login   |    register
Campaigns: Completed Campaigns
Campaigns that are completed should be grouped here.
Hosted by John Pereira
Official: Flak You Two: The Flak is Back!
deerstalker36
Visit this Community
Victoria, Australia
Member Since: May 16, 2010
entire network: 161 Posts
KitMaker Network: 3 Posts
Posted: Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 11:37 AM UTC
A few more u[dates to my Gepard build.....





Just the turret




had a go at re-scibing the doors on the back


the tracks were a bi#ch to join, super glue wouldnt work on them, in the end i had to go old school and heat up a screwdriver


also on an anti-aircraft track, but started way before the campaign did, i have a kugelblitz on the bench






my first attempt at freehand camouflage spray painting, finally found some paints that i can work with, Mr Hobby Aqueous colour
CoppaDude
Visit this Community
Free State, South Africa
Member Since: July 02, 2015
entire network: 35 Posts
KitMaker Network: 2 Posts
Posted: Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 11:50 AM UTC
Hi Colin, looks good! Are you going to paint the tracks in place on the Gepard?
SGTJKJ
#041
Visit this Community
Kobenhavn, Denmark
Member Since: July 20, 2006
entire network: 9,687 Posts
KitMaker Network: 118 Posts
Posted: Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 04:13 PM UTC
Looks great on both builds, Colin. What markings and color scheme will you use on the gepard?
deerstalker36
Visit this Community
Victoria, Australia
Member Since: May 16, 2010
entire network: 161 Posts
KitMaker Network: 3 Posts
Posted: Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 05:23 PM UTC
Hi John,
no, the wheels arent glued on yet so the tracks are removeable.

Jesper.. i'm still toying with the cheetah pattern on this one, will be something different
Bravo1102
Visit this Community
New Jersey, United States
Member Since: December 08, 2003
entire network: 2,542 Posts
KitMaker Network: 151 Posts
Posted: Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 07:14 PM UTC
Gepard looks great.
RedDuster
Visit this Community
England - South East, United Kingdom
Member Since: March 01, 2010
entire network: 6,395 Posts
KitMaker Network: 42 Posts
Posted: Monday, August 17, 2015 - 12:20 AM UTC
A bit more progress on HMS Dragon,

Bridge bulkheads fitted, and test fitted in place.



bulwarks and roof fiited and the bridge glued down, the fit issue was the bridge roof.



Filling started.



More soon

Si
pablo_g
Visit this Community
Wojewodztwo Slaskie, Poland
Member Since: October 21, 2003
entire network: 526 Posts
KitMaker Network: 7 Posts
Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 02:41 AM UTC
Hello,
I see a lot of great models will soon join you.
I have a question, you know, maybe if someone produces a barrel 88mm Flak 36/37 Tamiya?
Thank you in advance for your help.

Paweł
Ranger74
Visit this Community
Tennessee, United States
Member Since: April 04, 2002
entire network: 1,290 Posts
KitMaker Network: 480 Posts
Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 04:54 AM UTC
Hi,

I am starting late after surviving a 3-month sinus infection concurrently with a 6-week bout of bronchitis.
I will be starting with the Academy M163A1 Vulcan.
.
Since the 15th I have finished the basic hull


My original photo shows two Eduard PE sets to use. I had a brain fart with the interior/exterior PE sets are for the Italeri kit, while I have the Academy kit. I could make some of the PE work, but I will save it for a Italeri kit. The Academy kit does not have an interior so one PE can;t be used anyway.
As fast as this build is going I plan to build the AFV Club M7301A1 Chaparral to complete the 1970s-80s US Army air defense battalion "twins.
Namabiiru
#399
Visit this Community
Rhode Island, United States
Member Since: March 05, 2014
entire network: 2,717 Posts
KitMaker Network: 434 Posts
Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 05:07 AM UTC
So much variety in this campaign! Fantastic!

Some really great-looking WIP!

I hope I can get my work bench re-established soon! You guys have really inspired me!

SGTJKJ
#041
Visit this Community
Kobenhavn, Denmark
Member Since: July 20, 2006
entire network: 9,687 Posts
KitMaker Network: 118 Posts
Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 12:30 PM UTC
Jeff, welcome onboard. Good start and hope you are feeling better.
Bravo1102
Visit this Community
New Jersey, United States
Member Since: December 08, 2003
entire network: 2,542 Posts
KitMaker Network: 151 Posts
Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 02:58 PM UTC
The M163 looks good. I built the Italeri back in the day with the eduard sets. It was a nightmare since the turret ends up being almost all etch since the Italeri stuff was so basic. The Academy already looks so much better.
CoppaDude
Visit this Community
Free State, South Africa
Member Since: July 02, 2015
entire network: 35 Posts
KitMaker Network: 2 Posts
Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 08:12 PM UTC
Hi Jeff,

I have that exact same kit! Those tracks scare me.
RedDuster
Visit this Community
England - South East, United Kingdom
Member Since: March 01, 2010
entire network: 6,395 Posts
KitMaker Network: 42 Posts
Posted: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 01:37 AM UTC
Apologies, put the wrong picture in the middle.

This is the one that shows the poor fit of the bridge roof.



cheers.

Si
Ranger74
Visit this Community
Tennessee, United States
Member Since: April 04, 2002
entire network: 1,290 Posts
KitMaker Network: 480 Posts
Posted: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 11:41 PM UTC
Jesper, thanks, feeling much better.
Steve, There are some issues with the Academy kit. The half molded shocks, but they will be hard to see behind the large road wheels. Additionally, there are large gaps at tops and bottom of rear ramp.
John, The one issue with the tracks for M113 family is getting the correct sag on top. I commanded ten M113A1s as a scout platoon leader and we were always checking the track tension. Too loose and make a hard turn and watch the tracks pop off! never had it happen.
Ranger74
Visit this Community
Tennessee, United States
Member Since: April 04, 2002
entire network: 1,290 Posts
KitMaker Network: 480 Posts
Posted: Friday, August 21, 2015 - 12:38 AM UTC
Below is work from Thursday. I finished the Vulcan and its mount


I put down base coat of NATO green, then masked for NATO black, using Tamiya spray cans.

I weathered the hull behind the suspension now as cantt get to after wheels are on. I needed to do some touch up after tape and putty rolls were removed.
LESSON LEARNED- use a clean surface to roll the putty, it will pick up any dire, old paint etc., which effects ability to stick model
Ranger74
Visit this Community
Tennessee, United States
Member Since: April 04, 2002
entire network: 1,290 Posts
KitMaker Network: 480 Posts
Posted: Friday, August 21, 2015 - 12:44 AM UTC
John,
I know what you mean about being afraid of the kit tracks:
There are 65 blocks per side. Could try to fill dimples on only the track that will show: around sprocket and idler.
I went for a replacement pair. Haven't checked them for length. I will have to see what paint to use as a primer for the tracks.
SGTJKJ
#041
Visit this Community
Kobenhavn, Denmark
Member Since: July 20, 2006
entire network: 9,687 Posts
KitMaker Network: 118 Posts
Posted: Friday, August 21, 2015 - 03:27 AM UTC
Wow, I would go for replacement tracks as well. Those kit track links are basically useless.

Nice progress so far.
CoppaDude
Visit this Community
Free State, South Africa
Member Since: July 02, 2015
entire network: 35 Posts
KitMaker Network: 2 Posts
Posted: Friday, August 21, 2015 - 12:02 PM UTC

Quoted Text

John,
I know what you mean about being afraid of the kit tracks:



Yeah, scary. No replacements available here (that I know of) so I will have to do it the hard way.

Your build is looking great so far!
Kilo_Uniform
Visit this Community
Gauteng, South Africa
Member Since: July 03, 2015
entire network: 280 Posts
KitMaker Network: 3 Posts
Posted: Friday, August 21, 2015 - 03:44 PM UTC
@Jeff

Nice build - the gun & mount looks awesome! I will be watching your progress with great interest.

I also have the same kit in the stash - terrified of the track after seeing that pic. As John mentioned, replacement tracks are not easy to come by in our neck of the woods. I guess there's going to have to be some 'old school' filling and sanding when I eventually get there.

Was there any fit issues or other problems that one should be aware of?

Regards,
Kobus


Ranger74
Visit this Community
Tennessee, United States
Member Since: April 04, 2002
entire network: 1,290 Posts
KitMaker Network: 480 Posts
Posted: Friday, August 21, 2015 - 07:46 PM UTC
Thanks Jesper, John.
Kobus-only issue so far has been the back ramp at top and bottom. The ramp is not thick enough so about 1-2mm gap at top and bottom.
Kilo_Uniform
Visit this Community
Gauteng, South Africa
Member Since: July 03, 2015
entire network: 280 Posts
KitMaker Network: 3 Posts
Posted: Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 03:23 PM UTC
Hi Jeff

Thank you for the feedback - I'll keep an eye out for it.

Regards,
Kobus
Bravo1102
Visit this Community
New Jersey, United States
Member Since: December 08, 2003
entire network: 2,542 Posts
KitMaker Network: 151 Posts
Posted: Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 03:53 PM UTC
Alternatively you could grind down the pads on the tracks to simulate worn pads. Coming along nicely.
Ranger74
Visit this Community
Tennessee, United States
Member Since: April 04, 2002
entire network: 1,290 Posts
KitMaker Network: 480 Posts
Posted: Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 08:17 PM UTC
Steve,

I have as little interest in grinding 130 track pads as I do filling the same.
But worn pads is a good idea, although in 19 months on a scout M113A1, I don't think we changed any worn pads. Had more with chucks of rubber missing. Rocks tear our chunks, turning circles in the motor pool wear down the pads
Bravo1102
Visit this Community
New Jersey, United States
Member Since: December 08, 2003
entire network: 2,542 Posts
KitMaker Network: 151 Posts
Posted: Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 10:21 PM UTC
Every time I did a road march behind a gaggle of M113's we always saw all kinds of chunked rubber and whole thrown track pads.


I have done two Academy '113 series with lots of putty and grinding. Some of us take pride in being able to do stupid worthless things like that. I'm just too stupid not to. That whole mule-headed, "Just do it anyway" tank crewman mentality.

You just put out the sprues and put a dab of putty in each link. Let it dry and sand over the whole sprue. I usually sand down any link rubber track since it looks too unworn for me anyway.


Oh what am I talking about, I'm building a 60 year old Monogram kit out of the box with minimal changes to avoid angst and be lazy.
Mechworker
Visit this Community
Ontario, Canada
Member Since: September 20, 2013
entire network: 283 Posts
KitMaker Network: 1 Posts
Posted: Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 11:42 PM UTC
Okay, I've got one AAA machine in my stack, and it's the old Matchbox M16.

So, I'll be starting it in a month or so, and I'll post pics when I dig it out of the stash.

I've never done a campaign before, so this should be interesting.