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Posted: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 09:02 PM UTC
Stefan,

Sorry to hear things have been rough, but good to see you're planning to get back into the build. My own M36B1 build has been heavily delayed by my broken leg, and is still only in early stages. And the more I look at the Italeri turret, the more tempted I am to borrow one from my Academy kit to save time...

I don't suppose you have a scale drawing or measurements of the turret? I thought the Italeri one was overscale, but the more I look at it the more I worry that Academy's turret is also a bit underscale. (In particular the turret bustle looks a bit short in length...)

Tom
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Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 01:53 AM UTC

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Michael,

Nice work! I hadn't noticed earlier that you scratch-built the drive sprockets too... I'm very impressed.

Tom



Thanks Tom, but in this case it is mostly down to the fact that I have some very nice tools, it would be a shame not to use them.
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Posted: Saturday, April 03, 2010 - 09:29 PM UTC
Well I finally got the motivation back to finish off those resin tracks on the JagdPanzer Kanone

They have since been taken off the lower hull (the runs are 3 per side) and primed. I'll also put a base coat , and will now detail them before putting them back on.

It won't be 'long' now until I've finished a base coat on the upper hull and then the weathering to go after the tracks are done !!

Hopefuly I'll be finished in the next week or so

Here are some pics of the tracks and the Hull.













Cheers

Paul
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Posted: Sunday, April 04, 2010 - 07:48 PM UTC
Tom, sorry no, I don't have any scale plans. Well I do have one, but I don't trust it at all, so I'll just leave it... PMMS had a review of both the Academy and the AFV-Club kit and I don't remember any mention of turret inaccuracies. Also Steve Z.'s article in Military Modeling doesn't mention any dimensional inaccuracies of the Italeri Kit.

So I finished mine yesterday but almost forgot to post here...

Here's the link to my buildlog as I can't access the kitmaker gallery at the moment (technical problems?). I suppose I wil have to post one pic in the campaign gallery?

Cheers!
Stefan

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Posted: Monday, April 05, 2010 - 12:14 AM UTC
Stefan,

Just looked at your blog and the new pics look great. I wondered about the detail on the old Tamiya tracks, but with mud added they do look the part!

As for turret dimensions, the only drawings I have are profiles in US TDs in Action, and the Italeri turret measures out ok. However, the Academy one is short in the bustle. Guess I'll detail the Italeri one after all...

Tom
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Posted: Monday, April 05, 2010 - 12:16 AM UTC
Paul,

Those tracks look good - well worth the hassle of resin! Could I ask about the glacis and roof that you replaced? How bad were the plastic parts in terms of accuracy? (Debating getting one myself...)

Tom
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Posted: Monday, April 05, 2010 - 12:29 AM UTC

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Paul,

Those tracks look good - well worth the hassle of resin! Could I ask about the glacis and roof that you replaced? How bad were the plastic parts in terms of accuracy? (Debating getting one myself...)

Tom



Hey Tom !

The resin bits are awesome ! I wish some of these styrene kits I choose were correct OOTB - it'd save me a lot of money

The styrene upper hull has problems with regards to the number of vision blocks on the commanders cupola. The worst part of the revell kit is the tracks !

The resin tracks have been a bit of work to assemble and paint, I wish the kit tracks had of been right - why do they even bother if they are obviously wrong ?

I guess they couldn't do the guide teeth right in vinyl !

Some will say the first thing to replace is the tracks then the uppers hull. I agree.

Cheers

Paul
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Posted: Thursday, April 08, 2010 - 02:24 AM UTC
here is a pic of my project.. Tamiya's Marder III M

I'm also testing out a server to see if it lets me post pics from it so if you don't see the pic let me know.. thanks..



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Posted: Thursday, April 08, 2010 - 11:29 PM UTC
Delbert,

Hi. Sad to say the picture does not show. Care to try again?

Tom
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Posted: Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 06:56 AM UTC
Hello lads!

So now that the gallery is back up I finally managed to upload my entry to the right place (I assume 2 pics are enough?).





I'll keep watchin this space, there are some very interesting builds going on here. Keep it up guys!

Cheers!
Stefan
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Posted: Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 07:40 AM UTC
Stefan, nice M36 I like it. The weathering, accessories, and what looks like scratched tarp and various items over the rear deck make a very real looking build.

Bob
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Posted: Friday, April 16, 2010 - 05:47 AM UTC
Stefan,

That's one excellent M36B1 - I'm ashamed that my own build has stalled...

Tom
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Posted: Friday, April 16, 2010 - 08:36 PM UTC
Well that was boring:


And much to my annoyance, a test section of track won't mesh with the sprocket

The first ones were based on the MK sprocket and it should have worked, maybe the tooth profile on mine is different. I measured a 20 link section and as near as I can tell the track pitch is spot on so I made new ones to fit the track, might have undershot this time but at least they fit. Also got to correct the oversized lightening holes in the first attempt. Some not too gentle persuasion salvaged the hub centres. Old top, new bottom.


Still not sure I'll make the deadline but we will see.
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Posted: Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 03:06 AM UTC
Hi Guys,
Getting in on this one a little late but just got 3 tank killers in the mail yesterday. I'm thinking about starting the Tamiya Jagdpanzer 38 (T) Hetzer this afternoon. It should be finished before the deal line. I'll get a photo of it up asap.
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Posted: Sunday, April 25, 2010 - 02:44 AM UTC
Sal,

Welcome aboard! You've got just over a month on that Hetzer, so plenty of time... (I still need to post my own progress here!)

Tom
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Posted: Sunday, April 25, 2010 - 03:33 AM UTC
hi guys, well here is what the hetzel looked like as received

I got a lot of work done on it the last few days. I dont have an air brush yet so the 3 color camo was done with masking tape and spray paint. I'll get photo of that up later.
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Posted: Sunday, April 25, 2010 - 10:28 PM UTC
Hi all
Have just enlisted, lots of great looking builds been done here!
I don't have much in the way of tank tillers at the moment having just got back into things, but i do have a 1/76 Fujimi '88mm w/ crew that's been sitting around for a few years so thought i might build that.
I will build a small Dio for it,nothing to fancy as i haven't really built a diorama before and the crew in the kit are of fairly poor quality,don't have to many accessories either but i'll give it a go
Cheers,
Tim
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Posted: Monday, April 26, 2010 - 02:43 AM UTC
Hi Tim,
Welcome, back into the modeling fun. Just got back in it a few months ago my self after more than 25 years away. I find it very relaxing and a lot of fun so enjoy and post up some of your pics.
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Posted: Monday, April 26, 2010 - 09:02 AM UTC
Hi Guys, Some progress photos. I don't have an Air Brush yet so the camo was done with a spray can and some masking tape



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Posted: Monday, April 26, 2010 - 11:20 AM UTC
Hello Sal,

Nice rattle can camo, the masking came off clean. When will you install the tracks?

Bob
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Posted: Monday, April 26, 2010 - 11:37 AM UTC
Hello all,

This is my first campaign, and since I got started late, I picked a simple subject. OOB Figures...1 PzB 39 gunner and a grenadier from Dragon's Blitzkrieg in the West set. Still lots of work to do but they're started...





In the past, I had always done skin first, but since I wanted to add color quick with the AB, I started the uniforms...

Rich
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Posted: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 01:28 AM UTC
Hi Guys, Thanks for the complement Robert. I chose for now to take the easy way out and use the one piece vinyl tracks in order to finish it up for the campaign. When the air brush comes I'll switch to the multi piece plastic track as I don't have paint for them yet. This should be finished up by today and I'll try and get some Pictures up later this afternoon.
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Posted: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 02:37 AM UTC
Sal,

Fast work on that Hetzer! It's looking good...

And Rich, welcome to the wacky world of campaigns! Those figures would look good stalking a BEF tank through some Belgian ruins...

As for my own effort, time for some pics! I've been bogged down in the interior of the old Italeri M36B1 mainly because so much of it can be seen through the open turret. I went with upgrading the kit turret because oddly enough it seems to scale out well against the profile drawings I have, even better than the slightly underscale Academy version. But that did mean a world of hurt trying to create all the turret fittings that Italeri left out... Bear in mind that I not only copied Academy parts but also followed detailing suggestions from a number of web builds including one by the great Zaloga himself. (So I take no responsibility if the details are wrong! )













The ammo racks need "canvas" covers added, and the turret exterior details cannot be added until the inside is painted and the halves are joined. Meanwhile the hull interior is under way, with a goal of completion by the weekend...

This one will be tight for June 6!

Tom
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Posted: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 03:05 AM UTC
Tom, Great looking detailed work on that turret. What are you making the parts out of? I work quick because thats all I have to do all day. Need to have reconstructive ankle surgery nexts month so I can go to far or do much besides sit at my workbench or do this all day
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Posted: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 03:16 AM UTC
Sal,

The white stuff is all Evergreen styrene shapes - I think I have nearly their whole product line! The art is being able to see how to make something complicated by building up the shapes.

As for being immobile, I hear ya! I'm recovering from a broken leg that has earned me a heap of stainless steel in my tibia. As I am now hobbling better on the crutches I should be able to get spray-painting soon. (When you come out the other side of surgery try to get the joints moving as fast as you can - physio therapy to "restart" locked-up muscles should be banned as turture under the Geneva convention!)

Tom