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Liberation, Italy 1944
strongarden
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Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 03:25 AM UTC
Lookin' good Tim, thanks for all your efforts in trying to replicate this scene. You have mad skills dude.

Regards
Dave
TanksForTheMemory
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England - South East, United Kingdom
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Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2018 - 12:41 PM UTC
Thanks guys. Sorry it's been a while...

The Carrier has now acquired more stowage and a coat of dust...





The latter is a variety of pigments, including some authentic Tuscan earth which I brought home from our holiday a couple of year back and grounded down in a coffee blender.

As for the stowage, what you see includes what came with the Riich kit (although weapons have straps added from lead foil or masking tape), additional ammo boxes and petrol cans from the Bronco British Field Accessories Set, more items from Resicast (e.g. crates filled with packs and helmets, etc, dented ammo crates) and, perhaps best of all, Bren ammo boxes and magazines from Ultracast. There are also spent rounds from brass wire snipped to shape.

The no.19 wireless set is fine as it comes, but it needs wiring - so I added mine. I am certainly no expert! The thicker cable, I believe, is the power supply which plugs into the front of the set. The cylindrical object which sits on top comes with the kit - but the instructions don't tell you what it is or where to put it. In fact, it's a 'variometer'.

There is also a control unit, which is missing from the kit completely. As far as can tell, the headphones and microphone actually plug into this unit and not directly into the wireless set. I basically copped out by making a carpet (using Tamiya quick dry putty) to cover the rear of the set and the area where the control box would be located - and all my wires conveniently disappear behind it. I used the excuse that the troops would be likely to have some sort of improvised cover to protect the set from the sun and rain...

The headphones and microphone also come with the kit. For the wiring I used EZ Line, which is fine, stretchable plastic thread mainly used for rigging ships and aeroplanes.

The aerials / antennae were added from guitar strings. After a little research and help from another site it seems that, among those commonly used on the Carrier, were the thinner variety which came in 4ft lengths (which equates to roughly 3.5 cms in 1/35 scale) and could be screwed into each other. So I went for one 4ft in length and another 8ft. These generally appear to have been straight, not curved, although in videos of carriers on the move they can be seen swinging about considerably!

Finally, everything was painted using either Vallejo or MIG acrylics...

TanksForTheMemory
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England - South East, United Kingdom
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Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2018 - 12:51 PM UTC
Another shot shows the detail inside the gunner's position, including Bren ammo box, magazines, spent cartridges and a scratch-built smoke discharger (which was, quite literally, triggered by a sawn-off Lee Enfield rifle!)

Dioramartin
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New South Wales, Australia
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Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2018 - 01:54 PM UTC
That's one impressive vehicle – busy, untidy, lived-in. Special award for Goldilocks weathering too i.e. not too much, not too little. Superb
obg153
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Texas, United States
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Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2018 - 03:51 PM UTC
Amazing finish on the Carrier! The Thompson stowed in the back looks unusual for a British unit. I ask cause I wonder how often they'd be able to obtain more clips/ammo for it.
jrutman
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Posted: Monday, December 31, 2018 - 05:20 AM UTC
Nice and dirty and well used plus filled with logical equipment. Looks the part!
J
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RAILROAD MODELING
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Posted: Monday, December 31, 2018 - 05:25 AM UTC
Hi Tim,

Here's a tutorial for loading pix via this site.

https://railroadmodeling.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=256943

cheyenne
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New Jersey, United States
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Posted: Monday, December 31, 2018 - 11:10 PM UTC
Nicely done Tim , beauty build !!!
The Thompson was a widely used lend lease weapon for British and commonwealth troops just about everywhere during WW2 .
mariointer
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Italy
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Posted: Monday, January 07, 2019 - 07:53 AM UTC
Hi your diorama is astonished indeed....your buildings are really incredible ..you have a big skill about that.....i appreciate so much the base too and the realisation of the vehicle is first rate too...but overall i love the figure choice.....i have toothe Corsar rex figures and when i saw yours i run to change the heads mine too with fantastic Hornet british soldiers and they became wonderful......i kike so much the officer of Miniature Alliance...buris in resin??? And where didi you carry the cane??? Interesting too the wee friend gb soldier....by the moment that your diorama is so big, do you ll add other british soldiers on it? For example a crew for scout car????

Bye bye from italy

Mario.
mariointer
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Italy
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Posted: Monday, January 07, 2019 - 08:00 AM UTC
Tim...i mean if your Miniature Alliance gb officer is in resin or metal "buris".....i make a mistake writing about that...before...!!!!

Mario.
TanksForTheMemory
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England - South East, United Kingdom
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Posted: Friday, January 11, 2019 - 12:19 PM UTC
Ciao Mario!

Thank you for your kind words. I am always especially pleased to have praise from Italy!

You were asking about the British officer. He is a Dog Tag resin figure (see above). I just replaced the bush hat with a helmet (Royal Models, which are a little bigger than any others I could find) and the cane is stretched sprue.

For now I have no plans for any figures in the Universal Carrier - too hard to fit! However, there are more figures on the way...

Regards,

Tim

TanksForTheMemory
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Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 07:53 AM UTC
Things have been rather busy since New Year, but at last the Topolino is in place - AND the sunflowers have come out to play!



M4A3E8Easy8
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Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 08:02 AM UTC
looks good, the univeral is spot on. I must ask this though. You mentioned grinding dirt in a coffee grinder (one hopes dedicated to this task or the morning cup of joe.. well I will pass) Does the grinder actually make the dirt finer or just break up the clumps? I normally use the powdered dirt from ball fields or walking paths... This may give me an easy option to get the same fine powder.
TanksForTheMemory
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Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 08:36 AM UTC
Hi Easy8.

I can assure you the grinder was well washed!

As for what you end up with the answer is simply this: a powder that - in terms of texture - is indistinguishable from my commercially produced pigments.

Try it!
cheyenne
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Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 02:18 AM UTC
Tim , beauty work on the Topo , I like the partially opened suitcase too , nice touch .
TanksForTheMemory
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Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 02:42 AM UTC
Thanks Cheyenne.

The suitcase is my the Czech PlusModels. Just going through their website is virtually an evening's work - but they have such a fantastic range of accessories...

I ordered in bulk to save postage, but now I have luggage for life!
jrutman
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Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 02:44 AM UTC
This is beautiful destruction to be sure. Nice veggies as well.
J
TanksForTheMemory
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Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 03:24 AM UTC
Thanks guys.

The sunflowers are spreading - a bit like triffids!

cheyenne
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Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 05:02 AM UTC
Good Lord a 1951 B horror movie reference , love it !! Saturday morning Creature Features .
TanksForTheMemory
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Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 05:17 AM UTC
What I find most creepy about sunflowers is the way they ALL face the same way...
obg153
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Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 06:06 AM UTC
Perhaps even creepier, is that time-lapse filming will show them "following" the sun during the day. And speaking of following, watching your scene come together is like taking a class in artistry. Awesome work, Tim, looking forward to your next update!
SRAMSEY
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Posted: Monday, February 04, 2019 - 04:40 AM UTC
Tim

I have been following this build since you started it. Everything from the buildings, to the scenery, and the vehicles are really well done.

Shawn
TanksForTheMemory
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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 05:26 AM UTC
Thanks guys,

Next I turned my attentions to my bella donna on the balcony.

This is another excellent Mk 35 Editions figure (like my Partisan, originally French) called 'Woman cutting a bunch of grapes'.

In order to make her pose more suitable I had to change the position of her right arm to rest on the balcony, remove the knife, twist the left wrist and remove the bunch of grapes (so that she would hold a bottle). I also replaced her head with one from Hornet so that I could give her a more interesting hairstyle. Ironically, I am pretty sure that the original sculptor used the same head (which is a bit cheeky). The hair was sculpted from Tamiya Quick Type epoxy putty which was then detailed with a scalpel blade. I'm not exactly confident that it's an Italian hairstyle of the 1940s era - but let's just pretend she had just got out of the bath to greet the liberating Allies!




The billowing sheet hanging from the balcony (which will be white to indicate surrender) was also made from the same putty. This replaced a much rougher effort which I had made earlier from Magicsculp (see the first photo in this post). Although the Tamiya putty is very sticky (you need to use a lot of talcum powder to stop it sticking) it is absolutely the right thing to make thin sheets, clothing, etc. After a few minutes drying time it can be manipulated very easily to obtain realistic folds - as if blowing in a light breeze.
jrutman
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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 03:36 AM UTC
Really nice conversion on the Donna and also the sheet rocks,
J
cheyenne
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Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 04:07 AM UTC
Nice work Tim , the babe turned out great and adds nicely to the story .