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« on: 04 June 2019, 11:17:55 PM »

We've had another batch of excellent new vehicles from Mart, so we've grabbed some quick pics of them before they go into moulds.

First up, we've got the Saladin and Saracen pair.  The FV603 Saracen was a 6 wheeled APC used from the early 1950's through to the 1990's across the world.  From Africa to Yom Kippur to Northern Ireland, there's a whole list of games/conflicts that this can be used for.  The FV601 Saladin was the replacement for the AEC armoured car and had a similar production run, being still in use today in the Indonesian Army.  It's most notable use might be in the defense of Kuwait before the breakout of the first Gulf War.

Moving on we've got the BTR-40 next, the first mass-produced Soviet APC before it was replaced by the BTR-152.  This one entered service in 1949 and served in the Warsaw Pact nations through until the early 1970's.  Elsewhere it was used by North Vietnamese and the North Korean armies.

And finally we've got the little ASU-57!  This assault gun was developed for the Soviet airborne after WWII and was in production from 1951 to the late 1960's.  Despite its thin armour and open top, the small size and mobility proved successful and was kept in service until the ASU-85 came along.  As well as the Soviets, this was used by East Germany, North Korea and Poland, as well as Egypt in the Six Day War. 

Saladin/Saracen
SaladinSaracen by Leon Pengilley, on Flickr

BTR-40
BTR40 by Leon Pengilley, on Flickr

ASU-57
ASU57 by Leon Pengilley, on Flickr


And while we're on it, we've also upgraded our Elefant and M48 with some cracking new models!

Elefant by Leon Pengilley, on Flickr

M48 by Leon Pengilley, on Flickr
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« Reply #1 on: 04 June 2019, 11:27:47 PM »

Top work Mart
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« Reply #2 on: 05 June 2019, 06:56:08 AM »

Seconded !

Is it me...or are they a tad difficult to see against the white background ?

Cheers - Mr Computer Numpty, who can't remember how to change the brightness/contrast on his screen.  Roll eyes
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« Reply #3 on: 05 June 2019, 07:29:59 AM »

Seconded !

Is it me...or are they a tad difficult to see against the white background ?

Cheers - Mr Computer Numpty, who can't remember how to change the brightness/contrast on his screen.  Roll eyes

No your right, it does blend into the background a bit.  Nice models though
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« Reply #4 on: 05 June 2019, 12:27:15 PM »

Is it me...or are they a tad difficult to see against the white background ?

 Embarrassed

I might have lost misplaced the blue card background that I'd normally use for plastic masters...  I'll nip to the shop and get a fresh one for the next batch.
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« Reply #5 on: 05 June 2019, 12:54:00 PM »

Seeing as I send you fairly.....(Ahem).....garbage snaps of green masters...I should be the very last person to comment on pics. Embarrassed

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« Reply #6 on: 05 June 2019, 01:16:30 PM »

Seen worse....when we getting the important stuff - 432 and Cheify ?
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« Reply #7 on: 05 June 2019, 04:46:56 PM »

Seen worse....when we getting the important stuff - 432 and Cheify ?

Martin's on with the Chieftain next, along with the Leopard I and T-64.
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« Reply #8 on: 05 June 2019, 04:51:39 PM »

 At last.

Time to adjourn the 1/300 cruel river , and get back to 10mm bush wars.  Smiley  when working in Addis Ababa in 2007, I saw the remains of ASU 57 minus gun and tracks.

The BTR40 was/is widely used in Africa.
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« Reply #9 on: 17 June 2019, 08:51:08 PM »

Thanks everyone glad you like them and yes some missing MBT,s next and a couple of trucks
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« Reply #10 on: 18 June 2019, 07:27:34 AM »

Mart - work faster !!!!
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