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Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 08:18 AM UTC
Richard, well done. It looks impressive in white.
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Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 06:39 AM UTC
Thanks Torsten!

I'll be on the look-out for yours too!

I don't understand why the chipping didn't come out as well on the top of the cargo area. I scrubbed on it with a toothbrush like crazy; but as you can see, I barely made a dent in it.

All things considered, I'm satisfied with it. I'm thinking I might propose a new campaign later this year. The theme will be anything in white. It can be either winter camo or UN white.



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Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 06:14 AM UTC
That looks great, Richard! I also like how the chipping came out. White is/was only a temporary paint on the trucks for the UN Mission. So it's okay. Congrats for finishing your build!

I have found another MAN 5 to gl kit in my stash some weeks ago and will paint it in ISAF colours - one day .... ;-)

Torsten
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Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 08:46 AM UTC
Here are the last pictures of my Revell-Germany MAN 5t Mil GL











It might not be perfect; but I like how the hairspray chipping worked. I've uploaded a couple to the campaign gallery. Good luck to everyone else in this campaign.

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Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 02:11 PM UTC
Coming along nicely Bryan. I did not realise that two of the support legs are fitted to the wooden Turret opening. I imagined there would be sockets net to that. You learn something new every day.
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Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 08:07 AM UTC
Progress on the Bergepanzer IV. Primary construction is done. A couple details to add and painting will begin. Enjoying seeing all your builds. Really nice trucks being built.






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Posted: Monday, May 20, 2019 - 11:26 PM UTC

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Yes Robert,

I can highly recommend the 4x4 Blitz Conversion set by PlastModel!

The only shortcomings I found were:
-instruction being too small(cigarette box size),
-castng of front wheels-especialy the inner part of the rims, including the rim holes- left some to be desired.I think this was due to the particular master nearing end of life.

Otherwise- nice resin and quality casting as it is typical for PlusModel.

HTH



Thats whas bothering me all time. Seen the conversion for a long time already, but which batch do you get in the end. Again, with the Rail Truck conversions I was lucky, first class moldings.
Their instructions are beyond simplistic, its a drama IMHO.

Kind regards,

Robert Jan
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Posted: Monday, May 20, 2019 - 10:37 PM UTC
Yes Robert,

I can highly recommend the 4x4 Blitz Conversion set by PlastModel!

The only shortcomings I found were:
-instruction being too small(cigarette box size),
-casting of front wheels-especialy the inner part of the rims, including the rim holes- left some to be desired.I think this was due to the particular master nearing end of life.

Otherwise- nice resin and quality casting as it is typical for PlusModel.

HTH
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Posted: Monday, May 20, 2019 - 10:09 PM UTC
When I see the results so far, the conversion to 4x4 is recommended? I have some very positive experience with Plus Model, good quality resin. Recently I bought the conversion version set for a MB L4500A to build a Rail Truck again. I did the conversion already in 2013, also on Armorama. Now I bought 2 of them to convert 2 Büssing L4500A to Rail Trucks. Will be searching for this set for the Blitz, I like the looks of this 4x4 truck.

Kind regards,

Robert Jan
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Posted: Monday, May 20, 2019 - 08:20 AM UTC
Showing my progress:




I also lined the A type and a S type I built some years ago, to ilustrate the differencies between both types Mike described earlier:

A type is taller and has straight bottom edge of bonnet wall, while S type bonnet wall edge is curbed.


A type bumper vs. S type bumper.


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Posted: Monday, May 20, 2019 - 07:02 AM UTC
FYI - in my day when building my Blitz 4x4's the only way to get the PM 4x4 parts was to buy the entire resin ambulance kit. The all wheel drive parts have only recently become available as a separate kit.
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Posted: Monday, May 20, 2019 - 06:12 AM UTC
Thanks Bogi!

Seems you'll have a nice challenge
Will look with interest,

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Posted: Monday, May 20, 2019 - 05:24 AM UTC
Angel, I will go with Dragon kit and Plus Model 4x4 set plus Plus Model engine compartment set since I am making vehicle without hood. But, I probably will not use bumper and fenders from 4x4 set, I will try to do that part of the truck from Dragon parts in plastic. At least that is my plan, we will see...
Mike, thanks for input.
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Posted: Monday, May 20, 2019 - 04:58 AM UTC
Alternate proposal/suggestion:

I used the driveline parts from the Chevy CMP 15 cwt. model. (GM owned Opel both before and after war so stands to reason parts would be similar.) The Opel employed an oval differential whereas the CMP used a round one. Also the CMP had a slightly wider wheel track than the Blitz. Both these differences can be solved with a single vertical saw cut down thru the center of the CMP differentials to narrow both the differential and the wheel track.

Photo shows CMP driveline installed on Blitz frame:


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Posted: Monday, May 20, 2019 - 04:42 AM UTC
Bogi,

Which kit & sets you intend to use in your Blitz 4x4 build?

I assume the 4x4 will be the PlusModels conversion, but- as I've only built Italeri Blitzes sofar, and PlusModel's set states it is made for Italeri kit- do you intend to use it with some other producer's Blitz?

Just curious,

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Posted: Monday, May 20, 2019 - 04:10 AM UTC
No problem Mike. I will start my work on 4x4 Blitz as soon as I collect everything needed so your input will be welcome when the time comes.
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Posted: Monday, May 20, 2019 - 03:30 AM UTC
Sorry BogiBg, my mistake. It was Angel who posted the 4x4 Blitz cab and since I had only seen 2x4 chassis I was thinking it was a 4x4 cab sitting on a 2x4 chassis.

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Posted: Monday, May 20, 2019 - 03:23 AM UTC

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... However I think I did just made myself into a muzovir!...



Muzovir is someone-soft spoken, laconic and bit joking- who is always spot on into "pushing" you to perfect what you do.

In other words- a musovir is a positive figure.
The more muzovirs (around me) in the hobby, the better.

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Posted: Monday, May 20, 2019 - 02:31 AM UTC
BogiBg: I have several 4x4 Blitz chassis and vehicle constructions going at one time and the chassis you see in that photo with the open hood and the radio van body is now an Ambulance with closed hood. I don't usually do anything to alter the stock 2x4 engine if the vehicle is to be posed with a closed bonnet.

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Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 08:11 PM UTC
Great Info Guys. Mike, I had never noticed the differences until you pointed them out.

I'd be up for an Blitz Build too, but not until later this year.
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Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 05:23 AM UTC

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I did notice in the photos that you had a 4x4 cab assembly sitting on a 2x4 frame and that started me wondering if you realized the difference?


I don't now what are you thinking of? Everything on the model outside of engine compartment is Dragon.
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Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 05:15 AM UTC
One more thing Mike...
I don't know is this is your model or not

but engine seats totally wrong. Cab is lifted and engine should go up too. And I think that air filter is from 4x2 type.

Angel, Robert, nice stories. And I am in for Opel campaign.

Angel, nice work but I have to agree with Mike. Wood grain is maybe too rough. We will see after you put some paint on it. One more thing I like is idea of making plastic look like wood. Lately, I found new method and it's wife friendly (read - dust free)

This is done without effort since I will over-paint it with gray and wood grain effect is done to be seen after chipping.
Cheers
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Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 04:57 AM UTC
The entire cab/hood/fender assembly differs between the two vehicles but I admit the cab (driver's compartment) probably differs the least. The biggest difference in the driver's compartment is that it sits so much higher on the 4x4. Everything sits higher even the engine on the 4x4. When the hood goes up and moves to the rear everything else has to move with it. That is why it is better to look at it all as one assembly not separate parts.

I did notice in the photos that you had a 4x4 cab assembly sitting on a 2x4 frame and that started me wondering if you realized the difference?

There are also other slight early, mid and late production differences in the cabs but these have nothing to do 4x4 versus 2x4.

Some cabs were built with more driver headroom. (The roof curves up higher.) One cab had front opening "suicide" doors. And some cabs were built with a pressed cardboard or wooden rear wall to save on metal. These cabs tend to have a flatter rear wall and appear to have more clearance space between the cab and the loadbox.

Cab interior: (Not exactly the greatest shot!)

Note: Rifle rack on dash and floor and defroster mounted on windshield.
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Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 04:38 AM UTC
Ok Mike. We again had misunderstanding. When you say "cabs" I am thinking that you are talking about drivers compartment, not fenders and bumpers. English is not my native language, so maybe I understand wrong. So, cabins are the same. Except for dial faces and configuration. Thanks
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Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 04:17 AM UTC
I had hoped you would ask. - My only motive here is the shareing of information.

As to the 4x4 cab:
- The entire cab/hood/fender assembly sets higher on the frame.
- Fenders are set roughly 5-6 inches lower relative to hood.
NOTE: bottom edge of bonnet cover is perfectly straight and does not arch up over curve of fender as on 2x4 cab.
- Fenders are also set 4-5 inches farther to rear as vehicle front axle is more rearward to help differential clear the underside of engine oil pan.
- Fenders are so far back that the rear edge cuts into front lower corner of cab door.
- Front bumper sheet metal is part of body sheet metal rather than separate piece of more traditional spring steel bumper.

2x4 cab:
- Sets lower on frame.
- Fenders higher relative to hood and further forward.
NOTE:bottom edge of bonnet (hood) arches up over curve of fender.
- Fenders are far enough forward as to not interfere with cab doors.
- 2x4 cab has traditional pressed steel bumper mounted as separate piece to front frame extensions.


Examples:

Typical Opel Blitz 4x4's:










Typical Opel Blitz 2x4's







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