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Artillery Campaign 2017
erichvon
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Posted: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 01:12 AM UTC
Clayton, many thanks for that. I'm glad you like it. I always try to get some movement in my dios and with this being a static position it was a little harder so took more thought. I'm happy with the guy ramming home the round into the breech as you don't see that very often. It's usually "holding the shell to go into the breech" rather than the movement of loading. The figure in the corner reloading is from one of Dragons very nondescript sets where noone is really doing anything and they're all different so you have to wait until you find a use for them type of sets. It made that much of an impression I can't remember which one it was lol. With a couple of tweaks like a Gen 2 rifle so I could have the bolt back and his spare ammo on the window sill. I think he works well reloading while his oppo covers the right flank. With the flank protection it was my aim to show infantry engaging enemy infantry hunting AT guns prior to armour moving into town as was often the case. Tanks cannot function without infantry due to AT artillery so the infantrymans main role is to neutralise all threats to the armour. Crap job really and spoken as an ex-infantryman lol. It's bloody hard work from what I remember of exercises in Germany clearing woods of AT positions! What makes it worse now is the AT role is an infantry role with man portable (allegedly) weapons systems so they move lol! I can finish off my Zis-3 dio now and then I'll think what to build next. As you know I've always got something on the go
ClaytonFromEllijay
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Posted: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 06:12 PM UTC
Wow, Karl, that's a GREAT dio! So much activity, it's like it's animated. Kudos, that's a super build!
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Posted: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 11:26 AM UTC
Great work Karl.

Starting with Tamiya's Quad Tractor and 25 pdr.



erichvon
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Posted: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 11:05 AM UTC
After a few days bashing away at this I've finally completed it which means I can finish off a Zis 3 dio I was working on which I put on one side so I could build my Pak 40 entry. Although the Miniart base has rudimentary surfacing on it it didn't have that blown up building look to it so I gave it a liberal application of cat litter then sprayed it the sane colour as I was planning on using for the masonry of the building.



I've added some red brick at the back as that would be the inside walls. There are some moulded on chunks which prompted me.

Fast forward a couple of days...





























I've noticed one or two bits that need touching up but it's not turned out too bad. I think the Tamiya Pak 40 is just over a fiver ($6.46)to buy but I think it looks okay even though it's dirt cheap. I've not decided yet where to place the dio as I'd only got Dutch street signs but no posters on printer paper. I collect posters off the web for straightforward advertising-soap,drinks, chocolate etc as well as propaganda posters. I've built up quite a collection of German, Russian, Hungarian and Dutch posters so far and not the usual ones you get in the retail packs as there always seems to be the same Waffen SS recruiting poster appearing. I've actually found Waffen SS recruiting posters for most of the occupied territories so I can still have one if I want one lol. What I need to do is put them into a word document and give them to my dad to print off for me as the printer he's got gives fantastic results. He did some maps for me and the details just as good as one's for sale. Consequently I now have more maps than I can use in a lifetime. The posters are better on normal printer paper as they're thin, glue on easily with dilute PVA and are easily made tatty. Enamel signs? Photo paper for the sheen. As I'd not got anything suitable I'll have to wait until I've got matching street signs and posters as that piece of wall's begging for one lol. With the scene being a quite generic late war scene it could be France, Germany, Holland, Eastern Front in 1944 or 1945. I'll decide later. Well that's me done. I've noticed there's some really nice builds going on in here so I'll keep watching
LikesTanks
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Posted: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 07:21 AM UTC
Starter pic (somewhat delayed in posting)
Mrclark7
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Posted: Monday, August 28, 2017 - 10:17 AM UTC
Might be able to be finished by this weekend.

The barrel is by far the worst fit yet I have ever had in a kit.



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Posted: Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 08:20 AM UTC

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Beautiful work, Olivier, and the Campaign Gallery is at http://gallery3.kitmaker.net/showgallery.php/cat/30694 !



I just looked at the gallery. Lots of nice work in there so far from you guys!
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erichvon
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Posted: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 06:45 AM UTC
Thanks guys, glad you like them. I spent most of yesterday working on the other two crew members. Just a few finishing touches to do to them now and I can start work on the base. I've started painting the shells as well. I'm a little disappointed with them to be honest. While the live shells are nice, the spent ones are solid with no drilled out section so I'm going to have to do that before I can use them. Ironically while the Tamiya shells are quite featureless at least the empties have a hollow end! The boxes are a bit disappointing as well as it's only the lid that has a wood grain and there are no spacers provided should you choose to depict a box open. I've pinched a couple out of my Zis-3 ammo set and cut off one part to give me a 3 shell spacer. Should look okay once I've got some shells in there. I've gone for one of the crew lifting a shell out of the box rather than a tube just so I could have a few shells visible in a box lol. As the lid to the tubes is seperate I can have a few empties lying around.
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Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 07:42 PM UTC
That is looking great Karl! The crew looks really natural in their poses.
ClaytonFromEllijay
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Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 07:20 PM UTC
Very nice surgery, Karl, you have a winner there!
erichvon
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Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 05:15 AM UTC
I've spent the last couple of days working on the crew. My main problem was the gun layer. The legs in the kit are spot on positionwise, it's just a bloody awful figure so some serious kitbashing was required. I dispensed with the torso and used a DML one out of my abbatoir along with a suitable pair of arms. It was difficult finding arms in the right position but managed it so both hands are on the traverse and elevation wheels.



I'd bought about 4 sets of the DML Gun Crew in the past .They aren't really much of a gun crew as they're wandering around aimlessly in true DML fashion but they're good for spares plus they come with extra arms which is where these came from. Once I'd got him set up and knew he'd work then onto surgery.





I was initially going to change the boots for some DML ones but as it's a late war dio it's going in I decided to go with "retreat gaiters" so amputated some legs from a figure from the early German Tank Hunters below the knee (the guy with the Panzerschreck), attached, fillered and given a lick of paint to see if I'd missed anything.







I filled out the skirt of his jacket as there were no creases or folds in it. It wasn't going to be seen really once his equipment was on but it was flat so his kit wouldn't have looked right as it was.





A couple of bits need touching up (you don't notice until you take a few pics and see the figure much larger on the screen)but I'm happy with him to sit behind the shield.





I'm pleased with how he fits in as both hands are on the wheels and he's in a natural pose. I decided to have his number two actually shoving the shell into the open breech to add a bit more movement to it. I managed to find a semi outstretched arm with a fist which was the correct way of loading. Shells were pushed into the breech in a punching movement then snatched away as fingers were easily lost with breeches closing on digits!

So that's where I'm up to today. I need to do two more crew. One waiting with another shell kneeling and another taking shells out of their steel tubes ready to be used. I've bought the AFV Club ammo set (which isn't bad) so I've got plenty of them. I've put the dio together in rough form so now it needs painting and some suitable debris digging out from the cupboard.

I couldn't do a kit as easy as this one and just leave it at that hence I'm doing a full dio albeit a small one. More to come...
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Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 10:51 PM UTC

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Bryan, love the le Fh18/40. You've done a great job on that. I built the same kit a few years ago and remember getting very frustrated with it at times with all the fiddly little bits. That's come out really nice.



Thanks Karl! Your Pak cannon is looking pretty good. I like rhe redone cammo. I used NATO Green and NATO Brown on the Jagdpanther in my gallery. Turned out well. Will probably use the same colors on my King Tiger of the Big Cats campaign.
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Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017 - 05:11 AM UTC

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Kelly, it's really simple to do on the Kitmaker site. The only problem on there is space as your space quota disappears really quickly. I pay a couple of quid each month for unlimited space so it's really worthwhile doing that. Photobucketgate has ruined dozens of different sites that I used to look at as now all the users photos have vanished and are being held to ransom which by the sound of it noone's willing to pay. Odds are someone will sue them eventually and there'll be a test case on intellectual property rights which hopefully they'll lose as I can't see that what they're doing is legal.



I think I have it figured. Ill look into extra storage space next.

Here is my entry pics. I was originally going to go with a sand color to go with one of the Abrams I have going on. But with everything going on in the news. I think I am going to try and go with something as stationed in South Korea.





ClaytonFromEllijay
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Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017 - 04:37 AM UTC
Had a problem with one of the parts on the Britannia Metal gun, some holes were missing....Great Customer Service from John Garcia,of Model Expo (http://modelexpo-online.com/ ), who within 30 minutes of communication agreed to replace the questionable part! Kudos to him!
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Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 08:51 PM UTC
Thanks Clayton. I'm a lot happier with the sprayjob Mk 2. I'm currently doing some Frankenstein work to get the crew for it as there's no way I was going to use the ones in the kit. I've used the legs off the gunlayer so am in the process of redoing them. I looked through my abbatoir and new boxes and couldn't find a suitable set of legs in the required pose so I've had to use those unfortunately so putty out, needle files out and extensive surgery
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Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 01:36 AM UTC


Why this didn't show up on the other thread, I have no idea...
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ClaytonFromEllijay
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Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 01:27 AM UTC
Finally starting the Gatling Gun, should be an interesting build. Start with some general cleanup, involving old #11 exacto blades and some nice files I picked up on E-bay...



Clean-up is no big deal. Need 5-minute Epoxy for the guts of the gun...

Instructions say it takes about 5 hours to build the gun (I doubt that includes painting), I'm about 30 min. into it...More to come!
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Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 05:44 PM UTC
Very nice work, Karl, you nailed it the second time! Way to keep at it!
erichvon
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Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 09:31 AM UTC
Bryan, love the le Fh18/40. You've done a great job on that. I built the same kit a few years ago and remember getting very frustrated with it at times with all the fiddly little bits. That's come out really nice.
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Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 09:21 AM UTC
One of the advantages of not working anymore is you can spend as much time at the modelling desk as you want to and don't have to worry about getting up for work in the morning. I had the idea the other day about doing the Pak 40 for a dio as I explained earlier. It was a lot simpler than I remembered and with it being Tamiya it fell together. I think it took me more time to get rid of all the mould lines than to build the kit. As I'd built it in subsections it meant I could put it altogether in one go. This is it with the base coat I'd applied while I was building.



I find it easier to do it this way as there's inevitably some areas you can't reach once you start airbrushing.





With a nice freshly sprayed coat. Some people moan about Tamiya paints but I find them to be fine for airbrushing and if thinned enough they're okay for figures as well.
As I'm doing this as a late war dio I decided to put the field applied camo wire on the shield as it seems to be very common in period photos on all fronts. It took me quite a while to do as getting it to the right length was hit and miss. I used fuse wire (5amp I think. Or it could be 2amp. I'm not sure but it's very fine) as I find it a great tool for things like electrical conduits in vehicles using the higher ampage. This looks to be right thickness for the wire stretched across the shield to attach foliage to the gun.





While it's not perfect it does the job and once it's got the cam overspray it will look better. That was my rationale.







I couldn't decide which green or brown to go for at first as I've got a few that I use but went for the darker colours. Once it was on I decided it looked crap. I just wasn't happy with the colours or the pattern as I'd been a bit heavy handed in some areas sooo...



I resprayed it back to it's base colour. No biggie really as the only thng I could overspray were the tyres and it's not a major job repainting those. I just wasn't happy with how it looked. This time I went for NATO Green and NATO Brown which look about right for paint that's been mixed properly in the field.





One thing I did notice with the overspray on the tyres is the damage to them looks quite good. They look as though they've taken a beating. Easily done with a triangular needle file and a No.11 blade taking random chunks out. It was the first time I've done it and was pleased with the effect. Not something you can do on everything but with the Pak 40 having solid tyres it lends itself to it.



Nice and clean and just out of the battalion maintenance area. Not for long. Time for some weathering...











I need to get a bit of graphite on some of the edges to give it a metallic edge sheen but that's pretty much it now. All that's left to do is to attach the brush rods and maybe give it a light coating of dust with it being in an urban area that's been flattened but I can't do that until I actually do the base and install it. I've got the crew to work out and build yet plus painting all of the ammo, ammo tubes and boxes so quite a bit of work left on the whole project.

This was quite a fun little build and made a change to build something really simple that didn't tax the old grey matter too much. Despite it being a very old kit I think it looks okay with a bit of work. Just my thoughts anyway. fastest build I've done for a long time. It just goes to show that when you're enjoying building something it gets built a lot quicker.



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Posted: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 08:58 PM UTC
Kelly, it's really simple to do on the Kitmaker site. The only problem on there is space as your space quota disappears really quickly. I pay a couple of quid each month for unlimited space so it's really worthwhile doing that. Photobucketgate has ruined dozens of different sites that I used to look at as now all the users photos have vanished and are being held to ransom which by the sound of it noone's willing to pay. Odds are someone will sue them eventually and there'll be a test case on intellectual property rights which hopefully they'll lose as I can't see that what they're doing is legal.
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Posted: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 06:46 AM UTC
Ill enter with a Academy M109A6 just released if okay.

Photb is no longer fine with me so I will start a folder in the kitmaker network and figure out later how to add them.

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Posted: Monday, August 14, 2017 - 05:20 PM UTC
Had pretty much a solid day on it yesterday and got loads of it done. I'd forgotten what an easy kit it was. One thng that was a ballache was all the mouldlines. Practically every piece had them so there was a lot of cleaning up to do. That's one of the advantages of painting before putting it together or doing sub assemblies painted up. That way I can make sure that the moauld lines are all gone. I had to do the barrel about 4 times, scraping it with a no.11 then gentle rub with an emery board.



That was going to be the one photo to show that I'd started but got carried away as I was enjoying myself lol.





It's pretty much altogether now in sub assemblies with a basic coat on it. Once it's altogether I'll spray it with a coat of dunkel gelb then do a three colour cam on it. It can go on one side then until I've done the base and figures. Then it's just a final job of weathering, onto the base with the figures. Final thing will be a liberal amount of ammo, empty tubes and empty shell cases.