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ayovtshev
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Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 03:45 PM UTC
True beast,Nick!

I've finished my Ford Maultier and while fiddling with the gun it will tow(3,7 cm Flak 36 by Bronco), I started another scratchbuild(writing off another planned entry for the Scratch Builder Campaign ...):

The 75 mm Schneider-Canet M1904 QF Field Gun(aka Schneider PR)


I found an exemplar at a vilage Memorial:



Driving by each day, I've spent some hours taking dimensions:

and started the build last weekend:
Barrel

Lock


New set of "drawings" for this weekend:


When ready, the gun will be towed by Fiat SPA TL.37(Criel Model's # R056).
Such couple from Bulgarian 1st Fast Division was pictured crossing Morava river in Jugoslavia in spring of 1941:



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Posted: Friday, March 30, 2018 - 12:50 AM UTC

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Driving by each day, I've spent some hours taking dimensions:




Slowest drive-by in history


Nice Start Angel.
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Posted: Friday, March 30, 2018 - 03:33 AM UTC
Angel, the Schneider QF is a beautiful choice! Love the delicate well made wheels.
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Posted: Friday, March 30, 2018 - 03:42 AM UTC
Just in case anyone might be interested:

Schneider Model 1879 75mm


(F.Y.I. - That is a 1903 Springfield with the very rare 30 cal. full-auto Pedersen Device mounted center in the display cabinet on the back wall.)

Kentucky National Guard WWI France.

Photos and weapon Kentucky Military Museum, Frankfort, KY. (On loan from Smithsonian)
All photos Copyright Mike Koenig
Used here for research and discussion only.
ayovtshev
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Posted: Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 02:02 AM UTC
Thanks Peter, Mike!

I worked on the frame today.Lot of rivets and rivet-counting...
Received a pair of wheels from a friend and modified them a little bit.
Did a mock-up assembly to check overall appearance:




So far so good!
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Posted: Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 02:30 AM UTC
Hi Angel - beautiful work - wow! I really like your frame and the nice, uniform curves. It looks great. And...all those rivets...that's plenty of rivets and patience. Thanks for posting the update.

Cheers
Nick
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Posted: Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 05:57 AM UTC
Watching you build is simply...riveting.

Great work as always Angel, except I think rivet no.13 is 0.00014mm off......

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Posted: Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 02:40 PM UTC

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...except I think rivet no.13 is 0.00014mm off......


To the left, or right, Peter?!?
Thanks, mate!
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Posted: Sunday, April 01, 2018 - 01:12 AM UTC
I wish I had thought of the "riveting" remark.

Great work!
ayovtshev
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Posted: Sunday, April 01, 2018 - 10:19 AM UTC
Nick, Mike- thanks for your comments on my project.

Less riveting rivets yesterday-yes, I did learn another word in English through Peter's comment- but some work on elevation and traverse gears on cradle and barrel:





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Posted: Sunday, April 01, 2018 - 10:23 AM UTC
Hey Angel - that's some really nice work - - you're really elevating your game!!

Haha! Thanks for posting - some seriously nice work

Cheers
Nick
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Posted: Thursday, April 05, 2018 - 01:43 PM UTC
Thanks Nick!

I've done a bit more on the gun:



Next to come is the shield...

...although I am quite tempted by


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Posted: Thursday, April 05, 2018 - 08:35 PM UTC
Angel I am following your build very closely. I especially like the Italian Tractor you have chosen.

There is one on display at the Victory Museum in Auburn, Indiana. I know I have a few snaps of this vehicle. I will see if I can dig them up.

Mike
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Posted: Friday, April 06, 2018 - 01:30 AM UTC
It is looking sensational Angel. Love it.

The TL 37 doesn't appear to have as many parts as I would have expected, but that one piece casting for the body looks amazing. A work of art in the mould. Please shows progress pics on that somewhere too.

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Posted: Friday, April 06, 2018 - 06:53 AM UTC
As promised.

Angel I hope these might be of some use to you. Cheers!




Located in Auburn, Indiana

(Sorry I did not get more reference photos of this very interesting vehicle.)
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Posted: Friday, April 06, 2018 - 11:46 AM UTC
Okay.... add Indiana to the bucket list...

Nice Pics Mike
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Posted: Friday, April 06, 2018 - 12:56 PM UTC
Thanks for the refference pictures,Mike!
And for your kind words,Peter!

Here is a picture of TL.37 from Sofia's MNMH 10 years ago:

Since then the vehicle disappeared from the exhibition-hopefully it was not sold abroad.

Fiat TL.37 chassy is top of my scratchbuild-wishlist.
It is a beauty rearly seen:




All picture found online and used for discussion purposes only.

Unfortunately- Criel Model's resin kit will not allow me to detail the chassy- the bottom of the platform is sitting quite low...
I only hope one day some plastic kit company will release it in 1/35th scale, till then I'll continue collecting material.

I've done bit more on my Schneider-Canet:shield,elevation and traverse wheels, some rivets and crown bolts:




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Posted: Saturday, April 07, 2018 - 01:52 AM UTC

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Since then the vehicle disappeared from the exhibition-hopefully it was not sold abroad.



There would be an upside to that, if it was restored with loving care. It is so sad to see these pieces left out in the open to deteriorate. Imagine what another 10 years in the elements would have done to the one in your pic.

....and of course the build just gets better....
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Posted: Saturday, April 07, 2018 - 02:46 AM UTC
Hi Angel -

Could you shave the resin body of the tractor off of the molded in chassis and make your own? The photos of chassis and running gear of the unrestored version look very unique - maybe worth the heavy cut work to be able to try and make your own?

Nick
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Posted: Sunday, April 08, 2018 - 10:18 PM UTC
Peter, you have a point.
It's only that I would love to see such heritage preserved in Bulgaria...which sadly seems not to be case too often...

Nick, the chassis is molded separately.
But with the body-molded in one piece-sitting too tight on the chassis, there is simply no room for powertrain machinery...
I'll see what I can do.

I've almost finished the Schneider-Canet M1904 gun.
Almost, because I still need to add the firing mechanism:







Next to come is the scratch of an one axle trailer used for motorized towing.

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Posted: Monday, April 09, 2018 - 01:05 AM UTC
Angel

Could we please get a look at the underside body casting of the Trattore?

I did a similar resin model of the VC-1 and was able to simply add detail to the existing resin cast in place frame.

In any case would you mind showing it to us anyway, as I suspect I will be building this kit sometime in the future?
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Posted: Monday, April 09, 2018 - 01:20 AM UTC
Here you are, Mike:



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Posted: Friday, April 13, 2018 - 11:53 AM UTC
Update on my gun project.
One axle trailer for motorized towing ready:



Test fit gun and trailer:


So far, so good
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Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 03:39 AM UTC
A real piece of art Angel
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Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 10:25 PM UTC
Thanks Peter!

I've decided to change the color of the gun.
Mixed a green with grassy appearance and sprayed it on the gun.
Added some weathering:



Did also some construction on the FIAT TL.37.
Will try to detail the chassy as much as possible.

Here is a test line-up of gun, gun porte and tractor:



More to follow next weekend,