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No Fixed Abode, Home Counties, United Kingdom
I’m a 51-year-old Aspergic CAD-Monkey. Sardonic, cynical and with the political leanings of a social reformer, I’m also a toy and model figure collector, particularly interested in the history of plastics and plastic toys. Other interests are history, current affairs, modern art, and architecture, gardening and natural history. I love plain chocolate, fireworks and trees but I don’t hug them, I do hug kittens. I hate ignorance, when it can be avoided, so I hate the 'educational' establishment and pity the millions they’ve failed with teaching-to-test and rote 'learning' and I hate the short-sighted stupidity of the entire ruling/industrial elite, with their planet destroying fascism and added “buy-one-get-one-free”. I also have no time for fools and little time for the false crap we're all supposed to pretend we haven't noticed, or the games we're supposed to play. I will 'bite the hand that feeds' to remind it why it feeds.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

H is for Half-track

This is the Sd.Kfz.12 workhorse in the medium artillery category and the usual tractor for an 88mm Flak 18, this is also an Airfix workhorse in that it was one of the first AFV kits in the Airfix pantheon and is still going strong, although the mould has lost some definition and requires a lot of cleaning-up.

It is build straight from the box and other than number-plates is unmarked. Although smaller than the Hasegawa 12's it looks better, theirs were a bit too 'chunky' for my taste, although I did make one of the SPAAG's, but that was only because I bought it in AHM packaging by mistake!

I made various parts move, such as the gunners seat on the right hand side, the draw-bar and the gun-rest, by gluing little fillets of plastic over the part mounting rather than gluing the part as per the instructions. I also left the shield removable.

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