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Crusader III AA 12 Hour Build Challenge


Stikpusher
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Well, it’s that time of year again. Yup, time for the So. Cal. AMPS 12 Hour Online Build challenge. Build a model from start to finish during three four hour onlune Zoom sessions. This year had a bit of twist, the builder selects three options from their stash, and the rest of the participants vote as to which one of the three you get to build. Choose your three carefully. 
This year I put up the Tamiya 1/35 Gama Goat, the Monogram 1/32 Panzer IV, and what won the vote, Italeri’s 1/35 Crusader III AA Mk.IIII. 

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so yesterday we built for four hours, and in that time I was able to complete steps 1 thru 7, which is pretty much the hull & suspension, and get partway thru Step 8, starting on the 20mm Oerlikon guns

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next session in later April, I plan to get the build completed, and hopefully the primer coat on.

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Way to go Carlos! Nice choice they gave you. Great start too. I'm sorry I missed this, so I guess I'm out. I didn't have three choices anyway. This will be fun to follow along.

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Thanks Mark. I thought that you had three kits and we had voted on one for you to build. Also, we are allowed to miss one session and build on your own time in a four hour block, on the honor system. If you can make the next two session in April & May, you’ll be fine. Jim Wechsler had to bang out halfway thru this past Saturday’s meeting and will be missing the April session as well, so if that much time away is allowed for him, you ought to be able to play as well.

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Thank you Carlos. Come to think of it, I believe the Japanese load carrying truck was chosen. Man, I am in so many different Group Builds on several Forums and the SoCal AMPS that I keep forgetting which goes with what. In that case, I should be able to get my four hours in sometime this week and start on that. Hopefully this time I can finish!

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Excellent! I’m happy to hear that you’re going to join in. 

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It is a lot of fun Jim. I actually finished one last year with a bit of time to spare. 😯

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Todays build session was cut to three hours, with the caveat to use the cut hour on your own (honor system) or add it to the next session. I’m gonna do the hour on my own separate from next session. Anyways today I completed all of the assembly, which was basic lyn the turret, the tracks, and all sorts of fussy little bits on the hull… Basic construction completed in seven hours! 

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so for my free floating hour I’ll sand those putty spots on the turret, and get the whole thing coated with some Ammo One Shot primer. That will leave my next four hour session free to do regular painting and markings.

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  • 4 weeks later...

Since our second 4 hour build session was cut off an hour early, we had a “floater” 1 hour session to take at our own choice. I did mine today, adding some stowage items, then airbrushing on a coat of Mig One Shot Black Primer over everything

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So next session will be on May 28 when I finish this thing up…

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Thanks Mark. I’ve really grown fond of dark primer on AFV builds.

So here it is, completed at roughly the 11 hours, 45 minutes point, my entry into the So Cal AMPS 12 hours build challenge. Many entered, only a few crossed the finish line….

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Not bad for 12 hours 😉

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