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The Great War, A Last Hurrah
Hudson29
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Posted: Tuesday, January 08, 2019 - 09:28 AM UTC

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With my current build almost done it's time to get started on my first campaign



James, that is a great choice! It was such an interesting & little know vehicle. Welcome to our campaign and to the world of campaigns. I find they are a great way to enjoy the hobby by sharing your builds and get help with issues that crop up.
Hudson29
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Posted: Tuesday, January 08, 2019 - 09:33 AM UTC

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James, looking forward to seeing your St Chamond. I have both in my stash and curious to see how the running gear goes together.

I'm in with Takoms Mk.IV Female. Not sure what I'll be doing with the tracks as I hear they're a nightmare to assemble. I might use the kits suggestion of using the track plates unless I can find a decent AM set within my budget. I already made a start attaching some of the internal parts to on hull side.







I have the Takom Mk 1 that will probably have the same tracks that you have on your Mk 4 and will be following to see how they go. I have not started my Tamiya Mk 4 yet but will get to it after a bit. I started an Su-9 for the Sukhoi campaign and have been enjoying that build as it is the first airplane I have tried in years.
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Posted: Tuesday, January 08, 2019 - 10:38 AM UTC

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James, looking forward to seeing your St Chamond. I have both in my stash and curious to see how the running gear goes together.

I'm in with Takoms Mk.IV Female. Not sure what I'll be doing with the tracks as I hear they're a nightmare to assemble. I might use the kits suggestion of using the track plates unless I can find a decent AM set within my budget. I already made a start attaching some of the internal parts to on hull side.







I have the Takom Mk 1 that will probably have the same tracks that you have on your Mk 4 and will be following to see how they go. I have not started my Tamiya Mk 4 yet but will get to it after a bit. I started an Su-9 for the Sukhoi campaign and have been enjoying that build as it is the first airplane I have tried in years.



I may try a few links to see how they go together. Each link is made from 5 pieces. The 4 track guide parts under the track plates are very small and fiddly looking. From Some reviews I've read, it's very easy to assemble out of alignment if you rush and end up with wonky tracks! There seem to be more parts making up the tracks than the rest of the kit combined and quite frankly lifes too short!
The instructions suggest using the track plates only as an alternative, just gluing them around the hull. Not strictly accurate, but with some mud and muck I reckon it could work if all else fails. I'm going to keep my eyes open for alternatives though before I commit to anything.
JamesL27
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Posted: Friday, January 11, 2019 - 10:48 AM UTC

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James, that is a great choice! It was such an interesting & little know vehicle. Welcome to our campaign and to the world of campaigns. I find they are a great way to enjoy the hobby by sharing your builds and get help with issues that crop up.




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James, looking forward to seeing your St Chamond. I have both in my stash and curious to see how the running gear goes together.



Thank you both. The running gear is the majority of the build, lots of parts and detail but not very hard to build. But naturally I made some mistakes.

First you build these idler and spring assemblies for both sides


Care needs to be taken as there are 3 types of spring that need to be placed in these assemblies. I did not take care and ended up putting one in the wrong spot, which left me with no other choice but to put another one in a wrong spot (center spring)


Next up are the road wheels. Seems like it was a complex suspension system on the Saint Chamond.


Naturally I made another mistake here. The middle batch of 3 road wheels have a mounting plate on either side, and it is important that they are put on the correct sides. Parts A16 and A19 make up one side, and since reading is hard (especially upside down), I put them in the wrong spots.

The inside parts have these two little bracket halves as a mounting location for some rod arms. So the trouble comes in the next steps where the rod arms are placed.

Now, I find it more important to be consistent than right, so I did the same thing on the other side.

That's it for now.
Lakota
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Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 06:37 AM UTC
Howdy Y'all
I managed to do a little building of my Tamiya British figures. They go together quite well and I might look into of Tamiya's later figure releases. So far I'm quite pleased, there has been a minimum of filling required and it's easily handled with some Vallejo acrylic filler.

Take care,
Don "Lakota"
JamesL27
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Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 08:59 AM UTC
Work continues on the Saint Chamond. Below is the completed road wheel and suspension assembly


That's really the bulk of the model. Once that's done, the rest of the build flies by




Still have to do the tracks, but they look like they simply snap together. There were some fit issues with the kit. Some parts were a little too tight and for some parts I had to bust out the putty. Overall though it was pretty good. Next I think I'll get a coat of primer on it, then work on masking that camo pattern.
Hudson29
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Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 06:25 AM UTC
That Saint Chamond is way high on the "cool factor." I am finding your description of the problems very helpful with an eye toward building my own some day.
Hudson29
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Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 06:27 AM UTC
Don - Good progress on your figures. I look forward to seeing how you bring them to life.
JamesL27
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Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 12:19 PM UTC
Had the day off so I decided to get some painting done. Paul, since you say you'd like to build this kit, you may want to paint the road wheel/suspension assembly separate from the hull. I didn't, and there are a lot of nooks and crannies down there. While not impossible to paint, it did make it a little more tedious.

I'm going to document the masking process on this one as it's the most involved masking I've ever done, and because I very rarely see any info on the masking process. Started with a base coat of blue

It's an angular hard edge pattern, so most of the masking was done with small strips of Tamiya masking tape. Regular masking tape was used to block off the large areas.

Now the areas that stay blue are masked off


And a coat of light brown is thrown on


Rinse and repeat for green


And lastly, the dark brown is airbrushed on


And the reveal!


Pretty gaudy looking. Overall I'm happy with it. Weathering will tie it up and darken the colors. Masking is tedious to say the least, but with doing one color at a time, each layer is less work than the last, so it works for me. Touch up and detail painting is up next.
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Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 08:31 AM UTC
If it's not too late....

The Newton 6 inch Mortar. CAD/3D printed and scratch parts
phantom_phanatic309
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Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 09:06 AM UTC
Looking really good James.
When I started one of my St Chamond's I tried to paint as I built with the suspension (with a brush, bad mistake). There's a lot of parts and I gave it up as a bad idea!
I think your approach seems a much faster way.
JamesL27
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Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 10:26 AM UTC
Thank you Stephen. I can imagine brush painting this thing being a nightmare.

Some more progress made. I hand painted the lines between camo colors. In retrospect, a fine tipped marker would be faster, easier, and neater. Decals were also added.


After that I shot on 3 coats of filters. Green, tan and brown. Normally I brush paint the filters but I've had the issue of paint streaks forming and the brush leaving residue on the model. First time airbrushing filters for me

Pretty subtle, but it does seem to have toned down the colors a bit. Chipping and pinwashes are up next.
Hudson29
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Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 12:46 PM UTC

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If it's not too late....

The Newton 6 inch Mortar. CAD/3D printed and scratch parts



Welcome Vargas! I have not seem CAD/3D models before and will look forward to seeing what your project comes out like.
Hudson29
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Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 12:50 PM UTC
James - Your dividing lines came out very well. Did you do them with a brush? How did you manage to get them so steady and even? Those dividing lines have stopped me from even trying this sort of scheme.
JamesL27
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Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 01:44 PM UTC

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James - Your dividing lines came out very well. Did you do them with a brush? How did you manage to get them so steady and even? Those dividing lines have stopped me from even trying this sort of scheme.


Yup, brush painted them. I'll take a close up shot tomorrow, there are quite a few spots where I'm not so steady or even. I did it by holding the wrist of my painting hand with my free hand, and with one or both forearms pressed against the edge of the table. Kept me pretty steady.

In other news I've been experimenting with some mud making techniques, and they're kinda 'meh'. Adding some more layers and washes may tie it together some more, so I'm going to try that.
JamesL27
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Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 12:14 PM UTC

As promised, a close up. You can see it's a little shaky, and the thinning wasn't always consistent. But It's good enough for me
gbrame
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Posted: Friday, January 25, 2019 - 04:34 AM UTC
I have made some progress on my ambulance. Slow and steady is the watchword here. Due to the open nature of the front and rear cab, I have decided to do primary painting during assembly. Not sure if this the right move, only time will tell.





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Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 08:06 AM UTC
Overall excellent progress here!

Don -Look frwd to how those figures turn out, some nice combat poses!
James - That paint scheme's a real stunner, came out beautiful! The St Chamond was certainly a early war beast, not to mention a true "landship".
Glenn - That ambulance is turning out great, very nice paint job you've started. Will you be adding interior gear and stretcher kit, and any crew?

I have small increments of progress on most of my figures, just need to post them here

Cheers
Dave
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Posted: Friday, February 01, 2019 - 09:58 AM UTC
I forgot I had a start pic!

Hudson29
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Posted: Friday, February 01, 2019 - 12:47 PM UTC

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As promised, a close up. You can see it's a little shaky, and the thinning wasn't always consistent. But It's good enough for me



How were these painted on the originals? Possibly they were done freehand with a brush just as you have done . . .
Hudson29
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Posted: Friday, February 01, 2019 - 12:53 PM UTC
Glenn - Your Model T is looking good so far. The main body was wood and I imagine would have a large variation of looks after a little service.
Hudson29
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Posted: Friday, February 01, 2019 - 12:54 PM UTC
Welcome John with your figures. I will enjoy you bringing them to life.
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Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2019 - 03:53 PM UTC
I am in with the French Saint-Chamond. If time permits I will try and do a mark IV build also.

Hudson29
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Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2019 - 10:22 AM UTC
Welcome Kelly. Great choice, these beasts are little known and deserve a bit of light here.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 06, 2019 - 05:45 AM UTC
Im inspired! Will start the Meng Whippet this evening.
Cheers
Matthew