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Got Wheels? Campaign 2020
panzerbob01
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Posted: Monday, February 17, 2020 - 04:44 AM UTC
Just freeze the item for an hour in your home freezer and then move quickly to apply sharp knife-blade or various fine and medium-grit sand paper to the seam needing to go.

I actually first did this back in ca 1970 when I used the home storage deep-freeze to "harden up" some of those Airfix plastic soldiers for to remove the seams from helmets, etc. for painting. Pretty much like what plastic neediness I see in your pic!

Most newer home freezers will get the piece down to ca 05 degree f - and the frozen vinyl is quite stiff, so the seams go quickly. You'll get only a minute tops to do your work, so take and clean the pieces one at a time. For small "men" and other small soft items, consider using a frozen steel or other metal block as your work surface... It will keep the work a little colder while you scrape or cut away seams.

IF you have access to cheap dry ice (available in many super-markets upon request...), or you have plenty of "jobs" lined up, the dry ice does a truly "bang-up" job at freezing the plastic. It will get so cold that it will be quite brittle, so care needs be taken! Treat cleaning the seam like doing so on a thin styrene part... I strongly recommend that one is extremely careful with the dry ice, as it is dangerously cold and you should never handle it with bare skin.

Maybe give "freezing" a try!

Bob
bison126
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Posted: Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 11:15 PM UTC
Nice setting but I would place the soldier in front of the car farther or aside. If the car suddenly moves forward he will get into trouble.
To remove the seams your best option is a sharp blade. Any high speed sanding tool, would melt the plastic.

Olivier
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Posted: Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 04:59 AM UTC
Final set of in progress - should be finished pics after this.
Everything primed, started to paint (all hand for this).



It is just about impossible to get the seams off the small soft plastic. New sharp knife, x-high speed wheel, etc !
But fix them I must...


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Neo
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Posted: Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 02:31 AM UTC

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Tom, interesting take on the tyres. Never seen them done that way. Can't wait to see them painted.
Remodelling 1/72nd scale figures - too challenging for me to contemplate. I couldn't hold the itty bitty parts to glue them back on!




Thanks Peter
Need to spin the tire on the Dremel to round them out more.
Yes - those tiny soft plastic figures are tough.
Had to pin joints and super glue. Then putty.
terminators
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Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 05:19 AM UTC
Peter thank you.

Your kit is a big project, good luck.
petbat
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Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 08:13 PM UTC
Coming along very nicely Alex. Nice little extyras.

Tom, interesting take on the tyres. Never seen them done that way. Can't wait to see them painted.

Remodelling 1/72nd scale figures - too challenging for me to contemplate. I couldn't hold the itty bitty parts to glue them back on!
Neo
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Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 02:02 PM UTC
Making alittle progress...


After I loaded this I noticed my wife's hair (must be since I don't have any)...


Wheels converted to balloon style.


Before and after figures.
tinbanger
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Posted: Monday, February 10, 2020 - 08:21 AM UTC
Hi all.
Would this model be accepted in this group build?



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Posted: Friday, February 07, 2020 - 09:47 AM UTC
A little scratchbuild with FBCB2 monitor and seatbelts.









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Posted: Wednesday, February 05, 2020 - 12:41 PM UTC
Thanks Olivier.

Beside adding the MG stand I have to make up a spare wheel. Mine has apparently rolled away.
I'm going try to convert the regular tyres to the balloon desert style also.

When I opened the box of Airfix Afrika Korps figures to find one to chop up for the driver, I found several have shovels and are digging.
That started me thinking about a little dio when them stuck in the sand. The campaign description said dios are flexible. What do you think?
bison126
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Posted: Tuesday, February 04, 2020 - 08:13 PM UTC
It should be a quick build Tom. Airfix does not give too much parts.
Enjoy your build.

Olivier
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Posted: Tuesday, February 04, 2020 - 02:26 PM UTC
Afrika Korps Kubelwagen

Italeri 1/72 kit. I'll add the MG34 and stand as the weapon requirement. Airfix driver too.


bison126
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Posted: Monday, February 03, 2020 - 11:28 PM UTC
Torsten
I built this kit some times ago. If you're interested in you can have a look at my site to read the article about the assembly.

my GECON Dingo

Olivier
petbat
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Posted: Monday, February 03, 2020 - 10:08 PM UTC
Looking great Jesper. I have heard lots of people say the AB 40/41's have fit issues. One of those vehicles long overdue for an updated moulding to be done.
panzerbob01
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Posted: Monday, February 03, 2020 - 11:42 AM UTC
Jesper:

I, too, am suspicious of vinyl and other soft "rubber" tires (usually some soft plastic, almost never actually rubber, as in natural rubber or latex, in model kits). And the Italeri products have some sketchy history and rep...

But, YOU may be getting a useful break here, if they are somewhat loose on their styrene hubs! This means that you can apply 2 or 3 solid coats of paint onto the hubs so that the "rubber" tires are completely isolated from contact with styrene. Which will go some long way towards reducing chances of the dreaded vinyl-styrene interactions and tire melt-down.

That, BTW, was exactly my experience with one of these otherwise cool Italeri Italian armored car kits... My rubber tires were somewhat loose, too, and I filled the gap with solid, well-dried paint layers before mounting the tires onto the hubs. No evidence of any tire melt-down nor of any rubber-styrene interaction since 2009!

Just a thought!

Bob
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Posted: Monday, February 03, 2020 - 09:38 AM UTC

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Thanks Jesper. I like your build too. It doesn't look like you had some trouble while assembling it. Are the wheels already glued in place?

Olivier



There are some gaps here and there. Small ones I can probably fill will plastic glue and maybe some thin plastic card.
The wheel are glued in place, but the tires are loose. Not a super fan of rubber tires, but these seem ok.

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Posted: Monday, February 03, 2020 - 08:05 AM UTC

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....PS - that Dingo is a neat idea! So ISAF, is that Afghan service? ....



Bruce, yes, that ATF Dingo in ISAF Service was in Afghanistan. Maybe I can post a photo of the box later when I'm home again. But I won't start soon with it, as I have some other campaigns running before. Just look at my signature ....



This will be the kit for me. Have it for quite some time in my stash, so this is a good opportunity to build it ....

But as I said, it will take some time before I start it. And here is a GECON Dingo in Afghanistan.

Have fun!
Torsten
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Posted: Sunday, February 02, 2020 - 11:21 PM UTC

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....PS - that Dingo is a neat idea! So ISAF, is that Afghan service? ....



Bruce, yes, that ATF Dingo in ISAF Service was in Afghanistan. Maybe I can post a photo of the box later when I'm home again. But I won't start soon with it, as I have some other campaigns running before. Just look at my signature ....
bison126
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Posted: Sunday, February 02, 2020 - 09:48 PM UTC

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Beautiful detailing, Olivier!



Thanks Jesper. I like your build too. It doesn't look like you had some trouble while assembling it. Are the wheels already glued in place?

Olivier
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Posted: Sunday, February 02, 2020 - 12:21 PM UTC
Man the work youse-guys (Y'all here in Sunny South Carolina, USA) is just great stuff!

I have not had time to do much of anything with mine, my company is in startup mode of a foundry, so work had=s been a bear!!!

Hope to get back at it next weekend, thanks so much for sharing this!

PS - that Dingo is a neat idea! So ISAF, is that Afghan service?

EDIT: hey one thing to add. Is it just me, or does that Austro-Hungarian WW1 armored car have a hot-rod look to it???
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Posted: Sunday, February 02, 2020 - 08:34 AM UTC
Beautiful detailing, Olivier!

I have finished construction on my AB43. A decent kit although it does require some sanding and filling on the superstructure which is made up of a lot of separate parts.

More to follow

bison126
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Posted: Saturday, February 01, 2020 - 03:31 AM UTC
Good job Peter. A lot of ejection pin marks to be filled. This will be a huge beast when finished.

Olivier
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Posted: Friday, January 31, 2020 - 10:08 AM UTC
Since the first pic was taken, I have also filled the knock out marks....


Note the stowage box on the side covers some. Also note the hydraulic ram for the stabilisers. The kit only supplies them in extended position for firing position, so I cut them down so I can do mine in travel position. Technically, the armoured covers for the front windows should be open, but I did not think of that at the time.
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Posted: Friday, January 31, 2020 - 10:01 AM UTC
Just to show you're not alone Olivier. An update on the Dana.

Whilst it comes with a basic interior for the cab, I decided there was little point adding it when the hatches are so small. No interior at all for the turret sections.

Lower chassis assembly almost done. Just a tip for anyone building this, don't be tempted to add the rails to the platform without having the bogie assemblies completed. You really need them to make sure the rails sit at the right position and angle or they will toe in - when in place the bottom of the rails is not 90 degrees to the sides... Note also fill required if you are bothered. I did it just in case.


Not sure how much, if anything, will be visible of the engine. At this stage I have only assembled what may be seen from underneath:


Some sink marks prevalent throughout the kit. Here are some examples.



and lastly, a bonus!!! I was going through a box with Model Kasten tracks I bought for an M113 that I am doing for another build. Inside I found some items I purchased at the same time, but the supplier put them in the Kasten box for mailing... and I had forgotten to take them out. This is one of them: