17 September 2017

Matador Models - FV432/20 (Fox Turret) Build and Review

OK - so I was very chuffed recently to get this little goodie as one of my final purchases to round out my Berlin Brigade.  It's a Matador Models FV432/20 (Fox Turret) and it comes like this:


Opening the box reveals a couple of plastic baggies:


Which opened up reveal the following:


As you can see some pretty crisp molding here and options to have every hatch open - which is very good in my book.  Flipping the hull and tracks over you can see there is still a little work to be done:


So I cleaned it all up and the parts looked like this:


So now were we on to assembly.  I'd like to say it all went together smoothly, but I'd be lying.  I don't know if it was my superglue or the kind of resin used by Matador Models, but for some reason things just wouldn't stick together - at least not in the short term.  After some hair pulling, a lot of crying and a little cursing it started to go my way and this is the end result:



I think you end up with a pretty smashing model of a FV432/20.  There are a couple of negatives.  First up - no plans whatsoever.  When you pay 23 quid for a model I feel there should at least be a decent drawing of what it should look like from a couple of different angles.  At least...

One is the other difficulty I previously mentioned, which turned a half hour job into a several hour job.  The third is the metal RARDEN 30mm gun barrel.  You get two options - one standard, one with a cover.  I went with the standard gun and compared to the rest of the kit, I looks a little naff.  If I had a spare Scimitar or Warrior RARDEN barrel - I'd definitely use them.

My only other concern was the smoke dischargers.  They look great, but I'm pretty sure I've placed them in the wrong spot...  I'll have a think about removing them and placing them slightly differently, but due to the glue issues I'm not sure I'm up to it.

Finally, I thought a comparison shot might be worthwhile:


From left to right we have an S&S FV438 Swingfire, Cromwell Models FV434, Matador Fv432/20 and a Britannia FV432 APC.  As you can see they all fit together very nicely.

So one day if I'm very lucky this new Matador model might just end up looking something like this!


Thanks

Richard

05 September 2017

Fabbri BTR-60PB

Next up on the Soviet vehicles list is the Fabbri BTR-60PB.




As you can see it's not the greatest BTR-60 when it comes to crisp detail, and I'll need to paint it (eventually), but if you are looking for a good cheap way to expand your BTR-60s these are pretty hard to go past.  I have 3 now and perhaps one more on the way...  Sucker that I am...

Thanks

Richard

04 September 2017

Fabbri BM-21 Grad MRL

Keeping to the Multiple Rocket Launcher theme here are the photos of the Fabbri BM-21 Grad MRL.




This one will require a little more work to fit in with the rest of my Soviet stuff (which is just plain old green) and I'll need to get rid of the Russian flag.  Can't have my Soviets driving around sporting Russian flags can I!

Still it's a nice solid model - unfortunately you can't pivot the launcher - but I think it looks pretty good.

Thanks

Richard

03 September 2017

Fabbri BM-27 Uragan MRL

I've recently acquired some vehicles from the Russian Fabbri company, which for something different this weeks I thought I could go through with you and show some pics so you could get an idea as to whether or not they are worth it.

I decided to start off with the Fabbri BM-27 Uragan Multiple Rocket Launcher:




This is a pretty good diecast model and will take very little effort to get onto the table - or perhaps in reality sit off the table to remind me I have some Artillery support there.  A bit of a wash, some dry-brushing and some weathering product on the wheels and it will be good to go.  So I'm pretty happy with that one.

Thanks

Richard

27 August 2017

Some more Revell Marders

I've recently finished a few more Marder 1A3s for a friend and this time I managed to take some photos before they were delivered.  Let's get straight into it then:

Marder 1





Marder 2




Marder 3



And now all three of them together




And that's it for now.

Thanks for looking

Richard


23 August 2017

Hjemmeværnet (The Danish Home Guard) Transport Options Part 2

I hadn't planned on splitting this post in two, but have had to now that I didn't get around to finishing the mortar sabot base as shown a couple of posts ago.  So this will be a very small post today.

First up I weathered another Land Rover




This is the ride for the Carl Gustav MAW Team - who are a Infantry Platoon support option in my list


Figures from Wartime & Elhiem, Landie by Oxford Diecast.

Thanks

Richard

17 August 2017

Hjemmeværnet (The Danish Home Guard) Transport Options Part 1

OK - so continuing the Hjemmeværnet (The Danish Home Guard) theme - and the Oxford Diecast theme - here are the first three touched up vehicles and their pax.

Starting with the Platoon Commander's ex-farmyard Land Rover:


And now with passengers:

Squad 1's ride:

And now with passengers:

Squad 2's ride:

And now with passengers:

The Land Rover was bashed up with washes and paint - and the canvas cover was completed repainted. The Ford Transit and VW vans were lined with MiG aircraft panel washes and then some Tamiya weathering powders added to the tires.

Support for the small platoon will appear in the next post.

Thanks

Richard