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exsubguy



Joined: 12 Dec 2004
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Location: Tulsa, Ok

PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2005 6:38 am    Post subject: scratch building Reply with quote

i am in the middle of building (2) SA-15 "GAUNTLET"
but i am also thinking of building a SA-17 "GRIZZLY"
what would work as the base of the SA-17 ??
a 2S6 Tunguska ??
also i am thinking of a smerch .........
why oh why can't GHQ do it Sad
thanks
dave
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Fulcrum
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2005 12:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please post some photo's of your finished products !!!
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ferret701
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2005 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm trying to put together a decent prototype of an M41DK using the GHQ M41 as a base. Here is where I am so far:



I still have a fair bit of work to do cleaning up the brass mesh on the turret and the green putty on the back of turret. More details at www.microarmormayhem.com

Pat Callahan
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pushbike
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Location: United Kingdom

PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2005 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HI

here is a model that I converted today,
A French Hotchkiss with the turret removed for use as an artillery tactor by the Germans.
It was a kind of do and see conversion, and really would have been more effective with a slightly smaller drill diameter.
Also Am not sure whether historically accurate, were they open Kangaroo style or covered Bergepanther style.
Any way will paint tonight and see how it comes up.



Am quite tempted to do some more ambitious conversions German SP guns on French chassis and LVT2 to LVT4,
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HMSDiomede
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Joined: 29 Apr 2005
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Location: Bowling Green, KY

PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2005 7:11 am    Post subject: Scratchbuilding Reply with quote

Hmmm..... Another thread we need to keep running as long as possible!!! Pat, you've picked a fairly ambitious conversion there. Please show us the finished article when you can.

Pushbike, I think most German improvised tractors were open-topped. The ones I have seen offered as kits in 20mm just have tarps over the turret opening in most cases. I can't really tell from the photo, are you going to detail the interior?

Great work guys! I will try to contribute something to this thread when I can.

David
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pushbike
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2005 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Pushbike, are you going to detail the interior?


Whoa have you seen how tiny this model is, the squares on the cutting matt in the other picture are millimeters.

So made do some green stuff painted white and black paint to sugest the interior.

Here is the end result, Very quick to make and quite a good result.

Thanks Chris.

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HMSDiomede
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2005 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pushbike wrote:
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Pushbike, are you going to detail the interior?


Whoa have you seen how tiny this model is, the squares on the cutting matt in the other picture are millimeters.

So made do some green stuff painted white and black paint to sugest the interior.

Here is the end result, Very quick to make and quite a good result.

Thanks Chris.



What I actually meant was maybe just a hint of a bench seat and maybe a crew figure or two. I wasn't thinking of doing stowage bins, etc. I may be crazy, but I'm not that crazy! The end result works really well. May be a good use for a couple of surplus H-35/39 that I have laying around. At least for the ones that don't end up part of the captured tank company I doing for my Germans with S-35/H-39 tanks.

David
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Ben
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2005 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow,
very nice work! Can't wait to see more such excellent stuff!

Greetings Ben
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pushbike
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2005 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
Here is my other artillery project, WWII horse artillery limbers:

Russian limber made from parts from the polish limber, german cavalry and truck wheels:



Here is my reference:




Here is my German limber, again with parts from the polish limber and German cavalry:




Here is my reference, This is a Revell plastic model in 1/72:




I will post more pictures when they are complete.

Chris.
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HMSDiomede
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2005 4:00 pm    Post subject: Limbers Reply with quote

Nice limbers, Chris!

I have been debating whether to go with 4 or 6 horse limbers. Fewer horses per limber leaves me a few spares to use for scratchbuilding new ones. I keep hoping GHQ will come out with a larger variety of artillery limbers, for those among us who like building horse-drawn infantry formations. Until then, I'll have to improvise.

I really like the rubber-tired Soviet limber. Will have to try making a few of my own, using spare Soviet cavalry. Please keep this stuff coming!

David
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Mk 1
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2005 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not entirely sure why one would go to all the trouble of kit-bashing a Polish limber into a German limber, when this is in the GHQ catalog:


Now, the Soviet limber I am up with. I've made a few from the limber that comes with the Komsomolyets prime mover and 45mm AT gun, as seen in action here:



But I lost one of 'em, so I've recently scratch-built another using the front axle from a towed gun platform (think it was a modern 57mm S-60 AA gun) and a fair bit of card stock. Not exactly elegant, but at least its serviceable. Maybe I'll get a pic of it next time the camera is out...
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pushbike
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2005 6:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cripes
They were on the website all the time hidden away, Confused
GHQ could add Thumbprints to their site quite easily and see sales jump.
I wonder what other cool models are hidden because I havent clicked on every single item.

The German limber was really a spin off from the unused extra parts on the polish limber sprue.

Thanks Chris.
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tstockton
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 2:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gentlemen,

Quote:
I wonder what other cool models are hidden because I havent clicked on every single item.


If I may be of service... check out my micro-armor page:

http://www.tomstockton.us/tanks/285_armor.htm

Things are sorted by my two favorite micro-armor manufacturers... then by country and/or era (World War II or "Modern"). Each picture is thumbnailed -- just click on a thumbnail for a larger picture -- though many are still rather small.

Like you, I was somewhat frustrated by the perceived lack of a "visual catalog" -- so I made one for myself. I don't have pictures of everything -- especially the "out of production" items. (The ones I do own, I intend to someday assemble, paint, photograph and post... someday... (heavy sigh)) But I am not aware of another on-line listing like this one -- and hopefully, you will find it of service, too!

Regards,
Tom Stockton
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ferret701
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2005 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've finished my prototype M41 DK conversion.

For those unfamiliar with it, the model is a GHQ M41 converted to look like those used by Denmark until the early 1990s. The Danish camo scheme seems quite close to that of the Brits, so I used those colors. I put the camo net on the back because I couldn't get the fine details right on the top of the newly-added storage boxes. Also, I used 28 gauge brass wire for the aerial as an experiment. I don't think I'll do so again, as it looks to thick. Normally I use bristles cut from cheap household nylon paint brushes. I also need to use a finer brass mesh on the sides of the turret on the future models.





I have templates available for the sideskirts if anyone is interested.

Pat Callahan
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Raikitsune



Joined: 25 Jun 2005
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2005 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow very nice i couldn't scratch build somthing to save my life!
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