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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 11:14 AM

Thanks Tiger, I'm still working on her but slooooowwwwllllllllyyyyyyyyyy..............Snail

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

 

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Posted by TigerII on Thursday, October 11, 2018 1:32 PM

Well I want to add my first WIP photo. Most of the parts have been primed, the main gun is a turned aluminum barrel and now onto the wheels, tracks and lower hull. As I mentioned before the tracks are individual links. Wish me luck.

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
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Posted by SchattenSpartan on Thursday, October 11, 2018 4:19 PM

Ben, I'm really looking forward to your S-Tank build. I'd go with the monotone green scheme myself, I think it suits the vehicle really well.

Tiger, it's always nice to see some Russian armor in here!

 

I should be able to get started on my Leopard 2 soon. So far I managed to do a quick dry fit of the Hull tub and the rear and top plates. Considering this is a Tamiya kit, I was a bit disappointed. The fit isn't terrible, but it isn't exactly one of Tamiya's standard "shake and bake" kits either.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, October 12, 2018 11:36 AM

Tiger: Lookin' good! You've got the road wheels loose and cleaned up, other than cleaning up the tracks you're on the down hill run now. 

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

 

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Posted by ogrejohn on Friday, October 12, 2018 4:44 PM

I want to say thanks to all! 

Ben, looking forward to that S-tank.

Tiger, yours is coming along very nice.

Well I'm calling this done. Got some ratty looking pics. I'll try to get something better later on.

 

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Posted by Kentucky Colonel on Friday, October 12, 2018 5:51 PM

That is a nice build.

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Posted by TigerII on Friday, October 12, 2018 7:59 PM

That is a nice clean T64. The metal tracks really add that sense of realism; and when I said clean I mean it looks like its ready for inspection. Smile which is a good thing. Nice work OJ.

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, October 12, 2018 9:19 PM

Clicking on the photos to enlarge them really helps - there's a lot of surface modulation and detailing that doesn't show in the smaller posted images. Great work, John!

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Posted by ogrejohn on Saturday, October 13, 2018 11:58 AM

Colonel, Tiger and Mike, thank you all very much!

I swapped out the photos but these aren't much better. 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Saturday, October 13, 2018 4:10 PM

John: She looks fantastic!!! Love the slightly different shades on the ERA bricks.

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  • From: East Stroudsburg, PA
Posted by TigerII on Sunday, October 14, 2018 1:51 AM

ogrejohn

Colonel, Tiger and Mike, thank you all very much!

I swapped out the photos but these aren't much better. 

 

I don't know what you're talking about OJ. These pictures really bring out all the little nuances of your tank. The tracks look awesome and as Gamera pointed out the slightly off colors of the ERA blocks really give it a sense of realism.

As for me I've finished one side of my individual track links from Trumpeter. They are excellent links to work with and they look great, I was pleasantly surprised.

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Posted by ogrejohn on Sunday, October 14, 2018 9:20 AM

Many thanks Cliff!

Thanks Tiger! Those tracks are looking mighty fine! 

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, October 15, 2018 6:38 AM

That is really nicely done John, i do like the finish. Looks very impressive with those blocks on.

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

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, October 15, 2018 11:17 AM

Tiger: Those tracks are looking good! I've used links that come on sprues like that, they are easier than the regular style ones on the large sprues. 

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

 

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Posted by ogrejohn on Monday, October 15, 2018 4:08 PM

Thanks Bish!

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Posted by TigerII on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 1:58 AM

OK I finished the other side. I wonder why the second set of tracks goes together much faster than the first? Anyway I will be spending some time doing my grandson's present, so my time will be split. But I know I'll have this done before Thanksgiving. I hope.

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 11:25 AM

They look perfect! It does get easier when you get into the swing of things. 

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

 

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, October 22, 2018 7:55 PM

Slowly working my way though the tracks. I've just cleaned up and cemented in a zillion or so guide teeth. Weirdly there aren't enough teeth, no big deal- you won't be able to see them behind the skirts:

And the paint and the crew figures came in today:

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  • From: East Stroudsburg, PA
Posted by TigerII on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 3:37 PM

Hey G, who did you get the individual tracks from? When I did my Abrams I went with AFV Club M1A1 & A2 tracks. The guide teeth were already part of the link, you just have to attach the outer track links, they are also workable. Anyway your tracks look good. I'm also noticing that MiniArt is producing some very fine and interesting models, figures etc. Their stuff is very nice.

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Posted by ogrejohn on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 3:39 PM

Nice work on the tracks Cliff. Odd there wasn't enough guide teeth for the whole run. 

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 11:26 AM

Thanks guys! Tiger, they're the DS tracks that come with the kit. DS is a new style of 'rubber band' tracks Dragon is putting in a lot of their new stuff. It can be cemented with normal cement and takes paint much better. 

I cut up the teeth sprue to make it easier to clean them up. I'm thinking now I should check the box or the trash to make sure I didn't miss some of them. 

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

 

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Posted by SchattenSpartan on Monday, October 29, 2018 7:10 PM

John, that is one mean looking T-64. Congrats on getting her done! I love all the different shades of green on those ERA blocks.

Tiger, looks like you're making good progress on your T-72. I really like those tracks.

Cliff, DS tracks with separate guide horns, huh? Imo that kinda defeats the whole point of having them in the first place. They do look nice, but also very tedious Stick out tongue Btw, I'm very interested to see those figures built up and painted. I'm thinking about getting Miniart's Bundeswehr tank crew for my Leo 2.

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Posted by Sailing_Dutchman on Monday, October 29, 2018 9:14 PM

The Dragon T-95 has 432 separate guide horns; that was a fun night of building.

   

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 2:58 AM

Gamera

Thanks guys! Tiger, they're the DS tracks that come with the kit. DS is a new style of 'rubber band' tracks Dragon is putting in a lot of their new stuff. It can be cemented with normal cement and takes paint much better. 

I cut up the teeth sprue to make it easier to clean them up. I'm thinking now I should check the box or the trash to make sure I didn't miss some of them. 

 

And they are also replacing the magic Tracks is other kits with DS tracks yet it has the same kit number so you don't know what your getting until you open the box. Super Angry

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

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 7:26 AM

Clemens: Yeah it does seem like a weird choice. Still they weren't too much work. You should pick up the MiniArt set, they do great work- some of the best plastic figures I've seen. They're almost as nice as resin figures. Mine are assembled, not sure when I'll get around to painting them. 

Bish: Gee whiz. I don't personally mind the DS tracks but I would be nice to have different stock numbers so you know what you're getting. 

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 7:59 AM

I am not a fan myself but yes, would be nice to have the choice. And they have not lowered the price either and peronally i think the DS tracks should be cheaper than Fruils.

But fortunaly a lot of the other companies are doing indy link tracks and i seem to be moving away from Dragon.

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Posted by SchattenSpartan on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 8:29 AM

I agree with you completely, Bish.

Dragon's ridiculous price increases the last couple of years, combined with them taking more and more of their goodies out of the boxes (PE, Magic Tracks, clear parts with dials printed on) really keeps me from buying any of their kits nowadays.

Luckily, new Brands like Meng, Takom and especially Rye Field are slowly taking over with kits of similar, if not better quality at more reasonable prices.

Cliff, looks like I'll have to get me one of those Bundeswehr tanker sets then Smile

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 10:10 AM

SchattenSpartan

I agree with you completely, Bish.

Dragon's ridiculous price increases the last couple of years, combined with them taking more and more of their goodies out of the boxes (PE, Magic Tracks, clear parts with dials printed on) really keeps me from buying any of their kits nowadays.

Luckily, new Brands like Meng, Takom and especially Rye Field are slowly taking over with kits of similar, if not better quality at more reasonable prices.

Cliff, looks like I'll have to get me one of those Bundeswehr tanker sets then Smile

 

Most of Dragons kits now are at silly prices £60 plus and a lot of them are just re-boxings of older kits. When you look at what those comanies you mention are producing and at much better prices, i think Dragon are going to kill themselves off at this rate. I had been planning on getting a Dragon panther D and both versions of the Tiger II, but now i will be getting the meng kits.

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

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

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Posted by castelnuovo on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 1:03 AM

May I join with Tamiya's Merkava in 1/35?

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Posted by SchattenSpartan on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 3:45 PM

Sure thing! I'll get you added to the roster.

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