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ColinEdm
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Posted: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 01:56 AM UTC
Robert Edwards shares some pictures of his build of AFV Clubs Sd.Kfz. 263 in Afrika Korps service.



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Rick4504
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Posted: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 03:31 AM UTC
Really nice work, older kits do require a little more effort but are still fun to work on . German eight wheeled armor is a very interesting subject to work on, many different theaters to place them in, keep up the good work . 👍
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Posted: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 08:06 AM UTC
Bob, really great work! I especially like the casual poses of the DAK troops. Kind of "scratching their heads" after crawling out of the vehicle and surviving a windstorm.
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Posted: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 10:51 AM UTC
"The kit is from AFV Club and was a bear to make: Lots of moving parts. The angles on the hull and undercarriage made it difficult to finish, and I pre-painted a lot of the kit to try to avoid impasses later on. Some efforts worked, some didn't."

Thanks for that comment! I'm currently building this same kit and have been quite frustrated with it as well. You've done a superb job with it and you've motivated me to go ahead and finish it. Several times I've been tempted to just trash it and forget it.

Off topic: What years did you teach German at W.P.? I had my three semesters there 1979-80. The German department awarded me one of my very few academic awards. The "Only cadet from Virginia who speaks German with a Tennessee accent"! The reward was a piece of peppermint candy.
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Posted: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 11:47 PM UTC
Thanks for the kind words. I forgot to mention in the original description of the piece that the enlisted man at the rear of the vehicle is checking out the broken distance marker that occurred during the sandstorm. That touch was added to the model after I lost the original distance marker to the carpet monster in the course of construction. The replacement mast was easy: a small straight piece of plastic that was already lying on the workbench. The ball tip was another matter. I would up using a small white sprinkle from a cake-decorator set the wife has. Necessity is the mother of invention!
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Posted: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 11:55 PM UTC

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Off topic: What years did you teach German at W.P.? I had my three semesters there 1979-80. The German department awarded me one of my very few academic awards. The "Only cadet from Virginia who speaks German with a Tennessee accent"! The reward was a piece of peppermint candy.



Thanks for the kind words!
With regard to your question...It was a bit after your time. I was in the Department of Foreign Languages from 1985 - 1990. Probably the best assignment I ever had.
German with a foreign accent? I bet you can't beat one of the NCO's I knew who was stationed in my battalion in Erlangen. He later left the Army after his stint, went to UT Austin and wound up back in Erlangen as a scholarship student at the university there. His German was fine, until he spoke, at which time there was unmistakably a Texan in the room.
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Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 12:57 AM UTC

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Off topic: What years did you teach German at W.P.? I had my three semesters there 1979-80. The German department awarded me one of my very few academic awards. The "Only cadet from Virginia who speaks German with a Tennessee accent"! The reward was a piece of peppermint candy.



Thanks for the kind words!
With regard to your question...It was a bit after your time. I was in the Department of Foreign Languages from 1985 - 1990. Probably the best assignment I ever had.
German with a foreign accent? I bet you can't beat one of the NCO's I knew who was stationed in my battalion in Erlangen. He later left the Army after his stint, went to UT Austin and wound up back in Erlangen as a scholarship student at the university there. His German was fine, until he spoke, at which time there was unmistakably a Texan in the room.



VERY Nice work!

I have the old JP HOBBY Sd.Kfz.233 and -263 Conversion kits which I was planning to bash with a couple of the even OLDER TAMIYA -232 8-Rad kits- Now I'm not so sure that I want to bother with them. I'd much prefer to build the AFV CLUB kits, after seeing how you managed with your -263!!!

We spoke a Southern-patois type-dialect of German at home- Kind of a Schwaebischer-Augsberger thing. My Dad, a Ukrainian who served in the Polish Cavalry and Horse Artillery, learned German while a POW after he was captured in 1939. He spoke a Hanoverian-dialect of German.

'm first-generation American and I can write, read and speak Hochdeutsch with NO trace of any kind of of an American accent, without being prodded!!!

We also had some family-friends (Hedwig and Stefan) who spoke in some kind of a rural-type of Bayerischer-accent which was completely ALIEN to my ears, what with their

"Affi und Obi", ("upstairs and downstairs"), and,

"Rosi, mocht's a' Buid'l!" (Rosie, take a picture!")!!!

Rosi, (Rose-Marie), was the eldest of Hedwig and Stefan's three daughters; Linda and Risi, (Theresa), were the other two. Much of anything else they said was indecipherable!!! JEEKERS!!!

My Sister, Chris and I spoke Ukrainian with my Dad on a one-on-one basis, but we spoke German in deference to my Mom and Oma. Of course, I'm a bit out of practice with my Hochdeutsch, since I've had no cause to actually use it in about 46 years or so...

My Dad also taught me a little bit of Polish, a few Czech words here and there and a bit of Russian. I had French in High School. I also had some Italian and Puerto Rican friends, and they taught me their various "bad words"!!!
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Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 03:50 AM UTC
think we're straying a bit here...the build is terrific and the weathering subtle but also really good. I personally weather severe duty vehicles with more wear, tear and dust but I like 'em that way and still appreciate yours. really like the figurines clambering over the vehicle and am going to use your photos to inspire my eventual build of the same kit in say...a year? (optimistically spoken).
M4A1Sherman
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Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 04:56 AM UTC

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think we're straying a bit here...the build is terrific and the weathering subtle but also really good. I personally weather severe duty vehicles with more wear, tear and dust but I like 'em that way and still appreciate yours. really like the figurines clambering over the vehicle and am going to use your photos to inspire my eventual build of the same kit in say...a year? (optimistically spoken).



Personally, I like restrained weathering on my model vehicles, EXCEPT for the ones that served in the African Theater for a while- That's because it gets pretty windy in the African deserts, and as we all know, sand is very abrasive.
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Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 06:45 PM UTC
Great build! I have lived in the southern Arizona desert for 52 years as well as in the California and new Mexico deserts before that. I would say add more dust! The panzer grey color would pop the dust out even more. Just my suggestion.
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Posted: Monday, May 20, 2019 - 02:44 AM UTC

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Great build! I have lived in the southern Arizona desert for 52 years as well as in the California and new Mexico deserts before that. I would say add more dust! The panzer grey color would pop the dust out even more. Just my suggestion.



Thanks for all the comments. It's nice to know that after a long break from the hobby, I can produce something that garners praise. I like to joke: If you want a real challenge, try modeling at age 65 with deteriorating eye site and not quite so steady hands!

With regard to the weathering/dusting: The model is meant to portray the unit after a relatively recent arrival in theater (Libya 1941), so the weathering would not be as intense, as if it had been there after several campaigning seasons.

That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!
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Posted: Monday, May 20, 2019 - 11:41 AM UTC
LOL..true enough! Join the club I am 68 and face the same challenges!Just want to say (in good humor and respect) I park my car in my carport and after three days I would have as much dust!
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Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 08:31 AM UTC

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Great build! I have lived in the southern Arizona desert for 52 years as well as in the California and new Mexico deserts before that. I would say add more dust! The panzer grey color would pop the dust out even more. Just my suggestion.



Thanks for all the comments. It's nice to know that after a long break from the hobby, I can produce something that garners praise. I like to joke: If you want a real challenge, try modeling at age 65 with deteriorating eye site and not quite so steady hands!

With regard to the weathering/dusting: The model is meant to portray the unit after a relatively recent arrival in theater (Libya 1941), so the weathering would not be as intense, as if it had been there after several campaigning seasons.

That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!





Welcome to the "Oatmeal Club"!!!
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Posted: Friday, June 28, 2019 - 03:14 AM UTC
Very nicely-done.

Regarding the dust, I would suggest having some "pooling" of it in recesses where dust tends to collect on desert vehicles. That way the finish and understated weathering remain, but it's a little more realistic about how the desert attacks machinery. Just one man's opinion however.