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Interiors Campaign
petbat
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Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 08:10 PM UTC
Looks great Alex. Nice one.
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Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 05:26 PM UTC
I figured it was time to post something. Big update.

I was originally going to build the Academy M3a1 Stuart, but decided to go with their M36/M36B2 "Battle of the Bulge" kit.

The kit allows you to build either a M36 or a M36B2. These are the 90mm open turret mounted on a M10 or M10a1 chassis. Alternatively, the M36B1 was the 90mm turret mounted on a M4a3 chassis. Most B2s were built post-war. If you want a late-late-war Jackson or a post-war Jackson, your best shot is the B2. Of course, surplus M36s were sold abroad. For example, Iran were sold some. However, South Korea and Yugoslavia are probably best known operators.

Academy's kit is their normal M36/M36B2 kit, but tagged as a Battle of the Bulge TD. Of the six marking options, only two are BotB vehicles. The rest includes a M36 of 2nd Cav in Germany March 1945. The other three are post-war (1951-53) M36B2s in South Korean and French service. The two French TDs are based in Tonkin.

The kit shares alot of parts from Academy's Sherman and M10 kits. Detail is pretty nice. Obviously, it comes with a pretty nice interior. There's even sidewall detail in the engine compartment, but no actual engine. As an aside, their M36B1 kit (M4a3 chassis) has no interior for the chassis. It uses the same 90mm turret but you'll have to enlarge the turret ring for the 90mm turret to fit. It would have been nice to have a M4a3 interior for the M36B1 as well as their M4a3 kits.
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The suspension assemblies are pretty much in-line with most Sherman kits. The hub inserts are keyed so a little care is needed to make sure they sit correctly. The detail is nice though.
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I jumped to the interior. There's a good bit of detail there, plus you can go all-out on detail if you want. I kept the hull interior pretty much OOB for this build.
The trans looks really nice.
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Lower hull assembly was typical. You add the drive mounts as extensions.
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Lower hull done. Front interior painted and ready to go in. I painted it flat white (rattle-can). Before anyone says anything, the instructions call for the whole interior to be white. There's variation on actual M36s. Since the turret is open and you can see part of the chassis interior, I went with an OD fighting compartment floor and rear firewall. Sides (ammo stowage) and the front driver and co-driver areas are white.
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I then turned to the rear hull interior. This will be OD. While I waited for paint to dry, I jumped ahead and assembled the lower turret. This is not the old Italeri M36/M36B2. It has more detail...like a more realistic turret bastket and some added interior detail. There's still room to add junction boxes and wiring.....but more on that later.
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Interior mounted in lower chassis. Placement is a bit vague. This was further complicated by the fit of the trans in the cast front-end. I used the rear placement tabs as a common spot for the interior sections. Test fit it like a maniac.
Anyway, I went ahead and gave the interior a wash and drybrushed it.
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Back to the turret. It has most of the core details. I added a few electric boxes and some wiring (thanks Jeff). As an aside, the turret ammo rack looks a bit wonky and the kit does not come with any rounds or round ends to go in them.
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Back to the hull...the rear to be precise. Again, pretty standard assembly. The M36 and M36B2 has different exhaust and rear ends. I had to decide to go with a M36 so I went with the M36 rear. The exhaust grills are left off for now.
Note the engine compartment has detailed sidewalls but no engine.
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I shot some olive drab on the turret interior and lower hull. I thought I had a picture of the ammo placed but I guess I was mistaken. The ammo is stored in tubes and sit in racks. These are a bit fiddly and placement of the middle and forward rack supports are a bit vague.
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Turret time. The kit gun has a guard assembly....and it eats up alot of the turret interior space. I've seen M36s without the guard so I was worried it might be a post-war (B2) option.
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I finished up assembly on the upper hull. Engine hatch varies between the M36 and M36B2. By the way, I want to add that the instructions are pretty clear on which parts are specific for each version.
One thing they mess-up on are considering the hull details in with the markings. For example, the rear jerry can racks are where the side stars go for several examples. I would take some artistic license with mine....I moved the side stars to the turret sides.
I didn't hang all the cleats. I wanted to use the mounts for stowage.
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Base coat of Olive Drab. I used Testors OD for the exterior and Tamiya OD for the interior. I tend to prefer Testors' OD for exteriors. To me, the lighter shade looks more worn and weathered.
Tracks are rubberband type. They look pretty good. They are tight so you have to be careful when putting them on the vehicle. The front roadwheels will actually pivot up. You may want to glue those in position.
And yeah that rear view is missing the tracks. The original post-painting pictures did not have the tracks on yet. I had to retake some pictures.
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Finished her up with light washes and drybrushing. Painted on mud on running gear and bottom edge of lower hull. Decals utilized some artistic license on their placement. I had planned to add a good bit of stowage, but decided against it at the 11th hour.
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And I proclaim it done. This was a build I started and stopped on a few times for about 4 months. It wasn't a bad build. Academy cut a few corners, which seems to be their deal. A shame there was no engine included. I'll probably use it in a diorama at some point.
I would recommend it and I wouldn't mind picking up another copy to make a Cold War M36B2....but not right now.
Thanks for the campaign and I've enjoyed watching the work.

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Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 06:42 AM UTC
Thanks Kalin!
Sure it is tiny vehicle, the CV 3/33.
And packed with details.

Painted the interior and started weathering(engine oil on transmission and engine, engine grime in engine compartment and lavishly applied home made black wash).



Next will be interior wash and interior streaking grime,
k_mero4
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Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 03:31 AM UTC
Yovchev, in a small model, could not you do in this campaign. Just by looking at it and ...
Good job.
ayovtshev
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Posted: Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 05:44 PM UTC
Progress on my build(CV3/33 by Bronco):




SGTJKJ
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Posted: Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 10:12 PM UTC
Great looking build, Olivier.

Thanks for the comments, guys. Much appreciated.
bison126
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Posted: Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 09:47 PM UTC
Thank you Iain.

Olivier
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Posted: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 04:26 PM UTC
That's a really nice bushmaster Olivier. From the photo that wheel cover looks spot on colour wise.

Like the soft top land rovers, those covers tended to fade quickly in the sun, and get dirt and dust embedded in them, and cleaning was generally a basic hosing, so colours would vary quite a bit.

ReconTL3-1
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Posted: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 06:35 AM UTC
Your models turned out quite well, Jesper and Olivier.

Jesper, I just started a SdKfz 251 this morning for the In Captivity/Under New Management Campaign. It will represent one that was captured and put to use by a US Artillery unit in France. I hope mine turns out half a good as your did.

Cheers,
James
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Posted: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 03:45 AM UTC
It is looking good Jesper. And your interior remains fully visible.

Here is my Bushmaster nearly completed. I think I'll add some streaking here and there but not more as I don't want to turn it into a piece of mud.
I changed the decals for the spare wheel and mudflaps covers for a reference from Mouse House Enterprise which is far better even though the tan still looks too light.
As the MGs in the box are awful. I decided not to use them. I only used the stock of the M249 which I glued on a Tamiya MG.













Olivier
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Posted: Friday, June 22, 2018 - 09:56 PM UTC
Some really cool builds here. Great works!

I have finished my Sd.Kfz. 251. I made the interior look a bit more busy by adding various weapons and bits.







Kaktusas
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Posted: Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 08:12 PM UTC
Looks great Olivier!
Mine is almost finished too. Got to ad some shine with the pencil on track edges, some dust here and there, but for me, its almost there. If anyone spots any serious things to be fixed speak out now



bison126
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Posted: Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 05:06 AM UTC
Slow progress on my Bushmaster. Still need to add a couple of details like the MG mounts and change the poor canvas decals by some coming from Mouse House Entreprise.









Olivier
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Posted: Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 08:10 PM UTC
The interior set came with some film instruments to go with the photoetch front panel, but it was way too small. So I found a suitable image on the net and cleaned up. Could have done a bit better job but it's not going to be very visible anyway without a borescope of some kind.





The rest of the interior is progressing.




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Posted: Wednesday, June 06, 2018 - 12:24 AM UTC

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Very nice bucket James

Jesse, your Nashorn is great too. You could get the running gear dirtier though.

Olivier



Thanks, Olivier.

Jesse, I think your Nashorn looks great, but I do agree with Olivier that it needs a bit more dirt to it. Not much, but at least a bit on the running gear and tracks.

Cheers,
James


Thanks guys. There is plenty of dirt on it, but the flash from the camera washed it out! But maybe I'll throw some more on it anyway. AFV's can't be too dirty!

Jesse
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Posted: Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - 08:45 AM UTC
I just completed the figure manning the .50. He is a conversion of Bravo 6 and Hobby Fan with a Hornet head. I plan on adding more figures to the vehicle and scene later, but for the next few shows I will display it as just an armor model.



Thanks for looking.
Cheers,
James
ReconTL3-1
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Posted: Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - 08:43 AM UTC

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Very nice bucket James

Jesse, your Nashorn is great too. You could get the running gear dirtier though.

Olivier



Thanks, Olivier.

Jesse, I think your Nashorn looks great, but I do agree with Olivier that it needs a bit more dirt to it. Not much, but at least a bit on the running gear and tracks.

Cheers,
James
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Posted: Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - 08:40 AM UTC

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Looks great James!



Thanks, Darius.
bison126
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Posted: Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - 04:18 AM UTC
Very nice bucket James

Jesse, your Nashorn is great too. You could get the running gear dirtier though.

Olivier
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Posted: Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - 01:58 AM UTC
Here is my completed Nashorn.







Jesse
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Posted: Monday, June 04, 2018 - 09:59 PM UTC
Made a start on my Sherman

Kaktusas
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Posted: Monday, June 04, 2018 - 06:16 PM UTC
Looks great James!
ReconTL3-1
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Posted: Monday, June 04, 2018 - 07:24 AM UTC
Oliver and Jesper, your models are looking great.

I recently got my M113 pretty much completed prior to the Tulsa Figure Show. I was not able to get the figures I am including with it completed, but they will be in time for Soonercon. Here are some photos of it in the hotel room prior to the Tulsa Figure Show. I could probably add a few more items on the top of the hull, but for now I am calling her done.































Thanks for looking.

Cheers,
James
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Posted: Saturday, June 02, 2018 - 09:47 PM UTC

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Nice job Jesper. Are you sure the number of discs you painted is accurate?
Olivier



No, on the contrary I am quite sure the camouflage is historically inaccurate. This model will be used for a wargame for battles in 1947, so I took some artistic license
At the same time I am testing the use of decals as camouflage. Not perfect, but I am learning for each model.
bison126
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Posted: Friday, June 01, 2018 - 10:18 PM UTC
Nice job Jesper. Are you sure the number of discs you painted is accurate?

Peter, I'll try to have a look at the replacement decals.
I think I'll keep the Bushmaster clean but a bit of dust on the undercarriage is logical even during a show.

Olivier