I have some stuff coming to me very soon from America, (which are a swop/trade thing) and 5 diecasts from a friend in Portugal (which I have to pay for)
Also got a couple more swops lined up for Deagostini diecasts which I don't want in exchange for useful ones that I do.
Yes, the Madness has definitely started again.
About the photos above:
I have been messing around with a stack of Panzer III and Stug kits. I need 4 stugs and 2 Pzr III ausf N, the ones with the short 75mm gun. I have bought all the relevant Italeri kits. But then I saw a way to improve the Altaya diecasts (I have 5 ) at the same time.
By using the lower hulls and suspensions from HAT and Italeri Pzr III fast-build kits (which are very cheap , and I have a load already unused) and mating these with the Italeri hull tops, I kill two birds with one stone.
1) the Stugs and IIINs will go together very quickly
2) the suspensions are hidden by skirt armour anyway
3) I then can use the plastic link-and-length track from the kits to replace the weak tracks on the Altayas.
The rubber tracks on the Altaya/Deagostini diecasts are the only weak point on an otherwise good model. They are very thin and I think will not last long. By replacing with link and length track it will make a very solid wargames model.
First off though is to build all the plastic kits . I have started 4 and made good progress. The different kits all scale together very well and there seems to be no trouble cross-kitting.