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Once More Unto the Breach
GaryKato
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Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 06:33 AM UTC
Here is the initial photo of the parts for my build, AFV Club's Sd.Kfz. 251/7 from their "3-in-1" kit.



The parts specific to this version are at the upper-left and the photo-etch fret.
GulfWarrior
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Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 07:53 AM UTC
I'll be watching this one closely. I've got the same kit on my To-Do list!

LikesTanks
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Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 12:57 PM UTC
My starter pic for Dragon's Sd.Kfz. 251/7 Ausf. D
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Posted: Friday, February 01, 2019 - 02:48 AM UTC
Welcome to the group, Richard. Keep us abreast of your progress!

Lakota
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Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2019 - 01:41 PM UTC
Howdy Y'all
The Airfix Pontoon Bridge (Bailey Bridge) I planned to build does not fit into our club's contest schedule. I'll need to drop out of this campaign. This is a bittersweet decision because I'm a civil engineer by training. Good luck with your builds.
Take care,
Don "Lakota"
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Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2019 - 03:49 PM UTC
Hello all

I picked this up the other day. I will content photos soon.



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Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2019 - 04:04 PM UTC
Looks good Stephen! Welcome and good luck!
ayovtshev
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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 10:58 PM UTC
I'll build a Henschel 33D1 truck towing a Pontonwagen(Pf.11) from Pontonbridge Typ B.

Both were in use with Bulgarian Army during WWII,as can be seen from this picture,taken in early 1945 at the Danube crossing at Batina,nowadays Croatia:


ICM's Henschel 33D1(# 35466) will witness some superdetailing, while both the Pontonwagen and the Ponton will be scratchbuilt.

Will start with the truck:


GulfWarrior
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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 02:30 AM UTC
Welcome to the campaign, Angel! Good luck on your project!



LikesTanks
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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 07:39 AM UTC
The difficult (tedious) bit is done


The idler arm on the right side needed to be shifted forward a touch so that the track sagged properly.
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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 07:53 AM UTC
Indy link tracks?
LikesTanks
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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:21 AM UTC

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Indy link tracks?


Oh yes. Usual two-piece working track for Dragon half-tracks.
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Posted: Friday, February 15, 2019 - 02:10 AM UTC

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Indy link tracks?


Oh yes. Usual two-piece working track for Dragon half-tracks.



My condolences! They look good though!

Black_sheep
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Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 02:14 AM UTC
Cheers everyone,

may I join the turmoil with my old and trustable Tamiya Churchill together with I.M.A.s beautiful conversion set into a bridgelayer?

Oh, and there is just another age-old Eduard etched set and one not as old Friul single link tracks for it. Some appropriate figures will later follow the finished tank.



Cheers

Thomas
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Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 02:32 AM UTC
Thanks Richard!

I've had my first portion of fun with this campaign!
Detailing the truck engine:




Next will be the frame- I'm awaiting delivery of couple of 1-2-3 blocks to help me get it squared and aligned.

Have fun modelling!
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Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 03:53 AM UTC
Started my bridgelayer this weekend. This vehicles were Mk. I so there will be some necessary changes to the Tamiya kit: First I had to cut the front trackguards and fill with Evergreen sheet. Then I glued the resin sponson inlets and cutted the tanks sidewalls for the new resinparts. So far nothing exiting:



Cheers
Black_sheep
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Posted: Sunday, March 03, 2019 - 08:23 AM UTC
Continued this weekend at my bridgelayer but ran into some small difficulties:

the resin of the frontal upper hull and vertical bow plates are too short. Maybe shrinkage of the resin?! Anyway this is no big problem for the average modeller to fix. The frontal bow plate was carved a bit at the upper edge to simulate a blowtorch cut


Then I changed the frontal sponson openings according to the manual to display an early Churchill model. The black inlets will get a putty treatment soon after to fill the lugs. Here I discovered another shortcoming from the kit: according to the manual there should be lasercutted mud guides within the conversion set which are not within my kit. I will need to replicate them out of evergreen styrene. Also nothing too scary for an average modeller but annoying. This kit was not cheap.


The backside replacement plate and its tool locker were installed without problems


This is the result of this weekends work of mine


Cheers
Black_sheep
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Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 05:13 AM UTC
Hey its me, the Churchill guy again: I have almost finished the tank itself, just the FRIUL single link tracks, air intake covers, the two turret hatches and a bit putty here and there. Im glad I finished it, was no fun as stated in the posts before because (at least to me) difficult to understand construction manual, some bad quality casted parts, omitted parts, slightly warped parts. But in the end it does look like a bridgelayer though there are now some resin parts left which I have no clue where to use them and the manual also dont mention them . The few etched parts are from an age-old Eduard set and the towropes are from MR-Models.

This is the current state of work now:








Starting the tracks now
M4A1Sherman
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Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 05:47 AM UTC

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Here's the official campaign thread for the combat engineer campaign.

Start Date: 01 JAN 2019
End Date: 30 JUN 2019 (tentative)

Enlist Here: Sign Me Up

More info to Follow...




Hi, ALL!!!

I'll probably not enter this campaign myself, owing to WAAAAY too much other stuff that is occupying my four work benches at the moment; but I am commenting in this case BECAUSE I think that THIS is a GREAT IDEA for a campaign!

OK, so Engineering Vehicles; wouldn't the various Armies' TRANSPORT vehicles such as, for examples, CCKW-352/353 6x6, M923, Mk.23, etc qualify as Engineers' Vehicles? An M25/M26 "Dragon Wagon" with a Cat D-7 aboard? Soft-skins, IMO, are an INTEGRAL component of the Engineering Community, for without these very important vehicles, where would the Engineers be..?

One only needs to apply the pertinent ENGINEER Unit Vehicle Codes, Symbols, Serial Numbers, Insignia, etc, to come up with a vehicle that is perfectly suited in an "ENGINEER"-type dio, am I right? Or am I getting away from the original idea behind this campaign?

My Brother-In-Law used to serve in our local National Guard Engineer Battalion- He operated the Heavy Equipment AS WELL AS TRANSPORTING said Heavy Equipment, right up until he was promoted to be the Unit's Motor Pool Sergeant... Even so, his MOS was STILL as an Engineer...

What do you guys think..?

PS- I have a dandy unbuilt 1/35 TAMIYA/ITALERI CCKW353 which I should get around to by 2035, sometime. This will (tentatively) be a conversion to the short-chassis CCKW352B1, (Soft Top) with the appropriate REAL MODELS conversion set, ABER & EDUARD CCKW353 PE sets, the VERLINDEN Engine & ENGINE Bay Conversion set, (the Engine Bay will have the Hood's Side Panels removed) TANK WORKSHOP Chained Tire/Wheel Assemblies, and a WHOLE BOATLOAD of other various Engineering and Personal Bric-a-Brac just to make it "interesting". The actual list of parts and A/M sets would probably take up a whole additional page- PLUS, there are several "Engineers" lined up inside the box, which I will "convert" from various US Tanker/Mechanics and Infantrymen... WHEW!!! I've had to transfer all of this stuff into a much bigger box in order to keep it all together for if-and-when I finally get to the actual "build-time". My health, which isn't too great, may make this an impossibility. No contracts on life, are there..?

In any case, even if I DID enter this campaign I would NEVER make the deadline, because my work-pace would make a SNAIL look like "SPEED RACER"!!!
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Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 06:35 AM UTC

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Thanks Richard!

I've had my first portion of fun with this campaign!
Detailing the truck engine:




Next will be the frame- I'm awaiting delivery of couple of 1-2-3 blocks to help me get it squared and aligned.

Have fun modelling!



GREAT WORK!!!
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Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 06:36 AM UTC

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Hey its me, the Churchill guy again: I have almost finished the tank itself, just the FRIUL single link tracks, air intake covers, the two turret hatches and a bit putty here and there. Im glad I finished it, was no fun as stated in the posts before because (at least to me) difficult to understand construction manual, some bad quality casted parts, omitted parts, slightly warped parts. But in the end it does look like a bridgelayer though there are now some resin parts left which I have no clue where to use them and the manual also dont mention them . The few etched parts are from an age-old Eduard set and the towropes are from MR-Models.

This is the current state of work now:








Starting the tracks now



BEAUTIFUL!!!
M4A1Sherman
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Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 06:46 AM UTC

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The difficult (tedious) bit is done


The idler arm on the right side needed to be shifted forward a touch so that the track sagged properly.



GREAT WORK!!! I've had to move Idler Arms, etc to achieve "Sagged Tracks" myself. When one has to cheat a little bit with Tracks/Suspension, I say, "DO IT"!
M4A1Sherman
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Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 06:49 AM UTC

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I'll build a Henschel 33D1 truck towing a Pontonwagen(Pf.11) from Pontonbridge Typ B.

Both were in use with Bulgarian Army during WWII,as can be seen from this picture,taken in early 1945 at the Danube crossing at Batina,nowadays Croatia:


ICM's Henschel 33D1(# 35466) will witness some superdetailing, while both the Pontonwagen and the Ponton will be scratchbuilt.

Will start with the truck:





That ICM Henschel 33D1 is a very nice kit! GOOD LUCK with your build!
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Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 06:51 AM UTC

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Although it is not strictly breaching vehicle, I think that M31 recovery tank should fit the criteria, shouldn't it?



M31s, I think you would like to know, weren't only used to recover Tanks... Good Luck with your Build!
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Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 09:11 AM UTC

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Hey its me, the Churchill guy again: I have almost finished the tank itself, just the FRIUL single link tracks, air intake covers, the two turret hatches and a bit putty here and there. Im glad I finished it, was no fun as stated in the posts before because (at least to me) difficult to understand construction manual, some bad quality casted parts, omitted parts, slightly warped parts. But in the end it does look like a bridgelayer though there are now some resin parts left which I have no clue where to use them and the manual also dont mention them . The few etched parts are from an age-old Eduard set and the towropes are from MR-Models.

This is the current state of work now:








Starting the tracks now



BEAUTIFUL!!!



Thank you very much Dennis