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LZ Models Ssys Heavy Flat Car
bill_c
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Posted: Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 05:37 AM UTC
Bill Cross reviews L.Z. Models' 1/35 German Ssys Schwerer Plattformwagen.



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Posted: Monday, December 12, 2011 - 08:17 AM UTC
@bill_c - Bill,

Most excellent review! Your enthusiasm has put this one on the top of my Christmas list. Just the deal for my Panther. And the price is just right considering all of the time I'll be saving on not having to scratch build or modify parts to correctly render this car. That last photograph really did it for me.

~ Eddy
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Posted: Monday, December 12, 2011 - 08:32 AM UTC
WOW! detail doesnt begin to describe it. the pictures of the bottom made me dizzy.
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Posted: Monday, December 12, 2011 - 08:37 AM UTC
Pretty nifty! And not a bad price either. Best of all, these cars survived in post-war service so can be used to hold up US and early Bundeswehr armour too. (There are shots of BW M47s being loaded up that I plan to replicate...)

Tom
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Posted: Monday, December 12, 2011 - 09:22 AM UTC
Glad to see you gents enthused. A small company like LZ needs your support.

Libor makes a GREAT product, a one-stop-shopping alternative that doesn't require anything more than glue and paint. Can't say that about most upgrades, so fixing the problems with the old Dragon kit or the new Trumpeter one would mean spending extra dough and having to figure out what's what.

The Tank Workshop kits don't have the same level of detail, and cost about the same.

And I like the idea of putting a Bundeswehr or NATO tank on one of these. You'd need the 80-ton SSyms three-axle car for a Leopard. Those cars are also still in service, as I saw them parked along a siding outside Berlin last Spring.
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Posted: Monday, December 12, 2011 - 09:36 AM UTC
I have done business with Libor since the beginning. I have all of his railroad kits and in my opinion they just keep getting better and better with each new release. He is always ready to answer a question and has always replaced missing and damaged parts without question. His kits while extremely detailed have been going together very well - I have only been building the Russian 20t thus far. If you are into super detailed railcars, etc. LZ Models are at the top of the food chain. Happy Modelling!
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Posted: Monday, December 12, 2011 - 09:49 AM UTC
Thanks, Mark, for the testimony. I like companies who stand behind their products. The truth is Libor LOVES what he does, he's not making compromises about quality over profits.

As a former train buff (HO scale, but also have my late father's G-scale trains), I'm thrilled to see what he's doing. The upgrade sets for the Trumpy locos are also crazy-good (crazy in the level of detail, good if you like accuracy on kits that have been over-simplified).
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Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 02:40 AM UTC
@bill_c - Bill,

Ordered! Can't wait to get it, I'll be fitting my current Panther build to it just as you did. BTW you did an excellent job on your Panther / flatcar build. I'll need to find out where I can get the ties and tracks?

Libor use to have a test build here on Armorama in the Constructive Comments forum that he did back in October 13, 2011 but it has disappeared, what happened to that posting?

~ Eddy
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Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 02:52 AM UTC

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BTW you did an excellent job on your Panther / flatcar build. I'll need to find out where I can get the ties and tracks?


Thank you so much. The tracks & ties were included in the kit. They're available occasionally as a separate item, and Trumpeter has sets of tracks that aren't hard to find. I made my own ballast, though, as the styrene version was inferior to the real thing.
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Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 02:36 AM UTC
@bill_c - Bill,

Thanks for the heads-up on the ties and tracks, I'll need to check for these items on the Internet. I'm building a Panther as my contribution on the Panther Campaign and now I'll be including the flatcar, which alone is a whole separate project! I'll be using your build for reference and inspiration.

So much fun so little time . . .

~ Eddy
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Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 05:32 AM UTC
Eddy, if you have questions, just PM me.