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SGTJKJ
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Kobenhavn, Denmark
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Posted: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 10:15 AM UTC
Brent, welcome back. Thanks for your service.

I cannot imagine it should be any problem to enter with what you have. I am not the campaign leader so cannot give the final call on this one, but guessing you can enter.
sgtsauer
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Posted: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 09:50 AM UTC
I have just returned to model building after about a 19 month break due to deployment.

Can I jump into this campaign?

I have an AFV Club HAWK that is about 85% done. I have 'in progress' and current status photos that I can post.
goofmuilwijk
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Posted: Friday, September 21, 2018 - 08:45 AM UTC
Not trying to spam, but i'll repeat myself for this campaign:
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I've decided to drop out of this campaign. I have too many campaigns and builds. Add to that a busy workload both at the office and at home... All this means a sort of step back and refocus attempt, trying to figure out what i will and will not build in the limited time available... And the plain truth is that if i were to start this one, it will probably end up on the Shelf Of Shame

petbat
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Queensland, Australia
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Posted: Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 08:17 PM UTC
Excellent attention to detail Darius. Looking great
Kaktusas
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Vilnius, Lithuania
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Posted: Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 09:51 AM UTC
Very nice work Jesper!
Im working on paint job with my entry. In primer:

Base coat on. Plus some detail painting. Now its time to put some camo on:

While paint dries, i keep working on trailer. And unexpectedly it turns out quite enjoyable build. There are few issues with the kit:
1) trailer frame cross section is little bit wrong. You can clearly see this in walk-around of Flakvierling trailer in Saumur (http://svsm.org/gallery/20mm_flak38_sau). Bronco could do this right with the same ideology of part molding they used for kit frame. IS it worth to fix it? no, not realy, too much effort, for little effect.
2) Coupling loop. Pin is ~1mm, hole is 3.... In the same walkaround mentioned above you can see what i mean. I reduced mine to +/- right size.
3) Trailer winches lack locking mechanism seen in picture bellow. When hoisting gun, or ammo box, crew had to hook the attachment point on the rear of the platform, then use 2 small hooks on the platform to attach winch chains, and lift entire platform til it is locked in upper position. Winch is used to lift, not to hold gun in place. Btw, modifications i have done with winch work well for mounting the Flak 36 too.

4)Ammunition box walls are very beefy. I started thinning out edges so i can pose it with the doors open. Plus box should sit on the frame. Bottom of the box is too deep, as there is no frame.... This isnt really important issue. Im more concerned about wall thickness, as this reduces possibilities of fitting realistic ammo load (In main box, one should be able to load 48 double clip ammo boxes in single layer. There shouldn't be space for second layer, as this would overload the trailed). Anyway, trailer was designed to pack ammunition, so there shouldn't be much unused space between boxes.
5) Ammunition box mounting. I have shortened front mount by 4.5-5mm, shifted rear mounts 2mm backward, added small hooks to hoist winches. Trailer now balances nicely. Main ammunition box is centered over trailer axle. (Rear "piggy back" box seems to be addition to hold personal stuff, rather than carry ammunition.


SGTJKJ
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Kobenhavn, Denmark
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Posted: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 06:23 PM UTC
Thanks for the comments, Peter. Much appreciated.
petbat
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Queensland, Australia
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Posted: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 09:17 AM UTC
Really well done Jesper. Nice work on the weathring.

Nice that they are configured differently too.

Until next build...
SGTJKJ
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Posted: Friday, September 14, 2018 - 10:03 PM UTC
I have finished my entries for this campaign. Two axis mobelwagen.









Hangelafette
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Posted: Saturday, September 08, 2018 - 03:38 AM UTC
Entering with Meng's new Buk.



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SGTJKJ
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Kobenhavn, Denmark
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Posted: Thursday, September 06, 2018 - 04:28 PM UTC
Beautiful flak panther, Tom The contrast between the dunkelgelb and the dark grey is really cool and looks striking.

Congrats on a great job done!
Mrclark7
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Posted: Thursday, September 06, 2018 - 12:57 PM UTC
Thought I posted an entry but I dont see it.



Lakota
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Posted: Wednesday, September 05, 2018 - 11:02 PM UTC
Tom-Congrats on your model. I like the two-tone scheme also.

Darius-Watching your build with interest. Looks and sounds complicated but your model is looking awesome.

Take care,
Don "Lakota"
petbat
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Posted: Wednesday, September 05, 2018 - 06:40 PM UTC

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Peter,

Indeed, axles are very tight fitting (what a surprise from bronco )




Yes Bronco seem to miss the 'Goldilocks' approach to their kits. Its either too big papa bear, or too small Mama Bear... rarely the 'just right' baby bear....



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Period photos seem to prove this, but i got to find more of them to be able to position the box correctly.



Yes, finding clear pics on it is not easy. Mine is a shelf queen for that very reason.
Kaktusas
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Vilnius, Lithuania
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Posted: Wednesday, September 05, 2018 - 05:38 PM UTC
Peter,

yes, i have widened front axle, plus i have readjusted idler to correct link count/tension. Indeed, axles are very tight fitting (what a surprise from bronco ). As well i think i will make my own windshield canvas cover, as i don't feel confident about weathering glass panels (if i screw up, i will have to make cover anyway).
I also got their Sd.Ah.52 trailer waiting its turn when i will start painting/weathering the halftrack. Probably i wont finish the trailer until end of te campaign tho, as i sill got to finish my research on it. At moment, position of the ammo box itself seems to be fishy, it is shifted backwards too much, seriously upsetting balance of the trailer. Period photos seem to prove this, but i got to find more of them to be able to position the box correctly.
petbat
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Posted: Wednesday, September 05, 2018 - 03:44 PM UTC
Very well done Tom. Love the two tone it really adds character that way. Thanks for joining in.

Darius did you widen the front wheel axles? They need to be wider for the wheels to fit under the fenders properly. Also make sure you do not paint the road wheels axles as the fit is tight and they are fairly delicate - they would be easy to break off if you had to force the wheels on.

Also make sure the gaps between roadwheels line up. The poor location for the torsion bars with the wide guidehorns can cause the wheels to be offset a little and that pulls the tracks out of line. I learned that from a friend and I took his advice on my build.

Good luck with the paint.
Kaktusas
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Vilnius, Lithuania
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Posted: Wednesday, September 05, 2018 - 09:33 AM UTC
Time to upload my progress picture. While finishing my entry for workhorses campaign, i did some work on Sd.kfz. 6/2. To be honest, basic construction is already complete, it is time to spray some paint now. I chose to build it as 4th panzer division vehicle. Most likely i will go with two color paint scheme, as it seems that painters in this division preferred it over the tricolor one.
Talking about kit itself (ignoring cab issues etc), it is nice kit in the most areas. Except maybe some loose fit issues (such as wheels and flak gun cradle), and of course lack of logic in the instructions. For example, when assembling gun, it is worth to start with the triangular base (it is actually one of the last steps in the assembly). This way, you will have stable base to assemble and detail this very nice looking gun. But if you will fallow instructions, you will end up with gun assembly that cannot be placed on table without rolling and otherwise attempting to break some tiny parts off... Has tons small parts, that aren't realy enjoyable to clean up, and to be honest, this high number of parts doesn't really affect final look or level of the details much. For example ammunition boxes could have easily be molded as 2 piece, instead 3 piece. Another observation i have, is the shape of molds is very conical in Bronco kits. This is especially evident in compressed air cylinders. Yes, those cylinders that are supposed to be missing from the kit, but they are marked on the sprues as "unused". The only thing missing is their brackets, but this can be easily sorted with thin styrene strip. So talking about conical molds, you can clearly see that cylinders are conical, not tubular. If Bronco would chose to mold it in 2 halves (instead 3 part affair they did) there would be no "conical issues". There are more fit issues, that can be avoided by simply gluing fighting platform to cab floor before assembling cab and fenders. Altho this is almost impossible to foresee, this will prevent gaps and fit issues later on, when you will try to mate cab to fighting platform. For example rear wall of the cab has very "liberal" position when assembling the cab, but the position becomes obvious once you have joined the pieces. Same is with fighting platform fenders. They can be displaced quite easily, resulting in bad fit between large sub-assemblies. Overall, great kit. But instructions and engineering issues make me think that Dragon kits are great once again. Too expensive, but still great
TMoon
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Texas, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, September 04, 2018 - 06:57 AM UTC
Here are my finished photos of the Hobby Boss FlakPanther
The same photos are in the campaign gallery.









Great campaign a lot of great models.

Tom
petbat
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Posted: Sunday, September 02, 2018 - 09:12 PM UTC
Love the Zombies too Jesper… good to see some work happening again.
SGTJKJ
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Posted: Sunday, September 02, 2018 - 04:05 AM UTC
After a month or so, I am back at it with my Mobelwagena. They are being muddied up a little and decals added. Next are some scratches and the detail painting.

More to follow

petbat
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Posted: Saturday, September 01, 2018 - 11:24 AM UTC
Coming along nicely Zon. Brings back memories alright
zontar
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Posted: Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 06:37 PM UTC
Aloha All,

Some great work going on here.

I've made some progress:
Upper Body. the side panels are warped some and some other fit issues. The pins on the jump seat in the back were too short to make it to the brackets, so I added to the brackets, which interfered with the seat top. Nothing some sanding didn't fix.





Chassis:




I added grey thread for the winch cable. It's even workable.


So many ejector pin holes to fill... I've also completed the wheel assemblies. I'm trying to decide if I should leave them off to paint separately, or paint them on the vehicle. The rotate, so painting the rubber while on the vehicle wouldn't be too bad.

Happy Modeling,
Zon

petbat
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Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 03:59 PM UTC
Okay, all together now...

" I've been workin' on the railroad...."

Looking good Mike. I didn't realise it had so many tools.
TacFireGuru
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Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 11:37 AM UTC
First filter on. Working on the tools too. Finally



Mike
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Sofiya, Bulgaria
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Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 04:45 AM UTC
Very well Marc! He's got a great model. I expect to see the weathering.
Success!
petbat
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Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 03:46 AM UTC
Some seriously good work here guys. Great variety too.

Love the clamped tracks on the Flak panther Tom. Real work in progress. Same for you Chris

Hasegawa 1/72nd.... now those really are memories Don. I remember the dio base kits too.

Have fun with all that intricate detail to pick out Marc.