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valveampman

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One of my late uncles was in the Royle Artillery, attached to 8th army serving in North Africa and saw action, among the many, at the first and second battles of El Alamein, Sicily, and Italy. Though he was one of the crew on the Ordnance QF 25 Pounder  I thought I'll build this before I build the Tamiya 25 pounder and Quad Gun Tractor in 1/35 scale.
 
From what I have read, this was the best Anti-Tank gun of the whole conflict, the flak 8.8 was very good but it was a flak gun, and was never designed as an anti-tank gun.
When the 17 pounded was shoehorned into the turret of the Sherman to create the Firefly, this was the only tank the German tank crews ever feared.
 
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At first look at the sprues, they are a bit flashy and showing their age, saying that they seem well detailed so should build into a good model.

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Interesting subject and backstory! 

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Very nice !!! Can't wait to see the building of this kit. 
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Great subject for a build. My favourite fact about the 17Pdr is that the 6th airborne Div flew them into Normandy in Hamilcar gliders.  Now the 17Pdr was a big lump of metal and it was a incredible feat to fly them in, but they were essential to the Para`s success in France

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valveampman

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   In spite of the great age of the of this kit, it is going together quite well.  On the bottom frame of the barrel carriage, there is a date stamp in the die of 1980 making it 39 years old, if my maths is right.

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Have 90% finished the gun breech.  I have made the breach open, (In spite of the instruction saying it cannot.) had to do a very little bit of filling with a very thin piece of plastircard on the edge of were the breech slider goes to make o straight flat edge.
Got the upper part of the barrel done, though got a bit more work to do on the muzzle brake
 
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That is all I've got for today.
 
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Good start there, mate.
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Just a bit of an update from my last post.  Having a good look at the breech I thought, 'That's pants if I cannot do better than that I'll give up doing scale modelling.'  As you can see in the photo, I slipped a couple of slithers of plasicard in each gap.


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This is by no means perfect but it's a whole lot better.  An update to the update: I have managed to lose a very important part; the trunnion mounting block.  Without this, this the kit is good as scrap. [bawl] just hoping it will turns up. Could try and get another one from Airfix if the price is right: the last time I did that, the cost of the parts where as much as the whole kit, we'll see.  If not the whole kit will end up in the bin. 

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Just now seeing this work. Loads of detail and you will have a beauty when its completed. The fact that you have a family connection to it is very special. Love to see more when you have time. Cheers.
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