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Okay, what next???
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, December 10, 2020 11:40 PM

I've got about fifteen armour kits in various stages of completion. I need to finish up my group builds for this year and then get moving on the ones I signed on for next. And finish up a couple armour kits that are really close to completion.

But as for next year I'm going to ask you wonderful forum members to vote on which ones I should move to after that. So it's you guy's choice, I'm going to try to work on the next five or so in order of which ones get the most votes starting with spring of next year.

1). M48A3 Mod B: This ones close to completion, got a couple of figures for it too.

2). M60A3 TTS: Kit's pretty complete as to assembly- just got to mask and paint the NATO camo.

3). M103A1: Again assembly is mostly complete, just need to paint and weather. Thankfully it's olive drab, simple beautiful olive drab...

4). ZTZ-99: Digital camo- ought to be as much fun as a good solid kick to the head...

5). Type 98: Another PLA tank, thankfully no digital camo this time...

6). T-90 with dozer blade: Bit of construction left, not too complex camo- at least compared to digital camo... 

7: K2A1 Black Panther: Again construction largely complete, lotsa masking and painting for the camo though.

8. M4A2 'Tarawa' Sherman: This is one I complained about with the fit issues. Funny, the other Dragon kits had buckets of spare parts and some vague directions but no fit problems. Anyway this one does need some construction before paint.

9). A39 Tortoise: It's mean, it's green, it's British, and I love the name. Mostly complete, stopped work since I wasn't sure which exact shade of green to paint her.

10). Panzer IVJ: Yes, I'm going to put something German on the list. This one probably needs the most work. About 2/3rd complete and then of course paint. Found a neat set of figures for it too. 

 

 

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, December 10, 2020 11:56 PM

The tracked one.

i like the M103.

 

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Posted by lewbud on Friday, December 11, 2020 12:05 AM

I would pick the one closest to being finished and start from there.

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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, December 11, 2020 12:13 AM

lewbud

I would pick the one closest to being finished and start from there.

 

Nah because this'll come up again..

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, December 11, 2020 12:14 AM

A while back I made a rule. Start new/ finish shelf queen. No breaking it. Works sort of OK.

 

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Posted by Bish on Friday, December 11, 2020 4:04 AM

The A39, and i would go for Deep Bronze Green.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

 

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, December 11, 2020 7:36 AM

lewbud

I would pick the one closest to being finished and start from there.

 

Actually the ones at the top are the closest to being done and the ones at the bottom need the most work. So a logical person would simply start at the top and work their way down. But I'm not logical and I want to shake things up a little bit. Stick out tongue

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, December 11, 2020 7:37 AM

GMorrison

A while back I made a rule. Start new/ finish shelf queen. No breaking it. Works sort of OK.

 

Bill

 

That is good advice Bill. I intend to start two new kits for GBs next year. So if I can finish off two of these older kits I'll be doing well. I aiming for at least five though. 

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, December 11, 2020 7:38 AM

Bish

The A39, and i would go for Deep Bronze Green.

 

Thanks Bish! Deep Bronze Green makes sense. 

 

So I've got your vote for the A39 and Bill's for the M103 so far. 

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Posted by warshipguy on Friday, December 11, 2020 10:26 AM

I like the idea of finishing the ones nearest completion since people tend to get inspiration from actually finishing something quickly. Psychologically, you are more likely to quickly move on to the lower part of your list by finishing a couple of models nearing completion.

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, December 11, 2020 10:47 AM

I agree with getting the one closest to the finish line over the finish line. I think the three US tanks all qualify there. 

And on the M60A3, you mentioned masking for the NATO camo... are you going with the NATO Tri color CARC scheme? Those had a soft edge pattern, although the feathering was pretty tight. MERDC schemes go with way, some hard edged, some feathered. I saw plenty of both.

 

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Posted by RBaer on Friday, December 11, 2020 11:13 AM

In order of weirdness: Tortoise, then K2A1.

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, December 11, 2020 11:19 AM

stikpusher

I agree with getting the one closest to the finish line over the finish line. I think the three US tanks all qualify there. 

And on the M60A3, you mentioned masking for the NATO camo... are you going with the NATO Tri color CARC scheme? Those had a soft edge pattern, although the feathering was pretty tight. MERDC schemes go with way, some hard edged, some feathered. I saw plenty of both.

 

 

I was about to call it MERDC but I'm not sure that's the right scheme here. I was going with Silly Putty and a hard edge scheme- in 1/35th soft looks pretty hard in scale unless it's really soft. I'm happy to take your advice if I'm wrong here.

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, December 11, 2020 11:23 AM

Well, the closest to being done is the M48A3 so I'll move it to the top of the list. 

Then the M103A1, it's olive drab too, I think the dark Vietnam era OD is right instead of the lighter WWII OD. Please correct me if I'm wrong. 

And the then the A39 Tortoise. It's just plain bronze green so it should be fairly simple. 

The M60A3, K2A1, Chinese tanks etc are all at about the same level of completion. Just requiring a boatload of masking. 

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Posted by Real G on Friday, December 11, 2020 11:40 AM

Tortoise, because, you know, "Gamera".  Stick out tongue

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Posted by hogfanfs on Friday, December 11, 2020 11:55 AM

Real G

Tortoise, because, you know, "Gamera".  Stick out tongue

 

LOL!

 

 

 

I pick 1 through 10! Git er done! 

 

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, December 11, 2020 11:58 AM

Lol, yes I love that name - TORTOISE!!! 

Think I'll move it to number 2 after the M48A3...

1). M48A3

2). A39 Tortoise

3). M103A1

After those all green schemes I should be ready to get back into some more complex camo schemes.

4). M60A3 

5). K2A1 Black Panther

 

And thanks for the vote of confidence Bruce! And I know you're going to get a bunch of stuff finished in 2021!  

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, December 11, 2020 12:19 PM

Gamera

Then the M103A1, it's olive drab too, I think the dark Vietnam era OD is right instead of the lighter WWII OD. Please correct me if I'm wrong. 

The late 50’s/early 60’s OD is a semi gloss and a bit darker than the WWII shade, but not the dark shade seen in Vietnam and afterwards.

 

Here‘s a better shot of the OD from the same era

 

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, December 11, 2020 12:47 PM

Cool, thanks SP!!! 

I've got some darker OD green that should be perfect for that. 

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, December 11, 2020 3:03 PM

Here's a lone vote for the T-90, but I'm a sucker for cool box art.

Seems to me if you get your paint groove on, you'll knock out half of those in short order.

Hope you get a lot of happy bench time!

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, December 11, 2020 4:04 PM

Gamera

Cool, thanks SP!!! 

I've got some darker OD green that should be perfect for that. 

 

I like Gunze Olive Drab (2) for that era OD.

 

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Posted by xenon55 on Friday, December 11, 2020 5:04 PM

The ZTZ. Only because I have the B variant by Hobby Boss and want to see how you do the camo lol

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Posted by Keyserj on Friday, December 11, 2020 5:32 PM

+1 on the ztz. I am intrigued to see how you do the digital camo.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Saturday, December 12, 2020 12:16 AM

I cast my vote for the M-103. 

It should be in Marine Corps Green. Model Master makes it in enamel. Don't bother with the MM acrylic, it's not the same color.

Wait, which version are you thinking of? O.D. may be correct.

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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, December 12, 2020 11:37 AM

M. Brindos

I cast my vote for the M-103. 

It should be in Marine Corps Green. Model Master makes it in enamel. Don't bother with the MM acrylic, it's not the same color.

Wait, which version are you thinking of? O.D. may be correct.

 

He showed the Army A1 version up top, not the Marine Corps A2 kit. 

 

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, December 12, 2020 12:27 PM

stikpusher

He showed the Army A1 version up top, not the Marine Corps A2 kit. 

The Marines used both the M103A1 and M103A2 and even received the Army's only heavy tank battalion's A1s when that unit got rid of them (2/33 Armor).

All M103A2s began life as earlier versions of the M103 before being converted or rebuilt.

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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, December 12, 2020 2:09 PM

Rob Gronovius

 

 
stikpusher

He showed the Army A1 version up top, not the Marine Corps A2 kit. 

 

 

The Marines used both the M103A1 and M103A2 and even received the Army's only heavy tank battalion's A1s when that unit got rid of them (2/33 Armor).

All M103A2s began life as earlier versions of the M103 before being converted or rebuilt.

 

Thats right! I had forgotten about the Marines having the A1. Does the A1 kit come with Marine Corps markings?

 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, December 12, 2020 3:05 PM

I love a good Panzer but I would have to go with the Tortoise.

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, December 12, 2020 5:09 PM

stikpusher

Thats right! I had forgotten about the Marines having the A1. Does the A1 kit come with Marine Corps markings?

Yes, the M103A1 does come with USMC registration markings that you use with the white stars instead of Army divisional bumper numbers. The decal sheet is different than the USMC one that comes with the A2.

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Posted by Gamera on Saturday, December 12, 2020 7:13 PM

Thanks guys!

Had a kidney stone today and think it passed but I'm still a bit sore. I'll try to post the decaling instructions for the M103 tomorrow or Monday.

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