


Wednesday, 30 May 2018

1/35 Panther builds. More interior work 30/05/2018

This frame holds a box (which is yet to be painted and fitted). And the two smaller bases are for the batteries. And the ammunition stowage box is just placed to get the battery bases spacing right.



Monday, 28 May 2018

1/35 Panther builds. Hull/fighting compartment painted 28/05/2018

I've painted the parts I installed into the hull over the weekend. Now to continue fitting out the rest of the interior.




1/35 Panther builds some more hull internal features added 28/05/2018

I've added some more internal features to the hull of the Rye Field Models Panther Ausf.G. These will now be painted along with the rest, and then we can continue our work in the hull/fighting compartment.


Friday, 25 May 2018

1/35 Panther builds fitting out the crew and fighting compartment's 24/05/2018

I've made some progress on the crew and fighting compartment's, as you can see below. Below is the front shock absorber cover which sits beside the radio operator.


And the cover in place with the hull MG toolbox behind it.


I then continued fitting out the interior. 



I then assembled the brake drums, and these now need paint applying to them.







Thursday, 24 May 2018

A couple of modelling question's I've been asked. And my response.

The first question was, why do I build models? Well for me its a therapy (a medicine if you like). It helps me concentrate and forget real life. It also stops me ripping people's heads off when they've upset me. And the second question was, why do I build, what I build? Well from the age of 14 I've had an interest in military vehicles, particularly Tanks, and those of the German army in WW2. For me I'm interested in the technical side of the armour, the armour itself and the armament. And just recently I've enjoyed researching the different colour schemes they wore. Another family of vehicles I'm interested in are the SdKfz.251 series of APC half tracks fielded by Germany in WW2. My final interest is anything used by Canada, as I have Canadian heritage.

So that's why I build models, and build what I build. 

1/35 Panther builds. Crew/Fighting compartment fitting out 24/05/2018

I got all the longitudinal hull stiffener's in, which now means I can begin to fit out the crew and fighting compartment's.

And so it begins.


More hopefully tomorrow.