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1/35 Meng British MK. V Male (FINISHED)

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  • Member since
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  • From: Parma, Ohio
1/35 Meng British MK. V Male (FINISHED)
Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, January 08, 2018 9:56 PM

Hello armor mavens,

This is uncharted territory for me.....my first tank. Those who have followed my threads are aware I build mostly aircraft, but I was recently presented with this challenge. A WWI tank!  It’s the male version of the British MK. V. My research showed that the 1/35 Meng kit was readily available, so I decided to use this kit. 

A look at the parts showed it was very detailed. It has a complete interior, but I wonder if you will be able to see any of it once finished.  I guess we will see.  I decided I would paint up the interior, but not spend too much time detailing it out with washes and stuff.  I'd rather not waste my time.  Kind of how I feel about the interior of bombers....why bother?  The exterior will be a different story.   I have been spending some of my free time watching tank weathering videos on You Tube.  I figure I’ll try using some of these techniques. I am intrigued by the AK Interactive stuff, particularly the enamel streaking washes. 

I dove in.  I decided to just follow the instructions.  I built the engine and transmission.   

The detail is fabulous.  I must say I have been particularly annoyed by the lack of color call outs though. It's vague at best and the call outs are only for a few pieces.  What about the rest of it?  I had no idea what color to paint the interior, so I used some pictures I found on the internet as reference.  It seems everything was either white, black and some hull red here and there. First I painted everything XF-1 Flat Black then drybrushed with Model Master Chrome silver. There were some call outs for the hull red, so I used XF-64 for this color.  

 

I then built the engine wall.  As I said, I guess the interiors of these were painted white. I followed suit then added some grey to bring down the contrast and make it look dirty.  I did give the engine "cage" a quick detailer wash (for the heck of it).    

Seats and other stuff added.  Nothing fancy..

I then built up the sprockets and gears for the drivetrain. These WWI tanks were sort of Steampunk yeah?  I’m certainly enjoying this so far as everything fits beautifully.  Too bad none of this will be seen once closed up.  Again, this why I decided not to get too carried away with weathering.  A bit of drybrushing practice does go a long way.

Time to start building all those wheels.  Then I can start closing this turkey up.  I hope to do that tonight.  

I hope to be closing it up soon. Any input on exterior color scheme would be appreciated.  I'll be using Tamiya paints.  I'm thinking XF-49 Khaki as a base color.  

 

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by ridleusmc on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 12:21 PM

I'm happy to hear that you're trying a tank.  They are fun.  Unfortunately, I can not see your pics.  

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Posted by 1943Mike on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 1:29 PM

Joe,

I can't see any images either.

I built my first armor a short while back and am still working to finish the small base/diorama I want for it. I screwed up on some basic modeling details but was happy with the weathering I did. You, however, will have a ball doing an armor kit! Your attention to detail, weathering/painting skills, and your excellent ability to produce good looking bases/dioramas will be fascinating to follow.

I'm subscribed!

Mike

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 3:28 PM
Yeah...I’m having issues with Shutterfly...sorry guys. I’ll try again tonight.

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Bish on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 3:34 PM

I am interested to see what you do with some heavy metal and what type of finish you go for.

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

On the bench: AFV Club 1/35th Sd.Kfz 251/4 AusfC

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 9:28 PM

Thanks guys...I fixed the issues with the pictures. They seem to be in there now. Input welcome..

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by SprueOne on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 9:41 PM

I'll be following this build as well. I can almost hear it already.

 

 

 

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Posted by 1943Mike on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 10:49 PM

I see the pictures now. Wow!!

I can't help you with the colors Joe - like I've said before I'm an armor virgin (or was until a month ago).

I'm sure you or some of the fine folks here in the armor forum will chime in soon with some help.

Your work is such a treat to view I'd be happy looking at a pink interior with blue polka dots as long as it was your WIP. Wink

 

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

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Posted by Theuns on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 11:08 PM

Wow now that is somne outstanding building .

 

Theuns

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Posted by Rambo on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 11:35 PM
That interior is really cool, I know you won't have any trouble making the jump into armor.

Clint

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Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, January 11, 2018 12:48 AM

Thanks guys.  Instead of pink with blue polka dots (that would look sweetToast), I continued with the painting the inner surfaces with my white concoction. I then assembled all 500 wheels and added them per the instructions. These were then sandwiched between the two "sides", or whatever they are called.  I had no issues. 

 

I did do some detail painting, like the "6 pound" rounds in brass and the inner wall detail just in case some will be seen. 

 

I finally get to put this together and it's starting to look like a tank.  

I then attached the two together.  Fit was perfect.  

I think I have to build the top next..

........or maybe I'll get the tracks over with first...Hmm

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Bish on Thursday, January 11, 2018 12:51 AM

Lovely work on the inside there. Can't wait to see what you do on the outside, good excuse to get down and dirty.

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

On the bench: AFV Club 1/35th Sd.Kfz 251/4 AusfC

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Posted by tigerman on Thursday, January 11, 2018 1:22 AM

If this is anything like your planes, it should turn out amazingly. Welcome to the Dark Side.

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 Eric 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, January 11, 2018 8:34 AM

Wow, that interior is detailed! I had no idea.

Maybe There's a way to make the sponsors detachable so you can see all of That? Maybe the top?

I don't know. Lol

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, January 11, 2018 8:50 AM

Love the work you've done on the engines and interior. I'm wondering if maybe you can leave the doors on the sides open to show the inside? 

Not sure about the colours. I've heard someone say they were painted battleship grey (aka landships) but I don't think there's any real proof of what colour they were. Only definate thing is they were generally spattered with mud from bottom to top with the treads going around and dragging it all the way to the roof. 

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

 

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Posted by RudyOnWheels on Thursday, January 11, 2018 12:40 PM
Beautiful work! Wow, what a detailed Kit! I've been wanting to build one of these, this will certainly be the one I get. The dry-brushing is spot-on. I agree, its a shame all of it will be hidden. Keep up the good Work! -Rudy
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Posted by ridleusmc on Thursday, January 11, 2018 1:31 PM

I love it.  You're right, it's all steam-punky!

 

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Posted by goldhammer on Thursday, January 11, 2018 5:35 PM

Knowing your other work, you'll have to do another in a cut-away to show all the interior detail they include.

Beauty for a first armor build, can only hope my first dark side plunge comes out 1/4 as well.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, January 12, 2018 12:51 PM
That interior looks stellar

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Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, January 15, 2018 6:31 PM

Thanks folks....

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by the doog on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 6:14 PM

Wow, hat a great looking model. Whatever the paint actually is supposed to be, it looks great how yo've done it!

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Posted by Real G on Thursday, January 18, 2018 12:03 AM

That interior is just gorgeous! I love the colors, which "feel" so right.  Look forward to seeing the exterior get painted.

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Posted by keavdog on Thursday, January 18, 2018 12:17 AM

Phenomonal colors, shading and highlites

 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Thursday, January 18, 2018 8:18 AM

Very realistic. Great use of color and shading! 

Chad

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Posted by lawdog114 on Sunday, January 21, 2018 9:16 PM

Thanks dudes...

I figured I'd stop in and show where I'm at with this.  I added the roof and commander's post.  Fortunately I was able to leave some hatches and such open so a little can be seen in there. 

  

I turned my attention to the gun sponsons (correct word?).  Again, I painted everything but I didn't ger crazy with it.  The guns were very nicely detailed. 

  

 

Both together..

The gun batteries were added and fit perfectly.  As a matter of fact, I haven't need one drop of putty on this turkey so far.  I decided to display the doors open so a little of the inside will be seen.  Too bad you'll need a flashlight.  

I added the photoetch "louvers" which fit great too..

Now the tank is essentially built, it's time for paint.  A guy on YouTube primers his tanks with XF-69 NATO Black to assist in shadowing effects later.  I followed suit.  

I just started building the tracks, which will take a while.  Almost time to decide how to paint it.  Back to You Tube videos......  

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by waynec on Sunday, January 21, 2018 9:48 PM

Nice looking build. does this have decals for Russian Civil War, Reds, Whites, Freikorps?

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Posted by lawdog114 on Sunday, January 21, 2018 10:07 PM

waynec

Nice looking build. does this have decals for Russian Civil War, Reds, Whites, Freikorps?

 

Thanks! It comes with two options.  The box art subject and a green one. I will be building the box art subject.  I really don’t know much about these and just started researching armor in general.  If this turns out halfway decent I will probably build more. Maybe a Sherman tank. 

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Bish on Monday, January 22, 2018 3:41 AM

That come together really well. Its a pity the inside will be so hardto see.

I'm curious, as your getting a lot of help from youtube, are you planning on going the modulation route or will you be going for a realistic look.

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

On the bench: AFV Club 1/35th Sd.Kfz 251/4 AusfC

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, January 22, 2018 9:50 AM

Love how she's coming! 

And yeah it's sponsons. If I remember correctly they could be unbolted and then replaced inside out so they fit inside the tank to narrow the hull for transport on railway flatcars. 

I'd love to see you work your magic on a Sherman! 

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Posted by goldhammer on Monday, January 22, 2018 11:09 AM

After seeing what ths kit looks like, may have to get one.  Our club is doing a WWI theme build.

Now you are just about making me add another nightmare to the dream schedule.

As usual for your builds, another beautiful build job.

 

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