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Steven Van Dyck (StevenVD)

Saladin Mk.2


Steven Van Dyck
I started on the Saladin today, with the hull parts and some of the MR resin parts for the GB version. I had loved to add the promising Voyager PE set, but it seems arrested in development. So I acquired only the light set and the DEF wheels.
30 March 2021, 20:53
Kerry COX
An almost forgotten but effective member of the wheeled armour family that I remember seeing at Puckapunyal in Australia in the early 60's, where it was part of the 4/19 Prince of Wales Light Horse Regiment. Looking forward to your build and progress. 👍 🙂
30 March 2021, 21:09
Steven Van Dyck
Thanks for the appraisal, Kerry. I read that it even stayed part of the regiment after the vehicles were decommissioned, the turrets were just recycled on M113's. Today I compared the kit wheels to the DEF models ones. In one picture you can see that actually both resemble different patterns, with the kit wheel as the classical type and the DEF wheel as the later replacement type. So those of you who want to depict an early ante-BRD Saladin, you can't use the resinkit. But it does mean that I can go for an exotic camo scheme. A nice scale plan can be found at weaponsandwarfare.com/2020/09/page/10/
31 March 2021, 22:12
Tini Hendriks
Looks very nice!
31 March 2021, 22:54
Steven Van Dyck
Thanks, Tini! I used a spare PE part from my Kondensator project to improve on the single piece of Dragon PE that was in the box. I also added some MR parts.
4 April 2021, 14:42
Steven Van Dyck
I had to saw a millimeter from the axle stubs to get the DEF models wheels to fit. I also scratched the license plate holder aft to make it look slimmer. This was done by drilling, scribing and ripping a brass plate and then bending it like on the WWP picture. I also replaced the exhaust brackets.
25 April 2021, 19:21
Tini Hendriks
I think you liked building it very much. So much joy in such a small afv. ??
25 April 2021, 19:33
Steven Van Dyck
It continues to be funny because I scratched some parts I do not need. These are already provided with the Voyager kit. I did add all the lights on the hull.
23 May 2021, 01:07
Another fav of mine.
Geez, light years away from the old Tamiya kit.
23 May 2021, 03:36
Tini Hendriks
A little gem. And suddenly I remembered, I had a Matchbox Saladin in the sixties ☺️??
23 May 2021, 19:34
Steven Van Dyck
Thanks guys. Today I finished the building phase. I can't use the turned barrel because the hole is not centered, but the kit barrel will do. The mounting brackets are replaced with wire. The MR .30 is a nice addition, but it has an ugly mold line on top, so the barrel had to be replaced with an Aber one. The hatches look great with the latches on them and I replaced some plates with brass foil.
27 June 2021, 00:17
Steven Van Dyck
The Saladin is painted RLM 87 and modulated. For the wheels I used Tamiya black and then the Def. Model masks with method B (tires painted and masked).
1 July 2021, 19:44
Steven Van Dyck
I wanted to obscure the empty turret interior with some driver figures, so I made these two Miniart ones.
29 July 2021, 23:22
Steven Van Dyck
The wheels are pigmented with sand color and the hull got a dust filter. The wheels are fixed to the model, I will use the casting blocks as locating pins in my diorama.
22 August 2021, 20:15
Steven Van Dyck
A plaster base block is cast inside a metal frame. By this method, the AK Beach Sand must be applied with a fine brush after inserting the wheels.
16 September 2021, 22:26
Steven Van Dyck
The Saladin is finished today, after adding the antenna and the figures. Eventually these turned out OK, though the driver position remains an empty hole.
20 September 2021, 21:05
Steven Van Dyck
Thanks for the likes everyone!
21 September 2021, 05:01
Good looking Saladin, your scratch building work paid off!
21 September 2021, 08:02
Jean-Michel Tilquin
Very nice work Steven
27 September 2021, 15:37
Steven Van Dyck
Thanks, guys! It was fun to build.
27 September 2021, 15:40


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