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19. June, 06:43

June 17, 2021

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1:48
Ilyushin IL-2 Stormovic White 82, Unknown Squadron Russia 1944
31 | 22. May, 21:46
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Gary Kitchen
And there it is...the classic ending, all that's missing is the blue sky James 😉 Great build, the chipping on the panels is awesome.
17. June, 06:06
Sebastian Meyner
Very convincing Sturmovik James...as usual 😉 ! I love it 👍
17. June, 09:49
Mike Roelofs
Nice Heineken-plane! No kidding: you did a really good job.
17. June, 11:41
James C
Many thanks Tom, Gary, Sebastian and Mike. Much appreciated 🙂

@ Gary - The weather has been a bit wet and gloomy these past few weeks, so wasn't much opportunity for outdoor pics with better natural lighting. These pics were the best of a bad bunch, with some being a little dark... but the overcast sky kind of grew on me, making for a somewhat menacing looking scene which I thought fit the subject and Russian theatre quite well 😉
17. June, 18:06
Gary Kitchen
👍 absolutely
17. June, 18:45

June 11, 2021

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11. June, 21:18
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June 8, 2021

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8. June, 06:16
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8. June, 06:15

May 23, 2021

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1:48
MiG-21MF "Fishbed" J Unknown Squadron, Black 28 Soviet Airforce
Prosjekt: MiG-21 Fishbed
1:48 MiG-21MF Fishbed J (Academy 2171)1:48 MiG-21MF (Montex SM48103)
26 | 3. April, 22:46
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Erik Leijdens
Very nice James! A great execution of a "desert" MiG 👍🏻👍🏻
22. May, 16:21
Jan Peters
Beautifull Mig!
22. May, 17:46
James C
Many thanks everyone for your positive feedback. Very much appreciated 🙂👍
22. May, 17:56
Maciej Bellos
Nice recovery James. Good job mate!
22. May, 19:39
James C
Thanks Maciej 🙂
23. May, 18:45

May 20, 2021

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20. May, 18:30

May 16, 2021

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1:48 IL-2 Stormovik (Revell 03932)1:48 Il-2 Stormovik Single Seater (Eduard EX194)
Ilyushin Il-2 Stormovik
SU Military Voyenno-Vozdushnye Sily (Soviet Air Force 1918-1991)
82 White
1944
 
1 | 16. May, 03:17
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May 8, 2021

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21 | 4. February, 22:09
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Kerry COX
As we all do with those models that have 'had their day'. 🙂 Yet strangely enough, mine never see the bin outside, but rather get put into a box marked. "One day I will..............................................." hahahahahaha 🙂 🙂 🙂 👍
8. May, 08:27
Roland Gunslinger
Very nice 👍
8. May, 08:29
Stuart Fowle
What a great collection 👍
8. May, 09:12
James C
Cheers guys 🙂

@ Kerry - Heh, In my youth I'd probably have set fire to them in the back yard or targeted them with the air rifle etc... but, nowadays I suspect I will do the same as you lol 😉👍
8. May, 17:36
Kerry COX
Given that there are so many products available for us to strip old paint and chrome, I have saved so many from the bottle of metho and a box of matches. hehehehehe🙂
Only to see most of the old kits re released !!!
I have become very selective as to what I keep and pension off. The choices available to us these days are so good and varied these days. 👍
8. May, 19:52

April 22, 2021

James C will attend
Scalemates Mig-21 Group Build 2021 in Spijkenisse
Scalemates Mig-21 Group Build 2021
NL 15. Mars til 31. Desember 2021
22. April, 06:35

April 12, 2021

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1:35
Unknown unit of: 3rd Royal Tank Regiment North Africa 1942
43 | 19. March, 01:41
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Ingo F
Wonderful! 👍
7. April, 11:59
James C
Thanks Shane and Ingo 🙂

@ Shane - The Takom kit is such a vast improvement over the much older 70's era Tamiya kit. But, if you do decide to build it, be wary of the tracks as by following the instructions you end up a link short. Fortunately there are spares included, and I added an extra link just forward of the rear return idler wheels where the upper track run lay's flat.
7. April, 19:02
Alfonso
splendid! 👍
9. April, 13:03
James C
Thanks Alfonso 🙂
10. April, 18:55
Shane Hodgetts
Cheers James...I'll keep that in mind...😉
12. April, 21:49

April 4, 2021

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1:35
M24 Chaffee 81 Cav, Reconnaissance Sqn. 1 Arm. Div. Italy, April 1945.
Prosjekt: M24 Chaffee
1:35 M24 Chaffee (Tamiya 37020)1:35 M24 Chaffee (Friulmodel ATL-39)
14 | 31. May 2020, 08:20
Brian Eberle
I like the end product, it was worth the fight. Oils for weathering?
31. May 2020, 11:54
Neuling
Top result and interesting info on the kit!
31. May 2020, 16:57
James C
Thanks Brian and Neuling 🙂

@ Brian. Yes, a combination of Italeri Acrylic for the base coat of olive drab, followed up with Tamiya dark brown panel liner and MiG oil brushers and assorted pigments.
31. May 2020, 19:12
4. April, 09:28
4. April, 09:37
4. April, 10:03

April 2, 2021

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1:35 M3 Grant (Takom 2086)
British Medium Tank
M3 Grant
Takom 1:35
2086 2017 | Endrede deler
2. April, 02:18

March 26, 2021

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1:48 MiG-21MF Fishbed J (Academy 2171)1:48 MiG-21MF (Montex SM48103)
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21MF Fishbed-J
SU Military Voyenno-Vozdushnye Sily (Soviet Air Force 1918-1991)
28
FS20260 FS30140 FS34092 FS35550
 
26. March, 06:00

March 15, 2021

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1:48
Convair F-106 Delta Dart 159 FIS, 125 FIG, Florida ANG
48 | 4. February, 20:42
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Murad ÖZER
ÜBER!😎
14. March, 17:13
Lode Schildermans
James, you've build a true beauty. It was a joy to follow this build. I'm looking forward to your next
14. March, 20:01
Daniel Klink
Fully agree with Lode 👍
14. March, 20:07
Slavo Hazucha
The deal is on the table and it´s a stunner (again)

Great job over all aspects, especially the paint-job on the upper delta - applying shading but only the mildest contrast in panel lines - looks super-realistic and the NZ sun nods approvingly 👍

Looks exactly like the mental picture I had from my early days seeing it in the magazine 🙂
15. March, 09:03
James C
@ Murad, Lode, Daniel and Slavo - Many thanks for your feedback guys 🙂

Having completed this one, the QF-106 is definitely on my to-do list now... but need a brief change after building aircraft for the last five months😉
15. March, 16:34

March 14, 2021

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1:35
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1:35 M3 Grant (Takom 2086)
M3 Grant
GB Military British Army (1660-now)
3 Royal Tank Reg. T-24243
1942 - North Africa
Sand Yellow, Khaki Green, Brown
 
14. March, 20:45
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1:48
English Electric Canberra B(I) Mk.12 14 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Airforce (RNZAF) Based at RAAF Butterworth Operation...
63 | 30. December 2020, 21:20
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Neuling
Clean and careful work all around! And good pictures ..... 👍
12. March, 10:46
Rui S
Very nice bird. Well done 👍
12. March, 20:25
James C
Thanks Rui 🙂
12. March, 22:08
James C
Thanks as well Neuling 🙂 sorry I missed your reply before
13. March, 17:57
14. March, 09:50

March 12, 2021

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12. March, 01:40
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12. March, 01:39
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1:48 F-106A (Eduard EX456)
F-106A Trumpeter
Eduard 1:48
EX456 2015
12. March, 01:39

February 4, 2021

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4. February, 01:50
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1:48 BAC/EE Canberra (Model Alliance MA-48144)
BAC/EE Canberra International 'Fighter Canopy' Version - Part 2
Model Alliance 1:48
MA-48144 2006
4. February, 01:50

January 31, 2021

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1:48
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1:48 F-106A Delta Dart (Trumpeter 02891)1:48 F-106 Delta Dart - Pitot Tube (Master AM-48-046)1:48 F-106A (Eduard EX456)
Convair F-106A-120-CO Delta Dart
US Military US Air Force (1947-now)
159 FIS, 125 FIG, Florida ANG 59-0060/04

FS16473
 
1 | 31. January, 17:09

January 20, 2021

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1:48
F-14A Tomcat CVW-14 VF-1 "Wolfpack" USS Enterprise - 1975
39 | 2. December 2020, 18:48
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Michael Phillips
Beautiful Tomcat James, great choice of markings too!

The 1/48 Italeri F-14 Tomcat is the very first model I built when I got back into modelling as an adult, so I have a soft spot for that kit!
12. January, 23:28
James C
Thanks Daniel and Michael 🙂

@ Michael - How did you find the kit?
13. January, 17:13
Michael Phillips
I actually enjoyed the build, and being my first I luckily did not really encounter the issues you did. I used an earlier boxing than you, so maybe the plastic was better on mine since the molds were newer when the boxing I used was made. You are right about not many parts and detail being just ok. The shape of the forward fuselage is a bit off and the gun area is really poorly done.
13. January, 17:28
James C
That's interesting to hear. Perhaps I'm just getting too fussy. On the bright side, kits like this make you appreciate more modern and recently tooled kits a lot more😉

Re the nose gun, yeah I had a similar issues, as it wasn't very clear where exactly to position it, and looking back mine is probably a little too far back (and high) as well.
I think that the positioning of my pitot tubes is also off. If I were to start over I'd also separate the decals that make up the assorted stencils and placards on both sides of the nose and place them individually as I found that the rescue arrow sat way to high on the right side but was too late to do anything about it having already detached it from the backing paper. 🙁
14. January, 17:20
James C
Thanks Joshua 🙂
20. January, 16:47

January 9, 2021

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1:48
PLAAF (Chinese) MiG-15 "Fagot" - Korean War 1951
22 | 22. December 2020, 18:50
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Maciej Bellos
Merry Christmas mates!
23. December 2020, 20:55
Rob Henderson
Beautiful! Such a pretty little aeroplane😎
8. January, 18:02
James C
Thanks Rob 🙂 It was a very enjoyable kit to build and paint.
9. January, 16:33
Ben M
Very nicely done. Great scheme you picked, and wishing you the best in the new year James.
9. January, 17:42
James C
Thanks Ben, likewise mate😉👍
9. January, 17:58

January 8, 2021

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41 bilder
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1:35
T-14 Armata Completed.
Prosjekt: T-14 Armata
1:35 T-14 ARMATA (Takom 2029)
48 | 29. October 2020, 17:07
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Richard Maxein
Very very nice model from the new russian "supertank". Well done job!
3. January, 18:17
James C
Thanks Richard 🙂
4. January, 18:22
David Wallace
Wow! Thats a stunner James.
5. January, 21:34
James C
Thanks David 🙂
6. January, 16:56
Rob Henderson
Love those colours and the subtle weathering! 🙂
8. January, 18:02

December 29, 2020

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1:48 English Electric Canberra B(I)8 (Airfix A10102)1:48 English Electric Canberra B(I)8 S.A. (Eduard FE451)1:48 BAC/EE Canberra (Model Alliance MA-48144)1+
 
29. December 2020, 20:56

December 23, 2020

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Pz.Kpfw. VI Ausf.B King Tiger
19 | 13. December 2020, 16:58
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James C
Thanks again Josh.

Just a small update with my last completed build of 2020. Happy X-mas peeps and all the best for 2021!!!
23. December 2020, 16:47
Shade
Results look great. And you used pinwashes on some models?
23. December 2020, 16:54
James C
Thanks Shade and yes... most of them had an application of a wash in some form.😉
23. December 2020, 16:59
OttovonLindberg
Nice KT, where the dots brushed on?
23. December 2020, 17:20
James C
Thanks Otto... But no, I used a wooden tooth pick to apply the dots. I blunted the end to vary the shape etc.
23. December 2020, 17:23

December 22, 2020

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1:48 MiG-15bis (Eduard EX165)
MiG-15bis Tamiya
Eduard 1:48
EX165 2006 | New tool
22. December 2020, 18:46
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22. December 2020, 18:45

December 15, 2020

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1:35
2S35 Koalitsiya SV - Russian 152mm Self Propelled Howitzer
28 | 16. September 2020, 19:59
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Guy Rump
Excellent build, really impressive 🙂
7. October 2020, 16:34
James C
Many thanks Bob, Ingo, Eelco, Neuling, Slavo and Guy.

Cheers guys, I really appreciate your feedback 🙂👍

@ Slavo - I started the year with the goal of representing the British army... and having done that, these latest Russian units are all a bonus!
I do have 1 failure... in the form of an Italeri F-14.... I'm in two minds whether to put it back on the bench or not....
7. October 2020, 18:09
Spanjaard
back on the bench! 🙂
7. October 2020, 20:43
Ömer YILDIRIM
looks great
15. December 2020, 10:18
James C
Thanks Ömer 🙂
15. December 2020, 17:18

December 12, 2020

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1:48
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1:48 MiG 15 bis (Tamiya 61043)1:48 MiG-15bis (Eduard EX165)
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15bis Fagot-B
CN Military 中国人民解放军空军 (People's Liberation Army (Chinese) Air Force 1949-now)
4115
1951 Korean War
 
12. December 2020, 18:20
Maciej Bellos
Following!
12. December 2020, 19:36
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12. December 2020, 02:08

November 22, 2020

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1:48
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1:48 Grumman F-14A Tomcat (Italeri 2667)
Grumman F-14A Tomcat
US Military US Navy (1794-now)
VF-1 Wolfpack NK 100
1975 - USS Enterprise
CAG Aircraft Gull grey Over White
 
1 | 22. November 2020, 17:00

November 17, 2020

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1:35 T-14 ARMATA (Takom 2029)
T-14 ARMATA Russian Main Battle Tank
Takom 1:35
2029 2015 | New tool
17. November 2020, 05:16

October 31, 2020

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1:35
Soviet SMK Heavy Tank.
29 | 14. October 2020, 22:40
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Björn Svedberg
That's a really nice tank, James! Great looking pictures too! 👍
28. October 2020, 20:52
James C
Many thanks Thomas and Björn 🙂
29. October 2020, 17:31
Jorge Coelho
Excellent workmanship, immaculate camouflage! Excellent job, James! This monster is also on my wish list..., one day, who knows...
29. October 2020, 17:52
James C
Thanks Jorge, despite it's large size it is quite a simple and very enjoyable kit to build.
If you can afford it, I highly recommend that you replace the plastic tracks with metal Friuls etc, as doing so will allow you to mount the sponsons to the hull prior to painting making life a LOT easier and not to mention that they look a lot better as well 🙂
30. October 2020, 17:40
Jorge Coelho
Thanks for the tips, James.
31. October 2020, 11:27

October 30, 2020

James C startet
1:35 T-14 ARMATA (Takom 2029)
T-14 ARMATA Russian Main Battle Tank
Takom 1:35
2029 2015 | New tool
30. October 2020, 05:33

October 27, 2020

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41 bilder
1:35
Fullført
1:35 T-14 ARMATA (Takom 2029)
 
27. October 2020, 17:39

October 26, 2020

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1:35 SMK (Takom 2112)
Soviet Heavy Tank
SMK
Takom 1:35
2112 2018 | New tool
26. October 2020, 21:31
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26. October 2020, 21:31

October 7, 2020

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36 bilder
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1:35
2S19 MSTA-S Russian 152mm Self Propelled Howitzer
Prosjekt: 2S19 Msta-S
1:35 152 mm Self-Propelled Howitzer MSTA-S (Zvezda 3630)
29 | 9. September 2020, 21:07
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Brian Eberle
Thanks James! Great info.
18. September 2020, 00:15
Henrik Persson
That is a awsome job James you have done with this model, really nice job!
2. October 2020, 21:09
Sebastian Meyner
Great work & stunning paintjob James 👍
3. October 2020, 07:09
James C
Thanks Henrik & Sebastian 🙂
3. October 2020, 17:23
James C
Album updated with assembly pictures and a few more outdoor shots of the completed build.
7. October 2020, 00:25

October 6, 2020

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1:35 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV (Zvezda 3677)
2S35 Koalitsiya-SV Russian 152 mm self-propelled howitzer
Zvezda 1:35
3677 2019 | New tool
6. October 2020, 02:38

October 5, 2020

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1:35
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1:35 SMK (Takom 2112)1:35 KV 5 / SMK (Friulmodel ATL-184)
 
1 | 5. October 2020, 18:02

September 24, 2020

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1:35
Challenger 1 Mk.III Queens Royal Irish Hussars Operation "Desert Sabre", Iraq 1991
21 | 31. May 2020, 01:20
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Slavo Hazucha
I guess that was a "challenge accepted" scenario 🙂

Looks excellent in desert finish, lots of cool fine details with the grilles and I really like how you treated the barrel 👍
24. September 2020, 11:58
Lode Schildermans
Slavo, James is an expert in highlighting and weathering with oils. Never overdone, always subtle and always revealing the details. I don't know how he does it, but the results speak for themselves
24. September 2020, 12:57
James C
Thanks Slavo & Lode 😳

This is one of my older builds. But I was doing a bit of binge watching on youtube from the Tank Museum in the UK and thought the short clips were really interesting and would go well with some of my previous build albums. I'm still undecided on how to paint the 2S35 Koalitsiya
24. September 2020, 18:36
Christian Bruer
Very well done James 👍
24. September 2020, 18:43
Chris
Wow, great work. I like the weathering.
24. September 2020, 19:55

September 23, 2020

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1:35
Sd.Kfz. 142 Sturmgeschütz III Ausf.G
4 | 31. May 2020, 06:58
Rui S
Well I like all your models 👍
16. June 2020, 21:41
Olivier
*****
16. June 2020, 21:53
James C
Thanks Rui 🙂

@ Olivier - Not sure what ***** means, but thanks ?😉
17. June 2020, 15:29
Spanjaard
looks great in my opinion!
17. June 2020, 16:11
Tomaz Klemencic
Very nice Stug, nicely painted and weathered!
17. June 2020, 16:50
Olivier
@James. It means five stars.
17. June 2020, 16:52
James C
@ Olivier, wow... and thank you. You didn't have to do that. But I appreciate it 👍
17. June 2020, 17:00
Neuling
All praise you got here is well deserved.
17. June 2020, 17:01
22. September 2020, 02:50
23. September 2020, 07:45

September 22, 2020

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1:35
A12 Matilda II Mk.III 42nd Royal Tank Regiment, First Army Tank Brigade North Africa 1941
7 | 31. May 2020, 08:44
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21. September 2020, 22:27
Daniel Klink
👍👍👍
21. September 2020, 22:38
21. September 2020, 22:39
James C
Just figured I'd add these links as they are quite interesting.
21. September 2020, 22:40
Olivier
Very interesting ! Thanks James for the links.
22. September 2020, 10:53
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1:35
Russian T-72 M1
Prosjekt: T-72M1
1:35 T-72M1 (Tamiya 35160)
18 | 26. August 2020, 01:32
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James C
Thanks Ingo 🙂
27. August 2020, 19:30
Lode Schildermans
It just looks fantastic
15. September 2020, 22:28
James C
Thanks Lode 🙂
16. September 2020, 01:52
21. September 2020, 21:47
Bob Hall
NEAT ! Thanks J !
22. September 2020, 01:45

September 21, 2020

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1:35
Pz.Kpfw. VI Ausf.B King Tiger
6 | 31. May 2020, 07:25
21. September 2020, 21:56
Spanjaard
beautiful Königstiger!
21. September 2020, 21:57
Nathan Dempsey
Yes, more beautiful work James.
21. September 2020, 22:07
Spanjaard
really sorry about your loss
21. September 2020, 22:12

September 13, 2020

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1:35
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1:35 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV (Zvezda 3677)
 
13. September 2020, 19:06

September 9, 2020

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9. September 2020, 03:56

August 26, 2020

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1:35
Fullført
1:35 152 mm Self-Propelled Howitzer MSTA-S (Zvezda 3630)
 
2 | 26. August 2020, 02:26
Bigglesof266
Looking forward to this one James. Is is a Zvezda new/recent tool? (saves me looking).
26. August 2020, 02:47
James C
Supposed to be a recent and newly tooled kit. It's molded in grey so I think I should be ok with this one... (I hope)😉
26. August 2020, 02:57
Carlos Cisneros
Gonna follow this one!
26. August 2020, 03:06

August 25, 2020

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1:35 T-72M1 (Tamiya 35160)
Russian Army Tank
T-72M1
Tamiya 1:35
35160 (160) 1992 | New tool
25. August 2020, 06:18

August 22, 2020

James C
Total dog shit of a kit full of flash, vague assembly instructions and lousy fit in places.
I gave up on it after getting the running gear and tracks assembled only to find that they overhang the upper hull (and side skirts) by about 5mm at the front on either side. I just couldn't be bothered wasting my time attempting to modify the front axles to make it fit properly. This kit has nothing in common quality wise with Zvezda's more recent releases such as their newly tooled T-90 and Ferdinand; and being reboxed in line with their other newly tooled kits is deliberately misleading which I find somewhat infuriating. This is the same Dragon kit that dates back to the 1980's!

If your after a decent T-72B with ERA... Do yourself a favor and buy the Trumpeter kit instead as this kit is definitely one to avoid. 👎
1:35 T-72B (Zvezda 3551)
T-72B Russian Main Battle Tank with ERA
Zvezda 1:35
3551 2019 | Endret boks
1 | 18. August 2020, 22:19
Carlos Cisneros
Isn't this a rebox of the Dragon kit?
21. August 2020, 20:29
James C
Yeah, that's what I mentioned at the end of my comment😉
21. August 2020, 21:12
Bigglesof266
Appreciate the 'forthright' report James C. = ] Like you, I don't mind the newer tool Zvezda 1/35 armour kits, and especially their 1/48 aircraft series which are universally, good, but I won't buy anything from them which is old old tool. With Zvezda's policy of now reboxing everything in their new glossy brand associative yellow outer boxing, all I can say is thank goodness for Scalemates so people can identify the original year of tool release. A repeat of the Airfix rebranding nonsense when Airfix started reboxing everything including a lot of dross from the 1950s & 1960s in bright red boxes.
21. August 2020, 22:43
James C
Yeah, I stopped purchasing Airfix kits altogether because of that. (Italeri as well) I won't even consider their supposedly newly tooled kits either unless they are drastically reduced in price.
Kits retailed here in NZ cost generally twice as much as they do in Europe or the US presumably due to the shipping costs of stock etc.

This kit reminded me of their similar vintage T-80UD which was also originally a Dragon tooled kit.
I received that as a Xmas gift about 6 years ago, and was the only reason that I persevered and modified it to complete it, but vowed never again. Seeing this one headed in the same direction was very disappointing to say the least.

I don't mind building older kits, and/or having to use a bit of filler to clean up joins etc.
That's just modelling, and if it's in it's original boxing you accept that as being a product of it's time. What is unacceptable (to me) is passing off shit like this from the past as being something new, without making any attempt to correct the original assembly flaws... yet still charging prices equal to that of their newly tooled kits when they don't have the same quality of modern molding and engineering techniques etc.

Anyway, that's my whinge, piss and moan for the month over with😉


22. August 2020, 18:23
Bigglesof266
Haha.. No you just speak the truth. Airfix pricing in AU is outrageous as well. I place the blame squarely on the single line import distro's shoulders. Before Turnbull pushed 10% GST onto all AU imports regardless of value, I used to buy Airfix from Hattons in the UK who would take off UK VAT which compensated for the international shipping and exchange rate which worked well if amortizing consignments cleverly. But Airfix squashed that refusing supply to Hattons because of High street retail Hobby shop unceasing whinging re Hattons "predatory" local pricing in the UK. Whilst Airfix's newer tools are a vast improvement, their pricing isn't. It's also just a nonsense over here. Armour is reboxed Academy, Dragon Smart Kits 2020 they ain't. Aircraft, well let's just say Eduard before the USD went 'bullistic', and I'm glad I bought my new tool Airfix Whitley V, Blenheim I & Do-17Z from Hattons. I like Soviet, Japanese and German subjects, so I'm well served by a healthy stash of Hasegawa, Tamiya, Zvezda, Eduard for air with a smattering of reboxed Hasegawa Revell or new tool Revell & predominantly Dragon for armour although Zvezda new tool opportunity buying is increasingly featuring due that import/USD situ.
22. August 2020, 21:31

August 20, 2020

James C la til et nytt prosjekt
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1:35 T-72M1 (Tamiya 35160)
T-72M1
SU Military Soviet Army (Rabotsche-krestjanskaja Krasnaja armija 1946-1991)
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20. August 2020, 19:02

August 15, 2020

James C fullførte
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T-62A Tank
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MM208 (108) 1979 | New tool
15. August 2020, 04:29

August 13, 2020

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1:35 T-62A (Tamiya MM208)
T-62A
SU Military Soviet Army (Rabotsche-krestjanskaja Krasnaja armija 1946-1991)
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Dark green
 
13. August 2020, 23:24

July 29, 2020

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Schwere Pz.Jg.Abt. 654 Operation "Citadel" Kursk July 1943
19 | 6. June 2020, 04:21
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James C
Thanks Joe. Sorry for not replying sooner.

The camouflage was achieved by airbrushing the basic green pattern first (Over black primer) then I masked it off with thinly rolled tubes of blue-tack. I then sprayed the Dunkelgelb over the top.
After removing the blue-tack, I did a number of touch-ups to the green again free-hand.
I finished up by using assorted oils on the lower panels and recesses to give it a bit of depth.
28. July 2020, 20:11
Guy Rump
Great looking model 🙂
28. July 2020, 21:16
Jos Jansen
Good tip James to first spray the green areas with the Blue-tac afterward... learned something again! By-the-way a superb model mate, love it 👍!
28. July 2020, 22:04
Bigglesof266
Agree Jame's camo result was super. Just a heads up. For those who mightn't know, J's Work do two different camo scheme 1/35 Ferdinand mask sets. Search here for PPA5070 & PPA507. Another way to achieve the scheme. I've used them on other AFVs e.g. my early and late Hetzers, aircraft with complex camo patterns e.g. Su-33. They're very good, but with the caveat they do result in that harder edge look typical of a factory stencil or field brush applied scheme. The Kursk Ferdinand camo was field applied by crews using both application methods. J's Work stencils of course, come at additional cost in terms of $ and time. What James did works fine for the price of some Blu Tack and would be easier to and take less time to apply IME. Alternatively you could also use Microscale liquid Micro Mask or its ilk marketed under various brandings.
28. July 2020, 23:37
James C
Thanks Guy, Jos and Bigglesof266 🙂
29. July 2020, 19:25

July 18, 2020

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A12 Matilda Mk.II British 32nd Tank Brigade Libya 1941
7 | 31. May 2020, 08:35
Olivier
You made quite a good showcase for the Caunter scheme with this one.
17. June 2020, 20:11
Rui S
IMHO, Both Matildas are very well painted 👍
19. June 2020, 18:57
James C
Thanks guys 🙂

This is Tamiya's older tooled kit from the 70's and is WAY over scaled and when compared to their newly tooled Matilda kits... is a bit of a turd to be honest.😉

The AK "Caunter Scheme" (AK4030) paint set that I used was a bit disappointing in that the silver grey didn't even come close to matching the colour as indicated on the box art. The colour provided was just a slightly darker version of the "Portland Stone" with a slight greenish hue to it. For this one, I tried to darken it up a bit and add more contrast by going over the top of it with a blue-grey from Tamiya's weathering Master pastels set which largely did the trick. The rest of the colours in the set look ok though.

It is for this reason that I chose to use the RLM blue when I did the newly tooled kit.
While it too isn't correct, it was a far better and more accurate kit to build and the paint scheme looks much tidier as well.

https://ak-interactive.com/product/the-caunter-scheme-1940-41/
23. June 2020, 21:12
Al
Good job despite the kit; I know exactly what you mean about the older tooled kits, I made the mistake of buying a couple on Ebay because the price was really good (compared to the newer tooled kit) . Of course I got what I paid for and life is too short to waste time on polishing turds.
18. July 2020, 12:12
Neuling
Missed this one: a mistake! Very beautiful, especially your choice of colors!
18. July 2020, 17:57
James C
Thanks Al and Neuling 🙂

@ Al - I couldn't agree more 👍
18. July 2020, 20:42

June 24, 2020

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A15 Crusader Mk.III (aka Cruiser Mk.VI) 7th Hussars 4th Armored Brigade, 7th Armored Division XIII Corps, 8th Army Nor...
5 | 31. May 2020, 07:40
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Rui S
Great, I see that the truck brings the trailer. I'm looking forward to see that big set, Mate.
Do you have a album of the Sd.Kfz.231 build? Why it was an abomination? I like that armored car.
24. June 2020, 20:14
James C
No I didn't bother re-shooting it as I disliked the result so much. If it had been priced more in line with other typical Italeri boxings like their Puma kit that I also did, I wouldn't of minded so much. For what its worth, the Italeri 234 Puma (8 wheel) is better than the Tamiya/Italeri 232 (6 wheel) and just a quarter of the cost! Very dishonest marketing by Tamiya.

In comparison, I found their 232 is poorly molded, the fit of that angular hull was not the best and the fit of the rear axles to the chassis was just sloppy as hell. Tamiya included a metal barrel which given it's basic shape was a bit unnecessary, as well as a standing commander figure to pose outside of the vehicle and then quadrupled the price!

I agree that it's a cool looking vehicle, and If you can find the original Italeri (2004) boxing, I'd recommend it as it includes the overhead aerial frame, but I would not recommend the Tamiya re-issue as your not getting anything for the inflated price and they did away with the aerial frame. Given the overall quality, I'd also avoid the later (and much more expensive) Italeri re-boxing as well)

I'm a fan of Tamiya engineered kits in general as you know your getting quality... even with their older kits. But your not getting that quality with these re-released Italeri kits, but your still paying Tamiya prices.
24. June 2020, 20:32
Rui S
I see, and I agree 🙁 To pay a lot more just for a nice boxart??? Tamiya shouln't overprice it.
Italeri had an upgraded kit with PE & resin parts.
Sd.Kfz. 232 6 Rad (Italeri 6445, 1:35)

1:35 Sd.Kfz. 232 6 Rad (Italeri 6445)
 
24. June 2020, 20:42
Zach Wilson
exceptional precision
24. June 2020, 20:57
James C
Thanks Zach 🙂
24. June 2020, 21:22

June 23, 2020

James C la til et nytt fotoalbum
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8.8cm Flak
5 | 31. May 2020, 00:28
Rui S
Looks great. Would like to see details 👍
19. June 2020, 19:40
James C
I've got some close ups from the original album backed up somewhere. Just need to find them again.
20. June 2020, 21:15
Neuling
You really brought this old kit to life. Good paintwork!
21. June 2020, 15:00
Lode Schildermans
James, nice paint and detailed. I like it
22. June 2020, 05:22
James C
Thanks guys. 🙂

It looks better attached to the half-track with its top up in this album:
Sd.Kfz. 7 with towed 88mm Flak 37 | Album by Jim C (1:35)
23. June 2020, 21:04
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Sd.Kfz. 7 3.7cm FlaK 37
5 | 31. May 2020, 01:11
Rui S
Great camo and weathering 👍
19. June 2020, 19:39
James C
Thanks 🙂
20. June 2020, 21:15
Neuling
I agree with Rui.
21. June 2020, 14:58
Lode Schildermans
Not my favorite kit, but you always turn it into beauties
22. June 2020, 05:23
James C
Thanks guys 🙂

@ Lode - Yeah, 90% of it was Tamiya's old Sd.Kfz. 7 kit from the 1970's. But it was a simple enjoyable build, and a good test bed to practice the camo pattern on. There are more recent and accurate kits of this vehicle by both Trumpeter and Dragon.
23. June 2020, 21:01
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ISU-152
Prosjekt: ISU-152
1:35 JSU-152 Howitzer (Dragon 6803)1:35 JS-1/JS-2/JS-3/JSU-122/JSU-152 (Friulmodel ATL-14)
4 | 30. May 2020, 23:35
Rui S
like this one for exemple 👍
16. June 2020, 21:41
James C
Thanks Rui. This one got on top of me and I did not intend it to look so beaten up.
17. June 2020, 15:13
17. June 2020, 15:21
Nathan Dempsey
Nice work James. I remember selling many of these at the old hobby store. Its great to see it built up.
17. June 2020, 15:30
James C
Thanks Nathan 🙂
17. June 2020, 16:01
Neuling
Menacing looking vehicle. Good work!
17. June 2020, 17:07
James C
Thanks Neuling 🙂
20. June 2020, 21:16
Lode Schildermans
Very nice weathering. It sure does look as it has some miles done
22. June 2020, 05:25
James C
Cheers Lode... It was way too heavy handed on the weathering with this one and toned it down a LOT after this build 🙂
23. June 2020, 20:56
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JS-2
4 | 30. May 2020, 22:06
Rui S
Nice paintjob 👍
19. June 2020, 19:42
James C
Thanks Rui 🙂
20. June 2020, 21:14
Lode Schildermans
The russians knew how to build tanks. This one fired a lot of shells apparantly
22. June 2020, 05:26
Slavo Hazucha
Nice big daddy Josif Stalin tank - been in the wars, a little rusty & itchy...😉 Nicely done 👍
22. June 2020, 07:22
James C
Thanks guys 🙂
23. June 2020, 20:55

June 20, 2020

James C la til et nytt fotoalbum
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Sd.Kfz. 7
3 | 31. May 2020, 00:08
Rui S
I like the weathering 👍
19. June 2020, 19:41
Olivier
Why last attempt ? Are you unhappy with the outcome ? By the way what is this red thing amongst the crew in picture 1 ?
19. June 2020, 20:09
James C
Thanks Rui 🙂

@ Olivier - Yes, I was never happy with the final result of how the crew turned out, and overall I just didn't enjoy the process. The crew member in the second row is supposed to be eating an apple. Perhaps I should have painted it green instead. I made another attempt to do the crew figures on the Patrol boat build but I ended up just binning them.
20. June 2020, 21:14

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