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Big Cats Mk.III
ColinEdm
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Posted: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - 05:51 PM UTC
Gawd I need a magnifying lamp! Please Santa!
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Posted: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - 03:02 AM UTC

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Gawd I need a magnifying lamp! Please Santa!



I agree... you do need one.
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Posted: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - 06:36 AM UTC
Great job on those clamps and "More Power to You!"

Stuff does get a bit silly, I think!



The stuff on the left are the LARGER bolt-heads HobbyBoss supplies with their Pz II-J kit, which I am just now wrapping up for the Panzers Return! campaign. I'll bet you can guess that these won't get onto the panz! Wonder what equipment will fall off due to this "corner-cutting during vehicle assembly"?! (To be sure, I couldn't even find where they might go, per the instruction sheet...). Those eye-burners on the right are tiny widgets for a Marder III... they MIGHT still get on...

You'll notice that I have not been brave enough to actually separate these uber-important little details from their frets!

On a related note: If you need magnifiers to handle them off the fret to the build, will others ever see them with their usual "Mk. I" viewing equipment - specially after paint and maybe grunge?

Bob

MERRY XMAS to ALL!
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Posted: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - 07:48 AM UTC
I agree Bob.
Sometimes it's too small to work on, maybe on a bigger scale it would make sense to go with those details.. after all the paint and weathering..


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You'll notice that I have not been brave enough to actually separate these uber-important little details from their frets!



They could get lost very easily
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Posted: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - 10:19 AM UTC
Yes, certain things will not show up after all the paint is on, the clamps do show up rather nicely though from other builds I have seen. I agree the PE nuts/bolt heads are a bit much though, and some pieces are SO small they definitely won't show up.
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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 04:44 PM UTC
So the wife and kids did not feel like braving the Boxing Day shopping crowds, so I spent a few eye straining hours adhering to my "I paid for it so I'm damn well gonna use it!" credo...

Making all the brackets and clamps for the tow lines and mounting brackets for the fenders.

^^^...aaaand I see some mold seams I missed....
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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 05:06 PM UTC
Dang but that stuff does look GOOD!

Bob
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Posted: Friday, December 27, 2013 - 08:29 AM UTC
I still have to work on some interior details:





Radiator grill, ammo boxes and windows, before starting working on the wheels / tires and exterior equipment.

I'm guessing another month or so and then I might go for another build.
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Posted: Saturday, December 28, 2013 - 06:12 AM UTC
Some green paint, the rest of the interior parts are almost done

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Posted: Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 05:42 AM UTC
Hi guys

not very imaginative I'm afraid, another Tiger I. But the truth is I haven't done one of these yet.

Anyway, it's a DAK Tiger I. I'm planning a faded yellow over grey.



here are my photo references.





Panzer 121. I'm intrigued by the apparent missing front fenders in the second photo. It seems unlikely that they were lost in what I'd imagine was quite a small amount of time between the photos, do you guys think they're just raised and not shown clearly on the photos?

p.s. If anyone has any photos of 121, or more detailed references for a different DAK Tiger I would gratefully receive them. Thanks for your help.

Looking forward to starting the campaign in the new year

Andy
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Posted: Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 06:21 AM UTC
Hi Andy, not only has the 121 lost it's fenders, it's also missing the second outer road wheel. I'll check my references , and if I find something I'll let you know ,



Paul


Edit:
check this place out for starters:
http://www.google.de/imgres?start=246&sa=X&biw=1366&bih=642&tbm=isch&tbnid=9zz3L11wjcPRoM:&imgrefurl=http://www.tiif.de/thread.php%3Fpostid%3D7027&docid=1gpGwYlSJ5o_AM&imgurl=http://tiger1.info/pictures/121-501-detail.jpg&w=600&h=338&ei=oGrAUo3hLs_HtAbagoD4BA&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=4&vpy=270&dur=4898&hovh=168&hovw=299&tx=123&ty=92&page=10&tbnh=139&tbnw=253&ndsp=29&ved=1t:429,r:46,s:200,i:142

Paul

Edit:
here's another for you:
http://tiger1.info/event/Eilbote-Oued-Maarouf

or just try looking for the Kampfgruppe Lueder, or Schwerepanzer- Abteilung 501

Cheers Paul
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Posted: Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 07:26 AM UTC
Thanks a million Paul

I could have spent hours finding those references. I'm liking the missing wheel and fenders.

What commonly caused damage such as missing outer wheels? Im thinking there must have been some residual damage to neighbouring components and i'd like to simulate that accurately if i can? The photo was supposedly taken after the retreat from the "disasterous battle at Hunt's Gap". I'm thinking that if the battle was so disasterous then the damage couldn't have required more than removal of the outer wheel otherwise the vehicle my well have been lost i.e. they wouldn't have been in a position to recover it, or do anything more than simple repairs as they were in retreat? Also the side skirts are still intact which seems to imply whatever caused it was moving horizontally? Perhaps a light AT gun, AT rifle etc? Or is it more likely a damaged tyre through wear and tear, and they just removed the wheel?

Thanks for your help. Getting keen to start now

Andy
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Posted: Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 07:39 AM UTC
No problem Andy, if can help I will.
The missing road wheel could've been removed by the crew, or it was torn off through debris. It was common practice to remove the first outer road wheel so that the dirt and other things didn't get caught up under the following wheels. But looking at
121 I'd say it went through a tough time in the Hunts Gap battle, otherwise known as Unternehmen (operation) Eilbote.
In my opinion your second pic shows what she looked like after the battle.



Paul
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Posted: Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 07:49 AM UTC
Sorry Paul, I was just mid-edit when you replied. I've added a little more to my post. I'm not expecting anyone to 'know', just an educated guess will do

Thanks for your help (esp Paul)

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Posted: Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 08:04 AM UTC
Just checked my kit - whilst Tamiya assume I will want to attach all the wheels, lovely Mr Voyager has given me a lovely resin hub to fit instead of the missing wheel... happy days.

I've been looking at the front glacis plate on 121. It appears to have 4 (?) impact marks - what do you think was the cause?

(I will stop with the questions soon - promise)

Andy
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Posted: Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 10:02 AM UTC
Ok fellas, i just enelisted.
I'm in with the Dragon 234/2 Puma kit, and the Eduard etch.

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Posted: Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 04:16 PM UTC
Well here's my build, Hobby Boss's F-14B a little different than most of the builds happening. Started last night but forgot to take pics before I started, so here they are now with as far as I got last night cockpit tub trimmed up with a couple of things added and the ejector seats mostly built.

Box with pic of last forum/GB post


Where I got to last night


Just sprues scattered around mostly all bagged still

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Posted: Wednesday, January 01, 2014 - 02:31 AM UTC
Got a few more hours in this one tonight, doesn't look like much for the time spent. Cockpit is almost completely together and has had a coat of grey put down.

Photo obviously taken before painting
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Posted: Wednesday, January 01, 2014 - 08:21 AM UTC
This is getting better... Tomcats, Puma's A DAK Tiger

Here's my progress, finished the interior items, and I'm working on the clear parts for the interior.





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Posted: Thursday, January 02, 2014 - 06:49 AM UTC
front grill



and rear break & direction lights



Just missing the windows & windscreen to close the Tiger !
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Posted: Thursday, January 02, 2014 - 07:21 AM UTC
Update on the Puma IFV.

Time to get cracking. I attached the top and bottom hulls.


I put on the turret to give you an idea of what it'll look like.


I went ahead and painted the roadwheels. I also shot a quick coat of green on the suspension and lower hull so I can start wrapping that section up.


Side armor and ERA.




Upper hull details....the rear.

...and the front. Here's a good shot of the kit's rendering of the no-slip coating.


That's it for now. Next step is wrapping up assembly and get ready for paint. The kit is turning out to be a straightforward build. It's been simplified in many areas, but it's a neat looking vehicle. Now I have to finish my Leo 2 for the Unfinished Business Campaign to give it a stable-mate.
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Posted: Thursday, January 02, 2014 - 12:40 PM UTC
Progress has started.
Ready for step 3 tomorrow.
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Posted: Friday, January 03, 2014 - 11:19 AM UTC
I did some more work today. And of course, i have to torture myself with photo etch. It's not even going to be seen, but i need the practice.
I wanted to get some more done, but it is just too cold in the cave.

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Posted: Saturday, January 04, 2014 - 06:24 AM UTC
I'm really pissed. enraged, furious.

I finished the interior, added the windows.
Closed the little GAZ, when I was checking it to be tight.. it fell.
one side of the wind screen fell, one of the front axle parts (one wheel tilts like a real car left to right but not the other) and a small piece of the head light.

Tried to fixed the best I could and took the photos.

I was planning to work on some other models after but not with this mood.







Damn, I was really enjoying this MENG kit.
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Posted: Saturday, January 04, 2014 - 06:45 AM UTC
Sorry to see that happen John. The best thing to do is to push it away for a bit, then come back and see what can and cannot be done to fix it.

I'm wrapping up assembly on the Puma IFV. I'll get pictures up once I get it ready to paint. I'm going to hold off on the paint until I finish assembly on my Leo2 for the Unfinished Business Campaign. That way I can paint both at the same time.