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MACO Ammunition Trailer
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Posted: Friday, June 11, 2010 - 04:03 PM UTC
Jan Etal provides a built review of the Munitions-Anh. für 3,7 cm Flak, a 1/72 scale ammunition trailer from MACO.

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Posted: Friday, June 11, 2010 - 05:27 PM UTC
Jan,

Seems like such a simple and easy kit but also quite interesting. I see what you say in your review that there is a lot of potential for innovation. So little seems available to us that prefer the smaller scales, so this is a really nice addition. One question or two. Are the the ammo boxes in the larger compartment removable? Will you be posting more pictures of a further completed build?

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AJ
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Posted: Saturday, June 12, 2010 - 03:55 AM UTC

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Are the the ammo boxes in the larger compartment removable?



AJ, if you look at the sprue shots in the review you'll see that they are a single piece. It would take some scratch building to display a few empty slots. You'd need to create new sides for the remaining boxes and also a floor where the boxes were removed.


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Will you be posting more pictures of a further completed build?



I'll definitely post more pictures either in this thread or in the Braille Scale Forum. I'd just like to add that there is a lower compartment below the ammo compartment and it also has a separate door that could be displayed in the open position. Quite a lot of flexibility for an otherwise simple kit.

Thanks for your interest.

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Saturday, June 12, 2010 - 07:12 AM UTC
Hi Jan,

Thanks for the review. I couldn't agree more, there is massive scope for trailers both for the Allies and Axis genre.

They make excellent additional items either for vehicles or as abondoned kit in any scene.

Al
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Posted: Saturday, June 12, 2010 - 08:03 AM UTC
Thank you Alan for looking. As I have concentrated on Braille scale since I returned to the hobby I didn't know what to expect from such a unique subject of a kit. Some older kits from my past had trailers in them but they appeared more of an after thought. They certainly didn't have the detail and options that this kit presented.

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Jan
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Posted: Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 07:45 AM UTC
To AJ and any other interested parties I've added a few pictures here. The trailer is complete and a rough base coat of Tamiya XF-59 has been applied to highlight any flaws. I can see a few and they will be dealt with ASAP. I also noticed in the picture that the rear jack support is slightly askew; looks fine to the naked eye. Next up is to decide on the camo scheme. Don't know if I'll go with the box art one.









Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 05:09 AM UTC
Thanks for showing some progress pictures. I particularly like the way you've done the tires. Can't wait to see what you do with the camo.

Regards,
AJ
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Posted: Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 12:02 PM UTC
Thanks for your interest, AJ. I am still working on the camo and hope I can do something that won't disappoint interested parties.

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - 12:51 PM UTC
Jan what are the marks on some of the ammo box handles, are they damaged/incorrectly moulded?
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Posted: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - 01:52 PM UTC
Darren, I am not exactly sure what you are seeing and referring to. Is it that some handles look more white on the pre-painted photos? I have read in my research that Maco first cast their original sprues in both white and almost clear. Some handles in my sample were looking quite white as opposed to the predominant light grey. A few other parts were also exhibiting a whitish hue or even marbling. If you desire I can take a picture of the ammo boxes with their current covering of XF-59.

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - 02:25 PM UTC
Jan that is fine you hit the nail on the head first time and answered my question as well.
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Posted: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - 02:52 PM UTC
Only to happy to help. They are a new manufacturer and I surmise, are still getting things worked out. From what I have read, some of their moulding issues are temerature and pressure specific that affect flow of material. However, we must admit that they are achieving some excellant results in detail.

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 07:51 AM UTC
Greetings all! It's been three and a half months since I posted anything here but the time has not been wasted. I've "discovered" in a recent build how to replicate camouflage and appropriate weathering for small scale by brush that caused me to want to start finishing up this little trailer. I have used these new found abilities to paint the trailer in the pattern suggested on the Maco box. At this point I will call it 95% finished. There are still a few minor touches that I want to apply (shovel handles, interior wear, dusting up the wheels a bit more) but here is how the build currently stands.







It was a beautiful and sunny fall day so the pictures were taken in 100 % manual mode and should appear as close as one can get to what the eye sees.

Cheers,
Jan