Panhard VBL-Mali

Tiger Model #4603
Blast VBL Stowage Opex Africa BL35253K
Blast VBL interior BL35243K
Blast VBL .50 cal Turret, BL 35241K
Balst VBL wheels BL35242K
Blast HK 416F-C (replaces FAMAS)
Accurate Armour PSP D33
Accurate Armour Carbon Fibre Rod A094 (not fixed yet)
Live Resin .50 cal LRE35144
Live Resin Mk 93 Light bracket LRE 35091
Live Resin .50 rounds LRE 35093
Live Resin .50 cal ammo can LRE16002
Many thanks to Frenchy for his relentless search for detail.
Thanks to Oliver Carneau for the reference material including the French colour formulas.
http://olivier.carneau.free.fr/gb_version/index.htm







Thanks for looking, I will be making a small base for final presentation but that will have to wait as I’m tucked into a R-WMIK TES Land Rover at the moment.

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A very good model. Great mess and additional elements from outside the Tiger Model set. It looks very good. Congratulation.

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Great job.
Blast loves you.
PS-what did you use for the colors?

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You really built the snots out of this model! It’s stunning! A real show stopper! Beautiful, masterclass work.

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Piotr thank you high praise from you, I appreciate it.

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Dan, yes I think I should get frequent (buyer) discounts from Blast ;o). For what one can see of the interior BL35243K was overkill. I couldn’t kind the Tiger kits anywhere so I ventured to Evilbay and got the one without the .50.I knew Blast had one and it is a jewel, so delicate and fragile. The wheels Gilles makes are remarkable. Since I bought my resin pieces from Gilles he has added more VBL upgrades.
I use Tamiya when I can but I have Vallejo Air and Model colours as well.
Oliver Carneau has provided this formula on his fabulous website.
http://olivier.carneau.free.fr/gb_version/index.htm
Dark Green: XF-5 Flat Green and X-24 Park Green (70/30). Then I added to this mix some Pale Green MIG 0060 (environ 20%).
Earth Brown: XF-10 Flat Brown, XF-52 Flat Earth and XF-3 Flat Yellow (60/30/10 approximately) then I added some XF-78 Wooden Deck Tan (approximately 10%).
Le noir est du XF-1 Flat Black.
Thanks for looking and commenting I appreciate it.

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SSGToms I am blushing, thank you for the high praise.

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You threw everything at that VBL kit, that’s for sure! Wonderful to see all those aftermarket bits and bobs incorporated into this- the stowage and weaponry help to show how small this vehicle actually is. Spot-on color and weathering too.

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Karl that’s for the thoughtful positive comments. It is a very compact little vehicle and hard to negotiate the build so it could be handled during painting/assembly. My usual MO is to build in as many smaller sub assemblies as I can, painting before assembly then carefully reassemble. In order for me to do the interior the way I wanted I cut the roof off where the windshield surface meets the roof, then reassemble. I built my VAB

which is also French so my mind was kind in the Mali French mode. I had some of the Live Resin parts and some Blast stuff from the previous build as well. The VAB taught me to look at the Mali weathering and modifications and I tried to be a bit more considered about the weathering because some are very “red”.

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Great result Bill. It’s a real pleasure to look at your achievement.

Olivier

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Really nice build

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Oliver, thank you for your help and for your web resource pages, remarkable.

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Robert thank you.

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Thanks, I have both the Tiger and the Hobby Boss version of the VBL.

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Sweet build! All the small details really makes the kit pop.

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I wasn’t aware of the Hobby Boss kit of the VBL. I must say the Tiger kit went together like a Tamiya kit, the instructions looked like it as well.

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Looks like you’ve got another winner here Bill :+1: :+1: :+1:

PS : I knew it already :wink:

H.P.

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Erik Thank you, the devil is always in the details. I wish I would have taken photos of the interior before I closed it up.

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HP
You, probably more than anyone else, knows how much research went into this tiny vehicle. I think for me the learning about something completely new is the juice that takes me through a build. Thank you for all your help over the years.

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I bought both for a comparison build that I haven’t gotten to yet.

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