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Unfinished Business 2016
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Posted: Monday, September 12, 2016 - 09:11 PM UTC

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Richard, how was the build up until this point? I have heard that the Panda kit is quite fiddly and somewhat difficult to assemble (old DML, not Skif) and that the tracks were multi-part menaces.

Your build looks clean and is making me reconsider getting one.

M



Overall, the kit isn't too bad! I've finished worse (Skif BMP-3 comes to mind). That being said, so far the worst parts are the weapon systems (guns and missiles) and the tracks. The tracks are just plain tedious. Each link has a separate guide horn that is very, very tiny! The carpet monster got two of them last night!

I'm going to try to put the torsion arms on the hull and put the base coat on this weekend so it can be curing.

If you can find one cheap somewhere, go ahead and pick it up. Don't spend a lot of money on it though. I saw one at my club's contest last weekend on a vendor table for $20. I almost picked it up for spare parts.



Ahhh..multi part individual link tracks... as if I did not already have a problem finishing kits with 1-part links...

Such a beast of a vehicle, I'll keep an eye out at the next couple of shows..
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Posted: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 05:56 PM UTC
Back to the 251D Stuka zu Fus..trying to get it on the table at Armorcon on the 24th.
I got rid of the baby poop brown but am not thrilled with the depth and intensity of the darker brown either... I tried distressing the brown with the fiberglass bristle 'pen' but did not get the effect I wanted. Oil dots did not change the tone much either.
This is the kit that I keep throwing techniques and product at and nothing sticks...
I may still lightly airbrush some lighter brown into the centers of these.






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Posted: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 06:01 AM UTC
annnddddd done!









pics going into the campaign folder
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Posted: Friday, September 23, 2016 - 08:46 AM UTC
Nice recovery Mike, congrats on the finish!

I have a number of built, but unpainted kits on the shelf. I remember building the Tamiya Kubelwagen and Scwimmwagen about three years back, but never got to putting any paint on it.

So I've decided to finish the Kubelwagen for this campaign. As the doors are completely glued up I'd surely have problems painting and weathering the interior so the easiest way to cover it up, thus am using the canvas top from Mantis Miniatures. Good thing I didn't install the windscreen as yet.



Primed it with black, followed with a oxide color on top. For the base coat I used Wooden Deck Tan from a Tamiya rattle can.



I just put on basic colors for the interior. Will be going no further than this since it will be covered by the canvas top.



More to come.

Cheers,

Tat
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Posted: Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 05:41 PM UTC
A little precious metal for my shelf from Armorcon yesterday.
Stuka zu Fus took gold and the Wiesel took a solid silver, which I am more pleased with given that the AMPS system emphasizes aftermarket additions and corrections. None of which I used, so those points are for construction, paint and weathering.
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Posted: Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 06:25 PM UTC
Congrats on the hardware. I am a firm believer that an award winning model can be made without adding AM parts. I rarely use them unless kit supplied PE is included. Solid construction techniques painting and weathering is what modelling is really all about in my opinion. Very nice work and congrats again.
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Posted: Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 07:50 PM UTC

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Congrats on the hardware. I am a firm believer that an award winning model can be made without adding AM parts. I rarely use them unless kit supplied PE is included. Solid construction techniques painting and weathering is what modelling is really all about in my opinion. Very nice work and congrats again.



Thanks for the kind words, it is nice to finish something off that has languished for so long and recieve some recognition for it.

Before the AMPS rules defense strike force shows up and disagrees with the 'must use aftermarket to medal', I do have to qualify that their guidelines define the levels of modeler as

"BASIC modelers new to the hobby or with basic modeling skills. The BASIC level is
the introductory level to the AMPS system. Modelers at this level generally build their
models with minimal tweaks, and often have never competed before or are new to the
hobby. It allows members who are developing their modeling skills to be evaluated and
encouraged through the feedback provided by the AMPS judging system. As with all
other entrants, BASIC Level entrants are encouraged to volunteer for judging.
INTERMEDIATE modelers with average to above average skill. Modelers at this level
generally make some modifications or conversion to their work or use commercial
upgrades

INTERMEDIATE modelers may have been promoted from BASIC, won
awards at other shows, or chose to enter at this level from the start. An
INTERMEDIATE modeler is someone to whom some or all of the following apply:
Adds photo-etched and/or resin details
Uses aftermarket conversion kits
Scratchbuilds details and makes modifications to actualizing kits
Uses reference material for actualizing ideas
Improves models by cross-kitting
Builds full resin kits
Displays models on complementary bases or with figures
ADVANCED modelers with more highly-developed skills, whose entries are heavily
reworked, actualized, or include non-commercial parts or modifications. The evaluations
of this class are more strenuous. An ADVANCED modeler does most of the things
expected of INTERMEDIATE level modelers plus some or all of the following:
Scratchbuilds, using references
Casts own replacement parts
Builds and paints at a high skill level
Presents models on elaborate bases, sometimes with accompanying information
Uses materials and space artistically "

so yeah.. you do not HAVE to use aftermarket parts or make major changes to a kit to earn a medal at Basic or earn a bronze or even a silver in intermediate.

Even IMPS who has long claimed that a simple model built with a high degree of skill and well finished can win, knows fully well that is not the reality on the table at their shows.

In the end result it is both a beauty contest and a crap shoot. Do the people judging your model know anything about it and like what they see? For IPMS style shows, the crap shoot part is a measure of 'who else shows up that day'.

I'm long past trying to 'build to win', but a little bling is always nice.

My US$0.02, your mileage may vary.
Mike
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Posted: Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 08:45 PM UTC
Congrats on the medals!
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Posted: Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 09:01 PM UTC

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Congrats on the medals!



Thanks, let's see what else I can get done by year's end...
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Posted: Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 11:04 PM UTC
I have FINALLY finished my long delayed Dragon/CyberHobby North Korean T-34/85. The following photos have been added to the campaign gallery:









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Posted: Wednesday, October 05, 2016 - 09:35 PM UTC
I have finished my builds for this campaign. Two rhino/razorbacks fr M Games Workshop.
Finally they are done and ready for action












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Posted: Wednesday, October 05, 2016 - 10:19 PM UTC
Those look cool, Jesper.

Do we have a campaign ribbon yet?
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Posted: Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 06:10 PM UTC
More progress made on the turret. The guns are finished. The missile racks are partially assembled though I'm going to leave them off until after I get the painting done.





I left off the tracking(?) radar dish off the front until after I'm a little further along in the painting process.

I'm still working on the search radar on the rear of the turret.

It's getting close to painting time!!
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Posted: Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 07:06 PM UTC
Hi Mike D,

Love the work on the Wiesel - I have a few in the stash (just love this "miniature tank"). Congratulations on the well deserved medals!

Regards,
Kobus
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Posted: Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 07:54 PM UTC

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Hi Mike D,

Love the work on the Wiesel - I have a few in the stash (just love this "miniature tank"). Congratulations on the well deserved medals!

Regards,
Kobus



Kobus,
Thanks for the kind words, it got edged out for an award at the IPMS show yesterday by a newer kit with lights included (Meng T90).
One thing I like about the AMPS judging system is that each kit is judged against a standard, not against the rest of the table.

It is a fun little kit and I am glad I pulled it out, dusted it off and finished.
I still have the TOW vers. to finish, but it was not as far along. I see the newer Revell of Germany set of Air Defense kits and am on the lookout for those as well.
I just wish the tracks were better.
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Posted: Wednesday, November 02, 2016 - 06:53 PM UTC
Hi all,

An unfinished work is missed in my stash. I restart it today.


I can't seek its box.
Regards,
K.
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Posted: Sunday, November 06, 2016 - 07:45 AM UTC
Hey! Can I join the party? This is my Lindberg 2006 Florida Highway Patrol Dodge Charger. I started is on 12 OCT 12, and after multiple paint failures it's been on the Shelf of Shame ever sense. Here is where I stand right now:

Interior:

5.7L Dodge Hemi (yes, it's got a Hemi):


Undercarriage:


Jim
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Posted: Friday, November 11, 2016 - 07:30 PM UTC
Hi all,
Another unfinished kit to this campaign.


I took this because of searching some missed parts of the previous kit (MAN 10 tonnes truck).
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K.
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Posted: Thursday, December 08, 2016 - 11:55 AM UTC
Hello all
This is my unfinished kit, Kotobukiya Trailer Base.

jimb
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Posted: Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 04:44 AM UTC
So, managed to get some more work done on the FHP Charger. Still have a ways to go, though.



Jim
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Posted: Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 08:50 AM UTC
progress on another old shelf queen, too far along to use in the sci-fi campaign.


jimb
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Posted: Monday, December 26, 2016 - 10:39 PM UTC
Unfortunately I will have to withdraw from this Campaign. The Charger has gone through four massive paint failures, and now a decal failure. The "State Trooper" decal on the right front fender partially slid off & dried that way. The replacement decals from Round2 will not arrive in time to complete this cursed car by the Campaign Completion Date.

Good luck to you all, & Happy Holidays.

Jim
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Posted: Monday, December 26, 2016 - 11:26 PM UTC
I, too, have had to withdraw but there is always next year! I'm just happy that I got a modicum of work done.
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Posted: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 12:43 AM UTC
The good part about not finishing in this campaign is that you already have a project to complete for the 2017 edition . . .

I will enlist when that campaign starts with a long shelved Tamiya Sherman that has gathered plenty of dust.
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Posted: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 04:38 AM UTC
I'm in for next year!