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Trumpeter Mk.II Campaign
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Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 07:35 AM UTC

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Paul,

VF-6B, Saratoga's fighter squadron had just swapped their F4Bs for F3F-3s in 1936.



I'm currently reading WAKE ISLAND PILOT and found out that VMK-11 was still equipped with F3Fs until just weeks before Pearl Harbor. They had only a week to get used to the Wildcats before being sent to Wake. They went into combat having never fired the guns on the F4F.

I read somewhere else that the F4Fs were still in training squadrons into 1942.



There was a Navy scout squadron flying anti-sub patrols during 1942 out of New Caledonia in SBC-4s! As a former US SECDEF once stated, and I paraphrase, "you go to war with what you have."
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Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 07:43 AM UTC
Construction of the Saratoga has commenced while I give the airgroup a break. I added plastic sheet to blank the numerous openings on the main deck (hanger deck) to stop see-thru. Clamps were needed to help secure the boat bays while the glue dried.
I have also started the four 8" gun turrets using some of the PE to replace the hatches and ladders on the sides of the gun boxes. They are tiny pieces....I need some stronger magnifiers!!
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Posted: Friday, July 29, 2016 - 01:35 AM UTC

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.I need some stronger magnifiers!!



Ain't that the truth! I think the biggest single impediment to my modest skills has to be vision. Coke bottle glasses and the visor all come with costs in depth of field and eye fatigue. I can't image doing PE on a 1/700 ship . . .
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Posted: Friday, July 29, 2016 - 08:49 AM UTC
Hello Everyone,

Here is my entry for this campaign.Trumpeter's 1/72 scale Russian BTR-80 APC. Kit number 07267.



Thanks!

-Joseph
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Posted: Friday, July 29, 2016 - 11:54 PM UTC
Joseph - That looks like a neat kit and in 1/72! I have some of these in 1/35 but haven't ventured into any of them yet. I look forward to seeing how yours comes out.
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Posted: Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 09:24 PM UTC

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.I need some stronger magnifiers!!



Ain't that the truth! I think the biggest single impediment to my modest skills has to be vision. Coke bottle glasses and the visor all come with costs in depth of field and eye fatigue. I can't image doing PE on a 1/700 ship . . .



Paul,

That is why I stopped after adding new hatched and ladders to both sides of just one 8" gun house! My patience and hands needed a break.
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Posted: Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 12:54 PM UTC
Started to build my entry JGSDF Type89 IFV.

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Posted: Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 10:59 PM UTC
Principle construction of the KV-1 is now done. The wire tow cables required some extra work. Trumpeter would have the builder glue the soft copper wire directly to the plastic in a butt joint. I tried this with CA glue and found the joint every bit as weak as it sounds like it ought to be. After that failure, the cable ends were carefully drilled out. This was tough as the cable is as large as the end and the plastic had to be thinned to paper thickness to fit them in. At the end of the process the cable was able to be slipped into the end with CA glue. This took time but should look good.

The Russian MasterClub tracks are made of resin with scale resin pins. These were perfectly formed and much stronger that the ModelKasten plastic ones. I had read in reviews of the METAL versions that they build quickly because they do not need drilling. These resin track links had a pilot hole drilled but all needed a finsh hole. This slowed the whole process down. So far I have a bit less than half of one track done and they look very, very nice. These may be the best looking tracks I have built yet. Pics of these later!



Here is the KV-1 next to the T-18 just completed:








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Posted: Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 11:18 PM UTC

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Joseph - That looks like a neat kit and in 1/72! I have some of these in 1/35 but haven't ventured into any of them yet. I look forward to seeing how yours comes out.



Thanks Paul, I do like the lines of the Russian BTRs. I've seen some excellent work by others modelers on this very same kit. I'll be building this mostly OOB, with the exception of drilling holes here and there and adding grab handles. My personal goal here is test my skill on painting/weathering. I hope I'll do justice.
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Posted: Monday, August 01, 2016 - 11:15 PM UTC

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Hi Peter,

Thank you for the feedback - much appreciated. When you say low pressure would 10 - 12 psi qualify?

Regards,
Kobus



Sorry for late reply mate been busy getting ready for the East of Scotland show last Saturday. Yes about 10 psi is fine as Aclad II doesnt need thinned.

Pete

Oh thanks for the comments Jeff. I saw Richard Rawlings do a good job on a Falcon on Gas Monkey Garage and it inspired me to buy the Trumpy kit when I was at Telford last November. Never seen one in the flesh tho.

Pete
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Posted: Wednesday, August 03, 2016 - 12:05 AM UTC
I got a little more done on the MasterClub RESIN tracks for the KV-1. The first drill busted off in two of the track links making them suitable only for spare track links so more drills were ordered and last night construction began again.

This is very slow going compared to building Fruils. Each link needs about the same amount of clean up but where the Fruils need only to have two holes cleaned out, the MCs need four holes to be drilled from the provided pilot holes. By the time I'm finished, I'll have more time in the tracks than in building the whole rest of the model. At least the tracks do look terrific and that will be remembered long after the pain of building is forgotten.

I have read online reviews of MasterClub METAL track kits that needed no drilling at all. That would be a real time and finger saver if true and I'll be buying a set of metal MCs for the next build, whatever that might be.

I suppose it is possible that this set of resin tracks were not finished at the factory and somehow got shipped. Has anyone else build and MasterClub RESIN track kits? Did they need to be drilled?



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Posted: Wednesday, August 03, 2016 - 10:55 AM UTC
Paul, beautiful looking tracks! The sag is just right.

Incredible to see the size difference in tanks. That is the result of quick development I guess.
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Posted: Wednesday, August 03, 2016 - 11:17 PM UTC
A little more progress on my Abrams. Initial weathering is done. Next are some detail painting and decals.

More to follow.




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Posted: Thursday, August 04, 2016 - 11:28 PM UTC
Kind of forgot about this build but I'm back working on it. Had to trim down the cockpit seat as it was to tall for the canopy to fit over, still isn't the best fit but its a lot better. Everything has been glued and sanded on the main body and now just needs some paint. after that just need to add the hard points and landing gear.
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Posted: Friday, August 05, 2016 - 01:39 PM UTC
Hard working on the PE tracks..



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Posted: Saturday, August 06, 2016 - 01:47 AM UTC
Jesper - that is a very interesting color scheme for your m1. Usually I see them in some sort of desert colors. Where is your serving?

Martin - what are PE tracks? Are the track links actually made of photo etched metal? What scale are they? Are they working tracks or glue togethers? How do you like them compared to cast metal tracks like Fruils?
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Posted: Saturday, August 06, 2016 - 09:16 AM UTC
Paul,
The tracks are 1/72 scale so I can't compare them to the cast tracks. They are glued together and not workable tracks.
This is some kind of hard PE and it is no so nice to work with.
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Posted: Saturday, August 06, 2016 - 07:20 PM UTC

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Jesper - that is a very interesting color scheme for your m1. Usually I see them in some sort of desert colors. Where is your serving?



This is 1-1 CAV serving in Northern Bosnia in September 1996. A very common camouflage scheme for M1s in Germany and rest of Europe during this period it seems.
You are right. The Iraqi wars, Afghanistan etc. seem to be more popular subjects for M1s. I like this one though and might do a winter camo M1 as well at one point.
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Posted: Saturday, August 06, 2016 - 11:15 PM UTC

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Jesper - that is a very interesting color scheme for your m1. Usually I see them in some sort of desert colors. Where is your serving?



This is 1-1 CAV serving in Northern Bosnia in September 1996. A very common camouflage scheme for M1s in Germany and rest of Europe during this period it seems.
You are right. The Iraqi wars, Afghanistan etc. seem to be more popular subjects for M1s. I like this one though and might do a winter camo M1 as well at one point.



Jesper is correct. It is painted in the standard NATO camo developed in the mid-80s. During the DESERT SHIELD run-up to DESERT STORM most deploying US equipment received a coat of sand paint either just before boarding ships (I know of an Army Reserve engineer battalion that was painted at Ft. Bragg while waiting for shipping) or they were painted as they came off the ships in Saudi Arabia. None of the vehicles were thoroughly cleaned before painting and the paint starting wearing off with the first sand storm. Only elements of the XVIII Corps were already factory painted in sand as the Middle East was there primary theater of operations. This included the 24th Mech Division which was first heavy division to arrive. CARC is extremely tough and their paint jobs held-up thru entire event. Today most equipment coming out of the factories is painted CARC sand color. This will probably be changing, if not already in affect with change of missions.
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Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2016 - 12:22 AM UTC
Thanks for the additional info, Jeff. Good details.
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Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2016 - 01:56 AM UTC
I had a bit of a disaster last night with the tracks. I had been working on them for a week and they were a lot more work than the Fruils I am used to. The plus side of it is that the resin track pins look terrific.

Yesterday I taped them to a hunk of cardboard and shot the inner surfaces with Tamiya TS-1 Red/Brown. The cardboard was propped up in a chair to let the paint dry. Last night just before dawn I was awakened by a crunching sound, one that did not belong in the house.

On turning on the light I found that Betty Boop the cat had pried one of the tracks loose from the tape and was playing with it, flinging it up and pouncing on it. She had it in three parts and seemed to be having a good time.

This morning I had at the damage. Betty had destroyed only one link (snapped in two parts) and a half a dozen of the pins. Everything was repaired inside of an hour and the tracks were repainted returning everything back to pre Betty Boop levels.

Later today the outer face will get its paint and will dry in a room Betty does not have access to . . .
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Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2016 - 03:16 AM UTC

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Hard working on the PE tracks..






Hello Martin, I'm curious to know how this set of tracks works. I have never seen that before.

Do you have to replace plastic tracks with PE tracks, or PE parts are just details to glue on plastic parts like the wheel on your pic ?
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Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2016 - 08:37 AM UTC
Hello Alex
I'm replacing the vinyl tracks with PE. The PE is from ACE models originally for the PST or ACE models T-55.
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Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2016 - 08:54 AM UTC
Hello,

Nice progress all.

I've been working on this on-off in the last couple of weeks. I wanted to do a sand + green combo, but the results of my masking work were not that good:



So I decided to redo it, this time using Blu-Tac and going for three colors:






Not sure why I got those outline marks on the green areas only -- hope to correct that during the weathering process. Deadline's coming up by month's end so I need to focus in getting this across the line.

Cheers,

Tat
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Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2016 - 10:38 AM UTC
Nice job on the camo, Tat!

Looking forward to see more.