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Russian Armor Group Build November 2017 - November 2018

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Posted by ManCityFan on Sunday, July 15, 2018 7:43 AM

Gamera

AA: Lookin' good there!

 

Ditto  Looks big and mean, just like it should!

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

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Posted by Gamera on Saturday, July 14, 2018 3:22 PM

AA: Lookin' good there!

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

 

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Posted by Armor_Aficionado on Saturday, July 14, 2018 12:11 PM

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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, July 07, 2018 2:07 AM

Nice job.  The Beast is one of my favorite movies.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, July 07, 2018 12:15 AM

LA, for he tracks, I first do the bottom run, then the parts that lead up to the sprocket and idler wheels. Once those are all dry I build the top run, and while the glue is still setting I will form the sag over the return rollers.

As far as painting goes, I think what I did is that I paint the green, add the markings, then do the weathering. For the running gear I think I do a heavy base coat of Raw Umber, then spray on a lighter coat of Raw Sienna to give the look of dried dirt and mud.

 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by lostagain on Friday, July 06, 2018 7:47 PM

That looks really good Stik, how did you pull off the painting? I had wondered about doing a bottom half paint job, then assemble the running gear. Get the tracks on and painted, then mask it off and finish assembly and paint the top. 

Although I have jumped ahead of myself, cut half the fender off and made a brass replacement that I can mangle...

And how did you get the tracks together and get a good sag? I am starting with the easy flat part, I have a plan for the sag, but any thoughts will help...

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, July 06, 2018 3:34 PM

The Alan SU-76 is not a bad kit, but not a great kit either. On the one that I built three years ago I left the fenders off until after I had the tracks glued on.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, July 06, 2018 11:24 AM

LA: Looks great!!! 

And frankly I'm surprised you haven't had more issues than this. Alan kits are well.... horrible. I've tried to build two and didn't finish either. 

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

 

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Posted by ManCityFan on Friday, July 06, 2018 10:31 AM

Hey LA, that is a pretty frustrating kit issue!  Seems like that should be basic, and not require any work on your part.  I know some folks like to thin the mudguards more to scale, but you shouldn't have to do that just to get the tracks on!  Hope you are able to figure something out.

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

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Posted by lostagain on Friday, July 06, 2018 8:47 AM

Dwayne, the KV-1 looks super! I like the light use of weathering keeping the kit details showing through. I am going to want to hide some of my kit details – especially around the running gear, so the mud is coming into play.
Tony, the hobby boss KV 1 is coming together well. It is weird about the good/bad moulding on the same sprue. And that’s a bugger about the ejection pin marks, but we can’t see where they were…
Zvezda, liking the look of the various green tones on the T-34, I’m sure the pastels will make it look great.
So the very chunky body went together pretty well, it is all square with a few gaps to fill though.
 
The next issue comes with the lack of space between the return rollers and the drive sprocket – they are practically touching – so no space for the track to fit. I have started to dig out the underside of the mud guards but there is still not much space:
So I want to have the mudguards in position for painting, without the rollers, wheels and tracks in there. So I am working out the best way to do this so I can slide all the track and rollers in from the sideafter a lot of the painting is complete - this will be interesting...

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Posted by ManCityFan on Friday, July 06, 2018 7:50 AM

Gamera

Dwayne: She looks good!!! Love the dusty dirty look you've got going there. 

 

Thanks!  And I managed to get the headlight back on before it disappeared again.  Big Smile

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, July 06, 2018 7:19 AM

Dwayne: She looks good!!! Love the dusty dirty look you've got going there. 

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

 

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Posted by ManCityFan on Thursday, July 05, 2018 9:42 PM

Zvezda, you are doing a great job of weathering your tank!  Oils are definitely worth learning how to use.

Tony, that sounds like a lot of work.  I think Gam may have a good idea there.  Big Smile  Mud can fix a lot of ills.

So I am calling my KV-1 done.  Got some smoke pigment today, and just wanted to add some smoke effect for the exhaust.  Here are the final pics:

 IMG_0840 by Dwayne Munk, on Flickr

 IMG_0844 by Dwayne Munk, on Flickr

 IMG_0843 by Dwayne Munk, on Flickr

 IMG_0841 by Dwayne Munk, on Flickr

 IMG_0842 by Dwayne Munk, on Flickr

I am OK with the vinyl tracks.  Not sure I could do much better with them. 

I might add an antenna.  I read somewhere that cat whiskers work well, and I found one while cleaning the other day.  Nice of my cat to part with one so I could try it out.

Any and all comments welcome!

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

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, July 05, 2018 5:27 PM

Zvezda: Love how she's coming along! Looks a little rusty and dirty but not over the top!

Tony: Your KV-I looks fantastic! And yeah, injection pin marks on every link, makes me want to grind my teeth.... I'd be tempted to skip all that work by covering the whole friggin' running gear with a thick goopy coat of mud and dirt...

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

 

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Posted by taxtp on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 10:50 PM

Thats coming along Zvezda, the tonal differences will catch the eye. If you end up with a Monet, don't forget the lilacs !

Here's the next instalment of the 1/48 KV-1. The tracks are link and length with precisely 96 ejection pin marks per side to be cleaned up before you start construction. Indifferent

Cheers

Tony

I'm just taking it one GB at a time.

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 4:47 PM

The weathering is coming out great Zvezda! 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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Posted by Zvezda1980 on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 11:52 AM

Tony that's a kit (and a very iconic eastern front subject) I have in my sights for a future purchase, so I will also be watching closely.

The T-34 was tortured yesterday with various shades of artist's oils, with brown being the dominant color. Posterity will decide if this is a properly weathered tank model or some wannabe Claude Monet smudge on plastic.

When all is dry, a flat coat will be applied and then on to the pastels.

 

 

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Posted by taxtp on Tuesday, July 03, 2018 7:23 PM

I like the shading on that already Zvezda, I'm going to watch closely.

Here's an update on the KV-1, also in the 2nd photo notice the roughness of the molding. I've cleaned up the bit nearer to the tweezers, but not the other end yet. It's not all like this, but some parts have a lot of flash, others are very clean, on the same sprue, odd.

Cheers

Tony

I'm just taking it one GB at a time.

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Posted by Sailing_Dutchman on Monday, July 02, 2018 9:51 PM

Nice work on thae T34. I do plan to put snow on after the vegitation, the trees will go on as soon as I finish with the fern branches.

   

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Posted by ManCityFan on Monday, July 02, 2018 9:38 PM

LA: Those indy links look like they need a LOT of work and patience. 

Tony:  Nice start.  I am looking forward to seeing how that kit comes together.

Zvezda:  I hear you with the weathering.  I don't really know what I am doing, so I am trying some new techniques I have seen.  I don't have a good handle on using oils, so I will keep trying.  As far as getting the pigment off, I used a Q-tip to rub off the flat panels.  The places I wanted the pigment to stay tended to be in "nook and crannies" that require effort to clean up, so I didn't put in any effort.  LOL  This method leaves a "film" of pigment everywhere, which is a nice dusty effect I like, so I will be using it again. 

The KV-1 just needs a little more work, but need to wait for some pigment coming in the mail later this week from Scalehobbyist.  Package will also include a couple of kits for other GB's.    

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

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, July 02, 2018 9:34 PM

Tony: Cool, not really into 1/48th for armour but I've heard good things but the Hobbyboss KVs!

Zvezda: Really like the shading you've done there. The pastels and oils should make her really 'pop'!

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

 

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Posted by Zvezda1980 on Monday, July 02, 2018 10:25 AM

S.Dutch: very intriguing scenery of your dio. Should I suppose that snow is coming after the trees?

Dwayne: the effects are terrific and very ‘metal-looking’. How do you achieve such ‘control’ over the pigments remaining only on the desirable spots, by this method?

Tony & A-A: Nice start, wishes for a nice and fun built.

Lostagain: indeed it was a joy to build. I see you have a long and winding road and doing a great job with it. With so much thinning and 200 links to prepare and assemble I would commit seppuku and ingloriously transfer to the Japanese GB Stick out tongue

 

Regarding my poor T-34, some – veeery slow – progress was made in the form of a brown/black oil wash and the airbrushing of a very thinned brown mist on the bottom levels of the hull, in order to simulate dusting. Then, a lighter shade of the H319 was sprayed on various panels/surfaces for color variation and also to tone down the previous effects at some points where they looked excessive to my eye. To be honest I don’t know exactly what I am doing, but I guess I’ll experiment and figure it out. The target is to simulate a tank on southern USSR’s dry fields during summer 1943, so no heavy mud should be applied.

and after the lighter green spraying and corrections

then I will experiment with some nice pastels and oils

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Posted by taxtp on Sunday, July 01, 2018 7:59 PM

That's a lot of Indy links right there. I'm thankful that my KV-1 has link and length tracks. BTW, I've finally made a stat on it !

Cheers

Tony

I'm just taking it one GB at a time.

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, June 28, 2018 7:35 AM

AA: She's coming right along. Nice work on attaching all those little doo-dads to the hull. 

LA: Ack, not sure which looks like more work thinning down all those parts or cleaning up all those track links. Good luck! 

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

 

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Posted by lostagain on Thursday, June 28, 2018 6:35 AM

 

Zvezda, I made up the 1/48 JS2 a while back and it fell together very nicely. Looks like the T34 will be similar. I like the look of the Gunze 319, coming up well.
 
Kien, great work on the JS 2. The stowage looks great and sits nicely on the engine deck. I like the restrained weathering too.
 
Dwayne, KV has painted up well, glad the decals didn’t hold you back too long! Looks like a good case for a bit of dirtying up. Nice work on the rubber tracks, look forward to seeing how they come out. I will be following your lead on the weathering and try going down a similar path. Just seen the pigment work too, that has come up really well.
 
SD the SU 85 is looking good in colour and the whitewash has added nicely to it. Looking forward to the diorama building up.
 
A_A, looks like a good start
 
Armournut, know what you mean about the indy tracks, this is my first one and I must say it is taking a while to get the 200 links prepared.
 
100 done, 100 to go...

The mouldings are pretty agricultural; this is the flow pattern on the belly plate:

These are the shell storage racks, to scale they would be better armoured than most Americn tanks! I thinned them down before they were installed.

And a lot of time went in thinning off the back of every wheel and return roller so the tracks would fit over. In the end my agricultural approach made an ugly job of it that can be hidden by judicious painting and weathering...

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Posted by taxtp on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 6:57 PM

Nice A_A, it is coming along pretty well.

Cheers

Tony

I'm just taking it one GB at a time.

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Posted by Armor_Aficionado on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 4:28 PM

Making slow but steady progress on the Su-122

 

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Posted by Griffin25 on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 2:36 PM

Great weathing job MC. Looks just right. Like Gamera said. 

 

 

Griffin

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Posted by ManCityFan on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 9:04 AM

Thanks Gamera.  Actually, the headlight is in the bottle cap you can see in the bottom picture, just to the upper left of the tank.  Gotta get that on quick before I lose it again!

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

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 8:00 AM

Dwayne: Looks good! I like the dirt and grime, there but not overdone. 

Good luck with the headlight, knocked one off a E-100 I did six months ago and set it aside so I could reattach it when I finished the model. I put it where I wouldn't lose it- and then of course forgot where I put it...... Bang Head

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