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Re: My Stash Grew Again 2019
« Reply #1005 on: August 16, 2019, 01:36:36 am »
Ordered two PolŠk grass mats - I am, to be honest, too lazy at the moment to create new bases for photography, but found that complex/hand-made convenience products are all the rage. They tend to be prohibitively expensive, though, or they come in silly sizes (e.g. from MiG Productions, these are only narrow strips that offer no depth). However, after doing some legwork I found the Czech company Polak that offers a wide range of different mats, and a German online model shop close to the Czech border who sells them at a reasonable price (30% less than via ev!lbay). So I give the stuff a try, catalogue pics look promising:



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Re: My Stash Grew Again 2019
« Reply #1006 on: August 16, 2019, 09:00:34 am »
Score!  6 kits for $27 at the Air Victory Museum in New Jersey, USA, a small "mom and pop" type museum. Very nice F-86, F-4, A-7 and F-14 etc inside, and tons of models and memorabilia.  And a P-80 cockpit section to sit in and make jet noises!  Decrepit E-2 and CH-53 outside.   

Each was $5, except the Buffalo which was $2! 

Most excited about the B-58 in the oh so popular 1/121 scale. Looks complete! Decals iffy.  Scalemates says 1958 mold and a 1973 re-boxing.



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Re: My Stash Grew Again 2019
« Reply #1007 on: August 16, 2019, 12:55:40 pm »
Which one is the Buffalo   :o  :unsure:
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Re: My Stash Grew Again 2019
« Reply #1008 on: August 17, 2019, 02:05:02 am »
Ordered two PolŠk grass mats -





They look nice Dizzy, be interested to hear your views on them once you have them.
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Re: My Stash Grew Again 2019
« Reply #1009 on: August 17, 2019, 04:04:36 am »
Went to  pick up my three hunters from the post office this morning, and couldn't  wait to open up the matchbox  T7/f6. I  built a  couple of these as a kid . The ZTS  f6 kit was sealed  in its bag still, and the airfix fga9 was still covered in  cellophane,  and the box is mint  too. Got it for right money too, which is  nice.
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Re: My Stash Grew Again 2019
« Reply #1010 on: August 18, 2019, 07:45:57 am »
Ordered two PolŠk grass mats -





They look nice Dizzy, be interested to hear your views on them once you have them.

I ordered two of them, and they arrived (unexpectedly!) over night; here's what they look still in their packages:





The first of them has already been used in the pics for the just posted T-34/105÷ tank, primarily in the foreground of some shots. Looks very good!
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Re: My Stash Grew Again 2019
« Reply #1011 on: August 18, 2019, 10:33:01 am »
Those are pretty damn cool. How neat!
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Re: My Stash Grew Again 2019
« Reply #1012 on: August 18, 2019, 11:50:59 pm »
They are pretty, but think. IMHO you cannot use them directly for model display - you would really have to clear the place where the model is supposed to rest. Or you use strips for a diorama. In my case, I will use them as foreground for beauty shots, creating more depth. So far, I am very pleased!

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Re: My Stash Grew Again 2019
« Reply #1013 on: August 19, 2019, 01:13:10 am »
Ordered today;

3 x RB Models 1/35 30mm Bushmaster II Gun Barrel (RB 35B114)
2 x Airborne Miniatures 1/35 DEVGRU Operators (US Navy Seal Team Six) (2 Figures) (ABM3521)
1 x Airborne Miniatures 1/35 DEVGRU Gunner with Mk.48 SAW (1 Figure) (ABM3524)
1 x Kitty Hawk 1/35 Sikorsky MH-60L Blackhawk (KH50005)
1 x DEF Model 1/35 USMC AH-1Z Viper Pilot set for Academy kits (DEF-DF35020)
1 x Airborne Miniatures 1/35 Special Forces Operator (ABM3534)
1 x Airborne Miniatures 1/35 Polaris RZR SW w/Special Forces Crews (ABM3532) - I saw it & had to have one!* :-*

No pre-orders in this one, so it should arrive soon, along with a couple of Bravo 6 figures that didn't make it into the last order (they sent a Panzer Art British Sherman turret in error).

And a Tamiya 1/35 Panther Ausf. A from the local toy store - I want a quick, easy build & (despite its "toy" features) this should fit the bill, even though I don't usually build WW2 German anything, anymore. I'll probably do it as Japanese. ;)



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Re: My Stash Grew Again 2019
« Reply #1014 on: August 19, 2019, 04:16:23 am »

And a Tamiya 1/35 Panther Ausf. A from the local toy store - I want a quick, easy build & (despite its "toy" features) this should fit the bill, even though I don't usually build WW2 German anything, anymore. I'll probably do it as Japanese. ;)


Could do it Post War, the French used a few captured one. And the British Army actually finished a few at the factory post war, so could be pressed into production to keep German Industry going and be used by the Allies, exported or even used by the reformed German Army in the early 50s.  :mellow:
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Re: My Stash Grew Again 2019
« Reply #1015 on: August 19, 2019, 04:34:00 am »
The postie delivered a HUUUGE box t'other day containing a pair of Ventura Spitfires I'd won on ebay.  Given the size of the box, I could have fitted at least another ten but quite possibly more given my tesselation skills.  The kits in question are the HF.VII and a PR.XI.

And now ebay tells me I've won this package:



Now, the Eduard kit isn't an Eduard kit - it's their repackaging of the Aeroteam Spitfire F21 (itself a clone of the 1996 CMK kit) with new decals, resin and etch from 1998 - and I'm not particularly interested in that as it's an awful build.  No, I'm more interested in the two built ones at the top right.  Now, if I'm right and judging by the colour of some of the resin bits in the box I'm sure of it, then these are the Airkit Spitfire F21 and F22.  I have quite a few of the former but not so many of the latter, so I'm quite happy to have managed to acquire one or two more. 

The built up camouflaged one appears to be a mk XII, but until I get it, I'm not going to comment on it's parentage.  There's been at least three full kits of the type done (although I've had about five different kits through my hands) plus several conversions out there, of which I've had about four.

Also in the box is what appears to be a SAM resin conversion to turn the Academy 14 into a 21, but I'll just use them for spares as I detest the Academy 14 with a passion you can barely dream of, and a Pegasus Spitfire 22 wing.  That may end up on a mk VIII to do one of the prototypes that was planned but never built.  There's also what I think is a PM Spitfire Vc wing, but that's being binned as useless, although on reflection it could be used as part of a Supermarine Type 325 scratchbodge.  Looks to be a Hasegawa mk VIII sprue in there too.

I suspect there's more in the package but that's the only photo.  Really looking forward to getting this one!

It turned up.  The Airkit Spits are definitely Airkit, but sans canopies - at least, I can't find them in the box but I'd need a more than cursory look in the box.  The mk XII seems to be a mishmash of Italeri Spits Vb and IXc but I can't identify the Griffon engine it's got.  There was indeed a Hasegawa  mkVIII sprue and it contains the tailwheel and the cockpit interior, such as it is.  Which is nice.

I've a Plan for the Airkit F21 that's very subtle. It may well make Telford, along with two that were stalled from last year.  I'm not sure what to do with the F22.  Yet.  I've a few ideas...
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Re: My Stash Grew Again 2019
« Reply #1016 on: August 19, 2019, 04:49:39 am »

And a Tamiya 1/35 Panther Ausf. A from the local toy store - I want a quick, easy build & (despite its "toy" features) this should fit the bill, even though I don't usually build WW2 German anything, anymore. I'll probably do it as Japanese. ;)


Could do it Post War, the French used a few captured one. And the British Army actually finished a few at the factory post war, so could be pressed into production to keep German Industry going and be used by the Allies, exported or even used by the reformed German Army in the early 50s.  :mellow:

Nah, I've already started it & I'm trying to work out how to replicate a vizmod variant of the Japanese Type 5 75mm gun to fit. I'm liking the cross-Axis technology transfer idea.

And maybe some battle damage to show non-German metallurgy in the construction? :unsure:
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Re: My Stash Grew Again 2019
« Reply #1017 on: August 19, 2019, 05:45:21 am »
They are pretty, but think. IMHO you cannot use them directly for model display - you would really have to clear the place where the model is supposed to rest. Or you use strips for a diorama. In my case, I will use them as foreground for beauty shots, creating more depth. So far, I am very pleased!

I can see that from your photos Dizzy, thank you  :thumbsup: As far as aircraft are concerned then they might be o.k. if you were posing a derelict one ? More suitable for armour and larger scale figures I think ?
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Re: My Stash Grew Again 2019
« Reply #1018 on: August 19, 2019, 08:25:36 am »


Might start this build pretty soon. Might start it very soon, if my Quad Caravelle shapes up today.
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Re: My Stash Grew Again 2019
« Reply #1019 on: August 19, 2019, 08:30:16 am »
They are pretty, but think. IMHO you cannot use them directly for model display - you would really have to clear the place where the model is supposed to rest. Or you use strips for a diorama. In my case, I will use them as foreground for beauty shots, creating more depth. So far, I am very pleased!

I can see that from your photos Dizzy, thank you  :thumbsup: As far as aircraft are concerned then they might be o.k. if you were posing a derelict one ? More suitable for armour and larger scale figures I think ?

Well, these mats are IMHO a very good match for 1:72 scale - I guess they have originally been designed with H0 scale (1:87) model railroaders in mind. The look is very natural, uneven, and the colors are also rather subdues - not as bright as the typical model railroad stuff.