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Crusader to Gazala Campaign
petbat
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Posted: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 12:28 PM UTC

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Thanks Gaz, Pete! Will finish this one for the campaign -- need to get off that slump from last year. Yeah, that Turtle is a sure candidate for the Unfinished Builds one. And I think a couple more...



I have a lot of unfinished ones here, which is why I join the group builds to push me to finish them. Mind you, sometimes I bite off a bit more than I can chew there too. Jeeps deadline looming, Resin a month later........I need to send the wife away for a while.
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Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 06:13 AM UTC

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Aloha All,

Well, my Legends upgrade kit arrived but is a little disappointing. The fuel can handles are about half broken and several of the other parts are warped, particularly the Browning 50 cal, both the barrel and the main part of the gun. Also 2 of the Vickers and metal plates for getting out of the sand. Fortunately the original kit parts are OK for the warped bits, but I'm really bummed about the fuel can handles, since it was the Tamiya fuel cans that sent me looking for resin in the first place. As near as I can tell, most of the bits are at the bottom of the bag, but not looking forward to matching them up. Interesting that they chose to package the delicate parts in the same bag as the heavy duffel bags and such. Didn't stand a chance!






The circular ammo drums for the Vickers machine guns are supposed to be inside a box, showing how poor the casting was for these two pieces. Again, the original Tamiya parts will serve.

The duffel bags and other bits of kit are, however, nicely done and the set includes the hood latches, which are missing from the Tamiya kit and quite prominent on the real vehicle, so I've decided to keep the upgrade set. Might still continue the hunt for some more complete fuel cans though...

Also, apologies for the photography. Still trying to figure out my lighting and the camera settings.

Happy Modelling,
zon




I wonder if this might have been a return from another buyer before you bought it? i had this happen with my resin figure from Lots of Models.
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Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 06:27 AM UTC

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Thanks Gaz, Pete! Will finish this one for the campaign -- need to get off that slump from last year. Yeah, that Turtle is a sure candidate for the Unfinished Builds one. And I think a couple more...



I have a lot of unfinished ones here, which is why I join the group builds to push me to finish them. Mind you, sometimes I bite off a bit more than I can chew there too. Jeeps deadline looming, Resin a month later........I need to send the wife away for a while.



This addiction of mine just becomes costliwr if I send off SWMBO even for a short while

Thanks for the comment Mike. I guess there's a bit of pressure to get this Turtle cross the line!
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Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 11:02 AM UTC
Much THANKS to everyone who commented on my work! Been working on the head/hand sets and more items that I'm adding.

At Tat, welcome to the Campaign and I'm digging the Crusader your building. Its off to a slow start BUT coming along very quickly!


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Petbat,
The campaign and PzIII are a great idea. I have the dragon 6440 in the stash. I'm going to look online for a old cheap prebuild PzIII, if available. Then maybe do a scratch build. Detailing the radio and seeing the interior work on Zsolt Pz Jag I, I just couldn't resists the temptation BUT resisting is futile.

JohnA
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Posted: Saturday, February 03, 2018 - 04:15 PM UTC
HI everyone,
Some more work on my PzIIIG.










I still have to dust the tools, detail the exhaust area, and put three crew figures on.

I'm still having trouble with the dust after I clearcoat it. The clearcoat seems to dissolve the thinner areas no matte what I try.

Cheers!

Gaz
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Posted: Saturday, February 03, 2018 - 09:40 PM UTC
Gary, that is looking extremely good.

Is it weathering powders that are getting lost after you add the clear coat? It could be the airbrush is blowing the particles off, or the sheen of the matt is not as flat as the powder itself.

You might have to add a bit of weathering colour (powder?) directly into your airbrush cup while spraying on the clear cote.
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Posted: Saturday, February 03, 2018 - 10:20 PM UTC
l recently purchased MIGís version of pigment fixer, but havenít had a chance to try it out thus far. I was hoping to do so on my CMP ... which is collecting dust naturally, since I havenít started it yet. 😕

Curious to see how you resolve the dusting issue on your end.

In the meantime ... Dein PzIIIG sieht wirklich gut aus!

ómike
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Posted: Sunday, February 04, 2018 - 05:44 AM UTC
My first update of 2018, it has taken a while to get sorted after Christmas and start building again. Anyway here is the state of play for the A13 Cruiser.

I finished with the running gear last update...

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I was going to do the hull next, but decided to do the turret instead. I opened up the hatches for the loader and intended to replace the S-model commander's hatch with the later round one from Dan Taylor's upgrade set...

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Next job was to clean up the resin castings for the applique armour added to later A13s, this involved removing casting blocks and cleaning up the inside of the casting...

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The side pieces were then superglued to the original turret and the photo-etch front plate was glued in place...

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I chose the external mantlet for this build as I preferred the look of it, it needed cleaning up and was then attached to the front plate...

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I had a metal Besa machine gun barrel, which I added to the mantlet and had to use the plastic main gun as no one makes the specific 2pdr barrel for this tank. I also glued the hatches in place...

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I then added the grab handle from copper wire and the grenade launcher mount to the side of the turret...

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The turret was then primed, some faults have been noted and will be sorted out before any paint is applied...

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Next I turned my attention to the hull, before you attach the exhaust system there are some grab handles on the rear portion that need improving, copper wire was used again...

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The grab handles on the upper rear deck and front glacis were also added using copper wire...

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The photo-etch detailing for the air intakes was then added from the Dan Taylor upgrade set...

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The front headlight and front plate were added from the detail set, as well as the resin lifting lugs...

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The sand shields were bent to shape and added to the front and rear portion of the tank, the rivet detail strips were also added...

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With the running gear test fitted...

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And the turret as well...

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Well that is it so far, just the rear stowage bin and POW rack to fit and then a general tidy up before priming it, it will be painted when I get an airbrush area back. I am glad it is nearly finished, it looks a bit different to the original model and has been worth the effort. Thanks for looking, all comments welcome.

All the best,

Paul
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Posted: Sunday, February 04, 2018 - 06:32 AM UTC
Paul,
Those are some great modifications! I'm impressed. Gonna look great with some paint on it.

Gaz
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Posted: Sunday, February 04, 2018 - 11:19 PM UTC
Thanks Gaz, the painting stage will have to wait until I have reclaimed my airbrushing area, until then it will be in primer for the duration.

Paul
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Posted: Sunday, February 04, 2018 - 11:30 PM UTC
Gaz - the III is starting to look like something to be proud of.
Paul - you have gone at least as far as if not beyond the extent of my nerves on the modification, and I salute you.
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Posted: Monday, February 05, 2018 - 01:43 AM UTC

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Gary, that is looking extremely good.

Is it weathering powders that are getting lost after you add the clear coat? It could be the airbrush is blowing the particles off, or the sheen of the matt is not as flat as the powder itself.

You might have to add a bit of weathering colour (powder?) directly into your airbrush cup while spraying on the clear cote.



Jack,
Thank you!

I'm not sure exactly what the problem with the clear coat is. I hadn't considered the matte-ness if my clear coat as opposed to the chalk. The only thing to do is to try a different matte, I think.

Gaz
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Posted: Monday, February 05, 2018 - 01:44 AM UTC
Johhar and Mike,
Thank you!

Gaz
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Posted: Monday, February 05, 2018 - 04:10 AM UTC

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Paul - you have gone at least as far as if not beyond the extent of my nerves on the modification, and I salute you.



Many thanks Johhar, I sometimes wonder about my sanity doing these sort of modifications, but it is a fine sort of madness isn't it

All the best,

Paul
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Posted: Monday, February 05, 2018 - 01:54 PM UTC
A lot of work going into that one Paul. Looking good.

The 3 is also looking good Gaz. Flat coat over pigments is always going to blend them out. Same as flat coat has a tendency to blend in fine chips etc. I find you add the pigs and then let them wallow unmolested... just don't handle the model afterwards
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Posted: Monday, February 05, 2018 - 03:54 PM UTC
Hi Gary

That Panzer III is looking "schweeet". Very nice!

I have applied pigments immediately after the matt coat (while its still wet) and it seems to blend in nicely, stays where you want it and gives one the desired effect.

I might try the pigments in the airbrush idea.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 - 04:24 AM UTC
Peter and Dudley,
Thank you! Some more things to try. Though I fear putting pigments in the matte coat will just make 'paint'.

Gaz
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Posted: Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 09:42 AM UTC
Hi Fellow Campaigners,
I've started on the figures for my build. The figures are only roughly painted with some washes and other stuff to add texture, depth, and color.

Here are the snaps:
















What do you suppose they're all looking at?

Cheers,

Gaz
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Posted: Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 11:01 AM UTC
The "Desert Fox"
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Posted: Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 11:29 AM UTC

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The "Desert Fox"


As in foxy local lady? ... although veiled!
Whatever it is thatís getting their attention, these figure additions look great!

ómike
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Posted: Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 01:51 PM UTC
Guys,
Thanks! Although I have Rommel in plastic form, he's not what they're looking at.

...I have another kit to build.

Gaz
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Posted: Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 07:27 PM UTC
Following on from the last update, I had just to fit the rear stowage box and rack and then prime the model ready for painting.

The stowage box comes in several Photo-etch parts, starting with the brackets that attach it to the rear of the tank, these have to be bent to shape...



The rest of the items that make up this stowage item are then folded up and made ready to glue together...



The brackets are then glued to the rear plate of the model...





Next the stowage box is attached to the brackets...





Finally the POW rack is attached to the stowage box...







The whole tank was then primed, ready for painting. This won't be just yet and it will join the rest of my 'grey' army until I get my airbrushing area back again...













That's it for this model, thanks for looking, all comments are welcome.

All the best,

Paul

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Posted: Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 05:37 AM UTC
Hello All!

Just signed up for this and am excited to get in.

I've been looking at the threads so far and hope my skills wake back up after 20+ years away.

I'll be building an old school Tamiya 1/35 PkKpw II. ( I think I bought the kit in 1979). The plan in to go OOTB and get my skills back. Glue fingers together, paint everything wrong, hopefully not airbrush the cat and so on.

Best wishes to all!
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Posted: Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 06:23 AM UTC
Welcome back, Marc
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Posted: Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 07:12 AM UTC

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Hello All!

Just signed up for this and am excited to get in.

I've been looking at the threads so far and hope my skills wake back up after 20+ years away.

I'll be building an old school Tamiya 1/35 PkKpw II. ( I think I bought the kit in 1979). The plan in to go OOTB and get my skills back. Glue fingers together, paint everything wrong, hopefully not airbrush the cat and so on.

Best wishes to all!



Marc,
Welcome to the campaign! I look forward to seeing your Panzer. It you do by chance airbrush the cat, please post a photo.

Gaz