Friday, April 2, 2010

FineScale Modeler 05 2005

I met "Bondo" Phil Brandt several years ago at a regional model show in Texas and have "talked" with him on several Internet discussion groups. I lis gorgeous jet models are almost sure to win prizes at contests, with some competitors consoling each other with murmurs of "Bondo again." Phil haunts the Austin, Texas, area, is a retired U.S. Air Force Major, and a retired IBM technical writer. His modeling career spans all of the plastic-kit timeline, and he remembers his first model was a solid wood Strombecker P-80. His current interest is esoteric subjects, with many of his efforts being 1/72 and 1/48 scale kits of aircraft than never went into service. He enjoys applying "what if "service markings to these one-time mockups or paper projects. Usually, the only available models of these subjects are expensive, limited-run resin kits that may have fit problems. Phils nickname "Bondo" was coined by his friend Mike West of Lone Star Models who noticed that Phil used a lot of filler putty on his projects, perhaps even using Bondo auto-body filler. The nickname, like the putty, stuck.

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Military in Scale 06 1994

The construction of the tank begins with the assembly of the front face of the hull. At this point you will have to decide whether you are going to fit the flame thrower for the Crocodile version or the machine gun for the standard Mk VII. If using the machine gun I would recommend drilling out the end of the gun barrel to make it more convincing. The completed front plate is then fixed to the lower hull moulding along with the glacis plate, towing eye and headlight units. The next stage also involves a choice of parts, this time for the rear face of the hull. The Crocodile version will have the universal coupling for the trailer and the Mk VII nothing. The rear plate is then attached to the lower hull moulding along with the angled rear plate for the hull bottom.

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Flames of War - The World War II Miniatures Game

Three years of heavy fighting is beginning to tell on the resources of the German nation. Once again, the Red Army follows up victory with a devastating counteroffensive, reclaiming yet more territory from the invaders, crossing the Dnepr before the year is out. With Africa now in their hands, the Allies go on the offensive in the Mediterranean once more, seeking an early end to the war that has ravaged Europe for three years. On 10 July, British and US Forces invade Sicily in Operation Husky. Spearheading the landing are British and American paratroopers but the airborne assaults prove a costly disaster. The amphibious assault proves much more successful, with the two-pronged offensive that follows clearing the island of Axis forces within six weeks. The Allies have gained a toehold into Southern Europe. Growing weary of an unpopular war, the Italian people overthrow and arrest Mussolini. The Allies push on to mainland Italy—supposedly 'the soft underbelly of Europe'—landing at Salerno on 9 September. The new Italian Government surrenders but the German forces assume the role of an army of occupation and fight on against the invaders. The Allied troops make slow headway against such determined resistance. Their advance finally grinds to a halt before the formidable German defences of the Gustav line, which stretches across the Italian Peninsula.

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