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Old 04-25-2007, 03:05 PM
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Panzer 1 Ausf.A Ambulance Version.

I've rather stalled on my PAK 40 project for the moment and as it was my birthday last week went to my nearest decent hobby shop which just happens to be 14 miles away!

As far as the UK is concerned, Mr. Models in Bearwood, near Birmingham, is a surviving and thriving example of model shops as I knew them in my youth, some 30 odd years ago. It really is the traditional Aladdin's cave.

Anyway, after scanning box after box for potential purchases I settled on the Italeri Pacific Sherman and the subject of this bench, the MB Panzer 1 Ausf. A Ambulance Version.

I opened the box at home and thought nice, looks a neat little thing (sorry, no sprue shots), bit of flash here and there but nothing out of the ordinary. Had a good look at the parts over the next couple of days and read and re read the instructions before eventually beginning to attack the plastic at the beginning of this week.

Firstly, I'm not the most skillful modeller by any stretch of the imagination and because of the restrictions to the fine motor movements in my fingers I'm also pretty clumsy. I realised straight away that with the fit issues present it was going to test my skills and to no small extent my patience.

I managed to get the basic hull together and then realised, that even with the figures sat around the turret ring, there would be an easy view into a vast empty space. At this point, I thought is it even worth bothering now? I've never scratchbuilt an interior and had no idea how to go about sourcing the parts necessary. However, the stubborn gene came to the fore and I decided I'd give it a go.

I found some references on the net but decided there was no way I could build to that degree of accuracy so my intentions are to just give a representation of a busyish interior.

First step was to add what I would call the two axles which run across the floor of the vehicle and these were cut from some brass rod. The next phase was to add some kind of internal structure which I hacked together from various forms of plastic strut.

The transmission is very visible and runs the length of the vehicle before disappearing into the closed engine bay (and that's exactly how it's going to stay!) This basic shape was achieved again by using brass rod, plastic strut, lumps of plastic out of the spares box and, finally, a piece of wood! There is still a great deal of work to do in this area but the basic shape is coming together.

The next area to look at was the upper hull and I needed to place a shelf and a wall at the rear of the upper hull. This was again done with plastic strut, and this time a doctor's spatula. I added a few bits of spare PE for brackets (need to add more) and fixed it in place with superglue. Again, much more work is needed in this area but it is gradually coming along.

The final shot is of the whole thing just loosely fitted together and viewed from the front.

I realise this is nowhere near the standards I see regularly posted here, but for my first modest effort I have to admit I'm pleased with the progress so far. Hopefully, it won't be too long before I'm here with another instalment.

Just like to say thank you to everyone on planetArmor for posting such inspirational work on here and setting standards which most of us can only dream of.


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Old 04-25-2007, 04:21 PM
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You're making good progress...I think your doing great.

Your use of various "found" materials really reminds me of my modeling youth...I grew-up in the middle of nowwhere, no nearby hobbyshop, of course no internet...I've whittled wood, cut cans, broke plastic, bent wire, whatever...trying to fashion some sort of item or another.

One word of advice about the wooden items that your using...you will need to really sand them out and get a good smooth seal on them, otherwise you'll have woodgrain showing on what should be a metal object.

Keep it up.


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Old 04-25-2007, 11:15 PM
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Nice Start!
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Old 04-26-2007, 09:52 AM
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I'm intrigued. Please keep the progress shots coming!
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Old 04-26-2007, 11:59 AM
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Hi Kevin!

Great to see something new and different at the vBench. Good Job so far! The interior detailing is coming along nicely; old school scratchbuilding, my favorite! My hat is off to you. Anybody can put together a model and use interior detail kits and have it look good, but it takes determination and patience to make things yourself.
I agree with Rick on the wooden parts, you can always cover them with a thin coat of putty and sand them to hide the wood grain.
I hope to see some more updates soon. Keep going!



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Old 04-26-2007, 01:05 PM
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Hi Kevin

Nice to see some traditional model building. Keep up the good work


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Old 04-26-2007, 02:58 PM
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Good stuff Kevin, keep it up. You don't need all this new-fangled brass stuff to make a decent model.

Which part of Brummie land do you hail from then?

Cheers _Andrew
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Old 04-26-2007, 03:46 PM
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Thank you all for the kind comments, it is appreciated. I must admit I am secretly enjoying the challenge, but you wouldn't think so if you walked past my house and heard all the swearing. I have made one quite staggering discovery.... the carpet monster can actually be your friend!

To Andrew Hall.

How dare you Sir! I'm black Country born and bred (Walsall in fact). Brummie ideed.... mutter mutter........

Should have another update on my progress (or lack thereof) over the weekend.


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Old 04-26-2007, 08:57 PM
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You are doing great!! By the time you finish this you'll feel like you have conquered Mt. Everest. Just keep going and don't stop no matter what. In a little time you'll be scratch building everything you need.


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I like it Kevin, good detail work...

Scratchbuilding is REAL modeling...:>}} You gonna add the kit figures?

Keep us posted...!!

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