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Unfinished Builds 2017
SGTJKJ
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Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017 - 12:21 PM UTC
Wayne, great build. Definitely worthy of a front row on the shelf

Congrats on finishing
GaryKato
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Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017 - 04:31 AM UTC
Nice finish, Wayne! Don't forget to upload a picture in the Campaign Gallery.

Done
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AgentG - Tamiya M60A1
Blade48mrd - Tamiya 1/35 Tiger I (Mid) - (Panzer56mrd)
erichvon - Opel Blitz
Erik67 - Revell Leopard 1A5NO
jimb - Dodge Charger (Florida Highway Patrol)
MLD - Meng Toyota Pickup Technical, MaK Gans 'Battlefrog'
SGTJKJ -Dust Tactics Walkers
SKiernan - Tamiya M4A1
Blade48mrd
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Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017 - 02:29 AM UTC
AgentG -

Definitely more than passable and really nice job of rescuing a 'shelf queen'. Good clean build and especially like the camo job. Should occupy an honored spot on your shelf. Thanks for sharing,

Mike
AgentG
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Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 10:29 PM UTC
I'm declaring this one finished. My goal was to complete a shelf queen and make her into a passable shelf model. I believe I have accomplished this. Tamiya's built as a representative of an M60A1, USMC, MCAGCC, 29 Palms, CA.













I will be adding the distinctive exhaust staining next time I bring out the AB. I just didn't feel that today.

G

MLD
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Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 06:47 PM UTC
Kelly,
The glass on the Panda Uh1D was a drop fit. The pilot door glass sits behind the framing, but unless it is a contest build it is not too noticeable (and MANY other issues will need to be addressed in that case.)

MUCH better than other 1/35 helos.

The MRC OH58 I built had TERRIBLE instrument coaming/windshield fit, the DML OH6 family is notorious for the glass fit, and the MRC vinyl feed chutes will melt the unbagged clear parts in long term shelf tests (ask me how I know)
GaryKato
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Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 07:49 AM UTC
A bit of progress here. I put putty on the seam along the rear of the turret. This is the first work I've done on the kit since May 31.
Mrclark7
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Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 07:13 AM UTC
Mike D, how is that build for how the glass is fitting? I am wanting to do a heli but worry on glass fit looking bad.

I went to hobby lobby tonight and was able to find some sequins to try and see if it would work out for optics. Seems to be better than anything else I have tried. Its basically like the clear plastic that comes inside the kit. So after eyeballing the size, the rest was sanded down to make fit.

The material is reflective and throws a color and slightly has a gradient color look.





Cbacon84
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Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017 - 10:36 AM UTC
Karl that is some amazing work you are doing there.

Well here are the results of my first go at painting vinyl treads.
So these look like ether t56e1 or t74 treads which if I understand correctly are steal and rubber composite tracks.

Started off airbrushing them with hull red, which I now think might have been a little to heavy on the red side rather and needed a bit more brown. then painted the middle pads black and then went back and dry brushed on metallic aluminum enamel on then chevrons and sides (did not have any steel) matte coated the treads and then used Mig Track wash on them.

For a first try I think they look alright,certainly better then the unpainted treads. Might have needed a little bit more on the metallic and I think next time might skip the hull red/brown first coat and go with just a black. I was however amazed how the Track wash really helped and will definitely be using it again although I might thin it out a little bit more next time as I think it went on a little to thick in parts.







Zhivago
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Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017 - 06:36 PM UTC

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Karl, love the interior detail work, remind me what kit that is. I hope to tackle an aircraft interior scratch build someday, and yours is some serious motivation.



Thank you, sir. This is the Heller 1/72 scale Amiot 143 French bomber. It has been challenging, to say the least! I've done a bit more with it over the last few days, but time is short and the going is slow. I've added oxygen tanks, ammunition racks, photography equipment, and the foremost gondola floor. Next up; Instrumentation, the aft gondola radio and machine gun installations, and the forward gondola and turret machine gun positions.




Blade48mrd
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Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017 - 02:21 AM UTC
With my Tiger1 (Mid) diorama finished up, I've moved my efforts to getting my Tamiya PzKpfw IIIL (Afrika Korp) diorama completed also. Managed to finish up the figures over the weekend, and get the base ready. Still have some details to get done on the Pz III and a couple more items for the diorama. Hope to have it all together soon as I'd like to get my PzKpfw Tiger B (Porsche turret) completed also.
Thanks Gary for get this great Campaign idea going. It's been a real motivation for getting caught up, and me back into the joy of the Hobby.




Mike
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Posted: Sunday, August 06, 2017 - 06:57 AM UTC
Wayne, nice finish! I would never have guessed that was not an airbrushed finish.

Knocking off another shelf queen for the Hangar Queen campaign, so I'm not sure what's up next for here.. I probably ought to START something for sci-fi though...

Panda's ancient and crummy 1/35 Uh1D..I will probably not add the DML door guns or pilot figures.

Armorsmith
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Posted: Sunday, August 06, 2017 - 05:27 AM UTC
Wayne-kudos on a very striking paint job. Eye-catching, visually interesting, and different from the standard green/brown fare.
retiredyank
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Posted: Sunday, August 06, 2017 - 04:10 AM UTC
Watching all of these builds is really making me miss my bench. Only another week and a half, till I get back to the Challenger.
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Posted: Friday, August 04, 2017 - 03:10 AM UTC
Thanks for the replies Wayne and Casey. I'll try them next time on a flat surface. Worth checking on that heat-technique as well. Cheers, Tat
Northwing
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Posted: Thursday, August 03, 2017 - 11:06 PM UTC
I am going to enter my M1116 Guardian armoured personnel carrier, which will, one day, represent a vehicle of the US national guard. I will post a photo asap - just need to get a good sunny day to snap the first picture! This has been lying around for a while so it will be great to finally get it finished.
Cbacon84
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Posted: Thursday, August 03, 2017 - 08:37 PM UTC
@Tat unfortunately i have no tips to give for dry transfers as these were some of archers waterslides from their AFT US 6th armor division M4 (early) 3 tank sheet that they have printed by cartograf. got these ones as I too am not comfortable with dry transfers.
Chapman
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Posted: Thursday, August 03, 2017 - 06:49 PM UTC
Wayne,that is some very nice steady hand painted camo.Turned out great!
Karl, love the interior detail work, remind me what kit that is. I hope to tackle an aircraft interior scratch build someday, and yours is some serious motivation.
Pave-Hawk
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Posted: Thursday, August 03, 2017 - 03:35 PM UTC
Progress is being made on at least one of my SAS jeeps

AgentG
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Posted: Thursday, August 03, 2017 - 02:12 PM UTC
That Shermy really, really came alive after all the work Casey.

Tat, while I always had good luck with dry transfers on a flat finish, I never really applied them to a glossy surface.

One tip I received a while back. I was told to cut my transfer out and just before applying it to the model, hold it to a light bulb or other source of heat. This helps with adhesion and transfer of the image. I now use a LED light at the bench so I moved an old lamp close for this purpose.

HTH

G
tatbaqui
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Posted: Thursday, August 03, 2017 - 12:58 PM UTC
Looking good Casey.

Curious as to how you apply the Archer dry transfers -- I myself have not been so successful as there's always a bit here and there that just won't leave the carrier. With waterslides I have a glossy surface to work on, so would dry transfers need to be on a flat surface?

Cheers,

Tat
Cbacon84
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Posted: Thursday, August 03, 2017 - 10:15 AM UTC
another small update on my M4, had time to apply the archer decals and then seal the tank with a mat finish. for the most part, I've done what I set out to do with it in the DOG campaign by taking this Dog of a kit and make it look better. Now I'm going to try my hand at painting the tracks, and at weathering with some pigments and such. might go well or might go horribly wrong
Zhivago
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Posted: Thursday, August 03, 2017 - 12:24 AM UTC

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AgentG - M60 coming along super. The excellent paint job really helps emphasize the details on your build. Looking outstanding and anxious to see the finish.

Zhivago - Your attention to the smallest of details and workmanship are very impressive. Almost a shame so much of the work will be covered up. Thanks for the opportunity to admire them.

This Campaign is really bringing out some really outstanding builds. Keep 'em coming.

Mike



Couldn't agree with you more on the M60. It really does look great! As for the Amiot and the disappearance of detail, well, I'll know it's there. And that's enough for me. Besides, I'm really having fun doing it. I'd never attempted a scratch build of this extent before and I'm learning a lot in the process. Between research, a couple of new tools (which I LOVE to get), and plastic stock, I've probably spent $100 on this $10 model. For whatever reason, I've always loved this plane and I don't begrudge a penny that's gone into it.
Blade48mrd
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Posted: Wednesday, August 02, 2017 - 09:31 PM UTC
AgentG - M60 coming along super. The excellent paint job really helps emphasize the details on your build. Looking outstanding and anxious to see the finish.

Zhivago - Your attention to the smallest of details and workmanship are very impressive. Almost a shame so much of the work will be covered up. Thanks for the opportunity to admire them.

This Campaign is really bringing out some really outstanding builds. Keep 'em coming.

Mike
Zhivago
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Posted: Wednesday, August 02, 2017 - 07:08 PM UTC



Finally got the pilot's cockpit cemented into place. Now I have to backfill the instruments and equipment, throw some paint on it, and see if I can mash the two fuselage halves together...but I'm still a LONG way from doing that!
AgentG
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Posted: Wednesday, August 02, 2017 - 11:41 AM UTC
Thank you all!

I somehow double loaded the photos on my PB page, then deleted the ones I just posted.

G