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petbat
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Posted: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 04:02 PM GMT+7

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First attempt to mate all the sub-assemblies of my 251 was a complete failure. Time to retire to a good drink and pick it up another day.



SOP for the Dragon 251 and 250 half tracks. The hull top never wants to fit properly on the hull bottom.

It is worse on the 250 Neu as the hull top sits completely flat from tip to tail, but the front of the lower hull slopes down. This is with the front taped down and under a little stress, note the in front of the tape on the right - imagine how big that gets when the rear of the upper hull is pressed down


Only way to fix that was remove a lot of styrene from under where the "hood" meets the "view port plate" and along the hood join so you could bend the whole hood down at the two joins. Here is where I removed the part at the view port plate join:



Result:


So good luck, I hope it works out for you second attempt
petbat
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Posted: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 03:47 PM GMT+7



Hi Marc

When posting images like this, first you need to set up the image tags. To do that, when you are ready to post press the tag button:


This will bring up the image tags with an example text in it:


What you need to do is remove all the text between ] and [ and paste your URL address in that like this:



Then when you finish the post, your pic will be shown on the page like this:





Without the image tags, all you are posting is a link to open the picture in another browser page.

I hope this helps you. It is a bit confusing the first time, but once you have done it, it is easier.
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johhar
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Posted: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 04:08 AM GMT+7
Appreciate the sympathy Gaz, but I'm not whining. I looked closely and found that there were some supports under the fighting compartment floor that seemed to be blocking the long tab at the bottom of each side from going into position and out of sight. I cut pieces off the tab around where it would meet those supports and at the ends. This solved the problem and I'll repeat it with the other side which I show in the photo for comparison. I don't remember this issue with any other Dragon 251 kits in the past, though there could be any number of reasons for me not remembering.
Sleepwalker71
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Posted: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 12:46 AM GMT+7
Let's roll. I'm in with Valentine Mk.II/IV tank from Tamiya. It is very fresh kit with very nice details and engineering. It will be done out of a box with some minor scratch build exceptions. This particular tank will be from unknown British unit fighting in North Africa in years 1941-1942, as per painting instruction. I will stick to this since one only photo of this particular tank I have found shows it destroyed, somewhere in 1942.

Here is my start photo.

And more to come soon...
GazzaS
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Posted: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 03:30 PM GMT+7

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First attempt to mate all the sub-assemblies of my 251 was a complete failure. Time to retire to a good drink and pick it up another day.



Sorry it didn't go well, mate.

Gaz
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Posted: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 01:00 PM GMT+7
First attempt to mate all the sub-assemblies of my 251 was a complete failure. Time to retire to a good drink and pick it up another day.
johhar
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Posted: Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 09:52 AM GMT+7
Dragon's 251 series all have a decent but not overwhelming amount of detail. I never thought until I built this about how many weapons were on board; 8 rifles, 2 MPs, a rear MG, and an MG or whatever the particular variant packed up front or in the middle.
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Posted: Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 07:40 AM GMT+7
Let's mess with this a bit...

https://gallery3.kitmaker.net/showphoto.php/photo/459939/ppuser/3538
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petbat
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 09:16 PM GMT+7
Gaz you picked the perfect weather to lose the car air-con in didn't you! Well look at it this way, you can lose a couple of pounds on the way to and from work each day now.


Looking good Johar.

Iain nice to see some scratch built added details.

GazzaS
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 06:27 PM GMT+7

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Well if you want something that looks good but does bugger all then I'm your man!



Hah! Excellent answer!

Gaz
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 05:46 PM GMT+7
Well if you want something that looks good but does bugger all then I'm your man!
GazzaS
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 04:57 PM GMT+7
Iain,
WTG on that oil cooler! Maybe I should have called you to fix the aircon in my ute. I fear I either had a hose, or the condenser blow out the other day. I have an appointment to have it fixed late next week.
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 04:03 PM GMT+7
Work on the Stuart has begun.

Shaved the detail off the back wall and filled in the holes, and started making a oil cooler from styrene strip and stretched sprue





Replacing the kit American radio with a spare No. 19 set from AFV Club



Started adding extra detail to the turret.


GazzaS
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 03:24 PM GMT+7
Looking good, Johhar! A lot of nice detail there!

Gaz
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 03:18 PM GMT+7
Better late than never, 32 pages in. Some pre-assembly pics.






Now it's back to the Jeeps campaign until I finish that.
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 03:07 PM GMT+7

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Gaz, Peter thanks for your feedback and pictures. I will try some new ones.



I can tell you from personal experience, that filling sandbags is a rotten job. Messy...sand gets everywhere, especially in your boots.

Often your shovel full of sand either misses the flexible opening of the bag, or hits the hands of your buddy who is trying to hold the bag open.

And despite the weave of the bag, they always leak! Hoisting them over your shoulder guarantees sand down your back. This sand finds its way into your undies.

Few things I ever did while in the military sucked as much as filling sandbags.

Gaz



I knew there was reason I chose the Navy for a career
johhar
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 02:35 PM GMT+7
And if there's one thing they have in Australia, it's sand.
GazzaS
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 12:37 PM GMT+7

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Gaz, Peter thanks for your feedback and pictures. I will try some new ones.



I can tell you from personal experience, that filling sandbags is a rotten job. Messy...sand gets everywhere, especially in your boots.

Often your shovel full of sand either misses the flexible opening of the bag, or hits the hands of your buddy who is trying to hold the bag open.

And despite the weave of the bag, they always leak! Hoisting them over your shoulder guarantees sand down your back. This sand finds its way into your undies.

Few things I ever did while in the military sucked as much as filling sandbags.

Gaz
GazzaS
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 12:33 PM GMT+7
Marc,
Thank you for the update photo. It came out real small, though. Could you make it bigger, please.

Gaz
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 11:27 AM GMT+7
Gaz, Peter thanks for your feedback and pictures. I will try some new ones.
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 10:20 AM GMT+7
WIP Update
petbat
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 10:11 AM GMT+7
Hi Ken

These look good, but as Gaz said, the bags generally conform to everything, depending on how full they are. More sand gives a rounder shape and less movement of the contents, whereas part filled bags, like your flatter ones, really conform to everything. Here is an example:


Note how the bags on the spare tracks form around the guide horns, how each bag on top conforms to the curve of the one under it with little or no gap and how the edges of others droop right down

and another with fuller bags



How full they are depends on the crew. Filled bags are heavy and after they have hoisted a few on a vehicle, the crew usually quickly decides not to fill them all.

A reference of sorts for you
GazzaS
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 09:15 AM GMT+7

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Would like some feedback on my first attempt at sand bags before I go any further. Thanks



Ken,
You've done a pretty good job, but the right side needs a little touch up.

The weight of the bag on top modifies the shape of the bag on the bottom. And the bottom bag will conform completely to the shape beneath it.

The only part of the bag that won't conform is that area near then ends where the fabric and seam causes lift.

So, the two bags on the right of your photo show themselves lifted by the other bags and the structure beneath. With a vehicle that is moving, those bags would really snug themselves down to the surface and to each other.

Hopefully this is helpful.

Gaz