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Tamiya Famo Sd Ah 116 trailer and DML Panzer
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Posted: Tuesday, February 02, 2016 - 05:41 PM UTC
The overall project size.

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

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Posted: Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 01:52 PM UTC
Famo Crew in position








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Posted: Friday, January 15, 2016 - 05:14 PM UTC
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





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Posted: Saturday, January 09, 2016 - 04:23 AM UTC
Thanks Jerry and Dennis,

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




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Posted: Friday, January 08, 2016 - 09:05 PM UTC

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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: Friday, January 08, 2016 - 08:26 PM UTC
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: Friday, January 08, 2016 - 11:53 AM UTC
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.




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Posted: Thursday, January 07, 2016 - 07:26 PM UTC
Great looking Famo and figures Michael. Cant wait to see the trailer come to life. Keep up the good work. I am looking forward to your next update.
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Posted: Friday, January 01, 2016 - 04:03 PM UTC
Thanks Guys

Michael
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Posted: Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 09:02 PM UTC
beautiful build! thanks for sharing.
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Posted: Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 08:38 PM UTC
Very nice work.
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Posted: Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 04:45 PM UTC
Hello again,

The famo crew have been painted in Vallejo acrylics with oil paints used for the face and hands.
The figures are now in the next stage of having the decal collar tabs and shoulder boards applied.A coat of Testers gloss coat has been used to help sit the decals on the figure.
Once the decals are done the next stage is to glue resin hands to the remaining 3 crew figures.

Engine side covers have been detailed and are ready to be glued into position.
The front and sides of the crew compartment has been glued together.

Further work will be required to place the crew figures and equipment in the cab and will be glued to the chassis at a later stage.

Wishing you all a happy 2016

Michael
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Posted: Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 04:59 PM UTC
Thanks Dennis,

Sorry for the late reply .
Yes, then you know how difficult it is to stay committed on a large model.
With all the new models being released it's hard to keep on this tractor and trailer.
It was around this time 2 years ago when I was posting the plastic sprues. The end is close.
Received confirmation the transport box for the Famo is ready for pickup this week. Will post some photo's as soon as it's received.

Michael
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Posted: Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 10:31 PM UTC

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Thanks Steve,

Appreciate your words and the figure info.

Michael



LOOKIN' GOOD, Michael. That TAMIYA FAMO & Sd.Anh.116 is one sweet kit! I see that we follow the same techniques and coloring!

I did something very remarkably similar as you are doing; I spent a fortune on ABER PE and resin stowage and updates from other manufacturers for both the Tractor and the Trailer. I replaced the Wheel/Tire assemblies with resin ones, and I used Friulismo Tracks for the Tractor.

I loaded the trailer with DRAGON's Excellent #6713 s.IG.33 auf Fgst. Pz.Kpfw.III (Sfl.), which I enhanced with VOYAGER PE, and Friulismo Tracks.

The FAMO is shot in overall PANZERGRAU with a thinly sprayed "squiggle" camo pattern of a color close to "AFRIKA GRUNBRAUN". The trailer is in overall PANZERGRAU, as is the s.IG.33/Pz.III. I had the early stages of Stalingrad in mind for this project.

It took a long time to reach completion, as I like to bounce around between other projects...
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Posted: Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 01:26 AM UTC
Thanks Steve,

Appreciate your words and the figure info.

Michael
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Posted: Wednesday, December 09, 2015 - 03:57 PM UTC
Nice job on that figure Michael.The Famo and trailer(previous page)is superb too.
If you are looking to ring the changes with the figures a bit, I think Tamiya made a mistake with their Famo crew. They seem to have confused the Reed Green Drill field uniform with the Denim fatigue suit. These were a cement coloured raw cotton drill outfit, much simpler in design without the chest pockets and no flaps to the skirt pockets. This suit was frequently worn by engineers and mechanics who were likely to be involved in dirty work to save their Feldbluse from damage. Overalls were popular with tank repair crews too, usually grey, although the SS had a camo version that was issued to tank crews. As the war went on the off white denims were often dyed a green grey colour for concealment. Both of these are easy to reproduce by careful carving of the Tamiya figures, or are available from the AM guys; in fact the standing guys in the kit are of course wearing overalls.
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Posted: Tuesday, December 08, 2015 - 04:59 PM UTC
Test fitting Engine , troop and cargo compartments.
The Beast comes together for the first time.






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Posted: Saturday, November 28, 2015 - 01:19 PM UTC
Rifles are done, a little more touch up painting and weathering and it's back to the figures.



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Posted: Sunday, November 15, 2015 - 12:21 AM UTC
Thanks Terry ,
Had a short break from the figures for the time being

Had to spend some time to get the rifle rack together.
There was no way I could close in the cab till I get this done .

Michael
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Posted: Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 07:21 PM UTC
Beautiful work Michael, the figures are very impressive. Your techniques are timeless.
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Posted: Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 05:30 PM UTC
Hello again,

Just a small update on the progress .
Spent a few hows on the aber rifle racks today , still have to glue on the bolt heads at the base of the latch .
Sorry just the 1 photo for now


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Posted: Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 12:05 AM UTC
Thanks Jerry.

Any plastic seems to bond from the Tamiya glues and I still use the Revell glue depending on the application .

The Tamiya thin glue is highly recommended to be used with the Tamiya putty.

Thin the putty down with a the Tamiya glue and use the finer brush to apply around the arms and legs to fill any cracks .

Hope this helps .

Michael
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Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 06:20 PM UTC
Looking good and coming along nicely. I will have to try the Tamiya glue as per your recommendation. The glue I am using doesn't bond very well. Pretty much a bad feature for glue I would think.
J
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Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 12:10 PM UTC
Thanks Nick,

More figure updates to follow shortly.

With the example photo taken under a flouro light it has made the figure's uniform look a little brighter.
Did not notice it as much until after posting .

The next batch will be slightly toned down or should I say reduced brightness in the uniform appearance

6 more to go ....

Michael
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Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 09:33 PM UTC
Hi Michael - great build. With the complexity of it, it looks like you're building several kits at once - nice! I must say, I like the painting technique you're using - like the image above, where you're testing the figure's fit. Fairly clean on the seats and body, but nice wear shown on the floor. Looking forward to more.

Cheers
Nick