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Unfinished Business 2019
Dixon66
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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:43 PM UTC
Thanks Mike. Hoping to see you at GC2019 in Oct, should be able to make it there this year.
MLD
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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 11:46 AM UTC

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Got both of those Mike. How did the Cyclops Jeep go together?



It's a sweet little kit with loads of hidden stowage details. Both of the back seat outer side panels could be posed open with stowage detailed, also under the seats and under that panel behind the seat. For the longest time I couldnt figure what to pose open or not.
Finally decided to just finish the kit and move on. The hood/dash junction is a bit fiddly and the instructions for the deployed or stowed mg aren't the clearest, but I muddled through.
Overall the construction and engineering is top notch. Right up there with the Bandai Star Wars kits.
GaryKato
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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 07:05 AM UTC
You certainly have a lot of interesting kits! Another finisher!

I lost my modeling mojo but I hope to get it back soon.

Done
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BunkerBuster - Trumpeter M1A1HA
MLD - Bandai 1/35 "Operation Cyclops" jeep



Enlisted (35)
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165thspc - Dragon King Tiger (Porshe turret), AFXKWX Cab Over Engine Deuce and a

Half
Bluestab
BunkerBuster - Tamiya M1A1, Trumpeter M1A1
CavScoutSC
CBacon84 - Monogram 1/32 M48A2
Charlie-66 - Dragon 1/35 King Tiger w/Zimmerit (Porsche turret)
dtniedert
eMan
GaryKato - Tamiya 1/35 Kettenkrad
Illini - Meng 1/35 D9R
IronHide
Lakota - Dragon 1/72 Sd.Kfz. 184 Elefant
LikesTanks - SdKfz 7/2
LiquorRanch - Tamiya Jagdtiger
Martinvidas
McScheffer - Merkava
metooshelah
MLD - Bandai Hovertruck
MrClark7
Namabiiru - M3 Grant
Nito74 - Dragon Jagdtiger, Tristar Panzer IVB, Trumpeter T-64, SA-8
Northern_Lad - Tamiya Panzer IVD
panorama - Balaton 1/72 D9, 1/72 Canadian Loepard C1, 1/72 Bedford QLD, 1/72 ZIL

131, Modelcollect 1/72 Patriot
Panzerace - Dragon 1/72 T-34/85
Pave-Hawk - Italeri 1/9 Harley Davidson
PeteDoc - Tamiya Panther A
RhinoSpit
roman
SGTJKJ
Stongarden - Tamiya Panther
tatbaqui - Trumpeter 1/35 VK.30.01(H)
TopSmith - Dragon 1/35 Panther Ausf. F
vanize
Wolfsangel
Dixon66
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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 07:04 AM UTC
Got both of those Mike. How did the Cyclops Jeep go together?
MLD
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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 02:30 AM UTC
And another dark horse, out of nowhere, off the shelf of shame and onto the workbench..
Bandai 1/35 Gundam 'Operation Cyclops' jeep thing.
Now finally assembled and with decals.
Still needs a final flat coat and a small base.



Next up the big old hovertruck thing..

GaryKato
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Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 04:39 PM UTC
Looking most impressive.
Illini
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Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 05:24 AM UTC
Progress on the D9R. Cab mostly done, but not glued down, a bit more to do. Lots of painting and weathering to do. Will be using Israeli green.


GaryKato
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Posted: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 10:33 AM UTC
Good progress on the King Tiger. The figure looks good too!

Mike,
You know I remember my mother knocking models off the shelf and breaking them while dusting. Back then I thought it was accidental but now maybe not so much.

Unfortunately I have nothing to report except a happy accident with my Kettenkrad where I broke the front wheel assembly off. Makes it easier to paint!
MLD
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Posted: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 09:07 AM UTC
Finished up the FM Millenium Falcon , only a WIP for 15+yrs.. for Hangar Queen #497 and was going great guns on a sci-fi kit until the wife 'accidentally knocked it off your bench'


I haven't been back to the jadg lately.
These next couple of weeks have a little more the elusive 'free time' to get back in the groove.
Charlie-66
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Posted: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 08:39 AM UTC
Seems like forever since I posted any progress.
Got the base coat down



Then the cammo and decals





The figure is just there temporarily until I can get the two I have for this kit done.
Northern_Lad
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Posted: Monday, June 10, 2019 - 08:01 AM UTC
@bunker buster: great job on finishing your m1a1 longtime shelf-queen. It looks really great with all the stowage. I hope to post some pics of my almost completed Tamiya panzer iv d very soon (well maybe)....
Cheers
Matthew
GaryKato
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Posted: Thursday, June 06, 2019 - 07:52 AM UTC
Done
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BunkerBuster - Trumpeter M1A1HA

Enlisted (35)
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165thspc - Dragon King Tiger (Porshe turret), AFXKWX Cab Over Engine Deuce and a Half
Bluestab
BunkerBuster - Tamiya M1A1, Trumpeter M1A1
CavScoutSC
CBacon84 - Monogram 1/32 M48A2
Charlie-66 - Dragon 1/35 King Tiger w/Zimmerit (Porsche turret)
dtniedert
eMan
GaryKato - Tamiya 1/35 Kettenkrad
Illini - Meng 1/35 D9R
IronHide
Lakota - Dragon 1/72 Sd.Kfz. 184 Elefant
LikesTanks - SdKfz 7/2
LiquorRanch - Tamiya Jagdtiger
Martinvidas
McScheffer - Merkava
metooshelah
MLD - Dragon Jagdpanther
MrClark7
Namabiiru - M3 Grant
Nito74 - Dragon Jagdtiger, Tristar Panzer IVB, Trumpeter T-64, SA-8
Northern_Lad - Tamiya Panzer IVD
panorama - Balaton 1/72 D9, 1/72 Canadian Loepard C1, 1/72 Bedford QLD, 1/72 ZIL 131, Modelcollect 1/72 Patriot
Panzerace - Dragon 1/72 T-34/85
Pave-Hawk - Italeri 1/9 Harley Davidson
PeteDoc - Tamiya Panther A
RhinoSpit
roman
SGTJKJ
Stongarden - Tamiya Panther
tatbaqui - Trumpeter 1/35 VK.30.01(H)
TopSmith - Dragon 1/35 Panther Ausf. F
vanize
Wolfsangel
Panzerace
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Posted: Thursday, June 06, 2019 - 03:50 AM UTC
Hi Gary! I am here with an uncompleted Dragon kit, a T-34/85.

T-34/85 by Burak Cinar

T-34/85 by Burak Cinar

If I complete it before, I can add a 48-scale, pre-painted big cat.
GaryKato
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Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 03:06 AM UTC

Done
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BunkerBuster - Trumpeter M1A1HA

Enlisted (31)
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165thspc - Dragon King Tiger (Porshe turret), AFXKWX Cab Over Engine Deuce and a Half
Bluestab
BunkerBuster - Tamiya M1A1, Trumpeter M1A1
CBacon84 - Monogram 1/32 M48A2
Charlie-66 - Dragon 1/35 King Tiger w/Zimmerit (Porsche turret)
dtniedert
eMan
GaryKato - Tamiya 1/35 Kettenkrad
Illini - Meng 1/35 D9R
IronHide
Lakota - Dragon 1/72 Sd.Kfz. 184 Elefant
LikesTanks - SdKfz 7/2
LiquorRanch - Tamiya Jagdtiger
Martinvidas
McScheffer - Merkava
MLD - Dragon Jagdpanther
MrClark7
Namabiiru - M3 Grant
Nito74 - Dragon Jagdtiger, Tristar Panzer IVB, Trumpeter T-64, SA-8
Northern_Lad - Tamiya Panzer IVD
panorama - Balaton 1/72 D9, 1/72 Canadian Loepard C1, 1/72 Bedford QLD, 1/72 ZIL 131, Modelcollect 1/72 Patriot
Panzerace
Pave-Hawk - Italeri 1/9 Harley Davidson
PeteDoc - Tamiya Panther A
RhinoSpit
roman
SGTJKJ
Stongarden - Tamiya Panther
tatbaqui - Trumpeter 1/35 VK.30.01(H)
TopSmith - Dragon 1/35 Panther Ausf. F
vanize
Illini
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Posted: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 05:08 AM UTC
My entry

GaryKato
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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 01:49 AM UTC
And now we have a campaign gallery!

Unfinished Builds 2019
GaryKato
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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2019 - 06:04 PM UTC
Your finished tank looks great! No one would be able to tell it was "craptastic".

Just noticed that there is no campaign gallery yet. I will have to bug someone about that.


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Done
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BunkerBuster - Trumpeter M1A1HA

Enlisted (30)
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165thspc - Dragon King Tiger (Porshe turret), AFXKWX Cab Over Engine Deuce and a Half
Bluestab
BunkerBuster - Tamiya M1A1, Trumpeter M1A1
CBacon84 - Monogram 1/32 M48A2
Charlie-66 - Dragon 1/35 King Tiger w/Zimmerit (Porsche turret)
dtniedert
eMan
GaryKato - Tamiya 1/35 Kettenkrad
IronHide
Lakota - Dragon 1/72 Sd.Kfz. 184 Elefant
LikesTanks - SdKfz 7/2
LiquorRanch - Tamiya Jagdtiger
Martinvidas
McScheffer - Merkava
MLD - Dragon Jagdpanther
MrClark7
Namabiiru - M3 Grant
Nito74 - Dragon Jagdtiger, Tristar Panzer IVB, Trumpeter T-64, SA-8
Northern_Lad - Tamiya Panzer IVD
panorama - Balaton 1/72 D9, 1/72 Canadian Loepard C1, 1/72 Bedford QLD, 1/72 ZIL 131,

Modelcollect 1/72 Patriot
Panzerace
Pave-Hawk - Italeri 1/9 Harley Davidson
PeteDoc - Tamiya Panther A
RhinoSpit
roman
SGTJKJ
Stongarden - Tamiya Panther
tatbaqui - Trumpeter 1/35 VK.30.01(H)
TopSmith - Dragon 1/35 Panther Ausf. F
vanize
BunkerBuster
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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2019 - 03:25 PM UTC
Calling this one done. Craptastic Trumpeter M1A1HA with original tooling (bad turret shape and side to side position of turret). Corrected the major issues plus a few smaller details here and there. Lots of soft details and disappointments. Also added the AFV club laser reflective stickers to the clear parts. Tracks are AFV club as well. I snapped a few quick pictures. I'll take some better pics later for upload to the gallery.


BunkerBuster
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Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 12:33 PM UTC

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Ken,
Nice progress on the M1A1. Where did you get the can of Rustoleum you used for the anti-skid coating? Special product or standard off-the-shelf item at WalMart? Keep up the good work.
Take care,
Don "Lakota"



Thanks Don, it's a standard product. I think Home Depot sells it, but I just ordered it from Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Rust-Oleum-7905830-Sandstone-Spray-12-Ounce/dp/B000ZYTXDG/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=terracotta+paint&qid=1553473846&s=gateway&sr=8-2

Gino Q. has a thread on the subject, including the layout diagrams of the anti-skid. I recommend priming first with Tamiya primer. Then mask and spray two light coats.


Lakota
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Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 10:47 AM UTC
Ken,
Nice progress on the M1A1. Where did you get the can of Rustoleum you used for the anti-skid coating? Special product or standard off-the-shelf item at WalMart? Keep up the good work.
Take care,
Don "Lakota"
BunkerBuster
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Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 05:26 AM UTC
Trying to inspire my fellow modelers to work on their UB19 projects. I originally had another old shelf queen, my 25 year old Tamiya M1A1 that I was going to finish together with my Trumpy M1A1.

At some point I decided not to, but then that pesky bastard ended up on my bench yesterday and got painted. I also did some additional detailing that I had missed (loader's hatch grab handle and new 30 mm ammo cans from another RFM Abrams kit). Of particular interest is the Rustoleum Terracotta anti-skid coating. The effect is outstanding, it looks better than any molded in anti-skid I've ever seen on a kit.

The plow still needs the last details added, along with some minor scratch building of missing details. I'll probably push on with the tank w/o the plow for now.

Sorry for the crappy pictures, camera phones aren't so great for extreme closeup shots. Not sorry for the messy desk though.




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Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 02:16 PM UTC
Finally ready for decals and weathering. Decided to use the "Bushpig Bandits" markings from Echelon. Not looking bad for being the original release trumpy kit. I've prepped a ton of stowage, but I'm not sure if I'm really going to put it all on there. What should have been a casual build, has turned into a much bigger project. I would guess I will have about 55 hours into by the time I'm done. Only 16 years in the making.

MLD
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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019 - 08:11 AM UTC

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At least you guys are making progress. I haven't done a lick of work for my campaign entry. I really haven't done much modeling at all this year despite entering a bunch of campaigns.



Make the time, it's worth it. I've backed out of several campaigns because I'm not feeling those subjects right now. I would love to be retired so I could spend much more time on modeling, but I need to put in another 10 years.

The fact I'm actually finishing builds is a minor miracle. I've got 35+ in-work builds spanning ~25 years on the "shelves of shame". It's taken a ton of mental energy to not start more builds this year. My Abrams will be the 4th build I complete this year. I've got another 5 or 6 builds that are completely painted and ready for weathering. Ultimate goal this year is to burn down my unfinished business by 24 builds.

Procrastination from AMS/build anxiety is what caused me to leave this hobby back in 2004. Not going to let that happen again.



Other than leaving the hobby, you're describing me as well. Lots of AMS, lots of reference image hunting, aftermarket scrounging, and shiny new thing chasing later,many of those must have/must build projects languish.
These campaigns are a godsend for me, knocking off old shelf queens. My best was three (??) for last year's campaign.
I've taken to bringing them to Armorcon for the last 4-5 years (I've lost track) and putting them on the tables as well.

Currently knocking off a barely started helo for the Helicopter campaign before getting back to the Jagdpanther.

Mike
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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019 - 03:55 AM UTC

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At least you guys are making progress. I haven't done a lick of work for my campaign entry. I really haven't done much modeling at all this year despite entering a bunch of campaigns.



Make the time, it's worth it. I've backed out of several campaigns because I'm not feeling those subjects right now. I would love to be retired so I could spend much more time on modeling, but I need to put in another 10 years.

The fact I'm actually finishing builds is a minor miracle. I've got 35+ in-work builds spanning ~25 years on the "shelves of shame". It's taken a ton of mental energy to not start more builds this year. My Abrams will be the 4th build I complete this year. I've got another 5 or 6 builds that are completely painted and ready for weathering. Ultimate goal this year is to burn down my unfinished business by 24 builds.

Procrastination from AMS/build anxiety is what caused me to leave this hobby back in 2004. Not going to let that happen again.



I used to get obsessive about my builds. Now I do everything OOTB with only minor addons. Now I finish projects where before the obsessiveness was taking the fun out of building.
Bluestab
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Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 07:11 AM UTC
I'm in but I'm not sure what I'll post here. I have quite a few unfinished builds I plan on knocking out this year. Some just need paint, others need a lot more.