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Wednesday, May 09, 2018

AMPS 2018

Dayton Ohio

So it has been a while but here we are at AMPS 2018 in Dayton OH. This years show was at the Hope Hotel and Richard C Holbrook Conference Center, just outside Wright-Pat Air Force Base.
Check out the photos on Scale AFV Facebook page.

Below is the Best of Show (AMPS 2018). Congratulations to Harvey Low... Well done!



Sunday, February 19, 2017

JGSDF Type 10

Build and some base paint...

Some work on the Tamiya Type 10 (1/48). also used the DEF Models PE set. The set includes reflective surface stickers for the glass parts. Pretty impressive stuff. It appears to be some sort very thin mylar with a very sticky back.













Sunday, July 17, 2016

Leopard 1A4

Upper Hull Construction

Added the top plate to the hull, rear plate, BII, lighting, drivers hatch and vision blocks.







Saturday, July 16, 2016

Leopard 1A4

Lower Hull Construction


This is the MENG Leopard 1 A3/A4 kit. I am building this strictly for pleasure and out of the box.    No thrills just fun.

First steps involve the lower hull, running gear, road wheels, return rollers, driver sprocket and idler wheel. This kit also includes a torsion bar system not unlike the actual vehicle. Given the independent movement of each dog bone it would be easy to pose this vehicle on uneven terrain or traversing a small obstacle. My only concern about the torsion bars in plastic is their longevity in producing enough torque to keep the model at the proper height over a period of time.



Next came the upper hull PE pieces.



And then the rear hull plate and attached parts.





Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Fresh Sabot Pubs "In Detail" book!


M60A2 In Detail, Volume 1 (SP003)
Sabot Publications (2016)



Front Cover

So, just in today is the new Sabot Publications M60A2 Volume 1 (SP003). I will tell you right rom the start that this vehicle is one of my favorite tanks. It just looks cool. A friend I knew had crewed one of these tanks and really enjoyed operating in it. But he said it was a relationship with baggage. When it was good it was GREAT! And when it was bad it was horrid. He said a crew really needed to watch the operational envelope and keep the maintenance up 100% of the time. 

The book is basically 8.5 x 11 inches in size and has all B&W photos. It has 132 pages and several hundred photos. I didn't count the photos and will trust that the publisher is telling the truth. I can say that there is a "boat load" of pictures! 


The book consists of 7 sections. They are; the Introduction, 3 vehicles from 1-37 Armor in Germany, Main Gun Detail, 1-37 Armor in Winter time in Germany, Various vehicles from 1-37 Armor in Germany. The last section has some great maintenance photos and interior shots. It would appear most photos are from the 1978 to 1980 period. The quality of the photos is excellent. This will be a great photo reference for building this vehicle.

I really appreciate the format of this book as it is all photos and captions. What a reference book should be in my opinion. I am not a M60A2 expert and will not comment on accuracy of the captions. But my main reason for buying the book are the photos as they are what I need to get my model right. There are lots of good views of the details. I will say there are more interior shots than I expected and they give good detail of many portions of the interior. 

I love the comparison photos on page 105. It shows a T-54 sitting next to M60A2. The T-54 looks like a pet. There really is not a whole lot to say other than I Highly recommend this book as a modelers reference. I can not wait to see Vol 2! Yes! there is a second volume in the pipeline right now from what I understand. SO standby to be awed again...This is definitely not my last Sabot Publications book.

So it is time to break out the AFV Club M60A2 kit (my preference in the M60A2 manufacturing smack down) and get gluing!





Tuesday, July 05, 2016