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Unfinished Builds 2017
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GaryKato
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Posted: Friday, December 15, 2017 - 04:19 PM GMT+7
Not too late at all.

As long as you got the image of your finished build into the Campaign Gallery, you'll get a ribbon at the start of the new year.
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Posted: Friday, December 15, 2017 - 02:31 PM GMT+7
I have posted to the gallery, but I'm having trouble posting to the forum.
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Posted: Friday, December 15, 2017 - 02:24 PM GMT+7
Is it too late to post a finished model?
GaryKato
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Posted: Friday, December 15, 2017 - 04:15 AM GMT+7
Congrats on finishing your Gepard! Don't forget to upload an image into the Campaign Gallery.

Done
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69mudbone - Trumpeter 1/72 'Small Turret' KV-1
AgentG - Tamiya M60A1
Blade48mrd - Tamiya 1/35 Tiger I (Mid), Tamiya 1/35 Panzer III DAK, Tamiya 1/35 Tiger II (Porsche)
Buckeye198 - Tamiya 1/35 Flakpanzer Gepard
Cam - DML Sherman III
Chapman - Hobby Boss 4.7cm Pak(t) auf R 731(f)
erichvon - Opel Blitz
Erik67 - Revell Leopard 1A5NO
jimb - Dodge Charger (Florida Highway Patrol)
MLD - MaK Meng Toyota Pickup Technical, Gans 'Battlefrog'
Scipio2010 - Amusing Hobby 1/35 VK 30.02 converted to a Sd.Kfz. 172 Cheetah
SGTJKJ -Dust Tactics Walkers
SKiernan - Tamiya M4A1
Zhivago - Heller 1/72 Amiot 143
jldurand
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Posted: Friday, December 15, 2017 - 02:23 AM GMT+7
This is a very clean build and painting. I am usually not fan of modern tanks but yours is really nicely done.
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Posted: Friday, December 15, 2017 - 01:48 AM GMT+7
Shawn: the Cheetah looks excellent, no complaints about light weathering. Especially since my entry has basically zero weathering...but I'm gonna call my entry done too!

I ended up stripping the brown paint down to the primer and respraying those areas. The new brown paint covered evenly, no more complaints. And yes, I intentionally picked a red-brown instead of the NATO standard...I saw a few pics of Bundeswehr vehicles with that hue, the model isn't 100% accurate already, and I liked the look of it and it's my model


I dusted the model with diluted brown. The picture compares the dusted hull with the undusted turret.


As a final detail, I painted the track pads black. I was very surprised how much of a difference it made on the rubber band tracks. Bottom track is fully painted, top track is starting to be painted (towards picture right).


Final assembly. I added the weight patties inside the hull, applied decals and the usual flat coat finishing, then mated the turret and hull. Everything is still movable, save for the instrument cabinet in the rear.








I'm going to keep the autocannons trained slightly skyward. Partly because it gives a bit of drama to the model, but also because I didn't shave the joints enough so they scrape some of the paint off the turret. Easier to just cover up the scrapes through posing.


Every model has a good side...everything went wrong on the right and right on the left. So this will be my final display view for my Flakpanzer Gepard. A straightforward build, lots of opportunity for fun modifications, and finally a coat of paint five years later (almost to the day)! I'm very pleased with my second attempt at airbrushing. Any advice of course is welcome.
jldurand
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Posted: Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 03:45 AM GMT+7
[quote]I think the Cheetah is done. Decided to go light on the weathering, any comments/critiques welcome.

It's OK with light weathering. When tanks are recently painted, they don't look like old rusty abandoned vehicles !!! I like the way you worked on colours and the subtil effects.
GaryKato
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Posted: Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 03:07 AM GMT+7
Done
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69mudbone - Trumpeter 1/72 'Small Turret' KV-1
AgentG - Tamiya M60A1
Blade48mrd - Tamiya 1/35 Tiger I (Mid), Tamiya 1/35 Panzer III DAK, Tamiya 1/35 Tiger II (Porsche)
Cam - DML Sherman III
Chapman - Hobby Boss 4.7cm Pak(t) auf R 731(f)
erichvon - Opel Blitz
Erik67 - Revell Leopard 1A5NO
jimb - Dodge Charger (Florida Highway Patrol)
MLD - MaK Meng Toyota Pickup Technical, Gans 'Battlefrog'
Scipio2010 - Amusing Hobby 1/35 VK 30.02 converted to a Sd.Kfz. 172 Cheetah
SGTJKJ -Dust Tactics Walkers
SKiernan - Tamiya M4A1
Zhivago - Heller 1/72 Amiot 143


Less than 3 weeks to go!
jldurand
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Posted: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 05:47 PM GMT+7
This URAL has been completely destroyed when I moved to Canada. So I bought a PE set from Magic Models, trying to do something interesting.


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Posted: Monday, December 11, 2017 - 01:21 PM GMT+7
Looks like no Unfinished Builds being completed this year. My water heater busted and got my man cave all soggy wet. It is all being repaired and there is no way I will get anything done in time to earn my ribbon. Well at least this year I can't blame it on my procrastination. Just for prosperity I might do a group shot pic of all those projects - oh so close - not getting finished this year.

Cheers and grats on all those that got something done.

Scipio2010
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Posted: Monday, December 11, 2017 - 12:59 PM GMT+7
I think the Cheetah is done. Decided to go light on the weathering, any comments/critiques welcome.







GaryKato
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Posted: Monday, December 11, 2017 - 08:08 AM GMT+7
20 days to go!

I probably won't make it but there's always next year! There probably won't be extensions like in other campaigns since your unfinished build still qualifies for next years.
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Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2017 - 11:46 AM GMT+7
So the Jeeps are nearing completion, having replaced the kit jerry cans with some academy ones, mostly German.



The bonnet mounted jerry cans are missing the straps that came moulded on the kit cans, so I made some buckles.
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Posted: Saturday, December 02, 2017 - 09:09 AM GMT+7
So looking forward to your progress on this little gem, Doc! Eyeballed this one on a news review and thought it was a cool little piece. Perfect SeaBees subject. Be sure to keep us posted.
Never built a Mirror Models. What's your opinion? I've been lusting over their Canadian CMP trucks for a possible North African Italian capture version. On my radar, but haven't popped yet.
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Posted: Friday, December 01, 2017 - 12:47 PM GMT+7
Here's what I'm working on, going into 12/17:

Mirror Models CAT D7. Will represent a USN Seabees dozer. My father-in-law was in the Seabees during WWII.


Complete left side. Colors are various rust acrylics = dark brown/roof red. I will add pastels or weathering powders once the mode is complete. The contrast from the Navy Grey is stark. But we'll fix that. And yes, I know that there's a lean in the exhaust pipe.


The exaggerated sag in the upper part of the treads was due to having one extra link!! I didn't realize this until they were all glued on I compared the correct left side with the right.
Luckily, I was able to pry off the treads and remove the offending extra, and get all the remainders back on properly.
Now working on the blade and rear winch assemblies.

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Posted: Friday, December 01, 2017 - 12:40 PM GMT+7
Tamiya, 3T Cgo Trk (Opel Blitz), 1/35

Hi all, some interesting entries still arriving.
Just a quick update on the Blitz project. Recently got down a base coat of Tamiya German Grey, thinned down well and even added a little Tamiya Paint Retarder. Now, as much as tried to apply light thin coats very patiently to allow the black and white primer to come through, I still ended up with a heavy application and much of the effect was lost... Oh well, live and learn. My first major Tamiya paint application was a success otherwise and I followed up with a lighter airbrushed highlight subsequently which provided the look I was after. What I was really impressed with was the Mig blue filter I applied the next day. It makes all the difference in the world and really takes that German Grey/Blue to a whole new level. It has a very realistic look, at least to my eye.







Decals are a combination of homemade stencils as pictured below, dry transfers and waterslides to come up with the unit I wished to represent during the 1939 Poland Campaign. Researching early LKW's both pre-war and early war revealed lots of different variations and many overly large "not so tactical" tactical symbols which I tried to replicate on the tailgate, which I'm pretty happy with.



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Posted: Friday, December 01, 2017 - 04:09 AM GMT+7
Well, late to the dance, but that's been the story of 2017 for me! Stopped work on this one because I didn't like the fit of the upper hull/fighting compartment to the hull, and the fit of the vehicle roof to the fighting compartment. As I look through what's left to do I wonder why I lost interest so close to being done!

SGTJKJ
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Posted: Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 10:31 PM GMT+7
Robby, that is weird. I have never seen that before. Hopefully somebody in here knows what is going on.

Hope a solution can be found.
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Posted: Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 12:57 PM GMT+7
Quick update here. Sprayed the road wheels with excellent results (again, I've never had good luck with airbrushing, so this is big for me). Only had to touch up three or four wheels, and the ones that did need touching up were very minor.


Everything got a base coat of green, then I began experimenting with blue tack on the turret. The stuff worked very well for me, another skill added to the mix! However, the brown paint that I used was too dark. Try to make out the brown splotches from the black ones.


In addition to being the wrong color, the paint itself didn't seem to dry evenly and it came out very messy looking (marketed as a "concentrated water color" instead of an acrylic so maybe that has something to do with it). I got a different paint (same brand as the green, which worked very well...FW Acrylic Artists Ink) in a redder hue, remasked the turret, and sprayed over the bad brown. This was the result:


Numerous coats didn't make a difference. I didn't want to drown the sucker in paint (like I usually would do), so I put down a coat of black which covered everything very evenly and looked nice. But then further applications of the red-brown turned out exactly like before. I don't get why it would look perfectly smooth under black coats, but then show up again when the red-brown was put on top. Wouldn't the base coats neutralize what's underneath?

Theory aside, what do I do now to fix this?
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Posted: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 02:29 PM GMT+7
Chevy is closer to being finished, and I am in the process of acquiring some replacement jerry cans for the jeeps so hopefully I might just scrape in at least one finished model before the deadline.
GaryKato
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Posted: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 01:05 PM GMT+7
Good first steps on getting back to the hobby!

I am constantly laying off building then coming back. Each time I have to buy a new tube of putty and a new bottle of CA glue.Some of my paints have held up well, some have not.
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Posted: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 11:36 AM GMT+7
Joining this campaign quite late, but hopefully still enough time for me to squeeze in an entry. I recently got back into the hobby after about 3 years away from my workbench. My current build is a Tamiya P-51B (starting out easy!) but for this campaign I'm going to finally paint my Tamiya Flakpanzer Gepard that I built 5 years ago. Here's my build log, for anyone who's interested to see what I was working with.

TLDR: I had a lot of trouble airbrushing and only a month or so free to build, so I made my Gepard completely OOB, not even putty allowed (my Squadron Green tube had dried up). As a result, I had a fully articulate model but with a good number of seam lines and gaps.


First things first. This model feels way too light in my hands. It's entirely a personal issue and won't affect the model in any way on the shelf, but it just bugged the hell out of me. Made "patties" of metal BBs and duct tape that I'll stash in the hull once I'm done painting.


I pulled off the wheels, drive sprockets, and side skirts. I also knocked off the antenna blocks, and the grenade launchers fell off on their own. I was careful to keep each side's parts isolated.


Bundeswehr Gepards didn't wear their side skirts. This model is already technically inaccurate for a number of reasons, so I'll be including the side skirts to hide some track and hull issues. Plus they look cool. The Gepards I saw that did have skirts tended to have notches cut out towards the drive sprockets, so I did that too.


I also cut out the handles, which were actually raised rectangles originally...doesn't make much sense, but whatever. It's fixed now.


Other modifications that I neglected to photograph include:
--filling in gaps with Tamiya putty (infinitely better than Squadron putty)
--placing sheet styrene over significant holes along the suspension (I think intended for RC components?)
--sealing up the rear instrument cabinet (very ugly seam if left movable, and I never saw a real Gepard open up like that...again I suspect it's for RC stuff)
--my goodness, so much sanding...

After all the above was complete, I primed it all with Testors gray rattle can.


Up next will be spraying NATO camo. This is a huge step for me, as my past experiences with airbrushing have been abysmal, to put it mildly 5 years later, here's hoping that with age comes talent!
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Posted: Monday, November 13, 2017 - 01:43 PM GMT+7
Richard, that Blitz is beautiful! Don't rush it on our account. It's a hell of a piece of work!

Progress on the tracks for the ZSD.. the razor blade is for my wrists in case I get the bright idea to do tracks with rubber blocks on the outside AND inside ever again...

Going with the primer grey, rubber, bunch of pigments, fixed with a dark wash, then stippled with a dark black/brown effect I saw go past online.