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Posted: Friday, October 09, 2020 - 04:35 AM UTC
Really nice work, Tim! But will it all blend together?... Of course it will!
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Posted: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 10:28 PM UTC
Many thanks guys, all positives especially appreciated this time as I wasn’t sure, too close to it as usual. I talked myself into p/shopping being the better solution but I really do need to practice it some more. Mike– priceless, I’ll never look at Murray’s Whale Ale again the same way.

So I mentioned a couple of surprises were coming last time. Well, Surprise # 1 was a call last Friday from the supplier of the three photo-etch chemicals I’d ordered to tell me they’d arrived at the warehouse – because they’re classified “Hazardous” I’d opted to collect, rather than complicate post-office or courier delivery. “Really? When I ordered online 3 weeks ago your website said two of the three items could take 8, 10 or more weeks to come from the UK.” “Yes, they’re here” “You’re absolutely SURE? You can see I left instructions on the order that I’d come to collect ONLY when ALL THREE items had arrived, it’s a 60+ km round trip drive to you with A$20 of tolls…” “Yes they’re here”.

The only real surprise is if you can’t guess what I found when I got there.

Surprise # 2: In my LHS (also last Friday) for some materials and there it was, all on its ownsome amongst a shelf of heaving AFVs…

Not exactly the cheapest miniature from Tamiya, but I shelled out because (1) it’s too cute (2) I don’t want my LHS to close down, (3) I’m sure there were some of these late ‘30’s foreign buggies chugging around Prague in ’42 despite fuel rationing, (4) it’s a good start for the passing traffic I need, (5) with some minor mods like an officer’s hat, the driver figure’s auditioning for chauffeur Klein in the Merc., so maybe one of my seated MiniArt civvies can take the wheel in this car.

You know how some Tamiya kits almost assemble themselves…

Civilian-ised with scratch seats & folding-roof rods, understated chrome & a semi-authentic colour (TS15) which varies more than a little under different lighting conditions. In the above photo the body shell, doors & wheels weren’t glued yet. Not my best work but it’s likely to be slightly blurred as if in motion in final photos, & I’ll leave the driver’s door open-able in case it looks convincing as being emergency-parked post-explosion. It would be around 4 years old by May ‘42 (with a couple of careless owners maybe) so after some heavy pastel-dust weathering (some of which will naturally blow away)…

Is there a scale problem?

I hope not - the Simca 5’s a Fiat Topolino clone and they were both…well, diminutive. Father Merrin’s perhaps one of MiniArt’s beefier figures too, hard to believe he’d ever squeeze into it. What surprised me most was how much the Merc grew by comparison, I’d been concerned it didn’t look enough like a limo but I think it does now (?)

And so it seems this Tram must soon switch lines to trundle onto the new Armorama website - fair warning your driver’s not the sharpest tool in the box when it comes to diversions & upgrades. Having slipped into something more comfortable I make the following important Announcement:


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Posted: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 10:53 PM UTC
Tim, it´s a pleasure to watch your work. I've been out for a while but I can see that you´re still going on with your masterpiece.

How are you doing over there with COVID?? Spain is a f sh*t.

My bests!
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Posted: Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 02:37 AM UTC
I see no scale issues here. The limo was a big car and the sedan was tiny.
Sitting on the cobbles they look great already just as a stand alone dio.
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Posted: Saturday, October 17, 2020 - 05:55 AM UTC
Looking good Tim, Ruck Over Bby!
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Posted: Saturday, October 17, 2020 - 09:26 PM UTC
Hey Tim , there's a guy over on the new site doing pretty much the same build as you .......

Looks beautiful Tim !!
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Posted: Sunday, October 18, 2020 - 12:05 AM UTC
Thanks guys OK then the Simca stays & yeah Glenn you got the same problem, can we sue? Nacho I’ve been missing your updates, stay safe & well & hope you’ll get back in the saddle soon. This isn’t the forum to discuss the pandemic but you can check Sydney’s infection rates on the ‘net anytime
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Posted: Monday, October 19, 2020 - 05:47 AM UTC
I like the Simca. The topolino indeed is a tiny car. It will certainly dress up your dio
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Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 06:43 PM UTC

OK so we have arrived at the last Anthropoid Tram Stop on this site. Thanks for your continuing interest, please disembark and follow this link to re-board at the new site…


When the above link is de-activated you can simply type it into any search engine.

Over & Out

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Posted: Monday, October 26, 2020 - 02:45 AM UTC
361,000+ hits on this thread (OMG!) but we are just gonna stop this discussion in its' tracks and move on!
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Posted: Monday, October 26, 2020 - 03:57 PM UTC
Hey Mike,

This discussion/project is rolling on new tracks on the new site, non-stop – all that really happened was the points switched. Anyone coming here first can click on the link (provided in my October 21 post above) to follow. And anyone who first sees Op. Anthropoid on the new site can follow the link I provided there on the opening “page” to come back here for the full history.

If this old site’s existence is threatened in the future after becoming a “flat file”, I’d certainly want to salvage all text which related to research (by others as well as my own) and drop it into the new-site thread, because that’s what will justify how I depict the event.

I’ve always had the 1,100+ images backed up but I doubt folks want to see all those again! I’ve put up a semi-random selection on the new site, more than enough. In the unlikely event someone asks “How did you make/do X?” I can always drop relevant images into the thread.

See you there
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Posted: Sunday, November 08, 2020 - 03:58 AM UTC
Incredible work, Tim