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Tamiya Famo Sd Ah 116 trailer and DML Panzer
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Posted: Friday, January 08, 2016 - 06:53 PM GMT+7
Thanks Dale.

I appreciate your words.

Currently still working on the figures with test fitting and detailing the crew and the cab.
Have got the drivers hands finally glued into the position holding the steering wheel.

The sample image with the crew looks a bit scruffy because there small particles on the figures.
The crew will be tidied up before being glued into position.The images are just showing where each of the figures will be seated.
2 remaining figures to have hands glued on and then it's happy days.




Michael
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Posted: Saturday, January 09, 2016 - 03:26 AM GMT+7
I have been following this epic build for a while and have to say I am impressed with this giant kit. You are really doing it justice for sure. The stowage on the back is awesome and the halftrack overall looks super nice.
I would offer advice on the figs sitting in the back seat though. Do you want them all to be NCOs? NCOs are the only ones to have the collars trimmed in color,along with the shoulder straps it's how you tell them apart. At this point in the war,NCOs and officers were in short supply and I doubt there would be this NCO convention going on in the back seat. Small thing I know but it contrasts with the excellent job you did on all the rest.
J
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Posted: Saturday, January 09, 2016 - 04:05 AM GMT+7

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I have been following this epic build for a while and have to say I am impressed with this giant kit. You are really doing it justice for sure. The stowage on the back is awesome and the halftrack overall looks super nice.
I would offer advice on the figs sitting in the back seat though. Do you want them all to be NCOs? NCOs are the only ones to have the collars trimmed in color,along with the shoulder straps it's how you tell them apart. At this point in the war,NCOs and officers were in short supply and I doubt there would be this NCO convention going on in the back seat. Small thing I know but it contrasts with the excellent job you did on all the rest.
J



Concur, but beautiful work, all the same. My Onkel (Uncle) Ludwig, (ex-1st SS Panzer, now deceased), and my Onkel Karl, (ex-Lufwaffe Signals Sergeant, also now deceased) both left me quite a few photos of some of their actual wartime casual/candid personal experiences, and what Jerry says is perfectly true as far as the "lace" on the uniform collars AND shoulder loops go during this particular early stage of the war. NCOs' Uniform collars and shoulder loops were also finished in a different-from-the rest of the Feldgrau Other Ranks'uniforms, Dark Blue-ish Green, which was discontinued after 1942/43. Officers' uniforms retained the different color on the collar, and still wore the required shoulder boards appropriate to their rank. I also have quite a few great reference books dealing with German uniforms, HEER, Luftwaffe, SS, and Kriegsmarine, to corroborate my comments...

One of these photos clearly shows General Heinz Guderian descending from a Ju.52 "Tante Ju" Transport, and a part of the "Honor Guard", posted there to greet him. What exactly transpired on this occasion is anyone's guess, because I found the photo in my collection after Uncle Karl's demise... My Onkel Franz was a HEER Motorcycle Dispatch Courier who was very nearly fatally injured in an un-avoidable accident early in the war. It was a very long time before he was able to walk again...

Later on, for expediency's sake, many of the German NCO's uniform collars, (except for Dress and Staff Uniforms) became indistinguishable from the Lower Ranks'. Unteroffizier's uniforms were patterned on Officers' uniforms, following standard HEER and Luftwaffe, (also SS), practice. My comments here are meant not as a rebuttal to Jerry's observations, but only as an adjunct, and also to offer some further information regarding German WWII uniforms. Hope this bit of info helps you and other modellers, as well...
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Posted: Saturday, January 09, 2016 - 11:23 AM GMT+7
Thanks Jerry and Dennis,

That is a good pickup on the collar tabs.
Your advice is really appreciated.




Michael
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Posted: Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 12:14 AM GMT+7
Vehicle markings

Tact marking to applied to left fender shortly
Markings are from Archer and all I can say is excellent service.
Numbers are from Verlinden rub on decals No 232
Ordered the Archer decals on the 29th of December and received them last week.Excellent service.
Decals for the zugkraftwagen 18t





Michael
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Posted: Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 08:52 PM GMT+7
Famo Crew in position








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Posted: Wednesday, February 03, 2016 - 12:41 AM GMT+7
The overall project size.

Famo bonnet and front end glued on, we move closer....

Click on images for close in detail.





Michael
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Posted: Wednesday, February 03, 2016 - 01:24 AM GMT+7

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The overall project size.

Famo bonnet and front end glued on, we move closer....

Click on images for close in detail.





Michael



I like the headless guy on the left rear fender of the Trailer.

Seriously- I know first-hand what an effort it is to build, detail and paint a huge project like this. I've done it, and I don't want to do something like this again too soon!

KUDOS!!!
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Posted: Friday, February 05, 2016 - 12:03 PM GMT+7
Thanks Dennis,

Slowly losing the intention (Mojo) to complete this.
Getting a desire to move onto something else and have a break.
There is a Fury Sherman on the wishlist to do and it's hard to stay Focused.

Michael
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Posted: Friday, February 05, 2016 - 01:03 PM GMT+7
Hi Michael - beautiful work, as you've shown throughout the build! Yes, the loss of mojo - a bummer indeed! I've set a recent project down for a while - I realized I was just working to get it finished - Bad approach!! Quality was beginning to slip, and I was looking for shortcuts. So, rather than slipping into creeping mediocrity, I began fooling around with a different subject and scale. Seems to be doing the trick, as I'm now thinking positive thoughts about my "forgotten project" again, and will get back to, and finish it!

Good luck with whatever you decide - I don't mind waiting a while to see your great build get wrapped up!

Cheers
Nick
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Posted: Friday, February 19, 2016 - 10:40 PM GMT+7
Massive build mate! Keep up the good work. As Nick said a break might be the best thing so you don't rush for a finish. Either way it will be there waiting to be finished hey.
Are you going to start a new thread for your Fury build ?
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Posted: Friday, February 19, 2016 - 10:51 PM GMT+7

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Thanks Dennis,

Slowly losing the intention (Mojo) to complete this.
Getting a desire to move onto something else and have a break.
There is a Fury Sherman on the wishlist to do and it's hard to stay Focused.


Michael



Oh, yeah! That's EXACTLY why I have several projects going at any given time. Tedium, especially with a massive project such as this one, can be a strong deterrent to actual completion. Go ahead and take a break- Start your Sherman! You can always alternate your work between the two projects...

Presently, I have a DRAGON 1/35 early M4, an AFV CLUB 1/35 Dodge WC57/56 Command Car, a 1/48 TAMIYA semi-fictitious P-51D, of the 336th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, Spring, 1945, a 1/25 kit-bashed/scratch-built and augmented with aftermarket PE, resin, and aluminum billet parts, of a "Traditional" East Coast-style 1950s/1960s Ford Model A Coupe Hot Rod with a Ford Flat-head V8 project car, and one of my prized possessions, an HO brass New York, Ontario & Western Rwy Y-2 Class "Heavy" 4-8-2 Steam Locomotive by NEW JERSEY CUSTOM BRASS in my paint booth... Yeah, you could say that my interests are pretty diversified...
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Posted: Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 01:54 AM GMT+7
I ran into the same problem whilst working on my last big dio. Hard to stay focused for so long!!
I would periodically take a break and finish a small project or maybe two,just to give myself the feeling of completion. It turned out to be a good remedy. Of course,not everyone is the same and I think you will figure out a solution. Don't give up though,as this is a great project! It will be spectacular when it's done. Heck,it already is!
J
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Posted: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 07:44 PM GMT+7

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Hi Michael - beautiful work, as you've shown throughout the build! Yes, the loss of mojo - a bummer indeed! I've set a recent project down for a while - I realized I was just working to get it finished - Bad approach!! Quality was beginning to slip, and I was looking for shortcuts. So, rather than slipping into creeping mediocrity, I began fooling around with a different subject and scale. Seems to be doing the trick, as I'm now thinking positive thoughts about my "forgotten project" again, and will get back to, and finish it!

Good luck with whatever you decide - I don't mind waiting a while to see your great build get wrapped up!

Cheers
Nick



Thanks Nick will be getting back into the panzer 3 and I'm checking what colour schemes to use and further battle damage.


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Massive build mate! Keep up the good work. As Nick said a break might be the best thing so you don't rush for a finish. Either way it will be there waiting to be finished hey.
Are you going to start a new thread for your Fury build ?



Thanks Ultra_Aussie ,yes the Fury Build will also be a build blog and not as long .

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Oh, yeah! That's EXACTLY why I have several projects going at any given time. Tedium, especially with a massive project such as this one, can be a strong deterrent to actual completion. Go ahead and take a break- Start your Sherman! You can always alternate your work between the two projects...

Presently, I have a DRAGON 1/35 early M4, an AFV CLUB 1/35 Dodge WC57/56 Command Car, a 1/48 TAMIYA semi-fictitious P-51D, of the 336th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, Spring, 1945, a 1/25 kit-bashed/scratch-built and augmented with aftermarket PE, resin, and aluminum billet parts, of a "Traditional" East Coast-style 1950s/1960s Ford Model A Coupe Hot Rod with a Ford Flat-head V8 project car, and one of my prized possessions, an HO brass New York, Ontario & Western Rwy Y-2 Class "Heavy" 4-8-2 Steam Locomotive by NEW JERSEY CUSTOM BRASS in my paint booth... Yeah, you could say that my interests are pretty diversified... [/quote]

Dennis I admire how many projects you have on.Well done.


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I ran into the same problem whilst working on my last big dio. Hard to stay focused for so long!!
I would periodically take a break and finish a small project or maybe two,just to give myself the feeling of completion. It turned out to be a good remedy. Of course,not everyone is the same and I think you will figure out a solution. Don't give up though,as this is a great project! It will be spectacular when it's done. Heck,it already is!
J



Thanks Jerry,I'm still partly involved with the panzer 3 on the trailer, so in terms I have not completely lost focus.
Have ripped in an old Opel Blitz Radio Van with crew ,with the bells and whistles for the model Art Challenge,

committed into the build feature last year so it's on the modelling merry go round . work below
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Posted: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 03:22 AM GMT+7
OK,no harm,no foul! You have a much better work ethic than I do,that's for sure brother.
J
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Posted: Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 06:10 PM GMT+7
Hello all,
Switching between model projects has given me more incentive to get back and complete the Famo.
Have been working on a couple of things over the last few months and have just finished a British modern Main Battle Tank.The Takom Chieftan MK11 fell together and here is the end result.
A first for me to complete a model in 2 and a half months.
Link
http://pnp.li/5Gk7


Now I roll on with the Famo.

Cheers,
Michael

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Posted: Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 08:11 PM GMT+7
Michael,
Great looking Chieftain! Breaks are good to lighten long projects.

Gaz
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Posted: Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 02:23 AM GMT+7
Great looking tank! Nice
J
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Posted: Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 09:58 PM GMT+7
Thanks guys,

Full steam ahead with the Famo build and on with some model painting.

Michael
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Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 05:29 AM GMT+7
Hi Michael,really nice Chieftan. Glad to hear the Famo might make an appearance on your bench again. It really is a large project that demands a lot of time to do. Good to hear that your mojo is coming back again. I will watch for future updates. Best regards...Dale
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Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 11:19 PM GMT+7
Thanks Dale,

Intending to get in and spend a few hours this weekend and upload some images Sunday night.That is the plan if I don't drink too much

Michael
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Posted: Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 12:15 PM GMT+7
Hello again,

Once more it is slowly getting there, have been tinkering around with trying to get the right colour for the famo front end with washes and chipping.
The problem arising for me was I had crap everywhere on the painting desk and needed to rectify the sprall of products.
The result, clean work platform,easy assess

The painting desk before

The painting desk after


Michael
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Posted: Tuesday, August 02, 2016 - 02:01 AM GMT+7
fantastic work! I love it.
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Posted: Tuesday, August 02, 2016 - 04:17 PM GMT+7
Looks like a great project. NICELY DONE
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Posted: Wednesday, August 03, 2016 - 12:15 PM GMT+7
hey mate,great job it will soon be done. your old man did a great job on the paint racks. Your fiqures look great too.
been practising?