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  1. I'll follow this with interest and almost certainly add one to the collection. The 10th Motorised Cavalry were the core of what became 1st Polish Armoured Division, my go to unit for building 'British' stuff in NW Europe. They still exist, still use the winged Hussar emblem and currently operate the Leopard 2. Andy
  2. I picked this up last week because I wanted something to hitch to the Horch I built recently. It comes in a box, which has a slightly awkward painting of the gun in a JG53 airfield setting: It's not flat there is it? Also, the Luftwaffe paint option is for North Africa wihch that certainly appears not to be. Parts, including the trailer I need on the left: Instructions have a parts map and comprehensive(!!) painting guide on one side: Build instructions are some explded diagrams. Think I'vegot enough kits under my belt to cope with the lack of sequence nu
  3. Tamiya 1/48 Citroen Traction Avant 11CV. Built OOB, painted with Vallejo, Tamiya and Akan paints and inks. Errors & ommissions are all mine. Andy
  4. Calling this one finished. There are still some rough edges I could work on but I'm getting into the area of diminishing returns and I'd hate to screw up something big while I was trying to fix something little. The next one will be better, as there were several new techniques and paints involved with this one (and how come I get brush marks in matt paint that I'm going to gloss varnish but never in matt paint I just slap on e.g. a Horch? Another modelling mystery for the ages). More pics in the Gallery. Andy
  5. Enough faffing. After the wheel incident, I've been wary about getting glue anywhere near the model but it won't build itself, so loins girded, I set about it. Front fenders/firewall/dashboard was added. I wondered where all the controls were as Tamiya don't notmally miss that kind of detail. There are no pedals because you can't see them. There is a column mounted gear shift, which you probably also can't see now as everything is semi-gloss black and the windows are tiny. I also added the bumpers and headlights and touched up the chrome paint. Then knocked off a headlight adding th
  6. More progress, not all of it forward. I was probably the only person in the world who didn't see this coming: Painted and gloss varnished the wheels. Painted the hubcaps chrome silver. Last job was to introduce the latter to the former. Uncle Tamiya has a key on the back of the hub cap and the recess in the wheel is consequently not a circle. Given the size of the bits, there's an element of 'get it about right and wiggle' to get the caps seated. Glue, gloss varnish, metallic paint and wiggling - what could possibly go wrong? Imagine my laughter when this happened: Imagine how
  7. End of day 1. Everything is still on the sprues, but there has been paint. Penny for scale - this is a tiny model, even in 1/48. Interesting to see the colour change in the photo. The red I've used is Vallejo Dark Red and it is neither as pink nor as brown as it looks there. Andy
  8. With it's front wheel drive (which gave it its name) and monocoque chassis, this little Citroen was quite innovative on it's introduction in 1934. It stayed in production until 1957 by which time over 750,000 had been built. Aside from civilian use, it was popular with the French army, and was captured or confiscated in huge numbers by the Germans who used it in all theatres of the war. I'm going to build a pre-war civvie version using one of the options on the decal sheet but I'm going slightly off piste in that instead of the standard all black bodywork I'm going to do a two tone scheme
  9. There's a good idea. I'll copy it into there and finish it off in the GB section. Andy
  10. Quite safe then - I've already done the Schwimmwagen (used some Toro Decals to do a captured one) and I don't have an Elefant, it's never really been on my radar. Looking forward to seeing both, your Kubel was very nice Andy
  11. I have way too many kits available, so what were the odds? Got a couple to finish then the next two new starts will be an Indonesian A-4 and a StuG III Ausf B, both 1/48. Does that help? Yep, on the weeny one the body is one piece, so open doors will take some very careful carving. Not impossible, but not something I'm going to attempt this time out as I'd also have to carve up the 'glass' piece to match. Unless... Andy
  12. That would have been good, there's some nice detail in there. I'll not go daft on it though as you won't be able to see anything (including my errors and omissions ) Andy
  13. With it's front wheel drive (which gave it its name) and monocoque chassis, this little Citroen was quite innovative on it's introduction in 1934. It stayed in production until 1957 by which time over 750,000 had been built. Aside from civilian use, it was popular with the French army, and was captured or confiscated in huge numbers by the Germans who used it in all theatres of the war. I'm going to build a pre-war civvie version using one of the options on the decal sheet but I'm going slightly off piste in that instead of the standard all black bodywork I'm going to attempt a two tone s
  14. I remember getting kits as a very small kid and watching enthralled as my dad built them for me. An abiding memory is getting an aircraft carrier (no idea which one) and 'us' building it almost to completion. My dad finished the paint one night while I was in bed. That must be close on 50 years ago and I've still not forgiven him Fair to say from that point I was hooked. Through everything a fairly turbulent life has thrown at me modelling has always been there. I've never stopped, don't think I could now. I did get rid of a load of kits a couple of years back as I needed the money but
  15. Looks fine and your assumption is almost spot on (at least for the Polish one, I don't have reference pics for the other one) - tarmacced roads then dry open fields. It was common to tone down the white markings on Shermans and Cromwells but the Crusaders tended to stay at HQ so pictures show they were kept pretty clean. Andy
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