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So. Cal AMPS 12 Hour Build Challenge 1/35 Leopard - Session 1

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  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
So. Cal AMPS 12 Hour Build Challenge 1/35 Leopard - Session 1
Posted by stikpusher on Monday, January 25, 2021 2:20 PM

So. Cal. AMPS is doing a 12 hour online build challenge. It’s not so crazy as it sounds- build a model over the course of three four hour build sessions during zoom meetings, one session per month. Previously we had done four hour build challenges, but that limited the choices of kits one could reasonably take on to complete within a four hour window. 

So for my build I chose the ESCI 1/35 Leopard 2 kit, 

 

 

I will be doing mine as a Dutch Leopard 2, since they had a nice overall Gelboliv scheme

 

 

Trying to cram a complete build into 3 four hour sessions meant no time to stop and take photos during the first session this past Saturday, so I took the photos this morning due to a busy weekend.

 

I was able to complete the suspension, one side of the link and length tracks, and most of the second side’s tracks

 

 

I added most of the major add ons to the upper hull, just left off a few bits that would easily be broken during assembly handling...

 

 

And the turret is about 95% complete. I was not happy with the bore of the main gun tube, so I replaced it with some appropriately sized tube styrene.

 

 

And here it all is fitted together... looking like a Leopard 2 to me for the most part

 

 

 

Not bad for four hours work. Next progress update will be after the February session. We are on the honor system not to work on our projects during the intervening weeks between sessions.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    February 2011
  • From: AZ,USA
Posted by GreySnake on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 11:46 AM
Looking good stik! The little kit looks to be going together nicely.

 
  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 12:30 PM

Thanks Grey. It's a typical ESCI 1/35 armor kit. Not as nice as their BMPs or M60s, but way better than their T-72s. Just a tad behind their T-55 kits in quality of detail. Perhaps I'd put it on par with their LAV kits. 

I just hate having to wait a month before my next work session on it... 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 9:05 PM

Nice work! Hate waiting to see more though! 

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

 

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 9:13 PM

Gamera

Nice work! Hate waiting to see more though! 

 

Thanks Gamera. I'm hating the wait to do more! Like a kid waiting on Christmas morning to open presents... lol!Wink

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    September 2006
  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 8:31 AM

Wow. Twelve hours, total? I can stare at my boxes of loose parts for 12 hours......

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  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 8:56 AM

RBaer

Wow. Twelve hours, total? I can stare at my boxes of loose parts for 12 hours......

 

Well thankfully that is not against the rules. We can stare, oodle, plan, plot, order all the AM in the world that our heart desires and wait for it to be delivered and have it standing by. Just no construction work of any sort during the intervening down time... 

Really it's like one of the Weekend Madness GBs here... just more compressed for  time, with very long breaks in between.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    May 2020
Posted by Keyserj on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 5:13 PM

Nice progress for only working for 4 hours. It would be hard to see myself finishing a kit in 12 hours.

"Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?"- Oddball

 

John

On the bench:

1/35 Trumpeter m1132 ESV Stryker

1/48 Tamiya m1a1 Abrams (Gulf War GB)

                     

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 5:34 PM

Thank you Keyser. Normally I'm with you on seeing myself complete a build in such a short timespan. But it can be done. Just gotta resist the AMS urges... LOL!

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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