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Sorted, fresh eyes this morning saw the problem straight away,me being over tired last night was the problem not the kit.
One of the pins broke off when I was building the barrel so I drilled a hole into the barrel and another through the carriage and put a rod through. This meant I could build the carriage and fit the barrel at the end.
As for parts, there were 8 parts on the diagram that I couldn't find on the sprues, three parts on the sprues I couldn't identify on the diagrams, and one part that I couldn't work out where to put, even after trawling the internet for pictures.
mine ended up like this,all bits identified and used, clearer instructions would have speed-ed things up.
You look to have done a better job than I did. I'd post a picture of mine if I could work out how, but you can see one here https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/2kEc5QhEOI9jV9W68ZesWNMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink
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Steve - you have some stunning model aircraft in your gallery but I particularly like the Fowler steam engine, where did that come from?
It's the Keilkraft Showmans engine, painted brown.
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Nice one Alan
Steve the traction engines (and steam wagons) come under a number of brand names keilkraft, Amerang and Hales... can usually be found on evilbay for a reasonable price although they also go for silly money.....
Suitably altered the engines will make fine tractors for these guns...
That looks excellent, Alan. Can anybody answer the question posed on PSR as to what the stand of three figures carrying the big pole are supposed to be doing?
My thoughts were cleaning the barrel of the gun, I hope I am right because a photo in that position has now been sent to Strelets, if it`s some form of PT or a secret weapon that photo is going to look a little silly
It would seem my guys are poking the wrong end of the barrel then ....but the three figures will not sit at the right end anyway, and that`s a shame, more joined up thinking required me thinks
Well, no, I think you were right, Alan. I have seen footage of men swabbing the barrel (I think it removed some of the residue and lengthened the life of the barrel). I'm not 100% that I've seen a German crew doing it - I think I've seen it, but haven't been able to locate it in my collection yet. Definitely seen British gun crews and British tank crews swabbing their guns.
Although I do agree that the sequence shows three guys ramming a round into place, I think the rammer looks rather different to the swab.
Might be wrong; wonder what Strelets had in mind when they were sculpting?
Well that seems pretty conclusive! Just shows you how much I know!
Looking at the Landships pictures it's apparent the normal more of operation was with track pads fitted, shame these aren't included in the kit.
I doubt the chain track would have worked as a kit of parts or rubber belt, perhaps some kind soul will produce an etched set to complete the details on the model... failing that could always add a set of simple plates to the wheels with strips of plastic card joining them not perfectly accurate but should look ok