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Tamiya M41 - and Friend!

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  • Member since
    May, 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Monday, September 09, 2019 3:45 PM

Thanks Gamera, and happy belated birthday!  Cake

I decided that the kit 50 cal had too much wrong with it, so I swapped it out with one from an Academy equipment set.

It's 1990s quality, but it'll do.  We sure are spoiled by modern kit technology - I have a couple of Tasca's exquisite 50 cals, but they were too good to use on a "fun" build.  I did save the kit's pedestal mount, as it was okay.

While cleaning my room the other day, the duster flicked something onto the carpet, which turned out to be the front tow hook that pinged off while I was trying to straighten it out on the hull.

Who says the Carpet Monster never gives up its prey!  Actually, it was the Monster That Lives In The Shelves that gave it up.  It consumed a stainless steel landing gear part that was never found - even when I completely emptied the room to have it recarpeted!

I had started the task of making a new tow hook and mount, but gleefully tore the mount off the hull and scraped off the welds so that the original part could be glued back on.

 

 

  • Member since
    January, 2015
  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Monday, September 09, 2019 4:02 PM

Good to see some progress on this build continue.

Those Academy accessory sets are not going out of style any time soon. I'm still slowly parting out the one I have for builds. Even if there are much better molds and heck, shapeways ftw, there will always be uses for the older sets. Especially when you want to give I've to an older kit.

Nice save on that tow hook. Looks like you were working on some custom weld there and you shouldn't give up on those. They really are fun once you get the hang of it lol.

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

  • Member since
    May, 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Monday, September 09, 2019 4:52 PM

Mike, yep it is nice to build an old fashioned model, kind of like detox, not that I ever did that! Indifferent

Weld beads ARE fun to do!  I’ve done small ones in the past, but never had the opportunity to do a real long one.  I have found that using stretched sprue pre-shaped to the weld cross section combined with a “hot” liquid glue like Tamiya works a treat.  Selecting sprues made of soft plastic also helps make forming the beads easier.

  • Member since
    January, 2015
  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Monday, September 09, 2019 5:22 PM

The older Dragon plastics work well as they are really soft and melt easy.

I've saved a lot of those sprues for welding.

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

  • Member since
    May, 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Monday, September 09, 2019 7:00 PM

Mike, I also have a stash of both soft and hard sprue!  I wonder what our families would think when we pass away and they find a box of nothing but cut sprue in the stash?

I forgot to mention that the Academy accessory set had some fuel cans that were wa-y better than the ones in the kit.  But I'll need to either fabricate new racks or source a spare PE set that has some.  I think I have a surplus M551 set somewhere.

  • Member since
    January, 2015
  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Monday, September 09, 2019 11:46 PM

Lol. Funny you should mention that. I've used PE racks and I've made my own, but I most recently used some of the Academy fuel cans on my M-48A2 GA2 because I misplaced the kit cans. Which if I remember correctly, weren't that great.

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 8:24 AM

G: BIG improvement there with the Academy parts. And congrads on finding the lost tow hook. There's a rule that if you scratchbuild or order a replacement part the missing one will show up again... Bang Head

And thanks for the birthday wishes, I'm getting used to being old... Confused

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

 

  • Member since
    May, 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 1:15 PM

Gamera,

Yeah, that old rule about a lost part turning up only after a replacement is sourced or fabricated holds true once again.  I'll be darned; I tore my work area apart leaving nothing unturned.  But somehow dusting the area around my desk dislodged the part from its hiding place and deposited itself right in front of my feet.  Weird.

Anyway, without the onerous task of having to make a teeny tow hook, I decided to add the missing ribbing on the sides of the sponson storage boxes.  I used 0.010x0.020 strip styrene to simulate the stamped ribs.  If I were scratchbuilding this project, I'd have embossed 0.010 sheet plastic to get a more authentic look.  But this is a fun build so simple strip plastic it is.  I'm not sure how accurate the pattern on the forward boxes are, as I just guessed based on the box art.

And welcome to the 50+ Old Farts Club!  Wink

Mike, gonna hit the mantlet cover next!

  • Member since
    January, 2015
  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 7:39 PM

Those ribs on the forward box need to be vertical and not on a slant. That artwork is misleading.

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

  • Member since
    May, 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 8:46 PM

Ha ha, too late!  Stick out tongue  The glue is already dry!  I’m going to overlook that mistake as part of my un-AMS therapy.

Onwards, onwards, to the mantlet cover!

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 7:21 AM

Well,Gawly!

    If'n that ain't the cool Beans. I love it when that happens. Would you like to come look for a 1/96 " Banana " antennae I lost? Naw , looking good ! T.B.

  • Member since
    September, 2006
  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Friday, September 13, 2019 8:39 AM

I love this thread, real modeling! I used stretched sprue to do the stiffener ribs on mine, and did the same thing, copied the box art and slanted them. I'm okay though.

Apprentice rivet counter.

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, September 15, 2019 12:29 PM

It wouldn't bee too hard to fix; shave off and reapply.

  • Member since
    May, 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Sunday, September 15, 2019 12:45 PM

Awww Rob, you gonna make me do it?

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, September 15, 2019 5:08 PM

Real G

Awww Rob, you gonna make me do it?

 

Nah, just pointing out that until you paint it, it wouldn't be hard to redo it.

  • Member since
    May, 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Sunday, September 15, 2019 5:45 PM

Too late bro, the AMS has already kicked in.  I’ll redo it tonight.

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 11:33 AM

Looks good! 

And it shouldn't be too hard to shave off the ribbing. 

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

 

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