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Posted: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 04:25 PM UTC

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Also need to do some reading on how the rigging is done, as the instructions do not give a good visual on how it is installed.

Cheers,

Tat



Hi Tat

Nice to see the 'Mini Me' of the kit I am building


Here is the rigging diagram from the 1/35th scale kit. Not that clear but might be enough to help you


In your scale, it would be unlikely that you would have a defined weave in the rope, so you could get away with nylon thread in lieu of cotton string. That might overcome the fluffing if the white glue/water doesn't work out (it usually depends on the quality of the thread. An alternate to that is ship rigging - Quality ones have little fluff.

Hope to see the finished product soon.



Great, thanks Peter! This would surely be of help. Yeah I was thinking of a nylon thread as well, maybe a fishing line too? Anyways will look for something suitable. If all else fails the fallback is the one that came with the kit. Cheers, Tat
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Posted: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 03:20 PM UTC
Nice work on the Bruckenleger Mark. The timber colour does give the end result an interesting contrast.

Love the way you combined 2 group builds into one finished product. That is sure one monster of a build all together.

Thanks for joining in.
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Posted: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 03:15 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Also need to do some reading on how the rigging is done, as the instructions do not give a good visual on how it is installed.

Cheers,

Tat



Hi Tat

Nice to see the 'Mini Me' of the kit I am building


Here is the rigging diagram from the 1/35th scale kit. Not that clear but might be enough to help you


In your scale, it would be unlikely that you would have a defined weave in the rope, so you could get away with nylon thread in lieu of cotton string. That might overcome the fluffing if the white glue/water doesn't work out (it usually depends on the quality of the thread. An alternate to that is ship rigging - Quality ones have little fluff.

Hope to see the finished product soon.
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Posted: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 02:49 PM UTC

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It may be too thick still, but a cure for the fibers is a wash of watery white glue...



I gotta try that next time. Those fibers totally ruin it.




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Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 - 11:56 AM UTC
Ah yes, thanks Clayton -- will give that a try. Cheers, Tat
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Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 - 11:42 AM UTC
It may be too thick still, but a cure for the fibers is a wash of watery white glue...
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Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 - 11:30 AM UTC
Hello,

More torture with small parts last night, but I persevered to finish it before I lose momentum. Am practically done with the crane assembly except for the rigging:



The kit comes with a piece of string, per instruction it says 0.5mm, which I find too thick. Worse, one can see the fibers. Need to figure out a better a material for it. Also need to do some reading on how the rigging is done, as the instructions do not give a good visual on how it is installed.

Cheers,

Tat
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Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 06:09 PM UTC
Here's my update.

There are 16 of these that need to be painted.



Looking a the spares box I found some 1/35 Pz IV hub caps that seemed to fit just right. So after a couple of batches I was done with these tiny wheels.

After all has dried I proceeded to mount them. Had to watch out to make sure they were aligned before putting on the rubber band tracks.



All the other small bits came next -- tools, headlights, etc. Am now done with the hull.





Moving on towards the last few steps, the crane assembly. More smaller parts and probably trickier parts ahead!

Cheers,

Tat
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Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 11:38 AM UTC
Thanks! I try to avoid 1/72 myself but there are just some in the stash that need to get the attention
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Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 02:20 AM UTC
Looking good (and tiny), Tat! I just don't have the eyes or fingers for 1/72, amazed that anyone can work that small!
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Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 02:09 AM UTC
Congratulations on your finish Mark.

Here's my entry:



As I have finished a Morser Karl for another campaign I thought of building its ammo carrier.




It's braille scale, so it builds quick. So far my issue has been the very tiny parts that somehow take a life of its own and just roll off my work table. Still lucky I guess as I've been able to recover all.




The road wheels are at the paint shop, so once done with I'd be able to put them on plus the tracks.

Cheers,

Tat
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Posted: Thursday, March 09, 2017 - 03:15 AM UTC
A great way to combine 2 campaigns, Mark!
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Posted: Thursday, March 09, 2017 - 02:57 AM UTC
Here is the final version with my "Truck and Trailer" campaign build.

This is what I was loosely following



Close enough for government work





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Posted: Wednesday, March 08, 2017 - 04:04 AM UTC
Very nice work, Mark! Be sure to post a pic of the final display!
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Posted: Wednesday, March 08, 2017 - 03:15 AM UTC
She's finished. Not the easiest kit in the world. But, happy with the end result. Just need to weather the FAMO and trailer and then the two can be joined.









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Posted: Monday, March 06, 2017 - 03:41 AM UTC
Wow, that is shaping out to be one very impressive display,Mark!
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Posted: Monday, March 06, 2017 - 02:08 AM UTC
Finished the tracks over the weekend. They came out nicer than I expected.

Test fitting the structure. A few minor adjustments to make.



And, just to see what the final product will look like!

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Posted: Saturday, March 04, 2017 - 05:13 AM UTC
Completed the left track. Putting them together just takes patience. I didn't have any real issues. Now to complete the right side track.

Test fit. Pretty similar to the picture

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Posted: Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 06:41 PM UTC
Peter, thanks for the recommendations regarding the tracks. Hope to have some time this weekend to begin work on them.
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Posted: Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 12:41 PM UTC
Yes! Very inspiring progress going on in here.

Good to know the requirement for epoxy for that model.




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Posted: Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 09:08 AM UTC
Yes, Mark. Having built it I found out the hard way that epoxy is the only thing that holds the sections together.

Have fun with the Fruil. They are great tracks. Just make sure the holes for the wire go all the way through into the last section; sometimes they are blocked. I use a drill bit to test the depth and turn out any dags inside. Measure out the drill bit against the outside of the track piece, stopping just short of going all the way through. Wrap some tape around the end of the drill bit flush with the open track end, then when you push the drill bit in the tracks, you can see if you need to drill out or not and you know when it is deep enough.

I usually push the wire in the tracks then draw it back a smidgen (technical term) and snip off with cutters. Then you can push the wire all the way in without any wire hanging out the end. A drop of Cyano will hold the wire in place and seal the hole.

Looking forward to seeing progress when I get back home to Australia
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Posted: Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 02:06 AM UTC
I appreciate all the positive comments.

The bridge sections are now assembled. It's actually a very heavy piece. Using epoxy to join the sections is definitely the way to go.





I've been waiting for this to clear Indian customs for the last 10 days. Never used these before. So, I'll take my time putting them together.



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Posted: Wednesday, March 01, 2017 - 07:50 AM UTC
Mark. Yes the wood looks fantastic. It will pop some life into the finished build... mine will be grey all over except the ammo rounds... so a 'leetle beet' of color in it.

Bob. Do you have shares in Evergreen??

Sorry to see you had to redo, but the result is looking really impressive.

Well time to put some pics where the mouth is... so to speak. These were taken on the weekend but haven't had much time to upload.

First up spent a while filling knock out marks on the inside of the ammo transport module.....then spent a day sanding them all down with a few touch ups. Had to be careful not to loose detail:

Ran out of putty and the LHS only had Tamiya Brand. It dries rock hard and takes a lot to remove.

Also made some progress on the winch assembly. This needed a lot of trimming of flash and for parts to fit. Also some filler needed in places.




Also fitted the front tow mounts. These are from Dragon as the Trumpeter ones left a lot to be desired. The etch ones they provide are over sized and the styrene ones are in two halves split where the locking pin runs through the holes on the mounts. I was over looking at puttying gaps and sanding the components again by this stage.


The image shows where the hull top has had some panels fitted too

Brain went into neutral when I was fitting the bolts to the drive sprocket mounting. I fit them as per the instructions, forgetting all the bolts are for the Ausf E... the Ausf D did not have so many. Have to trim them off and relocate them.

Off on holiday for a few weeks on Saturday, so not much to show for a while. Happy building to everyone in the meantime and see you soon.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 10:55 AM UTC
Mark..... I second the comment on the wood. Definitely coming together nicely. Enjoying your build.

Tom..... Coming together nicely. Like your new parts.... They definitely are an improvement. Going to be another stunner.

As for my little Hippo.... well, it is coming together. I had a bit of an issue with the first crew cabin... Yep, on to No2...



The first one was to wide, which screwed up the way the front went together. The error wasn't in the drawings, rather it was in the reading of them. However, as you can see, the second one looks to be good... which is something of an improvement on my earlier efforts.




For some reason I like the way that the rear of the vehicle looks more than the sides... Oh well, it will come together all the way around eventually.



A bit of cleanup and on to detailing the hull...
Bob
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Posted: Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 04:38 AM UTC
Very nice, Mark, your wood looks good!