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Posted: Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 07:14 AM UTC
Paul,
Great job on that storage box. I don't mind one dimensional PE, but 3 dimensional PE seems to thwart me every time.

Tank looks great!
Gaz
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Posted: Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 01:10 PM UTC
Nice work on the Etch Paul. I used the Voyager set on my Ford GPA for the Jeeps build, a bit of a chore - so I am glad the Etch is very limited on the Diana.

Gaz, they don't appear to be looking at something to me, they look more like they are trying to get fresh air after the driver farted...


Welcome aboard Marc

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Posted: Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 09:28 PM UTC

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Paul,
Great job on that storage box. I don't mind one dimensional PE, but 3 dimensional PE seems to thwart me every time.

Tank looks great!
Gaz



Thanks Gaz,

I am a sucker for PE, can't leave the stuff alone, I don't think a model is complete without a bit of it being used, some sort of OCD type disorder I reckon. I shall get it painted up a bit later in the campaign, no airbrushing area at the moment.

Now I have to see what I can do to fill the time left in the campaign. Perhaps something Axis to oppose the Allied vehicle, I shall scour the stash for something suitable.

All the best,

Paul
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Posted: Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 09:35 PM UTC

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Nice work on the Etch Paul. I used the Voyager set on my Ford GPA for the Jeeps build, a bit of a chore - so I am glad the Etch is very limited on the Diana.



Thanks Peter,

I have several Voyager sets for various tanks in my PE box, they are really very nicely done, I am using the Voyager set on a King Tiger build that I am doing, very detailed and a little scary. I just got the Flyhawk set for the Panther D (1/72) and that is very nice, some of the finest grilles I have seen to date.

I think I may be doing a German soft-skin next and I have a PE set for that .

All the best,

Paul
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Posted: Monday, February 12, 2018 - 12:20 PM UTC
Paul, consider changing your call sign to Etchman...... or Masochistdad....
:o)
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Posted: Monday, February 12, 2018 - 05:26 PM UTC
Hello Peter,
Unfortunately I can't change my call-sign, but I don't find using PE a masochistic enterprise, I actually find it relaxing . That is until a little piece flicks off into the wild blue yonder, fortunately it doesn't happen too often. Thanks for the suggestions though, made me laugh.

All the best,

Paul
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Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 02:05 PM UTC
Okay Gaz, to prove I have been working on the Diana

Bit the bullet and filled the knock out marks


The rear compartment and Gun assemblies. The filler you see has not yet been sanded and was my error, not a kit fit problem - I had to remove and reposition the part so not a clean fit after clean up. There is filler on the gun trails which filled sink marks. Not sure if they will be visible when the etch cover goes over it, but there is a gap between the etch and the part.



Basic test fit - the gun parts are not fitted to the trail, just sitting on top



And Test fit of the major assemblies


I have some doubt about the shape of the rear of the mud guards. The mould line certainly needs to be removed but I think the flat face maybe too wide but photos seem to show different types fitted and the pics of the Diana are too indistinct to really tell.

The Placement of the ammo rack box in the rear leaves a gap between it and the rear wall. The instructions are not clear here, but there is a bracket on the compartment floor which the front lines up with, so I have made the assumption that the gap is at the rear, not the front. There is a gap between the sides so, there is some evidence to support my theory. A rolled Tarp on the rear over the gap will cover that anyway.

The centre section of the compartment rear is a hatch that swings down on the outside and the bottom of the hatch is below the top of the rack. If you have the door down, you see the void in the empty rack piece.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 02:21 PM UTC
Peter,
That looks really good, despite your reservations. I had no idea that the gun's wheels were actually carried in the fighting compartment. Been looking forward to this.

Gaz
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Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 02:29 PM UTC
Yes the whole gun is put in place with just the trails cut off part way back from the carriage. You have to do that yourself but there is a 1:1 template in the instructions and a mark on the inside to help you with that. I guess Bronco had this planed when the did the gun - Clever and thoughtful, not usually a trait we see in some model making companies.

There are actually etch straps to fit over the wheels and into the wheel wells which you can fit after the gun is in place as long as you don't glue the wheels down. You can pre-paint and glue the forward part of the strap in place, lift the carriage slightly and slip the rear part in behind and below the wheel. then you will be able to glue the rear of the strap against the rear of the well wall. Fiddly, but do-able - I have tested it.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 02:30 PM UTC
Alright everyone,
Time to call the official build done. Here are some photos:



















I borrowed a bit of sand photo for a backdrop. You will see this one again in a small diorama once kit #2 is completed.

Happy building!

Gaz
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Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 06:28 PM UTC
Well done! Looking forward to the whole ball of wax.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:39 AM UTC
Hi guys, finally starting my entry. This kit has a date stamped 1974, despite the age it's really nice. They put an upgrade with the kit, metal barrel. Small amount of PE, also added a few figures. As I have aged, I love these Tamiya kits less frustration
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 01:43 AM UTC

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. As I have aged, I love these Tamiya kits less frustration



If that is the case, then it means that soon I will be happy with pre-built examples... (I can remember when this was a new release!!!!)

Nice start Ken. Tamiya have never compromised on quality and always had the build-ability factor. How many shelf queens have been created as the more complicated and numerous parts layout of other brands led to waning enthusiasm to finish...

Of all my 'to be completed builds', not one is Tamiya......

Your 3 certainly needs some housework done GAZ. Nice dusty dry mud finish. I think you captured what you intended. Looks good.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 01:46 AM UTC
Johhar,
Thanks! I hope I can make it convincing.

Ken,
Great start! After building a few Dragon kits, the simplicity of great Tamiya engineering is very much appreciated.

Gaz
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 06:13 AM UTC
@ Peter: That is an interesting build, I have always liked the vehicle, looks very quirky. I too didn't realise that the wheels were still attached to the gun, I have never seen a picture of the fighting compartment though. Look forward to seeing it progress.

@ Gaz: Well done with the PzIII, it looks very nice indeed and the crew figures really bring it to life.

@ Ken: It just shows how far ahead of the curve Tamiya were, I remember all those nice builds by Francois Verlinden back in the 70's and 80's, featured in Military Modelling Magazine, very inspirational. I shall look forward to seeing this golden oldie built up.

All the best,

Paul
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 08:10 AM UTC

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@ Peter: That is an interesting build, I have always liked the vehicle, looks very quirky. I too didn't realise that the wheels were still attached to the gun, I have never seen a picture of the fighting compartment though. Look forward to seeing it progress.

Paul



Not that many pics around of these vehicles but there are a few of interest. What is the best way to see behind a wall - take it away:


This one shows the wheel next to the door. It also shows the rear hatch flap I mentioned earlier and how the back of the ammo rack is seen (there is no back on the kit part, hence the void) and also how close to the rear it seems compared to where it sits if you have the front up to the brace location on the floor



Note the 'u' shaped pipe step fitted to the compartment floor above and to right of the red z in the first pic and no step on the second pic which is vehicle number 7. Bronco gives you these parts and shows it used for number 7 in their artwork. Numbers 4 and 8 Had the step based on photos.

Interestingly, this one does not appear to have them, yet it has the unusual rack on the rear as per the first pic - but it is the opposite side.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 08:43 AM UTC
Gaz,

Sweet looking Panzer and figures.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 11:14 AM UTC
Paul and Mark,
Thank you very much!

Gaz
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 03:02 PM UTC
Peter,

Those are very interesting photos, I have not seen them before and they show a lot of detail. I am hoping that a SdKfz6 will be produced soon in 1/72 and then I can have a go at a bit of scratch building, certainly an interesting vehicle.

All the best,

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Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 02:19 AM UTC

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Peter,

I am hoping that a SdKfz6 will be produced soon in 1/72 and then I can have a go at a bit of scratch building, certainly an interesting vehicle.

All the best,

Paul



There is a resin one:
http://gbmodelli.blogspot.com.au/2011/11/news-kit-72011-sdkfz-6-m-zgkv-5t.html

and a Diana in 1/76
http://gulumik.blogspot.com.au/2011/09/sdkfz-6-diana-176.html

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Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 10:22 PM UTC
@ Paul – Nice extras you've put into your Cruiser!

@ Peter – Typical Bronco kit: Lots of parts — love ‘em when they all come together! Nice how the large access doors on the Diana show off the fighting compartment. The Diana must have presented a huge target for looming Hurricanes!
BTW: Nice cut-away reference ... or should I say BLAST-away. Lol!

@ Gaz – The PzIII looks even better with the crew and additional backdrop — really brings the scenario to life.
Question: Did you wind up with an extra track link on the RH side?

@ Ken – Tamiya Kits = clear instructions, good fit, and ease of assembly — gotta’ love ‘em! Looking forward to progress.

Cheers!🍺
—mike
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Posted: Friday, February 16, 2018 - 12:49 AM UTC

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@ Gaz – The PzIII looks even better with the crew and additional backdrop — really brings the scenario to life.
Question: Did you wind up with an extra track link on the RH side?

Cheers!🍺
—mike



Mike,
I was having real trouble getting the right side tracks on, so I added a link. I should have positioned the Friul tracks better before taking the pics. This is one area where Dragon makes it difficult.

With a Tamiya kit you get a drive sprocket that spins which really makes adding tracks easier. With Dragon, the drive sprocket is glued into place.

Cheers,

Gaz
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 12:18 AM UTC
Would like some feedback on my first attempt at sand bags before I go any further. Thanks

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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 02:15 AM UTC

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Would like some feedback on my first attempt at sand bags before I go any further. Thanks



Ken,
You've done a pretty good job, but the right side needs a little touch up.

The weight of the bag on top modifies the shape of the bag on the bottom. And the bottom bag will conform completely to the shape beneath it.

The only part of the bag that won't conform is that area near then ends where the fabric and seam causes lift.

So, the two bags on the right of your photo show themselves lifted by the other bags and the structure beneath. With a vehicle that is moving, those bags would really snug themselves down to the surface and to each other.

Hopefully this is helpful.

Gaz