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petbat
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Posted: Friday, January 24, 2020 - 08:29 AM UTC
Construction on the BL 7.2 inch howitzer is complete - Dry fit. Straight OOB, all the copper is in the kit.




You can just make out the rivets in the inside of the gun cradle behind the breach. Cyano dabbed on using a piece of wire.
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Posted: Friday, January 24, 2020 - 08:28 AM UTC
Marcell looking forward about your opinion about the PZL-05. Thats a massive looking SPG
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Posted: Friday, January 24, 2020 - 08:24 AM UTC
Colin, I would see a therapist about your Masochistic tendencies...

Just kidding.

Not sure about ET etch, I have heard mixed feelings from guys in my club. I used the Griffin set for my Grille and found it reasonably easy going. I only solder the main parts, with clasps etc glued on. I find that is strong enough for that type of item.

Yours still look good, and as you say, they would get battered in the heat of battle.

Looking good Glenn.
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Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 09:18 AM UTC
Lookin' good, everybody!



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Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 08:41 AM UTC
Can't wait to get started!



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Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 01:35 PM UTC
Lots of great entries everyone!

I am joining in with Dragon's SU-76i.



-Nate
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Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 09:56 AM UTC

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Well done, Joseph!

I see you built your ML-20 in firing position.

Maybe you can find remedy for the muzzle brake-heavy gun if you display it in transport mode(so pitty RB did not run weight balance test with their-otherwise splendid- metal barrel).
The barrel is transported in full recoil position, which will change the weight balance of the gun.

Trumpeter are giving transport position as an option, although-IIRC- some parts are mistakenly represented...

Looking forward to the painting and weathering!




Thanks, Angel. I do have another ML-20 in my stash and I will model it in a towed position. This project has taken a bit of a side step now that I am working on a Miniart Tiran-4. I'll see if I can squeeze in some time to affix that last pieces that support the shield. Then, it is primer time!



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Looks great Joseph. Glueing down to a base will solve your tipping issue. Good excuse for another dio like Dutik is doing.



Thanks Petbat, I am tempted to create a dio for this but I don't have the space for it. I am liking the progress of your Thunder Model artillery. Looking forward to more pictures.

Thomas, your Pion looks great! Now, I am wanting to add this to my stash!

Colin, your PE skills are most enviable! I hope I can do something similar when I work on my Geschutzwagen 38.

-Joseph
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Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 05:41 AM UTC
Looks pretty awesome so far, Glenn!



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Posted: Monday, January 20, 2020 - 04:57 AM UTC
Making progress on the M109A7. It is an interesting kit to be sure. Panda has left some details from the instructions leaving me to see what parts should go where. Most notably is the driver's vision block, which had to be scratch built. The metal tracks are nice, but it seems you have to glue the horns on which impairs the ability for the tracks to flex.




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Posted: Monday, January 20, 2020 - 02:02 AM UTC
Colin,

No complaints on the PE work. With my skills I would rate yours an outstanding.

Mark
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Posted: Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 11:23 AM UTC
Great work so far everyone! Guess I am in with my Geschutzwagen 38H since my other options are already being done. Here it is with a lot of *shudder* PE to kill my mojo:

It was a second hand kit and the previous own decided to remove the charge containers for some reason, so I contacted Dragon and have asked for replacements, we`ll see if they come through *cough*. In the meantime I started on the PE charge boxes, the macro lens really shows off my lack of PE skill, but I guess I can make a very battered vehicle:

Raw they look terrible, my technique did get a bit better as I went but still got a lot to learn about soldering PE lol. Thankfully E.T. provided extra bits. Primed they look a bit better, still have some cleanup to do:

If I get replacement parts from Dragon (any bets?:-X) I will see if I use the PE, otherwise guess I have no choice. Gonna keep on with the PE interior bits for the time being
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Posted: Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 12:34 AM UTC

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The Pion comes together nicely. It's a pity that most of the interior will be hidden.

Regards
- dutik



Thank you Actually I have an endoscopic camera with which I will try to shoot some nice interior pics after completion of my build.



3D printing is soooo yesterday.

Endoscopic cameras are the new modelling hotness!



Wow, was es alles gibt. Ich bin erschuettert
Regards
- dutik
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Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 10:56 PM UTC

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The Pion comes together nicely. It's a pity that most of the interior will be hidden.

Regards
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Thank you Actually I have an endoscopic camera with which I will try to shoot some nice interior pics after completion of my build.
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Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 09:32 PM UTC
The Pion comes together nicely. It's a pity that most of the interior will be hidden.

Regards
- dutik
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Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 07:07 PM UTC

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Looking absolutely fabulous Thomas. The cage around the headlights looks like it might have been very fiddly, but they look superb!



Hi Peter, thank you. Actually the cage wasn´t too difficult. But you need to take care now because of all the small Details added inside and outside of the drivers cabin. I decided to glue all parts exept the single track links before I paint the whole part.

Cheers
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Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 07:04 PM UTC

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Thomas,

Very nice work on the build.

Mark



Thank you Mark
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Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 02:04 PM UTC
Looking absolutely fabulous Thomas. The cage around the headlights looks like it might have been very fiddly, but they look superb!
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Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 01:40 PM UTC

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Peter,

I see what you mean on the fit issues. Looks like there is a nice gap between the side frames and the bottom carriage.

Mark



The gaps on each side are actually supposed to be there Mark. The gun side frames sit on raised sections and only the front, rear and one part a little back from the front meet the carriage trail as per this image.



There is a clamp on the front and the rear is bolted to a fitting and that is what held it down.

The pic also shows my little note re the cradle pivots... and also shows the end piece with the bolt heads (Part B31) fitted - these magically appear (ala Dragon instructions) on the cradle in instruction 5 (withn the nice 4 in light gray showing that was the previous step), but neither being shown as to be added in the actual cradle assembly instruction 4...



And I have a mystery part B5 that is not shown anywhere in the instructions
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Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 02:20 AM UTC
Peter,

I see what you mean on the fit issues. Looks like there is a nice gap between the side frames and the bottom carriage.

Mark
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Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 02:11 AM UTC
Thomas,

Very nice work on the build.

Mark
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Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 01:35 AM UTC
Finally an update from my Malka gentlemen: I did finished the upper hull and frontal driving cabin. All details exept towing cables added - these will be installed later after the vehicle is painted.

I decided not to replace the kit´s fenders with TETRA´s as these are extraordinary fragile and somehow difficult to finish. I am convinced they would dismantle themselve many times during handling the kit. I therefore improved the kit´s rubber fenders a bit (sawed out and slightly bended the single segments.









Next comes the gun itself now
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Posted: Friday, January 17, 2020 - 11:12 AM UTC
Okay, managed to get some build time while I am waiting for paint on my Sherman Crab to dry (long story on that...)

Anyway, this is the first Thunder Models kit I have built so it has been an interesting journey. The kit really needs 'Old School' skills. There sink marks on some parts, a little flash about on some of the smaller parts, seam lines are quite noticeable and knock out pin marks to fill. Most of the latter are under the 'fish tail' on the rear trail and will not be seen if in deployed mode, but a couple here and there on other parts.

The kit needs a lot of test fitting and trimming at times, and locating pins shortened or removed as well. A little putty is required here and there, but if you are careful, this is quite minimal.

Overall though, this is nothing your average modeller can't deal with.

Thunder advises care in fitting the trail parts together and suggests glueing parts down a little at a time to ensure good fit, and yes, that is the best (and only) way to go here to avoid issues.

My only real gripe is the gun cradle mounts being split with the seam in the middle of all the rivets meaning 'fun' in trying to fill the gap and not loose detail. It would have been nice if the seam was on the outside edge.

Well here is where I am at present:

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Posted: Friday, January 17, 2020 - 10:53 AM UTC
Looks great Joseph. Glueing down to a base will solve your tipping issue. Good excuse for another dio like Dutik is doing.

Dutik, looking forward to seeing how this one turns out.
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Posted: Friday, January 17, 2020 - 09:23 AM UTC
Dutik,

Looking forward to the final assembly.

Mark
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Posted: Friday, January 17, 2020 - 07:36 AM UTC
The siege of Port Arthur

- japanese 28cm howitzer




All subassemblies are ready and primed. The ammo hoist caused some trouble at the alignment of the large gearwheel. The solution was to cut off the axle stub and to sand down the thicker rear center of this gearwheel. Now everything is fine. If you build this kit watch for the leaflet with the corrected instructions for the ammo hoist. The printed kit instructions are wrong about the cranc handle.

Got the wooden base and some stuff for the groundwork today, also two sorts of chain for the ammo hoist. Painted the base right now, so it is not in the photo. The sandbags are from Italeri. A little bit large, but they will do the trick. And they are cheap.

Started building the one figure I need. Fit is nice, but the overall sculpting is a bit chunky. The figures remind about old Tamiya figures, but there are no other IJA figures from 1900 around.. At least the fit is good. I have kitbashed parts from different crew figures to get the pose I want. I will replace the head with a Hornet head and the hands with resin parts too.

Thats it for now.
Enjoy -
dutik