Relics from Mom’s House…ancient armor artifacts…
The 70’s just don’t seem that long ago…gad I’ve been doing this awhile. I left my parent’s bosom at age 27 in 1982, but plenty of bits of me remain behind in the basement, among them these plastic beasties. At the time these were state of the art armor kits, and I thought they were the cat’s a– indeed. I was up there unloading my camping equipment (which I store there despite Mom’s grumbling) and happened to have my camera with me, so I took some pics of the better oldies.
The Italieri Elephant had it’s machine-gun front plate removed and replaced with a Kursk battle plain plate, the rivets cut off and reglued. Beercan fenders with plier-embossed treadplate were made.
Tamiya’s KV-1 is an old favorite, the track sag is done with the old wire-thru-hull method. The anti-tank round gouges really made this one as well as the intensive drybrushing.
Monogram’s Grant was modeled after the Shep Paine pamphlet that came in the box, with sandbag brackets scratchbuilt.
The really old Tamiya Panzer III had a scratched junk rack on back, and a snazzy squiggle Panzer Yellow paint job, based on the “Panzer Colors” book. I never finished it.
Tamiya’s 250 Halftrack was converted into a dash-9 by stealing a 222 armored car turret and making a new top. Of course a kit of it came out 2 weeks later. The mud splat camo came from “Panzer colors” also.
All these were painted with the trusty Paasche H I finally ran into the ground two years ago. Finally the paint push button just wore out.
So these and others sit in quiet repose next to each other on a shelf overlooking the workbench where I build my muzzle-loaders. My Mom is going to sell soon and get a Condo, I’m going to have to find a new home for all this “stuff’. Oh boy that will be a job. But I will not get rid of them, I love them all, my old friends.
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