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Mark Deliduka

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  1. Now that the Thanksgiving holiday is over, I'll show you the small amount of progress I managed to make during the holiday weekend. I don't expect much replies given the small update, but personally I'm very thrilled with the progress I made. So sit back and enjoy this latest tour of Maddog Manufacturing... I'll start with the unexpected setback I had when I was preparing to paint the interiors of my Russian truck cabs. I didn't use much pressure and I sure wasn't gripping this too hard, but this is what happened anyway: Fortunately I had another bottle of that same paint which had been used so I was able to filter the remaining paint from the broken jar into the other one: So, after that was done I painted the seats on the interior of some of the trucks. While they dried, I pulled out my German railroad flatcar which I'd already painted with a light tan. I then gave it a heavy dark brown wash: After that, I decided I didn't want to work on axles and bogies so I started another German Cabriolet car from ACE. I started with the chassis/undercarriage. I got only a little progress when one of the springs shot out of the tweezers and disappeared. After spending too much time searching, I said 'screw it!' and cut a piece of sprue to the same length as the first spring. While sizing that and getting it ready to glue; it snapped off and disappeared. A second one also did. Finally, the third one went on: That's it. I was done with that! It ain't gonna be seen with the wheel on anyway! Axles and bogies didn't look so bad after that ordeal! So, I pulled out the MAZ tractor and assembled all the axles and installed them and other bits to the chassis: Next it called for installing the main driver's cabin and the one behind it. So, I assembled the whole cabin and then mounted that on the chassis. That did present some issues, but it went on well, along with the rear cab: Another shot from slightly above: And of course, I just had to shoot this whole thing with the trailer behind it: That went well. So, I pulled out my KZKT Heavy truck and moved forward on that. Since I'd already had the cab built for this, I installed it onto the chassis along with the rear cab and the cargo bed: After that, I pulled out my MAZ Heavy truck. Since I had already had the axles installed on the chassis of this truck, I went to work installing the cabin. This time I decided to try assembling it the way the instructions showed. This required me to cement the rear cab first, then add the two forward interior sub-assemblies to each side of the chassis. It took some doing getting them lined up and straight, given there were no attachment points on the chassis for these parts. Finally, I got them done well enough. Here it is with the exterior cab shell in front of it: Finally when that was dry, I slid the exterior cab shell over it and cemented everything in place. I then added the rear cargo bed too. It was slightly harder to do the driver's cab this way than the way I did it: assembling the full driver's cab all the way before installing it. You can see where I had to add some filler to a couple very small seams: Those three trucks are now ready for P/E detail parts and then paint, along with my BMPT Terminator. Finally I was getting tired of the Leopold rail gun sitting around my workbench. It was time to get it finished. So, I pulled it out and assembled the interior elevating mechanism: Later I had to install that and several bulkheads inside of the interior main gun carriage. That took some fiddling around and fighting parts to line up; widening holes and trying to keep things from breaking as I assembled this interior. Finally I fought this to a standstill: And just to show you how big this is, here's a shot of it next to an Exacto knife: After assembling this, I had to slip it inside the exterior gun carriage superstructure and hopefully it would sit right so the top plate would go on solid. Of course it didn't. So, I started gluing and clamping this on one end to get it to sit right: After much fussing and fighting and more clamps later, I got it all glued and clamped together to fit right(I hope!!!): That's three hours of my time I won't get back! After that, I pulled out my flex-i-file and sanded the seams of the main gun. Once that was done well enough, I just had to dry it it to the previous assembly to see how it looked: And that is everything I got done over the past four or five days in between baking pies, shopping with the wife, singing with my choir, and attending the in-law's for Thanksgiving dinner; then more shopping with the wife and more singing in the choir.... Wow, imagine how much I could have done if my wife had been working.... Anyway, that completes my short update. Feel free to comment; they are always welcome and motivating. Thanks for looking in.
  2. Beautiful work man! I almost feel like I can sit ion that and start flippin' switches! Way to go!
  3. Can you list the requirements? What is expected of the Gallery Admin?
  4. Thanks Nicholas. It was an interesting challenge.
  5. Magnificent work man! What a sensational model, I commend you on the fantastic modifications you did to achieve such a beautiful model.
  6. Hello everyone. Awhile ago; I thought I'd finished my Nagmachon, but when I took the pics I noticed a few things. So, at first I was going to post this pic: But then I noticed the crooked box on the side of the fender. Not good. Then when I wanted to post this pic: ...I noticed the black smudge on the back of the armor. So, I came up with an idea.... And now I can finally post the officially finished model. Here it is with the box fixed in front: And now for my solution to the black smudge. I decided to make it look like someone took a shot at it: And the final view: I tried to get a closer pic of the 'damage' but couldn't get the camera to focus on it. This was the best I could do: That was the first time I'd ever done battle damage like that before. I'm pretty happy with it. Thanks all for looking in, comments are welcome.
  7. Thanks Gil! And you might be surprised at how many seams there can be on armor models; especially trucks! I appreciate the compliments. Stay tuned, more to come.
  8. I like that idea of a NASA T-38. Maybe I could incorporate one into my Real Space collection.
  9. Here is my latest progress done at Hobby Day and a few days before and after. I was very happy with how much I got done. I'll start with my aircraft; or in this case, helicopters. I finished painting the interior for the HUP-2, so once I get the windows in the fuselage, I'll be able to close this little bird up: I also got the interior painted on the Huey Hog. This one will be able to be closed up after I apply the instrument panel decals and then install the windows as well: Now here is the work I did on the Gotha I bought from my friend. He had already assembled the booms and the wings, so I started with the cockpit... such as it is: This model gives the option of making this plane a glider or a powered transport aircraft. I decided that since I haven't got this in powered form yet, I'll build it with engines: As those were drying, I then added the engine nacelle parts to the wings that will hold those engines and the booms: That's as far as I got on that. After all that I moved on to my armor. The first thing I did was to paint the base tan color on the deck of my railroad flatcar. Later I'll try to make this look more like wood: Next I decided to move forward on more of the Aerosans for the Treasure Train game that I'd been "threatening" to put on for a year now. I had one already half built so I assembled the engine and added it to the body to finish it up and have it ready for paint: After that, I started the last one I have in my stash. I do need to buy a few more.... Anyway, I got that one half done before I realized I left all the engine parts at home. Still, it is started at least, and the engine will be easy to get finished and mounted on this. Here is the last one next to the finished on I just did: Moving on from there, I next decided that the T-15 Armata was calling my name too loudly so I got started on that one. First thing I did was to build the turret. That went fast: Next I added the detail parts to the upper hull. There wasn't too much to add, so this went fast as well: After that I assembled the lower hull. I'm really thrilled at how well this model fits together: Finally, I test fit everything together sans turret. This is one big beastie! Check this out: I did stop there but I was having so much fun with this Zvezda kit that I pulled out the Terminator to finish up a bit more. The first thing I did was to assemble the rocket tubes and mount them on the turret: They are pretty fiddly and will make turning that turret a bit hard. Moving on, I finished up adding the bogies and roadwheels to the lower hull: I also added the side skirts and other detail parts to the upper hull as well: Putting the upper and power hull together looks great, this vehicle is now ready for paint: After that, I moved on to the final steps I needed to do to finish my Nagmachon. All the photo etch radar antennae, stowage fences, fenders and anti-RPG bar armor was installed: After some touch up to the paint and adjustment to some of the photo-etch screens, I can declare this thing done. Pics of that are forthcoming later.... After that, I just wanted to build and/or paint. Since I wanted to move forward on some of my eight-wheeled trucks, I pulled them out and chose the AA-60 fire truck first. While cleaning the seam on the end of the tank, I ended up cutting a big hole in the end of it! Out came the sheet styrene and some squares were cut. The first one went on the holed end: To make this look better, I added the other square to the opposite end: I then trimmed the excess off with a pair of scissors: ...and some careful sanding later, I have a smooth finish on each end: Next, because the end plates on the main body were not fashioned properly to fit without major gaps; I used more of that sheet styrene to plug the ends: After some additional assembly, I then cemented the lower body and the forward engine cabin to the chassis. I then snapped the tank in for now. Here's how it looks so far: Well, that was enough of fighting that. I then pulled out one of the KZKT truck cabs and started to assemble the interior: Next I added the axles to the chassis: Additional detail parts went on, such as the fuel tanks on the side. I also checked to be sure the wheels all line up and sit properly: I then painted the interior of the cab: Here's how the cab looks all assembled. I only snapped the outer cab on the interior: Now that was for the KZKT Heavy Truck. I also worked on the MAZ heavy Truck, starting with the axles and fuel tanks on that chassis: The MAZ has that split cab and so I assembled and painted the interiors for both sides: And that is where I had to stop due to Hobby Day being over and all the work I've been doing this past week. Hopefully I'll have more to show soon. Thanks all for looking in, comments are always welcome.
  10. Well, I'm about a week or so late but I haven't had time to log in and post these earlier. These are my latest acquisitions from about a week or two ago. First off are a bunch of paints, thinner and filler I got. There was a sale, and I did need a lot of green for my latest eight-wheeled Russian trucks: Next are two models that I had on my list to get. First was Zvezda's T-15 Armata, the APC version of the T-14 Armata tank: Once that is built; I'll have both Armatas in my Russian Army. Next is a T-55 from Revell; this one with the cheek armor. I want to research this to see if these tanks were still in service in the East German Army during the reunification. If so, I want to make it with west German markings. Otherwise, it'll be Russian: Finally this last one was bought from a friend. No, it is not in my preferred scale, but I got it to build for my SoCal AMPS club's Patton Group Build. Everyone is building Pattons for the next west coast Nationals and since the M-48 is my favorite tank, I'm gonna join the group build with this model: Oh, I also got a Gotha Go-242 transport from another friend who was selling it but I didn't shoot any pic of it. Maybe I'll post that one later. Thanks for looking in, I've been pretty busy in the Hobby Room so feel free to check out my Maddog Manufacturing.
  11. Exceptional job on that Gil, especially given the type of plastic! Way to go man!
  12. Beautiful job Gil! Way to go on this old kit!
  13. Thanks Gil! It does seem to me to happen all the time, but then again, I guess I'm always focused on it. I do try to go slow enough and sit close enough to the table to keep parts from being lost. Just the other day, I did drop seven different parts but surprisingly enough was able to recover all of them. Thanks again for the great compliment!
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