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SGTJKJ
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Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2016 - 12:22 AM UTC
Thanks for the additional info, Jeff. Good details.
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Posted: Saturday, August 06, 2016 - 11:15 PM UTC

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Jesper - that is a very interesting color scheme for your m1. Usually I see them in some sort of desert colors. Where is your serving?



This is 1-1 CAV serving in Northern Bosnia in September 1996. A very common camouflage scheme for M1s in Germany and rest of Europe during this period it seems.
You are right. The Iraqi wars, Afghanistan etc. seem to be more popular subjects for M1s. I like this one though and might do a winter camo M1 as well at one point.



Jesper is correct. It is painted in the standard NATO camo developed in the mid-80s. During the DESERT SHIELD run-up to DESERT STORM most deploying US equipment received a coat of sand paint either just before boarding ships (I know of an Army Reserve engineer battalion that was painted at Ft. Bragg while waiting for shipping) or they were painted as they came off the ships in Saudi Arabia. None of the vehicles were thoroughly cleaned before painting and the paint starting wearing off with the first sand storm. Only elements of the XVIII Corps were already factory painted in sand as the Middle East was there primary theater of operations. This included the 24th Mech Division which was first heavy division to arrive. CARC is extremely tough and their paint jobs held-up thru entire event. Today most equipment coming out of the factories is painted CARC sand color. This will probably be changing, if not already in affect with change of missions.
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Posted: Saturday, August 06, 2016 - 07:20 PM UTC

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Jesper - that is a very interesting color scheme for your m1. Usually I see them in some sort of desert colors. Where is your serving?



This is 1-1 CAV serving in Northern Bosnia in September 1996. A very common camouflage scheme for M1s in Germany and rest of Europe during this period it seems.
You are right. The Iraqi wars, Afghanistan etc. seem to be more popular subjects for M1s. I like this one though and might do a winter camo M1 as well at one point.
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Posted: Saturday, August 06, 2016 - 09:16 AM UTC
Paul,
The tracks are 1/72 scale so I can't compare them to the cast tracks. They are glued together and not workable tracks.
This is some kind of hard PE and it is no so nice to work with.
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Posted: Saturday, August 06, 2016 - 01:47 AM UTC
Jesper - that is a very interesting color scheme for your m1. Usually I see them in some sort of desert colors. Where is your serving?

Martin - what are PE tracks? Are the track links actually made of photo etched metal? What scale are they? Are they working tracks or glue togethers? How do you like them compared to cast metal tracks like Fruils?
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Posted: Friday, August 05, 2016 - 01:39 PM UTC
Hard working on the PE tracks..



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Posted: Thursday, August 04, 2016 - 11:28 PM UTC
Kind of forgot about this build but I'm back working on it. Had to trim down the cockpit seat as it was to tall for the canopy to fit over, still isn't the best fit but its a lot better. Everything has been glued and sanded on the main body and now just needs some paint. after that just need to add the hard points and landing gear.
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Posted: Wednesday, August 03, 2016 - 11:17 PM UTC
A little more progress on my Abrams. Initial weathering is done. Next are some detail painting and decals.

More to follow.




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Posted: Wednesday, August 03, 2016 - 10:55 AM UTC
Paul, beautiful looking tracks! The sag is just right.

Incredible to see the size difference in tanks. That is the result of quick development I guess.
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Posted: Wednesday, August 03, 2016 - 12:05 AM UTC
I got a little more done on the MasterClub RESIN tracks for the KV-1. The first drill busted off in two of the track links making them suitable only for spare track links so more drills were ordered and last night construction began again.

This is very slow going compared to building Fruils. Each link needs about the same amount of clean up but where the Fruils need only to have two holes cleaned out, the MCs need four holes to be drilled from the provided pilot holes. By the time I'm finished, I'll have more time in the tracks than in building the whole rest of the model. At least the tracks do look terrific and that will be remembered long after the pain of building is forgotten.

I have read online reviews of MasterClub METAL track kits that needed no drilling at all. That would be a real time and finger saver if true and I'll be buying a set of metal MCs for the next build, whatever that might be.

I suppose it is possible that this set of resin tracks were not finished at the factory and somehow got shipped. Has anyone else build and MasterClub RESIN track kits? Did they need to be drilled?



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Posted: Monday, August 01, 2016 - 11:15 PM UTC

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Hi Peter,

Thank you for the feedback - much appreciated. When you say low pressure would 10 - 12 psi qualify?

Regards,
Kobus



Sorry for late reply mate been busy getting ready for the East of Scotland show last Saturday. Yes about 10 psi is fine as Aclad II doesnt need thinned.

Pete

Oh thanks for the comments Jeff. I saw Richard Rawlings do a good job on a Falcon on Gas Monkey Garage and it inspired me to buy the Trumpy kit when I was at Telford last November. Never seen one in the flesh tho.

Pete
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Posted: Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 11:18 PM UTC

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Joseph - That looks like a neat kit and in 1/72! I have some of these in 1/35 but haven't ventured into any of them yet. I look forward to seeing how yours comes out.



Thanks Paul, I do like the lines of the Russian BTRs. I've seen some excellent work by others modelers on this very same kit. I'll be building this mostly OOB, with the exception of drilling holes here and there and adding grab handles. My personal goal here is test my skill on painting/weathering. I hope I'll do justice.
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Posted: Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 10:59 PM UTC
Principle construction of the KV-1 is now done. The wire tow cables required some extra work. Trumpeter would have the builder glue the soft copper wire directly to the plastic in a butt joint. I tried this with CA glue and found the joint every bit as weak as it sounds like it ought to be. After that failure, the cable ends were carefully drilled out. This was tough as the cable is as large as the end and the plastic had to be thinned to paper thickness to fit them in. At the end of the process the cable was able to be slipped into the end with CA glue. This took time but should look good.

The Russian MasterClub tracks are made of resin with scale resin pins. These were perfectly formed and much stronger that the ModelKasten plastic ones. I had read in reviews of the METAL versions that they build quickly because they do not need drilling. These resin track links had a pilot hole drilled but all needed a finsh hole. This slowed the whole process down. So far I have a bit less than half of one track done and they look very, very nice. These may be the best looking tracks I have built yet. Pics of these later!



Here is the KV-1 next to the T-18 just completed:








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Posted: Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 12:54 PM UTC
Started to build my entry JGSDF Type89 IFV.

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Posted: Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 09:24 PM UTC

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.I need some stronger magnifiers!!



Ain't that the truth! I think the biggest single impediment to my modest skills has to be vision. Coke bottle glasses and the visor all come with costs in depth of field and eye fatigue. I can't image doing PE on a 1/700 ship . . .



Paul,

That is why I stopped after adding new hatched and ladders to both sides of just one 8" gun house! My patience and hands needed a break.
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Posted: Friday, July 29, 2016 - 11:54 PM UTC
Joseph - That looks like a neat kit and in 1/72! I have some of these in 1/35 but haven't ventured into any of them yet. I look forward to seeing how yours comes out.
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Posted: Friday, July 29, 2016 - 08:49 AM UTC
Hello Everyone,

Here is my entry for this campaign.Trumpeter's 1/72 scale Russian BTR-80 APC. Kit number 07267.



Thanks!

-Joseph
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Posted: Friday, July 29, 2016 - 01:35 AM UTC

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.I need some stronger magnifiers!!



Ain't that the truth! I think the biggest single impediment to my modest skills has to be vision. Coke bottle glasses and the visor all come with costs in depth of field and eye fatigue. I can't image doing PE on a 1/700 ship . . .
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Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 07:43 AM UTC
Construction of the Saratoga has commenced while I give the airgroup a break. I added plastic sheet to blank the numerous openings on the main deck (hanger deck) to stop see-thru. Clamps were needed to help secure the boat bays while the glue dried.
I have also started the four 8" gun turrets using some of the PE to replace the hatches and ladders on the sides of the gun boxes. They are tiny pieces....I need some stronger magnifiers!!
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Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 07:35 AM UTC

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Paul,

VF-6B, Saratoga's fighter squadron had just swapped their F4Bs for F3F-3s in 1936.



I'm currently reading WAKE ISLAND PILOT and found out that VMK-11 was still equipped with F3Fs until just weeks before Pearl Harbor. They had only a week to get used to the Wildcats before being sent to Wake. They went into combat having never fired the guns on the F4F.

I read somewhere else that the F4Fs were still in training squadrons into 1942.



There was a Navy scout squadron flying anti-sub patrols during 1942 out of New Caledonia in SBC-4s! As a former US SECDEF once stated, and I paraphrase, "you go to war with what you have."
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Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 07:29 AM UTC
Peter,

Great paint on your Ford Falcon. I remember seeing Falcons as a kid in Southern California. There were a lot of teenagers driving them with mag wheels and smoking tires I wasn't one of them as I wasn't old enough to drive back then
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Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 04:31 AM UTC

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A little progress on my M1A1HA. The main colors are on. Still some corrections to make before I do detail painting and weathering.

More to follow



I see you have the upper hull and lower hulled joined together. Did you paint them this way? I have seen several folks here on Armorama that more or less build the whole model and then paint it. I'm baffled by this. I build sub assemblies and only join them together after the paint & weathering steps are completed. I do not understand how the areas behind things like wheels & tracks can get paint properly if built all together.

When I start a build I spend a lot of time planning the build and reorganizing the steps with paint and finish in mind. Building the whole thing would save a lot of time if the results are just as nice.

Can you give me any tips on this?
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Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 03:45 AM UTC
I thought I had better get a start on my Trumpy project. After some thought the KV-1 model 1941 in 1/35 got the nod. An appealing set of Archer Dry transfers put this kit over center. Also on hand is a set of MasterClub resin tracks that I am curious to try. I love my Fruils but will give these a shot.

Work started last night and I made good progress until one of the little bump stops disappeared mysteriously. One second it was in my hand being sanded and the next second it had slipped into oblivion. I glued the rest of them into position and will leave the blank space in the center where it will be less obvious.

Some pics are below. The tracks shown are a set of Fruils being finished for the North Korean T-34/85 project and a cute little T-18 that just had to be built just as soon as it came home from the hobby shop.





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Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 03:32 AM UTC

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Paul,

VF-6B, Saratoga's fighter squadron had just swapped their F4Bs for F3F-3s in 1936.



I'm currently reading WAKE ISLAND PILOT and found out that VMK-11 was still equiped with F3Fs until just weeks before Pearl Harbor. They had only a week to get used to the Wildcats before being sent to Wake. They went into combat having never fired the guns on the F4F.

I read somewhere else that the F4Fs were still in training squadrons into 1942.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 07:51 AM UTC
Paul,

VF-6B, Saratoga's fighter squadron had just swapped their F4Bs for F3F-3s in 1936. The other squadrons are equipped as follows:
VF-2B - BFC-2
VS-2B - SBU-1
VT-2B - TG-2, a licensed copy of the Martin T4M. Something new I learned researching this build, Saratoga had the only carrier torpedo squadron in 1936 among all US carriers then in service.

The air group will also have an F2F-1 (personal ride of the Commander Aircraft Battle Force, whose flag was on the Sara), along with two F3F-1s and an SBU-1. Additionally, the Sara carried four "utility aircraft" consisting of 2xO3U-1, 1xSOC-1, and 1xJF-1 Duck. I will substitute two SBU-1s for the O3U-1s, but don't have anything to represent either the SOC or the JF-1. A Duck would be cool to have on the carrier deck.

The Starfighter decal sheet provides markings for ALL 83 aircraft carried by the Saratoga in 1936, to include the colored belly bands and other markings not provided for on the Trumpeter decal sheet.

Started decaling the first F3F-3 and had to take a break after two lower wing stars. The Trumpeter decals just do not want to release from the backing paper. Tore two in the process. At least I have two sets of major decals for all the planes.