Friday, January 12, 2018

Meeting Cancellation!!

Due to impending bad weather, the NEO AMPS meeting scheduled for tonight (Friday, Jan. 12, at 7:00 pm at the Stow Acme Fresh Market) has been cancelled.  We will meet again Friday, February, 9th...same time and location unless conditions again warrant cancellation.  Please check this blog or your email for any updates.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

T-14 Armata by Chan Jackson

Chan built the Zvezda kit of Russia's latest MBT: the T-14 Armata. The T-14 features a 3-man crew in an armored capsule, a crewless turret, and a 125mm gun (with a 150 mm gun projected for the future.) It is cheaper to manufacture, longer ranged and faster than anything in their current arsenal and is definitely of great concern to NATO. Currently, there are 1,200 examples of the tank with thousands more planned by 2020.   Chan reports it was a nice kit and relatively easy build with "link and length" track and nylon screen provided. He painted it with Tamiya acrylics.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

SU-100 by Stew Langenbeck

Stew put a lot of work into enhancing the Dragon SU-100 by super detailing the interior, adding some photo etch and a metal barrel. Also, he added Italeri field maintenance tool boxes and a MG42 since these vehicles were often used in offensive charges against German defensive positions and convoys.  The crew are from Miniart. They were molded to service a tank and had to be modified to work with a self-propelled gun. Stew was impressed with the detail of the molding on the faces--the Asian features of one were clearly evident! The base was constructed from min-corkboard, balsa, basswood, paper mache, and real dirt. Stones from the backyard painted with oil paints were used to create the wall.


Chevrolet Field Gun Tractor and 6 Pound Anti-Tank Gun by Dave Blankenship

Dave presents a small diorama representing a crew from the 15th Field Artillery Regiment/4th Canadian Armoured Division set somewhere in NW Europe in the early spring of 1945. It comprises the 1976 release of the Peerless Max Canadian Chevrolet Field Gun Tractor, the Testors 6 Pound Anti-Tank Gun (which traces its lineage to Peerless Max from the same time period) and figures from the Miniart British Tank Crew Winter Uniform set. Despite their age, the Peerless Max kits hold up well against recent releases of the same subjects and have the benefit of not being over-engineered and containing a thousand parts! The gun tractor and gun were painted with Ammo by Mig acrylics and the figures were done with Vallejo acrylics.


M26 Pershing by Jim Mesko

Jim does a great job on the Tamiya 1/48th scale M26 Pershing. He says it was an easy build with the possible exception of the link and length track which were a bit dicey to assemble. An issue with a lot of 1/48th scale armor is the paucity of aftermarket accessories, this kit being no exception. He added the Black Dog but felt it included too few ammo boxes. He used Pactra and Floquil paints to create the color modulation on the model.


Saturday, January 6, 2018

French CGV Armored Car by Chan Jackson

Chan built this CGV armored car from a JMGT resin kit. The  Charon, Giradot, & Voigt Model 1906 Armored Car, also referred to as the "Nakashidze-Charron" Armored Car,  is considered to be one of the first modern armored car designs.  It featured full body armor, revolving turret, self-sealing disc wheels and unditching/bridging troughs.  Approximately sixteen vehicles were eventually built throughout the early part of the 20th century, with small improvements being made along its production run. Most of the vehicles were bought by Russia, with a few built later for France, which served in the early days of World War One in an "anti-balloon" role.  However, the most interesting service history of the CGV is by Germany; who commandeered two vehicles being delivered to Russia.  These vehicles were evaluated and used during the German Army maneuvers of 1909, but no further use is reported by them.  Chan says it was an easy build; the figure is from Stalingrad Models.



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.