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This is from "Tank warfare on the Eastern Front 1941-1942," by Robert Forczyk, Chapter 3, "Armoured Operations in 1942, page 162, 2nd and 3rd pars.: "on the other side, the Red Army appeared to have a huge numerical and qualitative...
Custom order WW2 Leather Sqd/Group patches made..........
SIGGY - 25 Feb 2015 06:00 PM
Here's some of my latest patches on a couple of jackets , enjoy !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Here's some of my work on jackets ,enjoy !!!!!!!!!!!!
Hello, I am wondering if anybody might know what this is and from what era (WW 2)?? I've looked all over with no luck. Thank you!!
A U.S. Marine war dog stands vigilant and refuses to leave his Marine handler "Always Faithful"
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Thanks for looking
I am particularly interested in the units of the FFI who liberated towns in Brittany in advance of the US Forces.
I am also looking at the La Fouilee and Plouneour Menez Detachments.
Dragon 6369 Jagdpanzer IV L/48 July Production w/zimmerit. "Most disappointing kit of 2015?"
Almost the same day that Tamiya announced their new Panzer IV/70(V) late last year, Dragon weighed in with news of a brand-new Jagdpanzer IV L/48 based on their own wonderful 6397 / 6589 Panzer IV/70(V) series. 6397 is a kit that really gave us the latest research on the 80mm hull armour basis models, and based on measuring the Jentz/Doyle plans in Panzer Tracts 9-2 was spot-on for accuracy . I haven’t seen the new Tamiya version but I believe that its brand-new tooling is also very good in the accuracy stakes.
I own the old GunzeSangyo/Dragon/Revell JP4 and a couple of ‘Johann Huber IV/70’s, but as most people know these are based on the 60mm-fronted hull so they only really make the pre-May 44 models of JP4 (and are still a pretty good basis for same imo) but ironically not the IV/70 without a lot of work. I also plan on converting a 6397 kit into a very late JP4 which is pretty easy. An actual new tooling mid/late model JP4 w/zimmerit (or without) kit, as opposed to a conversion, I have wanted for some time, so you can imagine that naturally I assumed the best from Dragon and still being in a happy place after receiving the Wittmann Tiger S04 kit.
As soon as I saw the outline PR plans in the press I preordered one without seeing it, from HobbyLink Japan, usually my quickest source for new DML kits. With the brilliant Panzer Tracts 9-2 out there it’s difficult to get this one wrong, right? It arrived yesterday.
Boy, was I wrong. Dragon have dropped three major clangers with this kit.
The biggest is the new L/48 gun barrel with ‘removed’ muzzlebrake and screwthreads showing, which has merely been based on literally shortening the L/70 barrel from the breech-end in order to utilise the existing w/zimmerit L/70 mantlet/gunbox sprue. This results in a new moulding of a hugely thick barrel to fit the mantlet hole, which anyone who has any knowledge of this series will know is totally inaccurate, as the mantlets of JP4 and IV/70 were very different in this respect. The thick barrel ends up looking like a howitzer. The screwthreading is a joke too as you’d never get even an 88mm muzzlebrake to fit over it.
I measured the open end of the muzzle and the rifled/screwthreaded open end of the gun. Any 75mm muzzle exit-hole should measure approximately 2.14mm in 1/35 scale if the shell is to touch the rifling on the way out. Right? The Dragon L/48 muzzle hole on this kit measures almost 3.1mm, which scales up to over 105mm. In other words, you have a JP4 equipped with a Wespe’s barrel! Or is it an Abrams'?
In addition, a new zimmeritted glacis upper front part is supplied which alone is supposed to be, and nicely represents, the 60mm front armour (seen below, the ‘New Frontal Glacis Plate’). Why? The July 44 production had 80mm frontal armour throughout, and the gunbox front is 80mm (correctly) as supplied in the kit. In order to model a pre-May 44 version both items and the hull bottom interlocks would need to represent the 60mm armour. Luckily the original 80mm part is still included, but you are instructed not to use this part as it’s blued out!
And finally, Dragon have not even bothered altering the gunbox w/zimmerit from their 6589 IV/70 kit at all. The zimmeritted gunbox part in the kit has the tiedown loops for the wet-weather tarp moulded in each side, which is incorrect as this feature didn’t come in until September 44 earliest. These will be a right pain to remove as the zimmerit is moulded around them and will have to be ‘repaired’. Oh yes, the DS tracks have hit a new 'low' too as the open guide teeth are really square-shaped and badly represented in this kit.
So this kit is a real mishmash of mistakes! One is left with the option of backdating the whole kit to 60mm armour basis for an March-April 44 production (a huge job with a new gunbox front, revised roof, revised interlocks, different mudguards, different schürzen hooks, etc), or just removing the tiedowns and going for a June-August production. Not to mention the incorrect mantlet and gun which in either case will have to be aftermarket.
And not only Dragon, but Notger Schlegtendal, Tom Cockle and Gary Edmondson are also to blame for this kit’s major errors. After all, it’s their names on the instruction sheet, IN CAPITALS as consultants. What happened guys, were you in the pub when the test shots came in?
This is a shoddy and cynical ‘lash-up and cash-in’ kit imo.
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PS If I'd seen this photo I wouldn't have bought it:
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I am trying to find out more about a Canadian airman - James Graham (Flight Sargent RCAF - died 16th March 1945 - his name is on the Runnymead memorial which I assume means he has no grave).
The family story is that my Great Aunt, recieved a visit from a young Canadian airman, who explained he was a relative, a while he didn't have time that day he would return when he could to say hello properly. He never did though.
Can anyone point me in the right to find out what happened to him that night. I know there were flights over Nuremburg on the 16th March 1945 but I can't find any crew records with James Graham's name on.
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Hello there, I am a new member living in North Finisterre France.
pennblogh - 24 Feb 2015 09:30 AM