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Started by Nick, November 10, 2022, 07:35:43 AM

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Nick

This week I has mostly been building an halftrack. It's from Plastic Soldier Company in the esteemed gentleman's scale of 23mm or 1/72. It actually came from a Halftrack GB in my club where each of us got one of these kits and a deadline of tonight (which has now moved to next week thanks to the Tube strike).

I didn't fancy trying to do the same as everyone else (Olive Green, White Star, uber detailing  :rolleyes:  ) so I done mine for The Darling Buds of May, the wonderful book series by HE Bates and a pair of enjoyable TV series. Set in rural Kent in the 1950s, Pop Larkin is a wheeler dealer farmer and scrap merchant with fingers in every pie. The family vehicle is a 30cwt truck in faded Gentian Blue - I've changed it to an M5 Halftrack.



As you can see it has very few parts and most of it clicks together to make a very sturdy model for wargaming. The other sprue has extra troops, luggage and weapons. Needs a bit of shaving and encouragement to get it all together nicely. If you build one be sure to fit the hood before fixing the front bumper/winch and play a little with the tracks as they don't quite fit under the chassis. Not sure what the round things on the side are, ammo cans maybe.
I cut off part of the drivers helmet to make it resemble a flat cap and used putty to fill out the passengers legs like a dress. Still looks like a steel helmet in pink though.

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Pop and Ma Larkin are off to the Village Fete. Ma is wearing the latest fashionable pink outfit with matching hat from Paris to show up the Ladies from the WI. Pop is wearing his new cap and matching scarf. He bought the lot for a bargain from a chap in the pub who works in a big store up London way.
The Village Fete is a Very Big Deal this year and Pop knows just how to keep the Parish Council on his side and turning a blind eye to any 'unofficial' activities he might be up to.
He's providing some nice new benches for the village green which in no way look like they came from one of those recently closed stations nearby.
The new bins for the rubbish may or may not have fallen off the back of the Canterbury City Council wagon. And the oil drums will fuel up the councillors motorcars in a most certainly legitimate (taxfree) way.
But not the green drum. That's full of Larkin Legless, a home brew cider made mostly with apples. Don't spill any on the paintwork. 4d a cup, served by the delectable Mariette.  :drink:



It's nearly done. I just need to glue in the cargo and write Larkin on the front. And create a nice base.

Rheged

"Hark, the greenwoods laugh"  at this H E Bates inspired beauty.  If Larkin's Legless is similar to some home-crafted cider I drank at an event 5 years ago, space will be needed in the vehicle to take the inebriate quaffers home!      I think this is "perfik"  as Pop would say.
"If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you....."
It  means that you read  the instruction sheet

zenrat

Very good.

Could the round things be spare road wheels?
Fred

- Can't be bothered to do the proper research and get it right.

Another ill conceived, lazily thought out, crudely executed and badly painted piece of half arsed what-if modelling muppetry from zenrat industries.

zenrat industries:  We're everywhere...for your convenience..

loupgarou

Quote from: zenrat on November 11, 2022, 02:49:17 AMVery good.

Could the round things be spare road wheels?

No,those were mines in real life.
Owing to the current financial difficulties, the light at the end of the tunnel will be turned off until further notice.

loupgarou

Sorry, I disagree. I will have to dig out (tomorrow,now is midnight) the half-track specifications.
Owing to the current financial difficulties, the light at the end of the tunnel will be turned off until further notice.

loupgarou

#5
It's enough to check on wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M3_half-track

go down to "Design":
 In 1942, the vehicles were fitted with small racks for land mines on the outside of the hull, just above the tracks.

May I also point out that, as the tracks were essentially a rubber band, it did damage/wear much quicker that the steel wheels, so, what could be the need for a whole series of spare weels?
Owing to the current financial difficulties, the light at the end of the tunnel will be turned off until further notice.

loupgarou

It's not "my" assertion, it's what the data say.
Owing to the current financial difficulties, the light at the end of the tunnel will be turned off until further notice.