Sunday, September 10, 2017

M26 Pershing by Jim Mesko

Jim reports that the 1/48th scale Tamiya Pershing was an easy build with the link and length tracks being the only "dicey" part of the assembly. He finished the model by airbrushing two lighter shades of Pactra olive drab over a base of darker Floquil OD. One of the problems Jim finds with 1/48th scale armor is the paucity of aftermarket resin accessories. He was able to source a Black Dog set to dress up the Pershing but it didn't include enough ammo boxes.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

41M Turan II by Chan Jackson

Chan built this relatively obscure Hungarian vehicle from the Commander Series resin kit. It didn't come with tracks so Fruils were used. Chan also added side skirts and fenders from sheet plastic. The kit's hull and turret were well cast and came with a nicely detailed short 75mm gun. The figure was taken from the Miniart "Hungarian Tank Crew" set.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

LVT-(A)4 by Jim Mesko

Jim took a first in the IPMS Nationals with this 1/72 out-of-the-box build of Dragon's 1/72 LVT-(A)4.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

WWI British MK IV by Jim Mesko

Another IPMS '17 Nats award winner by Jim. This time it's the 1/35th Tamiya WWI British Mk IV built out-of-the-box with the addition of Takom decals. Jim reports that the numerous dissimilar road wheels make for tedious work but the 200 track links clicked together without a problem and were a pleasure to assemble.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

AS42 Sahariana by Chan Jackson

Chan did an outstanding job on this 1/35th scale vignette of an Italian AS42 Sahariana recce vehicle from the Italeri kit. The kit comes with photo etch and (in the reboxed edition) your choice of a 20mm Breda or 37mm antitank gun. Chan did find that the kit decals were rather thick, however. The model was finished primarily with Tamiya paints with some Vallejo and Mig also used. The figure is one of Alpine's excellent offers.


Sunday, July 23, 2017

M1046 HUMVEE by Bill Seaman

Bill built this 1/72nd scale M1046 TOW Hummer from the Dragon kit. He used inks for the camouflage scheme and a chrome pen for the headlights and mirrors.  Eduard photo etch was also applied. The kit's major negative point was the difficulty experienced attaching the tires to the rims.


Friday, July 21, 2017

Land-Wasser-schlepper by Chan Jackson

Chan finished the Hobbyboss LWS using Mig paints in the markings of a vehicle stationed in Denmark in 1944. He reports it is an easy build but a major shortcoming is the lack of bumper ropes with the kit. The Schwimmwagen  is from Tamiya and the figures are mostly Dragon.