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Old 07-05-2007, 01:00 PM
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I have to get the book! Thanks for link

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Old 07-05-2007, 02:23 PM
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I have to get the book! Thanks for link

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The price is sure right, and it sure looks like an amazingly detailed museum walk-around (including shots of the interior and engine, etc). I'm afraid that when it comes, instead of getting me motivated to get back to the RPM kit, it'll make more despair more than ever about the soft and missing details, etc. I had high hopes about combining the UE with 37mm Pak and the ICM T-35 in some sort of diorama (you know, gnat and behemoth), but I'm hopelessly stalled on both kits.


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Old 07-05-2007, 06:48 PM
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Here you (and Lawrence) go...

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I'm also interested the mounted 37mm gun version ...however, I don't have any photoes of it
Take a gander at these:

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j3...nnsen/1863.jpg

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j3...annsen/268.jpg

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j3...nnsen/be_3.jpg

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j3...n/fieldexp.jpg

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j3...illette_01.jpg
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Old 07-05-2007, 10:22 PM
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Wo,

That last one is very cool.

Thanks for posting those.

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Old 07-05-2007, 10:58 PM
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Cool pics

Thanks for sharing them Dave

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Thanks for sharing...Dave. I like the last picture...and do anybody know how the pak gun mounted onto the UE vehicle???
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Old 07-06-2007, 09:11 AM
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Interesting that everyone seems to be partial to the last photo (the more permanantly mounted Pak). Though this is the version that I am stalled on building, I am rather partial to the more field expedient method. To me there is something appealing about needing to get a gun moved up, so you grab a bunch of guys and toss the Pak on top of the UE (with its wheels on the fenders and trails braced against the gate of the cargo bin) - it really conveys the exigency of combat.

As for how the Pak is mounted, it's been a long time since I've had the RPM kit out of the box. My recollection is that the gun is just lifted from its carriage and welded essentially between the drivers positions (well, probably just a bit aft) and served from the cargo bed.

At home I've also got some pictures of interesting Luftwaffe variants, where they've substantially altered the superstructure to equip the UE with machine guns. My understanding is that these more elaborate variants were used for airfield security. Also, one finds quite a few photos of UE towing aircraft or transporting Luftwaffe pilots or towing aircraft munitions (apparently these little craft were well suited to these sorts of duties around airfields). Anyway, if anyone is feeling ambitious with styrene card, some of these airfield security machines would also be a fun build.


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Those would certainly make some interesting builds.

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Hi,

The UE was also built under license in Romania I just placed an order with Lion Marc Designs for THREE kits...and NONE are for review! Just for fun

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If you're serious about getting some references, you may want to look at: http://www.minitracks.fr/focus_ue.htm (though it seems unlikely that it will contain too many photos of UEs in German service). I just pre-ordered a copy the other day and can let people know how it is when it arrives (I would guess in a couple of weeks).
Well, that was quick - my copy arrived yesterday. If anyone is interested, I can post a more detailed review. Here, I'll just say that this is a great little modeler's reference. The format isn't as big as I would have hoped, but the photo reproduction is great and is printed on glossy paper. Both the text and photo captions are fully bilingual (French and English). The book is divided into a historical section recounting the development of the vehicle and showing some nice in-service shots (of course, none of the captured and modified versions that have been discussed here). What follows is then a very extensive walk-around of the vehicle at Saumur(sp?). As I am stuck with the RPM kit, this will be quite valuable for adding detail. There are also many interior shots and several photos of the UE engine and the small trailer that it towed. As a bonus, there are enough photos of the trailer on which the UE was transported that one who is more talented than I could make a nice scratch build (and incorporate the UE with some other large soft-skin which is moving it to the front). Though I can't vouch for the correctness of the historical section (though I also have absolutely no reason to doubt its validity), I think that book is an exceptional resource and is well worth the money.



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