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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, December 31, 2020 8:54 PM

Well, the parts are numbered- I was just stupid. Not being a Dragon kit I didn't even check, I just grabbed the part that was the right shape.

Yeap, Amusing Conqueror Mk II in 1/35th- it's the upper kit in the picture below:

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

 

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, January 2, 2021 2:37 PM

Thanks G, i'll get that updated. That is the same kit i have my sights on.

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On the bench: Italeri 1/72nd Bell 212/Revell 1/72nd Type VIIc U-Boat/Trumpeter 1/32nd Me 262A-1a

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, January 2, 2021 3:00 PM

Been ploughing through with the Chieftain to get it done. I did some oil dot filters followed by AK Streaking grimes.

After a flat coat, wet pigments were applied and the excess dusted off. Once everything was together, it then got a light dusting of dry pigments. I managed to solve my track problem when i remembered i have the Takom marksman in the stash. I raided the tracks from then and took one to fill the gap and 2 more for spares on the rear. I had bought the Master metal tracks to use on this kit but decided to try out the kit ones. I'll just use the metal ones on the Marksman.

So here is my BATUS (British Army Training Unit Suffield) based Chieftain Mk 11.

I do plan to come back to this and add some stowage, but i am not sure what would be right for it given the time. There are a few ex Chieftain crewman on Britmodller, so i plan on checking with them.

Thanks for looking.

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On the bench: Italeri 1/72nd Bell 212/Revell 1/72nd Type VIIc U-Boat/Trumpeter 1/32nd Me 262A-1a

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Posted by Glamdring on Saturday, January 2, 2021 3:41 PM

Magnificent work there!

Robert

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, January 2, 2021 3:57 PM

Thanks Robert.

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On the bench: Italeri 1/72nd Bell 212/Revell 1/72nd Type VIIc U-Boat/Trumpeter 1/32nd Me 262A-1a

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Posted by jgeratic on Saturday, January 2, 2021 5:46 PM

Hello Bish, Happy New Year to you and everyone...

 

Very fine looking Chieftain Yes

 

What was the purpose of the huge inverted v-stripe on the turret front?

tia

 

regards,

Jack

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, January 2, 2021 6:17 PM

Thanks Jack. Its an arc marker for the live firing phase of the excersise. If any vehicle came with the the arc of those strips, the vehicle could not fire. Live firing at BATUS was somthing else.

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On the bench: Italeri 1/72nd Bell 212/Revell 1/72nd Type VIIc U-Boat/Trumpeter 1/32nd Me 262A-1a

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, January 3, 2021 5:43 PM

Great job there Bish! A little storage and figures would be nice but she looks fine as is. Love the camo and the dirt and grime on the skirts.

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

 

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, January 3, 2021 5:49 PM

Okay the Conqueror is done. I may tweak her a little more but I'm pretty much done. It was a bit cloudy so I'm not sure the photos are that much better though. Anyway I finished up the standing officers and Cleopatra, not the best figures I've painted but I think they're good enough.

And I felt it needed something, so I added the snow. Not sure I'm crazy about it, it's not cemented on so I can still blow it off.

I suppose the first photo is the best for the roster.

 

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Posted by jgeratic on Sunday, January 3, 2021 7:37 PM

Hello Cliff,  great looking build of the Conqueror.Yes

The gun looks massive when combined with that narrow turret.  Not use to seeing that shape compared to modern tanks.  About the snow, maybe just on the ground as it looks out of scale when seen as individual grains - unless you can sift it through something to gather up the smallest ones?

regards,

Jack

 

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Posted by Glamdring on Sunday, January 3, 2021 9:20 PM

That is a nice tank Gamera!  We had an inch or two drop in Friday, based on the cars I saw driving by I'd maybe build up more snow in the recessed areas and the areas that are untouched by the airflow when the tank is driving.

But I have never added snow to a build, I really have no idea how to accomplish it.  Propeller

 

Robert

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Posted by Bish on Monday, January 4, 2021 6:17 AM

Gamera

Great job there Bish! A little storage and figures would be nice but she looks fine as is. Love the camo and the dirt and grime on the skirts.

 

Thanks G. I decided when i started doing British armour a few ago that diorama's were out due to the lack of post war British figures. Accurate Armour has a small selection of poor resin ones but thats it, apart from the recent crop of plastic figures that are all post 2010. And for the same reason i decided that for most builds, i would not bother with a figure at all as i would have to use the same ones over and over. Its the same for post war British equipment, there just next to nothing out there.

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On the bench: Italeri 1/72nd Bell 212/Revell 1/72nd Type VIIc U-Boat/Trumpeter 1/32nd Me 262A-1a

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, January 4, 2021 11:39 AM

Thanks guys!!! 

Jack: The gun is a 120mm designed to punch holes in Soviet IS-IIIs. The tank was a friggin' beast!!! 

https://www.militaryfactory.com/armor/detail.asp?armor_id=207

Thanks for the advice guys, I think I'll blow some of the 'snow' off with my airbrush hose. There is a little too much on the ground and too little on the tank. It should build up in the cracks and crevices. Funny you're right about the size of the grains Jack, it's about marble size in 1/35th. Which is odd since it's model railroad stuff from Woodland Scenics- it'd be about golf ball sized in 'HO' scale and orange sized in 'N' I'd figure! 

Bish: I see your point. I've been having issues finding figures from the '50-'60s for different stuff too. You can find some '70s Vietnam figures for American tanks but that seems about it. 

I did find these guys but they're a little too late for your tank:

https://store.spruebrothers.com/product_p/vlkvm35031.htm

https://store.spruebrothers.com/product_p/vlkvm35014.htm

 

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Posted by Bish on Monday, January 4, 2021 2:44 PM

I had seen that first set G. The period is about right, but the uniform is wrong, you certainly don't need cold weather gear at BATUS.

It is nice doing these British builds and not have to worry about a large base and a dio scene.

I do like that build, i think the snow is looking good. That gun looks huge on that tank. Very nice, thanks for shareing that here.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

On the bench: Italeri 1/72nd Bell 212/Revell 1/72nd Type VIIc U-Boat/Trumpeter 1/32nd Me 262A-1a

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Posted by lewbud on Monday, January 4, 2021 2:45 PM

Bish,

What color green would be correct for the Dark Green used on the Defenders?  Is it the same as the RAF's Dark Green?

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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Posted by Bish on Monday, January 4, 2021 2:52 PM

All British military vehicles use the same colour, no matter what branch. Most model companies say its NATO green but we didn't use that. I mix NATO green with some field grey to darken it slightly.

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Posted by Sergeant on Monday, January 11, 2021 3:05 AM

I completed assembly of the AFV Club British 40mm Bofors Anti-Aircraft gun. The next step is a coat of Vallejo #74.608 USA Olive Drab Surface Primer and then a mix of Tamiya paint to match S.C.C. 15 dark green used in World War II Northern Europe.

I also received the VMS Transpa Fix 6K clear plastic glue and Universal Weathering Carrier to clean up any glue that I get on window plastic of the AEC Matador. The windows have been glued, cleaned and masked with light weight Tamiya masking tape and the Matador is ready for final assembly and a coat of Vallejo Surface Primer.

Harold

  

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Posted by Bish on Monday, January 11, 2021 4:08 AM

Very nice work on the gun, it looks very intricate.

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Posted by Sergeant on Monday, January 11, 2021 11:04 AM

Gamera

Wow Cliff, very nice work.

Harold

  

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Posted by Sergeant on Monday, January 11, 2021 11:17 AM

Bish

So here is my BATUS (British Army Training Unit Suffield) based Chieftain Mk 11.

Another excellent finish Bish. Very nice and I like the way you identify with an actual British Army Unit.

Harold

  

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 4:03 AM

Thanks Harold. The instructions do indicate certain regiments, but these vehicles belong to BATUS and are just used by the units as they rotate through the excersise.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

On the bench: Italeri 1/72nd Bell 212/Revell 1/72nd Type VIIc U-Boat/Trumpeter 1/32nd Me 262A-1a

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 8:26 AM

Thanks Harold, and the AA gun looks great! Very intricate looking work there on the sighting system- with my fumblefingers it would have took me forever. 

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Posted by Sergeant on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 9:07 PM

Gamera

Thanks Harold, and the AA gun looks great! Very intricate looking work there on the sighting system- with my fumblefingers it would have took me forever. 

 

Thank you, Cliff, and Bish. I did get a coat of primer on the Bofors gun and more assembly work and primer done on the Matador today. Tomorrow I plan to start the S.C.C. 15 British dark green on the Matador interior and mask the wheels on the Bofors gun.

Harold

  

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Posted by jgeratic on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 1:11 PM

Hello Harold, that is looking real good, and am impressed with the delicate detail on that bofors.   I think the kit includes a couple of ammo boxes - have you put those together yet, and do you have a scanner?

 

regards,

Jack

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Posted by Sergeant on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 2:56 PM

jgeratic

Hello Harold, that is looking real good, and am impressed with the delicate detail on that bofors.   I think the kit includes a couple of ammo boxes - have you put those together yet, and do you have a scanner?

 

regards,

Jack

 

Good afternoon Jack, and thank you. Below are the bits I have left. Ammo boxes, 40mm ammo clips, spare gun barrel with storage box and cover for the magazine.

By scanner, if you mean a document scanner, I have a flat-bed scanner that is built into an HP inkjet printer.

Harold

  

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Posted by Sergeant on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 3:15 PM

Sergeant

 

Jack and Bish, could you confirm the way this Bofors sighting system work? The picture above shows four men operating a Bofors gun. Two men are seated and two are standing. The man on the left holding what appears to be handlebars looks like he is directing aiming of the gun. Please see close up photograph below of handlebar mechanism.

If I am correct, then the lower sighting mechanism must be what the gunners use to determine when to pull the trigger on the target.

Harold

 

  

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Posted by jgeratic on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 4:21 PM

There's a pretty good explanation of the Bofors operation in this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dJDn5F1GQk

 

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Reason I asked about the ammo box is I could us a scan of the pieces (exterior side), so I can scratch build my own.   

 

regards,

Jack

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Posted by Sergeant on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 7:57 PM

jgeratic

There's a pretty good explanation of the Bofors operation in this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dJDn5F1GQk

 

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Reason I asked about the ammo box is I could us a scan of the pieces (exterior side), so I can scratch build my own.   

 

regards,

Jack

 

Jack, thank you for the Bofors gun video.

I will be glad to give you the dimensions, that is not a problem. In fact if you want to give me a mailing address in Canada by private message I will send you all the ammo boxes and 40mm ammo too.

Harold

 

  

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Posted by jgeratic on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 9:19 PM

Harold, that is awefully kind of you.  PM inbound...

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Posted by Sergeant on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 9:37 PM

jgeratic

Harold, that is awefully kind of you.  PM inbound...

 

Ammo boxes in the Post tomorrow. I am glad I could do something for you for a change. You have helped me many times.

Harold

  

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