Google+ Panzerserra Bunker- Military Scale Models in 1/35 scale: 2017
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quarta-feira, 17 de maio de 2017

Chevrolet CMP C60S petrol tank - cabin pattern 11 - In progress

      Let's see a tanker, now... not a crew member, but a canadian truck with thousands of fuel liters in his back: the rare Chevrolet CMP C60S petrol tank, wearing the cab 11.

Chevrolet CMP C60S - cabin pattern 11 - petrol tank
      The Canadian Military Pattern (CMP) truck was a class of military truck made in large numbers in Canada during World War II to British Army specifications for use in the armies of the British Commonwealth allies. Standard designs were drawn up just before the beginning of the war. 
      CMP trucks were also sent to the Soviet Union following the Nazi invasion of Russia, as part of Canada's lend-lease program to the Allies. During the War, CMP trucks saw service around the world in the North African Campaign, the Allied invasion of Sicily, the Italian Campaign, the Russian Front, the Burma Campaign, the Battle of the Philippines (1941-42), the liberation of Northwest Europe, and theWestern Allied invasion of Germany.
      CMP trucks also saw service in post-war conflicts in Indonesia, French Indochina, and the Portuguese colonies in Africa.
      You can see all about this amazing lineage of Canadian trucks in my other post, about CMP's.

      When IBG Models was release this fuel tanker kit, it was heavily criticized because the Polish factory had injected a kit with no historical evidence. The controversy remains with the truck with cabin pattern 13...No pics found about this version!!!

      With pattern 12, nothing was found, also (for now ...)!!

      But few photos with the cabin pattern 11 were found (see in the top and below) 

    It is not version 12 of the IBG model, but the transformation of pattern 12 into 11 is not that sooooo difficult. And this will be the goal of this post: show the Chevrolet C60S petrol tanker CMP with cabin pattern 11. Let's have fun, colleagues ....
Chevrolet C60S cabin pattern 11
Petrol tank (font: Armorama)

The kit:
      As I said before, I'll use the IBG Models (#35036)  Chevrolet C60S Petrol Tank for this project:
IBG's box art
      Following the booklet: wheels!!

...and axes!!
       The engine is very detailed, but it does not get exposed. As in other projects, I will reproduce the ventral part of this engine and save the engine for another project ...
The Chevrolet engine : 6 cylinders in line...

I'll reproduce this portion of engine...

A very detailed engine....
       Well, as I said above, the IBG presents a very complete kit with the possibility of building two different cabins, the pattern 12 and 13. But the only known photos of this vehicle is precisely with the pattern cabin 11. As I like historical acuity, I chose to transform the pattern cabin 12 in 11, with the modification of some details ...
Planning the surgery in the engine hood
Notice the pattern 11 cabin in the image...

I used Dremel (with dental drills) and scalpe to sculpe the hood...

The surgery done in the right side
In close up
Right side

Left side

Testing the hood in the Chevy snout (blue arrows)
Notice the grills of the pattern 12 ( red arrows)

Removing the grilles from the truck.
Done in the right side...

The holes of the pattern 11: 3mm diameter

Pattern 11 snout done!!!

And the hood in place...

Scribbing details of the pattern 11 hood engine
right side

Left side...
      No...I did not miss the position of the grill ... In cabin pattern 11, the grill was one-piece and with this position I'm going to hide the "splicing" of pattern 12
With the grill...
splicing bellow

The pumps in the rears tank
       It's time for painting the internal portions. first, the cabin... Olive-drab

       A major sin of this kit is the absence of decals from the dashboard instruments of the versions and the dials of the petrol pumps. Well, it's time to do the decals with my Laserjet color. As the laserjets don't print the white, I do the decals in transparent films and painting the decal positions in white...See below:
Panzerserra decals: in order:
Shift plate, rectangular instrument of dashboard and
dials of petrol pumps.

The white backgrond painted in the cabin...

...and in the pumps...

Decals in place...

...and pumps with dials. Much better!!
      Weathering in the cabin. Notice the Enfields in the rear portions of cabin...

Light weathering...

The pump casamate 
      And the girl is growing:
The trunck in development!!

Let's filler up!!

sábado, 13 de maio de 2017

Renault FT 17 char mitrailleuse crane - case report

Messieurs tankists!!!
      Continuing in the lineage of the Renault FT 17, the object of our building this time is an engineering variation of the light tank Renault: The Renault FT 17 crane.

Repair of damaged Renault FT tanks - 1st Tank Regiment
Workshop Regiment -  Lodz, Polen - summer 1920.
      As said in the previous post, the Renault FT, frequently referred to in post-World War I literature as the "FT-17" or "FT17", was a French light tank that was among the most revolutionary and influential tank designs in history. The FT was the first production tank to have its armament within a fully rotating turret. The Renault FT's configuration – crew compartment at the front, engine compartment at the back, and main armament in a revolving turret – became and remains the standard tank layout. 

      As such, historians of armoured warfare have called the Renault FT the world's first modern tank. Over 3,000 Renault FT tanks were manufactured by French industry, most of them during the year 1918.

Recovery and repair vehicles:
      During World War I, some British Mark IV heavy tanks were fitted with jibs to produce "Salvage Tanks", but the majority of their work was at the tank parks in aid of maintaining and repairing damaged tanks.
Mark IV heavy tank fitted with jib  - "Salvage Tank",
      But the first true ARVs were introduced in World War II, often by converting obsolete or damaged tanks, usually by removing the turret and installing a heavy-duty winch to free stuck vehicles, plus a variety of vehicle repair tools. Some were also purpose-built in factories, using an existing tank chassis with a hull superstructure to accommodate repair and recovery equipment. The M31 TRV is an example:
M31 TRV working with a M4 Sherman
       Many of the latter type of ARV had an A-frame or crane to allow the vehicle's crew to perform heavy lifting tasks, such as removing the engine from a disabled tank.
        The Renault FT 17 Is one of the rare examples of early recovery vehicles. Few photos are available of this brave worker, but the available ones are illustrating this work:
Renault FT 17 crane in action
France - date unknow


Renault  FT  17  light  tank crane
TypeLight tank
Place of origin                                            France
Weight7.2 tons
Length5.00 m
Width1.74 m
(without  jib)
2.14 m
Crew2 (commander, driver)

Armor8 to 22 mm
Puteaux SA 1918 37 mm gun or 8 mm Hotchkiss machine gun
EngineRenault 4-cyl, 4.5 litre
35 HP
Transmission sliding gear, 4 speed forward, 1 reverse
Suspensioncoil and leaf springs, with bogies and rollers.
Fuel capacity 95 liters
60 km 
Speed7.5 km/h - 20 km/h

 The kit:
      For this project. I will used an old and scrapped kit from RPM Models. I will reuse the turret with the Hotchkiss machine gun from the MENG kit from my FT 17 dozer project and the jib will be scratch with Plastruct profiles. Let's have fun:
My old RPM FT 17 kit and the amazing
MENG Berliet turret, spare from my dozer project

The comparison with turrets...

Much better!!
       First of all, drawing a profile in 1/35 scale to help in my building....

A project made of scraps ...

Testing dimensions...


The jib with the numbers!!!


      I did not find anything at all about the details of fixing the jib on the FT 17 chassis. But using the photos as a guide and "reverse engineering", my opinion is that the jib pivot shafts were attached to the tank's front pull hooks: one place already strengthened to withstand tensions in the original design. See the position of the hooks below:
Pull hooks (front)

Scratching the jib pivot shafts

In position...

testing with jib...OK!!!

The jib works well...
Notice the secondary arms

And the jib in position.
I used too the rear hooks for the cables...

Two engineering girls:
Bergepanzer IV and FT 17 crane
       Time to scratch the winch: plasticard and spare wheels...
I used PE spare parts too...

Testing the jib...Complet...

Ready for painting...
      Markings and colors:
Vive la France!!
Green, yellow and ocre...with Play-Doh!!!

The turret: same treatment

Painting done...Markings;
2nd Section, 1st Company, 505E RAS, France, 1918

      And the Mademoiselle is ready: Renault FT 17 char mitrailleuse crane, from 2nd Section, 1st Company, 505E RAS, France -1918

Renault FT 17 char mitrailleuse crane
2nd Section, 1st Company, 505E RAS, France -1918

Renault FT 17 crane - left side

Renault FT 17 crane - right side

Renault FT 17 crane
The engine is the spare part from FT 17 dozer

FT 17 crane and FT 17 dozer
two heavy duty girls...

Renault FT 17 crane with Kojak and
Rover, the dog.

Renault FT 17 char mitrailleuse crane
2nd Section, 1st Company, 505E RAS, France -1918

Merci, mesdames et messieurs !!