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  1. Finally complete!!. My hat goes off to you Armor guys. Chris
  2. All, I’ve started on the construction of the above. I’m trying to find some accurate reference material. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Hopefully there might be a few Cobra drivers on this feed that can help. Much appreciated. Chris
  3. All , Had to take a break from building models for a while. Moved my model building area to a larger closet. After seeing an article in Fine Scale Modeler, I decided to make a closet into a build area. I added an electrical strip to plug all of my lights in. Added some shelves, and a work bench, and Wala!!!. When I’m done building for the day, I can simply close the doors, no matter what the mess on my desk is. All of the lighting is LED from Lowes( reduces heat, and a saving on my electric bill). If you want a cozy place to build your models, convert one of your closets into one. Chris
  4. Very interesting concept and execution Dave. Very nice!! Chris
  5. She looks amazing Carlos. Love the effects of the paint job. Chris
  6. If you want an extremely detailed Sherman, this kit is a must have. The price that I paid (my wife) was well worth it. There are ALOT of parts in this kit. Because I'm going to use this one with the other two that I built in a diorama, I decided to cut open the Turret and Hull so that you can see inside. So that you can see everything , I used a multi-colored mini LED set. I've never added lighting to a model before. With the help of my son, I got a crash course in soldering. The LED's that I am using have two different colors in one "bulb". White for non-tactical, Red for tactical. The controller for the lights, has 8 different settings to choose from. (It even has one setting for Disco Tech). I'm also adding lighting in the hull. I painted the interior Tamiya flat white. I added chipped paint (Tamiya Metallic Grey) with a torn up make up sponge. After it dried, I shot DullCoat on everything. I then applied Tamiya brown accent color to all the detail. Once it dried, I used mineral spirits to scrub away the excess wash. The engine compartment will be open with two mechanics working on it. A third mechanic will be driving a jeep with all their tools. This process has been a long one, but well worth it, I think. If anyone sees anything out of place, or incorrect, please let me know. Chris
  7. Thanks Carlos. This one was really fun to builds
  8. This is my first time building an Asuka model. This is their M4A3. Very impressed with the level of detail. Especially the 50 cals. The assembly of the bogies took some time. (Lots of parts). The one area that was a problem, was the housings for the idler wheel attachment point (C34, and C35). You insert the idler wheel arms (C25) into C34, and C35. When I went to attach the wheel, both housings cracked in half. This was a big pain to fix. Had to use super glue and baking soda to fix it. Lastly, I am using acrylics now(Tamiya). I was a big fan of the Testor Model Master line. The two accent colors you see below, is what I used as a wash. (on the entire tank) Black first, then brown. I then took a q-tip with mineral spirits to remove the wash in certain areas. After everything was dry, I lightly dry brushed Naples Yellow Hue on the high points. If your into Sherman Tanks, I would highly recommend this kit. Chris
  9. Pedro, This is a very interesting build. Nice to see one of these kits completed. The way in which you have displayed it, demonstrates it’s agility. Thanks for sharing this. Looking forward to more of your work. Chris
  10. Thanks guys for the comments. This is the Tamiya kit. Went together without any issues. Chris
  11. The overall bust looks amazing. I’m drawn to the face and eyes. Fantastic job on the shading. Chris
  12. Ron, Very nice build. I’m impressed most by the paint job. 👌 Chris
  13. Carlos, It keeps getting better and better. For a kit that had little, you’ve done a amazing job dressing it up. Chris
  14. Gil, It turned out great. It looks like a lot of work. Love the paint job. Congratulations!! Chris
  15. Carlos, Looks real good. Just adding some detail like you have, makes it look so much better. Looking forward to your next update. Chris
  16. I've decided to add another tank to the diorama. 3 tanks in total. All three crews are now completed. I've got two extra figures that I will incorporate some where in it. The Fury crew is all Bravo 6 figures. The other two crews, are a mix between Tamiya, and MiniArt. The Tamiya crew is the latest release (to my knowledge) of a WW2 tank crew. The MiniArt figures have some interesting poses. It took some time to clean these up. I choose not to use the heads. I replaced them with Tamiya, Dragon, and Alpine heads. All the crew serve weapons, along with the stowage, have been divided up between the three. The Tamiya M4A3E8 Sherman is primed, and ready for paint. I just started the Asuka M4A3 Sherman today. My wife bought me the RFM M4A3 Sherman two weeks ago. This one will be built for the "Fury"crew. I plan on building somewhat of a compact diorama. Chris
  17. At four hours, I’d still be cutting and sanding parts😂. Way to go. Chris
  18. Thanks Michael. I’ve noticed several diorama bases constructed with this, that have cracked, or shrunken. That’s the one thing I want to try and eliminate. “Cracks”. I guess I could go back and put Tamiya putty where the cracks are before I paint the base coat. I’m thinking of building a very shallow box to put the Celluclay in. Thanks again for the reply. Chris
  19. This is my first time using Celluclay. Up until now, I’ve used pre-mixed sanded grout to simulate dirt. It dries quickly, and dries rockhard . The only drawn back to it, is you cannot add a lot of it to a base. Adds a lot of weight. If anyone has any advice on using CelluClay, I would greatly appreciate any feedback. Chris
  20. Fantastic build. Love that finish.
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