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The Turan tanks have been rarely available as kits; are we not modellers? If the basics are reasonably correct then surely we can make the best of a good attempt at making a decent replica of tanks that are almost certainly unlikely to come from any other source? As a boringly Swedish fan I must offer praise to anybody who can add something to my collection of tanks from the more obscure areas of armour. Provided the wheels and tracks are reasonably correct then plasticard and modelling skills (however basic)should allow you to produce a replica that is at least reasonably acceptable to both yourself and other modellers. Or is the expectation that Hasegewa or Tamiya are about to make a Turan kit? How long did it take to get a reasonable Centurion (or is that treasonable in this part of the website?)
Enjoy what someone is willing to put the effort into producing-it's far more than I could ever even hope to do. And probably most of us, too. Encourage those willing to take a risk on what is, to be honest, a minority subject. Outside of us, how many modellers even know what a Turan is? Very few - two years ago I had no idea because I was following the trail of Swedish aircraft but then started to get into Swedish armour. Basic it may be, but at least it gives we lower-echelon modellers a chance to buy something that was otherwise unattainable.
While I agree on most things you write there are some things I dont understand.
There is no connection between Turan and Sweden, if I am not mistaken the Turan were developed from a Skoda design.
Swedens connection with Czechoslovakia was two Praga designs, the Strv 37 and Strv 41.
The swedish armour connection with Hungary was Lansverks export of Strv 38 (Toldi) and Lvkv (Nimrod).
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Two blushing cheeks and two apologies......
November 8 2006, 12:07 PM
Erik is absolutely correct. Turan and Toldi are not the same and never have been so my apologies to him. And equally my apologies to Dick as my response to his information was rather tactless and abrupt. Normally I am far more polite and my contribution actually read as being more sarcastic than I meant and, in all honesty, rather rude.
There is a lesson to be learned. Never respond on this, or any, site when having just come in from the pub. I had been to a somewhat social meeting of our village cricket club to celebrate an awful season (Won 1,Drawn 5,Lost 11) and an acute overdose of Shepherd Neame ales addled both my legs and my brain.Too much beer and reasoned response do not go together!
Please accept my embarrassed apologies and I promise never to do it again-I mean using the internet whilst drunk, not drinking beer!