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  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Friday, May 24, 2019 1:36 PM

Cheers 68.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

''Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?''

On the bench: Airfix 1/600 HMS Belfast/AMT Trade Federation Tank

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    April, 2014
  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 5:32 AM

Hey Bish,

Excellent work on the 432. The weathering inside and out is a great job. It really makes the model pop compared to the showroom version. The Milan does look like a good little rendition of the unit and clean bright colours on the spare rounds are a contrast to the vehicle. Super stuff!

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  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Saturday, June 01, 2019 8:04 PM

Underway on the Bushmaster and we start with the undercarriage.

The aim must have been to make a fully poseable unit, but the end result is very fiddly with 43 parts per axle which are quite floppy until all the parts are cemented together.

The kit is essentially a short run kit - which has issues in the sharpness of the molding, ejector pins, sink marks and fit. They have put a lot of effort into the moulding of the vehicle body, it is a good job.

An example of fit is the way the interior floor and chassis go together, a bit of trimming is needed to fit. And the pins under the floor are larger than the locating holes, stuff like that.

So a bit of work on this one, but it is capable of producing a nice model, let's see if I can too.

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, June 02, 2019 3:17 AM

Thanks LA. I did like the contrast between the clean and dirty. Good to see you underway, look forward to seeing this.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

''Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?''

On the bench: Airfix 1/600 HMS Belfast/AMT Trade Federation Tank

  • Member since
    April, 2013
Posted by SchattenSpartan on Sunday, June 02, 2019 10:36 AM

Wayne: That little armored car of yours is looking superb!

Dutchman: that Strv is looking really good so far!

Bish: It's always nice to see someone build a vehicle they have real life experience with and your little 432 turned out great. I really like that grimy interior.

What are your thoughts on the MasterClub tracks compared to Friuls? It looks to me like they might be a bit more fiddly to assemble, but they seem to be more cleanly cast.

Bruce: I got Takom's Merkava Mk.2 in my stash, so I'm very interested in how well this one goes together. So far it looks like a really nice kit.

LA: That Bushmaster sure is a weird looking vehicle. It's going to be interesting to watch that one take shape.

  • Member since
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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, June 02, 2019 1:46 PM

Cheers SS. Those Master tracks are nice, all the holes were clean. The seperate rubber pads are a nice touch. The resin pins add nice detail as they have the bolt heads, but they are very fiddly. You have to put a pin in each side.They took a lot longer than Fruils, i can normally nock a set of those together in a couple of hours, these took ages. I have the Chieftan set and i will use wire on those.

Thanks for hosting the GB mate.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

''Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?''

On the bench: Airfix 1/600 HMS Belfast/AMT Trade Federation Tank

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    April, 2013
Posted by SchattenSpartan on Sunday, June 02, 2019 9:33 PM

The last set of Friuls I assembled required me to drill out the holes in almost every single link because they were cast so badly. Obviously not all Friul sets are bad, but if the MC tracks are more consistent, they're worth looking into I guess.

Have you ever heard of a company called R-Model? Their tracks look like Friuls but they use machined brass track pins. I just ordered a set of them for my Panther build and they might be a good, easy to assemble alternative to Friuls.

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, June 03, 2019 4:29 AM

I have had good and bad Fruil sets as well. I have not heard of R-Model, be keen to see what they are like. The metal bins should be more sturdy than the resin ones.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

''Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?''

On the bench: Airfix 1/600 HMS Belfast/AMT Trade Federation Tank

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    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, June 03, 2019 9:00 PM

Looks awesome Piers!

Good luck with the tracks Clemens!

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

 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 2:04 PM

Well, I got the Abrams pre-shaded. Lord amightly it seems it's taking me forever to get anything done....

Currently I'm adding the Silly Putty to mask the thing for the brown coat of paint. It's a nice change of pace from the same old Iraqi sand coloured Abrams but still a nice monocolour coat would be nice right now. 

And yeah, the left side skirts didn't want to fit correctly. Hopefully I'll get that fixed when I permently cement them in place. They're only tack cemented right now. I was afraid I'd never get the tracks and running gear in place with them in the way.

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

 

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  • From: East Stroudsburg, PA
Posted by TigerII on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 12:55 AM

Wow Gamera, its coming along. I like the fact that you're going for a different look. Looking at this Abrams model I can see how this AFV has evolved thru the years since Desert Storm.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 11:17 AM

Thanks Tiger. I have a complete of the ancient Abrams made by Tamiya back in the early '80s and yeah it's a big change over the years. 

Forgot to mention this tank according to the instructions is based in South Korea so the cool camo instead of plain jane sandy yellow. 

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

 

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 3:22 PM

Thats coming on nicely Gamera.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

''Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?''

On the bench: Airfix 1/600 HMS Belfast/AMT Trade Federation Tank

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 8:23 PM

Thanks Bish, still sticking Silly Putty on the thing...

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

 

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  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Sunday, June 16, 2019 2:15 AM

Hey Gamera,

The Abrams is looking good, there is some very nice shading going on there. Looking forward to seeing the brown come on.

I have't been ignoring the Bushmaster but it is a slow piece of work. There is a bit of brass to go inside, some of which needs to be trimmed to size.

And then got the first paint on the interior and the seats.

Next up will be preparing all the resin bits and pieces to festoon the outside.

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, June 16, 2019 9:14 AM

Thats some nice work there LA. Does that PE and resin come with the kit?

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

''Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?''

On the bench: Airfix 1/600 HMS Belfast/AMT Trade Federation Tank

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, June 17, 2019 12:02 PM

Thanks Piers, nice work there yourself! 

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

 

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  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 10:07 PM

Thanks guys

Bish the PE comes with the kit, the resin is a accessory pack from Black Dog.

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, June 20, 2019 3:50 AM

I haven't seen any of those Black Dog sets yet, there are a few i'd like to get. Whats the detail like on them.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

''Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?''

On the bench: Airfix 1/600 HMS Belfast/AMT Trade Federation Tank

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    April, 2014
  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Thursday, June 20, 2019 6:58 AM

The detail on this set is good. Lots of packs, bags, boxes, sleeping bags etc in it, all to stick in on and hang off the Bushmaster.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, June 20, 2019 11:15 AM

Those look really good! And if you don't use all there's plenty for use on another project. 

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

 

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: NYC, USA
Posted by waikong on Thursday, June 27, 2019 1:16 PM

I like blackdog too. This is a 1/48 set - everything but the 2 crates (and the magazine) is a blackdog resin set, including the drapped cover.

got some more pictures here is you want to see more https://waihobbies.wkhc.net/index.php/14-models/ground/41-krupp-protz-1-48-tamiya

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  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Friday, June 28, 2019 11:13 PM

Very nice work there Waikong. Hope I can finish mine half as well...

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