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Trumpeter Mk. 4 Campaign
hetzer44
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Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 11:43 AM UTC
Thanks much panzerman!
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Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 10:10 AM UTC
Awesome finish to your Kv-2 project, Chuck. The extra work detailing the build takes it to that next higher level of craftsmanship. The thrown track, pistol port chain, and open storage box are eye catching details. Looking forward to seeing it in person. Bill
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Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 09:41 AM UTC







Well, this is my Trumpeter KV-2 complete with thrown track. The only modification I made was using individual tracks from Master Club, adding a small chain for the pistol port plug and scratchbuilt the open lid on the left side tool/storage box. This is my first Armorama campaign, but certainly not my last. Besides the Armorama web team who keeps this site up and running, I also want to thank my AMPS Chapter mates who encouraged me along the way and those here on Armorama who were encouraging on this campaign.


Cheers everyone!


chuck
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Kanguroo
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Posted: Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 05:10 PM UTC
Hi,
Thanks for the reminder John.
It takes about two months for this progress, so I think I'll finish it until the deadline included some modifying, painting and weathering duties.


Best regards,
K.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 09:32 PM UTC
If you need an extension on the deadline, let me know.
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Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2018 - 12:05 PM UTC
Richard,

Very nice work indeed. Very nice.

Mark
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Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2018 - 09:27 AM UTC
Building of the Sd.Kfz.7 is complete, off to the paint shop










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Posted: Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 08:02 AM UTC
Beautiful little Aerosan!

I'm almost there with the VK 3001H… Just need to add oil paint, and then remove oil paint from the hickory-lovely tool handles, and mist on flat varnish (at which point the pigments will all blow away, and so I’ll add them again). Also need to paint the retaining straps for the fire extinguisher, and probably a load more small details I've missed.

Should get this one finished quite soon I hope…

And yes, the long 7.5 cm pak 40 is a complete what-if…. So too is the super-duper aerial at the back...







Cheers

Matthew
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Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 07:54 AM UTC
Robby,

Very nice finish, she is keeper.

Mark
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Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 06:55 AM UTC
As predicted, done in a week! I accidentally scratched the body somewhere, but found that it actually didn't look too bad exposing the "wood" underneath the white paint. So I scratched it up a bit more in high-traffic areas (around crew compartments, engine nacelle, underside, etc) before continuing on with the more traditional weathering techniques.


I opted for an all-over oil wash, choosing Payne gray to subdue the white without warming up the color scheme. I started at the front, lopping the wash on and then using the airbrush on ~10psi to blow the wash backwards (ie, along the vehicle's airflow). The effect was a nice subtle discoloration that I believe mimics reality more than anything I could brush on myself. The workbench pictures don't do it much justice...hopefully the light box pictures are better.




The finished product! So much better than the resin kit I made all those years ago. Prop is free-spinning, MG is too (I haven't done the figures yet...if I ever get around to them, it'll be easier to move the MG to the gunner than vice versa).




Windscreen was scratched up modestly. It looked thin enough without Future, and I didn't want it looking too new.


I think this picture shows off the oil wash "flow" a bit better, as well as the thinness of the white coat; the wood is still slightly visible underneath, as is the metal undercoat of the nacelle.



Another look inside the crew compartments.


I washed the back-left ski more than the others...I attribute this to a field repair, replacing a broken ski with one from a different set, thus the variable coloration.


Free-spinning prop is also removable, allowing for a better look at my engine mods.


The kit's decals were simple: three red stars and two "slogans" that appear on everyone's aerosan builds. It's not your usual "to victory!" or "for Stalin!" slogan, but rather "Lembitu". It only took a minute's research to learn that this doesn't translate to anything, but rather is an Estonian male name. In other words, it's like painting "Leonard" on a jeep. Sure, someone somewhere might've done that, but it would be a touch weird to only ever see jeeps named Leonard TL;DR I put the Lembitu decals in the spares bag and just used the stars.




There's my completed entry, "Not-Leonard the Aerosan" A thoroughly enjoyable build with very few build issues to speak of. A few historical accuracy nit-picks, but an impressive and convincing finished model for anyone who isn't a rivet-counting aerosan expert...and that seems to be pretty much everyone who hasn't built an aerosan model before! Thanks for hosting the campaign and finally getting me to build a Trumpeter kit
Buckeye198
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Posted: Wednesday, June 06, 2018 - 07:10 AM UTC
I'm nearing the end of the aerosan build. The engine went together easily enough, aside from some minor adjustments for fit into the nacelle.

Customization included:
a - fan belt fashioned out of thin copper wire with black insulation (I knew I kept that around for a good reason!)
b - exhaust pipe fashioned from a spare AFV grab bar cut in half and hollowed out with a pin vise

c - the kit included a large flywheel to house the prop shaft, but I don't think many aerosans had them and it would end up obstructing any possible views of the already-mostly-hidden engine when finished...so I left it off, instead finding a poly cap in my spares box to act as the prop shaft housing
d - my usual telescoping brass rods technique to achieve free-spinning props
(sorry for the fuzzy pic...didn't realize it until afterwards)


Fuselage was problem-free. A touch of putty in one or two spots, but otherwise very well done on Trumpeter's part. I've never built one of their kits before, so I don't know if this is standard quality for them.


I attached the headlamp mount when I was sick with a head cold, so I wasn't thinking too straight. I glued the piece on upside-down, realized it after it was dry, then tried to pry it off and ended up sending it stratospheric. Fortunately it was a very basic shape and I was able to fashion a new mount out of Evergreen.


Final assembly before painting it all white. Same high-quality fit as noted before.


I painted the ski/shock struts separately, then added them on to try to break up the uniformity of the white paint job. Assembly of those struts was effortless. In fact, the diagonal supports between the struts and the fuselage didn't even require glue, the kit simply holds them tightly in place! Engine is installed and my custom exhaust pipe fits perfectly in the hole I drilled for it. Proud moment right there


Nacelle is closed up, seats are painted and installed, and dashboard is painted. The dash was surprisingly bare...I don't know that I can blame Trumpeter, the actual aerosans were likely just as spartan. The dash was painted black, dials painted white, tick marks picked out in black and needles in red, and all dials sealed with Future for a glassy look. I had no reference for what the dials actually reported, so I made a little mix of possibilities.


From here, it's all about touch-ups, final assembly, and weathering. And maybe the figures, if I ever feel like getting around to that. I start work again in July, so I'm really hoping to be done in the next week or two.
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Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 04:22 PM UTC
Shawn,

That is one very nice build you did there. Fine paint and weathering work.

Very interesting vehicle but I wouldn't feel very secure knowing that those fuel barrels were just hanging right outside of the working compartment.

Enjoyed your work.

Mark
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Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 02:58 PM UTC
Great work fellas !!!

Modern, WWII, Flying things and wheeled 8x8,

These Trumpeter Campaigns are becoming a
Classic Masterpiece Campaign !!!

So many different builds , congrats everyone !!!
Scipio2010
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Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 07:48 AM UTC
So I have shelved the NBCRV project for the time being. I am about to go on the road for three months and the NBCRV project was too big to take along, and was going to require too much effort to rush to finish before I left.

So, that being said, I decided to build the SU-101. I love Soviet AFV's and I immediately loved the design of this one. The SU-101 was a prototype designed at the end of the war and never entered production. I built mine to depict the prototype as if it had been committed to the Manchurian Campaign in 1945. I broke away from the traditional 4BO scheme to do a fictional soft edge three tone scheme.

Comments welcome,













hetzer44
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Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 03:30 AM UTC





Here's my latest progress on the Trumpeter KV II which is a great kit. Base coated and decals applied. (Thanks Panzerman for that suggestion). Now it's ready for the next gloss coat to seal the decals and start the weathering process.

Cheers!

chuck
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panzerIV
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Posted: Tuesday, May 08, 2018 - 09:54 PM UTC
some fabulous looking builds so far.
I have made a start on mine just haven't got round to post anything pictures. im wondering does anyone make 1/72 t55 tracks or something similar that can be used on a t55. from the pic I want to create some road wheels rubber has melted in fire but some hasn't so look to create the sag. though the trumpy kit comes with vynl tracks any ideas?
Buckeye198
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Posted: Tuesday, May 08, 2018 - 07:27 PM UTC
A little late to the party, but I'm in with Trumpy's RF-8 Aerosan. About 8 years ago, I went through a major Soviet phase and had to build an aerosan. Unfortunately, the only offering was Kirin's resin kit...a turd of a kit if ever there was one. Instructions were unintelligible at best, incorrect at worst; pieces were poorly molded; the kit fit together like a mashup from the spares box. In spite of that, I managed to get a pretty good result.


End of the nearly-decade-old rant When I finally saw Trumpeter released a mass-produced styrene aerosan, I jumped for the kit, and here I am now.

Kit looks good overall, minimal flash, pin marks will (mostly) be well hidden, engine detail is okay, and the seated crew members are very appreciated. There are some historical inaccuracies -- namely, the engine isn't the precise model used on most aerosans, and the rivets should be flush with the body -- but I'm going to build this more as a test of craftsmanship rather than my usual rivet-counter tendencies at the expense of good modeling technique.

Back to the build...finally. Engine is coming together nicely, and yesterday I focused on the body. Aerosans were mostly plywood, so I wanted to try out a wood grain technique with oils. Worst case scenario, it looks bad and it just gets covered over with white. Best case, I'll lay the white down very lightly and maybe some of the grain can show through as if the paint got severely worn down.


I messed around with the thickness/darkness of the oil layers. Outer surfaces turned out lighter, inners were darker. Figured that an unpainted interior should make for good contrast with the otherwise all-white exterior.

And for as long as I don't have a proper photobooth setup, I'll keep apologizing for the whack picture quality
Northern_Lad
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Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 10:50 AM UTC
Hello,

A bit more progress to report on the VK1003H. Build is kinds complete. I played down Vallejo German grey primer then added progressively lighter german grey regular. Am going for a high contrast look.







Endless wheels… Lots of tyres to paint…



Still lots to do...

Cheers

Matthew
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Posted: Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 01:34 PM UTC
In progress.






Impressive number of parts in this kit. A little detail can be composed in four parts, a bit exaggerated in my mind.

I've made a little modification on front axle to have turned wheels.
LinusB
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Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 01:38 PM UTC
Hi everyone I am starting on Trumpeter's RA-5C Vigilante.





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Posted: Friday, April 13, 2018 - 08:47 AM UTC
Thanks. I was going for a rough look. The green and red-brown were applied using the cheapest brushes I could find. I paid $1 for a pack of 20 of them. I usually use them for applying glue to dioramas...stuff like that. They also work well for crude painting like with the E-10. I also use them for white camo for WW2 vehicles. Often, those were applied using rags, brooms, and branches. I actually have a M4a3 Sherman that will be white-washed for the Workhorse Campaign.

Anyway, I took a couple extra pics of the E-10 and loaded them to the campaign gallery.

And nice work guys. There's some nice work in this thread.
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Posted: Friday, April 13, 2018 - 08:13 AM UTC
I finished my Soviet KV-8S Heavy Tank from Trumpeter. Really liked how easy this one was to put together with hardly any fit issues.
The decals sucked, they refuse to release from their backing. First time I had to soak decals for five minutes.

Anyway here are a few photos that will be posted in the gallery.

Mark







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Posted: Friday, April 13, 2018 - 08:06 AM UTC
Alex,

Nice finish with the E-10. Thanks for the idea on the injector pin marks. The camo is wonderful and like how the colors are mixed up and worn in places.

Again very nice finish.

Mark