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Dragon164
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Posted: Saturday, June 08, 2013 - 09:17 PM UTC
What's this Calender you speak of?

Cheers Rob.
panzer_fan
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Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2013 - 12:51 AM UTC
Here's the update after a week. Upper structure is 50% done. The gun mount is done and fixed in place.
I worked on the wheels as well yesterday.
This is a dry fit only of the upper structure and wheels.

robw_uk
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Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2013 - 01:41 AM UTC
ok, started with the welding. 6/wheel, 12 fitted wheels plus 5 spares. so far I have 2. Using .5mm rod, melted in liquid poly then scored to look like weld. these are spare wheels (though I would start there) and they arent too bad - might consider slightly thinner rod perhaps



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Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2013 - 02:20 AM UTC
Sabastian...Looks like the Elephant is almost ready for it's trunk

Rob W....Nice detail Man.I think a little smaller rod would be better too.

Well the die has been cast,and the winner is Mike P.with his first response of the Sturer Emil





This was not my first choice at the start,as it looked kind of plain.No goodies like the Dragon kits,but,there are acouple of reasons why i'm going with this one.
1. I've never built a Trumpeter kit
2. After looking at the kit more closely it does have some good interior details.
3. It's a little different,kinda like me
The only thing I don't like about it is the vinyl tracks
That's more than a couple but oh well.
Should be getting underway some time in the next few days.Jeff T.


P.S.I'm also tired of dunkle yellow .I can paint this one grey if I want
panzer_fan
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Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2013 - 02:54 AM UTC
@Jeff - LOL, yeah the trunk is close to being fit. Can't wait to see your Emil built.
@Gary C - Man, you build fast! It looks awesome! Keep it up.
@Fredrik - I love your Hetzer.
@Robert - Looks like you've got lots of goodies for the Stug.
Time to go back to the cavern and continue with the Elefant. See you soon guys.
panzer_fan
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Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2013 - 03:50 AM UTC
Here's another view. You can see some of the wheels - the rubber - have been worked to appear as beaten up.

robw_uk
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Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2013 - 04:44 AM UTC
Switched to .25mm sheet cut into a thin strip, much closer to the pic I have
papakilo
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Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2013 - 07:12 AM UTC
@ jeff..... Very good choice, looking forward to the build.

@ sabasian the elefant looks great, like what you did with the road wheels!

@ Gary and Fredrick I wish I could build that fast. They look great.

@ Gary B. that kit is a good kit to build, one of my first. Looking forward to it.

papakilo
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Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2013 - 07:21 AM UTC
Finish what I can on the lower hull. Left off the tools and tow cables for separate painting. Not happy with the tracks holders as they were warp but once i add the tracks it should look normal. Add wires to the Nordic light and other small lights. Now taking a little break before I tackle on the turret.







Mike


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Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2013 - 07:23 AM UTC
Opps added it twice, here the other pic,



Not the greatest at taking pictures.

Mike
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Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2013 - 08:35 AM UTC
Looking good so far, Mike. Dragon Hulls are rather finicky and full of details and I feel that you spend a lot of time on them without that "making progress"-feeling.

What's the idea behind those sprue holders/stands in the background? Just holding sprues or?
papakilo
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Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2013 - 09:02 AM UTC
Hey Fredrik, they are only holding the spurs, trying to be some what organized!
retiredyank
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Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2013 - 09:02 AM UTC
Mike: Just aligning the hull, is progress. After many Dragon builds, I still run into problems.
papakilo
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Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2013 - 09:09 AM UTC
I agree Matt, this is my 20th dragon kit I have built and always a challenge. But in the end they look great and satisfying.
panzer_fan
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Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2013 - 11:10 AM UTC
Never built a Dragon before, though i have about 7 or 8 of them. So far it has been Tamiya only. Should I be worried?
retiredyank
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Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2013 - 11:18 AM UTC

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Never built a Dragon before, though i have about 7 or 8 of them. So far it has been Tamiya only. Should I be worried?



Not if your aren't a masochist.
panzer_fan
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Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2013 - 11:23 AM UTC

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Never built a Dragon before, though i have about 7 or 8 of them. So far it has been Tamiya only. Should I be worried?



Not if your aren't a masochist.



Cool. I am relaxed.
rtvmodeler
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Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2013 - 11:57 AM UTC
Hello friends!. Nice Works!.

Today I enlisted my name and I will start a Stug IV Early. Will be "Straight of Box".



Regards!
Rodolfo
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Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2013 - 12:16 PM UTC
Very nice, Rodolfo. And welcome to the campaign.
IamTJones
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Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2013 - 01:59 PM UTC
Alot of awesome builds starting in here, I'd very much like to join but atm I can't decide exactly what I want to buy/build.

Tristan
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Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2013 - 02:35 PM UTC

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Alot of awesome builds starting in here, I'd very much like to join but atm I can't decide exactly what I want to buy/build.

Tristan



Tamiya's Pz. IV D builds up, nicely; as does Academy's Stug. IV G. Both are relatively cheap.
IamTJones
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Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2013 - 11:13 PM UTC
Well actually my online store of choice is having a massive summer sale and a ton of really nice Dragon kits are all like 25% off and so on, I'm a real sucker for those high detail kits and actually haven't ever had any issues with the instructions.

I'll probably stock up a few kits now to build during the year while they're relatively cheap.

Was thinking either a Stug or a Brummbär.
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Posted: Monday, June 10, 2013 - 04:46 AM UTC
Welcome Rodolfo !!

Here's my choice:







I'll start with the turret ,



robw_uk
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Posted: Monday, June 10, 2013 - 07:07 AM UTC
nice looking PzIII... need to add that to my wishlist

ok, so today I finished the wheel welds. Dont think they look "too" out of scale... and tried the tubing. Its not perfect but, once the 2 halves of wheel are together I think it gives a good impression - at least it is something to work on for the remaining 16 wheels!!!!!







imatanker
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Posted: Monday, June 10, 2013 - 07:52 AM UTC
More great choices

Rob W. Nice work on the wheels Dude,they look real good.Jeff T.