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  • Member since
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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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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

My website: http://waihobbies.wkhc.net

   

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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

 

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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: 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''

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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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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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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?

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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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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 8:23 PM

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

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Posted by Bish on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 3:22 PM

Thats coming on nicely Gamera.

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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

 

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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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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.

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, June 3, 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: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, June 3, 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.

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Posted by SchattenSpartan on Sunday, June 2, 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 Sunday, June 2, 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''

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Posted by SchattenSpartan on Sunday, June 2, 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.

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, June 2, 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''

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Posted by lostagain on Saturday, June 1, 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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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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Posted by Bish on Friday, May 24, 2019 1:36 PM

Cheers 68.

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Posted by 68GT on Friday, May 24, 2019 1:25 PM

Nice job Bish!  I really like it!

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Posted by Bish on Thursday, May 23, 2019 3:44 AM

Cheers guys.

G, well, its the British army, everything is done on the cheap.

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

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Posted by TigerII on Thursday, May 23, 2019 12:01 AM

Very nicely done Bish. Outstanding weathering on this vehicle.

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Posted by hogfanfs on Sunday, May 19, 2019 7:04 PM

Fantastic work, Bish! Very well done weathering! I love it. 

 Bruce

 

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, May 19, 2019 6:26 PM

Looke awesome Bish!!! Love the dirt and mud!

Another advantage of having served on the AFV, I had no idea the stenciling was applyed in such a way. Great to see how well it fits to the real thing.

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, May 19, 2019 10:13 AM

Time to wrap up the 432. The kit decals went on nicely but the issue i had was the callsign's and bridgeing plate. In the British army, each company user's a different symbol for its callsign indicator. As i was doing a vehilce of the MILAN Platoon i need the marking for Support Company. While Accurate Armour has a set of yellow callsign markings, they include all the companies apart from Support. So after looking at what i had and woundering if i could modify some thing, i decided to try and print my own.

After figuring out how to draw straight and curved line son paint, i made some i was happy with and printer them out, great. But went i went to place them, the yellow vanished. So then i turned to the forum and got some great advice which boiled down to me having to print on white decal paper. That also meant i had to colour the background to get a close match to the vehicle, one would be on black and on on green.

The decals did come out roug, but for this that was perfect. The callsigns on our vehciles were made useing stencils we did our shelves and then paint was applied with a sponge. So being ham fisted GRUNT's they were never going to be works of art. The decals were a litle thick, what with the decal film and painting to get a closer match, but i was happy with what i had. I hoped the weathering would decal with the slight difference in colour.

The bridge plate was less of an issue as there was no white showing.

Afer sealing, i did some pin washes useing oil paints. The decals for the rear bins were added after this and they were applied to some styrene sheet, painted steel on the back, before fitting.

After this wet pigments were applied followed by some dry dusting and the final bits fitted. The tracks had been painted and weathered off the vehicle. This master tracks are nice but very fiddly. Some one on Brit Modeller suggested useing wire and i can see why. Each link needs 2 resin pins, one each side, and these are a real pain. I am glad there are spares, i must have lost a dozen. Fit was tight but once together the sag was spot on.

Weathering was restrained some what, apart from anything else, i didn't want to cover the callsign decals after all the hassle, i am really pleased with how they look.

With the base ready, the vehicle was attached and final items fitted. The MILAN is a great little kit and i am deffinetly getting anotehr to replace the one in the Hobby Bose Lanny kit. There are 3 more missles inside. There are also 2 bergans and 2 roll mats inside and the 3 helmits on the roof, all from Accurate Armour.

This build does not represent one certain vehicle, unfortunatly i didn't have any pics to work from. But it does represent the vehcile we had to work with. I am really pleased with how its turned out. This is the first time i have built a subject that i was actually trained to operate, in fact its 2 as i was also a MILAN operator firing 5 missiles during 4 years in the MILAN Platoon.

A huge thank you to the guys who helped pout with the decal issue, it really would not have been the same without those little yellow callsigns.

Please feel free to use what ever pic you choose for the front page, and thank for the chance to build this.

 

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

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Saturday, May 18, 2019 5:10 PM

Thanks Piers, looks cool!!!

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

 

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