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Mrclark7
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Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2019 - 09:01 AM UTC
Ugg, I sorry to see that. Mine also had a very tiny amount of warping going on. thats more why you see the rubber bands in one of my earlier picks.

I have another sealed Challenger that I bought off the net. So, I am kinda curious now if it was resealed and if maybe it might have this issue also. I will open and check it later and let you know.
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2019 - 01:39 AM UTC
I've gone ahead and applied the extension to 1 September. Hope I'm not stepping on any toes!

Michael
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Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2019 - 12:56 AM UTC

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I'd be willing to tack on an extra month, if it's alright with John.

Michael



So what's the final verdict on a one month extension?
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Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 10:40 PM UTC
Pete, ouch! Sorry to see that warpage. Could you scratch the two worst-warped blocks and graft them in? Pity to waste all the other detail work...

And interesting to see your pic of that tank in town - I wonder when/how they lost that rubber track block? Always a good reason not to tailgate or try to overtake them on the road!
petbat
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Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 05:50 PM UTC
Okay Kelly, the decision whether to add the centre panels and weld beads is now moot. While heating up the armour panel (it was badly bent in the box), the heat applied caused a catastrophe where the sprue was previously attached and almost the same with the other, I rescue that one before it got too bad:





Now either I scratch build the larger panels, or I go without the whole add on armour package.

Going to think that one through.
petbat
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Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 04:29 PM UTC
Thanks Kelly. I did not realise it is all one piece. I was hoping to see what the support bracket looks like before the Chobham packs are bolted to it. I have one pic of a Chally 2 where the whole panel has been blown off, so I am running with what I can see there. That on the couple of pics from the front of the challenger 1 where you can actually make out something.

I have done a best guess and have about 25% more work to do before the panels are finished - unless my an** retentiveness kicks in and I do all the centre rectangles in the armour blocks so they are not so recessed.... and add the weld beading too...

Back to yours though, she ended up a very nice build. The pink reflection looks better on desert coloured vehicles; it would be a big contrast on the green & black. I like what you have done. I am lucky, they hadn't started using the laser reflection material in Op Granby, so I am black all the way. I use window tint film. You will see later.

Don't dirty it up too much or the red fire extinguishers will turn pink!

If I may make one suggestion - the tow cable should not be rusty. Rust degrades the strength and can cause them to snap (and decapitate the unwary) so these cables are well maintained. They are galvanised and tend to stay dull grey or retain the black paint.

Mrclark7
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Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 04:07 PM UTC
Okay, here she is. Kind of rushed this one at the end just because I have my Tiger tank I want to finish.

Not to happy with the decals. Tried applying between gloss and flat finish coats. Oh, well.

Still need to apply antennas and a possible dust weather look to it.

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I went with blue for the blocks. Even though I found plenty of pic to justify the pinkish tints, it just clashed really bad. So blue it is.

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Rear end work.

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Wire cables changed.

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Mrclark7
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Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 03:57 PM UTC
Peter sorry for the delay in response. Hopefully this helps.

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Mrclark7
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Posted: Friday, July 26, 2019 - 05:49 PM UTC
That camo is pretty close to mine also. Ill post pics tomorrow after I flat finish it. Spent all day doing the vision blocks.
petbat
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Posted: Friday, July 26, 2019 - 03:20 PM UTC
Very Nicely finished Byron. The camo does make it look better.
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Posted: Friday, July 26, 2019 - 02:27 AM UTC
Now it just look better!! in the future I will add some mud and stowage, in the future!!



Beautiful tank! so menacing!!
petbat
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Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:42 PM UTC
The current 3 colour build reminds me of an old Matchbox kit Kelly. Hope the colour works out for you.

May I ask a favour? Are you able to post pics of the instructions that show the section where the armour plates fit to the hull? It is the one area I have not been able to get pics of and I am guessing what I need for my build. I know the sections are similar for the Chally 1 and Chally 2. Thanks
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Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 07:24 PM UTC
I might make it with a month.

Cheers Rob.
Mrclark7
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Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 07:15 PM UTC
I think I can finish in the next 5 days. but Ill take the extra time. Its will easily take me 5 days just staring at the model and nick picking the weathering I am doing.

Pic before my chosen colors.

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Pieces being painted 20190722-201623

And swatch of tested colors. The bottom color was the color it was. middle I usually use for shermans, and top is what I ended up going with.

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And the tracks.

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Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 02:27 PM UTC

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I'd be willing to tack on an extra month, if it's alright with John.

Michael



That would be heaps of time for me. Thanks.



I second that, Summer activities have kept me away from the bench too much these last two months.
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Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 08:35 AM UTC

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I'd be willing to tack on an extra month, if it's alright with John.

Michael



That would be heaps of time for me. Thanks.
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Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 07:15 AM UTC

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Ok! it's finish!! to me at least!!





excelents works around here!!





It looks a little plain, some disruptive scheme was needed.
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 12:54 AM UTC
I'd be willing to tack on an extra month, if it's alright with John.

Michael
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Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 07:08 PM UTC

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Time to put my pics where my mouth is. I am pushing the envelope for time to finish before the deadline, so may only get it to base colour stage (unless we get a little extension - hint, hint, Michael)



I'm not against an extension if members want one.

Michael



Hi Michael,

How long extension period would you accept?
I have no open project in this campaign, but it would be time consuming to complete a new a build.

Tamas
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Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 06:29 PM UTC
No you are not!

Cheers Rob.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 01:50 PM UTC
Thanks Michael. I may be the only straggler though.....
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 12:24 PM UTC

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Time to put my pics where my mouth is. I am pushing the envelope for time to finish before the deadline, so may only get it to base colour stage (unless we get a little extension - hint, hint, Michael)



I'm not against an extension if members want one.

Michael
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Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 09:53 AM UTC
And the hull which has also had the treatment:



And the front armour and side armour which is next on the agenda for detail:

and the other important bits:
petbat
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Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 09:53 AM UTC
Time to put my pics where my mouth is. I am pushing the envelope for time to finish before the deadline, so may only get it to base colour stage (unless we get a little extension - hint, hint, Michael)

Here is where I am now. Turret still needs straps made for the side stowage bin covers, but the rest is done. This is the mark 2 rear stowage bin, made some rookie errors on the mark one. You can also see the ammo bin and cover as mentioned above (the vehicle I depicted had no boxes installed which complicated things...). The covers on the smoke grenade tubes are also absent, so they had to be scratched too. Also added little details like the wiring from the solenoid to the light on the MG and the front of the mount, rear hatch retaining flange, etc.




A comparison between the kits Mk1 stowage bin and the Mk3 that was fitted to the Operation Granby version of the challenger


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Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 09:38 AM UTC
Kelly, the Chally 2 is looking good. Still a bit iffy on the colour, but the buff may help as you say. We all live and learn.

A bargain is only a bargain if you use it.... so plan big!!!

Byron, love your Chally too. I note you did not add the ammo boxes and retaining frame. Was yours a mess of sink marks and warpage too? I ended up scratch building a frame for mine.