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About Artful69

  • Birthday 07/22/1969

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    : Perth, Western Australia
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    AFV's, Aircraft, Figurines, Dioramas etc ...
    1/35 or 1/32 Mostly German WWII ...
    Other European Theatre WWII ...

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  1. First up ... I hope these guys are creating the real deal and not just trading off the names they made for themselves producing WNW merch'. Second ... If they are - it should be an accurate Mk.Ia (THE Spitfire - to which all others are compared) ... and I hope they follow it up with an accurate Mk.Ib and a Mk.Vb ... I wonder if these guys managed to salvage that Lanc' that WNW was producing - it was a fair way along and it's a shame it hasn't seen the light of day. A couple of other British early war icons would be handy too - if they're looking for subjects not covered ... A Fairey Battle, a B.P.D, a Blenheim and/or a Beaufort might be nice to get a hold of ... as well as the ever elusive Beaufighter in new tooling. Rog
  2. Score!!! Dragon had the market cornered for 1/35 scale until they started with those crappy DS track things ... I've found that some later issue kits will come with both - almost as if Dragon realised their mistake and started adding the Magic Tracks back in ... They cottoned onto the link and length idea a bit to late also - with these new "Neo Smart Kit" issues... it's almost as if the market has passed them by now. I have that kit in the stash - awesome! Rog
  3. I've already posted pics ... somewhere ... but I'll include some on Saturday / Sunday when I start my builds if you like?? Rog
  4. Added another I forgot ... 5 boxes from 4 retailers lol Rog
  5. So ... I arrived home yesterday after my morning flight ... and a night shift of 12 hours ... I was pretty spent but stuck my head into the hobby room to see what sort of shape it's in before commencing the build threads ... not too shabby and should only take a couple of hours to sort out ... I took some very necessary sleep ... and then headed off to the post office later to collect some parcels 🚚 The good news is that everything I'd ordered had arrived - apart from a late order on Thursday last week ... which is due to arrive early next week ... I've been meaning to get some individual style track links to replace the crappy DS things Dragon started putting into its kits a while back ... Going through my Dragon collection there was quite a number of Pz.III / IV chassis'd vehicles with those things in there ... so I put in an order with BNA Modelworld (a local supplier of stock to rival most ... and certainly with RFM track link kits!!) We have .... One kit for early and one kit for late Tigers (Fortunately All the others in the stash are either paint mules or had Magic Track supplied) and also the Jagdpanther (when I can get around to slotting a build date for it) A couple of "Late Production" sets ... RFM divide these tracks into early and late ... when in reality there's early, mid and late with a couple of variations in between ... VERY early track designs for panzer III and IV's used a 38cm wide track - all my early war variants requiring these have magic track already supplied (I think ??) ... Thankfully, the reality is - that only the biggest differences are likely to be observed in this sort of scale ... and these tracks cover them ... the "Late Production" ones below (they've used that term VERY loosely) use a solid guide horn and have cleats for aiding grip at the surface contact points. The "Early Production" tracks shown below are the type without cleats ... and have a hollow guide horn. Another couple of items were grabbed at the same time ... a photo etch cutter (very necessary!) and this excellent looking little device called a track loader - which may be very handy considering all the track work I'm likely to be doing!! ... I'll let you know how it goes! I wanted another Panther D ... and having acquired one of these Takom kits previously after doing the research - I figured it was too much of a pain to try one of the other brands for comparison (it might have been interesting - but at least I'll be dealing with exactly the same issues on this kit - should there be any). Once I did my research (previously) ... I found that locating one was the problem! ... There were about 3 or 4 available ex-China - a last resort and one in the UK, via e-Bay - customer service was excellent but I paid for it ... This time I found one locally available (if you call over east 'locally') and a quick phone call confirmed stock was actually available ... and so - delivered at less than half the price of the previous one ($220+ vs $100) ... A while back Dragon started releasing some combo kits ... I have one with a smaller halftrack and mid war 105mm artillery piece ... there's one around with a mid sized halftrack and a 150mm gun but I can't find it anywhere ... and then there is this beauty ... a mid sized halftrack with an 88mm FlaK 😍 ... ex France via e-Bay and paying some overs but awesome!! The shop owner was very helpful ... in combining postage for the kit below included ... I could have had 3 more kits for the same postage ... but there was only perhaps one more that I would have taken - maybe. Back when I started some of the original research - Steve supplied some order of battle info for Citadel - and some further research provided an Ausf.M (wading muffler on rear) with a flame thrower attachment was used by the GD Division in the south ... I thought it might make an interesting addition. I have 2 Border "early" Tiger kits ... I wanted 3 early Tigers ... I have both a Dragon and an RFM "Whittman" early Tiger ... but both would take some modification to make them NON-Whittman Tigers ... and I was contemplating a side by side build early in the planning stage ... I still might ... but I decided to grab another Border kit in case I can't be arsed when the time comes. I picked up this one from one of the local suppliers ... who finally got their stock in. I might need another StuG.III ... I haven't decide whether to use my Tamiya kit for a StuH.42 yet. So I got this as a stand by. Recently I've been seeing a lot of recovery vehicles advertised ... I know they've been in existence in 1/35 for years ... but there seems to have been a greater focus on repair and recovery equipment lately ... and this is one example ... the trailer is designed for a Panzer or StuG - III or IV. Ok so the markings say El Alamein but I have an idea for this one in a much earlier setting ... just gotta get my variant dates right - It may be the wrong one but if so I'll just shelve it for another time ... by far the nicest looking British tank of the war for mine. Have been waiting for one of these to come out in 1/32 for ages ... back when I was a kid, reading Commando comics, one of my favourite stories was about a pilot with a tendency to crash everything he flew (not though incompetence either!) ... He was assigned to a squadron operating these and flew just about every variation made ... I absolutely loved the design and wished that the ministry had taken more of an interest in the heavy fighter. Thats all for now ... Tomorrow I'll be clearing out the hobby room in preparation and getting the ute serviced Rog *** EDIT *** Forgot to pop this one on ... a second order over east - because the move to SP artillery was emphasised at Kursk ... this one came as a pleasant surprise because it has Magic Track included besides the DS crap ... ... Ok ... that's it now lol Rog
  6. literally anything SBY 2199 or 2202 is awesome in my estimation ... Rog
  7. Gaz - I'll gladly put a few of my Has 190's on the market ... After ZM releases their kits!! 🤣 I honestly don't get where this "Not another 109" rant keeps coming from (not that Ern was doing or suggesting that at all) ... but the moaner's ALWAYS come out of the woodwork to express their "valuable" opinion on why they're upset with the announcement ... FFS!! How many '32 scale kits of the type are actually out there?? ... And while I personally wouldn't go as far as saying that the '32 scale 109's out there are "shit" ... I understand WHY Gaz came to that conclusion ... And anyone complaining that ZM kits are over engineered should take a look at the latest Revell offerings (landing gear anyone?). Take us back 7+ years ago and I would have been a little more skeptical if ZM had announced either of these types ... but the difference between THIS company and their contemporaries is their constant and persistent striving to do better with every single release ... The latest couple of designs (Ki-45 and Hs.129) are amazing in terms of presentation, fit, finish and detail ... and I haven't heard ANY whinging about accuracy out there either ... If there was ANY company that I would trust to provide an accurate Bf109.G it would be this one ... or Tamiya ... Tamiya fan-boys would select Tamiya in preference - but I'm a fan of the ZM style now. Rog
  8. Still planning to ... have been stuck doing routine stuff on my 7 days leave to date ... Aiming to start some assembly work when next in Perth on R&R ... Rog
  9. I like collecting the Classics series ... It looks like being a great reference book ... I have a Resin multimedia kit by HPH (ZM haven't made one - although it would be the sort of esoteric subject they would be likely to have a go at in the future) ... I haven't attempted the resin kit yet as the skill set feels to be a bit beyond me and I have a MASSIVE AFV project underway ... Rog
  10. My favourite Chassis ... wish it was a III.L, M or N ... but will enjoy the StuG life 😎 Rog
  11. In the words of Top Cat ... "D - Rool, D - Rool" Rog
  12. Ok ... time for another pop quiz on tracks ... specifically German / WWII / Which tracks for which vehicle ... Sooooooo (Grace Randolph) ... I was hunting through available sets on the local online store ... There are sets for early, mid and late for Pz.III / IV ... early and late for Panther / Tiger etc ... It's confusing to say the least!! 🤯 ... can someone enlighten me as to which tracks apply to which Ausf of which vehicle?? My main concern is not super historical accuracy (you'd have to be looking REALLY hard at a 35th scale model to notice a particular pattern on a track when so much else is going on around it) ... I want to get tracks that fit the particular kit I'm getting ... Has anyone thought to make a list that particular tracks should be suited to? Cheers Rog
  13. I'm up for the 1/200 Bismarck ... and the Scharnhorst ... But what would REALLY get me going is any of the 3 Deutschland Class Heavy Cruisers in 1/200!! Rog :)
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