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Opel Maultier
Henk
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Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2008 - 06:37 PM UTC
Bruce Suelzle''s winning entry in the March Dragon Model of the Month Competition has been added to the On Display gallery.



Opel Maultier

If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
james84
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Joined: January 28, 2006
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Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2008 - 07:52 PM UTC
No words but beautiful!
The wood on the trailer is absolutely lovely!
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ARMORAMA
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Joined: May 14, 2006
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Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2008 - 08:11 PM UTC
Its a great build and a worthy winner of the DMoM.
TB2
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Ontario, Canada
Joined: June 13, 2005
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Posted: Friday, May 02, 2008 - 01:14 AM UTC
Stunning model, absolutely terrific! Very creative.
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North Carolina, United States
Joined: May 03, 2007
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Posted: Friday, May 02, 2008 - 01:33 AM UTC
Absolutly beautiful! Excellent Craftsmanship!!
Ironmike
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California, United States
Joined: March 28, 2006
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Posted: Friday, May 02, 2008 - 09:56 AM UTC
Outstanding. How about some groundwork and a figure or two?
Very nice detail work, terrific wear and tear and weathering. Great job on the tools and various items not to mention the engine compartment. And the trailer with the firewood - bloody outstanding.
One of the best.
Ironmike
mj
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Joined: March 16, 2002
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Posted: Friday, May 02, 2008 - 04:37 PM UTC
This model is SO good on SO many levels....it's just mind-boggling. I've looked at it I don't know how many times, and I am still finding beautiful new things I notice. It just doesn't get any better.

Cheers,
Mike

c5flies
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Joined: October 21, 2007
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Posted: Friday, May 02, 2008 - 05:06 PM UTC
Absolutely stunning, I see something new each time I view it. Outstanding job, Bruce!
Slug
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Alberta, Canada
Joined: September 02, 2004
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Posted: Saturday, May 03, 2008 - 10:03 AM UTC
I'm glad you like my maultier. It was a joy to built, and I'm quite happy with the results. Mike I do plan on putting it in a simple dio, with a couple of figures, but this will be some time in the future as I find myself with a lot of home improvement projects for the summer.

Thanks for taking the time to leave comments, they are always truly welcome.

Cheers
Bruce
Maynard
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Joined: September 29, 2007
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Posted: Sunday, May 04, 2008 - 01:41 PM UTC
OMG, that is outstanding! I can't imagine the hours you put in on all that detail!
Thanks for posting your pics
Maynard
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Cape Province, South Africa
Joined: April 30, 2007
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Posted: Saturday, May 10, 2008 - 06:16 AM UTC
Not only great but a total work of ART your work is a big Inspiration

Regards
Leonel
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Hubei, China / 简体
Joined: May 05, 2008
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Posted: Saturday, May 10, 2008 - 01:26 PM UTC
good job ! very nice !
Jonny_Bravo
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Joined: February 23, 2007
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Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2008 - 12:23 AM UTC
Very beatiful)
Really good job=)
alanmac
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Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2008 - 01:04 AM UTC
Hi Bruce

Really nice scene and outstanding modelling skills, attention to detail etc.

Is there any chance you would be kind enough to share the source of the tiny chain you used on the step ladders and welding bottle retainers. It's difficult to find fine small chain like this.

Once again, great modelling, thanks for sharing.

Alan
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Joined: May 28, 2007
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Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2008 - 01:54 AM UTC
That's one hell of a JOB!!! A real Winner....(can't help myself in making a US counterpart...how bout a GMC???)
ToMuchGlue
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Joined: September 15, 2007
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Posted: Monday, May 12, 2008 - 11:58 AM UTC
Amazing. I am working on one now. I have the rear structure set up a little different but am amazed at the similarities. I have only seen one other workshop and it was on a blitz, which is what I am doing.
Where did you do your research?
I am new to modeling German, is this painted for North Africa?
What model is this? Italeri? What other accessories did you use? Verlinden?
What PE sets did you use?

You have inspired me to continue this project, as I have let it sit idle for a few months.

I scratch built the bed and side panels along with the canopy frame, and then havenít touched it since December.

I would love to post some pics, if you donít mind.

Great job!

Kevin
Slug
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Posted: Monday, May 12, 2008 - 12:52 PM UTC
Hi Kevin,
-As far as I know there were no maultiers used in North Africa, there were designed to combat the endless Russian mud.

-The maultier is the Italeri version, as I don't know of any of any one else who makes it.
-I used a Lionroar Opel Blitz PE, for some add ons, but most were scratched. ( I got the lionroar set a little late)
-The box canopy was completely scratched using the Verlinden set as inspiration.
-Italeri supplied most of the odds and ends in the back ( with some tweaking).
-PE tool box by Lionroar
-Broom was scratched... trying to add some humor.
-You also have to replace the awful kit supplied tracks with some indies

-On the research end of things, there is precious little about these beasts and very few pictures available. I used artistic license to see me through.

Hope to see some pictures of your maultier soon.

-Bruce
ToMuchGlue
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Posted: Monday, May 12, 2008 - 01:18 PM UTC
Bruce,

Thanks for the info. I thought I had read some where a few made it to North Africa. So my first Opel was the Maultier with the AA gun on the bed but before I realized they were used in Russia I had painted it for North Africa (I geuss it could be a ĎWhat Ifí). Also I hadnít learned of PE sets or aftermarket accessories and it was completely stock, I will post a few pics of it. It was the first model I had completed for close to 30 years.

I am doing the Blitz anyway, as I am a fan of the North African campaign.

I will post some of my progress asap. I really love the Opel and have 3 or 4 (Blitz and one Maultier, all Italeri) in the collection (still in the box). I originally saw the Verlinden workshop conversion but the only pictures I could find of it were very low res and so I just used my imagination.

Anyway, thanks for all the info and inspiration. You have great talent and I look forward to seeing more of your work.

Kevin

P.S. I read that Tamiya is releasing a version of the Blitz. Its on my 'Most Wanted List'.
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