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Bison bashing
Henk
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Posted: Saturday, May 03, 2008 - 05:59 PM UTC
Bill Plunk shows how he used the classic art of ''kit bashing'', to use the best parts of different kits, to create his Bison.

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210cav
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Posted: Saturday, May 03, 2008 - 11:56 PM UTC
Henk-- another example of a craftsman at work. His radio is superbly detailed. Great job.
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Posted: Sunday, May 04, 2008 - 03:47 AM UTC
This is great! Ever since I got the Osprey Grille/Bison book I've been wondering about bashing the Alan kit with a DML Panzer I. Now that Bill has done it, you know DML will come out with a kit of it!
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Posted: Sunday, May 04, 2008 - 04:50 AM UTC
Nice feature on a vehicle I know very little of.
james84
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Posted: Sunday, May 04, 2008 - 05:47 AM UTC
Great job!
I would like to get some subjects by Alan - above all the Pz.II J - but the price is around €40!!!
wbill76
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Posted: Sunday, May 04, 2008 - 05:58 AM UTC
Thanks DJ, the radio was a fun item to work on even though you'll need a dental mirror to see it on the finished vehicle, it's there!

Gary, given the fact that DML and Trumpeter have been on an artillery kick lately and the fact that CH has the munitionspanzer version of the Grille out...it may only be a matter of time before a Bison I appears, especially since I spent the time to bash this one together. Same thing happened when I did the Alan Flakpanzer 38(t), so Murphy's Modeling Law could strike again! The Osprey book is a neat one, while its chapter on the Bison I deals with scratch-building one using the Italeri Pzjgr I chassis as the foundation, I had previously kitbashed a Pzjgr I using the Italeri with the DML, so I figured why not try with the Bison? Very useful guide.

Darren,

The Bison I doesn't get a lot of attention due to many factors...not may produced, only used for a relatively short space of time, and ultimately not too successful a concept even though it pushed development for other later vehicles like the Grille. I had a lot of fun learning about and researching the vehicle and was surprised to learn that some were still in service at Kursk in 1943! It's the original "frankenpanzer" though and for that reason has always appealed to me.

James,

40 Euro for an Alan kit! That's pretty steep, IIRC I picked up the Bison I for around $20 USD a couple of years back via Great Models but the kit may be harder to find these days and could explain the price.
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Posted: Sunday, May 04, 2008 - 01:39 PM UTC
Excellent kitbashing, Bill. You invested a lot of money and time into this Bison and it clearly shows.

Thanks for sharing
wbill76
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Posted: Monday, May 05, 2008 - 02:21 AM UTC

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Excellent kitbashing, Bill. You invested a lot of money and time into this Bison and it clearly shows.

Thanks for sharing



Thanks Jesper, I had accumulated the different items for this project over a long period of time, 2 years or more, so it didn't hurt the wallet too much at any one point. GM sales are wonderful things if you're patient. Appreciate the comments.
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Posted: Monday, May 05, 2008 - 12:35 PM UTC
Turned out looking great Bill.
A rather strange looking thing though, appears to be extremely top heavy, and esay to tip over on uneven ground.
wbill76
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Posted: Monday, May 05, 2008 - 03:00 PM UTC

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Turned out looking great Bill.
A rather strange looking thing though, appears to be extremely top heavy, and esay to tip over on uneven ground.



Thanks Dave. The design severely overstressed the chassis...there are pictures in France showing them being transported on trailers to avoid/reduce chances of mechanical breakdowns on road marches!
whittman181
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Posted: Saturday, May 10, 2008 - 10:38 AM UTC
Bill , you've done another great one Your extremely talented and I look forward to more of your work Thanks, Bob
wbill76
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Posted: Saturday, May 10, 2008 - 05:21 PM UTC
Thanks Bob, appreciate the comments.
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Posted: Friday, May 30, 2008 - 10:53 PM UTC
Hello Bill. Im sorry to say Ive missed most of this build, and also the article until now. But what a joy to read it from start to finish as one installment. Love what youŽve done, and its inspiring models like this, when I wish I had more time to attempt similar. For some reason Im being drawn more and more to early way German, and this has to be one of the coolest! Excellent build, and also a very, very useful feature. have the osprey book as well, and between both of these articles, IŽm really hoping Dragon or Tristar release this in the near future ... else IŽll be collecting parts!!! Nice one.
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