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A bit late here - I only just finished my P-40. I am keeping to one kit at a time only at the moment, given the massive piles of Shelf o’ DOOOOM! models that remain...’unfinished’. The M-72 was a ‘licence-built’ Soviet version of the German BMW R71, via the very short-lived Molotov-von Ribbentrop ‘Pact’ of 1939. The machine is still apparently in production in China today, after the Russians sold the whole production process to the Chinese. The Wikipedia page for this machine can be found here. The Germans passed over the BMW R71 in favour of the R75 (and apparently preferred the Zündapp KS750 motorcycle over the R75). 1. Kit box (a you-beaut end-opener 😬🙄) top: 2. Back of M-72 box - wine (no women) and song 3. Frames ‘A’ - two of them: motorcycle parts 4. Frame ‘B’ - sidecar and figurines. Note where the ever-vigilant floor monster made one of its spirited attempts on a part just out of the bag. 5. Frame ‘C’ - figurines 6. Transfers - not one set, but three! 7. Instructions part 1 8. Instructions part 2 There are two versions out of the box - one a travelling heavy machine gun party, the other a travelling musical party. Being a musician (of sorts 🤣) myself, I can’t but not do the musical one. Great three-part accordion, as you will see eventually. I’ve located one of the required - sacked - Humbrol ‘paints’*: the rest of them I can get away with using LifeColor, MIG and Tamiya acrylics. I may have enough courage after this one to tackle a Tamiya 1/12 bike - we’ll see. Given my current completion rate I may not make the Oct 1 deadline. But we’ll see. There’s quite a few parts (for me) in this one, and figurine painting. At least it’s 1/35, not 1/72! And no cornflakes either. I promise! Cheers, Dr L. *Total time-wasters
Lonesome Polecat has always had a spot in my heart. Growing up, I got a book from my grandparents, "Fighter Command" that featured color photos of the ETO during World War 2. The Polecat was one of the planes with numerous photos and I decided then that I would build her someday. Then Eduard came out with their offering of the Mk. VIII and Eagle Strike released a set of markings for the 31st Fighter Group and my dream became a reality. My color selections are questionable, but when color correcting the old photos, the US Sand seemed to be a better match, IMO, than the Middle Stone. So that's what I went with. Colors were from the Mr. Paint line. The rest of the completed and WIP photos can be found here.