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  • Member since
    August, 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Thursday, August 01, 2019 8:30 AM

Lots of awesome builds maybe next time I can’t build a tank in 30 days lol....

Nick.

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, August 01, 2019 11:20 AM

Piers: She looks good! I've thought about replacing handles with wire but so far haven't done it except for the ones I lose. 

Did you use plastic sheet or index cards to mask off the windows? I can't tell from the photos. 

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

 

  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Thursday, August 01, 2019 11:30 AM

Looking really good, Piers! And I like the idea of the metal handles too.

I have to figure out how to make a good jig that will make the handles as nice as those you have!

 Bruce

 

 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

                        1/35 Takom Merkava Mk.I

 

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, August 01, 2019 8:02 PM

The brown camo is down. Still need to mask it and spray the black camo.

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

 

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, August 04, 2019 6:44 PM

Well, masked for the black camo last week and sprayed it yesterday. Forgot to take some photos after I took the masking off. I went and sprayed the gloss finish on for the decals so I really don't want to handle the model till it's good and dry. Will try to get the photos with all the paint up soon.

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

 

  • Member since
    April, 2014
  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Saturday, August 10, 2019 12:26 AM

Hi Cliff, looking forward to seeing the Abrams without the masking.
Thanks for the kind words guys, this has been a challenging build. Bruce, Cliff, the metal work was a necessity due to the state of the moulded handles in the kit. Using a flat file as my mould allowed me to keep them consistent.
The Bushmater continues on, the final touches going on the back door. Replaced the lumpy back door handle (see what I mean!) with a brass one and stuck that on.
 
Next it was one step forward and four steps back. The suspension units were offered up to the body and fitted well, however the wheel hubs were sitting way too high. So I had to adjust the units – in other words, break and rebuild. The upper one was before I broke it apart.
Putting it back required a bit of extra styrene, and the springs needed another 2mms on to get the right height on the suspension. That lined it up a lot better, but the wheel hubs were no longer vertical, so more fettling of the join between the hub and the lower wishbone…
Next we are off to the paint shop...

 

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    May, 2013
  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Saturday, August 10, 2019 9:18 AM

@Cliff,

I'm looking forward to seeing the camo complete. 

@lost,

LOL! I see what you mean about the handles. Great job re-creating what you need!

 

Ok, quick update, I have completed the tracks, primed the upper, lower and turret. I'm trying the black and white technique. The black has been shot, the white will go on today, and then I'll get a base coat of the IDF sand color. 

I'm using Mission Models paints for the first time. And somewhere here on the forums, I read that you should not use much thinner for prepping the paint for an air brush. But, so far I have had to thin more than I do with enamels. Granted this has only been with the black paint. And this is not a complaint, but, and observation. So far, this paint has layed down very nicely.

I'll get some pick posted latertoday, or tomorrow. 

 Bruce

 

 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

                        1/35 Takom Merkava Mk.I

 

  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Saturday, August 10, 2019 6:35 PM

I'm making some progress on the Merkava! 

The kit supplied some very well engineered templates for the tracks, which made assembly easy. 

I just put the first coat of MM Gunmetal on them.

And here is my rendition of the black and white technique.

I should get the first coat of IDF sand on tonight.

More to come!

 Bruce

 

 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

                        1/35 Takom Merkava Mk.I

 

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, August 11, 2019 3:44 PM

Piers: Those rebuilt door handles look about a zillion times better than the originals. Great work there!

Bruce: Nice work there too. Gotta love those track link templates, it's a huge advantage. I still hate the fiddly bit track links but the templates make them so much easier to work with. Great job there on the pre-shading, going to look great with the base coat on. 

 

The Abrams is painted, decaling now- all eight of them. Will get some photos up soon.

 

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

 

  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Monday, August 12, 2019 4:37 PM

Just a quick update. The IDF Sand has been sprayed. Now that I've got a good idea of how to use these Mission Model paints, I am liking them quite a bit!

Currently cleaning the guns and spare tracks for paint. Then I'll have some detail painting of the tools on the turrent. I hope to start weathering by the end of this week.

 Bruce

 

 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

                        1/35 Takom Merkava Mk.I

 

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 10:57 AM

Bruce: That looks terrific! The pre-shading came though so well! 

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

 

  • Member since
    April, 2014
  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Thursday, August 15, 2019 11:40 PM

Bruce, the preshading has come out really well - great modulation.

I have done no preshading on the Bushmaster - I will mess it up after painting...

But I have done the tan, green and black Auscam. I have used blue tack for masking, it was really sticky and a pain to get off but worked out okay.

It's under here somewhere...

Next decals, then the weathering starts...

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  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Friday, August 16, 2019 2:42 AM

Some very nice work going on here guys.

Piers, love the camo on that.

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

On the bench: ICM 1/35th Sd.Kfz 251/1 Ausf A

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, August 16, 2019 7:31 AM

Piers: That looks fantastic! 

 

Slow moving here, I finished up the tracks and the road wheels. Went to put them on last night and the friggin' skirts on the right side simply do not fit. I think I said before they didn't want to fit correctly when I tack glued them in place to paint the camo but I hoped with some work they'd fit better when I put them on for good. But nope, not sure if one of the sections is slighty warped or too big or small. And I had no issues with the left side skirts, going to put them in place this weekend. Will take photos when all the running gear, skirts, etc are in place.  

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

 

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, August 22, 2019 8:57 AM

Grumble the right side skirt still didn't fit perfectly but well enough I think I'm going to leave it and move on. 

She's pretty much together, still need to add a few small details. The semi-gloss is on her and I started applying a pin wash, lotsa details to pick out. There are some flaws in the camo but I think I'm going to leave them and move on. Dunno if I'll be done by the end-date or not- I shouldn't overshoot by a week or two though. 

  

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

 

  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Thursday, August 22, 2019 12:58 PM

@lostagain,

Great job on the camo pattern! I'm looking forward to seeing how you weather this one.

@Cliff,

To me it looks like the skirt fits quite well. The camo pattern looks really good. And I'm like you, I hope I can get this one done by Sep 1st.

 Bruce

 

 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

                        1/35 Takom Merkava Mk.I

 

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, August 23, 2019 11:24 AM

Bruce: Thanks! If you look closely it is a little crooked and about a mm gap in some places between the hull and the skirt. Still you have to look carefully to see it, I just want her done at this point so I don't think I'm going to keep fiddling with it. 

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

 

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