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1:35 M247 Sgt. York - Patton with Bofors guns

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  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Saturday, October 21, 2023 2:58 PM

Hello everybody!

Movin' on with the turret! Takom has a quite strange build sequence in its instructions - they recommend to detail the top half of the turret and just then to put it on the lower half. For one all those details may get damaged in progress. the other thing is the top half has a slight tendency to warp, and this warp might get reinforced by glueing in all the hatches, reinforcements and so on. This is why I decided to first join the halves, do the filling and sanding, and just then to start detailing. To do this I first painted the parts that might be hard to do afterwards and then put it all together. Now my turret looks like this:

1:35 Takom M247 Sgt. York by Pawel

1:35 Takom M247 Sgt. York by Pawel

And the underside:

1:35 Takom M247 Sgt. York by Pawel

Thanks for looking and have a nice day!

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Saturday, October 21, 2023 9:27 PM

Wow, nice Pawel! 

Looks like you're about half-way done with the construction!!! 

 

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

 

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    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Thursday, November 2, 2023 3:43 PM

Hello Gamera!

When I read your comment for the first time, I thought: "Nah, I'm way past the half now!"... But some weeks later I think you were quite close to the truth... So I've got most of the turret details on and it was a lot of fun. Here's what it looks like now:

1:35 Takom M247 Sgt. York by Pawel

1:35 Takom M247 Sgt. York by Pawel

Now in the second photo you can see the "pocket" into which the tracking radar retracts. I want to paint this space before I fix the outer armor in place, otherwise the access to it will be really problematic. So this is what I'm concentrating on now, and when it's painted then I'll finish the construction.

Thanks for looking and have a nice day

Paweł

 

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  • From: East Stroudsburg, PA
Posted by TigerII on Thursday, November 2, 2023 3:51 PM

Nice work on the turret. Sometimes those cramped places are a source of concern and need to be attended to. BTW did the tracks come with the kit, or are they AM? This is really looking good.

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    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Friday, November 3, 2023 3:30 AM

Hello TigerII! Thanks a lot for your comment and for your kind words.

Yes, those are the kit tracks and like I wrote I like them a lot. They are complicated and need attention to get right, but at the same time they are very well designed and made and in the end I enjoyed building them and I like the end result a lot.

Have a nice day!

Paweł

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, November 5, 2023 2:42 PM

Okay, this time I'm just going to say 'close' to being done!

You've got a good thing going there! 

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

 

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Tuesday, November 7, 2023 3:58 PM

Hello Gamera!

Thanks a lot for your kind words, they mean a lot to me!

I've painted the "pocket" in order to move on with the construction. This was also a trial to see how the painting of MERDC will go. For this I used the "orange" Hataka paints - this was a "first" for me - and I can heartly recommend them.

This is how it looks right now:

1:35 Takom M247 Sgt. York by Pawel

1:35 Takom M247 Sgt. York by Pawel

So now I intend to finish building and start painting the whole thing. Thanks for looking and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Tuesday, November 7, 2023 4:24 PM

Its coming along nicely.  The MERDC looks good as well.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, November 7, 2023 7:35 PM

She's coming along well Pawel! I like to just assemble the whole thing before painting but I know what you mean there about having to paint some parts before attaching others. 

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

 

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Tuesday, November 28, 2023 3:32 AM

Hello gentlemen!

Thanks a lot for your comments and your support, I'm sorry to get back to you so late!

Gamera - right, I like to paint when everything is built, too, but sometimes this created spaces that would be unnecessarily hard to tackle afterwards, right?

And my next update is also about painting. Like Rob already wrote, on a real tank painting anything below the fenders doesn't make much sense, but this is supposed to show a "presentation for generals" machine, so I painted a real-deal MERDC on the lower hull:

1:35 Takom M247 Sgt. York by Pawel

1:35 Takom M247 Sgt. York by Pawel

I have also painted the tracks and all those wheels:

1:35 Takom M247 Sgt. York by Pawel

The plan now is to add some shading and some minimal dust, then assemple the tracks and mask them off. Then I'll be able to paint the top of the machine.

Thanks for looking and have a nice day!

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, November 28, 2023 10:05 AM

Hi pawel!

 That sounds like Trumpeter, and the U.S.S.North Carolina. They tell you to detail the upper decks and then install the ships bottom afterwards!

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Tuesday, November 28, 2023 10:08 AM

Looking good.  The MERDC is shaping up nicely.  I would paint the whole hull and turret before adding the road wheels and tracks.  Makes it easier for me, but to each their own.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, November 30, 2023 9:31 PM

Yeah the MERDC looks great Pawel! She's coming along nicely!

 

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

 

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Friday, December 1, 2023 3:25 PM

Hello everybody! Thanks a lot for your comments!

TB - right, the build sequence in the Takom instructions doesn't make much sense, luckily there are no tickets/sentences/punishment for assemblying the kit in a different, better sequence.

Gino - usually I also like to paint in one go, when everything is build, or almost everything is built, but that's when I'm painting something to look "dirty". Here I'm going more for a "clean" look, and the paint job is more complicated than usual.

Gamera - good to hear from you, I've heard you've been on vacation - sure been missing you! :-)

OK, I got the tracks on and some interesting (I hope) details, so please stay tuned for some photos, hopefully soon!

Thanks for reading and have a nice day

Paweł

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    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Monday, December 4, 2023 3:20 PM

Hello!

Aaand here are the photos I promised you.

First some turret details. The kits has some PE for the 7,62 Ammo baskets - I decided to show the baskets empty. This needed some mods using kit parts, but also some leftover PE mesh. Here's what the baskets look like before painting:

1:35 Takom M247 Sgt. York by Pawel

As for PE there is also some of it on the turret:

1:35 Takom M247 Sgt. York by Pawel

And I have also weathered and installed the tracks, here's what the lower hull looks like now:

1:35 Takom M247 Sgt. York by Pawel

1:35 Takom M247 Sgt. York by Pawel

1:35 Takom M247 Sgt. York by Pawel

Thanks for looking and have a nice day!

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

  • Member since
    June 2004
  • From: East Stroudsburg, PA
Posted by TigerII on Monday, December 4, 2023 4:07 PM

Hey Pawel, it looks freakin' awesome so far.

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, December 4, 2023 8:26 PM

Thanks Pawel, I had to get away for a little while. 

Great work there, I LOVE those ammo storage baskets! 

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

 

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    October 2016
  • From: Louisiana Gulf South
Posted by Mrchntmarine on Saturday, December 9, 2023 5:55 PM

Inspiring. Thanks Pawel

Keep on modeling!

All the best,

William

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    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Sunday, December 10, 2023 9:35 AM

Tiger II, Gamera, Mrchntmarine - Thanks a lot for your comments and for your kind words! I'm glad you like it, I hope I can post an update here soon!

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Saturday, January 6, 2024 3:35 PM

Hello everybody!

I've got another update for you - I put some more paint on my baby. That's the first time I'm using Hataka orange paints and so far I like'em a lot, heartly recommended!

So here's what it looks like right now:

1:35 Takom M247 Sgt. York by Pawel

1:35 Takom M247 Sgt. York by Pawel

1:35 Takom M247 Sgt. York by Pawel

1:35 Takom M247 Sgt. York by Pawel

Now I want to put on the decals and apply some washes, let's see how this turns out!

Thanks for lookin' and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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    December 2002
  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Sunday, January 7, 2024 8:11 AM

Nice.  The MERDC camo looks great.

Gino P. Quintiliani - Field Artillery - The KING of BATTLE!!!

Check out my Gallery: https://app.photobucket.com/u/HeavyArty

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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Sunday, January 7, 2024 11:30 AM

That's so accurate a paint scheme it takes my breath away.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, January 7, 2024 7:22 PM

Yeah the MERDC is superb! Yes

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

 

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  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Sunday, January 7, 2024 8:09 PM

Looking really godd Pawel, and it sounds like you're really enjoying the process too, even better.

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  • From: East Stroudsburg, PA
Posted by TigerII on Sunday, January 7, 2024 11:49 PM

Excellent MERDC camo. Truly accurate. BTW are those AM tracks? AFV Club I guess?

This is looking very good.

 

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