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Italian Campaign 1943-1945
Martinvidas
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Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 06:12 PM UTC
Good morning,

This model is finished.










I'm going to the next challange. The AA truck.

petbat
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Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 07:06 PM UTC
Looks real sweet Martin. You have done a great job on something so small.
Martinvidas
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Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 07:16 PM UTC
Thank You
GazzaS
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Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 08:42 PM UTC
Martin,
Congratulations on completing your fantastic armored car! What a fantastic result! especially for something so small.

Well done!

Gaz
Chaman911
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Posted: Friday, April 19, 2019 - 02:33 AM UTC
Good Job Martin. That looks great, especially for such a small scale.
Work continues on the Wespe. Hoping to have it done by the end of the month.





TimReynaga
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Posted: Friday, April 19, 2019 - 09:04 AM UTC
Hi Gaz,

I'm about to start my campaign contribution, but I don't want to run afoul of the rules. I'd like to do the Italian aircraft carrier Aquila.

Mussolini's only aircraft carrier Aquila was nearing completion when Italy surrendered to the Allies on 8 September 1943. Germany then seized the ship and placed it under guard. Aquila was later damaged on 16 June 1944 during an Allied air attack, and on 19 April 1945 Italian "co-belligerent" government sent divers from the former Decima Flottiglia MAS, who partially scuttled Aquila to prevent the ship being used by the Germans.

I want to build the real ship as she would have appeared in service... will this work for the campaign?


petbat
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Posted: Friday, April 19, 2019 - 09:37 AM UTC
Looking Fantastic Bryan
GazzaS
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Posted: Friday, April 19, 2019 - 01:36 PM UTC
Bryan,
That Wespe looks nothing short of perfect!

Gaz
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Posted: Friday, April 19, 2019 - 01:37 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Hi Gaz,

I'm about to start my campaign contribution, but I don't want to run afoul of the rules. I'd like to do the Italian aircraft carrier Aquila.

Mussolini's only aircraft carrier Aquila was nearing completion when Italy surrendered to the Allies on 8 September 1943. Germany then seized the ship and placed it under guard. Aquila was later damaged on 16 June 1944 during an Allied air attack, and on 19 April 1945 Italian "co-belligerent" government sent divers from the former Decima Flottiglia MAS, who partially scuttled Aquila to prevent the ship being used by the Germans.

I want to build the real ship as she would have appeared in service... will this work for the campaign?





Tim,
Please feel free to build her! I have never seen anything of this ship and would like to see how she'd look built. Though not used effectively at times, Italian warships had some great lines.

Gaz
TimReynaga
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Posted: Friday, April 19, 2019 - 03:42 PM UTC

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Quoted Text

Hi Gaz,

I'm about to start my campaign contribution, but I don't want to run afoul of the rules. I'd like to do the Italian aircraft carrier Aquila.

Mussolini's only aircraft carrier Aquila was nearing completion when Italy surrendered to the Allies on 8 September 1943. Germany then seized the ship and placed it under guard. Aquila was later damaged on 16 June 1944 during an Allied air attack, and on 19 April 1945 Italian "co-belligerent" government sent divers from the former Decima Flottiglia MAS, who partially scuttled Aquila to prevent the ship being used by the Germans.

I want to build the real ship as she would have appeared in service... will this work for the campaign?





Tim,
Please feel free to build her! I have never seen anything of this ship and would like to see how she'd look built. Though not used effectively at times, Italian warships had some great lines.

Gaz



Will do!

petbat
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Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 09:45 PM UTC
Okay, when I said "nearly finished" with the build part I was a tad optimistic. All major sub assemblies now done though

Added Griffon Models etch components where appropriate. Added scratch built springs to the dampers. I also modified the road wheel assemblies so the whole track assembly can be disassembled for painting and put together later after painting without keeping the track halves separate.




and the rest of the bits:



Adding the single piece of styrene rod from one side of the bogie assembly through to the other, instead of trying to join the middle of the rod like Dragon built them (engineering madness) and then keep them from breaking at the join means they are very sturdy now and can be slipped into the main frame after the tracks are in place.
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Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 11:15 PM UTC
Peter,

Very nice work with the PE, really adds the detail to the model.

Mark
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Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 05:08 AM UTC
Peter, well done. Impressive work. PE gives a completely different view of the model. Congratulations. I look forward to seeing him after painting.
Kalin
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Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 07:30 AM UTC
Thanks guys. The PE adds quite a bit, and there is quite a bit to add. I did not use a lot though, partly because the set includes frets designed for the M16 and therefore parts are not used on this vehicle, and partly because some parts are just too small or too fragile - such as the gun sight supports. Way too many tiny parts just waiting to fall to bits during painting.

The ammo rack has rounds to go in it too. Forgot the pic of those.
GazzaS
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Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 07:44 PM UTC
Peter,
That is some impressive PE work. I'm glad to see this coming along. Looking forward to your take on OD.

Gaz
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Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 08:45 PM UTC

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Peter,
Looking forward to your take on OD.

Gaz




It'll be a bit light in places and too dark in others for your taste Gaz - I'm doing Light Mud and Black



This pic is not quite right, the US pattern Jerry can should be a British WD pattern one as per these pics.

https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205204617

https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205204722

I think the interior on these was left OD - note the inside of the door on the second pic - so I'll be doing that and you will see my take..

I was considering 'Accorn Inn" originally
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205204750

But it has early pattern wheel rims, would need some scratch building for the ammo racks in front of the fuel tanks, and for stowage on top, and the front Jerrycan holders would need to be removed..

I'm debating if the platform step under the rear stowage bin on the left rear was specific to this vehicle or whether I should add it to my option.
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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 01:53 PM UTC
Always the contrarian, Peter. Im sure itll be a first class result.
Chaman911
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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2019 - 02:02 AM UTC
Well, I am calling her done. This is Tamiya's Wespe "Italian Front". Overall a very enjoyable build. My first attempt at a vehicle with an interior. If I were to do it again I would have built her in the firing position so that the included crew could be added in the future. The model depicts a vehicle from the 29th Panzer Grenadier Division, Italy, 1944.
I am enjoying watching everyone's work. Thank you for hosting the campaign Gazza, see you at the next one.
Bryan



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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2019 - 02:37 AM UTC
Bryan,

Very nice finish. She is a sweet looking build.

Mark
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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2019 - 08:37 AM UTC
Bryan,
Congratulations on your completion! You've done an excellent job on the Wespe, especially the interior. It really looks lived in.

I agree, in firing position with crew would have been a great choice. A human presence brings armor to life, I reckon.

Gaz
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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2019 - 08:41 AM UTC
Hey everybody,
I just realized that we only have a little over one month to go.

Gaz
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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2019 - 08:51 AM UTC
Excellent Bryan. It is really executed well. Thanks for joining in.
JohnDoe4th
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Posted: Wednesday, May 01, 2019 - 06:13 PM UTC
Hello All,

A StugIII AUSF F is my build for this campaign and here are my entry picture and where im at the moment. Stug is all put together and ready for primer.






JohnA
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Posted: Wednesday, May 01, 2019 - 06:54 PM UTC
Awesome JohnA!
Is that 1/48?

Gaz
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Posted: Friday, May 03, 2019 - 11:14 PM UTC
Hello everyone,
Peter (Petbat) has been suffering some internet problems lately, so when he brought his build for this campaign to our club meeting today I volunteered to post some in-progress shots for him.





I doubt my pictures will do his effort just as I'm still trying to come to grips with my phone's camera.

Gaz