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Half a Year for a Half Track
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Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017 - 12:12 PM GMT+7
I trust all goes well for you Mike.

I've been absent from the workbench as well, but in my case I guess it was just plain laziness. Finally got myself to completing a build for another campaign, and now that's done I feel I'm getting my modelling mojo back.

As for my Panzerwerfer 42, here's where it's at now:



Cheers,

Tat
Namabiiru
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Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017 - 12:05 PM GMT+7
Olive is the new black...

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Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017 - 11:45 AM GMT+7
...and who said looking a bit drab was a bad thing?

Nice Mike

Getting paint down.... hmm something I need to do
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Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017 - 10:29 AM GMT+7
@ Karl, I haven’t had the dreaded “C” word uttered by my doctors, so I can’t even begin to imagine what that scare must feel like. Hopefully, it was only a scare for you.

@ All, Thank you for the many kind words — means a lot. Most of all, thank you for the encouragement and inspiration I find in this campaign.

Speaking of campaign, here’s a little progress. ... Big ‘sticky bomb’ paint day!
M21 sub-assemblies sprayed with Vallejo Olive Drab Primer (73.608).




Cheers!🍺
—mike
ClaytonFromEllijay
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Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:16 AM GMT+7
I feel it, Mike, I'm in the same boat, Docs will always find something new wrong with you....good winch work!
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Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 09:16 AM GMT+7
Hope you're feeling better Mike and glad to see another US half track making an appearance.
petbat
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Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 08:47 AM GMT+7
Looks much better now Mike. Sorry to hear about your health. I hope you are on the improve.

You too Karl. Some tough news, but I hope this time it is a scare and not more serious. Fingers crossed for you.
Namabiiru
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Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 07:30 AM GMT+7
I like the redo a lot better, Mike!

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Posted: Monday, May 22, 2017 - 10:20 PM GMT+7
I know exactly what you mean Mike. Hope everythings okay healthwise now. I'd planned to have the day modelling as I'd got a doctors appointment at 08:30 which they'd called me in for (meds review) so I thought great, clear desk lets have a day on something new. Mentioned something in passing, quick examination and now another cancer scare, just a different one this time. Kind of f'd up the day so to speak. I like the way the front end's coming on. Keep the pics coming.
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Posted: Monday, May 22, 2017 - 11:53 AM GMT+7
You guys are doing really amazing work!🍺
As for me … Well, I’ve been kinda' MIA for a bit due to health and life crap. Can’t believe it’s been this long!

Anyway, I finally crawled back to the workbench this weekend. And for now, here’s what I have to show for my M21.
Remember original Plans A and B (page 6)? Stripped electrical wire wrapped around Tamiya masking tape. 😡😝 ... Wave off! ✈️ ...

Plan C: "Revisit my winding work and do a better, more uniform job.” … Enter the ‘Ultra Wire’ (Medium Black) redo. ✅


Cheers!🍺
—mike
petbat
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Posted: Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 09:01 AM GMT+7
Nice Antony. If I remember correctly, if you place the track join under the road wheels, it wont be noticeable.

Karl great work. Fantastic build

Chris, yours is coming along nicely as well
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Posted: Friday, May 19, 2017 - 09:23 AM GMT+7
Outstanding work!

It's funny, the 75mm shell stowage looks just like an open box of .38 pistol ammunition...

ClaytonFromEllijay
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Posted: Friday, May 19, 2017 - 09:13 AM GMT+7
Nice clean work on the split louvered decal, Chris, those aren't easy!
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Posted: Friday, May 19, 2017 - 06:22 AM GMT+7
In the home stretch now. Detail painting, add a bit of stowage, a few missing bits and weathering it up a bit and I should be able to call it done.







27-1025
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Posted: Friday, May 19, 2017 - 06:18 AM GMT+7
Very well done. Quality stuff.
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Posted: Friday, May 19, 2017 - 05:30 AM GMT+7
Hi Karl,
Very nice finish on the 251/9! The detailing and paint look awesome! ... And thank you for including the historical notes.

Cheers!🍺
—mike
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Posted: Friday, May 19, 2017 - 03:09 AM GMT+7
Karl, congrats on crossing the finish line, very well done
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Posted: Friday, May 19, 2017 - 02:07 AM GMT+7
Thanks guys. Much appreciated :-)
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Posted: Friday, May 19, 2017 - 01:15 AM GMT+7
Beautiful work, Karl! Your interior details are great! Thanks for your contribution!!
Namabiiru
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Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 11:12 PM GMT+7
Looks nice, Karl!

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Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 08:03 PM GMT+7
I'm calling mine completed now having spent the last couple of days putting the finishing touches to it. I'd decided that I wanted to finish it as a 251/9 of 12th SS Hitlerjugend but my problem was it's ID mark. As we all know it denotes company, platoon, individual vehicle in the platoon but as the make up of a German Panzer Division, especially an SS one difers so much to a British or American one I was stumped as to what number to give it as I do like to get things as close to historically right as possible. Salvation was found online when I found a partial book called "Tip Of The Spear" which is about German recconaisance battalions within a panzer division which had the breakdown of 12th SS from 07/06/1944 to November of that year. The recconaisance battalion of Hitlerjugend saw a disproportionate amount of fighting in Normandy, being cut off a couple of times and also elements of it defending villages on it's own, up to the eventual collapse of the German forces there as explained in Michael Reynolds excellent book "Steel Inferno". His book which explains in detail the activities of 1st SS Panzer Korps in Normandy (1st SS Panzer Division Liebstandarte Adolf Hitler and 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend made up 1st SS Panzer Korps) with the lions share of the fighting being borne by Hitlerjugend and the figures I got hold of yestreday illustrate that perfectly as their strength declines month by month quite drastically. As a retired Major General his knowledge of tactics serves to make the book even more interesting as not only is a he an expert on the Waffen SS, he actually understands the tactics and explains them to the reader. (Definitely worth a read if you get chance)I'd already worked out that their vehicles were marked with black numbers with a white outline so I was back in business.









I'd originally used Tamiya XF74 OD (JGSDF) for the green but decided it was too dark so chabged it for XF67 NATO Green as it was a lot lighter and looked more in keeping with a vehicle that had been sprayed in workshop conditions with the paint thinned with the right thinners ie petrol rather than whatever is available in the field. Normandy was Hitlerjugends baptism of fire so all of their equipment was pretty much new when they entered the fray so to speak. With this in mind I've gone easy on the internal weathering as the life of this vehicle would have been a couple of months tops so I've avoided the "been in combat for 40 years" look some people go for which while showing off peoples excellent techniques doesn't look right as combat vehicles on both sides had a relatively short service life. Especially German ones in Normandy as they had to contend with overwhelming Allied firepower on the ground plus marauding Typhoons shooting up anything that they saw move on the ground.

Anyone who's seen my previous halftracks or open topped vehicles will know how much I enjoy doing the inside, adding personal kit, ammo, weapons etc to give it that lived in appearance. From my own experience I know that the inside of military vehicles is never pristine and carry anything and evrything lol. That's what I've attempted to show here.







The decals I used were the excellent Cartograf ones from the kit and the divisional insignia was from an ADV dry transfer sheet courtesy of ebay. Very nice transfers as they went on smoothly with a rub from a pencil.

Just for a change, due to the location of the radio in the rear, all the wiring is visible. Usually I do the wiring, put on the weapons shelf and it vanishes out of sight. This time it can be seen. Many thanks to Peter for giving me the requisite info so I could wire it up properly. I'd done most of it before the hull top went on using fuse wire as usual but was having trouble with the last bit going to the antenna as the wire wouldn't stick in place when I tried bending it. I remembered however I'd bought some wire for Tiger towing cables in 1/72nd by mistake off ebay last year ( I really ought to read descriptions when I've got my glasses on!) so tried that. Spot on! Very flexible and stayed in place. I didn't like the kit antenna as scalewise it was about 4 inches thick so used an AM metal one I'd got plus an AM mount for it as well. Makes all the difference. Due to it's length it goes through the body's mount so I could attach the radio to the antenna bottom which I think looks quite effective. Not that noticeable but it's one of those little details that makes me happy.











All that remains to be done now is to paint up the two crew members that I've chosen to go in the back and to weather the outside. I'm leaving that until I've got all of the vehicles together (I need to get some pigments anyway) and built the street for the dio so I can get continuity between all the different vehicles and personnel. Paints used were mainly Tamiya. XF60- Dark Yellow, XF67 NATO Green, XF68- NATO Brown. XF84- Dark Iron for weapons and the breech block of the main armament. paint chipping and areas of wear were done with vallejo 70822 German Camouflage Black Brown. I've really enjoyed this build (although it tested my patience at times with DML's notoriously crappy instructions) as half tracks are one of my favourite kit types plus there's been some lovely work shown through the campaign. Thanks to Clayton for putting on such a cracking campaign and for his words of encouragement throughout. It's a thumbs up from me. Thanks for letting me join :-)

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Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 12:42 PM GMT+7
finaly got my laptop sorted so i can get pics uploaded, work wont allow me to do it so heres my photos of my m16 half track









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Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 08:56 AM GMT+7

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Chris that's a really nice clean build. How did it go together? Any problems? I'm quite tempted by DML's US tracks (being a fan of half tracks) as a change from my stash of 251's so wondered what they're like buildwise.



Thank you. This one has been almost trouble free. Typical Dragon instructions but everything fits and you can super-detail if so inclined.
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Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 01:54 AM GMT+7
Sharp looking
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Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 01:20 AM GMT+7
Looks great, Chris!