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ClaytonFromEllijay
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Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 06:25 AM UTC
We'll get ya next time, Tom...
Very nice, Tim, great detail on such a small tank!
TimReynaga
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Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 04:40 AM UTC
M31 Grant TRV almost done: Tamiya Olive Green (XF-58) & Flat White (XF-2) 3:1 ratio (more or less) for the base color...
 photo M31 TRV green paint details 2in1_zpsh2dj5qsg.jpg
...and painted up details:

Tamiya German Grey (XF-63) bogey wheel tires, track pads
Tamiya Red Brown (XF-64) track connector ends
Tamiya Khaki Drab (XF-51) crewman uniform
Tamiya Khaki (XF-49) gloves
Tamiya Flat Brown (XF-10) helmet
Tamiya Dark Sea Grey (XF-54) goggles
Testors Light Tan (1170) skin tones

I then gave the model a brushed-on coat of Future acrylic floor polish and added the decals. Next up, a wash of Grumbacher Raw Umber artist’s oil paint to deepen shadows and a flat coat to kill the shine.
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Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 03:01 AM UTC
I see the deadline looming towards me, but alas my Leopard tractor build stalled a few months back. (The usual cocktail of work and other time-thieves eating up my precious bench-time...) I've still got a few months' worth of stuff to do to it, so will have to drop out. Sorry!

Still, there are some mighty fine builds here - keep up the good work!
ClaytonFromEllijay
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Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 02:44 AM UTC

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Looking Good Lapman. Unfortunately, I got roped into being a volunteer and safety car occupant for my wife's cycle team racing event this weekend. Held on Stradbroke Island just far enough away that it was better to stay overnight... so no work on the Fahrgestell as I had hoped.

She now owes me some free time .... 11 days to go.....



Yes, Peter, it's good when the wife owes YOU...a nice change of pace
petbat
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Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 07:47 PM UTC
Looking Good Lapman. Unfortunately, I got roped into being a volunteer and safety car occupant for my wife's cycle team racing event this weekend. Held on Stradbroke Island just far enough away that it was better to stay overnight... so no work on the Fahrgestell as I had hoped.

She now owes me some free time .... 11 days to go.....
eMan
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Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 07:12 PM UTC
ICM IT-28 Bridge-layer progress update.




ClaytonFromEllijay
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Posted: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 01:11 AM UTC
Wow, nice work,Peter, you make it look so easy...
petbat
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Posted: Monday, August 14, 2017 - 09:24 PM UTC

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After this pic was taken I found photos showing that these were actually mounted lower but angled up to clear the box, so I have since remounted the tube that way.



The Viagra method.....

Okay I'm back in this build... as usual running out of time.

I hate seam lines, especially on large curved sections to be joined. So after trying to get the kit plastic rounds to look decent, I decided to go another way. Trumpeter give you an Aluminium round and some brass to add to that for 1 round. So, I have used that to cast others:
In she goes...


Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble....



Definitely hot out of the mould....


Primer coat to check for moulding faults:


Also done some of the fiddly bits. Main assembly nearly done so pics soon.
KoSprueOne
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Posted: Sunday, August 06, 2017 - 03:48 PM UTC
Yeah, maybe the whole hatch rotated so either way was correct?

Nice little model. I want to someday build one of these in 1/35




TimReynaga
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Posted: Sunday, August 06, 2017 - 02:45 PM UTC
M31 Grant Tank Recovery Vehicle assembled and primed. The kit came with a single poorly molded fake gun, so I used brass pipes for both the 75mm and 37mm tubes instead.
 photo M31 TRV assembled primed 2in1_zpsfrfpy9rx.jpg
The faux 37mm looks goofy, but I mounted the tube high on the turret that way so it would clear the big tool box on the upper deck. After this pic was taken I found photos showing that these were actually mounted lower but angled up to clear the box, so I have since remounted the tube that way.

Another discrepancy the pics revealed was that the real turret hatches were mounted to open side to side as opposed to front to back as the kit shows. This I left as is. Who knows, maybe some were built that way?
petbat
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Posted: Saturday, August 05, 2017 - 09:05 AM UTC

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These little kits do assemble quite rapidly, but even after clean up they are a little on the rough side...



But they did get rid of the acne.....

Be interested to see what you do with this one from here Tim
TimReynaga
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Posted: Saturday, August 05, 2017 - 04:01 AM UTC
1/100 scale M31 TRV Grant assembled and ready for primer.
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These little kits do assemble quite rapidly, but even after clean up they are a little on the rough side...
ClaytonFromEllijay
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Posted: Thursday, August 03, 2017 - 12:56 AM UTC
Lordy, he loves those little ones...
petbat
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Posted: Wednesday, August 02, 2017 - 06:15 PM UTC
Tim, I expect to see the same care and attention to scale details as you have done in the past on the Zis. Should only take a few months to more accurately detail that 'all but pre-assembled' sucker..


And who said a chunky body full of zits was not a looker


Welcome aboard
TimReynaga
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Posted: Wednesday, August 02, 2017 - 04:50 PM UTC
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TimReynaga
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Posted: Wednesday, August 02, 2017 - 04:46 PM UTC
Let’s face it: the General Grant tank was one of the least attractive designs in the American arsenal. No looker on its best day, to be sure, but at least it couldn’t get any worse... and then someone got the bright idea to convert one into a recovery vehicle...


dioman13
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Posted: Monday, July 03, 2017 - 09:16 AM UTC
Thanks for the kind words guys. Just a temp. thing I hope. Got too much in the stash to give up on it. I'll be back in the saddle some time soon. Bob D.
Namabiiru
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Posted: Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 12:36 AM UTC
Thanks for all the kind words, Gents!

petbat
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Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 06:07 PM UTC
Looks fantastic Mark. You may not feel it is up to what you expected, but I would certainly be proud to have that in my collection. Cheers
KoSprueOne
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Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 12:37 PM UTC
Namabiiru, Very nice finish!
The Russian green looks on point and the muffler rust effect looks perfect. I guess you're right about the welds on a riveted hull. LOL I think I intentionally made weld effects on mine, Haha.




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Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 09:01 AM UTC
Looks great Mark nice work 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺
ClaytonFromEllijay
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Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 08:43 AM UTC
Looks great, Mark! Very good work!
Namabiiru
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Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 02:51 AM UTC
Couple of record shots of the IT-28 before the bridge section goes on. Once that's in place, there won't be much tank left to see...



And the finished bridgelayer:




Calling it done. Was trying to match KoSprueOne's fine build of this kit, but I fell pretty short. Not entirely displeased, though. Will take it to the modeling club meeting on Saturday and then into a box for the move! Hopefully will get the bench set up in the new house in time to get a couple more campaigns done this year!

ClaytonFromEllijay
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Posted: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 02:14 AM UTC
Hope you get to feeling better, Bob, we'll leave the lights on for you...
petbat
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Posted: Monday, June 12, 2017 - 09:43 PM UTC
Looks good Sal. A very quick build.

All the best Bob. Hope things get better for you soon