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Dragon Bison II WIP (Updated 2/13/2018)

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  • Member since
    August, 2012
  • From: Parker City, IN.
Dragon Bison II WIP (Updated 2/13/2018)
Posted by Rambo on Thursday, January 25, 2018 6:51 PM

Bison II  1

Next up for me is Dragons Bison II 15cm s.1G 33 (Sfl.) auf Pz.Kpfw.II, with Modelkasten workable tracks. Was wanting to start this sooner but alot has been going on to keep me away from the bench. The wife totaled her car, fliped over in a ditch when we had some really bad weather a few weeks ago, thank God she walked out of it with out a scratch. So been dealing with that and went out and signed a loan for a used car for her. So now that the wife is all safe and happy again I can get back to the bench. Starting off my building the Modelkasten tracks. I'm going to compare them to the kit Magic Tracks. These are nicely molded with no flash on any part and come on small sprues. Each track has three attachment points two to the sprue and one to the track pin handle. Clean up is very easy just needing a sharp #11 blade and some time. The Magic Tracks are all off the sprue but all have two ejector marks on them that can be a PITA to clean up. The Modelkasten tracks in this case go togeather really easy with one pin already molded in place, I know some come with the guide horns separate and needing both pins installed. I worked in groups of two then them two into fours etc etc. till I had 110 per side with five left per side to get the sag right later. I've never been able to get Magic Tracks right something has always just looked off about the ones I've built so I can't tell anyone how to do them, But this guy can http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/3/t/157928.aspx?page=1 

The times I've tried I used The doog's walkthrough but still didn't like the outcome I got. I like the ModelKasten tracks over the kit Magic Tracks in all areas but still in the end I will stick to using friulmodel metal tracks they cost about $15 more then the ModelKasten but give a more real looking sag, are molded really well (only ever had one set with a lot of flash have four in the stash that look perfect) and if you use brass pins and a simple wooden jig you can have both sides done in a hour. So thanks for looking in and hope to get started on the model itself this weekend,

Bison II 2

Bison II 3

Clint

  • Member since
    April, 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Thursday, January 25, 2018 9:08 PM

Now that’s a unique looking SPG!  Good luck with your build. I bet it’ll look great.

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Eduard Fw 190A-4

On deck: 1/72 Airfix Heinkel He111 H-6

In the hole: 1/700 Trumpeter Graf Zeppelin

 

 

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Friday, January 26, 2018 4:47 AM

Keep meaning to grab one of these. Will be watching this with great interest.

Sounds like your wife had a lucky escape.

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

  

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  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, January 26, 2018 7:45 AM

Oh yeah, very neat! 

May I ask what type of brass pins you're using? I'm trying to assemble a set of Spade Ace tracks for a IJA Type 95 and I'm seeing people suggest ditching the included wire for the pins. I assume I can get these at a craft store but what exactly am I looking for? 

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

  • Member since
    August, 2012
  • From: Parker City, IN.
Posted by Rambo on Friday, January 26, 2018 10:02 AM

Mopar: Thanks for looking. Bish: She was lucky she slowed down to make a turn and then started sliding on ice ended up in a very steep ditch about 25feet off the road with the car laying on its side. I've had this kit since the month it was released I thought I had edurad PE set for it but it wasn't in the box and can't seem to find it anywhere else but I don't think this kit needs it like most dragon kits it comes with the most wanted PE parts already. Gamera: The pins I use are from the local hardware store the size is 16mm x .65mm only cost a few dollars a box

 

Clint

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, January 26, 2018 11:23 AM

Clint: Thanks for the tip!!! 

 

And glad your wife is ok. Did the something much like that in 2014 on some black ice. Car slide about 25-30 feet or so turning around and slamming into a tree and bending the frame all to hell and gone. Thankfully I didn't turn over. Just good news to hear she's fine after all that. 

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Friday, January 26, 2018 11:31 AM

Hi ;

 Looks like you are starting out right .I did the FruilModel tracks on my unfinished " Dicker Max " self propelled 105 MM. Unit .Those tracks went easy But , My , did they add the weight !

  • Member since
    August, 2012
  • From: Parker City, IN.
Posted by Rambo on Friday, January 26, 2018 1:56 PM

Gamera

Clint: Thanks for the tip!!! 

 

And glad your wife is ok. Did the something much like that in 2014 on some black ice. Car slide about 25-30 feet or so turning around and slamming into a tree and bending the frame all to hell and gone. Thankfully I didn't turn over. Just good news to hear she's fine after all that. 

 

No problem. Black ice is no joke my dad tore the front end of his truck up a few years ago and he was only going about 15mph on a off ramp. Here's her car

 

Lacey's Car 1

Lacey's Car 2

Clint

  • Member since
    August, 2012
  • From: Parker City, IN.
Posted by Rambo on Friday, January 26, 2018 1:59 PM

Tanker - Builder

Hi ;

 Looks like you are starting out right .I did the FruilModel tracks on my unfinished " Dicker Max " self propelled 105 MM. Unit .Those tracks went easy But , My , did they add the weight !

 

You got to finish that I have the dragon Dicker Max in the stash and can't wait to start on it.

Clint

  • Member since
    December, 2006
  • From: N. Georgia
Posted by Jester75 on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 7:50 PM

Hey Rambo, first off let me say I’m sorry to hear about your wife’s accident. Glad she walked away from it ok!

Secondly, I have this exact kit built up to the point of painting. It is a pleasure to build so far. The detail on the SiG is impressive. Painting will be interesting with it being one topped and all the detail inside and on the gun.

Have you thought of a scheme yet? Can’t wait to see how it comes out.

Eric

 

  • Member since
    August, 2012
  • From: Parker City, IN.
Posted by Rambo on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 8:12 PM
Thanks jester. Yeah the sig has alot of detail it's the same parts as their stand alone gun. I plan on painting the interior first masking it off then paint the out side also painting the gun separate from everything else too. Going for the trop Ral 8000 and 7008 scheme

Clint

  • Member since
    August, 2012
  • From: Parker City, IN.
Posted by Rambo on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 6:53 PM

It's been a bit since I updated this not much to add. Got the hull tub togeather along with the suspension arms. All the road wheels are togeather along with the idler gear. Have also put the drivers compartment and storage box togeather. Been working on the the fighting compartment I will post more photos when I get that done. Now to head off for work. Thanks for looking in.

Bison II 4

Clint

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