Finally I am back, but before kicking off with the Scharnhorst, I decided to assemble some kits to steady out my hands, as these would be easy meat; or at least I thought it would be.
A few years ago, I bought a resin kit , whilst participating in a scale model exhibition in Black Pool UK.
The kit is produced by Criel Models of Italy, and produce mostly italian WW1 and WW2 vehicles and field guns. This is great as Italian subject are a bit scare, and to say it all, they had some very good vehicles, especially for the desert terrain. As I said, the kit is in resin. it basically consists of a Lancia Heavy truck with a 90mm calibre anti-aircraft gun. the kit itself is would be a great subject to build, but the resin castings are a total mess; so i decided to reinvent the wheel. The early models were equipped with a timber laminated platform. this was done to create a non slip platform, but later models incorporated only a steel platform, thus creating a slippery and dangerous work platform, especially in the winter conditions. One must also put in mind that military shoes and boots at that time, included steel studs at the sole. I of course decided to go for the timber laminated platform. both the chassis and the gun platform are made from styrene profiles and sheets.
Here are some pictures. Shall be able to post more in the afternoon.
The front sheet of the instuctions, showing clearly the sheer size of the model.
The layout of the chassis.
The layout of the gun platform, including the stabilizers.
An overall view of the rebuilt chassis. I, of course had to incorporate the resin pieces as well.
A front view.
A rear view.
The gun platform, revealing the timber lamination planks.
The gun platform supplied with the kit. The four tool storage drawings shall also be constructed from scratch, and true, not casted like the resin counter part.
A rear view, revealing the warping.
Another view showing the warped platform.
Will post more pictures today.