Jean-Michel Tilquin Thanks all mates for your nice comments!
@ brianireland: the Meng kits are really amazing, lots of detail and perfect fit. The only thing to know is that the workable tracks require quite a lot of work, but the result is very nice. I recommend.
@ Rui: you're right, probably not the best choice, I hadn't really realized it before
14. August, 06:36
Peter de Bruin Awesome builds!
How did you manage to get the tracks together properly? (I've got the TS-043 kit)
I seem unable to properly build them with the provided wire, they just fall apart
It's probably my noobishness, so got any tips?
14. August, 07:08
Jean-Michel Tilquin Hi Peter, I had to try a number of approaches to find the best one. So here it is: first thing is to use extra thin glue to glue the track shoes halves together so you don't fill the tiny holes, then carefully insert the wire, cut it at the right length and apply a little drop of CA glue at each end, and let it dry a bit. But be careful then not to glue the shoes to the jig! After a number of iterations, you'll find it's not that difficult! It must be that Meng got some comments on it, because for the M4A3E2 they provide iron axles instead of the wire making it a bit easier. But in the end, it's worth the effort!
Derek Huggett Really good Jean-Michel, particularly the figures - some of the best IMHO. Model photos would look unbelievably real if you could use direct natural light and a faux background (that is NOT meant as a criticism, just an observation of no real importance!)
8. July 2019, 17:15
Mathieu Derek, it's just to remind us it is a model not a real picture. Confusion might be pretty with such masterfull demonstration. Well done
8. July 2019, 23:02
Jim J Great recreation of a very interesting scene! Love the detail and add-ons on the vehicles.
9. July 2019, 01:36
Jean-Michel Tilquin Thanks mates! I appreciate the compliments, especially about the figures because it's the area I'm most trying to improve at the moment! @Derek: yes, I think I'll use the background idea for a next project... always room for improvement and new ideas!
9. July 2019, 18:07
Stuart Martin Love the MT jackets on the recovery crew, are those figures a kit or scratch built? As a ex Recovery Mechanic I really appreciate the story being told.
24. May, 16:20
Jean-Michel Tilquin Hi Stuart, the figures are from the 25pdr crew set from Bronco (CB35108). Tip: if you click on a project, you can see all kits linked to it. Thanks for your interest anyway!
Neuling Top build with excellent weathering. Seems to be a good kit?
19. May, 14:02
Jean-Michel Tilquin Thanks Rui and Neuling. Yes, a good kit, but suffering (imho) of the Miniart philosophy: if you can break down a piece, break it down, resulting in lots of tiny pieces with little added value. But the result is good, good fit and a special plus for the tracks.
Logan Eden Good Afternoon, Jean-Michel Love everything about the work, but the one that is the greatest is the MiniArt Dozer. The engine green is spot on and sets off the engine from the rest of the Dozers olive drab. Even the leak on the filter housings, the "CATERPILLAR" in black on the side of the block and all the rest has captured it. Phenomenal execution of weathering. Catch Ya, Logan
27. April, 23:56
Jean-Michel Tilquin Thanks all mates. @Logan: thanks for the detailed analysis, I'm pleased you saw it all!