SimonT - 1/35 Tamiya MG Teams Cosford2020

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Talk about ancient figures :smiling3: I never had this set, but have fond memories of building many of their contemporaries, like the Germans crowded on the back of a tank. It’ll be interesting to see what you’ll manage to make out of this set.
 

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1974 according to the sprue

Not the best quality, but certainly not their worst either

Equipment is average

Haven't measured it but the MG42 looks a little stumpy
 

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probably state of the art at the time :thinking:

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this is my intended victim but he will get a bit of a makeover

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first task was to sharpen up the wishy washy creases

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dig out the undercuts

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and chop his head off


once all that was done the rebuild could commence

at least it would do normally but since I am not permitted to use anything in the build that did not come in the box I had to make myself some plastic card from a length of the sprue

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the starting point

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which, after a bit of work with knife and sanding stick, was turned into this thin sheet

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first thing was to make a clip for the Y belt using the plastic sheet

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next I turned to the bread bag - a bit weedy and the wrong shape. Couldn't do too much apart from correct the shape a bit and add some D rings from stretched sprue

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bread bag in place with all the various straps and clips added from my sprue plastic card

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neck hole opened out

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made my own filler from more sprue dissolved in Humbrol poly

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used the goop to build up his neck - once it sets it can be carved to shape

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water bottle is too large but couldn't do much about that so decided to leave as is and just scrape in the cover flap and add the three buttons from stretched sprue

part two follows shortly..........
 

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.......part two, the saga continues

I cut away the moulded gas mask strap and scraped the various uniform details to sharpen things up as far as possible

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added the gas mask case and water bottle then added the various straps and belt clips from more sprue card
added strap to side of gas mask case

added D rings to the Y straps from more sprue

sanded one of the kit ammo belts thinner then sawed between each round and draped it over his shoulder

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carved out the inside of a helmet to thin down the rim

added rivets on the outside from sprue

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the kit ammo boxes are both moulded open and lack detail

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had to chop and sand

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then start to rebuild

it will need handles and clasps from sprue but I ran out of time last night
 
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This is really looking good Simon. Brings back memories as the first set of figures I put in a dio ambushing a load of US troops in an M21.

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Nice improvements Simon :thumb2:
All looking good
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Great to see what you're doing to tired old figures. Working your magic on figures, like you do to vehicles!
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Some very nice work Simon
 

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I agree with Jim. Great to see you thinking outside of the box and using everthing that is inside the box! :smiling5:
 

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Astounding. PaulE
 

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Thanks everyone - glad you like it so far

Was going to add the mess tin until I realised that it is about half the size it should be

Not done a great deal tonight

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added his reworked noggin, added a chinstrap from more sprue-card and then the helmet on top

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investigated the arm selection - not great

chose the nearest to the position I wanted and sliced it into three sections

since wire is off the menu I drilled and pinned it with stretched sprue instead

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this is the arm after adjusting the pin length and gluing in place

the gaps have been filled with green goop - once set it can be carved as necessary
 

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Enjoying watching the changes Simon.
 

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Superb scratchery Si

The ultimate Out of The Box build

Well done

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