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13 minutes ago, Martinnfb said:

I think that the French industrial / technological achievements are criminally underrated. Their designs are unique, functional and tasteful. Tanks, aeroplanes , cars, ships, you name it. Their product is amongst the coolest out there. 

I agree Martin (and not only because I am French ;) ).

The only issue is that, after the trauma of WW I, they did not want to believe in another war, nor that it would be conducted in a different way from the previous one (but it is not unusual for military planners to think the next war in the terms of the previous one …). They just were late to develop the appropriate weapons for WW II, with some weird designs sometimes. And the political meanderings of the 30s did not help the defense industry adapt to the futures challenges.

And they produced some great designs after WW II …

Hubert

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2 hours ago, Martinnfb said:

I think that the French industrial / technological achievements are criminally underrated. Their designs are unique, functional and tasteful. Tanks, aeroplanes , cars, ships, you name it. Their product is amongst the coolest out there. 

Have you ever seen a MAS 1936 rifle? Not the most elegant of designs,

no safety and awkwardly forward bent bolt handle. Having owned one, I

must say it did hande and fire well. I also owned the ground-breaking

Mle. 1866 Chassepot  needle-fire rifle that quickly became obsolete.

I like French stuff.....even the Citroen DS, but the ARL-44 and the

AMX-50b were not good designs. They both suffered from engine

and drive train problems and were for the French people a complete waste of funding.

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I finally found all the parts to the Spinosaurus model I bought a while back. My son had taken it after I had assembled it and it disappeared into the void known as his room. Then parts of it would turn up. 

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Compared to the T-Rex I did earlier this year. Both are the same scale. 

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The Spinosaurus has much better fit as it was the last dinosaur model released by Pegasus. 

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Now I'm working on this....A Tamiya JSU-152. I had read some reviews on

this kit and some builders claim to have had fit problems with the upper hull.

I found NO issues with fit none. Either Tamiya fixed it or the reviewers/builders did something dreadfully wrong. I added an Aber Barrel

that looks great. Just  a few more parts to go and assembly will be done.

 

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1 minute ago, belugawhaleman said:

Now I'm working on this....A Tamiya JSU-152. I had read some reviews on

this kit and some builders claim to have fit problems with the upper hull.

I found NO issues with fit none. Either Tamiya fixed it or the reviewers/builders did something dreadfully wrong. I added an Aber Barrel

that looks great. Just  a few more parts to go and assembly will be done.

 

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Looks fun👍. Massive gun. Was this used to destroy fortifications?

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47 minutes ago, FullArmor said:

Looks fun👍. Massive gun. Was this used to destroy fortifications?

Well yes, The 152mm gun probably would wreck anything it was aimed

at , but I think it was conceived to destroy tanks. The tamiya instructions

state that it was called, in Russian, "the beast Killer". Years later, these were

taken out of storage, and used to collapse the foundations of the Chernobyl power plant. They were left at the site and remain there today.

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1 hour ago, belugawhaleman said:

Assembly done (mostly). Still waiting for the Fruilmodel tracks.

Shown here in black Surfacer. My JSU-152 coming along..

 

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What a beast of a tank. Kitty killer indeed. 

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