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General Category => Market Place => New Model Kit News/Reviews => Topic started by: GTX_Admin on April 15, 2017, 03:11:14 AM

Title: Gecko Models
Post by: GTX_Admin on April 15, 2017, 03:11:14 AM
New company:

(http://www.kitmaker.net/images/topics/geckomodels.gif)

First planned releases:

1/35 Cruiser Tank Mk II CS, A10 CS Mk IA:

(http://www.kitmaker.net/photos/news/25001/ss__4_.jpg)

1/35 Kreuzer Panzerkampfwagen Mk II, 742 (e) (-10)

(http://www.kitmaker.net/photos/news/25001/ss__3_.jpg)

1/35 WW2 British MG Team in Combat (N.W Europe)

(http://www.kitmaker.net/photos/news/25001/ss__2_.jpg)

1/35 WW2 British MG Team Marching (N.W Europe):

(http://www.kitmaker.net/photos/news/25001/ss__1_.jpg)
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: Rickshaw on April 15, 2017, 11:12:46 AM
Good to see some Jerkins in evidence.  Much overlooked piece of uniform.  I had one which I'd inherited from my father.  I remember old Bluey, who'd served in Korea and was a plant operator for 3 Field Squadron still had his and wore it quite a lot.   Warm, and of course, hard wearing.    :)
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: GTX_Admin on September 29, 2018, 11:41:37 AM
New ones:

(https://www.kitmaker.net/photos/news/30053/35GM0003%20A9%20Mk.1%20Boxart.jpg)
(https://www.kitmaker.net/photos/news/30053/35GM0004%20A9%20Mk.1%20CS%20Boxart.jpg)
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: LemonJello on July 21, 2020, 09:44:22 PM
Seems like Gekko Models has changed their name slightly to Gecko Models.

New website link: http://www.gecko-models.com/Public/home/test/models/ (http://www.gecko-models.com/Public/home/test/models/)

Armorama had a news item for several new figure sets and vehicles from this company:

WWII:  https://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=36128 (https://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=36128)

Modern:  https://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=36123 (https://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=36123)

This particular item caught my eye.  I may have to add a couple to the secure storage/kit archive.

(https://www.scalemates.com/products/img/9/2/0/1296920-14383-77-1080.jpg)
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: kitnut617 on July 21, 2020, 09:50:25 PM
Seems like Gekko Models has changed their name slightly to Gecko Models.

Hmm, well looking at the box tops in the previous posts from a couple of years ago, it would seem to be that was how they always spelt the company name LJ ---
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: GTX_Admin on July 22, 2020, 02:13:21 AM
I like that - definite possibilities
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: GTX_Admin on July 22, 2020, 02:29:09 AM
Here's the box art with out the Scalemates overlay:

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/e68/GTwiner/e03954a9ed4bef05a49da0e4980453ea_140699.jpg)

And another version coming:

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/e68/GTwiner/d7e971add81f3a451dee3bc5bbe716fd_140737.jpg)
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: LemonJello on July 22, 2020, 02:38:37 AM
Well, looks like I'm getting at least one of each version.
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: Kerick on July 22, 2020, 02:39:51 AM
Forgive my ignorance but are these cruiser tanks a between the wars design? Never seen them before. Or whiff in a box?
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: GTX_Admin on July 22, 2020, 03:00:20 AM
Forgive my ignorance but are these cruiser tanks a between the wars design? Never seen them before. Or whiff in a box?

The A9 versions?  They were designed in the mid 1930s and in service 1938–1941. Only 125 were produced though.  Here's one knocked out in France:

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0b/Bundesarchiv_Bild_146-1971-042-10%2C_Calais%2C_beschädigter_englischer_Panzer.jpg)
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: GTX_Admin on July 22, 2020, 03:02:40 AM
Re the German A-10 shown above too, here is the actual photo that inspired the box art:

(https://www.worldwarphotos.info/wp-content/gallery/uk/british-tanks/cruiser-mk-ii-a10/a10_02.jpg)
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: Buzzbomb on July 22, 2020, 02:30:19 PM
Some good news there, the MWD Bedford listed is a sure stash addition.

Although for some reason my head started the Banana Splits theme when I saw the ATV kit
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: Old Wombat on July 22, 2020, 08:45:44 PM
Although for some reason my head started the Banana Splits theme when I saw the ATV kit

You, too!? ;D
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: GTX_Admin on November 05, 2020, 02:54:43 AM
(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-uVpUFYF7yS0/X6Em2Fg_0TI/AAAAAAADE6o/QIqrqsWIyTwi1a9_U4B-GQW8RgDqjfkSwCLcBGAsYHQ/s1000/LARC-V%2B%2528Vietnam%2BWar%2529%2BUS%2BArmy%2BAmphibious%2BCargo%2BVehicle.jpg)
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: Old Wombat on November 05, 2020, 07:18:28 AM
Didn't the Aus Army have a handful of these at some stage? I seem to remember photo's/footage of them assisting with flood relief or similar. ???

If so, I may get one ... MAY! ;)
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: Buzzbomb on November 05, 2020, 02:34:01 PM
Didn't the Aus Army have a handful of these at some stage? I seem to remember photo's/footage of them assisting with flood relief or similar. ???

If so, I may get one ... MAY! ;)

Sure I did, I can remember seeing them during my days in the 80's
Link indicates that they were around still  in 2015, almost last hurrah of the Tobruk.
https://news.navy.gov.au/en/Mar2015/Operations/1926/HMAS-Tobruk-begins-distribution-of-aid.htm (https://news.navy.gov.au/en/Mar2015/Operations/1926/HMAS-Tobruk-begins-distribution-of-aid.htm)
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: Old Wombat on November 05, 2020, 03:37:35 PM
Oh, good! I haven't completely lost my grip on reality, then ... Yet! ;)
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: Volkodav on November 05, 2020, 05:56:39 PM
Oh, good! I haven't completely lost my grip on reality, then ... Yet! ;)

I have a feeling they still have some and there was one sitting in a yard opposite the Osborne Shipyard where the Hobarts were built.
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on November 06, 2020, 02:34:56 AM
HobbyFan offered this Mark LARC as a full resin kit.  So it will be interesting to see an in-depth comparison on the two kits.
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: Rickshaw on November 06, 2020, 10:34:02 AM
The LARC was a standard issue item with the Terminal units in the Australian Army.  They used to use them down south in the Antarctic runs as well as during the disaster relief and ocassionally as proper military vehicles between ship and shore.  They superseded the DUKWs in the mid-1960s.
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: GTX_Admin on November 07, 2020, 02:11:24 AM
The LARC was a standard issue item with the Terminal units in the Australian Army.  They used to use them down south in the Antarctic runs

Indeed:  https://www.antarctica.gov.au/antarctic-operations/travel-and-logistics/small-watercraft/larc/ (https://www.antarctica.gov.au/antarctic-operations/travel-and-logistics/small-watercraft/larc/)

Some looked great too:

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/18/Lighter_Amphibious_Resupply_Cargo_%28LARC%29_truck_%285636790679%29.jpg)

Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 02, 2020, 02:31:44 AM
(https://kitmaker.net/photos/news/37176/g1.jpg)
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 24, 2020, 01:59:06 AM
(https://www.scalemates.com/products/img/4/8/4/1322484-27160-42-pristine.jpg)
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 29, 2021, 02:36:23 AM
(https://armorama.com/upload/media/entries/2021-01/28/223-entry-0-1611823337.jpg)
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: kitnut617 on January 29, 2021, 04:28:04 AM
OK, so what exactly does all that bar grating do ?
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on January 29, 2021, 05:02:50 AM
OK, so what exactly does all that bar grating do ?
The intention or purpose of the bar grating/screen is to try and defeat HEAT rounds and ATGMs (Cone-Shaped Charge) before they come in to contact with the vehicle by causing the warheads to detonate upon contact with the screen.   
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: Frank3k on January 29, 2021, 07:14:41 AM
Here's what it does to an RPG round:

(https://i.imgur.com/hdY5gYQ.jpg)
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: kitnut617 on January 29, 2021, 09:16:33 AM
Thanks Jeff, Frank, that really explains it well ----  :smiley:
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: Volkodav on January 31, 2021, 11:44:05 AM
OK, so what exactly does all that bar grating do ?

Detonates standoff shaped charge warheads at a sufficient distance that the explosive jet hopefully cant penetrate the base armour and the crew compartment.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slat_armor
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: Old Wombat on January 31, 2021, 11:52:23 AM
There's also the possibility that it may cause a kinetic projectile to lose stability & not (fully) penetrate the base armour.
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: Gingie on February 01, 2021, 09:39:53 AM
]

Detonates standoff shaped charge warheads at a sufficient distance that the explosive jet hopefully cant penetrate the base armour and the crew compartment.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slat_armor

Nah mate, its designed to mess with the ignition of the charge. The standoff range could actually improve the effect of the shaped charge by giving it enough distance to form properly.
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: LemonJello on February 04, 2021, 09:42:56 PM
A little something for the logistician in all of us:

(https://armorama.com/upload/media/entries/2021-02/04/264-entry-1-1612425743.jpg)
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: GTX_Admin on February 06, 2021, 03:20:41 AM
(https://armorama.com/upload/media/entries/2021-02/05/273-entry-0-1612537759.jpg)
(https://armorama.com/upload/media/entries/2021-02/05/273-entry-1-1612537759.jpg)
(https://armorama.com/upload/media/entries/2021-02/05/273-entry-2-1612537760.jpg)
(https://armorama.com/upload/media/entries/2021-02/05/273-entry-3-1612537760.jpg)
(https://armorama.com/upload/media/entries/2021-02/05/273-entry-4-1612537760.jpg)
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: Old Wombat on February 06, 2021, 05:55:34 AM
Nice! :smiley:
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: Buzzbomb on February 06, 2021, 06:58:52 AM
OMFG !!!!!! Finally

 
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: LemonJello on March 02, 2021, 09:48:14 PM
Another interesting release for the combat engineers among us.

(https://armorama.com/upload/media/entries/2021-03/02/383-entry-1-1614671485.jpg)

(https://armorama.com/upload/media/entries/2021-03/02/383-entry-2-1614671485.jpg)
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: kitnut617 on March 02, 2021, 11:43:46 PM
I wonder if the Army pays four/five times as much for it than civvies do   ;D
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: LemonJello on March 02, 2021, 11:56:41 PM
I wonder if the Army pays four/five times as much for it than civvies do   ;D

(https://media.tenor.com/images/917f26746c6d0fb761751d1c598cca8b/tenor.png)
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: Gingie on March 17, 2021, 11:44:58 AM
That skid steer is cool. I think the Canadian Army DART uses that and the Gecko Supacat
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: GTX_Admin on April 20, 2021, 02:07:12 AM
(https://armorama.com/upload/media/entries/2021-04/19/600-entry-0-1618817607.jpg)
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: The Big Gimper on June 05, 2021, 01:32:36 AM
Gecko Models will be releasing their own 1/35th scale model of the iconic Austin K2/Y Heavy Ambulance in the middle of 2021.

This model is based on original research and has no connection with the forthcoming Airfix K2/Y model. Research and planning for this model started a considerable time before the unexpected announcement by Airfix.

(https://armorama.com/upload/media/entries/2021-06/04/835-entry-0-1622805561.jpg)

There will be a number of boxings of this kit, all the colour and marking schemes for which were completed and sent to Gecko, coincidentally, just the day before the Airfix announcement. These are:

1 - Famous K2/Ys (includes HRH The Princess Elizabeth figurine)

Option 1 - K2/Y driven by HRH The Princess Elizabeth at the ATS Driver & Maintenance School at Camberley, Surrey, UK in the Spring of 1945
Option 2 – K2/Y in Ice Cold in Alex film markings (2 wheel drive version only - another K2/Y was converted to 4 wheel drive using Austin K9 or CMP drive train components and used in some scenes)

2 - Early K2/Ys

4 Options to include a BEF example, 2 x Western Desert examples (including a very colourful K2/Y) and an example used in Sicily

3 - Late War K2/Ys

4 Options showing those used by the military and civilian services in the North West Europe campaign in 1944/45

(https://armorama.com/upload/media/entries/2021-06/04/835-entry-4-1622805562.jpg)

(https://armorama.com/upload/media/entries/2021-06/04/835-entry-2-1622805561.jpg)
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: GTX_Admin on September 15, 2021, 03:47:23 AM
(https://armorama.com/upload/media/entries/2021-09/14/1322-entry-0-1631605334.jpg)
(https://armorama.com/upload/media/entries/2021-09/14/1322-entry-2-1631605334.jpg)
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: Old Wombat on September 15, 2021, 05:07:21 PM
Hmmm?! ???

Depending on its dimensions, I may have a use for one of those! ;)
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: Kerick on September 16, 2021, 12:03:28 AM
A zombie squasher? Add a bunch of spikes to the edge of the bucket.
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: Buzzbomb on September 16, 2021, 07:16:05 AM
Probably must me... whenever I see a bobcat working I see this

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/b7/98/4c/b7984c8e658731b5399bf578c00dc744.jpg)
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: GTX_Admin on September 17, 2021, 02:26:08 AM
You know of this kit?

(https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/r8YAAOSwmyhhEdg3/s-l1600.jpg)

 ;)
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: Old Wombat on September 17, 2021, 09:03:38 AM
I'd be surprised if BT doesn't have one ... or, at least, had one. ;)
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: Buzzbomb on September 17, 2021, 12:29:16 PM
I'd be surprised if BT doesn't have one ... or, at least, had one. ;)

Yep, in the stash. Also have a Queen Alien same scale. One of these days......... ::)
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: GTX_Admin on September 18, 2021, 02:50:34 AM
 :smiley:
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: GTX_Admin on October 02, 2021, 03:57:56 AM
(https://armorama.com/upload/media/entries/2021-10/01/1380-entry-0-1633078486.jpg)

(https://armorama.com/upload/media/entries/2021-10/01/1380-entry-2-1633078486.jpg)

(https://armorama.com/upload/media/entries/2021-10/01/1380-entry-3-1633078486.jpg)
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: GTX_Admin on October 02, 2021, 04:03:49 AM
It would be interesting to do a version of this with a recoilless rifle or ATGM.
Title: Re: Gecko Models
Post by: Buzzbomb on October 02, 2021, 08:53:12 AM
It would be interesting to do a version of this with a recoilless rifle or ATGM.
Malkara mount.. monstrous, impractical, but impressive  8)
RCL might work, although after the Carrier build, engineering around loading the thing and still  having a clear BBDA would be interesting. Maybe ONTOS like setup.
Who knew Whiff world modelling could be so practical.