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Tamiya Challenger 1

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  • Member since
    September 2006
  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Thursday, August 4, 2022 4:52 PM

Thanks! I'm finishing up the Leo2 and M60 that I had base-coated, then it's time to get on the other Challenger.

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    January 2015
Posted by TheMongoose on Saturday, July 30, 2022 6:59 PM

Looks great!

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, July 29, 2022 10:30 PM

Looks great to me, nice show! Heart

And it's always good to see something stalled out get done. 

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

 

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    September 2006
  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Thursday, July 28, 2022 12:32 PM

Thanks! It's got a spot front and center eye level in the big case now.

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  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, July 28, 2022 11:47 AM

Gorgeous build RB!!! That came out superbly! Toast

 

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    September 2006
  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Thursday, July 28, 2022 10:34 AM

Thanks G. I kept it pretty clean as I wanted copy the pics as closely as possible, and this tank is pretty clean in those pics. And now I'm done:

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For something I started well over a year ago, stalled, got back onto the bench, then stalled again, I'm happy.

I also need to build a bigger photo box.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 7:23 PM

She's lookin' good! Love the dust and grime. 

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  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 1:48 PM

Here it is with the hull weathered, a good comparison with the turret still in clear. 

 IMG_3505 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

A little more bench time and it's done. I never intended to go this far down the rabbit hole when I slapped the hull together a couple of years ago.

 

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  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Friday, July 22, 2022 8:39 PM

I was still happy with it this morning, so since I didn't have any appointments, it was decal time. I'm still modeling a specific tank, so I had to make up the registration number from the "loose" digits included on the decal sheet (Echelon, good stuff) and fudge a bit on the big call signs on the skirts. Oddly, I had to use Walther's Solva-Set to get the decals to really settle down. The last time I used Echelon decals, they snuggled right up with MicroSol. 

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  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Thursday, July 21, 2022 9:11 PM

No more excuses now that I finished the AMX10, so today I did the first coat of black. I'll do alight flat coat tomorrow and see if it even needs more black. I have a feeling it may not.

 IMG_3496 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

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  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Friday, July 8, 2022 8:06 AM

That's the Vallejo rattle can stuff, goes on dead flat (no help yet since I'll do a gloss before decals) but it does go on really well.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, June 30, 2022 9:03 PM

Ah, wasn't sure how correct the colour was but it looks nice and smooth. 

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    September 2006
  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Monday, June 27, 2022 10:05 AM

Oddly enough, I had a can of Tamiya TS-78 field gray in the paint rack. Hmmm....  so I did a very light coat on the upper surfaces, shirts and running gear,much better. And since my green was so dark, I almost have a pre-shade thing happening. I'm going to let this cure and then do the second color (off-black) over it. I also received the decals last week, so I'm in business.

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  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 5:07 PM

I'm told my green is too green, so I need to do some thinking here. Pics do show it as more gray/green, so maybe a quick swipe with a gray wash is called for.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, June 13, 2022 9:40 PM

Looks perfect to me! Heart

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  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Saturday, June 11, 2022 10:06 AM

Green! Second color will be black, and I'll probably use Vallejo over the Rustoleum camo green that's on it now.

 IMG_3234 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

Guys that know are telling me the black was both factory and field applied, hard and soft edged and different from tank to tank. Perfect!

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  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Friday, June 3, 2022 8:30 AM

Ready for paint!

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As soon as the sun comes out I'll prime it.

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  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Thursday, May 26, 2022 1:40 PM

Thanks all!

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  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Thursday, May 26, 2022 12:54 PM

I have to admit, I've always found British armor of WWII to be mediocre at best.  But, with the post-war years and decades, the Centurian, Chieftain, and Challenger have been great! Your Challenger is spectacular!

Bill

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    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 8:39 PM

Looks great to me- you're doing a slam-bang job on her! Yes

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    September 2006
  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 3:20 PM

I had to redo some of the front armor. Tamiya put two cutouts in the top piece, correct if the tank has a dozer. I had to remove both pieces, make a new upper, then remount the lower piece. Also done are the covers on the two rear turret bins, front in progress. I've added some other small bits here and there, getting real close now.

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Posted by RBaer on Monday, May 23, 2022 5:17 PM

Ed Zachary! So, some more little bits today. First, how the tow cables look in their brackets:

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Below, added details (in white) on the nose armor bracket.

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And lastly, the electrical cabling the the commander's MG remote firing and elevation motor and the spotlight (hard to see in my lousy pic, but there's two cables there that weren't there Friday.

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I used annealed brass wire, not difficult but in a tight spot.

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Posted by warshipguy on Monday, May 23, 2022 3:51 PM

She'a beautiful! Building good models is part of the joys of being retired . . .

Bill

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    September 2006
  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Monday, May 23, 2022 2:17 PM

I'm at that stage now, a little bit every session. I should be going back to work soon, so I'm taking advantage of whatever time I have at the bench.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, May 23, 2022 8:43 AM

Looks great! Just a little bit each day, or at least I tell myself when I barely get anything done modeling-wise over last weekend... Embarrassed

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    September 2006
  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Friday, May 20, 2022 5:55 PM

That's how it goes, usually. I'm still waiting for an M60 slick that's better than Dragon's. Hello Takom?

Current state of the model, just more little bits, more to come.

 IMG_3062 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

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Nuthin' but fun!

 

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  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Friday, May 20, 2022 8:57 AM

Gamera

And it's a rule- finish something like that and someone will come out with a new kit. One of the guys in our club finished a very rough resin Wasserschepper (however you spell that- I'm not looking it up) and had Trumpeter come out with the new kit about a week later.

 

Tell me about it. Long ago when Tamiya's original Panzer III M/N and Sturmgeschutz III G were the only 1/35 injection plastic games in town, I did scratch work on one of each to backdate them into earlier variants of the types. Of course once I finished those, Dragon started coming out with the whole family line of each type... Sad

 

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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    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, May 20, 2022 8:50 AM

Yeah, you're moving right along!

And it's a rule- finish something like that and someone will come out with a new kit. One of the guys in our club finished a very rough resin Wasserschepper (however you spell that- I'm not looking it up) and had Trumpeter come out with the new kit about a week later.

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

 

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    September 2006
  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Friday, May 20, 2022 7:43 AM

Thanks!

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