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Old 12-26-2020, 03:46 PM
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Anneís L6/40 Italian light tank

The selection of this model was by popular acclaim that my next armor model should be selected from a nation other than German, Polish, or Russian. So, to begin, my initial impressions of the kit.

The model is printed on an unusual size of paper, 243mm x 345mm. There are two sheets before cutting, folded and stapled to make 6 printed and 2 unprinted pages. The outer sheet is of light, glossy paper printed on both sides. It comprises a front cover with suitably dramatic art; an inside front cover with most of the assembly diagrams; an inside back cover with the formers, tracks, some suspension parts, and the ďszablonyĒ (full size patterns for parts to be made of wire); and the back cover with the text instructions in Polish, four color photos of a completed example of the actual model, and a few more diagrams which look like they are probably wheel and/or suspension assemblies. The inner sheet is of fairly light card stock (bristol), is printed on one side only, and comprises two sheets with most of the parts. The dominant color is sand, a greenish yellow ocher with olive green ďairbrushedĒ camo. Other colors include black (wheels), rust red (a cylinder at the right rear which is probably a muffler), a bit of gray and brown for the shovel, and a quite startling blue for the headlight lenses. Print quality and color registration is excellent throughout. However, the ocher is a little more yellow on one page, so the turret is not going to precisely match the hull. It was all one sheet when printed, so I canít explain that.

Iíve started the prep work. I scanned all pages, just in case, and I printed a copy of the back cover since the text instructions are destroyed as soon as work begins on the formers. I glued most of the formers to a sheet of 1 mm card using spray adhesive. I prefer to give the spray adhesive some time to dry, so now Iím starting to score and cut out the first few numbered parts, starting with part 1. Iíll need to go shopping for a paint for edge coloring, as my closest existing match is much too golden.

Itís quite a small tank with four road wheels and three return rollers per side, band tracks, and not a lot of external details beyond the strange suspension. I have hopes that this project should move along more quickly than my last one.
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Old 12-26-2020, 07:35 PM
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Not an odd paper size in metric countries - it's pretty close to B4 paper size.


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Old 12-26-2020, 07:53 PM
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Good point — I’m familiar with the A sizes of paper, but not the B sizes. I erred above: the dimensions I gave are for a page, not a sheet (I measured the front cover). And you’re right, it’s close to a B size (either page or sheet), but doesn’t match exactly. Not that it matters, since the pages are rapidly becoming smaller as I cut them up.
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Old 12-27-2020, 03:47 AM
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I have a recollection that the L6/40 model was designed by Marian Sobel who designed, among other subjects, the Halinski Panther and Tiger.


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Old 12-27-2020, 04:00 PM
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I have a recollection that the L6/40 model was designed by Marian Sobel who designed, among other subjects, the Halinski Panther and Tiger.


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I just checked. You are absolutely correct ó you have an excellent memory!
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Old 12-28-2020, 11:39 AM
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I have the week off, so Iím getting a quick start. I cut out and assembled the formers. Itís typical eggcrate style with very precise fit. And Iíve been playing with the first hull skins, dry-fitting. Iím happy so far.
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Old 12-28-2020, 01:12 PM
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Good start, tryg and trim, (land) ship-shape, and Bristol fashion.

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Old 12-29-2020, 07:17 PM
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I put the large pieces of skin on this morning, as shown. Fit continues to be excellent. The next step is to put on the fenders, and this is really strange. The kit does not provide parts for the underside of the fenders, and they would definitely show on the finished model. I will have to paint them. This seems like a bizarre oversight on what has otherwise been an extremely high-quality kit so far.
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Old 12-30-2020, 01:07 AM
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Good progress Anne. It is going to be a nice little model, and your choice of a smaller one is really great.
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looking good Anne. you could copy the fenders on to normal copy paper and then use the no the underside
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