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SGTJKJ
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Kobenhavn, Denmark
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Posted: Tuesday, August 04, 2015 - 03:43 PM UTC
Looking good, Ken.

Looking forward to see more.
PRH001
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New Mexico, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, August 04, 2015 - 06:39 AM UTC
Looking really nice. Can't wait to see the finished product.
AnalogKid
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Texas, United States
Joined: December 20, 2014
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Posted: Tuesday, August 04, 2015 - 06:08 AM UTC
Howdy, everyone...here with an update on my Dragon Panzer III K.

This is the first kit barrel I've done in a while. I let it dry/cure in the clothes pins overnight and tackled the sanding the next day. It came out OK but there is some slight warp-age that was inherent in the styrene.



Here is the kit mostly put together, minus the wheels and track. A noticeable goof-up with the side antenna mount not on straight but I'm going to let it ride as is.



The primer coat is on. I like using Tamiya Surface Primer in the bottle and thinned with Tamiya lacquer thinner. For the first time I used my new Iwata RG-3 spray gun. The primer coat came out near perfect...no flaws at all.



The base coat of German Gray. This is a heavily modified Tamiya XF-63 again sprayed through my new Iwata RG-3...fantastic spray gun. I also did some modulation but unfortunately the pics didn't pick up on it very well.



Now to tackle painting the wheels. First primed with Tamiya Surface Primer then some Tamiya NATO Black (XF-69) on the tires and then with the circle template I sprayed the wheels.





Decals are on as well as a blue filter from Sin Industries. Wheels are done as well. Now on to the tracks...piece by piece.



-Len
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Ontario, Canada
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Posted: Monday, August 03, 2015 - 08:50 PM UTC
when I do crappy old kits , i doll them up with tons of spares parts.
PRH001
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New Mexico, United States
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Posted: Monday, August 03, 2015 - 05:55 PM UTC
Thanks! I tried to scale the weathering back to something appropriate for 1/48. The camera and lighting washed out some of the tonal variations, but my goal was short service life and hot dusty summer.
SGTJKJ
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Kobenhavn, Denmark
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Posted: Monday, August 03, 2015 - 01:42 PM UTC
Looks great, Paul. Nice subtle weathering as already pointed out.

Anthony, great buy! I really love those coupons that allows already discounted products to be further discounted. Buy of the month!
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Rhode Island, United States
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Posted: Monday, August 03, 2015 - 10:25 AM UTC
Looks great, Paul! I think you nailed the subtle wear on the turret to perfection!

PRH001
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New Mexico, United States
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Posted: Monday, August 03, 2015 - 10:13 AM UTC
A few more shots of the finished kit.

Great idea for a campaign!





PRH001
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New Mexico, United States
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Posted: Monday, August 03, 2015 - 10:10 AM UTC
Finished up the 1/48 KV-2 Early tonight. I really enjoyed the build. Replaced the grab handles, and scratched the headlight. Used Vallejo 4B0 primer and Tamiya acrylics for the base coat and oils, Vallejo acrylics and pigments to weather.
ant88
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Rhode Island, United States
Joined: January 27, 2005
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Posted: Friday, July 31, 2015 - 10:34 PM UTC
Hey guys! Count me in! I just picked up the Abrams M1A1 kit at Hobby Lobby for $22 with a 50% off coupon. A you can see, the price tag is still on the box but it was 50% of that with coupon plus tax. Ill be posting progress pics soon! Thanks, Anthony.

AnalogKid
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Texas, United States
Joined: December 20, 2014
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Posted: Friday, July 31, 2015 - 04:13 PM UTC
Hello fellow campaigners,

It has been a while since I posted any updates of my build here in this campaign. It turns out the kit I purchased for this campaign (Dragon's Panzer III K) was missing the lower hull. The kit was sealed when I bought it second-hand at my LHS so either it was missing from the get-go or when I took the kit apart when I got it home I quickly misplaced it. So, instead of fretting about it I just turned to another build - a Jagdpanther - and focused on it for about 4 months. In the interim, I acquired a lower hull from another Dragon Panzer III kit and it fits perfectly. So, here we go with my first update.

Since coming off my last build of a Jagdpanther with a full interior and about 130 hours' worth of work I gladly dived into this one. It is enjoyable to do it straight from the box although on more than one occasion I cringed at the thought of not replacing something with aftermarket goodness...especially the barrel.


Here the wheels are cut, sanded and ready to go along with the lower hull suspension details. Wheels are being put to the side for a bit while I finish the upper hull and turret.



The hull being glued together and clamped to dry overnight.



It turns out that the upper hull is made for an older Pz III with a smaller turret ring. You have to carve away a couple of mm of ring diameter in the upper hull in order to allow the turret ring to fit. I first thought this was going to be a pain but turned out to be relatively easy. There are guides underneath the upper hull piece that help show you when enough is enough.





Some filling and sanding in the rear.



Some warpage in the front of the upper hull. But luckily with the use of some clamps I was able to get the front plate on and help straighten it out.



The completed hull. Now on to the turret for this weekend.



-Len
SGTJKJ
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Kobenhavn, Denmark
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Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 05:46 PM UTC
Looks cool, Nick.

Looking forward to see it with some paint on.
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California, United States
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Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 12:18 PM UTC
Finally starting to look like a tank!



The tow cables are rather nice. I must take a picture!
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Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 09:23 AM UTC
Thanks, Gabriel!

Szmann
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Netherlands Antilles
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Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 08:21 AM UTC
Congrats for crossing the finishing line, Mark. Sometimes I enjoy also fighting cheap little kits. Nice job overall. I wish you best for your close future plans.
Cheers! Gabriel.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 03:41 AM UTC
Thanks, Jesper! Yeah, it was pretty nuts with the tracks. I think it did have a lot to do with the age and probably sitting on a shelf through multiple hot summers. A soak in hot water allowed me to straighten and stretch them a bit, but after that it was stretch, glue, repeat until I could get the ends in contact. If you look closely you can see where they split in a couple of places.

SGTJKJ
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Kobenhavn, Denmark
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Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 07:51 PM UTC
Looks great, Mark. Maybe the tracks shrunk over time although a full centimeter sounds crazy.

Good luck on the move! See you in another campaign
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Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 05:21 PM UTC
Well, time to put a fork in this one. Movers are coming in about a week and I really need to spend less time using my modeling tools and more time getting them organized for the pack out. So here is my Tamiya UC Mk II converted to a MARKET GARDEN Mk III:









The conversion from Mk II to Mk III was pretty straightforward for the most part, as it involved primarily removing bits so save weight for airborne service. The one exception was the addition of the mounting brackets seen on the backside in the last photo for a 3" mortar (which I did not include). Stowage all came with the kit and is pretty simplistic in keeping with Tamiya tradition. The RCs out there will pick up on the fact the serial number is wrong for a Mk III, but I was completely unsuccessful creating replacement decals for the serial numbers and was forced to make do with kit decals.

Overall, this was a rather nasty little kit--the tracks in particular, which were a full centimeter too short and required a lot of persuading--and not up to the Tamiya standards to which I am accustomed, but I supposed this must be chocked up to the age of the kit.

Hopefully I'll get the new house and new job settled in short order and be able to get cracking on some other campaigns.

Good luck to all with the rest of your builds!

PRH001
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New Mexico, United States
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Posted: Monday, July 27, 2015 - 05:45 AM UTC


Got primer and base coats on the KV this weekend. It seems I always slow down when the painting process starts... Nothing like watching paint dry, right?
PRH001
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New Mexico, United States
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Posted: Sunday, July 19, 2015 - 08:40 AM UTC


Made some progress on the KV today... Got the fenders and braces installed. I'm really enjoying the project for this campaign. That's especially true when I'm trying to track down PE and resin for the next project!
kapoybana
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Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 09:47 AM UTC

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I'm in with a bagged ( no box ) Italeri Kubelwagen for $0.99 from Ebay and a eduard P.e. set for $9.99 including shipping .

I changed my mind and built a Trumpeter aerosan I will get photos up once I figure out how
TangoOscarMike
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Australia
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Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 09:39 AM UTC
Tamiya's little SAS Jeep.



PRH001
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Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 06:18 AM UTC


Made some progress... The kit is solid, but definately needs some love in a few areas.
PRH001
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Posted: Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 11:43 AM UTC


Finally started my "Under Twenty Bucks" campaign build. It's the 1/48 Hobby Boss Early KV-2. Good kit so far... I'm fitting it in while paint dries on more in depth project.
TankManNick
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Posted: Thursday, July 09, 2015 - 10:53 AM UTC
C1 Ariete update: I have to say my fixes worked out just great! I was able to get the road wheels so snug on the axles that liquid cement was all that I needed. I was sure that tube cement would be necessary. (Well yes, a little trimming and sanding was performed to get the custom snug fit!)



The tracks - well plastic cement did NOT work here, despite what Trumpeter tell you, and I went old-school and used staples - the top of the track will be well hidden under the up-armor kit I think. The tracks look a little loose in the picture above, but on a surface look fine, so I left well alone.



So there is the initial painting on the running gear. Much will be hidden, so final paint will be left to after construction!