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Russian Armor Group Build November 2017 - November 2018

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  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, November 09, 2018 9:38 AM

Thanks Ernest! 

 

Dwayne: Yeah if you do want to do another armour GB let me know. I've got most nationalities but if you want to go German I'd like to look for a Leopard II on a Black Friday sale. And I'll get something with NO INTERIOR so hopefully I won't get bogged down again. Confused

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    July, 2006
  • From: San Francisco Bay Area
Posted by bufflehead on Thursday, November 08, 2018 11:31 PM

Gamera - Sorry to hear we won't be seeing the T-44 soon.  Enjoy your vacation and thanks for your kind comments!

Griff- Thank you sir! I'm stoked that the JS-3 can join your excellent T-55 in the gallery!

Dwayne - Thanks for the gallery update and the kind words!  Always a pleasure to join a great GB, my hat's off to you for hosting it!  Toast

Lets do another one soon...British Armor? U.S. Armor?  German??Whistling

  • Member since
    September, 2016
  • From: Albany, New York
Posted by ManCityFan on Thursday, November 08, 2018 9:19 PM

Hey Ernest, glad you were able to sneak that under the wire.  First page has been updated with the completion.  Very nice job!

With that excellent addition, the Russian Armor Group Build comes to a close. This was my first GB as a host, and you all helped to make it enjoyable and , I think, highly successful.  Thanks again to all who participated!

 

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

  • Member since
    May, 2015
Posted by Griffin25 on Thursday, November 08, 2018 3:16 PM

Great job on that JS3 Ernest! Just in time. Congrats bud.

 

 

Griffin

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, November 08, 2018 11:50 AM

Ernest: She looks perfect to me! If mine turns out half as well I'll be happy. 

 

Sadly I'm going on vacation/holiday for the next two weeks so I again won't have any progress to show. I'll be back on the T-44 in December and hopefully finish up sometime around the first of the year. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    July, 2006
  • From: San Francisco Bay Area
Posted by bufflehead on Wednesday, November 07, 2018 11:53 PM

Thanks for the kind words fellas, its much appreciated!

Gamera, keep working on that T-44!  I've been eager to see how that MiniArt kit will look when done!

Well its Nov. 7, 10 PM in California, USA and I'm calling the JS-3 (IS-3) done!   I could do a bit more work on it, but to be honest, my back is really aching after 12 straight days at the bench and I need a break!!Dead  Because of GB end date I rushed through the weathering so its not up to my usual standards, I hope you all don't mind.  I totally messed up the look of the tracks by experimenting with a couple of different weathering techniques...BAD MOVE!  I had to improvise and make them look the best I could...oh well.Black Eye  Anyway, here's the 1/35 Tamiya JS-3:

Happy Modeling All!

 

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  • From: Vancouver, the "wet coast"
Posted by castelnuovo on Monday, November 05, 2018 10:23 PM

The weathering on that JS-3 looks super Yes

  • Member since
    September, 2016
  • From: Albany, New York
Posted by ManCityFan on Monday, November 05, 2018 4:45 PM

No worries, Gamera.  That is definitely a worthwhile project.  Big Smile

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, November 05, 2018 11:30 AM

Ernest: I love that IS-III! The worn paint looks amazing! And the T-62 ain't half bad either! Looking forward to seeing them finished up!

Wish I had something to post. Sorry Dwayne I offered to paint up some figures for the father of vet who wants to give them to him as Christmas gift. And he wants them by Thanksgiving, since I'm going on vacation/holiday next week I've been rushing to try to get them done and shelfing everything else. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    September, 2016
  • From: Albany, New York
Posted by ManCityFan on Sunday, November 04, 2018 7:41 AM

Your weathering and color modulation on the JS-3 is excellent!!  Looking forward to seeing her with tracks on.

The T-62 looks like a solid build, and the scheme looks interesting.

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

  • Member since
    July, 2006
  • From: San Francisco Bay Area
Posted by bufflehead on Sunday, November 04, 2018 12:21 AM

Pretty quiet in here, not surprising seeing that the GB will be over in 4 days!

Its been pretty tough the last few months with a full time job, online college classes and daily life stuggles!  Last time I posted an update the JS-3 was sitting with its base coat, including shadows and highlights.  Fortunately I was able to get a bit done the last week and its close to getting finished.  First I gave it a gloss coat of Future, added the decals, then overcoated them with more Future.  Next was a general wash of Flory's Dark Brown wash and some localized pin washes of Tamiya Dark Brown wash.  Followed this with a few thin coats of Vallejo Matte Varnish, then did some light drybrushing with some oil paints (mix of Winsor Newton Olive and Naples Yellow).  After this dried I sprayed filters of MIG Green and Brown to give the finish some depth.  Chipped high wear areas with Vallejo Model Color German Camo Dark Brown and added some streaking with various MIG oil paints.   Still have a little bit of weathering to do and also the tracks, but its nearly there:

I also got some work done on the T-62.  Last we saw her she was just primered.  I decided to go in a different direction and dress her up in Syrian camo.  I chose Model Master Acryl Sandgelb as the base coat, lightened with about 10% MMA Flat White.  I added a bit of color modulation and then used Tamiya XF-58 Olive Green for the green camo pattern.  The camo is only about 1/3 done and I expect to take another two weeks to finish her up so she won't make the deadline, sorry.

The Zevdza T-26 is way down the line!  I decided to depict it as a tank in the Spanish Civil War, so I need to do a bit of research to see what paint/markings this requires.

As soon as I get the JS-3 done I'll go back and get updated on all the work done in the GB the last few months!

  • Member since
    July, 2006
  • From: San Francisco Bay Area
Posted by bufflehead on Friday, October 26, 2018 5:17 PM

2 WEEKS!!!  YIKES!! SurpriseSurprise

I'm glad I decided to check back in and see where the GB is at!  Sorry MFC and all, I've been working on other projects the last few months and totally lost track of this one.  I better get my b*tt in gear and finish up at least ONE of the vehicles I started!!

  • Member since
    September, 2016
  • From: Albany, New York
Posted by ManCityFan on Friday, October 26, 2018 3:26 PM

Texas Tbone

Count me in for Tamiya T34

 

We would like to see your WIP pics, but I am not sure if you noticed that the Group Build is ending in two weeks. 

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

  • Member since
    October, 2011
  • From: Henrietta, TX
Posted by Texas Tbone on Thursday, October 25, 2018 11:45 PM

Count me in for Tamiya T34

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  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 11:44 AM

Dwayne: Thanks, but if I don't get the badge it's no big deal. I'm hoping to be finished sometime by the end of the year or early next year. It's a complex kit but the big thing is me getting honked off my melting the ammo and setting the kit aside for about six months. Tongue Tied

And some of the features of the kit are just... odd. They give you the beautifully detailed engine- which is barely visible if you leave the access hatches open. But the engine cooling vents which you can see though they don't even give you set of fans for. I guess I could just scratchbuild some fans or look for resin aftermarket but I'm been going too long on this, I'm blanking off the inside and painting it all black. It should be good enough. 

Zvezda: Thanks! I'm really happy with how it came out too. Great advice there but I've already installed the engine and installed the decking over it. It's almost nothing to see anyway- next time I'll try to add a little staining and leakage... Embarrassed

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    January, 2013
  • From: Athens, Greece
Posted by Zvezda1980 on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 11:12 AM

Tony: The KV is so 'steel' looking and beautiful and the vignette so 'chilling'. What did you use for the snow effect?

LA: Terrific painting (it looks as if it actually weighs some tons) and weathering, especially the mud. And your tank not only survived the enemy dot-filtering ambush but it emerged prettier than ever.

Gamera: I really like your engine, it's craving for some oil spills and smoke stains

Being a clumsy beginner on armor, I am glad to be watching and learning from you, comrades. Spasiba.

  • Member since
    September, 2016
  • From: Albany, New York
Posted by ManCityFan on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 7:54 AM

It has definitely slowed down in this GB.  Not unexpected considering there are only three weeks left. 

Gamera, as host of this GB, I am giving you extra time due to the difficulty level of your kit.  That Miniart kit is no joke.  Please continue to post, and grab the badge whenever you can finish.  Big Smile

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 4:37 PM

Griffin25

Hey where's everyone? Gamera did you finish?? Devil

 

I was kinda wondering too!

Sorry nope. I'm still moving, I got a little work done yesterday and was hoping to get some more done tonight. I'm just at a point of having to assemble something, set it aside to let it dry for a couple hours, etc which is taking forever.

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    May, 2015
Posted by Griffin25 on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 3:42 PM

Hey where's everyone? Gamera did you finish?? Devil

 

 

Griffin

  • Member since
    April, 2014
  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Monday, September 24, 2018 8:34 AM

Thanks for the kind words guys. Always to get a good result out of a kit like that while trying out a few new things.

Das Beav, you are welcome to steal as much as you like, as I have done myself from many others... One tip from Stikpusher - remember that the wheels are wider than the gap between the guide teeth on the track links. From me - there isn't enough space between the return rollers and the fenders to fit the track links. Apart from that it's all good fun!

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  • From: Somewhere in Ohio...
Posted by DasBeav on Sunday, September 23, 2018 7:27 PM

The Su76 turned out wonderfully, LostAgain! When or if I get to my Alan kit, I am borrowing(stealing) all of your ideas and technigues. Still won't turn out as well as yours.

 

 Sooner Born...Buckeye Bred.

 

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Posted by Griffin25 on Sunday, September 23, 2018 7:17 PM

Great job on the Su76. It looks fantastic

 

 

Griffin

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, September 23, 2018 3:26 PM

She looks friggin' fantastic! Esp considering the kit you used.

Kudos sir!!!

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    September, 2016
  • From: Albany, New York
Posted by ManCityFan on Saturday, September 22, 2018 2:31 PM

Hey Piers, despite the trouble you had with the kit, you did a fantastic job on it!!  Tools, tracks, mud...it all looks great!

I threw up the third picture on page one for completed kits because it shows at least a little of the work you did on the fighting compartment.  If you would like a different one, please let me know.

Thanks for being part of the GB!

See ya in the Pride of the Luftwaffe GB, LOL.

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

  • Member since
    April, 2014
  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Saturday, September 22, 2018 8:08 AM

So I did the last few things, the headlight went on, an antenna and some autumn leaves (tea leaves).

So now the SU 76 is done

The Alan kit was not a great kit or fit, but it seems to have come together all right. And I got to try a few new techniques and finishes.

Dwayne, thanks for running the GB, it has been great fun making this kit and watching all the other builds.

Now off to the Pride of the Luftwaffe GB, then the Japanese GB, the Commonwealth GB and the Modern armour GB..... before the Weekend madness GB....

Piers

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  • Member since
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  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Thursday, September 20, 2018 7:12 AM

Thanks Griffin,

This has been a new experience for me, still need to work on it, but the advantage is you can always wash off any excess or go in and slop a bit more on.

Nearly at the end, just a couple more things to add...

 

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  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 11:18 AM

Lol Griffin, I've slowly working toward the finish line. Wink

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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    May, 2015
Posted by Griffin25 on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 4:38 PM

Tony- I missed your KV. It looks great! Awesome weathering. The snow and figures give it that extra battle flavor too.

Gamera- I really like your painting and wash techniques. Very convincing. You better finish that S before the deadline bud. LOL.

Lost- That SU weathering is great. I never have the cajones to do heavier weathering like that. Yours is top notch. I really like that kit.

 

 

Griffin

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 7:51 AM

LA: Thanks!!! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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