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  2. After a few days of working in the Hobby Room, I finally managed to finish five more models. These are my armor models I finished this month. We'll start with the light stuff first. My Italians took delivery of two vehicles. This is the 1/72 scale ACE Trattore Autocarro Sahariano AS.37: I apologize if this is a bit out of focus. The camera had some difficulty trying to focus on such a small model. This one is the 1/72 scale ACE B-1 Centauro "wheeled tank": When I was putting away the instruction sheet for this, I glanced through it again to see if I missed something. I'm glad I did as there are two machine guns that go up top. I promptly got them mounted to the turret: Oh yeah, that looks much better. Next, my Syrians took delivery of a couple 1/72 scale ACE Hell Cannons: I apologize if these are a bit out of focus as well. The camera had some difficulty trying to focus on such a small model. The US Army then took delivery of the 1/72 scale ACE V-100 armored car: And finally for the heavy metal! My British Army took delivery of a new 1/72 scale ACE Centurion Mk.3 And that's all I have for now. Thanks all for looking in, comments are welcome.
  3. Yesterday
  4. Okay here's more progress on my way to getting some of these models finished. All this is armor so far, along with the turret, since these are all so close to the finish line. First up is the Centurion. Here it is with the decals on: You can see that I also added the tracks to this. Alexey at ACE has you push three tiny stubs through holes and melt the protruding ends to hold the tracks together. The only problem with that technique is that the stubs are too small and flexible to be pushed through such tiny holes. They never make it through the holes, so I pulled out my black tire glue and glued these together using that. I then glued the tracks to the wheels using the same glue. Next I dullcoated this and added the skirts to this model: You can see the skirts were pre-weathered like the rest of the tank. After that, I went to add the machine gun to the top of the turret. However, the V-shaped part was far too delicate to remove it from the four large attachment points. The first cut with the newest, sharpest X-acto blade resulted in this: That did not bode well for any attempt to separate the rest of this part and I did not relish assembling four parts of this particular piece to mount the gun. So, I scratch-built a replacement. This is a bit out of scale, but it is sturdy and complete: Afterwards, the gun got mounted; touchup painting was done and tools were added. Looks done right? No it isn't. I had realized that I hadn't 'dusted' the roadwheels to match the rest of the weathering so I went ahead and did that. Now I could call this tank done. Pics of it will be seen in the finished armor forums. Moving on, I also added the decals to the B-1 Centauro: Also, remember that huge shrink mark in the gun barrel? If not, check back a few posts; it's there. Well, it finally got fully fixed: After that this model got the final wash and then dullcoat: After doing some 'pre-weathering' on the wheels, I installed them on this vehicle: Some final 'dusting' later along with the Centurion, this beastie is done! My next model I moved forward on was the little V-100 armored car. Here it is with the decals. I love that Budweiser logo! After that I 'pre-weathered' the tires with a reddish brown color to try and match the red clay of the 'Nam and mounted them up. I then dullcoated this and tried 'dusting' it. This was the closest I got to that red clay color: After that, I did some touchups on the details and then added the turret mounted .50 caliber Ma Deuce: Painting that Ma Deuce brought this over the finish line as well. Moving on, I added the decals onto the Diamond T wrecker: I know the markings on this truck are fictitious. I wanted to build it as US Army truck but; despite having decals for at least three US Army trucks, they only gave you the schematic/layout for a Canadian truck. I spent hours looking online; trying to find pics of a Diamond T Wrecker sporting the numbers, codes, and (hopefully!) that armor logo on the front fender that were offered on the decal sheet. Nothing popped up at all that even remotely had any of the decal sheet codes on it. So, I just winged it and chose what I wanted. Later I can get another one and make it Canadian. Later on I dullcoated this and then added the wheels to it. The four twin wheels on the back were a real bear to do given how delicate the attachment points were for those wheels! What a pain! I finally got them all cemented on: I had forgotten to mask the windows before dullcoating this again so I'll have to fix that. Also, the cab is still not glued down, which will help greatly in fixing the glass as the back wheels are still so delicate. The less I handle that chassis the better. There's a few more things I still need to do with that truck, so it's not quite finished yet. One truck that did get finished is my Italian Trattore truck. I glossed this and added the decals to it: You can see I also started the wash on it. I also noticed one of the tires cracked. Oh well... Later this was dullcoated. I remembered the windows this time: I completed the tilt on this and then called it done. After all that, I needed to finish up the Hell Cannons. All that was needed was to assemble and paint the ammo rounds that came in the kit. Here you can see that I assembled the smaller cannon's rounds by fitting them to the barrel and gluing them together. I later removed then from the barrel for painting: In this pic, you can see two of the rounds for the larger cannon too: I later painted them all and was able to declare the Hell Cannons done. Finally I worked on the Austratt turret. First I tried to eliminate the seam on the base. This was my first attempt: My second attempt was a bit better. Pics of that forthcoming in another update. Next, it was time to paint the turret itself. I started by removing the upper shell and hitting the guns and gun shields first: Next I carefully replaced the top and shot it with the green again: Two thirds of the way through this I ran out of paint in the airbrush and re-mixed some more. It was too thin and ran badly. I tried smoothing it out but this was the result: Story of my life! Every time I think I might succeed, something stupid like this happens! So, I soaked a paper towel in Airbrush Thinner and wiped it clean: Fresh, properly mixed paint went on after that! It still looks lumpy from debris left behind by the wipe down, but I think I can possibly fix it further. Pics forthcoming on that too. This looks like a great place to finish off this update. Thank for looking in, comments are welcome.
  5. If registering online, do I put family members in the checkout notes? --David
  6. The Beeb advertising clips for this drama seems to have gone very quiet of late. Perhaps it will be out for this Christmas instead of last as I thought or possibly in the Autumn / Fall. Maybe the production company have some technical issues and taking a bit longer than anticipated with the CGI or something in post production. Who knows?
  7. Last week
  8. Thanks Gil! I have so many going right now, I do need to finish some. I am hoping to do that very soon. I was fortunate that the guns on the Austratt turret didn't need counterweights. They just needed the holes in the trunnions tightened up. Everything works perfectly now! Stay tuned, more to come.
  9. Looking forward to seeing pics of your work.
  10. Best give up on Academy altogether if their service is that bad. But, you have exposed the risks of buying second hand kits in general. If you are still looking to make the Cutty Sark look for the ones by Airfix and Revell.
  11. Here's a link to a build review on our IPMS forum; it talks about the fit of the wings and other items....:http://www.ipmsusa.org/reviews/Kits/Aircraft/trumpeter_32_su-27/trumpeter_32_su-27.htm GIL
  12. Thanks for the feedback Nick. I had an idea that is what might happen. Kind regards Noel
  13. https://www.tested.com/art/makers/876367-adam-savages-one-day-builds-scratch-built-spaceship/
  14. Best in Class Awards and Best in Show would continue to be chosen as they are now. Team leaders would nominate candidates (obviously Gold Medal recipients ) from the categories they have judged and a vote would be taken. The Judge’s Best in Show would be chosen by vote from these winners. Nick Filippone, Senior National Judge
  15. As a UK IPMS member and SMW judge this discussion has made very interesting reading. If the GSB system is adopted, how will the senior national champion be selected? Will an extra layer be introduced in the judging system to decide on what will be top model from the gold awards in each overall subject category (e.g. Aircraft, AFV, Automotive etc) to decide on the eventual overall senior/junior national champions? Or will these titles be ditched altogether under the Gold, Silver and Bronze system? I understand that this survey is just for feed back at present to see what.members feel and not a proposal. It will be interesting to see what eventually develops from the survey.
  16. All, Was curious if anyone out there has built this kit? If so, did you encounter any fit issues with the wings to the fuselage? I just started it. It’s MASSIVE. Thanks in advance. Christopher
  17. Flagship Models' new web page is alive and open for business! Way better and easier to navigate around than our 15 year old one was. Also featured is multiple ways to pay and up-to-date shipping program. Check it out at the usual place: https://flagshipmodels.com/
  18. As for me, I'm always overwhelmed by the amount of projects you have going at once! I can barely keep one or two organized! That turret does look amazing.....I was going to suggest counter-weighting the back of the guns to offset the weight of the barrels, but it seems you elegantly solved the problem! GIL
  19. I must say, Ron, that I am always impressed with (and not a little jealous of) the results you achieve with these venerable kits. Well done. Nick
  20. IPMS/USA again thanks Eduard for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with one more of many monthly releases, in this case a new PE instrument panel for Revell's 1/32 FW-190A8/R11 NachtJager. If you have never used these panels, I recommend you try them and become hooked like me. I cannot paint to this level of detail. The kit provides impressive instrument panel and bezel detail, and the lower cockpit side panels can be painted for a realistic look; but they will never have the fine details and legible numbers, placards, and detail work exhibited by Eduard PE sets. In this scale the overall colors and additions add so much to the panel areas that it truly impresses even the jaded flashlight and mirror contest lovers out there. read more View the full article
  21. A couple days ago, I went to a Brewer Brothers sale to sell some of my models that I know I won't build or aren't in my preferred scale. While there, I received three gifts from my friend who was selling on the tables next to me. This first one is a FROG kit of the Swordfish in 1/72 scale. He gave this to me since I had never built a Swordfish yet: It was also because it had no top so most likely wouldn't sell anyway. Another model he gave me that intrigued me was this Eastern European model from a company I have no clue about. The box was also beat up quite a bit so he gave this to me. I'm happy because it is a Soviet troop carrying glider: Finally, I also got this book from him since he knew I love naval ships: That's all for now.
  22. I seem to have overwhelmed everyone again with my quantity since I've had no replies! LOL! That sounds better to me than nobody looking in because these are all just OOB.... Just joking guys! NO need to take me seriously, after all my wife doesn't so why should you right? LOL! Anyway, here's a small update where I started two models and moved forward on several more. I'll start with one of my two models I started. This is a 1/24 scale 1929 Coca Cola Delivery Van that I got some time back. On another Forums I jumped into a mini Group Build with two other guys building the same thing. It got me motivated to get started on this. Of course, I started with the little four-banger motor: I then started on the chassis which needed to be assembled en toto and included eight pieces besides the engine itself. Here it is all assembled: The wheel hubs are just tightly fastened onto the metal axles; I can remove them later for painting. I just put them on the model here to line up the chassis and make sure all four wheels touch the ground. Moving on, I decided it was time to move forward on more models; especially those awaiting paint and/or clearcoat. Here they are in no particular order: Clearcoat first: The Diamond T Wrecker got cleared for decals: The little V-100 got cleared for decals: The Italian Trattore truck got cleared for decals: And the Centurion got cleared for decals: After all this, I shot a basecoat of Olive Drab ANA color on the Italian Centauro. This was the closest thing I could see that matched pics showing this vehicle in Italian Olive. Good enough for me as I haven't the time or inclination to try and mix that color: Since I was already painting, I pulled out the two Syrian Hell Cannons and finished up the painting on them. On the larger one I first dry-brushed a rust color over the gun and frame itself, then drybrushed some dull metallic color mixed with a bit of rust on the wheel hubs. On the smaller gun, I completed a rough three-tone camo pattern; then painted the tires and the wheel hubs afterward. The tires on the smaller on are still a bit wet in these pics: Technically, these two are done already. I still need to complete the rounds of ammo that came with them so I'm not calling them done yet. Finally, after all that painting; it was time to build something again. The Austratt turret was calling my name, or rather screaming at me; so out it came. Someone wanted to see the size of this turret in 1/72 scale so here's a shot of the upper shell next to a ruler. This is six and a half inches long from front to back: The first thing I did was to build the base... all two parts of it. Man, was that ever tough! Yeah...no it wasn't: The guns then had to be assembled since they were molded in halves. They give you parts for four guns, even though this only has three in the turret: I made those as seamless as possible; I'll know how successful I was when I paint them. I also built all four in case I screwed one up or something. After the base dried, I dry fit to see how well the turret base plate fit in the base: Like a glove! Smooth operation of the traverse too! Of course I had to try it with the upper turret shell on too: Now, earlier a friend had mentioned that the holes in the trunnions needed to be reduced so that the guns will remain in whatever position I wanted to pose them in. Otherwise they would just remain fully depressed. He made one suggestion, but another friend and fellow IPMS club member mentioned another idea that I decided to try. I added some thin strips of styrene inside the loops so that the holes would tighten up: It worked! The guns stay where I want them to! Here is the whole turret fully assembled. Now it's ready for paint: After that, I can start on the two 128mm twin AA guns that also come in this kit. Well, that's all I have for this tour. I hope you enjoyed it. Feel free to comment and thanks all for stopping in!
  23. Beautiful work Ron! That is incredible!
  24. If it were, I'd win Best Of with my 1500+ finished models! LOLOL! Tha's a joke people. Don't take me seriously, my wife sure doesn't.
  25. The master at work!. Great job as always. Regards Christopher
  26. Love the build Ron. Paint scheme is my favorite. The rigging lines kick the entire build up a notch. Congrats! Regards Christopher.
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