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Binge Build: Patton Tanks!
BravoTwoZero
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Posted: Wednesday, March 06, 2019 - 12:23 PM UTC
Tank 01 Update: M60A2 - I forgot to take pictures after I applied primer. The pictures below are after application of the base coat, Forest Green for the MERDC Snow w/Trees Camouflage scheme. I used the paints from the AK Interactive MERDC Camouflage Colors set.







The next color I will apply is the Insignia White.
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Posted: Wednesday, March 06, 2019 - 12:31 PM UTC
Tank 03 Update: CM-11 w/ERA Brave Tiger. Made a lot of progress on this kit. Build phase is almost done.


The MGs look great!


The ERA blocks consisted of a lot of parts.


I went ahead and brush painted black primer on the undersides. The connection points looks pretty sparse, we'll see how secure these will be when attached to the turret.


The most challenging part to assemble is the stowage rack. Here's the instruction that shows how many fragile pieces are needed. I almost gave up in frustration!


But, in the end, I was able to complete it. TIP: do not anneal the PE parts for this stowage rack. The flame was too strong for the PE that they were deformed. It added to the difficulty in the assembly.




I will be gluing the ERA blocks in place and then I'll be applying primer. I will black base this kit.
BravoTwoZero
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Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 06:54 AM UTC
Tank 02 Update: Sgt York - Base color of NATO Sand FS 30277 has been applied.









Next step is to apply the second color.
m75
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Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 02:48 AM UTC
I was hoping to see if the horizontal hull seam across the bow of the York would have been erased prior to the paint. Since the seam is so noticeable, are you going to correct it, or let that sleeping dog lie?
BravoTwoZero
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Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 05:21 AM UTC

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I was hoping to see if the horizontal hull seam across the bow of the York would have been erased prior to the paint. Since the seam is so noticeable, are you going to correct it, or let that sleeping dog lie?



Donít worry. Thatís going to be taken cared of. Iím not very linear in my approach.
BravoTwoZero
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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019 - 10:37 AM UTC
Update on Tank 04: USMC M60A1 with RISE/Passive Armor - Build phase complete for this one. Here are the latest pictures.









I think this kit does not look bad at all. Considering this is an OOB build.






The material for the netting was a pain to work with. It unravels easily.


Next step is the application of primer.
BravoTwoZero
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Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 03:50 AM UTC
Here is Tank number 5, Takom's M47 E/M



This was an easy build and I ended up forgetting to take WIP pictures. It took me about a week to work on this. I give Takom an A+ for the track jigs included in the kit. I wish they had track jigs for the T-55s too. Anyway, build phase is done and here are the pictures.









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Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 11:23 AM UTC
Love the M47,but the right side tracks catch my eye every time. Are they not glued, so you can remove and paint?
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Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 11:26 AM UTC

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Love the M47,but the right side tracks catch my eye every time. Are they not glued, so you can remove and paint?


I forgot to mention that the parts are dry fitted for the photoshoot. And yes, you are correct. I dis-assemble them for primer and painting. Of the five tanks I am working on, this is the only one that had the tracks on because they are not the DS or vinyl type.
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Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 06:46 AM UTC
Oh, I agree about the searchlight mount to the turret. Very weak, and not a lot to be done about it beside AVOIDANCE! I'm afraid to dry-brush the darned thing.
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Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 11:08 AM UTC


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Of the five tanks I am working on, this is the only one that had the tracks on because they are not the DS or vinyl type.


I bought AFV club after market tracks for my 60 series(M60) and various A2's.Lots of parts, but no Disintegrating Styrene tracks...
m75
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Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 01:21 PM UTC
Love the AFV tracks. Used them on M728 conversion and an M88A1 a few years back, made quite an improvement on the lits.
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Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 02:33 PM UTC
What's your photography/lighting set up? ( nice builds btw)
BravoTwoZero
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Posted: Friday, March 22, 2019 - 04:12 AM UTC

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I bought AFV club after market tracks for my 60 series(M60) and various A2's.Lots of parts, but no Disintegrating Styrene tracks...




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Love the AFV tracks. Used them on M728 conversion and an M88A1 a few years back, made quite an improvement on the lits.



Carl & Jim, I went ahead and ordered tracks. Thanks!


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What's your photography/lighting set up? ( nice builds btw)



Thanks, Cam. I originally bought a Shotbox. It worked well with my 1/72 subjects. Here's a sample shot of my 1/72 PTS-M and BS-3 project.


But, when it came to 1/35 scale subjects, there's not enough room. Good thing I stumbled on the AmazonBasics Portable Photo Studio .

The photo studio is great. I'm sold and I highly recommend it. When folded, it occupies minimal space but when unfolded, it's big enough that I can stack up 6 boxes of kits.


I still use the Shotbox for smaller subjects. If I use the AmazonBasics one for the 1/72 scale models, I'd have to use some pretty extensive digital zooming. Here's a close up of the BS-3 on the Shotbox. Very little noise.


For camera, I use my iPhone XS. I am happy with the results of my photo setup. Both photoboxes come with their own lighting. And both are quick and easy to setup.

HTH,

Joseph
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Posted: Friday, April 12, 2019 - 10:23 AM UTC
Hello,
Started working on this tank again. Insignia White, the second color in the camouflage scheme will be applied. I used the online guide as a reference and outlined the pattern using Derwent white colored pencil. I learned this technique online. The pattern you draw can easily be erased by just using water. Also, when the actual paint is applied, the line will be blended. You won't see any marking as you would when you use a pencil.



I took out my high end airbrush, the Iwata Custom Micron-B for this occasion. I was hoping to be able to spray some fine lines. Unfortunately, this did not happen. I made a mistake of thinning the paint too much that, the coverage was very weak. Spider veins everywhere or orange peels everywhere. Not very happy with the results. Too much over spray too. Murphy's Law was pretty much in attendance. Here are the resulting pictures.



I contemplated whether to throw out the whole thing. I took a break and tried to see if I can salvage this. I went and thinned down the first color, Forrest Green and brush painted it on the over spray. That seemed to work, then I applied the rest of the colors, Sand and Black. Here's how it looked afterwards.







Still not completely happy but at least I won't be throwing this kit out. Maybe, weathering will help later.
I have also removed the mask from the search light. None of the red color I applied showed up. Oh well.


Looking at these oversized pictures, I see that I still have some more over spray to clean up.