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I'm exhausted just looking through the thread.  Keep them coming Duke.

I can build vicariously through you for now. 

Nice work, sir.

Bill

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Thanks Bill! Glad I can keep someone building... even if it is vicariously! LOL!

I'm glad to see you stop in; stay tuned, more should be coming soon.

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Wow, wow, wow.  Everything from parts disappearing into the ether, to glue on the windshield!  Question what scale is your armor and armor transport?

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Thank you Mark. Yeah, it's been a tough month. My armor and armor transport is all in 1/72 scale. I'm not sure if you were at the Chattanooga Nationals or the Phoenix Nationals before that but I'm the guy that brought in the huge display of small scale armor for the display tables at both shows.

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Greetings all, here's another small update due to life happening; or else I might have gotten more done.  This time I'll start with my armor since I barely got anything done on armor.

 

Basically all I did was to mask the windows for the three tank transporters. First the Japanese Type 87:

 

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Then the HEMMTT cab:

 

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...and finally the M-1070 cab:

 

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Later on I gloss coated the German Cabriolet car and painted the chrome on it, along with painting the roof:

 

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After all that, I went to work on my two rockets since they were so close to being done. Here they are all mocked up:

 

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The first thing I did was to apply the decals to the Atlas rocket; as you saw above. Here it is showing three sides when I had finished the decals:

 

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After that it was only a matter of adding a few more external plumbing parts to this and it was done. Meanwhile the Redstone had a bit more to be done. 

 

First off, there were some highly noticeable blemishes in the white coat of the main rocket body that were really annoying me. I tried to ignore them because I knew any fix was going to ruin the smooth finish I'd already achieved. I just couldn't let it go. So, I pulled out a post-it notepad and my Tamiya Tape and masked off the offending area. I then shot some more white; adding several coats to try and cover the blemishes. It was amazing how they kept popping out from under the white. Finally, I got it covered enough for my satisfaction:

 

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I was right, there was a noticeable square that I could not eliminate; especially that close to the decal. So I have to live with it:

 

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Oh well. At least I found the decals for the capsule and promptly added them to it:

 

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A few more detailed parts to add and that one was done.

 

Finally, it was time to work on my large aircraft again. The first one  I worked on was the Russian An-124. I finally got the fourth engine finished:

 

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After that, it was time to work on the landing gear. I started with the forward landing gear wheels. I needed to make four of them and they had to have the hubs added to the middle of the wheel halves, just like the main landing gear wheels. That made them impossible to close properly without some serious sanding and shaping and squeezing:

 

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I had four of those to do. Then I assembled the first forward landing strut, adding the wheels to it:

 

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I'm supposed to make two of those but of course, the second strut is missing......

 

So, I moved on and finished off one side of the main landing gear bay; completing all the main landing gear struts:

 

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After that I halfway finished the twenty wheels that go on those struts; adding all the hubs to the wheel halves. Next I need to put each wheel half together. Later....

 

Each main landing gear strut has eleven parts in it. I still have to do the other side. Once that is done and I paint these (along with finding and finishing the second forward landing gear); I'll be done with all the incidentals and can finally work on building the whole plane; adding the wings and tail to the fuselage. Man that is gonna be one difficult beastie to paint!

 

So, I put that aside and went to do something easier. Only it wasn't so easy. After two hours or so of fighting the fuselage halves to the A-400 Grizzly; I finally managed to get the whole fuselage to fit right:

 

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The clear part is only dry fit to see how well it fits. Wow, it fits like a glove! Beautiful! 

 

Next, since this was all glued together, I tried test fitting the wings and tail to see what fit issues I was going to have to deal with:

 

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Yeah, that big beast barely fits on my workbench! 

 

The third big aircraft I pulled out was my C-54. All I did with that was to add two extra windows to one fuselage half that I apparently forgot; then cemented the cockpit to the interior fuselage assembly and then added nose weights to the forward part of this whole assembly:

 

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The next step will be to close this up inside the fuselage and move on. 

 

Okay, that's it for this update. Thanks to all who stop in and comment, I appreciate everyone and everything. Stay tuned for more progress updates in the next couple weeks.

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Despite it being a very difficult two weeks, I did manage to get some progress done., Miraculously, I even found a few missing parts! More on that later....

 

Right now, let's tour the Aircraft Hanger and see what's been happening there. 

 

First off, I finally managed to finish all the main landing gear struts for the An-124. Man was that an ordeal:

 

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And here is the first of the missing parts I found. It's been lost so long, I forgot it was missing! This is the last engine nacelle for the Japanese Shinmeiwa that had been missing for so long. Once I found it, I installed it right away; no need to give it a chance to escape again:

 

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It's the one on the right. I did have a tough time getting that to line up properly and fit right. Man, the parts on this Shinmeiwa are all just refusing to fit!

 

Moving on, I wanted to get caught up on the C-54 since it's been neglected for so long. The first thing I did was to get the interior installed on one side of the outer fuselage. Take a last look at that interior detail; you ain't ever gonna see that again:

 

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Next I closed it up. It took a lot of tape and some clamps to get it to line up. Even after that I did have a few tiny steps to sand smooth:

 

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Later I removed everything and was pretty happy with the way this closed up:

 

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After that I deepened a few of the panel lines and added some Mr. Surfacer 500 to the most egregious areas and let it dry. While that was drying, I decided to mask the canopy before installing it on the fuselage:

 

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I used my trusty Tamiya tape for that. Then after everything else was dry on the fuselage; I installed the canopy. It was tough as that thing did not want to stay in place for some reason:

 

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Time to let that dry and moved on to the wings. Wow, what an amazing amount of work is going into these! First, I installed all the engine firewalls in all four nacelles and side walls for the main landing gear bays. There's five or six parts in both of these:

 

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Here's a shot from the other side:

 

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Now, because I plan on posing this with the landing gear down, I had to cut these sections out so I can depict these particular flaps as lowered:

 

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Later I added the top wing to the whole assembly. I had to start by gluing it around the nacelles and the end closest to the fuselage since the top wing was so warped. More clamps in use:

 

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Later, when that is all dry I will close up the ends of the wings. They'll be easier to clean up on that end. As it is, I'll be doing a lot of sanding and cleaning up on the inner ends of these wings anyway. Here's a shot of both top wings in place:

 

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Darn thing almost looks like an X-wing!

 

Moving on....

 

Here is my latest progress on my armor and vehicles, starting with the finding of the missing piece that I needed for the Japanese tank transporter. While cleaning up and looking for something else, I found the tiny steering wheel for the truck and promptly installed it:

 

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Moving on, I also found a shelf queen that I'd almost forgotten about. This is the Ukrainian BTR-3K that I started some time ago (last year?) 

 

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It was time to move forward. After perusing the instruction sheet for some length of time, I finally figured out how to start the suspension and running gear. This got me halfway:

 

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Later I was able to finish up the rest of it:

 

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After lining those up, I set that aside to dry and started on the interesting turret. This whole thing is remote controlled:

 

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That was more difficult than I imagined it would be getting that together, then again; the instructions didn't help much. I decided to stop there on that and went back to the hull. I finished that off by adding all but the most delicate, breakable parts to it. Here you can see it with the base turret added:

 

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Again, while searching for something else, I found the turret to the Churchill Mk IV AVRE that had gone missing. Time to pull that out to get it caught up to the Mk III. I started with the lower hull and the running gear:

 

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Later I dry-fit the upper hull and turret to see how they look and fit: 

 

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Add the tracks and some more detail parts and this will be ready for paint. Both of these are now caught up to each other:

 

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I've also been working on two German touring cars. One was almost done so I needed to get the other one moving along, as you can see here:

 

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First I shot a basic black over it. This is the Wal-Mart 96-cent spraycan of flat black:

 

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Next I masked the outside to paint the interior:

 

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This then got a gloss coat:

 

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After that dried, I installed the windows:

 

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...Followed by the roof:

 

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Now all that is needed is some detail parts and detail painting before I can add the decals. So, now I needed to get the other car caught up! I pulled it out and added the windows as well: 

 

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I decided to make this a partial convertible. Here it is with the rear portion of the roof attached:

 

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Again, a few more detail parts (and the wheels!) and this will be done. Here you can see both cars almost finished. Shouldn't be too long:

 

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That's all I have for now. Thanks all for looking in, comments are always welcome.

 

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Well it's been a tough couple weeks, tougher than usual for me, but I've managed to get a good amount done in my hobby room. It has helped me a lot to keep my sanity and not blow my brains out! 

 

I'll start with the work I've been doing on my aircraft. It's mostly been sanding and filling, sanding and filling, sanding and filling... and more sanding and filling... ad nauseum. This is the A-400 which has so many issues with the canopy fit that I've had to really glop on the Mr. Surfacer 500:

 

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You can see where I had to also fill a lot of sink marks as well. I've been sanding that quite a bit lately and it's starting to look like  an aircraft now.

 

I've also been working on the C-54, but since I'm still sanding and filling and sanding that, there's not much to show.  

 

By the way, did I mention I was doing a lot of sanding and filling?

 

What I can show is the work I did on the An-124. First off, I wanted to test fit the landing gear bays in the openings of the fuselage but when I pulled them down from where I had them stored, I noticed that one side was missing some pieces off a couple of the landing gear. How they went missing is beyond me! See if you can find the two and a half missing pieces:

 

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Oh well, they won't be seen once I get the gear bay doors on and this thing is sitting on the landing gear. Speaking of which, the gear bays fit into the openings quite well once I got them sanded and shaped a bit:

 

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These fit so snug and tight that I won't even need to glue them in; they are staying in place very nicely:

 

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I did notice the step in the fuselage from the resin coating on the fiberglass that was also evident on the top. So, I taped both sides of the step and proceeded to sand it smooth. That went faster than expected:

 

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Even though you can't tell from that pic, I assure you that is now very smooth!

 

Later I hope to finish the gear doors and then figure out how to get the cockpit and the canopy attached. After that I'll be adding the wings and tail feathers to this bird and then it's paint time! Wow, that will be quite the thrill to get that far! I better stock up on paint.....

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, moving on to my armor, I've got a huge update there since I've been trying to focus on getting a lot of my vehicles finished. I'll start with the BTR-3K that I've been working on. 

 

It has the funky turret that is already tough to comprehend. However with the difficult instructions, it was even more tough!  I spent a couple hours just gluing in, and then tearing out and re-gluing these twelve parts four or five times before I figured out how each of them went together and fit in the turret up to this point:

 

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I left the tweezers there to give you an idea of the sizes of everything I've been working on. After that assembly, I jumped ahead and assembled the rocket pods and launching station. There are six pieces in each assembly. The one in front is upside down:

 

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Then I glued them to the main frame above:

 

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Next I needed to add the photo-etch before I could go any further. So, the first parts went on okay as you can see here:

 

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You can also see where I added the smoke dischargers to the base of the turret.

 

The second box was etched wrong so I folded it wrong. Naturally when I tried to reverse the folds, it all fell apart. This is my attempt to glue it back together:

 

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That didn't actually work but I eventually got that whole thing to glue in it's place after another few hours of fighting it. 

 

Then part 14 fell and disappeared as I was trying to test fit it. It's not a small piece but despite my best efforts and a couple flashlights; I could not find it anywhere. So, I resorted to sheet styrene. I pulled out some very thin stock and placed it under the photo-etch fret and cut out the shape of the part using it as a template:

 

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Later I added that to the back of the turret. Mehinks it is a spent shell capture basket:

 

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Okay, I'd had enough of that so it all got set aside to dry. I next did something simple. 

 

On my 1/35th scale Patton, I took the time to re-spray a light coat of OD over the overly bright modulation I did before. I think it looks far better now; even though this pic doesn't show it too well:

 

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I then airbrushed black over the tracks for this in preparation for adding them to the tank:

 

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Now to show you the models that are all painted. I'll start first with the Churchill Mk II AVRE. I just finished up all the detail parts and got it fully to the paint stage:


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Later I shot it with the closest equivalent to the greenish brown color these had... according to the instruction sheet:


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Once that dried, I shot the model with a clear gloss in preparation for the decals:


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I'm not sure what that hinky pattern is on the side of the turret; possibly a loit of sanding dust left behind. I'll see what I can do to fix that.


I also had done the same with the Mk IV AVRE, getting it fully to the paint stage first:


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When I shot the Mk III I also shot this one:


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Of course, I followed it with the gloss clearcoat when I do the previous tank:


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Looks a little grainy. I'll be shooting another coat on that one later,


Moving on, I finally also completed the Japanese tank transporter in preparation for paint:


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They made this model so you could also tip the cab to see the engine:


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Next was the paint. I shot it with a deep green used by the JGSDF:


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Later this got glossed as well:


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While still on tank transporters, I moved on to my other American ones.  I brought the HEMMTT Tractor all the way to the paint stage. The only thing missing are a couple detail parts that will go on last and the big honkin' cylinder thing that is supposed to go on the side. I know I built it; it's somewhere on the desk but I am not waiting to find it! I started the paint and whenever that thing shows up again, I'll add it to the model:


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These were going to be three-tone NATO patterns so I started with the black first, adding the spots to where they are supposed to go. Later I'll add the Silly Putty over that, paint the brown, then more Silly Putty and finally the green.


Here's the HEMMTT tractor trailer with the first shots of black:


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Later I did the same thing with the M-1070 tractor. Another friend who built this model suggested adding some wire or thread to the cable drums before closing them up, so I did, I used silver thread here and you can see the glue was still wet:


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Here they are both completed and closed up:


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Finally this tractor was completed enough to start shooting paint. Again, I'll have to wait till that axle assembly shows up and add it when it does, Until then, I'm not waiting; this truck is getting done:


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And here it is with the first coat of black squiggles:


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Okay, that's all for this big update. I'm hoping to get these all done by November... not that there's any shows happening to show them. Still, I have more models I want to start but want to clear these first.


Thanks again for looking in, comments are always welcome.

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As promised, here's more....

Here's a small update showing everything done in the past week. I'll start with my aircraft as usual.


On the C-54, I masked off all the windows on the fuselage using my new Vallejo liquid mask. Looks good so far, even though it's tough to see in these pics:


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Next I completed all the flaps for the wings and tail feathers. Not all are installed just yet:


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After that I decided to dry-fit the wings and tail on the fuselage. Tail looks good, but the wings have some space issues that I'll have to deal with:


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My next project was the A-400 Grizzly. I also masked off the fuselage windows on this as well with the Vallejo mask:


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I then started on the landing gear bays. I'll have to paint some interior and find some clear parts before I can go further here:


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I then built the propellers. Simple enough:


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I then snap-fit the wings and tail on this one to both test the weight I'll need for the nose; as well as see what fit issues I'll have on the wings:


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Moving on from there, I finally got all the parts on the landing gear bays for the AN-124 Condor. I then started assembling the main gear bay doors:


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Here are all the main landing gear bays and doors ready to install on the fuselage. I need to paint everything first before I add them in:


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After that I wanted to see what it was going to take to mount the cockpit inside this thing. First thing I needed to do was to cut out a section of the nose. Using the scriber and knife shown, I was able to do that:


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Later I test fit the cockpit inside the main fuselage as indicated by the instructions. I'm gonna have a bit more cutting to do; as well as filling later on when this all goes together:


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You can see why I didn't paint anything behind the pilot's seats...


After that I masked off the windows on the main cockpit canopy:


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That's all I got on my aircraft. Next is my armor; which got a little done. Most if it was tedious, like the masking on the HEMMTT tank transporter  and trailer with Silly Putty:


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I also masked off the M-1070 and trailer at the same time:


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You can see in that pic that I still have plenty of Silly Putty on hand....


Here's the trailer. It was a bit more difficult to mask than the HEMMTT trailer:


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After that I moved ahead on the BTR-3K, finally getting the turret completed:


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What an ordeal that was! I also finished most of the detail parts on the main hull in preparation for paint:


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Time to shoot some paint on this Bad Boy, and possibly see about adding the digi-camo decals later:


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That's all for this small update. Stay tuned for more later and thanks for looking in on this one. Comments are always welcome.

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I'm always amazed by the number of irons you have in the fire! Nice progress an all of them, but that landing gear assembly is really impressive!

 

Gil :smiley16:

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Thanks Gil! You should see the monster they are going on! Man, I can't wait to get them painted and on the fuselage.

 

Stay tuned, more to come.

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Okay, here it is a week later and I actually have something to show for it. This is another small update for this week.

 

First, I painted the propellers for the A-400 in basic black:

 

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And that's all I did on that plane. I guess I was too interested in moving forward on the An-124 instead because I kept going back to it. To wit: While chatting on the phone with someone, I picked up the one wing and started dry fitting the wing fences and engine pods, mostly to see what kind of adjustments I was going to need to do to make them fit:

 

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Well, I took some time to make whatever adjustments were needed and the next day, I found myself pulling out my two-part epoxy and gluing them all down. I started with the wing fences first as two of them on each wing needed to be fit under the rear of the engine pods:

 

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You can see just how big those wings are. They are overhanging my workspace by half! 

 

The next day; after letting the wing fences dry overnight, I added the engine pods:

 

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They are still drying there, later I'll have to do some filling and other repair work due to some issues with fit and my not paying enough attention to what I was doing till too late. Meanwhile, I decided to finish the nose section as well. I needed to cut two sections out of the bottom for the nose landing gear. I did that and then proceeded to glue in the nose gear 'bay'... such as it is:

 

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This is all you can see of it from the other side. I guess there is no room for hanging gear doors, so this is what you get:

 

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Hey, at least I don't have to worry about detailing it! LOL! Now all I need to do is find the missing nose gear strut so I can finish building it....

 

Oh, I also have to remember to put the ten pounds of nose weight in there so this will sit properly.

 

Now that the wings are done I can actually paint these and the tail feathers a light grey as called for in my chosen paint scheme. After all that work on this monster Russian, I was finally done with planes for a bit. 

 

 

Back on Monday, it was actually cool enough to open my window to vent my airbrush. I jumped at the chance to finish the camouflage on the tank transporters. They were already masked with the Silly Putty so I loaded and shot the brown color onto the tractors and trailers. 

 

First the tractors....

 

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Then I moved and/or added more Silly Putty to cover the brown spots:

 

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After that I shot the final green color on top:

 

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A day later I peeled it all off and was pretty pleased with the results:

 

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You can see I also lost the trailer hitch pad on the HEMMT tractor. Man, I cannot catch a break! Time to rob another kit for one!

 

There is still some additional painting and touch ups to be done, but these are getting very close to the clearcoat and decal steps. Finally! 

 

Also, I shot a base coat of green on the BTR, but didn't shoot any pics of it. I'll try to remember to post them in the next update.

 

 

And that is a full account of my last week at the workbench. It ain't much, but I'm happy. Hopefully there'll be more to see next week. 

 

Thanks all for looking in, comments are welcome.

 

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"It ain't much".......:laugh: :laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh: 

Yeah....you're slackin' off......but compared to the rest of the world? :smiley2:

 

Gil :smiley16:

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LOL! Yeah, I am slackin'! After all I've only finished two in the past month or so. I need to step it up. LOL!!

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