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Black_sheep
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Posted: Sunday, January 05, 2020 - 05:38 AM UTC

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Impressive interior parts!

But you have placed the rear hatches upside down!!!
(Die Heckklappen stehen auf Kopf!)

Regards
- dutik



Auweia thank you for that hint - still easy to fix now

Grüße aus Franken
BogiBg
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Posted: Sunday, January 05, 2020 - 07:59 AM UTC
Progress update
I started with smallest guns. One kit is oversimplified, the other too complicated...
I used industrial electric connectors to simulate barrels.


And with paint on...

More in next few days.
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ARMORAMA
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Posted: Sunday, January 05, 2020 - 11:49 AM UTC
Nice choices so far and some good progress already! Still trying to decide which one I will do (at my pace I can only do one model per campaign and sometimes even that is a stretch!)
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Posted: Sunday, January 05, 2020 - 02:04 PM UTC

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Impressive interior parts!

But you have placed the rear hatches upside down!!!
(Die Heckklappen stehen auf Kopf!)

Regards
- dutik



Auweia thank you for that hint - still easy to fix now


Grüße aus Franken



I had to look twice, (blinded maybe ), but hey what an extremely nice interior set you laid your hands on, never seen that.
I have the same troubles with Panzer Art AM wheels. To fit them to the model is a hell sometimes.
Nice subject you are building for this campaign, will be following this very close.

Happy modeling,

Robert Jan
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Posted: Sunday, January 05, 2020 - 02:16 PM UTC
Hello all.
I have a problem finding After Market Road Wheels for Panzer III.
Seems that only 'burned out sets' are available, like Panzer Art (RE35273) & Armor Scale (R35039).
Anyone have a good tip / advise for Pz. III road wheels (undamaged) ?

Thanks in advance,

Robert Jan
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Posted: Monday, January 06, 2020 - 09:35 AM UTC
My build, Trumpeter's ML-20 152mm Howitzer. This one will go behind the Russian ChTZ S-65 Tractor.





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Posted: Tuesday, January 07, 2020 - 04:42 AM UTC
I was at work over the weekend to perform a system update. I was by myself and worked about 10-12 hours. I brought my ML-20 with me to work on while the database was updating. Boy, for a relatively small model (compared to a tank), this has way too many tiny parts! It was like building a 1/350 scaled ship! I needed my Optivisor big time! I think I completed 80% of the model. Here's how it looks.


As can be seen, I replaced the kit barrel with an aluminum turned after market part. That barrel replacement is a beauty. I think it will make the ML-20 forward heavy though. We'll see when I mount it. I will be opting for having this in "combat" mode, as opposed to "towed". The remaining parts to be glued are the PE supplied ones. I may finish build phase this week.

-Joseph
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Posted: Tuesday, January 07, 2020 - 05:23 AM UTC
Wow! It looks really good, Joseph!



d6mst0
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Posted: Tuesday, January 07, 2020 - 05:57 AM UTC
Joseph,

That new barrel really does look great!

Mark
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Posted: Tuesday, January 07, 2020 - 06:18 AM UTC
Very nice and clean work, Joseph!
As usual!

Be patient with the PE-especially with the supports for the gun shield

Illini
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Posted: Tuesday, January 07, 2020 - 10:48 AM UTC
Progress on the Hummel. The upper hull, tracks and a few others are just in place to highlight the gun. The kit is going together very easily and quickly, I've only lost one bit to the carpet monster so far, but there are a lot of tiny lift hooks and other bits to go, that I've been avoiding.



Alex2011
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Posted: Tuesday, January 07, 2020 - 07:59 PM UTC
Hello everybody,

here's my starting picture of the 122mm D-74.



It's a nice little kit, which should not be too complicated.

BTW Joseph, your ML-20 already looks very inspiring, and I'll try to reach a standard which is as high as yours.

Happy modelling

- Alex
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ARMORAMA
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Posted: Wednesday, January 08, 2020 - 02:06 AM UTC
Welcome, Alex!



BravoTwoZero
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Posted: Wednesday, January 08, 2020 - 06:10 AM UTC

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Wow! It looks really good, Joseph!






Thanks very much, Richard!


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Joseph,

That new barrel really does look great!

Mark



I agree. I think we both like shiny things!


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Very nice and clean work, Joseph!
As usual!

Be patient with the PE-especially with the supports for the gun shield




Thanks Angel. I noticed that the supports are PE! Man, I'm still in deep thought on how to tackle that. I might try to do a little soldering to give strength to the PE but what would make a good bond between the PE and the plastic? Hmmm....


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Hello everybody,

here's my starting picture of the 122mm D-74.



It's a nice little kit, which should not be too complicated.

BTW Joseph, your ML-20 already looks very inspiring, and I'll try to reach a standard which is as high as yours.

Happy modelling

- Alex



Thanks, Alex. I have the D-74 in my stash. I'm looking forward to your build. You can do it!
ayovtshev
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Posted: Wednesday, January 08, 2020 - 06:41 AM UTC

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... I might try to do a little soldering to give strength to the PE but what would make a good bond between the PE and the plastic? Hmmm....



Joseph,

I did solder the PE supports in my build 2 years ago, only to find out Trumpeter messed when designing them- the instructions how to bend/glue them were wrong.

My advice is- try obtaining the best fit for each support before soldering or applying any CA/epoxy.Then solder them and glue them with your preffered media(I used CA with some CA accelerator and they worked fine for me).

Looking forward to your next building steps and to the painting/weathering you'll apply,

dutik
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Posted: Wednesday, January 08, 2020 - 09:14 AM UTC
The siege of Port Arthur -

Japanese 28cm siege howitzer






This kit is amazing. Look what I've got after just 2 evenings of modelling! Drop fit, only one knock-out mark in a visible spot (on the rack under the gun barrel), putty only used where the large carriage sides parts went together. The drive at the carriage end was even fully working until I secured it with some glue. Really amazing engeneering!

Now on the way to add small parts and to build up some more subassemblies. I'll leave the subassemblies apart until after painting an wheatering for easy access to all spaces. The build-up gun in the first image is just dryfitted. Great fit, indeed!

Regards
- dutik
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Posted: Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 04:38 AM UTC
This kit is a true Wiggum weekender:



Dryfit of the subassemblies. The handrail at the rear platform caused some headaches, because the vertical supports got bent in the box. One rail broke into while I tried to straighten the supports. The supports are still not fully straight now, but that was the best result I was able to achieve. The hoist needs some small parts and there is an ammo cart to be build, but thats it with the construction. I've started painting now with a coat of black primer.

Enjoy!
- dutik
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Posted: Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 06:09 AM UTC
Dutik,

Very nice job with the assembly. Glad to hear it was an easy build, may have to pick one up for myself.

Mark
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Posted: Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 07:10 AM UTC
Dutik schön gemacht! I am looking forward to see everything painted. Do you plan to make a diorama out of it?

Cheers
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Posted: Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 07:53 AM UTC
Joseph that barrel looks fantastic. Hope it doesn't make it a nose sitter though.

Dutik, that looks like it was a sweet build. Nice subject too.

Looking great guys.

Dave, sorry but I can't see your pics. Reading through the huge string of data for the pic address, it looks like you may have forgotten to add the image type before the [/img] tag. i.e. .jpg, .gif, etc
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Posted: Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 08:14 AM UTC

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Dutik schön gemacht! I am looking forward to see everything painted. Do you plan to make a diorama out of it?

Cheers



Indeed. A Port Arthur setting. I think about the moment of firing the gun, with a large smoke cloud and the shell just above the muzzle...


If you attend the upcoming Euro Model Expo you will see it live and in it's full glory

Regards
- dutik
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Posted: Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 10:44 AM UTC
Okay my entry:
Illini
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Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 10:23 AM UTC
Tracks have been fitted (link and length) but I left the back disconnected so they can be removed for painting. Now I can move on to the upper structure, where the little bits are

gbrame
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Posted: Monday, January 13, 2020 - 08:38 AM UTC
Here is my starting photo for Panda's M109A7

gbrame
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Posted: Monday, January 13, 2020 - 09:39 AM UTC
Quick Question: I noticed a difference between the M109A6 and A7 on the right side of the hull, mid-way down. See these photos:





On some photos there is a great deal of soot around that area




Is that an exhaust outlet?

Thanks