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Trumpeter Mk.II Campaign
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Posted: Monday, August 22, 2016 - 09:03 PM UTC

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Paul,
They are the tracks from their 1/72 t-34/43. They are the equivalent of about 3-4 links short on each side, about 1/4 to 3/8 inch per side! In 1/72 that is huge! That would just make them connect with no track sag at all. I have a couple of their kits, so I may steal some other tracks for now and then replace them from the company or a cheap kit from a model show or such. Just a bummer that I was at the final step and then hit this bump in the road.

C'est la vie.

Stephen



Yes, I can see your point. A few years ago on my first model after a decades long interlude I built the Tamiya T-34/76 and found to my surprise that the tracks were way too tight. I stretched them some by hand and then fitted them on the model. They were still tight but did fit. Two years on, the are still on and have not broken.

Possibly you might try stretching yours by hand?
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Posted: Monday, August 22, 2016 - 08:48 PM UTC
Paul,
They are the tracks from their 1/72 t-34/43. They are the equivalent of about 3-4 links short on each side, about 1/4 to 3/8 inch per side! In 1/72 that is huge! That would just make them connect with no track sag at all. I have a couple of their kits, so I may steal some other tracks for now and then replace them from the company or a cheap kit from a model show or such. Just a bummer that I was at the final step and then hit this bump in the road.

C'est la vie.

Stephen
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Posted: Monday, August 22, 2016 - 10:39 AM UTC
Thanks guys.

Paul, Trumpeter sells a German version and a Soviet version kit. They are pretty inexpensive and pretty good kits. It really stands out on the shelf among the other armor.
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Posted: Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 11:09 PM UTC

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To One and All,
Almost finished with my Trumpeter T-34. I have been painting and weathering the tank. I was at the point of attaching the tracks and, of course, they are too short! Not a little, but a lot. There are some quite thin sections, so stretching probably will not work. I know that if I just glue the tracks on the kit, they will come apart, so I am mulling over some options, especially since these tracks were not tight on the real thing! I may 'lift' some tracks from another kit or such. Quite the bother. I will post something soon.

(sigh of resignation),

Stephen



What tracks did you have trouble with? Were these the Magic Tracks or something else?
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Posted: Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 11:06 PM UTC
Alex - That KV-2 is a pip. The winter paint is convincing. Did you do the German mods or was this part of the kit?
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Posted: Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 10:44 PM UTC
To One and All,
Almost finished with my Trumpeter T-34. I have been painting and weathering the tank. I was at the point of attaching the tracks and, of course, they are too short! Not a little, but a lot. There are some quite thin sections, so stretching probably will not work. I know that if I just glue the tracks on the kit, they will come apart, so I am mulling over some options, especially since these tracks were not tight on the real thing! I may 'lift' some tracks from another kit or such. Quite the bother. I will post something soon.

(sigh of resignation),

Stephen
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Posted: Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 09:07 PM UTC
Great build, Alex. Well done wear and tear on the winter camo,
SGTJKJ
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Posted: Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 09:32 AM UTC
Nice build, Alex! I like that the wear of the white wash is not overdone.

Thanks for sharing
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Posted: Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 03:46 AM UTC
I left these shots off from the last update.





And with that I am calling this one done. All in all, it was an enjoyable build.
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Posted: Friday, August 19, 2016 - 08:03 AM UTC

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Jeff - I hope you resume your carrier build in the near future. I'm interested is seeing what it looks like with the 1/700 biplanes.

I had another session or two with the KV-1. While there is still plenty of work to do, I can see the end in sight and should make it before the gong. Right now I'm pouring over photos looking for oil leaks and other interesting details.

I shot some pictures but feel we are getting to the stage where the strobe on the camera makes things look garish. It really is going to need an available light photo session to see the model properly.

Here is is, warts & all:








Paul,

Coming along nicely. Know what you mean about the effect of the camera strobe. I now play with my digital photos to get the best color, tone, etc.

As soon as I finish the Trumpeter NBFZ I am building for the Trumpeter II campaign I will get back to the Saratoga.
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Posted: Friday, August 19, 2016 - 01:14 AM UTC
Jeff - I hope you resume your carrier build in the near future. I'm interested is seeing what it looks like with the 1/700 biplanes.

I had another session or two with the KV-1. While there is still plenty of work to do, I can see the end in sight and should make it before the gong. Right now I'm pouring over photos looking for oil leaks and other interesting details.

I shot some pictures but feel we are getting to the stage where the strobe on the camera makes things look garish. It really is going to need an available light photo session to see the model properly.

Here is is, warts & all:





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Posted: Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 08:15 PM UTC
For those old enough to remember the TV show "Hee Haw", there was a regular skit with a group singing about something bad that happened to them. A regular part of the song's chorus was, "If it wasn't for bad luck, I would have no luck at all." To play off that line for me it would be, " if it wasn't for dumb luck, I would have no luck at all."

You may remember from one of my earlier posts that my NBFZ had an "accident" and several parts disappeared. The dumb luck comes in when I was gathering material for a class I was going to present to my IPMS club, I decided to look inside one of my compartmented boxes I use to store spare parts and other modeling materials when, lo and behold, I found extra parts I had stored from the NBFZ kit. I can now replace the lost suspension parts and will finish the build in the last 11 days of the campaign. However, their was not an extra escape hatch.

I have also decided to halt construction of the Saratoga kit. The PE set is slowing production, but is a great improvement over the kit parts. I am also having difficulty with deciding when to paint parts as I build to avoid damaging the many fragile parts. Additionally I am waiting for some 3-D printed 5" anti-aircraft gun-mounts from Blue Ridge Hobbies to replace the kit parts. The Fly Hawk PE set provides replacement gun-mounts with six parts per mount which in 1/700 scale are just about impossible to fold, even with a PE folding tool.

The fun continues.....
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Posted: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 11:41 PM UTC
Thanks for that link, I saved it for a future build. Most of the info would be helpful on any armor model.
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Posted: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 02:36 AM UTC

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Joseph - I'm a big fan of these interesting 8 wheeled amphibians. Your small scale version makes a big impression. What markings will you use?



Hi there Paul,

Thanks for your comment. I am a big fan of post-war Russian subjects and I have several in my stash. Regarding the markings, I haven't checked out yet which ones are available. I am excited however, to try out the camo scheme from Rick Lawler's article.

http://www.migjimenez.com/img/cms/PDF/StepbyStep_BTR80_ENG.pdf

I just hope that whatever markings are available in the kit would work with that camo scheme.

Thanks again,

Joseph
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Posted: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 01:35 AM UTC
Jesper - Your M1 came out really well. After seeing it I'm thinking I may have bump up in priority the one near the bottom of my pile now.

Joseph - I'm a big fan of these interesting 8 wheeled amphibians. Your small scale version makes a big impression. What markings will you use?

My own KV-1 Model 1941 build is snailing along. The MasterClub tracks are looking very impressive after numerous stages of paint. Still to do are the polished areas that the steel road wheels run on and the sprocket pockets.

I tried something new on the hull and am a bit nervous about how it will look. I painted a Kursk tan sloppily with a brush all over the lower hull sides and bottom of the fenders. After that dried a couple of days I hit the same areas with a dirty dark brown wash daubed on with a Q-Tip. This was somewhat smoothed out and refined with a brush but I am hoping to replicated the tumbling of dust & dirt stirred up by the tracks, sprockets & road wheels. It is certainly a mess right now and might look good once hit with some pigments. I'll know more in a day or two! Pics pending .. .
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Posted: Monday, August 15, 2016 - 11:04 PM UTC

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Build phase for my Trumpeter 1/72 BTR-80 has completed. Time for to prime, paint and weather.



Thanks,

Joseph



Joseph, Would never think the photos were for a 1/72 kit! Good kit and great build.



Thank you Jeff. I hope I can do justice with the painting and weathering.
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Posted: Monday, August 15, 2016 - 10:39 PM UTC

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Build phase for my Trumpeter 1/72 BTR-80 has completed. Time for to prime, paint and weather.



Thanks,

Joseph



Joseph, Would never think the photos were for a 1/72 kit! Good kit and great build.
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Posted: Monday, August 15, 2016 - 10:37 PM UTC

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Jeff thank you for your kind words. I didn't know for what you say about TOW cables.

Several pics I've seen show rusty or diry cables on M1117. I didn't know for the colors, so thanks for your advices.



Didn't know you had photo references for the rusty cables. I guess it shows the difference concerning maintenance between tankers and MPs, the most common user of the M1117. Still, good work on your 1117.
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Posted: Monday, August 15, 2016 - 01:15 AM UTC
Build phase for my Trumpeter 1/72 BTR-80 has completed. Time for to prime, paint and weather.



Thanks,

Joseph
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Posted: Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 11:31 PM UTC
Appreciate the feedback, Jeff. I am glad you gave feedback on the antennas. Looks much better and realistic now.

Some good lessons learned for the next 4-5 Abrams in the stash
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Posted: Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 11:05 PM UTC
Jeff thank you for your kind words. I didn't know for what you say about TOW cables.

Several pics I've seen show rusty or diry cables on M1117. I didn't know for the colors, so thanks for your advices.
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Posted: Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 09:17 PM UTC

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My progress

Same thing that for the turret: I have cut the top of the bodywork to be able to put a figure.





Axles built



Remember I am building my model to represent a particular vehicle seen in an article of this magazine.

This magazine does not exist anymore since 2013 because of the death of his editorin-chief Yves DEBAY, killed in Syria during a report.











Registration numbers hand made with separate decals I've cut one by one !


Same thing for the front of the vehicle


missing TOW cable. hand made



New loops from Arms Corps models. I can say they are easy to cut and glue.




Looking good. Tires are hard to get right and you nailed them (no pun intended). I have one recommendation that concerns the tow cable. Crews never allow that wire rope to get rusty because rust will weaken the wire and cause small strands to break creating a hazard for personnel handing the cable. Tow cables and winch cables receive regular maintenance consisting cleaning with a wire brush and then a coating of heavy grease. The grease collects dirt on the outside and the cables can appear black or dark brown from accumulated dirt. I paint cables flat black or black/brown mixture and then lightly dry brush with steel for the used look. New cables are steel in color.
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Posted: Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 09:05 PM UTC

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I am calling this one done. 1/35 Trumpeter M1A1HA Abrams in Bosnia 1996.
A decent kit although it shows its age in some places and the there are a few fit issues here and there.

I used the below pictures as inspiration. Although some of the pictures are actually of "Abbadon" I have not build the exact replica at that time. Some of the stawage etc. are different on my model.

I also did not have the courage to weather my M1 as Heavily as in some of the pictures. It seems like at least some of the tanks had a solid layer of dust and mud on the top side from the muddy soil. I added some dust where I expected the crew to move around a lot, but did not go all in.

Thanks for a great campaign. Looking forward to see everybody elses builds.

















Now it really looks like a tank You did a great job on getting the dried dirt/dust in the crevices where it becomes almost impossible to remove unless the crew uses a stiff brush on the washrack
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Posted: Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 06:14 AM UTC
My progress

Same thing that for the turret: I have cut the top of the bodywork to be able to put a figure.





Axles built



Remember I am building my model to represent a particular vehicle seen in an article of this magazine.

This magazine does not exist anymore since 2013 because of the death of his editorin-chief Yves DEBAY, killed in Syria during a report.











Registration numbers hand made with separate decals I've cut one by one !


Same thing for the front of the vehicle


missing TOW cable. hand made



New loops from Arms Corps models. I can say they are easy to cut and glue.

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Posted: Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 04:48 AM UTC
Oils and pigments to follow. Base won't be done for some time tho.



Mike

I kind of feel that the "chipping" is over handed...but with oils and pigments, I hope to calm it down. We'll see......