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Going Whole Hog!! Campaign
Nito74
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Posted: Tuesday, December 02, 2014 - 05:35 PM UTC

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John,
Why set the bar so low? Certainly there must be more you can add to that?






I agree... there are still a few items,
PE fenders,
PE turret storage bin and Metal tracks,
maybe a transmission, engine and interior sets either from Verlinden or CMK.. see Mark there's always something to add

But I read a few reviews of the resin sets, they are very good but you can hardly see a thing so in my book that's resin headaches for nothing to see...
I'm a mad Plasticholic with common sense
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Posted: Wednesday, December 03, 2014 - 04:13 AM UTC

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John,
Why set the bar so low? Certainly there must be more you can add to that?






I agree... there are still a few items,
PE fenders,
PE turret storage bin and Metal tracks,
maybe a transmission, engine and interior sets either from Verlinden or CMK.. see Mark there's always something to add

But I read a few reviews of the resin sets, they are very good but you can hardly see a thing so in my book that's resin headaches for nothing to see...
I'm a mad Plasticholic with common sense



I was only joking--looks like you've got your hands quite full--but you're right; there always seems to something else to add. Funny how many companies are making money selling AM items you would need a microscope or X-ray machine to see!

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Posted: Friday, December 05, 2014 - 08:53 AM UTC
Finally came to a decision and here's what I'm proposing - an early Tiran 4....



I still have to source some T54 idlers (on order) as well as a T54 engine deck so 2 more items to add to the AM parts. Will see how I go but may also be adding some AM .30 cal MGs too.

Hopefully the above is considered acceptable to join in with this one?

Cheers

Gary
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Posted: Saturday, December 06, 2014 - 05:47 AM UTC
Tamiya seem to be the big deal here... Im in with another one:

The new tooled Tamiya Cromwell with:
Eduard PE
HobbyBoss Single Link Tracks
RB Modell Metal Barrel
RB Modell Besa MG (twice)
RB Modell British aerial Base

All in all almost cheaper than one of Dragons Smartkits, but should be double the fun.
Not shure if I can start before next year, though... still got a Stug to do which would have qualified here aswell.
Nito74
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Posted: Saturday, December 06, 2014 - 06:04 AM UTC

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I was only joking--looks like you've got your hands quite full--but you're right; there always seems to something else to add. Funny how many companies are making money selling AM items you would need a microscope or X-ray machine to see!




I know !!

I got my hands full, that's quite enough I guess.
I bet I won't use half of that PE anyway... I wanted some of the interior sets but after reading the reviews, well... why have all that trouble for nothing ?
Either a microscope or Rick Moranis shrinking machine to get indside the kit...
I feel that painting the rubber wheels will stab my patience with a sharp sprue somehow

I might start tomorrow...
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Posted: Saturday, December 06, 2014 - 10:14 PM UTC

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Hi,

I normally am a Braille Scale modeller, but I have a 1/35 Dragon Panther A that was bought me as a present a few years ago, the build has stalled and I was wondering if this is more than 25% built for the campaign. I have already got the Fruil tracks and intend to get more aftermarket to do this as a vehicle from the 5th SS panzer division. If it's not ok that is not a problem as I will revert to form and do a fully tricked out Braille build.





All the best,

Paul



Hi,

I was just wondering if anyone can make a decision on whether I can proceed with the Panther or have to find a different build. I haven't bought the extra after-market stuff as I don't know if the model is eligible. Thanks for any decision.

All the best,

Paul
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Posted: Saturday, December 06, 2014 - 11:15 PM UTC

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Hi,

I normally am a Braille Scale modeller, but I have a 1/35 Dragon Panther A that was bought me as a present a few years ago, the build has stalled and I was wondering if this is more than 25% built for the campaign. I have already got the Fruil tracks and intend to get more aftermarket to do this as a vehicle from the 5th SS panzer division. If it's not ok that is not a problem as I will revert to form and do a fully tricked out Braille build.





All the best,

Paul



Hi,

I was just wondering if anyone can make a decision on whether I can proceed with the Panther or have to find a different build. I haven't bought the extra after-market stuff as I don't know if the model is eligible. Thanks for any decision.

All the best,

Paul



I suggest you PM the Campaign Leader,
Eugene Watts CALLSIGN: Thundergrunt
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Posted: Saturday, December 06, 2014 - 11:42 PM UTC
Hi John,

Thanks for that, I have sent a PM and await a decision.

All the best,

Paul
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Posted: Sunday, December 07, 2014 - 12:52 AM UTC
Hi guys!

Here my oficial enter:

M1151





PM Parts:









Cheers!

Marco
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Posted: Sunday, December 07, 2014 - 01:08 AM UTC
There are going to be some wild builds in this campaign.

I'm considering joining (if that is still possible) but I wanted to get your opinions if my idea is whole hog enough.

1/350 Academy Reuben James (this model comes with lots of PE)
Aftermarket antenna and barrels
anchor chain
many scratch-built extras such as internal hanger bay detail

I ask because this pales in comparison to what some of the other participants are presenting for their builds but for me this represents a significant modeling challenge. I've never done that much PE, or anything this complex. Subjectively for me this would be a very intense build i.e. the whole hog.

What do you guys think,
Bryan
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Posted: Monday, December 08, 2014 - 02:15 AM UTC
So I just started the mighty Panzer IV J,

Checking intructions and planning where to start,




the markings
















But despite a good instruction sheet from Voyager, I was keen on working on this one when I noticed the Zimmerit was for a 1:48... I was sanding the hull for 5 minutes..
it killed my motivation for this one.


I will try to get some Zimm on my next order in a few months.
I have other builds to keep me busy.

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Posted: Monday, December 08, 2014 - 02:33 AM UTC
John

I've done a similar thing in the past where I've ordered 1/48 insetad of 1/35

Gary
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Posted: Monday, December 08, 2014 - 04:57 AM UTC

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John

I've done a similar thing in the past where I've ordered 1/48 insetad of 1/35

Gary



This one I bought at a LHS years ago, put it in the kit box with the other goodies... until I started the build today..
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Posted: Monday, December 08, 2014 - 12:48 PM UTC
I've ordered a couple of more AM parts. Firstly this for the engine deck. I can use the dimensions to make a copy from styrene for a future early T54 build...



And this too...



While they are winging their way across the Tasman Sea, off we go...

First step is to remove the moulded on fenders...



A sharp scalpel blade and a few minutes later....



The upper and lower hulls are then cemented together and I've roughly applied some Tamiya putty and set this aside to cure....



Gary
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Posted: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 09:54 AM UTC
Spent the last couple of evenings removing unwanted detail and filling holes with styrene, Tamiya putty and Mr Surfacer. Then varying grades of wet and dry - finishing up with 1200 grit to give a nice smooth finish....



Fuel filler cap has been relocated to the side as per T54 along with some additional bolt heads.







Gary
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Posted: Friday, December 12, 2014 - 09:55 AM UTC
Final drive covers are modified as the T54 doesn't have the lubrication access point at the top - cast effect and welds also added....



The idler adjustment units are missing completely on the Tamiya kit and while Voyager provide resin parts with the fender set, they are uninspiring and extremely basic at best. From what I can work out, the 54 had two adjustment units on each side whereas the 55 had just the one. After scouring the net for pics and help from other members, I found enough info to scratch-build something resembling the real thing....





Just need to replicate that on the other side now.

And current overall status of hull....



I removed the moulded on turret ring as I'm replacing it with one supplied in the Voyager set. Why? Because I can

Gary
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Posted: Friday, December 12, 2014 - 12:39 PM UTC
Repositioned final drive lubrication points....



Cast texture added to bump stops and turret overhang base along with missing welds....



Gary
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Posted: Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 10:36 AM UTC
Both the front and rear tow hooks need work. The fronts are way too 'squat' and are replaced with better ones from DML in my spares box. The small retaining clips are reworked kit parts and Aber PE....



The rear hooks also need a little work as the ends are far too close to the rear plate which means you wouldn't be able to fit the tow cable There is also an optional plate to add (some T54s had these) which is made up of several PE parts. The folded up bolt heads are much easier than would first appear! All soldered together....





Gary
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Posted: Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 10:06 PM UTC
The engine deck is one of the distinguishing features that identifies the difference between a T54 and T55. Aside from the access panels, the main louvered grill also differs.

The Legend conversion kit easily takes care of the access hatches but the PE supplied for the louvers is only really suitable for a template at best. So I taped this piece of PE underneath and am using that as a guide to adding slats from Evergreen strip....



As for the circular hole in the resin part - you'll have to ask Legend why it's there

Gary
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Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 11:32 AM UTC
Intake louvers finished....



I figure that in hot climates - unless in actual combat - the cooling fan outlet cover would be open so as I'm planning on depicting this, I've made up a partial fan from sheet styrene. You won't see too much through the cover screen but this will be enough to give an indication of what's meant to actually be there....



Gary
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Posted: Monday, December 15, 2014 - 01:31 AM UTC
This is my entry: Tamiya Leclerc Series 2 [img]
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Posted: Monday, December 15, 2014 - 12:37 PM UTC
Nice choice David. A Leclerc is on my build wishlist so will be following closely


Armoured radiator cover is next....



And dry fitted....





Gary
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Posted: Monday, December 15, 2014 - 04:57 PM UTC
Insane what you're doing there, Gary. I wish I had mad skills like that. I have a few other campaigns to grind through before I can start on my M3 Grant.

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Posted: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 12:20 AM UTC
Fantastic Gary, fantastic!

Cheers!

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Posted: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 03:16 PM UTC
Beautiful work, Gary. Those details are great and really make a difference for the kit.

Looking forward to see more.