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ayovtshev
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Posted: Sunday, April 08, 2018 - 10:18 PM UTC
Peter, you have a point.
It's only that I would love to see such heritage preserved in Bulgaria...which sadly seems not to be case too often...

Nick, the chassis is molded separately.
But with the body-molded in one piece-sitting too tight on the chassis, there is simply no room for powertrain machinery...
I'll see what I can do.

I've almost finished the Schneider-Canet M1904 gun.
Almost, because I still need to add the firing mechanism:







Next to come is the scratch of an one axle trailer used for motorized towing.

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Posted: Saturday, April 07, 2018 - 02:46 AM UTC
Hi Angel -

Could you shave the resin body of the tractor off of the molded in chassis and make your own? The photos of chassis and running gear of the unrestored version look very unique - maybe worth the heavy cut work to be able to try and make your own?

Nick
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Posted: Saturday, April 07, 2018 - 01:52 AM UTC

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Since then the vehicle disappeared from the exhibition-hopefully it was not sold abroad.



There would be an upside to that, if it was restored with loving care. It is so sad to see these pieces left out in the open to deteriorate. Imagine what another 10 years in the elements would have done to the one in your pic.

....and of course the build just gets better....
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Posted: Friday, April 06, 2018 - 12:56 PM UTC
Thanks for the refference pictures,Mike!
And for your kind words,Peter!

Here is a picture of TL.37 from Sofia's MNMH 10 years ago:

Since then the vehicle disappeared from the exhibition-hopefully it was not sold abroad.

Fiat TL.37 chassy is top of my scratchbuild-wishlist.
It is a beauty rearly seen:




All picture found online and used for discussion purposes only.

Unfortunately- Criel Model's resin kit will not allow me to detail the chassy- the bottom of the platform is sitting quite low...
I only hope one day some plastic kit company will release it in 1/35th scale, till then I'll continue collecting material.

I've done bit more on my Schneider-Canet:shield,elevation and traverse wheels, some rivets and crown bolts:




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Posted: Friday, April 06, 2018 - 11:46 AM UTC
Okay.... add Indiana to the bucket list...

Nice Pics Mike
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Posted: Friday, April 06, 2018 - 06:53 AM UTC
As promised.

Angel I hope these might be of some use to you. Cheers!




Located in Auburn, Indiana

(Sorry I did not get more reference photos of this very interesting vehicle.)
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Posted: Friday, April 06, 2018 - 01:30 AM UTC
It is looking sensational Angel. Love it.

The TL 37 doesn't appear to have as many parts as I would have expected, but that one piece casting for the body looks amazing. A work of art in the mould. Please shows progress pics on that somewhere too.

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Posted: Thursday, April 05, 2018 - 08:35 PM UTC
Angel I am following your build very closely. I especially like the Italian Tractor you have chosen.

There is one on display at the Victory Museum in Auburn, Indiana. I know I have a few snaps of this vehicle. I will see if I can dig them up.

Mike
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Posted: Thursday, April 05, 2018 - 01:43 PM UTC
Thanks Nick!

I've done a bit more on the gun:



Next to come is the shield...

...although I am quite tempted by


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Posted: Sunday, April 01, 2018 - 10:23 AM UTC
Hey Angel - that's some really nice work - - you're really elevating your game!!

Haha! Thanks for posting - some seriously nice work

Cheers
Nick
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Posted: Sunday, April 01, 2018 - 10:19 AM UTC
Nick, Mike- thanks for your comments on my project.

Less riveting rivets yesterday-yes, I did learn another word in English through Peter's comment- but some work on elevation and traverse gears on cradle and barrel:





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Posted: Sunday, April 01, 2018 - 01:12 AM UTC
I wish I had thought of the "riveting" remark.

Great work!
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Posted: Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 02:40 PM UTC

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...except I think rivet no.13 is 0.00014mm off......


To the left, or right, Peter?!?
Thanks, mate!
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Posted: Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 05:57 AM UTC
Watching you build is simply...riveting.

Great work as always Angel, except I think rivet no.13 is 0.00014mm off......

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Posted: Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 02:30 AM UTC
Hi Angel - beautiful work - wow! I really like your frame and the nice, uniform curves. It looks great. And...all those rivets...that's plenty of rivets and patience. Thanks for posting the update.

Cheers
Nick
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Posted: Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 02:02 AM UTC
Thanks Peter, Mike!

I worked on the frame today.Lot of rivets and rivet-counting...
Received a pair of wheels from a friend and modified them a little bit.
Did a mock-up assembly to check overall appearance:




So far so good!
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Posted: Friday, March 30, 2018 - 03:42 AM UTC
Just in case anyone might be interested:

Schneider Model 1879 75mm


(F.Y.I. - That is a 1903 Springfield with the very rare 30 cal. full-auto Pedersen Device mounted center in the display cabinet on the back wall.)

Kentucky National Guard WWI France.

Photos and weapon Kentucky Military Museum, Frankfort, KY. (On loan from Smithsonian)
All photos Copyright Mike Koenig
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Posted: Friday, March 30, 2018 - 03:33 AM UTC
Angel, the Schneider QF is a beautiful choice! Love the delicate well made wheels.
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Posted: Friday, March 30, 2018 - 12:50 AM UTC

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Driving by each day, I've spent some hours taking dimensions:




Slowest drive-by in history


Nice Start Angel.
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Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 03:45 PM UTC
True beast,Nick!

I've finished my Ford Maultier and while fiddling with the gun it will tow(3,7 cm Flak 36 by Bronco), I started another scratchbuild(writing off another planned entry for the Scratch Builder Campaign ...):

The 75 mm Schneider-Canet M1904 QF Field Gun(aka Schneider PR)


I found an exemplar at a vilage Memorial:



Driving by each day, I've spent some hours taking dimensions:

and started the build last weekend:
Barrel

Lock


New set of "drawings" for this weekend:


When ready, the gun will be towed by Fiat SPA TL.37(Criel Model's # R056).
Such couple from Bulgarian 1st Fast Division was pictured crossing Morava river in Jugoslavia in spring of 1941:



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Posted: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 10:56 AM UTC
Hi Peter - thanks - In this case, the paint really brings the build to life - I like taking outdoor pics of these - so, I'm hoping the colors really pop. As for the body - just waiting for paint in the mail. Then...one big opportunity to mess this build up! 😄😀

Hi Gino - thanks - I appreciate it. You're on track with what I'm up to - I've got another truck underway (1/25 also) but along the lines of a what if - with a lot of scratchwork. I'll post it one of these days - maybe on its own thread. It has, or will have a few shapeways odds and ends, like weapons and comms - again, supposed to have been in the scratch campaign.

Regarding the Chenowyth, I'm really close to buying a 1/25 VW (so I can get an engine and transaxle) and go for the version you've shown. I've read about those before, and learned they were under powered. I can't help but wonder why they weren't equipped with bigger engines? In their role as off road racers - those cars fly - granted, there are several vehicle classes. So, why didn't the DOD spec - bigger engines?!

Ok gents - keep on scratching -

Cheers
Nick
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Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 12:11 AM UTC
Nick, that looks awesome. Is it 1/24, 1/25 scale? Based on this, your next project should be a 1/35 ODS-era USN SEAL FAV.


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Posted: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 01:03 PM UTC
Gets better and better Nick. A layer of paint makes a world of difference. Can't wait to see what scheme you come up with here.
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Posted: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 12:52 AM UTC
Hi Peter, Angel, thanks guys for having a look and leaving some good words - They are appreciated. Unlike a kit, a scratch project can certainly leave you guessing - "will it actually work?" or, "how close to what I imagined will this actually be?" and, the answer: keep building and find out!

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And - Matt - you were posting at the same time, so a quick edit - - thanks! I do enjoy the look of mixing the parts -and that includes lots and lots of evergreen!
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For today some updates - as this is not an armor build - I'll stay light on the images. When the scratch campaign rolls around, I'll d a more thorough documentation - this build though, has inspired the idea for my first build in that campaign - hint - I've build several DMVs and modified humvees....what if...?

OK - some pics - please have a look:



Above, so far so good- a rolling chassis - which shocking as it may sound - all four tires are touching the ground - which seems to be a typical challenge for me to get right. Next:



Up front - the steering works - this truck has lots of wheel travel - in retrospect, a bit too much - but, that's what you get - no plans to work with and just eye balling it! the small shocks you see hanging off the tower but not connected, are bump stops- they have a "seat" on the upper "A" arms...which in this case are some remnant Aber T-55 suspension parts!

And in the back:



These rear ends are not easy to build, as they remain movable until you add the shocks and coil overs, which means you have plenty of time to break/twist/bend things you'd rather not! You'll see something new here - the panhard bars attached to the axle - in real life these control lateral movement of the rearend - in the model, I like what they look like - but are a headache to install! haha -

Ok - and finally, first results from the paint shop:



It's getting there. the colors are Vallejo model air - I did mix a few and used sort of a drybrush technique to generally polish the color while painting it on. The overall was airbrushed.

It needs some touch up - before that, I'll add in the seats/harnesses etc -

Then...the body - which has me a bit nervous -I'll try to use a multi color scheme based on a real truck - we'll see how that goes for me...

thanks for having a look -

Nick




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