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Going Whole Hog!! Campaign
rfbaer
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Posted: Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 12:29 AM UTC
I. Am. Struck. Dumb.

Re: moving the fenders, you remind me of a customer I once had. He was a private pilot with an A&P license, and did all his own aircraft maintenance. He continued the same type of scheduled maintenance and inspection routine with his 1994 FJ80 LandCruiser, which I also did some of the dirtier work on in my shop. The gentleman's last name was Callaway. We quickly used it in the analogy "There's the right way, the wrong way, and the Callaway".
You make me think of him.
BTW, when I sold my shop, I bought that 'cruiser from him, still driving it today.
gastec
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Posted: Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 01:08 AM UTC
Thanks Russel.

It would have been far easier to have done it the 'right way' first time round

The other fender is now back in place and just replacing the welds etc. Glad I did re-do everything even though it was a real PITA

Gary
rfbaer
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Posted: Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 04:44 AM UTC
Yeah, but you feel soooo much better now.
gastec
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Posted: Friday, January 16, 2015 - 07:48 AM UTC
The left rear fender stowage box was replaced by the IDF with one of their own - replicated nicely by Voyager....



Sits on tiny 'legs' rather than flat on the fender....



Dry fitted.....



The DEF kit provides a nice little protective shield for the horn...



Gary
gastec
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Posted: Friday, January 16, 2015 - 12:58 PM UTC
Tool holder brackets are added next - tie down loops are made from .010 lead wire. Tools will be left off....



Tie down loops on the rear basket are typically flat profile being PE so these have been replaced, again using .010 lead wire....



Gary
Namabiiru
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Posted: Friday, January 16, 2015 - 05:25 PM UTC
Gary, guys like you make the PE look so easy, and yet it drives me crazy. I just can't get the knack of those tee tiny fiddly little bits.

Great looking build. I wish I had a fraction of your skill.

gastec
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Posted: Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 02:34 AM UTC
Cheers Mark


No 2 of 3 stowage boxes on this fender....



WIP....



Gary
Lakota
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Posted: Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 08:57 AM UTC
Howdy Y'all
I'm just amazed with Gary's build. What's the secret glue you're using for all the photoetch bits?
Here's what I'll try to build:
Italeri 1/35 IV H with Tamiya Panzerkampfwagen IV On-Vehicle Equipment Set,
CMK 7.5 cm KwK 40 L/48 barrel,
Eduard PZ.IV Aush H PE (that's how they really spelled it), Zimmerit and Mask, and
Legend Pz.Kpfw.IV Stowage set
I'll probably using an old Dragon track set and still haven't decided on the hull MG or decals.



Y'all take care,
Don "Lakota"
gastec
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Posted: Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 09:47 AM UTC
Nice choice Don - look forward to seeing that develop

No secret glue - everything is soldered together.

Bit more progress. Once the padlock loops are added....



The main body of the latches are then fitted...



I drilled out the holes so I could use 5amp fusewire for the pins.

Gary
gastec
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Posted: Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 01:19 PM UTC
The lid is done and in place. Last on the list are the latches. The PE loops are too flat and square for my liking so I'm replacing them with 5 amp fusewire. First side done....



Gary
gastec
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Posted: Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 10:00 AM UTC
Done and fixed in place....



Water can holder attached to front fender....



Gary
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Posted: Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 01:55 PM UTC
Wow, that level of detail is astonishing, Gary! Fantastic work. Looking forward to see more.
gastec
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Posted: Monday, January 19, 2015 - 12:47 PM UTC
Thanks Jesper

Final stowage bin completed and in place....



Fire extinguisher added using parts from the spares box....



Barring anything that I've missed, hull is now complete....









Turret next....

Gary
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Posted: Monday, January 19, 2015 - 04:25 PM UTC
This build is so awesome.... No one else is daring to show theirs!!

rfbaer
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Posted: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 12:32 AM UTC
I'm just gonna go sit in the corner.....
Namabiiru
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Posted: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 04:25 AM UTC
At this point it's starting to look like I'm not going to get a build done in time to finish this campaign, but since I'd be embarrassed to show my work alongside Gary's, that's a good thing, right?

ArtyG37B
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Posted: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 05:11 AM UTC

Quoted Text

This build is so awesome.... No one else is daring to show theirs!!




I showed mine!! no where near as impressive, but proud of it anyways. besides it was a progress shot, still waiting for my PE to arrive then the fun will start
gastec
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Posted: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 10:51 AM UTC
Thank you for the kind words gents

Ok, here we go with the turret.....

Tamiya and DEF Models parts side by side showing the base differences between T54 and T55 along with the early 100mm D10T barrel. Some filler was required when fitting the mantlet to the hull and I also thinned the Tamiya supplied rain guards around the front apertures to give a more realistic thin appearance like the real thing....



Gary
gastec
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Posted: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 10:39 AM UTC
Further progress. Brass rod for grab handles, .010 lead wire for tie downs, PE along with some Tamiya kit parts contributing to get to this stage....







Gary
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Posted: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 01:25 PM UTC

More work on the turret. .30 cal pedestal and commanders main periscope gets a 'glass' screen and wiper system....



Rear of turret gets a convoy marker light with wiring etc....



Gary
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Posted: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 03:04 PM UTC
Wow Gary, very, very impressive.

Cheers!

Marco
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Posted: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 11:41 PM UTC
You continue down the path of total awesomeness, Gary! Great work!!
Thundergrunt
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Posted: Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 12:20 AM UTC
WoW!!!!!!

you all are doing some amazing works.. I cant wait to get started.
gastec
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Posted: Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 07:48 AM UTC
Thanks chaps

Resin fire extinguisher from spares box added after being' tarted' up with a PE strap. The DEF set contains a couple of Uzi MGs for the crew but I wanted to show the racks empty so scratched ones from scrap PE. The Tamiya moulded parts which depict 4 tubes (holders for signal flags??) were replaced by brass tubes soldered together....



Gary
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Posted: Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 11:30 AM UTC
Decided that the Uzi brackets were too big so remade them....



Loaders side....



.30 cal MG next. The Tamiya offering is quite nice - couple of sink marks to deal with but nothing major. Added a trigger and forward sight along with a turned brass barrel...



Ammo can holder is from DEF models....



Gary