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Issue 81 - January 2013


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Contents - Issue 81 January 2013
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REGULARS FEATURES
p 4 NEWS p 6 THINK TANK p 32 SHOW REPORT
Whats new in the world of Tortoise detail photos MVPA by Scott Taylor
military modelling and under its own power
at the Tank Museum by p 36 SOMUA PAKS A PUNCH
p 52 SMALL SCALE Andrew Willis Brach Models 1:35 scale
The latest releases in 1:72 Somua SPG by Jeremy
and smaller p 14 HEAVYWEIGHT REPTILE Moore
Federico Collada builds
p 54 INCOMING Mengs new 1:35 scale p 42 THE ELEFANT IN THE
MMIs thoughts on the latest super heavy Tortoise ROOM Part Two
kits and accessories Tamiyas 1:35 Elefant
p 20 PREVIEW painted, weathered and with
p 56 BOOKS Tamiya 1:35 scale M1A1 a crew added by Brett Green
Rounding up the latest in Abrams SEP TUSK I/II ADH Publishing Ltd 2012
print p 61 PREVIEW
p 22 UPGUNNED SHERMAN Italeri 1:35 scale StuG IV by Tel: (UK) 01525 222573
p 57 FIGURES 1:35 scale Tamiya 1:35 Israeli Graham Tetley Fax: (UK) 01525 222574
All the news about new M51 by Chris Wauchop
Email: enquiries@modelmilitary.com
figure releases.
Address: ADH Publishing,
p 30 PREVIEW Doolittle Mill, Doolittle Lane,
p 58 1:48 SCALE Bronco 1:35 Post-War
Totternhoe, Bedfordshire, LU6 1QX, UK
Luke Pitt explores 1:48 scale Chaffee
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Newsline - January13 MMI Newsdesk, ADH Publishing, Doolittle Mill,
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NEW TAMIYA 1:48 SCALE FLAKPANZER IV MOBELWAGEN


AND 1:35 SCALE ZIMMERIT SHEETS COMING SOON

The Flakpanzer IV Mobelwagen was a self-propelled anti-aircraft gun


based on the Panzer IV chassis and fitted with the 3.7 cm Flak 43 gun.
The vehicle featured hinged armoured panels that could be folded down
when the gun required the extra clearance for low and horizontal firing.
Tamiyas next addition to their growing 1:48 scale military series is the
Flakpanzer IV Mobelwagen. The kit will include poseable side panels, link
and length tracks and plastic lower hull with optional metal ingots if you
would like to add the heft of scale weight.
We will have more news about this kit closer to release.
The Tamiyas range of self-adhesive Zimmerit sheets is also expanding
with new offerings for the 1:35 scale Panzer IV Ausf. J and the King Tiger
with Porsche Turret.
Tamiya kits and accessories are distributed in the UK by The Hobby
Company Limited www.hobbyco.net

KIT FORM SERVICES 1:24 TRUCK ONE TON FORWARD CONTROL KFS MINIATURES NEW RELEASES
Another KFS, but this time Kamil Feliks Sztarbalas KFS Miniatures, has a
Kit Form Services newest release is a 1:24 scale resin 1 Ton Forward selection of new releases too:
Control truck kit. KFS miniatures 35-001 1:35 Soviet Rocket Guntruck Broom Upgrade
Features include a fully detailed interior with all drivers controls, Set Upgrade set for 1:35 Ural 4320 from ICM/Alanger/Revell
separate doors and tailboard that can be posed open, detailed This is a part of a BRDMs hull with a UB-32-57 rocket launcher attached
underside including suspension and axles, engine block and sump, to its turret, ready to be mounted on 1:35 scale Ural 4320 cargo bed. The
exhaust system, poseable steering and a spare wheel. set also includes additional armour plates for the truck cab.
The kit comprises 61 parts in high quality resin, 41 parts in white These gun trucks were used by Soviet troops in Afghanistan in 1987 to
metal, 134 in etched brass defend convoys moving through the valleys and ravines.
plus pre-coloured clear cast Rocket launchers proved to be more effective in firing to the high edges of the valleys than machine guns.
lights, vac formed canopy, These vehicles were nicknamed Broom. Price: $40.00 + $8.00 shipping
Solartex side screens, KFS miniatures 35-002 1:35 Libyan Rocket Pickup Upgrade Set for 1:35 MENG MODELS Pick-up kits
glazing, various brass This set contains one rocket launcher with its mount and two ammo boxes one solid, and one open and filled
& plastic sections & full with rockets. All are cast in resin.
pictorial build instructions. The UB-32-57 rocket launcher mounted on
The high quality decal a technical pick-up was a popular weapon
set includes data plates, during the recent Libyan Civil War.
dashboard clocks & Price: $17.00 + $7.00 shipping
gauges, unit markings for More information and ordering is available
Parachute Regt & Royal from KFS Miniatures website
Marines plus a selection http://kfs-miniatures.com
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numbers.
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measures some 7.25 inches
(185mm) long. NEW DIAMOND T RELEASES
UK & EU price including Accurate Armour has two new 1:35 scale
vat 120.00. Export outside Diamond-T Tank transporter offerings. These
the EU 100.00. This kit is will be the last for now but they are the British
available now. trailers, which are quite significant:
More information is K155 WW-2 Cranes Mk-1 40-Ton trailer for
available from Kit Form Diamond-T
Services website at K171 WW-2(Late)/Post War Cranes Mk-1/2
www.kitformservices.com 40-Ton trailer for Diamond-T
More information and ordering from Accurate
Armours website www.accurate-armour.com

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Think Tank - A39 Tortoise at Tankfest 2011

THE STAR OF THE SHOW


Andrew Willis shares some photos of the Tank Museums A39 Tortoise, both in action and in detail.

M
odellers of a certain responded with no less than 18 with two Besa machine guns, and bulk, the Tortoise proved to be
age will probably designs. In February 1944, one a further independently operated both reliable and an excellent
associate Morris with of the heaviest was selected Besa gun was located in the hull gun platform on trials in Germany
small cars from the to directly enter production front. The Tortoise weighed 79 after the end of WWII. However,
inter-war years until the 1970s without even building a prototype. tons, carried a crew of seven and the vehicle was never built in
including the Morris Oxford, Morris 25 vehicles were ordered but armour was up to 229 mm thick. production quantities and it
Minor, Morris Mini and even the ultimately only six were built prior Its Rolls-Royce Meteor V12 petrol remained a technological curiosity
infamous Morris Marina. to the projects cancellation. engine could drive this monster at along with the other super-heavy
However, Morris Motors This heavy assault vehicle a stately 12 mph on the road, and tanks of the mid 1940s.
parent company, The Nuffield was the A39 Tortoise. The A39 4 mph cross-country. The Tortoise The Tank Museum at Bovington
Organisation, also boasted an
essential role during the Second
was fitted with a 32 pdr 94 mm
main gun that was capable of
would not sit comfortably in this
age of economy vehicles though.
holds the only complete surviving
example of an A39 Tortoise. This a
World War building Spitfires at an
enormous new purpose-built plant
demolishing heavy obstacles.
A fully rotating turret on the
Fuel consumption is estimated to
be 10 gallons to the mile!
particular machine last ran under
its own power during gunnery trails
p
at Castle Bromwich, as well as superstructure roof was fitted Despite its great weight and in the early 1950s.
designing and building armoured
cars and tanks. The Tortoise trundling around the
Even at the outbreak of war Tank Museums main arena. This
in 1939, it was clear that British was the first time the Tortoise had
tanks were too lightly armed and been wheeled out under its own
power for more than 60 years.
armoured to deal with the new
generation of armour deployed
by Germany. By 1943, Allied
armies advancing through Italy
encountered stubborn obstacles
on the Siegfried Line, and there
were no answers available in the
current British arsenal. This led
to a Joint Memorandum for a
heavy assault tank with sufficient
armour and firepower to clear
such obstacles and break through
heavily fortified lines.
The Nuffield Organisation

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THE STAR OF THE SHOW An overall rear
The Tortoise was the star of the three-quarter view.
show at Bovington Tank Museums
Tankfest in June 2011 where
it trundled around the arena
under its own power for the first
time in sixty years. I was lucky
enough to be there and took a few
photographs of the occasion. I did
not feel it would be worth taking
more than a few overall views
as surely there would not be a
model of this huge, slow moving
mammoth anytime soon.
Fast forward to early 2012 and
first rumours and then confirmation
that Meng, a new company to the
plastic kit market, was going to
produce a 1:35 scale Tortoise. As
the only surviving intact Tortoise,
Meng even used the Bovington
example as their reference.
After kicking myself a few
times for missing a very good Nice detail of the
opportunity to get some useful towing equipment
detail photographs I quickly and rear hull detail.
recovered and made plans to
attend the Tank Museums Tiger
day in March 2012 where I was
able to get the detail shots you see
here. They would have to be while
the Tortoise was inside but, as
they say, you live and learn!
I would recommend a trip to
Bovington to anybody and not just
to see the Tortoise. Please check
out www.tankmuseum.org for
details of their collection and any
future special events.

weight
Despite its great
and bulk,
the Tortoise proved
to be both reliable
and an excellent gun
platform on trials in
Germany after the
end of WWII...

The size comparison with


the Centurion is interesting.

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Think Tank - A39 Tortoise at Tankfest 2011

A targets eye view of the massive counterweight on the end of the 32 pdr barrel. Those tracks are massive sorely needed to distribute the bulk of this heavy vehicle.

A good view of the forward superstructure showing the rough casting marks. The top of the superstructure showing the Besa-equipped turret and the cupola.

The wide open vents on the engine deck are of interest. The mantlet of the Tortoise was distinctive, to say the least!

The independently operated Besa gun and smoke dischargers on the left side of the superstructure. Spare tracks on the left side of the superstructure.

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Those wide tracks again. One of the front towing hooks.

A lifting eye and one mount for the chunky gun travel lock. The opposite side.

The travel lock is holding the 32 pdr gun barrel in place. The right side smoke discharger cluster.

The other side of the mantlet is a more regular semi-circle. Once again, the cast texture is very obvious on the superstructure.

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Think Tank - A39 Tortoise at Tankfest 2011
Side view of the fully-rotating Besa gun turret.

Side skirts are structural, and heavily armoured. Rear three-quarter view of the superstructure.

The engine deck, looking forward. Lifting eyes for the engine deck may be seen here.

The large muffler is mounted directly behind the engine deck. You certainly cant miss the casting marks here!

Rear hull detail. A side view of the muffler and the small exhaust pipe.

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FEATURE ARTICLE Meng Model 1:35 A39 Tortoise Kit No. TS-002

HEAVYWEIGHT
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Federico Collada builds and
weathers Meng Models brand
new 1:35 scale A39 Tortoise.

W
hen the Allies began loaders plus a commander, driver Nowadays, the only surviving Mengs 1:35 scale A39 Tortoise
to prepare plans and gunner formed the crew of A39 Tortoise is at the Bobington is presented on nine dark green
to invade Europe the Tortoise. tank museum and it is in running sprues plus upper and lower hull
they expected that The ammunition was divided conditions, last shown during the halves. The plastic parts are
resistance would be tough with in shell and charge and June 2011 Tankfest. flawlessly moulded. The tracks are
multiple fortified positions such as the gun passed a test with made of separate links in brown
the ones on the Siegfried Line. armour piercing shot (APCBC) A LONG AWAITED MODEL colour plastic.
In Britain, the Secretary of War ammunition in which was able to It is not that Meng has taken a Construction is quite easy, as
gave instructions to develop a perforate the armour of a Panther long time since they announced is the preparation and handling of
specific kind of vehicle that could at a distance of 1,000 yards. their kit until it was in the shops. the pieces, even the smaller ones.
deal with this kind of challenge, The split of the interior was In fact, they were really fast. It is That makes this kit a good choice
putting more emphasis on classic - the transmission at the just that many modellers, myself for beginners. They also surely will
protection and firepower than in front, the fighting compartment amongst them, have waited a enjoy adding such a huge model to
mobility. The Nuffield organization with the gun and the crew in the long time for a plastic kit of this their collection.
developed 18 prototypes, each one middle and the Rolls Royce Meteor fascinating subject. For those who cannot resist
bigger and heavier than the last. engine at the back. I am delighted to report that the adding some details or correcting
In February 1944, the design The armour protection was the long wait has been worthwhile. others, you will find some areas to
of the T16 was completed and most important characteristic
approved by the War Office, which of the Tortoise and consisted of
immediately placed an order for 228mm at the front and 152mm
25 vehicles without even waiting at the sides. Its enormous weight
to pass any kind of tests. They allowed the vehicle to reach a
expected to have them ready by maximum speed of just 19km/h.
September 1945. This was the There were also three Besa
origin of the A39 Tortoise. machine guns for close combat
The vehicle consisted of a fixed protection, one mounted in a ball
superstructure over a chassis system at the front and two more
suspended on 8 bogies with four in the fully-rotating commanders
wheels each to support the 79 turret.
tons. It was a very reliable platform Only six vehicles were finished
for the gun chosen. by the time the war was over,
The 32 pounder gun was with some minor differences
operated by two loaders. These between them. Construction commences with
the eight big four-wheel bogies.

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The quality of the plastic
parts is very high.
entertain yourselves. For example,
there are some handles at the
top of the engine cover that are
moulded with the superstructure
piece that will look far better if
they are replaced with parts bent
from metal wire. The twin machine
gun casing on the commanders
turret will need some filling and
sanding. Other pieces will look
better if we sand them a little to
make them look thinner.
I started building the model
as the instructions suggest, with
the running gear and suspension
bogies. Placing the wheels of the
Construction is fast and easy.
bogies in place trying to leave
them loose was a bit difficult as
I had to manipulate many pieces
at the same time but finally I
managed to do it, This made the
later painting job easier.
I assembled lengths of tracks in
the proper shape to fix them to the
wheels at the end of the project.
I continued adding pieces A base coat of Tamiya acrylic
step by step but left the main XF-61 Dark Green was
applied to the entire vehicle.
gun, exhaust, tow cable and the
armoured side skirts unglued.
I replaced the aforementioned
handles with replacements made
from metal wire and filled the lines
at the machine guns housing at the
turret. The building process was
very easy and took me no more A blend of XF-61 with 30% of XF-5 Green and 20%
of XF-62 Olive Drab was diluted with 80% alcohol.
than a few hours.

ANY COLOUR YOU WANT


AS LONG AS ITS GREEN
As there are not many choices This mix was sprayed in the
for the painting I started centre of the larger surfaces
and over some details.
by applying a coat of
Tamiya acrylic XF-61
Dark Green as a base
for further shading and
highlighting.
Next, I prepared a
mix of the base XF-61 with
30% of XF-5 Green and
20% XF-62 Olive Drab. I
airbrushed this mix diluted with
80% alcohol at the centre of the
bigger surfaces and over some
details from a distance of 15 cm.
As this first highlight was a bit
contrasted but not light enough
I prepared a second mix adding The initial mix was not quite light enough
a bit of XF-21 Sky and diluted so a second mix was created with a bit of
at 90%. I applied this second XF-21 Sky and diluted with 90% thinners.
filter to the whole model from
a longer distance, 30-35 cm, to
cover as evenly as possible. This
filter enhanced the little details
and softened the contrast of the
earlier paint.
A final sprayed filter with XF-21
at 90% lightened the general tone
a bit more to prepare it for the
dark washes to come.
I applied a first wash with
Mig and Titan oils to produce A final sprayed filter with
some shadows around the XF-21 at 90% lightened
the general tone a bit
details, recesses and corners. more to prepare it for the
First I moistened the model with dark washes to come.
turpentine and then I applied the
oil paints diluted in this solvent A

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FEATURE ARTICLE Meng Model 1:35 A39 Tortoise Kit No. TS-002

I painted the tow cables with a base of light grey.

A wash was applied using Mig and Titan


oils to produce some shadows around
the details, recesses and corners.

B with a small brush. I used black and the main gun I cut a mask from specifically the ones of the vehicle the decals, then I cleaned both
dark brown colours mixed 50/50. self-adhesive paper tape and preserved at Bovington. the model and the decals with
For the exhaust, I used a two covered the part of the piece I The search was not easy. I had the Micro Set product and placed
component rusting paint that did not want to paint. Then I used to combine letters and numbers them. After another ten minutes
produces a very natural effect. Tamiya XF-21 Sky to paint the from different decals sheets but I applied the Micro Sol to adapt
The first liquid is an iron solution camouflage band followed by a finally I had all I needed, although them to the surface perfectly.
that you can apply with a brush, heavy filter with matt white. I would not be able to tell you the Once the liquids were dry I applied
then 24 hours later you apply the The kit does not provide any sources for all of them. a coat of matt varnish to protect
second product that really rusts kind of decals so I had to look I applied the decals with the the job.
the metal. The effect is clearly at my spares box to see if there aid of the Micro Set and Micro Sol I painted the towing cables with
visible some hours later. These were any suitable to make the products. First I applied a gloss a base of light grey, to which I later
special paints are found at good numbers on the sides of the tank, varnish to prepare the surface for applied successive washes with
hobby stores and they are not
too expensive. Sometimes you
can choose the second liquid to
produce different tones of rust.
These are very useful as you can
imitate iron, bronze, etc.
With the exhaust rusted and
dry after two days I started to
paint the stains using oils again,
this time with the colours green,
yellow, pink, pale blue, brown,
grey and buff. As I had done
with the washes, I moistened
the surface of the model with
turpentine and then I deposited
little dots of the different oils on
the surface to immediately sweep
downwards with a brush dampened
in the solvent. For the horizontal
surfaces I replaced the sweeping For the exhaust, I used a two component rusting paint that produces a The first liquid is an iron solution that you can apply with a brush, then
movement for a stencilling. This very natural effect. 24 hours later you apply the second product that really rusts the metal.
way the little dots of oil became
subtle clouds of colours that
blended at the edges creating a
kind of multicolour filter.
At this stage I painted the
spare tracks, the pale camouflage
demarcation on the lower part of
the gun barrel, the machine guns
and the little red shield at the front.
I used Alclad Lacquer ALC-120
gun metal for the machine guns,
applied with a small brush. I like
this shade very much. It is very
close to the real finish of the guns.
The spare links for the tracks
received a base of Matt Black and
later some subtle washes with dark
red and earth oil paints. Fittings have been added to the muffler. Tracks were painted with a very dark red brown mix as a base.
For the camouflage break on

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Stains were created using oil paints again, this time with the colours green, yellow, pink, pale blue,
brown, grey and buff.

The kit does not provide any decals so I had to look to my spares box for these markings.

the Lifecolor rusting set, diluted the wheels, there has been an
in water and using a fine brush. I accumulation of dust and grease
emphasised the clamps and the that looked dark and greasy.
eyes that are at the cables ends as I tried to replicate that look by
I saw that they were darker than mixing oils and pigments, diluting
the rest on real vehicle. them with a bit of turpentine and
At this stage I started to paint applying them with a small brush.
the already assembled lengths I used dark brown oil and earth
of tracks. I used a very dark red pigment and the result was a dark
brown mix as a base and then and glossy shadow very similar to
I used an easy technique that I the observed at the photographs.
always use for spattering mud I applied this mix to the
to achieve an authentically rusty turpentine-dampened surface of The surface of the model was moistened with turpentine and then I deposited little dots of the different
look. The secret weapon required some parts to obtain this shade oils on the surface to immediately sweep downwards with a brush dampened in the solvent.
for this technique is an old with faded edges.
toothbrush. Lifecolors rust paint To dirty the vehicle I used more
set includes four tones of rust or less the same technique, a mix
and another two of dust to splash of oils, diluted in turpentine and
little dots of each colour onto the adding a bit of pigments here and
tracks without waiting for each there. I used dark brown oil and a
colour to dry completely. This variety of pigments that went from
way I managed to get a variety the light dust to the dark earth.
of tones along the tracks similar Each time I let the wash dry to see
to how the rust shows in the real the result and sometimes I had
life. I began by adding a bit of to thin it applying a wash of pure
the darkest colour with to the turpentine.
toothbrush bristles, then pulling I simulated the polished metal
the bristles back with a finger on the tracks and some other
and letting them go gradually places by rubbing here and there
so the drops would spatter onto with a graphite pencil.
the tracks in front. I repeated With the paint job complete,
the process with the next three I added a Tasca gasoline can at
For the horizontal surfaces I replaced the sweeping movement for a stencilling.
colours and in the end the tracks the rear superstructure rack and
looked as though they had been painted the periscopes lenses with
affected by rust for a long time. Vallejo gloss black.
I took a close look at some I applied a layer of pigments
photographs of the Bovington diluted in water with a brush at
vehicle and I realised that in the lower part of the hull and the
some places, most noticeably on model was complete. A

Construction is quite easy, as is the


preparation and handling of the pieces,
even the smaller ones. That makes this
kit a good choice for beginners. They
also surely will enjoy adding such a
huge model to their collection...
This way the little dots of oil became subtle clouds of colours that blended at the edges creating a
kind of multicolour filter.

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FEATURE ARTICLE Meng Model 1:35 A39 Tortoise Kit No. TS-002

a, B CONCLUSION
I greatly enjoyed building this kit. It
was easy and, once finished, looks
very impressive.
I have been following the Meng
catalogue with great interest since
the beginning and I have built most
of their military vehicles.
I am looking forward to seeing
what Meng has in store for us
next!

Modelspec
Meng Model 1:35 A39 Tortoise. Kit No. TS-002
Paints & Finishing Products:
b, c, Tamiya Acrylics XF-1 Flat Black; XF-61 Dark Green;
XF-5 Green; XF-62 Olive Drab; XF-21 Sky
Mig and Titan Oil Paints
Alclad Lacquer - ALC-120 Gunmetal
Micro Set and Micro Sol
Lifecolor rusting set
Graphite pencil

Good level of detail; easy to build; anticipated


subject.
Some simplified parts.
Available from
Thanks to Meng Model for the sample
www.meng-model.com
d,
Rating

a, At this stage I painted the spare tracks.


I applied successive washes with the
Lifecolor rusting set, diluted in water and
using a fine brush
b, To dirty the vehicle I used a mix of oils,
diluted in turpentine and adding a bit of
pigments here and there.
c, I used dark brown oil and a variety of
pigments that went from the light dust to
the dark earth.
d, Details added to the rear of the
superstructure.
e, Tascas lovely jerry can was fitted
to the rack on the other side of the
superstructure.
f, High points on the tracks were touched
up with a graphite pencil.
g, The twin machine gun casing on the
commanders turret needed some filling
and sanding.

e, f, g,

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High points on the I applied a layer of pigments
tracks were touched up diluted in water with a brush
with a graphite pencil. at the lower part of the hull.

Lifecolors rust paint set


Mengs 1:35 scale A39 Tortoise
includes four tones of rust and
is easy to build and looks very
another two of dust to splash
impressive when finished.
little dots of each colour onto
the tracks without waiting for
each colour to dry completely.

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KIT PREVIEW Tamiya 1:35 M1A2 SEP Abrams TUSK I/II Kit No. 35326

A Tamiya built test-shot of


the new M1A2 SEP TUSK II

Stuart Ransley
describes the full-sized
M1A2 SEP Abrams The 1982 lower hull, the only part from the original kit.

TUSK, while the Editor


gets a sneak peek at a
test shot of Tamiyas
forthcoming 1:35 scale
URBAN TUSK kit, due for release
around the end of 2012.

P
roduction of the M1A2 and engagement capability. presented in pale grey plastic on The upper hull is supplied on a new sprue.
began in 1992 with 77 The M1A2 SEP is also fitted with my sample, and the parts are as
built new and 600 M1s third generation, depleted uranium yet un-numbered. It should be
upgraded to the M1A2 armour. This makes it one of the pointed out that there will likely
standard. The M1A2 is fitted with best-protected tanks in the world. be changes to some of the parts
an independent thermal sight for The Tank Urban Survival Kit, seen here, and you can expect
the Tank Commander. It is also or TUSK, is a series of upgrades that the entire kit will be in
fitted with second generation added to the M1A1/M1A2 Abrams. Tamiyas familiar desert tan shade
depleted uranium armour mesh. The kit can be installed in the by the time it hits the shops.
The M1A2 was the armys first field. It is intended to improve The sample as it appears here
fully digital combat system. a tanks survivability in urban comprises 318 pieces in grey
The M1A2 SEP (System environments. When fighting in and tan plastic, 20 parts in clear
Enhancement Program), is the an urban environment, attacks plastic, 22 polythene caps, one The upper section of the revised turret.
successor to the M1A2. Using can come from any direction, and sheet of vinyl mesh, 1 sheet of
refurbished M1 Tank hulls, the attackers can get close enough clear acetate, two full length
program includes target detection, to hit weak points in the tanks vinyl tracks and markings for
recognition and identification by armour. three vehicles.
adding two 2nd generation FLIRs. The kits come in two versions. It would appear that upward
(Forward Looking Infrared). These may be identified by the of 200 parts are either entirely
The 2nd Gen FLIR is a fully shape of the Abrams Reactive new or revised, including two
integrated sighting system Armour Tiles. The first kit has new multi-part crew figures. The
designed to provide the gunner and square tiles the second has tiles sole part from the original 1982
tank commander with improved that are curved. release is the lower hull, and
day and night target acquisition Both TUSK versions include even that is now supplemented
a gun shield and a thermal with separate armoured panels TUSK II armour elements.
sight system added to the that conveniently cover the
loaders top-mounted 7.62 motorisation holes in the bottom
mm machine gun, and a of the part. The running gear from
CROWS remote controlled the 1992 kit is included, while the
weapon station. tracks are the revised Big Foot
TUSK entered service on glueable vinyl lengths from the
M1A1 / M1A2 tanks in late 2003 edition.
2007 and has been deployed This new kit will permit the
to Iraq and Afghanistan. modeller to build either a TUSK I
or a TUSK II M1A2. Markings are
The two new multi-part figures.
TAMIYAS 1:35 M1A2 supplied for two TUSK I and one
SEP ABRAMS TUSK I/II TUSK II vehicles.
More new parts, including the cupola.
Tamiya has conducted a Initial indications are that
30-year affair with the Tamiya has done a very
Abrams tank, starting with thorough job at depicting the
their early 1:35 scale M1 kit characteristics of this tough-
from 1982. In 1992, their looking urban MBT, although non-
Desert Storm M1A1 was skid texture is still absent on the
released with a number of hull and turret.
revised and additional parts. Until now, the only option for
In 2003, a further boxing this latest version of the M1A2
was offered with yet more Abrams in 1:35 scale has been
The glueable vinyl Big Foot tracks.
changes. This kit allowed an expensive resin conversion.
an M1A1 HA, M1A1 Late Tamiyas new 1:35 scale kit should The new barrel and rear hull panel.
Production or an initial M1A2 be significantly easier to build,
kit to be built. and cost less too.
Now, in 2012, Tamiya Anthony Sheedy will be
has delivered the most reporting back on construction in
significant upgrade yet with a forthcoming Feature Article.
their M1A2 SEP Abrams
TUSK II. Thanks to Tamiya Japan for
I have a pre-production the sample.
test shot of the kit due Tamiya kits are distributed in
for release at the end of the UK by The Hobby Company
Markings for three vehicles are supplied on the small Limited www.hobbyco.net
2012. The new sprues are
decal sheet.
Small detail parts on one of a number of new sprues.
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FEATURE ARTICLE Tamiya 1:35 Israeli Tank M51 Kit No. 35323

UPGUNNED
SHERMAN
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Chris Wauchop
modifies Tamiyas
recently released
1:35 scale Israeli
M51 with a number
of scratch built
additions.
Tamiya has moulded surface texture on the model. Here is the upper hull. The kit supplied, full-length vinyl T80 tracks.

I
n the early 1960s, the Arab and would build a beautiful model plastic is quite flexible and can be
nations surrounding Israel straight from the box, but I wasnt bent 180 if necessary - and it was
began to replace their ageing about to let that happen! going to be!
T-34/85s with the latest This was a commission build and After these were all glued in
Russian T54/55 medium tanks, for once I had not been provided place, the tail light protective
which rendered the IDFs M50 with a comprehensive after market frames were also replaced with
Shermans 75mm gun inadequate detail set, so I began to determine units made from plastic strip.
at most combat ranges. Because which parts I would be able to I tried to do the same for the
of its reliability and success in scratch build with the materials headlights but getting the right
many operations, it was decided to that were available to me in my length and curve proved to be
retain the Shermans services work room. This was not going to too much for my poor old brain
but with a much more be to much of a stretch as I do so I ended up using the kit parts
powerful gun. Re-armed have quite a good collection of after some careful thinning with
with the shortened Evergreen plastic products, brass a jewellers file. The flat frame at
French CN-105-D1 high- tube, brass and copper wire and a the front of the horn cover was
velocity 105mm gun, the drawer full of left over photo-etch also replaced with a more accurate
M51 Sherman was born sets that are being saved for just profile configuration. Once these
and would serve admirably such an occasion. plastic modifications had been
alongside its more modern added it was time to bend some
compatriots. THE BUILD wire. All tie-down loops, hatch
The first job I tackled, before the handles and door latches were
THE MODEL upper and lower hulls were glued replaced with various gauges of
Tamiyas 1:35 scale kit presents us together, was to remove all the brass and copper wire bent to
with a first-production run Israeli moulded-on stowage brackets from shape and glued into dozens of
M51 and as far as I know it is the the kit tools. With the aid of good carefully pre-drilled holes. The
only kit available of this variant. photographic reference, these grouser vents had some suitably
The quality of the kit is up to brackets were fabricated from 10 sized photo-etched mesh from the
Tamiyas usual brilliant standard thou plastic card. The Evergreen spares drawer cut to shape and A

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FEATURE ARTICLE Tamiya 1:35 Israeli Tank M51 Kit No. 35323

Tool stowage brackets, handles and tied-down loops


were added using .010 Evergreen plastic strip of
various widths and fine wire and brass tube. The replacement tail light bracket.

B glued to their open fronts before hatch. These springs are relatively tie-down loops on the top of the day) were now stretched over
being permanently attached to the simple to make by tightly winding turrets rear bustle. An aerial the running gear and the upper
rear engine deck. fine copper wire around a piece mast was cut to, what I think was, hull was glued in place. Joining
My client did include a set of of brass rod of the appropriate an appropriate length and glued braces between the glacis and
four U.S. Jerry cans from a Tasca diameter and then slipping it off into a pre-drilled hole in the mast the mudguards were cut from
kit so my next task was to make the rod and cutting to length. mounting post. The last additions plastic strip and added at this
the brackets to hold them. The The moulded kit springs were to the turret were the four smoke point. The only areas that I could
model actually required brackets carefully removed with a scalpel dischargers safety chains. These see needed filling were the joins
for five fuel and two water cans and the new parts glued in place. were again sourced from my photo- above and below the bolt-on
so after removing the moulded- Commanders and loaders solid etch spares drawer. joining strip between the top of
on brackets from one of the kits hatch handles were replaced with The kit tracks (which had been the transmission housing and the
fuel cans and the two water cans, copper wire as were the four glued together the previous upper hull. These were quickly
seven new brackets were made
using various widths of 10 thou
Evergreen plastic strip. The top
rail of each bracket has a tiny
attachment loop glued in place
ready for the securing strap,
which will be added later. Also
included by the client was a Tasca
M2 .50 cal. machine gun set.
This is a beautifully detailed little
kit all on its own and a worthy
replacement for the very nice unit
supplied by Tamiya.
Extra detail was added to the rear communications Scratch-built latches on the hull stowage bin. Close up of the scratch-built rear hull detail.
The suspension units were now box using various gauges of wire.
assembled and fitted to the lower
hull, which also had a few additions
rather than modifications made at
this point. These included a clamp
for holding the end of the tow
cable and a bracket for securing
a roll of barbed wire on the glacis.
Locking pins and braces were
added to the towing points on the
lower front hull. These were all
fabricated using plastic rod and
strip unlike the locking handles
and their safety chains on the rear
engine access doors, which were
added using brass wire and spare
photo-etched chain.
The turret assembly was next.
This required minor filling, sanding
The flat horn cover bracket was replaced with a scratch-built Towing point locking pins and braces, brackets for securing barbed wire roll and
and re-texturing around the main side profile bracket. The kit light guards were also filed to a more tow cable, and mudguard braces were all added using Evergreen plastic strip and rod.
join line of the two halves. Some accurate (thinner) scale and the bow machine gun muzzle drilled out.
more careful work was needed
to conceal the joins at the four
corners of the canvas mantlet
cover, however this was achieved
relatively simply with the use
of a needle file and some liquid
putty. A few replacements and
additions were made at this point.
These included substituting the
two brackets (kit parts C32 and
C33) with scratch built items made
using plastic strip. New springs
were also added to the loaders Scratch-built Jerry can brackets were fabricated from Evergreen plastic strip. Tasca Jerry cans sit snuggly in their scratch-built brackets. Also showing copper tow
cable and a P/E mesh grouser vent in place.

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All the additional detail may
be seen in this overall view.

The gorgeous Tasca .50 cal. machine gun was used to replace kit part. Also visible in this shot is all the
added turret detail including replacement loaders hatch handle and springs, wire tie-down loops, radio
antenna and photo-etched smoke discharger cap-retaining chains and square bracket on the rear bustle.

The quality of the kit is up to


Tamiyas usual brilliant standard
dealt with by the application of a
few brushstrokes of Mr Surfacer
500 liquid putty.
that the accumulation of stowage
was fairly extensive on most, if
not all, early M51s. I decided to
and would build a beautiful model I quickly determined that the
kit-supplied string was not really
make rolled tarpaulins and things
covered with tarpaulins and my
straight from the box, but I wasnt going to adequately represent
a metal tow cable and so it was
material of choice for this exercise
was lead foil.
about to let that happen..!

replaced with a length of suitable Several years ago I acquired a
copper twine, again sourced from box containing about two hundred
my ever-dwindling spares drawer. sheets of very thin, paper-backed
lead foil and this would prove to
STOWAGE be the perfect medium for the
A shot showing the filled turret With the main construction done exercise. The sheets were cut
join with texture added using and the tow cable secured it to appropriate tarpaulin size,
Gunze Sangyos Mr Surfacer 500. was time to add some stuff to crumpled up as tightly as I could
the rear deck. manage and then flattened out
After checking again which gives a much more
my reference photos it was clear realistic used appearance. A A

Close up of the new loaders hatch handle and springs The photo-etched smoke discharger
fabricated using copper wire. cap-retaining chains sourced from my
spares drawer.

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B couple of bits of balsa were cut to


fit the engine deck and luggage
rack and were then wrapped in the
foil tarp and tied up with string.
Other tarps were roughly rolled
and tied up then carefully fitted
over and around the fixtures on
The roll of wire on the front glacis
the top and side of the engine
was taken off the final model. This is deck. Lead foil was also used to
because it really needs to be barbed fabricate the webbing packs and
wire and I didnt have any photo-etched bags hanging from the rear turret
barbed wire in my spares drawer! handrail. None of these items was
glued in place at this stage, which
allowed me to paint and weather
them before being attached. This
goes for the Jerry cans as well.
In fact none of the Jerry cans or
tools were ever glued in place but
rather are held quite firmly by the
snug fit of their brackets and tiny
lead foil straps. The tank and all
the separate stowage items were
now given a light coat of Alclad
grey primer and put aside to dry.

PAINT, DECALS AND WEATHERING


Main construction Before the application of the base
complete and primed.
camouflage colour, equipment tie-
down straps cut from lead foil were
threaded through their appropriate
loops and the tracks and tyres
were roughly sprayed Flat Black.
After much research I
determined that Gunze Sangyo
H404 Khaki Brown acrylic was a
pretty close match to a light IDF
Sinai Grey so the model received
two good coats of this colour. I
then loaded the airbrush with a
very thin mix of Tamiya acrylic
XF-59 Desert Yellow which was
used to subtly vary the tone of


the base colour by careful shading
This really was one of the most enjoyable around any raised detail and lightly

builds that I have undertaken. Everything went streaking any larger flat areas.
I now brush painted the tyres
together perfectly, and even my scratch-built items and tracks with a thin 50/50 mix
of Tamiya acrylic XF-1 Flat Black
generally fitted on the first go...

and XF-64 Red Brown.
Two large number 5s were cut
from the Verlinden rub-down decal
sheet of IDF Vehicle Markings
no.155 and applied to the forward
The entire model was given 2 or
3 coats of Gunze Sangyo H404 turret sides before an overall gloss
Khaki Brown, with tyres and coat was sprayed .
tracks carefully painted in a mix As I could not find any other
of Tamiya XF-1 Flat Black and markings on the Verlinden sheet
XF-64 Red Brown. Jerry can and
that I wished to use, I decided
tool-securing straps have been
added at this point. to use the kit decals for the rest
of the job, so the entire model
received a good coat of Future
Floor polish in preparation for
their application. Another light
coat of Future was sprayed over
them after the decals had set and
the tank was now ready for some
weathering.

WEATHERING
The first step in the weathering
process was a wash of the Tamiya
Black/ Brown mix but this time
using enamel paints and a little
more brown than black. This wash
was applied quite generously to
the running gear to bring out A

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Woodwork on tools was painted with Tamiya XF-59 Desert Yellow and subtly shaded. Metalwork on Rear stowage tarpaulins were painted with Gunze Sangyo H52 Olive Drab and H404 Khaki Brown.
tools was painted with Tamiya XF-63 German Grey / XF-64 Red Brown mix and then burnished with a 6B
pencil. Scratches were applied using the Grey/Brown mix.

Tarpaulins were tied with rigging string from the spares drawer and dusted with pastel chalk. The solid plastic headlights were painted using the Brett Green method. Barbed wire and tow cable
brackets, as well as the screen in front of the horn housing, were scratch built using plastic strip.

The unit marking on the side stowage box has been hand painted. The Tasca .50 cal. machine gun painted and weathered.

The muzzle brake was carefully sprayed with a thin mix of Tamiya Acrylic XF-1 Flat Black The beautifully detailed HVSS units have received a wash of Tamiya enamel Black/Brown to highlight the
and XF-64 Red Brown. fine detail. Tracks and track connector ends have each received a watery drop of Tamiya: XF-57 Buff.

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B the beautiful detail of the HVSS photo of an M51 headlight,


suspension units. Next, the tracks and after about a half a dozen The entire model received a heavy and uneven
were given a very thin, watery attempts, I managed to produce a dusting of sand-coloured pastel chalk.
wash of Tamiya acrylic XF-57 Buff. remarkably realistic result. Once
This was applied very generously painted, each lens was finished-
to the ends of each track joiner off with a drop of glossy Future
to give the look of caked-on sand. cleara much more satisfactory
The tow cable was then carefully result rather than painting them
painted with a 50/50 mix of XF-64 silver as the kit instructions advise.
Red Brown and XF-63 German The wooden handles of the tools
Grey. The metal parts of the tools were given a coat of Tamiya XF-59
had previously been painted with Desert Yellow and some shading,
this mix and then burnished with courtesy of the Red/Brown mix,
graphite from a 6B pencil. The and were then placed in position
.50 cal. also received the same and secured with their straps. All
treatment. the rear stowage items were now
The vision blocks of the painted with various shades of
Commanders cupola were painted khaki and brown and glued into
with a watery Black/Brown mix. positioned then generously dusted
Once dry, each window was with the sandy chalk dust. The
carefully filled with Future Floor raised track treads received a
Polish, which resulted in a very polish with a silver pencil and she
realistic glazed appearance. was finished!
The muzzle brake was sprayed
with the thin Black/Brown mix, CONCLUSION
which gives the dirty appearance The M51 has always been a subject
consistent in many photos of that interested me but I probably
these vehicles. would never have attempted to
A batch of very light sand- build one unless I was asked, so
coloured pastel chalk dust was now I was more than delighted when
mixed and liberally but selectively I was commissioned to build this
brushed and scrubbed into beautiful Tamiya kit.
areas where it was likely to have This really was one of the
accumulated, i.e. tracks, running most enjoyable builds that I have
gear, mantlet cover; in fact most of undertaken. Everything went
the exterior! together perfectly, and even my
It was at this stage that I scratch-built items generally fitted
remembered the solid, single- on the first go.
coloured plastic headlights. I had Tamiyas 1:35 scale M51 is an
been avoiding their installation absolute pleasure to build, great
because I had no clear plastic fun to paint and weather, and I
alternative, so I decided to attempt would recommend it to modellers
the Brett Green method of of any skill level, even those who
painting the solid plastic lenses to are even only slightly interested in
look like clear glass ones. Israeli Armour.
With a few scratch-built
Armed with a close-up colour Well done Tamiya! extras, the Tamiya M51 looks
as though it means business!

Chriss modified M51 next to the Editors kit


built earlier this year. The contrast between
the camouflage colours is quite striking!

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The huge CN-105-D1 gun is highlighted in this profile view.

Modelspec
Tamiya 1:35 Israeli Tank M51 Kit No. 35323
Accessories and Materials:
Tasca U.S. Jerry cans
Tasca M2 .50 Cal. Machine gun
Verlinden Productions Sheet No. 155-Israeli Vehicle
Markings No.1
Evergreen Plastic Strip
Brass and Copper wire
Brass Tube
Italaeri rigging string
Lead foil
Testors AZTEC Airbrush
Paints And Finishing Products:
ALCLAD II: ALC 302 Grey primer
Prismacolor PC949 Silver pencil
Gunze Sangyo: Mr Surfacer 500
Johnsons Future clear floor sealer
Tamiya Acrylics: XF-1 Flat Black; XF-2 Flat White;
XF-57 Buff; XF-59 Desert Yellow; XF-63 German Grey;
XF-64 Red Brown
Gunze Sangyo: H52 Olive Drab; H404 Khaki Brown
Pastel chalk dust

Great subject; superb fit; easy build.


Some details missing and those solid
headlamps!
Available from
Tamiya kits are distributed in the UK by The Hobby
Company Limited www.hobbyco.net

Rating

Packs hanging from rear turret


handrail were made using lead foil.

Wear on the raised track treads was


created by rubbing with a silver pencil.

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KIT PREVIEW Bronco 1:35 M24 Chaffee - Post War Version Kit No. CB35072

The lower hull.

The turret is the later moulding with the corrected roofline.

COMPACT COLD WARRIOR


Adam OBrien seems suitably impressed with Broncos
More turret parts.

1:35 scale post-war M24 Chaffee.

T
he M24 Chaffee was a couple of workable features. The upper hull and turret on
fast, reliable small tank Firstly, the suspension is fully this kit are a work of art. I have
boasting the firepower workable using torsion bars that never seen this level of detail on
of the M4 Sherman span the width of the lower hull. a AFV kit. The turret mounting
that entered service just as The torsion bars feature internal ring has the correct gear teeth
WWII was ending. The US did not covers that should protect the moulded with extreme finesse.
significantly alter the M24, but bars from undue bending inside Bolthead and weld seam details
post-war tanks were fitted with the hull. The shock absorbers are perfectly reproduced. The
improved tracks. When the Korean are in multiple parts that allow separately moulded engine Smaller details are beautifully rendered too.
War started, the only Allied tanks movement for the suspension covers feature fine louvered
available were the M24s stationed action. Secondly, the main gun panels and photo etched grilles.
there. They served well until barrel has a recoil mechanism Many smaller details adorn the
the heavier M4 and M26 tanks through a plastic spring hidden hull such as headlight guards,
arrived. Small numbers of M24s within the body of the gun. casting numbers, fuel filler caps,
were used by many countries Moulding quality of the parts tools and grab handles etc., and
including Pakistan, France, Italy, is first rate and is equal to the are all beautifully moulded and
Japan, Denmark. Norway, Taiwan, best offerings of Tamiya and detailed. The hull mounted .30cal
Netherlands, Greece and Laos. In the like. My sample kit had no features a full ball-mounting and
all, 28 countries used the M24. flash at all. Browsing through the is movable.
The first impression is the size sprues, I can see no pin marks The turret consists of a
of the box - it is quite large for that will cause any grief to the 2-part lower ring, to which the The gun barrel features a workable recoil mechanism.
a small tank. It is not until you modeller. Those that I can see upper shell and 2-part mantlet
open the box that you realize are all on back-faces, and will not are attached. Turret hatches
the amount of research and be seen. As mentioned prior, this again can be modelled opened
development that went into this kit. kit contains many parts, most of or closed and feature stunning
Spread out over no less than which are small to tiny. Great care levels of detail inside and out.
32 sprues, we find a grand total will be needed during construction The 75mm main gun is nicely
of 575 parts. In addition to the to remove the many small parts detailed with the breech and
plastic parts we have 2 photo correctly, and without damage. inner details included in the kit.
etched frets, a decal sheet (in Detail on all parts is again first The barrel itself is a single piece
perfect register) and a length of rate - some of the finest detail I with a hollowed muzzle. The
string to represent tow cable. have ever seen in plastic, or even turret-mounted .50cal is a 15 part
The instruction booklet is 28 resin. The lower hull is beautifully assembly and is very nicely done Check out the teeth on the turret ring great detail!
colour pages. moulded with every bolthead and with a hollow cooling jacket, very
Notably, this kit contains a weld seam sharp and defined. The similar to the standard-setting
glacis and final drive housings Tasca items.
are beautifully detailed with even The decal sheet contains
the casting numbers provided on markings for seven post-war
the etched frets. The idler wheels machines - South Vietnamese
are provided as one piece items, machines from 1967 and 1968,
again perfectly detailed with a Korean tank from 1958, and a
sharply defined lightening holes. Pakistani machine from 1971, just
The road wheels are built-up to name a few.
with separate rims and tires, and This is a stunning release, with
Moulding quality is up there with the best match the idlers in their level of levels of detail and moulding
throughout. Lovely subtle grille detail.
detail. The intricacy of the road quality rarely seen. I would
wheel hubs needs to be seen to not recommend this kit to the
be appreciated. The drive wheels inexperienced modeller due to the
feature a one piece hub and sheer number of parts and tiny
separate sprockets. The post war size of many components, but
tracks are beautifully represented given patience and some assembly
using no less than 3 parts per and painting skill the finished
link. Modellers will need to be model will be a showstopper.
The modest decal sheet covers an impressive
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cement to allow the links to move Thanks to Bronco for the
seven post-war subjects.
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Full length track guards.
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SHOW REPORT MVPA 2012

MVPA 2012
Scott Taylor reports on the 37th
annual Military Vehicle Preservation
Association Annual Convention and
Armour Modelling and Preservation
Society Huntsville Regional Show.

T
he 37th annual Military record-setting heat that week
Vehicle Preservation (record-setting heat in Alabama
Association Annual in late June is HOT). There
Convention and Armour were approximately 100 entries
One of the more unusual and rare vehicles entered was Frederick Hoppe, Jr.s 1944 GMC AFKWX version
Modelling and Preservation (vehicles, trailers and artillery) of the ubiquitous 2.5 ton truck, which won a gold medal in the Motorpool class.
Society Huntsville Regional Show on display at this years show,
took place on 28-30 June 2012 at ranging from Jeeps, M151s and
the Von Braun Centre in Huntsville, Dodge WC-series through a variety
Alabama. This was the second of 2 ton and 5-ton trucks to an
time, after the MVPA Convention MT-LB, M901 ITV and T-34/85.
in Kansas in 2010, that AMPS has Many of these vehicles have
held a regional show inside the been meticulously restored, with
MVPA convention centre. thousands of hours and many
While not on the scale of some thousands of dollars invested into
of the large European military making their subject look just
vehicle shows like War & Peace, like it did when it rolled off the
the MVPA Convention nonetheless production line up to 75 years ago.
is an impressive gathering of The MVPA convention is a great
vintage military vehicles, brought place for modellers to get up close
by their owners not just for and personal with historic military
display but also competition. vehicles, since the owners are
Fortunately the convention centre generally very eager to talk about
was large enough to and show off their pride and joy. It
hold the entire show was easy to pick out the modellers
inside, because in the crowd they were
A number of 2.5 ton trucks were entered in the MVPA portion of the show, including this pair of CCKWs.
Huntsville had generally sticking cameras in, The near vehicle is a short wheelbase CCKW-352, while a long wheel base CCKW-353 is beside it.

A number of US Army rocket and missile weapons


systems developed at Redstone Arsenal are on
display at the US Space and Rocket Centre, including
this M48A1 Chaparral surface to air missile launcher.
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under, and over the vehicles!
For many, the star of the
show was the MAZ-543 Scud-B
transporter-erector-launcher
(TEL) that the US Army sent from
Redstone Arsenal for display in
the convention hall. This fully
functioning and original example is
used by the Army for a variety of Aside from vintage military vehicles, MVPA members also bring artillery Many of the vehicles entered in the MVPA portion of the show may be seen
training purposes, and convention to the show. This meticulously restored 75mm M1A1 Pack Howitzer was here. The top of the Scud missile is in the rafters!
displayed with all of the equipment that was originally issued with it.
attendees were able to explore
every nook and cranny of this
massive and very complex vehicle.
As somebody who has a Dragon
Scud kit in my collection, I found
that looking at a real Scud was
both inspiring and intimidating.
The AMPS regional show was
hosted by the AMPS Atlanta
chapter. Altogether, approximately
75 models were on the 10 display
tables, representing all eras and
scales. MVPA members who are
used to working with the real
thing were fascinated by and very Amongst the vehicles on display at the Veterans Memorial Museum in Modellers arent the only ones who do conversions! Alan Moreheads M6 Gun
appreciative of the research and Huntsville is this ex-Iraqi Panhard VCR/TH antitank vehicle, with a BTR-152 Motor Carriage has been converted from a standard 1942 Dodge WC-52, with
APC and ZPU-4 quadruple 14.5mm antiaircraft gun behind it. a combination of original parts and fabricated ones.
craftsmanship that went into the
models. One told me that as he
spent time looking at the models at
a quiet time one morning, he could
hear the stories that the models
were telling that to him these
were not just pieces of plastic, but
efforts on the part of the builder to
capture history.
While much of the vending at the
show was understandably aimed
at vehicle owners and restorers,
there were a few model vendors,
including Mid-Tenn Hobbies and TS
Productions. Additionally, many
One of the advantages of having a model show and a military vehicle show co-located is the opportunity to see the same subject both full-sized and in scale.
of the items on the vending tables A
Pattons uniquely modified Dodge WC-57 Command Car was represented both in real life (complete with General George S. Patton re-enactor!) and in 1:35 scale.

David Farris abandoned 1:35 King Tiger won Best Axis subject. Its nice to see some older kits built up on the tables. Ben Trimms Leopard 1A4 was built from the late 1970s-vintage
Tamiya 1:35 scale kit.

This Tamiya 1:35 M8 Greyhound won Best of Show and Best The US Armys Redstone Arsenal sent a MAZ-543 Scud launcher to One of several Tamiya 1:35 scale T-55s on the tables was this Polish
Allied subject for Mike Petty. display at the show. As might be expected, it attracted a lot of attention example by Dave Oswalt, which won an intermediate gold in Category III,
among visitors; not only was it by far the largest vehicle in the show, it Closed Top Tracked Armour, Post-1945.
might have been the loudest as well!
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SHOW REPORT MVPA 2012

B had crossover appeal, including is another destination of choice.


books, vintage technical manuals, There are plenty of gems in this
photographs, and collectible items. museum. For Sherman enthusiasts
Seminars were also run throughout (even in the US south there are
the show, including a couple on the some of those!), examples of every
history of the M4 Sherman and the type of 75mm turret are in the
Stuart family by Rob Ervin. collection. One of the first 100
Huntsville, known as Rocket M3 Stuarts that was built with a
City, USA, earned its nickname riveted turret is being restored,
because it has been the home while Ford Pygmy, Serial Number
of US Army rocket research and 1, one of the ancestors of the
development since 1948 and also Jeep, is also on display. Post-war
the home of NASAs Marshall artefacts include a UH-1H flown
Space Flight Centre since 1960. in Vietnam by Robert Mason,
Since then, most of the big US author of Chickenhawk, as well as Rob Ervin, the founder of Formations Models, gave two presentations at the show, one on the
rocket engines, including the a PBR Mark II and several ex-Iraqi development of M3 and M5 Stuart and this one on the development of the M4 Sherman.
mighty Saturn V that took people vehicles brought back after
to the Moon, have been developed Operation Desert Storm.
in Huntsville, and the Marshall Next years MVPA convention
Space Flight Centre remains the will be held from July 25 to 27
largest centre in NASA. All of this at the Portland Expo Centre in
means that Huntsville is one of the Portland Oregon. Hopefully there
great destinations for space geeks. will be an AMPS presence at
The US Space and Rocket Centre that show as well, to build upon
has a vast collection of spaceflight the fruitful cooperation between
artefacts on display, including AMPS and MVPA and encourage
both a genuine Saturn V that was modellers and historic military
used for testing in the 1960s and a vehicle restorers in the USA to
full-scale replica standing upright continue to share their interests.
outside the centre that dominates For more information on upcoming
the skyline, and is a must-see for MVPA events, visit www.mvpa.
anybody visiting the area. org, and for more information on
For military vehicle enthusiasts, upcoming AMPS events, go to
the Veterans Memorial Museum www.amps-armour.org

Huntsville Alabama is known as the The Scud launcher is fully operational, and visitors had a chance to see almost all of the vehicles
Rocket City because it is home to the workings up close, especially when the missile launch platform was raised and lowered in the exhibit
US Armys Redstone Arsenal and NASAs hall. The MAZ-543 TEL is an extremely complex vehicle.
Marshall Space Flight Centre, as well as
the US Space and Rocket Centre. The
US Space and Rocket Centres rocket
garden has a large collection of rockets
and missiles including this Jupiter
intermediate range ballistic missile and a
JB-2 Thunderbug (the US Armys copy of
the V-1). In the background a full-scale
replica of the mighty Saturn V that took
men to the Moon, standing over 110m
(363) tall, towers over the parking lot
and nearby Interstate 565.

One of the many interesting fixer-uppers in the storage compound at the Veterans Memorial Museum
is this M4 composite hull Sherman with the E9 spaced-out suspension, one of a number of Shermans
and other vehicles awaiting restoration at the museum.

Ron Hargrove brought along several vehicles, including this T34-85 that came to the United States via
the former Yugoslavia. In common with all of the vehicles on display, this tank is a runner.
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PAKS A PUNCH 1:35 scale Somua MCG S307
Jeremy Moore builds Brach Modelsrman 7.5cm PaK 40 anti-tank gun.
halftrack armed with the deadly Ge

W
hen it comes to scale Enter Brach Models and their Wehrmacht Major Alfred Becker, The majority of the PaK
modelling, I will be the 1:35 scale release of the unique a WWI veteran and mechanical versions would end up with the
first to admit that I Somua MCG S307 halftrack armed engineer charged with converting Panzergrenadier regiments of the
have a bias towards with the deadly German 7.5cm equipment captured from the 21st Panzer Division assigned to
WWII Allied subjects, and more PaK 40 anti-tank gun. In official French during the occupation in defend the Normandy region. With
specifically the Sherman tank. That nomenclature its referred to as 1940. It is estimated that between very few photos or references
being said however, I am always Selbstfahrlette fur 7.5cm PaK 40 70-75 Somua S307 halftracks were available, the Somua PaK has
open to cool and unusual subjects Auf Somua MCG S307 (f). converted with the PaK 40 along never before been tackled by a
that will grab peoples attention The Somua PaK (for the sake with a number of others configured kit manufacturer until the Brach
and stand out on a contest table or of simplicity) was one of several with a mortar array, also available Models release in resin. So without
in the display case. unique vehicles developed by in kit form from Brach Models. further delay, lets get started!

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Construction is generally
straightforward, but you do need to
pay attention to the instructions.

The quality of Brach Models resin castings is simply superb.

Running gear parts in progress. The bottom of the engine is cast as a single The tracks consist of sections of links, preformed
piece and fits snugly between the frame. curved sections, and the drive sprockets with track
sections molded around them.

RESIN EXTRAORDINAIRE The instructions are printed difficult to capture in resin. As an a UMM razor saw, Xacto razor
The kit is made up from finely cast in a small booklet and consist of example, the entire upper and lower saw, a sharp hobby knife, and
gray resin parts some of the a series of photos with arrows hull including the suspension frame sanding sticks of various grades.
nicest resin castings I have seen and parts numbering to aid in along with the drivers compartment I would suggest leaving some of
- along with a turned aluminium placement. At first glance they and fighting compartment are cast the smaller parts on their sprue
barrel for the PaK 40. The parts appeared a bit rudimentary but as a single piece with absolutely no until youre ready to place them
are bagged in logical groups and in the end they were more than loss of detail! on the model as they may find
all come wrapped in bubble wrap adequate to successfully complete In an effort to speed up their way off your workbench and
packed in a sturdy cardboard the model. assembly I removed some of the into the carpet monster! I would
box. A small decal sheet is The quality of the resin castings larger parts from their sprue and also recommend using thick gel-
also included with two types of is simply phenomenal very little employed some of my favourite type cyanoacrylate throughout
balkenkreuz and some shipping flash, minimal sprue attachments, tools for working with resin construction to allow for some
stencils and vehicle numbers. and impressive detail that is often during parts clean-up including positioning time of the parts. A

Smaller parts include the pigtail towing hooks, headlights, rear mud guards, tools and crew steps on the I opted to leave off the steering wheel until final assembly to make painting a little easier.
hull sides.

The PaK 40 is one of the nicest components of The kit supplied radio was replaced with one cobbled together from Several sizes of fine solder were also used to simulate the
the kit due to its ease of assembly and detail. Tiger Models resin parts and racks scratched from styrene. various wires and cables for the radio equipment.

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FEATURE ARTICLE Brach Models 1:35 scale Selbstfahrlette fur 7.5cm PaK 40 Auf Somua Kit No. MCG S307 (f)

B CONSTRUCTION were first cemented to the


Construction began with the lower frame in positively marked
assembly of the transmission locations. The cross beam was
and drive train on the bottom then cemented to the leaf springs
of the hull. The bottom of the and the steering knuckles were
engine is cast as a single piece attached to the ends. A steering
and fits snugly between the tie rod then connects the two
frame. The engine is connected knuckles allowing the wheels to be
to the transmission with a drive moved to any position within the
shaft that has different sized normal range of steering before
locating pegs for the appropriate being cemented in place a very
connection point. No difficulties nice touch that is well executed
were encountered and the fit of the in my opinion. The lower hull
parts was very good. assembly was completed with the
The leaf spring suspension and placement of the exhaust, exhaust
axle was assembled next along bracket, front fenders, and wheels.
with the bogey assemblies. The The tracks consist of sections of
bogey assemblies simply snap links, preformed curved sections,
The finely detailed tie-downs were added very carefully with fine tweezers and thick CA adhesive to aid
together allowing them to move and the drive sprockets with track in positioning them on the model.
freely, which aids greatly in the sections moulded around them.
assembly and placement of the The instructions indicate the
tracks later on. The bogies are correct number of links for the top
then slid onto a swing arm which in and bottom runs and its simply
turn is press fitted on to the rear a matter of counting the number
axle. The fit of these parts was of links and cutting to length. The
excellent and the entire assembly rear idler slides fore and aft in its
remained movable once completed. mount allowing some adjustment
Construction continues with when fitting everything together.
the assembly of the forward The result is a very simple
suspension and steering assembly that doesnt compromise
mechanism. The two leaf springs any detail.

The instructions also called for the fighting compartment doors to be installed but I did not glue them in
place until after painting due to their minimal attachment points.

The turned aluminium barrel for the PaK 40 is a nice touch as


well as the one-piece muzzle brake superbly cast in resin.

Careful assembly allows the gun to remain movable in terms


of elevation and to traverse ever so slightly.

The completed model was primed with Mr


Surfacer 1200 straight from the spray can.

The notorious German primer red was represented by Vallejo Model The red paint was coated with hairspray before the camouflage
Color 982 Cavalry Red. colour was sprayed on and scrubbed off, revealing the base shade.
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The drivers compartment
was tackled next. Assembly was
straightforward but my advice
would be to take your time
and study the photos prior to
committing to any cement. There
are a number of delicate parts that
connect to each other to form the
various gear handles and levers.
I opted to leave off the steering
wheel until final assembly to make
painting a little easier. The exterior base coat was applied next using Tamiya XF-60 Dark Yellow The dark green camouflage was then airbrushed freehand with an Iwata
Construction continued with the lightened with XF-55 Deck Tan and heavily thinned with Tamiya acrylic thinner. Custom Micron C airbrush using a mix of Tamiya XF-13 J.A. Green, XF-5 Flat
assembly of the PaK 40 anti-tank Green, and XF-71 Cockpit Green (IJN).
gun. This, in my opinion, is one of
the nicest components of the kit
due to its ease of assembly and
detail. The gun consists of only
seventeen parts yet no details
are sacrificed and the fit is simply
superb. The turned aluminium
barrel is a nice touch as well as the
one-piece muzzle brake superbly
cast in resin. The gun shields are
also nicely rendered in a suitable
scale thickness with no warpage to
be found. Careful assembly allows The dark brown camouflage was applied in the same manner using Tamiya Vallejo Model Color 822 German Camouflage Black Brown was used for
the gun to remain movable in terms XF-64 Red Brown. chipping on the dark yellow areas and a mix of 913 Yellow Ochre and 837 Sand
of elevation and to traverse ever so for the green and brown areas.
slightly (limited by the design of the
vehicle) as well. If you look closely
in the construction photos you may
see a few olive green styrene parts
one being the recoil guard which I
managed to break in several places
from my own ham-handedness. A
replacement was sourced from an
AFV Club PaK 40 kit in my stash.
Final assembly consists of
adding all of the smaller parts
such as the pigtail towing hooks,
headlights, rear mud guards, tools
and crew steps on the hull sides.
The instructions also called for the A pin wash of Mig Productions Dark Wash was applied to all of the details, Weathering continued with the application of streaks and stains using AK
weld lines, nuts and bolts. Interactive Streaking Grime, Engine Grime, and Engine Oil.
fighting compartment doors to be
installed but I opted to leave them
off until after painting due to their
minimal attachment points. The kit
includes some very petite tie-down
hooks that should really be viewed
through an Optivisor to appreciate
their detail! These were added
very carefully with fine tweezers
and thick CA adhesive to aid in
positioning them on the model.
My only deviation from the
instructions was to replace the kit
supplied radio with one cobbled I also employed the oil paint fading method. The spots were blended by dragging them downward with a brush dampened
together from Tiger Models resin with mineral spirits. The result is a slightly faded finish with some subtle
parts and racks scratched from streaks and tonal variations.
styrene. Several sizes of fine
solder were also used to simulate
the various wires and cables
for the radio equipment. Since
resources are very scarce one can
only guess as to what the actual
configuration was, so I surmised
the fighting compartment would
be similar to the Marder III series
of tank destroyers in terms of
radios and equipment. I tried
to emulate the Fug. 5 series of
radios found in SPGs and tank
destroyers and I think the results
are a little more accurate than
what is provided in the kit. A The wheels and tracks were treated with a pigment mix using Mig Productions The completed model.
P232 Dry Mud and P027 Light Dust.

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FEATURE ARTICLE Brach Models 1:35 scale Selbstfahrlette fur 7.5cm PaK 40 Auf Somua Kit No. MCG S307 (f)

Ammunition boxes were added to the fighting compartment. The extra work put into the radio is well worthwhile. Details such as the tools, radio equipment, crew seat, and
Vallejo acrylics.

B PAINTING Having decided on a paint to subsequent weathering steps. seat, and tracks were painted using
Once assembly was completed, scheme I began the process Warm tap water was then brushed Vallejo acrylics.
I primed the model with several by airbrushing the fighting over the fighting compartment Once the paint had dried for
light coats of Mr. Surfacer 1200 compartment with Vallejo 982 areas and allowed to sit for a few a couple of days I began the
from the rattle can. This provides Cavalry Brown thinned with minutes. weathering process by applying
a nice key for the subsequent distilled water. This would simulate Scratches and wear were then chips and scratches using Vallejo
painting and weathering steps the infamous German red oxide simulated by scrubbing away acrylics. Two different colours
and also reveals any surface primer that would subsequently the dark yellow to reveal the red were utilized; 822 German
abnormalities that may need to be exposed using the hairspray primer underneath. The dark green Camouflage Black Brown on the
be addressed. Before starting technique. I then sealed the camouflage was then airbrushed dark yellow areas and a mix of 913
the painting process I did some Vallejo with a couple of coats freehand with an Iwata Custom Yellow Ochre and 837 Sand for
research and found several photos of Future prior to spraying on Micron C airbrush using a mix of the green and brown areas. My
of Somua PaKs in a three-tone several light coats of hairspray. Tamiya XF-13 J.A. Green, XF-5 goal was to represent normal wear
scheme of dark yellow with what The base coat was applied next Flat Green, and XF-71 Cockpit and tear and Im a firm believer
appeared to be brown and green using Tamiya XF-60 Dark Yellow Green (IJN). This mix was thinned in the idea that less is more when
bands hastily sprayed on. I also lightened with XF-55 Deck Tan quite a bit and sprayed at low it comes to many aspects of
discovered one photo of a more and heavily thinned with Tamiya pressure (10-12psi) to keep the weathering. Once complete the
traditional three-tone scheme with acrylic thinner. The exact ratio is pattern nice and tight. The dark chips and scratches may be a
larger areas of dark green and by no means scientific but I would brown camouflage was applied in bit bright at this point but not to
brown; I chose this scheme and say it is roughly two parts XF-60 the same manner using Tamiya worry subsequent weathering
it would serve as my inspiration to one part XF-55 as I prefer the XF-64 Red Brown. Details such as steps will tone them down and
throughout the painting process. initial colour to be fairly light due the tools, radio equipment, crew blend them in quite nicely.

Brach Models 1:35 scale Somua PaK is a well-detailed kit of a unique subject. Although it
may appear intimidating as an all-resin kit, it is well designed and will result in an excellent
model if you take care during construction and pay attention to the instructions.

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equipment, crew seat, and tracks were painted using A small decal sheet supplies the crosses and stencils. The binocular case is a nice touch.

The next step was the some of the contrasts associated three products built up in layers Modelspec
application of a pin wash using with the three-tone paint scheme I to simulate the grime and grease
Mig Productions Dark Wash on also employed the oil paint fading typically seen in this area of the Brach Models 1:35 scale Selbstfahrlette fur 7.5cm
all of the details, weld lines, nuts, method. I began by randomly vehicle. The wheels and tracks PaK 40 Auf Somua Kit No. MCG S307 (f)
bolts, etc. This part of the process placing spots of 502 Abteilung oil were treated with a pigment Paints & Weathering Products:
can be somewhat tedious so its paints (035 Buff, 080 Wash Brown, mix using Mig Productions P232
Tamiya XF-57 Dark Yellow, XF-55 Deck Tan,XF-9 Hull
best to take your time and work 001 Snow White, 050 Olive Green) Dry Mud and P027 Light Dust. A
Red, XF-69 NATO Black
in sections. Excess wash or tide on the model. The spots were slurry was created by mixing the
marks were removed or blended then blended by dragging them pigments with Mig Productions Excellent quality casting; very high level of
in using a brush dampened with downward with a brush dampened Thinner for Washes and then detail; straightforward construction considering
mineral spirits. After the wash was with mineral spirits. The result is brushing it on the wheel treads and the potential complexity; unique subject that
given a few days to dry I applied a slightly faded finish with some on to the tracks as well. Once dry, has not appeared as a 1:35 scale kit before.
a filter using Sin Industries P242 subtle streaks and tonal variations. the excess was removed from the Nothing worth noting.
Tan for Tritonal Camo. The filter Weathering continued with the raised areas using a wide brush
darkened the base colours ever so application of streaks and stains dampened with mineral spirits Available from
slightly and reduced some of the using AK Interactive Streaking making sure that it remained in the Brach Models are available online from their website
contrasts associated with chipping Grime, Engine Grime, and Engine recessed areas. http://www.brachmodel.it
and detail washes. Oil. The engine access covers
In an effort to further reduce received several applications of all Rating

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FEATURE ARTICLE Tamiya 1:35 German Heavy Tank Destroyer Elefant Kit No. 35325

THE ELEFANT
IN THE ROOM
PART TWO PAINTING,
WEATHERING AND FIGURES
The Editor paints, weathers and adds a full crew
to Tamiyas brand-new 1:35 scale Elefant.

I
lost my armour painting mojo wanted to make sure there was a
early this year. bit of variety in their appearance.
I just havent been happy Using the colours on the Royal
with my armour paint jobs, Model box tops as a guide, I
especially German camouflage. selected a combination of three
As a result, I have delayed the main shades for the uniforms
painting of a number of modelling Panzer Black and two versions of
projects over the last six months Field Grey (Feldgrau). One of these
or so. As a result, my unpainted shades is greenish, while the other
models is starting to pile up! is more a khaki grey.
To motivate myself to actually Vallejo made my life a little
break out the airbrush, I decided easier by packaging all the uniform
to build and paint a few figures for colours I needed in one box
the Elefant first. Panzer Aces Set No.5. This set
also includes paler shades of the
IT FIGURES base colours to paint highlights.
Figure painting is another tricky The specific colours I used were
area for me. On the one hand, 333 Germ. Tkcr. (Black), 334
carefully selected figures can bring Germ. Tkcr. I (Feldgrau), 335 Germ.
a project to life. They also lend a Tkcr. II (Feldgrau), 337 Highlight
sense of proportion and context Ger. (Black), 338 Highlight Ge. I
to a model. On the other hand, my (Feldgrau) and 339 Highlight Ge. II
figure painting skills in general, and (Feldgrau).
my face painting skills in particular, The colours were applied by
are pretty ordinary. brush. Two coats were plenty to
Despite this, I bought a set of ensure solid even coverage. An
three resin figures from Royal intermediary shade between each
Model intended for Dragons base colour and its highlight colour
Ferdinand kit, but they would was mixed and applied, once again
be equally appropriate for my by brush, to the highlight areas.
Tamiya Elefant. I was delighted For the Feldgrau uniform items,
with the relaxed, natural poses and the edges and most prominent
excellent sculpting. In fact, I was points were emphasised with the
so impressed that I ordered the unmixed highlight colour.
second set of three figures. With Details such as epaulets, piping
six figures to paint, at least I would and insignia were then picked
get plenty of practice! out with a fine brush. Following
First, the figures were a protective coat of Testors Flat
assembled with super glue (except Clear Lacquer, metallic items
for the heads), any small gaps and including buttons and belt buckles
pin holes filled, and the completed were painted with Vallejo Model
figures primed with Tamiyas Grey Colour 70865 Oily Steel.
Primer straight from the spray Painting the heads got underway
can. The heads were sprayed with with a sprayed base coat of
Tamiyas Fine White Primer to give Tamiyas acrylic XF-15 Flat Flesh.
a lighter base for the flesh tones. Headgear was then painted,
With six close-packed figures, I followed by a wash of heavily A

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FEATURE ARTICLE Tamiya 1:35 German Heavy Tank Destroyer Elefant Kit No. 35325

Tamiyas Elefant with home-made The model received an overall coat


zimmerit made using a couple of small of Tamiyas Grey Primer straight
electrical screwdrivers and Tamiyas from the spray can.
two-part epoxy putty.

B thinned Burnt Sienna oil paint. The while shadow areas (under the A YELLOW ELEFANT I HAD FINALLY FOUND MY INSPIRATION!
ruddy mixture flows into the low- eyebrows, under the nose and The excellent J.J. Fedorowicz book, Without too much more delay. I
lying areas and crevices, making a chin) received darker shades. I Combat History of the Schwere primed the model and sprayed
nice start to shading and detailing. made no serious attempt to paint Panzerjager Abteilung 653 by the tracks and running gear with
Fine facial details such as the whites of the eyes, preferring Karl Heinz Munch, includes several Tamiya XF-1 Flat Black. I usually
mouths and eyes were carefully a dark thin slit in most cases. photos of an Elefant in Italy shortly mix my own German Dark Yellow
brush painted with a watered- Finally, with the figure painting after its remanufacture. This from Tamiya acrylics, but a few
down mix Vallejo 337 Highlight complete, the rather uncomfortable particular Elefant features very new sets of acrylic paint sets from
Ger. (Black), which is actually a looking handles were extracted and low-contrast disruptive camouflage Lifecolor had recently arrived
dark brown shade. High areas the heads glued to the bodies. and muddy wheels and tracks. at my office. These are sets of A
of the faces such as the chin, With the figures now ready, The six crew members are also
brow, nose, cheeks and ears were all I had to do was break out the lounging around the vehicle, and a
painted with paler shades of flesh, airbrush and paint my Elefant. wine barrel is perched on the front
spare track links.

I decided to assemble and paint the


figures before painting the model.
The poses and fit were checked
before painting commenced.

A crew can really add context and a sense of scale to a vehicle. Royal Model of
Italy offer two sets of three crew figures for Dragons Ferdinand, but they may just Base uniform colours have been applied
as appropriately be used for Tamiyas new Elefant. here. All these colours are from the
Vallejo Panzer Aces range applied by
brush, and are available in Set No. 5.

Holes were drilled in the figures and toothpicks This is one good reason for applying primer it tends to
were fitted as handles to ease painting. Here, the highlight any casting imperfections! These tiny pinholes
bodies have received a couple of thin coats of were filled before painting proceeded.
Tamiyas Grey Primer.

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I wanted to demonstrate the variation in Panzer and Tank Destroyer crew uniform colours. Once again, Vallejos Panzer Aces acrylics have been used for the uniform highlights. Vallejo offers pre-mixed
Here, highlights, shading and some of the detail has been picked out with a fine brush. highlight shades for each of the three main uniform colours Tanker Black, Feldgrau I and Feldgrau II.

The heads received a base coat of Tamiyas XF-15 Flat Flesh, then A thin wash of Pure Gum Turpentine and Rowney Georgian Oil Paint 221 Burnt Sienna was brushed over the heads prior to detail painting. This
the caps were painted with the appropriate Vallejo uniform colour. wash settles into low-lying areas, offering simple yet authentic shading.

Each of the completed figures has his own unique personality thanks
to the excellent mastering and casting of Royal Model. Buttons and
buckles were picked out using Vallejos Oily Steel. Fine facial details
such as mouths and eyes were carefully brush painted with Vallejo
337 Highlight Ger. (Black), actually a dark brown shade. This was
thinned with water before application. High areas of the face such as
the chin, brow, nose, cheeks and ears were painted with paler shades
of flesh, while shadow areas (under the eyebrows, under the nose
and chin) received darker shades. I made no serious attempt to paint
the whites of the eyes, preferring a dark thin slit in most cases.

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FEATURE ARTICLE Tamiya 1:35 German Heavy Tank Destroyer Elefant Kit No. 35325

Meanwhile, back at the


B three related shades designed to only 15-20% thinners and applying
Elefant the first painting
deliver contrast and desaturation. heat from a hairdryer between the
task was to coat the tracks
Specifically, I was using Lifecolor two coats. and running gear in Tamiya
Acrylic German AFV Dunkelgelb Next came the Deep Shade, XF-1 Flat Black.
Easy 3 Set, Item No. MS01, which UA 251. This was sprayed into
supplied UA 249 Dunkelgelb crevices, structural features and
Flashed Shade, UA 250 Dunkelgelb natural shadow areas.
Ground Colour and UA 251 Finally, it was the turn of the
Dunkelgelb Deep Shade. Flashed Shade. This is a very pale
As I have never used Lifecolor highlight colour. Rather than spray
paints before, I tested the base this uniformly in the centre of
shade, Ground Colour, on the panels, it was applied in patches,
primed bottom of the hull. streaks and spots.
For my first attempt, I used Yes, the Lifecolor paints seem
more than 50% thinners (I bought a bit quirky, and no, they do not
a big bottle of Lifecolors own spray as easily nor dry as quickly
thinners), and the result was a as Tamiya acrylics. However,
fairly thick, very wet, uneven glaze. the colours are interesting and Following a few tests on the
When the paint was still the finish is extremely durable bottom of the hull, the vehicle
received an overall coat of
wet after 10 minutes, I got the and resists buffing (i.e. repeated
Lifecolor acrylic UA 250
hairdryer out (Im not doing handling will not effect the flat Dunkelgelb Ground Colour, one
anything else with it anyway) and finish). It also handles filters and of three shades in a German
force dried it with hot air. It still washes well. Indeed, I did not Dunkelgelb Contrast and
looked patchy and translucent even feel it was necessary to use Desaturation set.
in places, but I was encouraged an overall flat coat at any stage
to try one more time. This time, during this project.
I only used about 15% thinner The single disruptive
to the paint. The mixture looked camouflage colour was a 50/50
very thick in the paint cup, but it mix of Tamiyas XF-67 NATO
sprayed well. I was careful to spray Green and XF-60 Dark Yellow,
as thinly as possible and a bit away heavily thinned with isopropylene
from the surface. alcohol. This was further subdued
Even so, the paint stayed wet by overpainting with the Lifecoor
on the surface for a few minutes Dunkelgelb base colour.
and looked a bit orange peely, so Weathering was now applied
I broke out the airbrush again. first a brown filter, followed by a
Almost instantly, the paint dried to more substantial AK Interactive
a dead flat, beautifully even finish. Dark Brown Wash around the key
I followed this experiment by structural features, then chipping Next came the Deep
Shade, UA 251. This was
spraying the rest of the model with and scrapes with Vallejos German sprayed into crevices,
the base shade, once again with Black Highlight colour applied by A structural features and
natural shadow areas.

No excuses for not using


the figures now! The painted
crew are test-fitted on the
primed model.

Finally, it was the turn of


the Flashed Shade. This
is a very pale highlight
colour. Rather than
spray this uniformly in
the centre of panels, it
was applied in patches,
streaks and spots.

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Despite toning
down the colour
and spraying it very
thinly, it was still
too intense.
The single disruptive
camouflage colour was a
50/50 mix of Tamiyas XF-67
NATO Green and XF-60 Dark
Yellow, heavily thinned with
isopropylene alcohol.

Reference photos show the


camouflage on this vehicle
to be very subtle indeed. I
oversprayed the green with
a thin coat of Lifecolors
Dunkelgelb base shade to
achieve this effect.

The entire model was coated in SIN


Industries P242 Tan for Tritonal Camo
The camouflage is looking filter using a wide soft brush. Before
better, but the whole effect this had completely dried, I quickly
is very stark at this stage. highlighted edges and structural
details with a selective application
of AK Interactive AK 045 Dark
Brown Enamel Wash.

Spare tracks and the tow


cables were brush painted
a dark black-brown shade
using Tamiya acrylics at
this stage.

Now were getting there,


but the tracks and
running gear look out of
place at the moment.

Where the wash or the


filter were too intense,
they were toned down
by brushing Pure Gum
Turpentine directly over
the overdone areas.

The next stage of weathering was


adding tiny spots and scratches
with the tip of a fine brush. This
chipping damage was also applied
to edges and corners using a
sponge. Vallejo Panzer Aces 337
Highlight Ger. (Black) was used
as the chipping shade.
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FEATURE ARTICLE Tamiya 1:35 German Heavy Tank Destroyer Elefant Kit No. 35325

Weathering the tracks, running


gear and lower hull started with
a wet application of Easy Mud.
Although this product had dried
in its bottle, it reactivated nicely
when mixed with water.

The Easy Mud dries to a


pleasingly irregular colour
and texture. It is also quite
robust resisting damage Once the enamel wash had soaked in and
from handling. dried after an hour or two in the sun, some of
the dark was scrubbed off with a stiff brush.

B the tip of a fine brush and a small GARNISH


piece of sponge. Reference photos in the
The wheels and tracks were Fedorowicz book show this vehicle
finished to represent areas of wet with a piece of foliage attached to
and dry mud. The base (dried) mud each side of the mid-hull area.
was Easy Mud Item No. 21105 It is hard to believe that anyone
Next, a generous amount
European Earth. Once this had set, thought that such modest garnish
AK Interactive AK 045
Dark Brown Enamel it was followed by a liberal brushed would hide this 65 tonne, 26 foot
Wash was brushed over application of AK Interactives behemoth, but I thought it would
the Easy Mud. Dark Brown enamel wash. Once add some further interest anyway.
dry, some of the dark wash was The foliage was sourced from
scrubbed off with a stiff brush to Kamizukuris 1:35 scale paper
provide more contrast between Oak Leaves set. A base colour
the wet and dry areas. The same of Vallejos Model Colour 70891
products were used for the mud Intermediate Green was sprayed
A couple of reference photos
effects on the bottom of the front onto both sides of the die-cut
show a large wine barrel perched and rear hull. paper sheet. Branches were bent
on the front spare track links of The wheels of the Elefant were into shape from multiple lengths
this vehicle. Royal Model offers fitted with steel rims, not rubber of fine copper wire. These were
an accessory set that includes tyres, so the edges of the wheels secured with super glue.
a barrel of roughly the right size
were touched with the tip of a The branches were painted
and style.
2B pencil to suggest worn and brown and the paper leaves cut
polished metal. A 2B pencil was from their backing sheet.
also used to highlight the worn A few different shades of
high areas of the tracks. green were randomly painted A

Plank and wood grain detail was restored where AKs Dark Brown Enamel Wash was employed
The set also includes other handy bits and pieces the casting plug had been removed from one end of for the wood grain shading. Highights were dry-
for future projects. All the parts are cast in resin. the barrel. It was then primed and sprayed overall brushed using XF-59 Dark Yellow, and the metal
with a mix of Tamiya XF-52 Flat Earth and XF-59 bands were finished in two shades of grey.
Desert Yellow.
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A strip of clear decal film was sprayed
with several coats of Tamiya X-25 Clear
Green to represent the clear covers for
the episcopes. These were cut to uniform
size using my Chopper tool and applied
to the cupola and drivers hatch.
Detail parts were painted
and weathered using the
same techniques as on
the main vehicle.

in and
n, some of
iff brush.
The high points of the track links and the
edges of the road wheels were metalized
with the tip of a 2B pencil. The wine barrel
looks precariously perched between the
guide teeth of the spare tracks, but there
is no evidence in the reference photos that
it was tied down.

Reference photos clearly show that the inside of


the drivers hatch was painted a very pale colour.
I sprayed this with Tamiyas Fine White Primer,
which is a nice off-white/ivory shade.

The wet and dry mud technique used


on the running gear was also applied
to the front and rear lower hull areas.

The drape of the kit-supplied


link and length tracks is quite
convincing.

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FEATURE ARTICLE Tamiya 1:35 German Heavy Tank Destroyer Elefant Kit No. 35325

B onto the leaves after they had are evolutionary rather than
been attached to the branches. A revolutionary, but they are there.
dark brown acrylic wash was also This time, ejector pin marks have
applied to highlight the nice vein been all but eliminated in visible
detail. Finally, the leaves were locations, and in my opinion the
brush-painted with Future floor tracks are Tamiya's best effort yet.
polish for a nice healthy sheen, and The facial features of the three
the branches were glued in place. crew figures are very good too.
The wine barrel came from It is nice that Tamiya has
a Royal Model accessory set. offered an easier option for
Someone has already expressed those modellers who do not
doubt online that the wine barrel want to tackle a zimmerit finish
would have stayed on the front themselves. The self-adhesive
of the hull, but the photo clearly zimmerit sheet will be welcomed
shows that it is resting between by many, but those who want
the spare track link guide horns a genuinely unique pattern can
and is not tied down. use putty and zimmerit tools
instead. The instructions are
CONCLUSION quite clear about the patterns and
Finally, the leaves were brush-painted with Future floor polish for a nice healthy sheen, and the Time f
Once again, Tamiya has delivered demarcations of the zimmerit used branches were glued in place. Now that is effective camouflage, isnt it?
a well-detailed and easy to build on the kit's three marking options.
model of an iconic vehicle. Tamiya's 1/35 scale Elefant is a
Tamiya is not resting on its great kit. Sit back, relax and enjoy
laurels though. The improvements the build!

A little garnish was added using


Kamizukuris paper Oak Leaves.
A base colour of Vallejos Model
Colour 70891 Intermediate Green
was sprayed onto both sides of the
die-cut paper sheet.

Five of the crew members


seem quite interested in
something near the front
corner of the vehicle.

Branches were bent into


shape from multiple strips of
fine copper wire. These were
secured with thick super glue. The branches were painted brown and the
paper leaves cut from their backing sheet.
Tamiyas 1:35 scale Elefant
is a well-detailed and easy to
build kit of this iconic vehicle.

A few different shades of green


were randomly painted onto the
leaves after they had been attached
to the branches. A dark brown
acrylic wash was later applied to
highlight the nice vein detail.

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Modelspec
Tamiya 1:35 German Heavy Tank Destroyer Elefant
Kit No. 35325
Accessories Used
Royal Model Item No. 641 Wine Barrels and Farm
Accessories
Royal Model Item Nos. 255 and 258 Ferdinand
Crew Parts 1 and 2.
Kamizukuri Item No. A-5-35 Oak Leaves (1:35)
Tools & Modelling Products:
Tamiya Epoxy Putty Smooth Surface
Tamiya Extra Thin Liquid Cement
Revell Contacta Plastic Glue
Selleys Super Glue
Mr Surfacer 1000
Gators Grip Acrylic Hobby Glue
Irwin Clamps (various sizes)
Time for the crew to take up residence too. Most of the figures look very relaxed and natural, but I am still not sure about the guy
Historex Hexagonal Punch and Die Set
leaning against the superstructure
Evergreen Plastic Card
Paints and Finishing Products:


Vehicle:
Ejector pin marks have been all Tamiya Spray Cans - Grey Primer; Fine White Primer
Lifecolor Acrylic German AFV Dunkelgelb Easy 3
but eliminated in visible locations, Set. Item No. MS01. Contains UA 249 Dunkelgelb
Flashed Shade; UA 250 Dunkelgelb Ground Colour;
and in my opinion the tracks are UA 251 Dunkelgelb Deep Shade
Tamiya Acrylic X-25 Clear Green; XF-1 Flat Black;
Tamiyas best effort yet...

XF-52 Flat Earth; XF-59 Desert Yellow; XF-60 Dark
Yellow; XF-64 Red Brown; XF-67 NATO Green.
Figures:
Uniforms (all Vallejo Panzer Aces acrylics) 333
Germ. Tkcr. (Black); 334 Germ. Tkcr. I (Feldgrau);
335 Germ. Tkcr. II (Feldgrau); 337 Highlight
Ger. (Black); 338 Highlight Ge. I (Feldgrau); 339
Highlight Ge. II (Feldgrau).
Flesh:
The extra time Base Coat: Tamiya acrylic XF-15 Flat Flesh.
spent assembling
Wash: Rowney Georgian Oil Paint 221 Burnt Sienna.
and painting the
crew was well Variations and Highlights: Vallejo Model Colour
worthwhile. acrylics 70815 Basic Skin Tone; 845 Sunny Skin
Tone; 919 Foundation White (mixed).

General Detailing (all Vallejo Model Colour acrylics)


70826 German Cam Medium Brown; 847 Dark
Sand; 70862 Black Grey; 70865 Oily Steel; 70891
Intermediate Green; 919 Foundation White; 70950
Black; 70957 Flat Red.
SIN Industries (MIG) Filter P242 Tan for Tritonal Camo
Easy Mud Item No. 21105 European Earth
AK Interactive AK 045 Dark Brown Enamel Wash
Mig Pigments P033 Dark Mud
Vallejo Pigments 73104 Light Sienna

Excellent detail; superb fit; easy build;


probably Tamiyas best link-and-length tracks
to date; minimal ejector pin marks.
Nothing worth mentioning.
Available from
Thanks to Tamiya Japan for the sample www.tamiya.com
Tamiya kits are distributed in the UK by
The Hobby Company Limited www.hobbyco.net

Rating

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A round-up of the latest news and releases in 1:72 and 1:76

Zvezda Dragon
1/72 scale 1/72 scale
German Gebergsjager 1939-1943 Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf M w/Wading Muffler
Kit No. 6154 Kit No. 7290
Zvezda continue their small box figure set releases with another After the release of their excellent StuG III kits,
unusual subject, this time a set of four German Gebergsjager, the Pz. Kpfw. III tank kits were eagerly awaited.
or mountain troops from the early war period. Inside the usual However, these are proving to be a mixed bag
small end-opening box are two sprues of light grey hard styrene, with some good features and some very strange
a set of instructions and two Art of Tactic wargaming cards. design decisions. The Panzer III Ausf M is the latest
The figures are designed to be snap together, but the plastic in this series, but shares the same drawbacks as
responds well to conventional styrene cement. The kit contains the Ausf L and N.
a small base with rock faces for the figures to use if intended for The overall moulding is up to the usual Dragon
wargaming, but the figures are certainly good enough to use in standard with no flash or sink holes in evidence.
display dioramas. The kit comprises three main sprues bagged
The sprues are extremely well moulded with virtually no flash, separately, with the hull tub and turret shell in
sink holes or ejector pin marks. The sculpting is also superb individual bags. There is the customary Dragon
with great animation and detail, the weapons and backpacks card containing the tracks, 2 small photo-etched
being particularly good. With careful painting these figures frets and a comprehensive sheet of well-printed
would make an unusual vignette, or a great addition to a larger Cartograf decals. The only parts in common with
winter diorama. There are no painting instructions, but the fine the StuG kits are the wheels, drive sprockets, idlers
illustration on the box front serves as a good basic reference for and return wheels, all contained on one sprue. The
uniform and equipment colours. rest of the kit has been designed for the Panzer III
Not much more to say except the set is highly recommended! series and this is where the problems start.
What will Zvezda come up with next? The hull tub is very good, although it has the
Zvezda kits are distributed in the UK by The Hobby Company position of the hull escape hatches marked by
Limited www.hobbyco.net a raised line that should be removed, as the
Steve Shrimpton Ausf M did not feature them. The upper hull is
problematic, though, especially the engine deck.
This has the armoured hatch vent covers moulded
directly onto the hatches instead of being raised
above the deck with a gap all round. This will be
very difficult to correct and is very visible on the
finished model. To make matters worse. The tow
ropes are also moulded onto the deck around the
rear vent covers, again being extremely difficult to
remove. This area was very nicely modelled on the
StuG kits, so why not here?
The fenders are moulded separately, which is
a good feature, but again all the tools and fire
extinguisher are moulded on, leaving only the jack
and jack block as separate items. The tracks are
the usual Dragon DS items and have good detail
on both sides. The instructions indicate the correct
length the tracks need to be so that they can be
stretched or cut to length.
The photo-etched frets contain the grills for the
cooling inlet and outlets, and the cover between
the drivers armour plate and the spaced armour.
The well-printed decals cover the 5 painting and
marking options, all for the eastern front in 1943.
Overall, this kit should have had great potential,
but has been let down by questionable design
decisions, and will only make a great display model
with major surgery (and perhaps a whole new
engine deck).
Recommended with reservations
Dragon kits are distributed in the UK by The Hobby
Company Limited www.hobbyco.net
Steve Shrimpton
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Italeri
1/72 scale
Sd. Kfz. 11 with PaK 40
Kit No. 7065
This recent release by Italeri comes in their standard end-opening box with a photograph
of the finished kit in a diorama setting on the front, and a full colour painting guide on the
back showing three late war colour schemes on the back. The kit consists of four sprues of
gray styrene, a small square of clear acetate for the windscreen, a small decal sheet and a
well drawn set of instructions. Two of the sprues contain the parts for the Sd.Kfz.11, one
for the PaK 40 and the last has the link and tracks.
The moulding is generally good with very little flash and small sprue gates, but ejector pin marks are evident on some parts which will be visible on the finished
model, such as the inside of the doors and the inside of the front wheels. These will need careful filling. The detailing is a little clunky compared with the best of
todays kits and will need some work to bring it up to top display standards. The running gear is reasonably good, but only the outer road wheels have the holes
open through, so the rest should be drilled out which will be very time consuming! The best part of the half-track kit is the canvas cover which should paint up
well to bring out the folds and texture.
The tracks are link and length, which can be tedious to assemble but can look very convincing if done correctly, however, these tracks have no detail on the inner
face, which will be hard to correct.
The PaK 40 kit is really a disappointment, as although the detailing is quite good, the barrel is moulded in full recoil which will be impossible to correct. This must
have been modelled from a museum example that had been disabled by is crew at the end of the war.
The kit also includes five crew figures, which is always a bonus with smallscale kits. The decals are well printed, in register, and provide markings for three vehicles
in 1944, one in France, one in Italy and one in Russia. The last shows a colour scheme of dunkelgelb over gray which I think would be unusual as late as 1944!
As it stands, this kit really only provides models suitable for wargaming without a lot of extra work so can only be recommended as such.
Thanks to The Hobby Company Limited for the sample www.hobbyco.net
Steve Shrimpton

Zvezda
1/72 scale
Soviet 75mm Infantry Gun with Crew
Kit No. 6156
Zvezda continues their series of small wargaming kits with this 75mm Infantry Gun and two
crewmen. The kit consists of two sprues of dark green hard styrene, an instruction sheet and two
wargaming cards. No decals are provided nor are they needed. The parts are well moulded with
no flash or sink marks, with the parts for the gun on one sprue and the crew and wargaming base
on the other. Detail is excellent for such a simple kit, especially the bolt and tread detail on the
wheels. To make a display model, the locating pins may be removed from the wheels and details
addressed such as drilling out the barrel and refining the attachment points for the gun shield.
The two crew figures are very well sculpted as is usual with Zvezda kits, but in reality there should
be 4-6 crew members for this type of weapon, so extra figures will have to be sourced for absolute
accuracy.
There is no painting guide as such but the illustration on the box front should serve as a reference,
as most Soviet equipment of this era was painted overall Russian green. The uniforms may need
extra research for accuracy.
Recommended for Soviet WWII fans
Thanks to The Hobby Company Limited for the sample www.hobbyco.net
Steve Shrimpton

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Incoming
TRUMPETER
1:35 SCALE
SOVIET 122MM CORPS GUN M1931/1937
WITH M1931 WHEEL (A-19)
ITEM NO 02316
The 122mm corps gun M1931/37 (A-19)
was a Soviet field gun developed in the late
1930s by combining the barrel of the 122mm
gun M1931 (A-19) and the carriage of the
152mm howitzer gun M1937 (ML-20). The
gun was in production from1939 until 1946
and remained in service long after WWII. In
addition to the towed variant there were also
a number of vehicle mounted derivatives.
Trumpeter has followed the Soviets lead in
this guns development by producing a kit
with many shared parts from their previous
152mm howitzer release. This kit is made up
from some 260 plus nicely moulded plastic
parts, two sheets of photo etch and a nicely
turned aluminium gun barrel.
Construction is set out over 13 steps, with
good detailed information at each stage. This
should make getting all the bits and pieces LIFECOLOR EASY 3 PAINT SETS
to go where they should a fairly simple affair. GERMAN AFV DUNKELGELB
This version of the field gun also allows for the GERMAN AFV PANZERGRAU
option of having the weapon configured in US ARMY OLIVE DRAB
either travel or firing mode so close attention SOVIET AFV 4BO GREEN
to the instructions will ensure you end up Lifecolor has launched a new series of paint sets that is intended
with the correct pose or your kit. A single to provide contrast and desaturation for four widely used base
page colour guide is provided with good old camouflage colours. These are German AFV Dunkelgelb, German
Russian Green, as the recommended finish AFV Panzergrau, US Army Olive Drab and Soviet AFV 4BO Green.
and some colour variation would not go Each set contains three related shades of the same colour - Flashed
astray to break up an otherwise plain finish. Shade (a pale highlight version), Ground Colour (the base colour)
Trumpeter has done good job with the plastic and Deep Shade (for shadow and darker areas).
parts and the detail is executed very well in If you have read my article on painting the Tamiya Elefant earlier
this type of medium. The two frets of photo in this issue, you will already be aware of my first experience of
etch are to be added to the kit along the Lifecolor paints.
way and this helps in adding a nice level of In summary, for spraying I found that the paint was best mixed
definition to the kit. with a small proportion of Lifecolors own acrylic thinner. I used
The 122mm barrel is supplied as either two- around 15% thinner. The mixture looked very thick in the paint
part plastic assembly that is split horizontally cup, but it sprayed well. I was careful to spray as thinly as possible
or a very nice one piece aluminium barrel. My and a bit away from the surface. Two coats were required for the
only reservation is that the aluminium barrel best coverage.
requires a plastic end piece to be added to I also found that the paint responded very well to warm air from
give the illusion of depth This requires the a hairdryer to speed the drying process. Almost instantly, the base
addition of either part G3 which has the rifling colour dried to a dead flat, beautifully even finish.
moulded into the plastic part or if it takes your Next came the Deep Shade, UA 251. This was sprayed into
fancy you can add the photo etch rifling insert crevices, structural features and natural shadow areas.
to plastic part G1 and attach this. In any case Finally, it was the turn of the Flashed Shade. This is a very pale
I am not sure how convincing either of these highlight colour. Rather than spray this uniformly in the centre of
two options will really look and perhaps the panels, it was applied in patches, streaks and spots.
aftermarket manufacturers will be able to offer Yes, the Lifecolor paints seem a bit fussy in thinning, and no,
a more convincing and realistic alternative they do not spray as easily nor dry as quickly as Tamiya acrylics.
Trumpeter has continued to supply the However, the colours are interesting and the finish is extremely
traversing teeth part that would in theory durable and resists buffing (i.e. repeated handling will not effect
allow the gun to move left and right on the flat finish). It also handles filters and washes well. Indeed, I did
the lower gun carriage at the pivot point. not even feel it was necessary to use an overall flat coat at any
However according to the instructions the stage during this project.
upper gun cradle should be glued to the I will look forward to testing out some of the darker colours on
lower gun carriage and it would appear that future projects.
no amount of traverse would be possible Recommended.
without some sort of modification to the Lifecolor paints and finishing products are available online from
parts. This is not the end of the world; it just The Airbrush Company www.airbrushes.com
seems a very interesting that we are supplied Brett Green
with the traverse detail rack part but not
the ability to pose the gun into any type of
traversed configuration.
In conclusion, Trumpeter continue to
demonstrate their ability to produce plastic
kits that are well detailed yet relatively
uncomplicated to build. This gun kit will make
a nice addition next to its bigger brother.
Recommended.
Thanks to J.B. Wholesalers for the sample
www.jbwholesalers.com.au
Trumpeter kits are distributed in the UK by
Pocketbond
Ross Ferro

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DEF.MODEL
1:35 SCALE
DW35036 M35A1, A2 CARGO TRUCK WHEEL SET SAGGED
DW30007 GMC CCKW CARGO TRUCK WHEEL SET SAGGED
The first set DW35036 M35A1; A2 Cargo Truck Wheel Set Sagged is recommended to replace the wheels on the venerable AFV Club M35 Series of kits and the last
set DW30007 GMC CCKW Cargo Truck Wheel Set Sagged is targeted at either the Tamiya or Hobby Boss GMC kits.
The level of detail on both of these resin update wheel sets is in my opinion years ahead of the target kits supplied tyres. Both update sets com in a sturdy box
and contain eleven wonderfully detailed resin tyres, two sheets of tyre masks and a simple tyre masking and painting instruction sheet.
The tyres are grouped into four distinct batches with all ten of the tyres that will be placed on the recommended kit and in turn in contact with the ground,
displaying finely cast side wall and tread details and of course a very nice bulged or loaded effect. The eleventh tyre being the spare in each set has the same level
of detail as the main ten road wheels however has been cast without the bulge effect and shows good attention to detail by the manufacturer. The supplied tyre
masks in each set are simplicity in them selves and provide two options to allow for hassle free painting of the wheels
These replacement wheel sets will add a high level of detail to the recommended kit that is typically not possible in either vinyl or plastic.
Highly Recommended.
Thanks to DEF Model for the review samples www.defmodel.com
Ross Ferro

DEF MODEL
1:35 SCALE
ITEM NO. DW30005 - LRDG SAGGED WHEEL SET
ITEM NO. DW350006 - GAZ 67B SAGGED WHEEL SET
ITEM NO. DM350014 - WILLYS MB CANVAS TOP
ITEM NO. DW35013 - MODERN PORTABLE COOLERS AND BOTTLES
DEF Model is fast becoming one of the premier aftermarket producers. Not only do they offer a great
product but they also seem to include a little extra something, whether it is a set of wheel masks or a small
decals sheet. Each set is really a joy to behold.
All of these sets have some very fine flash and a medium size casting plug on each resin item.
The wheel sets, unlike many others, are not direct resin reproductions of the wheels they replace but rather
entirely new sets of wheels. The detail on all the wheels presented for review is simply outstanding, with
finely rendered sidewall and tread detail in evidence.
The wheels themselves are sagged for want of a better term. What this basically means is that each
wheel has a flat spot where the wheel surface meets the ground. The effect is both subtle and very well
done with an ever so slight bulge on each contact point. The inclusion of a wheel mask in each set is
welcome and really separates these from the rest.
The Willys Canvas top is outstanding. Not only is it cast to almost scale thickness, the canvas folds are
handled (on the outside at least) to a very high standard. Given the fact that the outside folds are so good I
was a little mystified why no folds were present on the inside surface of the hood itself, nevertheless this is
one of the best aftermarket canvas tops I have seen.
The last set is not only innovative but very well done. It includes two traditional box like coolers (one
with a separate lid) and one round cooler. Six clear resin water bottles and ten crushed bottles are included
together with a small decal sheet with various water and soft drink labels to attach to each bottle. The decal
sheet is a masterstroke and well above any others that I have seen.
All sets come highly recommended.
Thanks to DEF Model for the review samples www.defmodel.com
Luke Pitt

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Book Reviews
AFV MODELLER GUIDE TO MODELLING THE MERKAVA 3D
EDITED BY DAVID PARKER
ISBN: 9780955541353
AFV MODELLER PUBLICATIONS
Its not just that this guide comprises of 80 pages of high quality photos on expensive feeling parchment depicting the real
vehicle in its natural habitat on the Golan Heights (located on former Syrian Army real estate), nor that the close ups of
the vehicles details and weapons are enough to say gotta have it. No, the real attention getters are the building tips and
additions to the Meng Merkava 3D by David Parker that exhibit his familiarly flawless and accurate style.
Although the book predominantly deals with building, detailing, painting, marking and weathering the Meng Merkava 3D,
the guide is just as relevant to the HobbyBoss version, which could use similar tweaking and improvement.
Approximately half of the guide (40ish pages) consists of photos showing the numerous finer details of the real Merkava 3D,
both early and late versions as well as the Nochri 3 mine roller and hull mountings. Its because of these 40ish pages that I
consider AFV Modellers guide as a legitimate reference book on the Merkava 3D, not just a how to guide on building and
painting the model.
As impressive as David Parkers detailing and painting is, no matter how much wow factor IDF insider Richard Sticklands photos of the Sufa Battalions battle
ready Merkava 3Ds can illicit, AFV Modeller has given the purchaser of the guide more to be impressed with by adding Mark Nevilles excellent Lebanon 2006
diorama, depicting a 3D on patrol in a broken Lebanese neighbourhood. Capturing the moment in time without a single 1:35 scale figure being present is
testament to his modelling ability and ever increasing skill set. Although very well done, I would have liked to see a couple of extra pages devoted to his how
to guide on domicile and rubble fabrication, as the work is very realistic and I think a step by step rather than a summary would have been helpful.
A must have reference to any modeller with Merkava 3D ambitions.
Highly Recommended.
Thanks to AFV Modeller for the review sample to go with the copy I ordered from AFV Modeller! www.afvmodeller.com
Anthony Sheedy

THE IRISH ARTILLERY CORPS SINCE 1922


BY RALPH A RICCIO ISBN: 978-83-61421-52-8 MMP BOOKS
After reviewing Mr Riccios title on Irish AFV since 1922, I was more than enthused to review his second title devoted to
the Irish Military from MMP Books, this time devoted to the subject of the Irish Artillery Corps since 1922.
This title is extensive and thorough in its coverage and is well supported by a host of excellent B&W and colour
photographs. It not only details the history of the Irish use of AFVs including Republican use, but it gives a rundown of
the organisation of armoured units within the National Army and later the Irish Defence Forces. The subject was not a
familiar one to me and I was amazed at the broad range of equipment that Irish Artillery has and continues to use. Most
of the equipment was of British origin so the title should appeal to those with a fascination for British Artillery as well.
Additionally, the Irish used a few pieces of foreign origin that are equally covered. I was equally fascinated by the history
of the Corps itself.
This book covers a broad range of artillery and also includes the vehicles used to tow them and
supporting equipment such as radar. It has many great photos sure to inspire those
modellers wanting a different modelling subject to exercise their skills
The Irish Artillery materiel covered in this book illustrates the full spectrum from
mortars through to coastal artillery fortifications and guns that have been in Irish
Service since the first two 18 pounders were acquired in 1922. This range includes
such notable pieces as the 18 pounder, 2 Pdr AT, 6 Pdr AT, 25 pdr , 17 pdr, 60
pounder, Bofors 40mm, 12 pdr coast defence, 4.7, 6& 9.2 naval guns etc. It also
includes supporting equipment, prime movers and fixed fortifications. These are all
given individual coverage with pictures in use, tabulated data, plans etc. A section is
devoted to surviving examples and is again supported by colour photos.
This is an excellent title and a must have for fans of artillery, the Irish military and
small armies. The photo reproduction is excellent and lends itself
well to the large format. It is extensive in scope and I believe is
balanced and well researched. This is a must have title on the
subject. The author has packed a lot into the 216 pages in a
most readable format. It will not disappoint whether you are a
modeller, historian or enthusiast. This is one of the best artillery
titles that I have read in years and the author continues to
impress this reviewer.
Highly Recommended.
Thanks to MMP Books for the sample www.mmpbooks.biz
Al Bowie

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Figures - A round-up of the latest figure sets on release...

FIRST LEGION
1:35 SCALE
VARIOUS GERMAN FIGURES
First Legion has traditionally been known to the wargaming
community and to the painted collector segment of the hobby
market for their huge range of finely detailed figures in a variety
of scales. Given that this firm has never entered the unpainted
resin figure market, it came as a surprise to me when these
figures turned up for review. The figure sets for review are:
FL35008: German Combat Pioneer firing an MP40
FL35013: German Heer Infantry Standing with MP40
FL35014: German Hauptman in Russian fur lined Greatcoat
FL35015: German Combat Pioneer with flamethrower
The figures come in small cardboard boxes with each having a
colour photo of the relevant figure adorning the box.
All of the figures are very well cast with no bubbles or flaws in
evidence. In fact, the casting is world class and has some quite
innovative features. Take for example the German Hauptman in
Russian fur lined greatcoat. Usually with figures in greatcoats, the
legs just peep out of the bottom of the coat itself. Not so with
this figure. The greatcoat is almost hollowed out to the waist
with the fur lining going up almost three quarters up its length,
in which, the finely rendered legs are inserted.
The other three figures are cast as a torso with the head and arms
as separate items. The facial details (which can make or break any
figure) are very well done and are each different in character. The
uniform details are crisp as are the fabric folds. The weapons are
done very well and in most cases the hands are an integral part of the weapon. I like this approach as it avoids the dreaded not quite grabbing effect that is
seen in a lot of figures.
The figures scale out at around 5 11or an even 6 in the old Imperial scale, which makes them closer to 54mm (or 1:32) in size and bulk.
No painting instructions are included, but, in reality if youre buying these figures you wont really need instructions. I think most of us have that covered.
I am very pleased that First Legion has gone into the unpainted resin figure market. Their back catalogue is huge which opens up all sorts of interesting
possibilities. I like these figures they are different and very well done. Their full range can be inspected on their website.
Highly Recommended.
Thanks to First Legion for the samples www.firstlegionltd.com
Luke Pitt

RESICAST
1:35 SCALE
ITEM NO. 35.5643 - LRDG NO. 1 RADIO OPERATOR
ITEM NO. 35.5644 - LRDG NO. 2 INTO THE SUN
ITEM NO. 35.5645 - LRDG NO. 3 SEATED OFFICER
Resicast has released a batch of 1:35 scale resin Long Range Desert Group figures. Amongst them
are these three, a radio operator at work, a standing soldier tipping his hat to give himself some
shade and a seated officer.
Casting quality is first rate, with no imperfections on my samples.
The sculpting is excellent. I was particularly impressed by the
animated expressions, active poses and the textures such as the
beards and fabric drape.
The figures are broken down logically. The seated officer is
especially clever, being seated on a can (not the American
colloquial expression, but an actual British Commonwealth PoW
can) and moulded with torso, legs, can and one arm on a single
impressive casting.
These figures will look fantastic with any of the number of kits
that are now suitable for LRDG scenes including Bantam, Willys
or Ford Jeeps, Chevy trucks and more.
Highly Recommended. MASTERCLUB
Thanks to Resicast for the samples www.resicast.com 1:35 SCALE
Brett Green THE MODERN RUSSIAN SOLDIER
ITEM NO. MCF 35052
Masterclub adds to its range of high quality
figures with a 1:35 scale release entitled
The Modern Russian Soldier.
The figure is seated and looks pretty cold
and miserable in his winter uniform.
Both sculpting and casting is excellent. This
figure is very crisply presented in medium
grey coloured resin. The body is cast with
the legs and one and a half arms in place.
This will be a versatile figure for use with
Zvezdas new T-90 or any other modern
Russian vehicle or vignette.
Highly Recommended.
Thanks to Masterclub UK for the sample
www.masterclubuk.com
Brett Green

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1:48 Scale A round-up of the latest news and releases
2012 A VINTAGE YEAR FOR 1:48?
A
vintage year for 1:48 scale? Well, in some the best has been Sling Shot models. Their sublime releases this year has come from Evolution. Their
ways 2012 may well have been. The sheer Aerosan Rf-8 is truly a work of art. It really has it all - two German releases are quite simply that good
number of new plastic 1:48 scale kits that easy to build, low parts count and great instructions. all other figures in this scale can only be judged
have been released this year rivals anything that we SBS models is another newcomer and their product against them. Fox Miniatures have failed to appear
have experienced so far. is so good it makes the donor kits they are intended again and although Im a patient man my hope for
We have seen a number of new players enter the to update look kind of second rate. I dearly hope these are rapidly diminishing.
market. Airfix, a much loved brand and a place these enjoy good sales of their product, as it will I have been following a few projects this year and
where many of us made our start, has launched only encourage them to produce more. one that has caught my attention is the work of
a range of modern vehicles that for the most part DEF Models out of Korea seem to have just come one individual. This gentleman has commissioned
seem competent and well done. UM has released out of the blue. Their 1:48 wheels updates are figure sculptors from around the globe to make
a few plastic kits this year with the BA-10 Russian nothing short of amazing. The attention to detail figures in 1:48 that he would like to see. He tells
armoured car being a real treat in the way it was on these is breathtaking. Tank Workshop saw fit me that when complete the masters will be on sold
handled. Blue Cat a small start up firm, have seen to release their long anticipated LRDG and while to manufactures so we all can enjoy what he has
fit to release a German Demag in two versions and, I have not seen one built as yet, the model is an had commissioned. Individuals like this are why
while not a world beater, it is a very competent kit outstanding and different piece. I encourage all of I like 1:48 so much. It is more of a community,
and well worth purchasing. you to consider looking at it. I believe you will be moreso than the other scales I tend to work in.
Tamiya has released three new kits this year more than pleasantly surprised. Sherman Updates From a personal standpoint my build rate has been
with the IS-2 being not only simple to build continue to be this manufacturers staple and by extremely slow. I have slipped from one project to
but accurate. The Matilda for me was quite a and large if you cant build a particular Sherman the next without really finishing anything!
surprise as too was the German Mobelwagen version from their list of updates, then youre not At this point, I would like to offer thanks to our
with its new plastic lower hull. It is gratifying to really looking. Hauler continues to release photo- reviewers and the manufacturers that send us
see the commitment to 1:48 from all of these etched updates for every new kit and are pretty samples. Without them, this column would not be
manufactures. There, is no denying the world much bullet proof in terms of what you really do possible.
economy and indeed the hobby world is in a state need with a etch set. Id also like to offer all our readers a safe and happy
of flux. Tensions in the Middle East and Europe only We have also seen some quite stunning and time during the course of 2013 lets hope we all
add to the uncertainly. While I am quietly optimistic different full kits from this manufacturer this year, all build more than we did in 2012!
about the sales future and general acceptance of
1:48 scale, I believe it is up to us to promote (at a
grass root level), the benefits of this universal scale.
While plastic kits releases have been quite good,
of which are worthwhile purchases. Gasoline from
France has always been a staple in 1:48 and this
year brought a number of quite outstanding full kits
as well as updates to their ever-expanding range.
Until next time Luke Pitt
the aftermarket producers have again raised the bar All of you who read this column will no doubt be
in terms of what they produce. A few new names aware of my love of high quality figures in this
have graced our review section this year and one of scale and, in my mind, one of the best figures

S.B.S
1:48 scale - 8 Hole Opel Blitz Replacement
Wheel Set Item No.: 480036
Following hot on the heels of this firms Kfz. 385
updates comes a set of outstanding replacement
wheels and tyres for the Italeri Opel Blitz kits.
The level of detail and the casting quality of this
set really puts all others in the shade. The tyres
themselves are authentically narrow and that, in
itself, is pleasing as most tyres of that period looked
like this. The hub detail is well defined and the
inclusion of a separate inner hub is a masterstroke.
These wheels are some of the best I that have
seen in this scale and rival (and in some instances
surpass) anything in 1:35 scale let alone 1:48.
Quite simply put, I really dont think you will see a
better set of replacement wheels for the Opel Blitz
anytime in the future.
Highly Recommended.
Thanks for SBS Model for the review samples
www.sbsmodel.com
Luke Pitt

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Luke Pitt hosts MMIs examination of
the growing world of 1:48 scale military
models, figures and accessories.

Tank Workshop
1/48 scale
Update set: TWS48036 Sherman Stamped Road Wheels
Update set: TWS48037 Sherman Dished Road Wheels
Update set: TWS48007 M4A1 Hull with Cast Appliqu Armour
Tank Workshop has very thoughtfully produced these three resin update sets that will help to make the Sherman of your choice look just
that little bit better.
The first set is TWS 48036, Sherman stamped road wheels. These are presented with a complete set for one tank including the rear idler
wheels. Details are nicely cast on both sides of the new resin wheels unlike some of the current plastic kits that have no detail on the
reverse side of the wheel and are just simply left hollow. There is a small amount of resin flash on the outside of each of the wheels and
this should present no major problems to remove
The second set is TWS 48037, Sherman dished road wheels and again there are enough in the set for one tank. The cast detail on this set
of wheels compares favourably to the currently available plastic versions with the added benefit of not having to glue the rear wheel plastic
detailed part in place. There was also some minor resin flash and a few resin pour plugs to be removed but nothing too challenging.
Lastly we have the TWS48007 M4A1 Hull with Cast Appliqu Armour. This set is designed to fit any of the current manufacturers kits and
in particular will be a suitable update for the Tamiya M4A1 Sherman Kit No 32523 It provides the additional cast-in armour detail that was
added to the real vehicles upper cast hulls during the manufacturing process.
The upper hull resin update is
simplicity in itself with just the resin
blanking plugs to be removed from
the turret and driver / radio operator
hull openings. The kit appears to have
used the Tamiya cast hull as a template
and has some nicely refined details
included. It captures the look of the
one piece cast upper hull very well.
In conclusion, these kits provide a
simple and effective update that will
add very nice touch of additional detail
without too much additional work
Highly Recommended.
Thanks to Tank Workshop for the
review samples
www.tankworkshop.com
Ross Ferro

Hauler
1:48 scale
Various Photo-Etched Updates
Hauler continues to serve we 1:48 modellers with
simple yet important updates for all the newly
released 1:48 scale armour kits on the market.
These two new sets continue the trend. They are:
HLX48329: BA-10 Update for the new UM KIT
HLX48327: Matilda Update for the new Tamiya kit
Both of these sets might seem quite
simple at first glance, but they address
most of the overly thick detail parts
contained in the kits. The BA-10 update
for example covers things like the front
bumper, headlight surrounds, rear fender
boxes and two types of rear step plates.
The Matilda update offers replacements
for most of the brackets for the muffler,
tool stowage, light and spare track
holders. Other items include the various
tie downs seen on the vehicle itself.
The photo etch is clean and very well
defined. Both sets include simple yet
comprehensive instructions
Highly Recommended.
Thanks to Hauler for the samples
www.hauler.cz
Luke Pitt

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KIT PREVIEW Italeri 1:35 Stug IV. Kit No. 6491
The box art shows metal tracks
but they are actually plastic link
and length examples.

Track face detail.

QUICK & EASY


Italeri has upgraded some older moulds with brand new parts
for its 1:35 scale StuG. IV. Graham Tetley takes a look. The plastic schurzen.

I
taleri has now entered the Construction naturally starts whilst you get periscope covers
Stug IV market with this kit with the suspension and lower for the drivers compartment you
that appears to be based on hull. Alternate return rollers, will need to find the periscopes
their 1:35 scale Panzer IV idlers and drive sprockets are from elsewhere to fill the voids.
chassis from years ago. provided so you can vary things if Two styles of rear track guard
Before I describe the kit let me you wish. The tracks are link and attachments are provided and
make you aware of one potentially length with the lengths making both options come in either etch
misleading issue with the boxart, the lower run and the spares or plastic, however some surgery
which appears to show a built-up that go in the track hangers. will be required to remove the
example that uses metal tracks. Everything else is individual link, plastic ends so that the etch can
Please be aware that NO metal and the tracks come with solid be fitted. Fortunately the etch is Hull detail.
tracks are in the kit, instead cast guide horns and plain faces well marked and easy to bend. As
we have link and length plastic with two indentations. There are well as these, a full complement
ones. The weight of the box will some ejector pin marks on the of tools are added to the track
give it away, but this does give a inner surfaces but you wont be guards, as well as the spare road
misleading impression of the box able to see most of them when wheel holder and other bits.
contents. completed. A test fit of some The road wheel holder itself is
What we do get are six sprues links showed a good fit, although presented in photo-etched metal.
containing approximately 600 I recommend a few passes with Turning to the Schurtzen,
plastic parts, an etched brass a file on the inner surfaces to these come moulded in plastic
fret with 15 more, one turned remove the mould seams. and, as such, are unrealistically
metal barrel and markings for A very basic gun breech is thick but will be quick and easy to
four vehicles. There are however provided and no interior so it is assemble. They have indentations
several optional best to close this one on their inner faces where you
parts and many up. To this breech attach the U-shaped hangers to fit
unused ones, you add the turned on the support rail.
over 200 in fact. metal barrel and So, in summary, this will be Engine deck detail.
Of those unused alternative muzzle a quick and easy kit to build. It
parts you get a brakes are provided is better detailed than Tamiyas
figure, jerrycans, in plastic. The hull version and not as complicated as
alternate top comes moulded Dragons offering. To my mind this
steel-rimmed as one part to which would be an ideal kit for a modeller
roadwheels and The photo-etched fret. you add the engine wanting a first try at individual
caps plus a few grilles and intakes, link tracks and etched parts, plus
other bits. The hatches etc., as well act as an introduction to minor
box art says that as some tiny bolts kit surgery. My only reservation
the kit comes that need shaving with it is not to do with the kit, but
from Fully from one of the with the deceptive packaging that
Upgraded Moulds sprues. Detail on leads you to believe that it comes
and, overall, the the hull is good, with metal tracks. Italeri should
parts are cleanly however all of the really change their packaging in
presented with The drivers compartment.
prominent weld this regard, or put a disclaimer on
no flash. There seams are missing so the boxtop.
are however Marking options. you will need to add That aside, If you want a Stug
some ejector pin these. The machine IV with lots of fine detail then
and sink marks gun shield comes go for Dragon, but if you are
on various parts in etched brass and happy with something that is not
so a little filling is rather nice, but as complicated but looks like it
and filing will be unfortunately it should then this is the kit for you.
needed. Detail is let down by the Recommended.
generally is good, awful MG 34 get
but it is not as another from your Thanks to The Hobby
sharp as that spares box!. The Company Limited for the
found on the Commanders hatch sample www.hobbyco.net Cast texture on the Saukopf.
Dragon kits. Road wheel and track sprues. is a little basic and
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ACCURATE ARMOUR/ DELUXE MATERIALS MODELING ARTISAN MORI SCHATTON BARRELS
ARMOUR DISTRIBUTION www.deluxematerials.co.uk http://www3.ocn.ne.jp/~m.a.mori/index_eng.html Industriestrasse 6, 94347 Ascha, Germany
Units 15-16 Kingston Industrial Estate, info@deluxematerials.com Fax; 09961 910 7826
Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, PA14 5DG Scotland. Tel; 01529 455 0340 MIG PRODUCTIONS
Tel; 01475 743 955 (Creative Models in UK) SCHIFFER BOOKS
Fax; 01475 743746 DRAGON MODELS C/ Santiago Rusinol 7, Pral 2a, Schiffer Publishing, 4880 Lower Valley Rd,
www.accurate-armour.com (The Hobby Company in UK) 08750 Molins de Rei, Barcelona, Spain Atglen, PA, 19310 USA
Dragon Models Ltd, Kong Nam Ind. Building B1-10F, www.migproductions.com www.schifferbooks.com
ADALBERTUS 603-609 Castle Peak Road, Tsuen Wan NT,
Iberyjska 7/49, 02-764 , Warsaw,Poland Hong Kong Fax; (HK) 4110587 MILICAST MODEL CO., SCHIFFER BOOKS in UK
adalbertus@adalbertus.com.pl www.dragonmodelsltd.com 9 Rannoch St., Battlefield, Glasgow G44 4DF, Scotland Bushwood Books, No.6 Marksbury Avenue,
www.adalbertus.com.pl (For 1:6 Action Figures, please contact Amerang in UK) Tel/Fax; 0141 633 1400 Kew Gardens, Surrey TW9 4JF, UK.
milicastmodels@hotmail.com Tel; 020 8392 8585, 020 8392 9876,
THE AIRBRUSH COMPANY Ltd ECHELON FINE DETAILS www.milicast.com email; info@bushwodbooks.co.uk
Unit 7 Marlborough Road, Lancing Business Park, Available from; wwwaccurate-armour.com &
Lancing, West Sussex, BN15 8UF. http://pachome1.pacific.net.sg/~kriegsketten/ MISSION MODELS SCHUMO KITS
Tel; 08700 660 445 (ETCHMATE, GRABHANDLER, MICRO CHISEL) www.schumo-kits.com
www.airbrushes.com FRIENDSHIP MODELS www.etchmate.com
12 Delta Drive, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 8HR www.missionmodels.com SDV MODEL
ALCLAD II LACQUER Tel; 0131 665 0866 Tel; 818 842 1885 www.sdvmodel.cz
5 St Georges Close, Bacton, Norfolk. NR12 0LL Mobile; 07877166225 Fax; 818 842 1886
Tel; 01962 65216 www.friendshipmodels.com info@missionmodels.com,
sales@missionmodels.com, SIMPLE 2 TRADE
Fax; 01692 652334 No 2 Hollywood Lane, Hollywood,
GREAT NORTH ROADS orders@missionmodels.com
Birmingham, B47 5PP
ALPINE, ROYAL MODEL, ARTISAN 9a Marcombe Road, Torquay, South Devon, TQ2 6LL Tel; 0121 474 3030
MORI, YOSCI; SMARTMODELLING Tel; 01803 400436 THE ARMORY; M&MODELS www.simple2trade.com
www.greatnorthroads.co.uk 9329 S. Cicero Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453, USA
No.7 Gordons Way, Oxted, Surrey RH8 0LN. UK
email svfarrugia@yahoo.co.uk http://home.earthlink.net/~mmodels/
Tel; 01883 734746 SMARTMODELLING
smartmodelling@smart7.fsworld.co.uk (Swash, Tasca, Gap, Yosci, Royal Model)
HANNANTS MODEL WHOLESALE UK LTD No.7 Gordons Way, Oxted, Surrey RH8 0LN UK
Harbour Road, Oulton Broad, Tel; 01892 533036
AMPERSAND PUBLISHING Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 2LZ, www.modelwholesaleuk.com
Tel; 01883 734746
(via Historex Agents in UK) smartmodelling@smart7.fsworld.co.uk
Tel; 01502 517444
235 NE 6th Avenue #4 Delray Beach,
Florida 33483-5543, USA
Fax; 01502 500521 MONROE PERDU SQUADRON
www.hannants.co.uk Monroe Perdu Designs, 3168 Renee Court,
Tel; 561-266 9686 1115 Crowley Drive, Carrollton, TX 75006-1312 U.S.A
sales@hannants.co.uk Simi Valley, CA 93065, USA.
Fax; 561-266-9786
www.monroeperdu.com
HISTOREX AGENTS SWANN-MORTON
ARCHER Owlerton Green, Sheffield, S6 2BJ
(Historex in UK)
Wellington House, 157 Snargate Street, ORDNANCE MODELS Tel; +44 (0)114 234 4231
Dover, Kent, CT17 9BZ, UK Via; www.steelmodels.com
PO Box 1277 Youngsville, NC 27596-1277, USA Fax; +44 (0)114 231 4966
Tel; 01304 206720
www.archertransfers.co General: info@swann-morton.com
Fax; 01304 204528. PACIFIC COAST MODELS
www.historex-agents.co.uk www.craftknives.com
BADGER AIR-BRUSH COMPANY Tel; 001 707 538 4850
sales@historex-agents.co.uk info@pacmodels.com
9128W Belmont Ave, Franklin Park, IL 60131 TAMIYA JAPAN
Tel; 847/678-3104 www.pacmodels.com Tamiya, Inc., 3-7 Ondawara Suruga-ku,
www.badgerairbrush.com
HOBBYLINK JAPAN Shizuoka 422-8610 JAPAN
Sano-shi, Kurohakama-cho 162-1, PANZERWRECKS
email info@badgerairbrush.com www.tamiya.com
Tochigi 327-0813, Japan PO Box 164, Heathfield, Sussex TN21 8WA, UK
(In the UK from www.shesto.co.uk)
www.hlj.com www.panzerwrecks.com TAMIYA UK;
BISON DECALS HUSSAR PRODUCTIONS, CANADA THE HOBBY COMPANY LIMITED
Available from www.hannants.co.uk and PLUS MODEL Garforth Place, Knowlhill, Milton Keynes, MK5 8PG, UK
www.airconnection.on.ca (Creative Models in UK)
www.pdi-model-supplies.com Tel; 01908 605686 Fax; 01908 605666
Jizni 56, 370 10 C. Budejovice, Czech Republic. enquiries@hobbyco.net
BLAST MODELS IAN ALLAN plusmodel@plusmodel.cz www.hobbyco.net
www.ianallanpublishing.com www.plusmodel.cz
Via AFV Modeller or www.blast-models.com
Mail Order Dept 01455 254450
TRUMPETER
BOOKWORLD WHOLESALE POCKETBOND LTD www.trumpeter-china.com
Unit 10 Hodfar Road, Sandy Lane Ind Est
ICM (Trumpeter & AFV Club in UK) Pocketbond in the UK
Kiev 02099, Ukraine, Borispolskaya 9 building 64. PO Box 80, Welwyn, Hertfordshire,
Stourport, Worcs, DY13 9QB
Tel/fax; (+38044) 369-54-12 England, AL6 0ND
Tel; 01299 823330
export@icm.com.ua VERLINDEN PRODUCTIONS
Fax; 01299 829970 Tel; 01707 391509 (Historex in UK)
www.icm.com.ua Fax; 01707 327 466
info@bookworldws.co.uk 811 Lone Star Drive, OFallon, Missouri 63366, USA
info@pocketbond.co.uk www.verlinden-productions.com
CALIBRE 35 ITALERI
Via Hannants in UK
(The Hobby Company in UK) PSP MODELS LTD VALLEJO
Via Pradazzo, 6, I-40012 Calderara Di Reno, (Mission Models in USA) (Creative Models in UK)
Bologna, Italy, Unit 19B, Applins Farm, Farrington,
CAMMETT Tel; 051 726037 Dorset DT11 8RA, UK
Acrylicos Vallejo, SL Apartado 337 - 08800
(Lifecolour, Scale Caliber) www.italeri.com Vilanova i la Geltr, Barcelona, Spain
Tel/Fax; 01747 811 817 Tel; (34) 93 893 60 12
Unit 5 Greenfield Industrial Estate,
www.psp-models.com Fax; (34) 93 893 11 54
Forest Road, Hay on Wye, Powys, HR3 5FA
Tel; 01497 822757
JUST BASES www.acrylicosvallejo.com
Email; cammettco@btinternet.com
21 Graham Road, Paignton TQ3 1BB QUICKBOOST
Tel; 01803 558520 www.quickboost.net
www.cammett.co.uk
www.just-bases.co.uk VLS CORPORATION
(LSA in UK)
CLASSIC PUBLICATIONS REVELL GmbH & Co. KG (TRAKZ, WINGZ, CUSTOM DIORAMICS, WARRIORS);
Midland Counties Publications, 4 Watling Drive,
JUST KITS Orchard Mews, 18C High Street, Lincoln County Industrial Park, 1011 Industrial Court,
4 High Street, Botley, Southampton, SO30 2EA Tring, Herts, HP23 5AH Moscow Mills, Missouri 63362, USA
Sketchley Lane Industrial Estate, Hinckley,
Tel; 01489 781177 Tel; +44 (0) 1442 250130 www.modelmecca.com
Leics UK. LE10 1YF
www.justkitsandmodels.co.uk Fax; +44 (0) 1442 245619
Tel; 01455 233 747,
Fax; 01455 233 737 www.revell.eu WHITE ENSIGN
midlandbooks@compuserve.com LSA MODELS Unit 5, Cobnash Industrial Estate, HR6 9RW
www.classic-publications.com (TASCA, MASTER BOX) SB MODELS Tel; 0844 415 0914
Retail; 151 Sackville Road, Hove, UK distributor for Model Victoria and Royal Model wem@onetel.com
East Sussex, BN3 3HD, England. P.O. Box 114, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA13 0WY.
CREATIVE MODELS LTD Tel/Fax; 01273 705420
www.whiteensignmodels.com
(Mig Productions, Vallejo, Accurate Miniatures) Tel/Fax; 01229 430 749
orders@lsamodels.co.uk sales@sbmodels.fsnet.co.uk
Unit 6-10, Honeysome Industrial Estate, Honeysome
www.lsamodels.co.uk WWII PRODUCTIONS, AUSTRALIA
Road, Chatteris, Cambridgeshire. PE16 6TG www.sbmodels.net 12 Prince Street, Waratah, 2298, NSW, Australia
Tel; 01354 760022 Tel; +61 (0)2 4967 3205
www.creativemodels.co.uk MDC SBLC Fax; +61 (0)2 4967 3207
info@creativemodels.co.uk Model Design Construction, Victoria Place, PO Box 794, Cheltenham GL52 3ZW, UK ww2prod@optusnet.com.au
Victoria Road, Ripley, Derbyshire DE5 3FW RICHARDSBLC@aol.com
Fax; 01773 513344
DARTMOOR MILITARY MODELS orders@modeldesignconstruction.com ZVEZDA
Haylis cottage, Budlake, Broadclyst SBX MODEL SHOP (The Hobby Company in UK)
www.modeldesignconstruction.com Norwich Road, Ipswich. IP1 5DN
Exeter, EX5 3LJ, England Promishlennaia Str.,2, Lobnya, Moscow Region,
Tel; 01392 881271 Tel; 01473 464311 141730 Russia
www.dartmoormilitarymodels.com www.sbxmodelshop.co.uk office@zvezda.org.ru
www.zvezda.org.ru

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The Last Post..
MMIS 2012 IN REVIEW
T
his issue of Model Military International new technologies permitting small runs of photographs and words into attractive flowing
magazine will appear on the remarkably detailed accessories, upgrades, visual stories. Thanks Alex!
newsstands in early December, so it corrections and conversions. Despite the extra duties imposed by MIMs
seems to be the right time to take a Any magazine is an ensemble effort and this AFV Edition, ADH Publishings Group Editor
look back at 2012. title is no exception. I would like to extend my Marcus Nicholls continues to be an essential
Despite another gloomy year for the world sincere appreciation to all of Model Military part of the creative process with his feedback,
economy, kit releases continued to flow at a Internationals contributors, whose wonderful suggestions and support.
remarkable rate, particularly out of Asia. Both models and research have appeared in these Luke Pitt has added Interviews to his
the traditional players such as Tamiya and AFV pages over 2012 and previous years. Thanks to repertoire of skills, along with his monthly 1:48
Club; along with brand new entrants including all of you for your efforts. scale pages, which has become a fixture of the
Meng and Kinetic, have offered some fascinating Our Think Tank articles, usually related magazine, and his splendid model articles.
new releases during 2012. Bronco has really to a modeling subject in the same issue, are There is a surprising amount of
kicked up their release activity this year too. an important part of the character of the administrative work associated with any
It would seem that there is a trend towards magazine. I would particularly like to thank magazine, such as dealing with correspondence
ever-higher levels of detail straight from the Bruce Culver for his remarkable ability to turn and distributing samples. Thanks to Paula,
box - and a correspondingly high parts count. around high quality and original reference Hannah, Colin and Joe for managing much of
This is particularly true of Dragon, AFV Club articles at amazingly short notice. Stuart the back-office burden of MMI.
and Bronco. By contrast, Tamiyas latest Ransley has done a great job with modern I am grateful to our Publisher Alan Harman
military releases have focused on delivering subjects too. too, for having the faith to give me this
a high level of detail with a smaller number of MMI is fortunate to boast a team of reviewers wonderful job nearly four years ago, and for
parts, consequently offering faster and easier with expertise in a number of specialist areas. letting me keep it ever since!
construction. Not only do they know their stuff, but they And lastly but certainly not least, thank
Regardless of whether you prefer a 1,000 also understand the importance of providing you, MMI reader, for your ongoing support
part super-kit or a relaxing weekend build, I a balanced review pointing out both the high of the magazine. We hope that you will enjoy
cannot recall a time when we have seen more or points and the potential problems with new the models, research and news that we will be
better kits appearing on our hobby shop shelves. release kits and accessories. I am very grateful bringing you in 2013.
Although some releases may have question
marks over accuracy in specific areas, we have
never had a bigger choice than we have today.
to our ensemble of reviewers.
Alex Hall has shouldered most of the MMI
design duties for this year. Alex has once
Brett
The after market remains lively too, with again done a fantastic job converting basic

PUTTING IT IN PERSPECTIVE
One of the challenges of presenting a model article
is providing a sense of proportion for the subject. An
accompanying figure is a good way to do this, or sometimes
I will photograph the kit alongside a coin or another familiar
object to convey its size or lack thereof!
My article on Tamiyas new 1:35 scale Simca 5 in Issue
80 of MMI was finished in a very short period of time and I
neglected to give a visual indication of its actual size.
I thought I would redress that shortcoming here by
displaying the kit next to Tamiyas new 1:35 scale Elefant.
The Simca really is quite small, as the contrast in this
photo clearly shows!
It wont take up much space in your display shelf, but it is
a lovely little model.
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D6565 Dragon Kits are distributed in the UK by The Hobby Company Limited, Knowlhill, Milton Keynes, MK5 8PG
See the full Dragon range at www.hobbyco.net
Dragon models are available from all good model shops www.hobbyco.net

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