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The Workhorses Campaign
d6mst0
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Texas, United States
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Posted: Monday, April 23, 2018 - 06:02 PM UTC
Mark,

Your Panzer IV is looking awesome. Very clean build and the paint work is spot on. Another fine build.

Mark
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Posted: Monday, April 23, 2018 - 09:11 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Mark,

Your Panzer IV is looking awesome. Very clean build and the paint work is spot on. Another fine build.

Mark



Thanks Mark. Should have it finished tonight.
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Delhi, India / भारत
Joined: September 22, 2016
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Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 10:30 AM UTC
My build is complete.

My basic premise is that this is a September 1944 production build. It is the last vehicle to receive the factory applied zimmerit coating; and first to receive the wire mesh schurzen. It has been delivered to the military for kitting out. It is now waiting to be loaded on a train for the Eastern Front. It doesn't have any markings or camo applied as that would be done by the unit after it was received.

So, a hypothetical scenario. But, that's what's great about our hobby; you can do whatever you like.







The Eduard schurzen set was not easy to work with, but the results were worth the effort.

Pics posted in campaign gallery as well.
Northern_Lad
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Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 11:25 PM UTC
@ Mark - awesome build! Love the mesh skirts....

I have more progress to report on the Italeri panzer iv f2. I’ve added weld beads to the hull and turret using stretched sprue and tamiya ultra thin cement - it works well I think.

Can anyone tell me if the final drive housing armour should have the conical bolt heads?And if yes, how many on the f2?… See picture below…



I completely rebuilt the back plate as the Italeri part was covered with inaccessible sink marks.



Turret needs more work around the mantlet. Also need to add weld beads on the top.





I used the RB model barrel for the f2. The front glacis is a Dragon extra, and there is a Tamiya part there too with the ball mount MG and drivers vision port - the Italeri ball mount MG was way oversized.



Next up: Friulmodel tracks….

Cheers

Matthew
Conrad86
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Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 12:22 AM UTC
Very impressed with those weld beads Matthew, really nice. Excellent work on the rear panel too, very tidy indeed.

Mark - wonderful build, those Thoma skirts have come out beautifully.
Northern_Lad
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Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 04:41 AM UTC
Thanks, Conrad.

Little update…

I realised I placed the lifting hooks at the rear of the turret in the wrong place. I’ve corrected that now.. The PE looks a bit mangled though…





I’ve added the cables that run to the headlights - good ol’ stretched sprue!



Cheers

Matthew
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Delhi, India / भारत
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Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 09:46 AM UTC
Thanks for the positive comments guys.

Matthew, all your work is paying off on your F2 build. It's looking great.
petbat
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Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 12:07 PM UTC
Fantastic finish Mark, looks great. Hope you enjoyed being part of the build.

Mathew the Frankenpanzer is really coming along nicely. Love the extra detail. It is great to have the extra parts available.

I built a Kugelblitz on a hull made entirely from from Dragon Spare parts and styrene stock. Used their old Kugelblitz ball turret, but rebuilt it and the ring mount, and emptied the spares box for the rest.
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Delhi, India / भारत
Joined: September 22, 2016
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Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 09:57 AM UTC
I always enjoy the campaign builds. The best part is seeing everyone's builds.
m4sherman
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Posted: Friday, April 27, 2018 - 06:06 AM UTC
I've decided to join this campaign. I have pretty much failed at all the ones I joined last year due to some family problems and real bad karma. But I jut got a couple Dragon T-34's, and will do my best to come through on this one! I plan on kit bashing a little between the various kits I have to show a war weary T-34/76 in Berlin.

Bluestab
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Posted: Friday, April 27, 2018 - 07:03 AM UTC
Wow, some nice builds going on. That F2 really looks nice. It's almost going to be a shame to cover all that detail work with paint.

It's been a while but here's a quick update on my Academy M4a3(76mm)W "Battle of the Bulge" kit.

The last update I had sprayed a base coat of Olive Drab. The kit has the winter camo scheme of a vehicle from 709thTB, Colmar, France January 1945. I did some looking and found this photo. I like the look so I decided to go with it. The problem is the Sherman in the picture is an earlier version with the round loader's hatch, whereas the kit has the later oval hatch. So, we're going to be "inspired" by the picture and take some artistic license with it.
workhorse-sherman_09

I used Tamiya white and hand-painted the designs on. I figured the crews used rags or brushes to apply them so I went with a rough appearance. The edges are a bit hard but they should soften out with weathering and washes.
workhorse-sherman_10
workhorse-sherman_11

I decided to add mud, using Sculptamold. I dabbed it on the lower hull. I should have done this before I added the suspension, but I had not planned on going bonkers on the mud at the time.
I went heavy with the mud on the suspension bogies. I put a glob of it on the road-wheels and turned them. The motion of the wheels smeared the mud on the wheels and left enough on the wheel support arms...It looks pretty good.
workhorse-sherman_12

The mud painted, using Tamiya Earth. I had to touch-up some of the mudded spots, hence the white.I used a light earth wash to try to soften and blend the white on the hull. A couple more washes and it should be good.
The kit comes with Rubbermaid tracks. These are the duckbill variety. These are a huge improvement over the older duckbill tracks in Tamiya's M4a3 kit. They are thicker and have a distinct curve like the real thing. The downside are the track-lengths' connection point. They are the melt-the-pins-type. I used super glue and melted them to try to make them look seamless. Unfortunately, there's still a slight gap-point.
The tracks are also pretty tight. You can see where the front suspension are pushed up by the tracks.
Tracks were painted red-brown...steel...earth.
workhorse-sherman_13

And that's where she stands at the moment.
panzerman1
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Posted: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 11:03 AM UTC
Great work being done here in this campaign.
Love the Toma mesh skirts on the Panzer IV.
I'm working on the F1 version of the Italeri Panzer IV. Nice to see someone doing the F2 version as well. Nice upgrades on that build as well.
Love the snow camouflage on the Sherman. Cool reference photo for it.
Keep up the great work Fellow Modelers!
Bill
m4sherman
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Posted: Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 11:24 AM UTC
Work on my T-34, now an OT-34 after browsing the T-34 Mythic weapon book for ideas, and I just got in the Dragon OT-34 model over the weekend.



I had to add reinforcing to the lower hull, it was warped. I add thin strips to the road wheel arms to better hold the arms in place.



The OT-34 I am using as a reference is a 1944 production tank with the sharp nose. Wheels are the Miniart 43-44 pressed wheels, with a wheel off an old Dragon kit. I wanted to leave off the front fenders so I am reworking the front plate. And, I am using the turret with the cupola.

Now that I have the T-34 bug again I made up a few parts to 3D print, fenders and some turret and hull fittings. I'll test them on the model once I get them in.

There is some great inspiration in this campaign.
m4sherman
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Posted: Monday, April 30, 2018 - 09:35 AM UTC
The turret is a very late 76mm type with the later periscopes. It's almost done, waiting on a barrel.

Testing the Fruil tracks. I used a .010 x .040 strip on the shaft of the idler mounts to make them jam up, but still turn, so I could get the track tension set.

Soojet
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Posted: Thursday, May 03, 2018 - 06:15 AM UTC
My Panzer IV asuf. D with the base coat and post shading. The shading looks a little splattered, I'm hoping to blend it better with some filtering. The Frulmodel tracks are also given a base coat.


d6mst0
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Posted: Thursday, May 03, 2018 - 06:40 AM UTC
Matt,

Sweet looking Panzer IV. Those tracks will be a nice addition to add on.

Mark
27-1025
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Posted: Sunday, May 06, 2018 - 07:55 PM UTC
My Sherman Mk1 Hybrid. Primed and a base coat of S.C.C. 15 Olive Drab and a coat of future. Waiting for some decals and a set of T62 tracks.





panzerman1
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Posted: Tuesday, May 08, 2018 - 01:04 PM UTC
Panzer IV F2, Italeri, 1/35 scale.....Update #1
It's been long overdue for a build update. Sorry.

The lower hull came flat packed. The hull bottom, sides, rear, and front had to be assembled.

Work begins on the suspension components. Return roller mounts, road wheels, and rocker arms all needed clean up before assembly.

I did some minor corrections to the rear bulkhead. The tow pintel was drilled out, and I inserted a wire tow pin. The return idler wheel mounts were given missing gusset plates.
I will post more backlog photos soon. Good luck to everyone on their projects. Bill
panzerman1
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Posted: Tuesday, May 08, 2018 - 01:14 PM UTC
Matt, nice base coat paint and shading on your Panzer IV Ausf.D.
Chris, Your Sherman is looking good. I like the stowage on the rear deck.

Some really inspiring builds going on here. Bill
PasiAhopelto
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Posted: Tuesday, May 08, 2018 - 09:55 PM UTC
Ready for paint:



I did try to make full fenders, but had fit issues so went with current light setup instead.
27-1025
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Posted: Tuesday, May 08, 2018 - 11:52 PM UTC

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Matt, nice base coat paint and shading on your Panzer IV Ausf.D.
Chris, Your Sherman is looking good. I like the stowage on the rear deck.

Some really inspiring builds going on here. Bill



Thanks! Posted these pics on another site and got schooled on British Shermans Making some needed mods now.
m4sherman
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Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 04:48 AM UTC

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Matt, nice base coat paint and shading on your Panzer IV Ausf.D.
Chris, Your Sherman is looking good. I like the stowage on the rear deck.

Some really inspiring builds going on here. Bill



Thanks! Posted these pics on another site and got schooled on British Shermans Making some needed mods now.



If your making some changes you might want to add a grab handle on the commanders hatch. The holes sort of stand out in your pictures. The model looks great, it will be interesting to see what you have to change.
Martinvidas
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Posted: Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 01:40 AM UTC
Is the FAMO is a workhorse?
petbat
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Posted: Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 01:53 AM UTC
Some great builds going on here guys. Nice to see so many actively getting in.


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Is the FAMO is a workhorse?



Hi Martin. There is a bit of discussion around what fits the build in the earlier threads. Long story short, though, the build is for T-34, Panzer IV and Sherman Tanks.

Those were built in very large numbers, were available to their user armies pretty much from start to finish of their participation in the war, etc.

m4sherman
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Posted: Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 06:51 AM UTC
A little progress, but I'm waiting for some 3D printed parts for testing. A test 3D fender is on, but I had to redo the master so it will get replaced.






Late production 76mm T-34's had the same lift tabs as the T-34/85's. I had to add a strip inside the turret under the loaders hatch to hold it in place because Dragon did not mold a lip to hold the hatch on this version.

And, I think I got Imgur figured out.