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Trumpeter Mk.II Campaign
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Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 12:33 PM UTC
Thanks a lot, Tat. I also feel good about it.

One day I will do a very dirty AFV, but for this one I kept it reasonable.
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Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 04:18 AM UTC
Your weathering is just right Jesper, congrats on your finish! Tat
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Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 01:28 AM UTC
Thanks a lot for the comments, guys. Much appreciated

A commander is on the way to the turret at some point. No sun or rain tent though.
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Posted: Friday, August 12, 2016 - 08:42 PM UTC
Great work Jesper.

Fine work with the weathering too

Congrats !
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Posted: Friday, August 12, 2016 - 08:28 PM UTC
Jesper, You have done a very nice model and I Like the free interpretation of your reference pics.

The sun cover and a figure would be nice on it. I like the weathering.
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Posted: Friday, August 12, 2016 - 03:04 PM UTC
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.














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Posted: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 09:41 PM UTC
Hello everyone,

I have created a build thread in the Russo-Soviet forum for my Trumpeter 1/72 BTR-80, my contribution for this campaign. Here is the link
http://armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=250324

Thanks,

Joseph
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Posted: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 08:46 PM UTC
Thanks, Jeff. I will see what I can fix on the model.
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Posted: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 07:25 PM UTC

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Jeff, thanks for the info. I was considering if my antenna were too high. 8 feet is approx. 7 cms in scale, so I will shorten accordingly.

Looking at pictures I notice how the antennas are straight even for tanks in motion. I think I will have to correct that.

How thick are the antennas? It seems like I should use quite thick rod for the antennas?



Jesper,

The antennae come in equal length two sections that screw together so that they are easier to store and ship replacements. They are approximately 1-inch/2.5 cm at the base and tapper to about a 3/8-inch/1 cm. It may not be possible in 1/72 to replicate the taper. Plastic rod has one advantage over metal wire...I have never impaled my finger on plastic rod.

Again - nice work
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Posted: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 12:15 PM UTC
Jeff, thanks for the info. I was considering if my antenna were too high. 8 feet is approx. 7 cms in scale, so I will shorten accordingly.

Looking at pictures I notice how the antennas are straight even for tanks in motion. I think I will have to correct that.

How thick are the antennas? It seems like I should use quite thick rod for the antennas?
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Posted: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 12:01 AM UTC

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Paul, nice weathering of the paint work.

Tat, great save on the residue! Looks really good based on the pictures.

I have made some more progress on the M1A1HA. Next is some weathering and then I will call it done.

More to follow soon










Jesper, great work on your M1. Just one recommendation that should be an easy fix because of the scale. US FM radio antennae are tapered fiberglass rods with the metal antennae imbedded. They can bend only slightly, which is why the base has a large spring. Really fine steel wire or even plastic rod, both of which will be straight should work. .015 steel wire would be about right for the scale of your model. The antennae are approximately 8 feet long, don't know what that is in 1/72. I do like the eye protection devices your assrd to the ends of the antennae.
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Posted: Tuesday, August 09, 2016 - 07:04 PM UTC
Thanks Jesper. Nice to see an M1 with a different scheme! Tat
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Posted: Tuesday, August 09, 2016 - 11:30 AM UTC
Paul, nice weathering of the paint work.

Tat, great save on the residue! Looks really good based on the pictures.

I have made some more progress on the M1A1HA. Next is some weathering and then I will call it done.

More to follow soon





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Posted: Tuesday, August 09, 2016 - 10:51 AM UTC

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Tat - great looking camo....the putty is easier than tape on vehicles. Is the green paint a different brand from the other two colors? If yes, may account for the residue from the putty. You could try washing with soap and a toothbrush.



Thanks for the tip Jeff!




Clearly an improvement from what it was. Some areas have discoloration but I think this is manageable by weathering.

I've used Tamiya rattle cans for all the colors. It's on the green that had something extra. As I had no Olive Green, I sprayed on Tamiya Olive Drab 2, which to me looks close to my intended color. It looked light to me, so I darkened it with oils. I let it dry for a couple of days, before masking with putty. I guess it needed more curing time, or I maybe should have put on a flat clear coat (?). Anyways, lessons learned here!

Cheers,

Tat
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Posted: Tuesday, August 09, 2016 - 02:23 AM UTC
Some more progress on the KV-1 over the weekend. It is sitting letting the paint dry and should be ready for more work tonight.

Here are a couple of shots to show where the project is right now:



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Posted: Monday, August 08, 2016 - 11:54 PM UTC

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Hello,

Nice progress all.

I've been working on this on-off in the last couple of weeks. I wanted to do a sand + green combo, but the results of my masking work were not that good:



So I decided to redo it, this time using Blu-Tac and going for three colors:






Not sure why I got those outline marks on the green areas only -- hope to correct that during the weathering process. Deadline's coming up by month's end so I need to focus in getting this across the line.

Cheers,

Tat



Tat - great looking camo....the putty is easier than tape on vehicles. Is the green paint a different brand from the other two colors? If yes, may account for the residue from the putty. You could try washing with soap and a toothbrush.
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Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2016 - 03:46 PM UTC
Thanks, Peter. Appreciated
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Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2016 - 02:34 PM UTC

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Hello Alex
I'm replacing the vinyl tracks with PE. The PE is from ACE models originally for the PST or ACE models T-55.



OK. Those tracks have a good looking. Need to be very patient to built them !

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Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2016 - 02:30 PM UTC
Thanks Jesper, Pete! I've just painted the tracks and tools. Weathering next. Cheers, Tat
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Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2016 - 01:33 PM UTC
Nice work Tat camo looks good, some fantastic builds going on, Jesper I like your Abrams bud.

Pete
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Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2016 - 10:38 AM UTC
Nice job on the camo, Tat!

Looking forward to see more.
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Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2016 - 08:54 AM UTC
Hello,

Nice progress all.

I've been working on this on-off in the last couple of weeks. I wanted to do a sand + green combo, but the results of my masking work were not that good:



So I decided to redo it, this time using Blu-Tac and going for three colors:






Not sure why I got those outline marks on the green areas only -- hope to correct that during the weathering process. Deadline's coming up by month's end so I need to focus in getting this across the line.

Cheers,

Tat
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Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2016 - 08:37 AM UTC
Hello Alex
I'm replacing the vinyl tracks with PE. The PE is from ACE models originally for the PST or ACE models T-55.
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Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2016 - 03:16 AM UTC

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Hard working on the PE tracks..






Hello Martin, I'm curious to know how this set of tracks works. I have never seen that before.

Do you have to replace plastic tracks with PE tracks, or PE parts are just details to glue on plastic parts like the wheel on your pic ?
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Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2016 - 01:56 AM UTC
I had a bit of a disaster last night with the tracks. I had been working on them for a week and they were a lot more work than the Fruils I am used to. The plus side of it is that the resin track pins look terrific.

Yesterday I taped them to a hunk of cardboard and shot the inner surfaces with Tamiya TS-1 Red/Brown. The cardboard was propped up in a chair to let the paint dry. Last night just before dawn I was awakened by a crunching sound, one that did not belong in the house.

On turning on the light I found that Betty Boop the cat had pried one of the tracks loose from the tape and was playing with it, flinging it up and pouncing on it. She had it in three parts and seemed to be having a good time.

This morning I had at the damage. Betty had destroyed only one link (snapped in two parts) and a half a dozen of the pins. Everything was repaired inside of an hour and the tracks were repainted returning everything back to pre Betty Boop levels.

Later today the outer face will get its paint and will dry in a room Betty does not have access to . . .