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Building the MiniArt Valentine Mk IV
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Posted: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 - 04:47 AM GMT+7
I'm going through my own Valentine oddyssey at the moment and just finished the Bronco IX, which is based on the Miniart kit. It was, as you mentioned, a really fun build. I've been working on the AFV Vally Mk1 for a few years, and it is a wonderful kit. The new Tamiya II/IV is next, but looks a bit more simplistic compared to the others (definitely nicer than the Dragon/Alan/Maquette though!), but the Bronco/Miniart ones are "fun" for sure.
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Posted: Sunday, January 09, 2011 - 12:36 PM GMT+7
Hi Guys,

Apologies, I though I'd posted these up!





Ah, just remembered I sent them in as a photo model:

http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Sections&file=index&req=viewarticle&artid=3403

Sorry, but a couple of pics will finish the blog better.

Al
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Posted: Monday, September 27, 2010 - 09:34 AM GMT+7
Hi Marcos,

Thanks for looking in and the comments, appreciated.

Hi Jeremy,

Here you go, as close as I can get without things becoming a blur. I used Vallejo model colour crackle medium 598 for the experiment.



Al

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Posted: Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 03:11 PM GMT+7
Alan This is looking real nice. Would you mind posting a close up picture of some of the blistering?
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Posted: Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 02:59 PM GMT+7
Superb, Alan...

As I see, until now, this kit is very, very superior to the older Dragon or Maquette !!!

Regards and all the best !!!

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Posted: Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 11:56 AM GMT+7
Sorry haven't updated in a while.

The Lakeman mount. I should really have added a little canvas handle to the top of the MG drum.



and the blistered paint!!!



Al
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Posted: Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 11:43 AM GMT+7
Hi Guy,

Thanks.

Hi B,

I don't see them featured in the build instructions for the MK IV but I will check the instructiond for the Mk II as I also have that version. I can't see them featured in that build either so probably a question form the Valentine Experts and more investigation.

Al
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Posted: Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 10:36 AM GMT+7
I believe they are on sprue C nos. 38 - 43. They are bullet splash sections for the turret. One V shaped piece for front center and 4 other short straight sections to make up the remainder.
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Posted: Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 08:52 AM GMT+7
Hello there Alan, this one is coming together very well.
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Posted: Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 04:27 AM GMT+7
Hi B,

Which part numbers are you referring to?

Thanks

Al
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Posted: Saturday, September 25, 2010 - 01:42 PM GMT+7
I noticed you did not apply the bullet splash sections (angle iron - angle point upwards) which come in the kit. Did this mark not have them? Which marks did have them?
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Posted: Monday, September 13, 2010 - 12:47 PM GMT+7
Hi Jeremy,

So am I .

Enjoy the build when it comes.

Al
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Posted: Sunday, September 12, 2010 - 03:28 PM GMT+7
Al: Thanks for the tip on the upcoming Mk II, and the book you reviewed. I think you just saved me from making a mistake

I'm looking forward to seeing how your blistering effect comes out. Make sure that you share your technique with us so that we can know what to do, or not to do as the end results determine
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Posted: Sunday, September 12, 2010 - 10:43 AM GMT+7
Hi Nick,


Many thanks.

Hi, James,

Yes, maybe ugly is too strong a word but it certainly is odd looking The two man turret also adds to the look.

Last of the fittings getting sorted out. The 6 small PE arms on the exhaust cover and the Bren with the mag and bi-pod on.



With the Lakeman mount perched on top and the exhaust cover fitted.





I want to see if I can do a blistered paint effect on the exhaust cover, might work - might not

Al
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Posted: Sunday, September 12, 2010 - 08:40 AM GMT+7
Coming along nicely Alan I must say it is an ugly tank aswell Keep the good work coming.

Jaymes
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Posted: Sunday, September 12, 2010 - 07:44 AM GMT+7
Nice work on the figures Alan
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Posted: Sunday, September 12, 2010 - 07:21 AM GMT+7
This is the Lakeman mount for the Bren:



One thing MinArt seem to have missed is the gripping handle that was added to the LHS lower end of the Bren. I will add one from an old Tamiya Bren once the 'springs' have set.

You'll need to take care when working with these parts and an eye glass or magnifier will help to to indnetify the small fittings on either end of the springs. Also when removing the bren be careful I smapped the small resting stand off but have glued it back on.



Al
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Posted: Sunday, September 12, 2010 - 04:13 AM GMT+7
The crew with a bit more work done.



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Posted: Saturday, September 11, 2010 - 08:15 AM GMT+7

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Looks impressive Alan, good choice as there aren't many Valentines to look at on model sites....

Will be interested to see a crew with it!

Regards, Paul



Hi Paul,

These are the crew that with a bit more work might do for the kit and the setting I have in mind. The base is a generic one I quickly painted for a review article.









The chap carrying the cans is a Resicast offering and the other two are Hornet figuers.

Al
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Posted: Saturday, September 11, 2010 - 05:31 AM GMT+7
Hi Rob,

Many thanks, appreciated. There were a couple of firsts for me, making the basket, which was quite fun and I'm pleased with the paint colour too, it was the colour I wanted for the Churchill but it's slightly more khaki looking. The other real plus was finding an easy fix for the wheel gap issue as it presented the possibility of a slightly odd looking vehicle and was my biggest concern.

It's a bit bright at the moment and much 'cleaner' looking than my normal tanks. It was also good to do a UK training tank as that's what a lot fo these were used for and the early war period is an interesting one.

I want to do some more work on the exhaust, not normally much of a feature on Allied Tanks and I might replace the fire extinguisher with a resin one I came across for better detail. I've got some Hornet crew that should fit well and I'l like to include the Wee Friends Policeman and naughty child so a few ideas of presentation starting to form.

MiniArt have done a cracking job, and the partial interior, full gun breech are a big plus. That' s the sort of additional detail I'd like to see some of the other manufacturers adding as standard, makes for a much more interesting build and solves a lot of the open hatch problems, it was also what sparked the have a go at a basic interior path I set off on.

Thanks again and glad you enjoy thed build.

Al
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Posted: Friday, September 10, 2010 - 05:42 PM GMT+7
This is a really lovely build Alan! Not usually my area of interest but I love the look of this tank, and I really love your paint finish on it. In my opinion this is certainly your best model to date, the subtle weathering looks excellent.

On a note about blogs-I think its a real shame that more people dont comment and get involved. Considering a lot of the interest with this kit im surprised more people havent written something. One thought I have is that the site should have a forum dedicated purely to blogs, id like to know what other people think of that? It seems blogs can get pushed down under all the other discussions and lost.
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Posted: Friday, September 10, 2010 - 04:32 PM GMT+7
Hi Chris and Neil,

Thanks for looking in and the support throughout the blog.

Neil, I had some hols from work and SWMBO was away, so I had time on my hands to get on with this one.

Cheers guys.

Al
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Posted: Friday, September 10, 2010 - 01:00 PM GMT+7
Super little model Alan. I'll certainly be looking out for one at the Newark show next month.

As for not replying - I don't know how you do it, but you build quicker than I can keep tabs on the interweb!
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Posted: Friday, September 10, 2010 - 08:59 AM GMT+7
That is a beauty Al, and great to see one finished 'in Britain' rather than in the desert. Another one to add to your shelves groaning with great brit builds
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Posted: Friday, September 10, 2010 - 07:04 AM GMT+7
Hi folks,

Thanks for dropping in and the comments. Yes, doing a blog can be a bit depressing at times.

Hi Jeremy,

If you are doing a New Zealand Unit then wait/get the Mk II with the sand shields. There are some excellent examples of NZ vehicles in Dick Taylors Valentine PhotoHistory which got reviewed here:

http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Reviews&file=index&req=showcontent&id=5418

Overall a cracking little kit and very good value for money given the additional crew figuers.

Paul,

I have some Hornet Crew figuers who might fit well with the kit plus the Wee Friends Policeman and Naughty child , well when I find his other arm!!:D

Glad you all found it useful.

Al