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Artillery Campaign 2017
ClaytonFromEllijay
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Posted: Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 06:48 PM UTC
Very nice, and very fast, Angel!
ayovtshev
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Posted: Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 01:01 PM UTC

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Wow Angel,
that was a quick build ! Nice job.


Thanks Olivier!
The kit built straightforward-no big issues
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Posted: Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 12:46 PM UTC
Wow Angel,
that was a quick build ! Nice job.
ayovtshev
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Posted: Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 12:16 PM UTC
I was forced to change my subject-life got in the way so I don't have enough time for scratchbuilding.
My new subject is the 15 cm. schwere Feldhaubitze sFH 18 from the inventory of Royal Bulgarian Army 1944-1945.
Here is my starting picture(June 26 207).

Some pictures on progress follow:


The piece will be towed by Sd.Kfz.6/1.
ClaytonFromEllijay
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Posted: Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 06:57 PM UTC
Robert- Looking great
Shell- Very nice clean work!
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Posted: Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 07:53 AM UTC
Update on the sFH18: She is decaled and sealed, and soon I will have her weathered. She will be done at that point, but while I wait out the clock I am going to see if I can get the crew set done and make a little base for it.

SpeedyJ
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Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 04:23 PM UTC
Hello all.
Finally some results to show. I made some construction with resin over the last weeks. As mentioned before in early post, not without problems. Some poor fit with the somewhat poor resin.
Some parts were real thin and came off broken, were simply to brittle to use, so had to make some replacement parts in styrene.
Rest of the kit is just nice and with extraordinary detail. Going through the etch fret there are some questions in were to use, but reference will tell later on.
Pictures of the piece:











Assembly for the brakes were replaced with styrene. Will have to thin that, but comes later on. The rods for the cilinders were replaced with brass tube from stash. I drilled out the cilinders to fix the exact measure of the rods.
The Limber was just a whole lot of fun to build. Easy and only a handful of parts involved to get such a nice piece. Can't wait to paint. But humidity is far from perfect. Rain season is just get started now. After some house moving the coming months I will get a climate controlled hobby room with perfect conditions to do, so must wait.

Hope you all like it so far. More pictures to come later this weekend.

Kind regards,

Robert Jan

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Posted: Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 08:45 PM UTC
There's a bit of surgery to add Eduard PE in step 2 on parts B1 and B2 but nothing a new blade and caution can't handle, and some looking ahead to step 3 where Dragon throws in some PE for good measure.
ClaytonFromEllijay
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Posted: Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 06:57 PM UTC

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Thanks to highlighters, the first page of instructions has been made manageable, assuming I made no mistakes. Yellow=NOT DO, Orange=DO.



The instructions on assembling the real thing probably weren't that complicated...
johhar
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Posted: Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 05:43 PM UTC
Thanks to highlighters, the first page of instructions has been made manageable, assuming I made no mistakes. Yellow=NOT DO, Orange=DO.
johhar
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Posted: Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 04:37 PM UTC
Now that my 750+ campaign entry is finished and waiting final photo shoot, it's time for another big build campaign. The instructions almost made me throw in the towel, but I vowed to untangle them, though if there are errors, it could be a problem as subassemblies have to be joined. I'm going for Flak 37 with pressed shield.



salemguy
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Posted: Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 07:11 AM UTC
Ok sorry... just one last one. I'm just so excited I've managed to get this far and not... well eff everything up.



Just some more PE work and then a primer/base coat.

Regards,

Brad.
Removed by original poster on 06/16/17 - 00:07:54 (GMT).
Knuckles
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Posted: Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 04:51 AM UTC
Looks really good, and I can now see how bad my barrel looks
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Posted: Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 04:32 AM UTC

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Looking good. Pretty sure than stowage piece is meant to me crooked, as the leg it is attached to is at an angle. I'm guessing, but it makes sense to me ***nods***



Don't be injecting logic into my model making ok? But you're right, it looks correct if you pick up the trails (legs?) and hold them near vertical (as in being towed).

Here are a few end of day pics...







Regards,

Brad
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Posted: Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 04:10 AM UTC
Looking good. Pretty sure than stowage piece is meant to me crooked, as the leg it is attached to is at an angle. I'm guessing, but it makes sense to me ***nods***
salemguy
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Posted: Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 03:24 AM UTC
So I've made some progress... down to about a dozen parts left (including sub-assemblies). Working on the PE and it just hates me (or rather my glue does). Need more practice.

Anyways here is a picture of one of my most recent mistakes - beware of placing C15 properly:



I need to stop using so much glue - practice again.

And then, the last work I did last night was this:



I stopped a bit depressed because somehow I messed up the fit here and C30 was mounting crooked (I glued in the brackets - C10 - but just dry fit C30).

For the life of me I couldn't see where I'd made the mistake. I left my office a bit depressed, feeling that I couldn't do anything right.

Then... late last night I was reviewing the Prime Portal walk around and discovered that this part is supposed to be at an angle! Of course it looks like the left-most C11 is a bit crooked but I'm amazed it's looking this good.

Anyways back to the torture that is PE.

Regards,

Brad.
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Posted: Monday, June 12, 2017 - 08:43 AM UTC

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Lookin' Good Brad!
Sorry you had to burn one, it happens.



Thanks for the kind words. We'll see what well lit close-ups show with a touch of paint - it might not be pretty.

I'm really trying to get the most out of this opportunity - I was thinking about saving as much as I could for the final build but decided instead to finish up both as much as possible.

I've never seen such tiny parts and as I keep removing parts from the sprue and cleaning up the attachment points... each time it seems to get a little easier and the results just a bit better.


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I've got the kit on my bench tonight, and am on my 3rd beer contemplating starting it in earnest



I hope you do. Plenty of time left in this campaign (doesn't end until November) for you to finish.

I'm actually having a few Bridgeport IPAs myself (I lived in Portland/Vancouver for over 13 years and developed quite a taste for the local microbrews). If you're ever in the area I'll buy the first round

Best Regards,

Brad.
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Posted: Monday, June 12, 2017 - 08:01 AM UTC
Lookin' Good Brad!
Sorry you had to burn one, it happens.
As for mine, I got my barrel true and clean enough to use. I'd post pics of my 6+ hours of work I have into it--but it's really boring. It looks like a primed barrel fresh out of the box, but to get it there took A LOT of skill and patience. I've got the kit on my bench tonight, and am on my 3rd beer contemplating starting it in earnest.
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Posted: Monday, June 12, 2017 - 06:14 AM UTC

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Brad--that spring hack looks WORLDS better than the kit's option. I will also try this.



I'm having an issue re-creating the same exact effect (see below).


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My kit got here and the barrel had been de-spued with a machete, and then left to sit in a puddle of glue. It's HOSED. But. I am keeping calm and carrying on and trying to overcome it. SLOWLY.



Ouch! That sucks. I see that Trumpeter replacement parts has sprue "A" available (thru AliExpress) but it's about $12 + shipping. Not sure it's worth it given the fairly low cost of the kit.


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I have glued it and gotten it true. Now I have a few layers of putty drying to fill the seams/damage, and I'll try to clean it up this week while at work on con-calls. Almost no hope of getting it started, let alone done for this campaign.



That's a bummer. I was hoping someone else would build this and show me how it's done

But I'm glad you got it for free. Took me a second to understand AFU... was thinking some sort of Artillery Fire Unit?

At least I'm not a total loss and I did discover it's just a relative of FUBAR.

So speaking of hosed... here is an update on my M198. I did have to think long and hard about this - I was going to simply lie and hope nobody would notice.

BUT.... I've made a number of mistakes on this and I thought I'd just carry on but then I discovered my biggest mistake yet:



Careful observation will reveal that on the upper assembly, I have the barrel nearly 1/2" to the left. I tried to fix it but I seem to have secured things really well.

So showing that I have more money than common sense, I cracked open the second kit and started over. I figure I'll use most of the first kit as a paint mule and will buy a 3rd kit to build later (and hopefully visibly show how my skills have improved).

I'll say here that most of the problems I've had here are my fault - they kit is very nicely done. But there are a couple of things I'm pretty sure aren't my fault:

1. There is more flash on the 2nd kit, tiny amounts on the mating surfaces - annoying!

2. Some of the peg/slot connections are really tight. I had to enlarge some slots to allow the parts to fit (C39 as an example off the top of my head). So make sure you dry fit always (no big shock with that advice, right?)

I do need to practice as both attempts to cut off part A18 and clean the sprue connection mark failed and I "de-rounded" the part (man this thing has some tiny parts).

Be careful when placing part C15 making sure it's level... it needs to be able to connect to the slot in A12. One of my was placed crooked and looks odd (might be able to fix that). And if you're building the gun deployed C15 fits into A12 (so if there is a mismatch it's a problem)

Also I think I've seen this mentioned in reviews but be careful of part C35 - it limits the travel of the "legs". I'd suggest waiting on adding this part until the end (after the "legs" are set in position).

I'm really hesitating to add much about my problems because... well I'm an idiot and have no idea what I'm doing. Heck I'm still amazed at how much better the parts look after you remove the EPMs, sink marks, and seam lines (seems like every round part in this kit has at least a faint seam line).

Sorry to babble... here are some pictures of the re-work.

















Sorry for the poor quality - I'll hopefully add a bit of lighting soon.

I'm kinda bummed I had two tries to correctly remove the sprue "stub" from A18 (I trimmed just a bit too much). And I'm still making too many mistakes but...



It looks like an M198... almost ready for primer and paint. Hopefully I can hide most of my sins with dirt

Regards,

Brad.
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Posted: Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 05:16 AM UTC
Brad--that spring hack looks WORLDS better than the kit's option. I will also try this.

My kit got here and the barrel had been de-spued with a machete, and then left to sit in a puddle of glue. It's HOSED. But. I am keeping calm and carrying on and trying to overcome it. SLOWLY. I have glued it and gotten it true. Now I have a few layers of putty drying to fill the seams/damage, and I'll try to clean it up this week while at work on con-calls. Almost no hope of getting it started, let alone done for this campaign.

Good news is the seller on eBay refunded me, so I got the (AFU) kit for free. I'm just forgetting that it's a Trumpeter kit, and pretending it's a short-run kit from the depths of deepest-darkest Eastern Europe, circa 1990.
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Posted: Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 01:05 AM UTC
Hi all,
Great artillery, gentlemen. I also begin to build my howitzer.

SpeedyJ
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Posted: Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 09:37 AM UTC
Hi all.
Busy building the piece. Had some bad findings on the fit of the kit. But with some corrections it will be even better.
Resin kits need to be fresh. This one is somewhat poor. Pictures will follow later.

Kind regards,

Robert Jan
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Posted: Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 07:04 AM UTC

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That looks like a nice kit Robert!


I agree, can't wait to see it built.
Good luck,
Don "Lakota"
salemguy
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Posted: Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 01:07 AM UTC

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Neat! I will also be doing mine in desert. It arrives tomorrow, and I do think I'm going to dive in and see if I can get it done before June 1 when my next round of campaigns kicks off.



Excellent - will look forward to seeing your work.


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Loving your springs, I'd like to know a little more about how you did them. Was it just a click-pen spring? Did you use heat shrink over the top of it?



Yes, just a spring from a Bic (I picked a pack of the 4 color pens hoping to maximize my chances of making things work) and covered it with shrink wrap (I'm pretty sure I used 3/32" but on the second try it was too small and I used 1/8")

I plan to experiment with this effect as I'm not really happy with how it looks but for now it will do.

Best Regards,

Brad.

PS Looks like I get time to play this afternoon/evening so I'll hopefully post an update tonight.