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Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 04:25 AM UTC
Minor update on my Ariete. The rubber tracks had to go - far too much flash around the end connectors, and being very rubbery there was no way to trim. Instead I spent ages building the excellent Bronco indy-link tracks - hours of tedium in return for a definite improvement! (Eight sprues, and each took over an hour of clipping, cleanup, and assembly...)



There is colour on the hull too, and gloss, and decals. Need to start detail painting, then weathering, before final assembly. Should just make it by the deadine...

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Posted: Friday, June 28, 2019 - 12:22 PM UTC

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Hi Peter,

Nice work with good attention to detail. I saw beautifully damaged drums on the photo. Did you consider to make yours like them?

Tamas



Hi Tamas. I am going to model a specific vehicle shown in the Concord "Operation Granby" book. It was taken just after the armour upgrade was added and it has some interesting colour contrasts to the desert stone paint colour that I hope will break up the monotony.

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Posted: Friday, June 28, 2019 - 09:55 AM UTC
Hi Jose,

Nice paintwork. Is it a 1/72 scale kit?

Tamás
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Posted: Friday, June 28, 2019 - 09:53 AM UTC
Hi Peter,

Nice work with good attention to detail. I saw beautifully damaged drums on the photo. Did you consider to make yours like them?

Tamas
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Posted: Friday, June 28, 2019 - 08:20 AM UTC
Looking good Jose.
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Posted: Friday, June 28, 2019 - 03:23 AM UTC
A little advance in my Abrams

IMG_5360 by Shaky962, en Flickr

IMG_5364 by Shaky962, en Flickr
petbat
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Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 11:02 PM UTC
Very nice indeed Lap man

Okay time to show I have not been (too) tardy. Tamiya Challenger 1 mk 3. Road wheels cleaned up, some work on Hull and chassis, but the turret has seen most of the work. Some improvements made:




Blanked off the roof ventilator and rear gun area so you can't see through:


Lower Hull:


And some work on the side armour panels - one of the 3 major weaknesses in the kit, they are too simplified. Mine also suffered from sink marks as seen here. I may have made these too thick with the additional backing and will have to redo them.

Also the cupola has had a pin inserted for the cover to open and close (will save masking the transparent part for painting later when the etch piece will be in the way. I can prime and paint this, insert the transparency, then close it when I airbrush!


The other big issues in the kit are 1) the rear turret basket that is beveled on the corners not rounded like it should be, not deep enough (hull outward) and has a lid that is basically detailed backward (these hinge from the outer edge, not the edge closest to the turret)..

...and 2) the front of the hull is the Mk 1 type with the section behind the light clusters recessed and two 'v' shaped holes in the front upper hull, which need to have covers over them.
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Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 07:37 PM UTC
Progress update.




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Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 03:09 PM UTC
Looking Great Kalin. Coming along very nicely.

Interesting to see you needed to shim Tom. A kind of rookie error in the manufacturing design on Trumpeter's behalf. I hear you on the clear periscopes too. The Ariete's look black from any distance apart from touching your nose to them


The only time clear parts are of use is when the front and rear are both open and light passes through.

Byron - another Chally builder. Nice to see your contribution. Looking good too.
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Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 11:54 AM UTC
WIP of my Challenger Mk3





some amazing work around here!! Congrats!!
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Posted: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 09:02 AM UTC
Thanks, Tom!
I think your project is a very good hit. I expect to track his painting and weathering. Good luck!
Kalin
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Posted: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 06:30 AM UTC
Kalin - wow! Looking great!

As for me, I've managed a speed-build of the Ariete and it is now in the shed with the primer drying. It was built almost straight OOB, except I had to add a stiffener across the inside of the upper hull just behind the turret ring (similar to the Leopard 2 kits of tanks that the Italian engineers were copying when they designed the real Ariete), and I replaced the turret periscope "glass" with Evergreen strip. (I hate those gimmicky clear parts, and prefer to paint my scopes.) The idler wheel was troublesome with a peg only 2.3mm diameter and a hole 2.6mm, so I found tubing that was a snug fit on the peg and drilled out the idlers to receive it as a bushing. I plan to add the wheels after painting, but before I add the track. Oh, and I had to add 0.010" shims under the turret because the rear fouled some bolt-head detail on the engine deck. All the hatches are sealed because it just isn't possible to pose them open without some hinge surgery, even though they do have some interior detail.







Gotta say, this is typical Trumpeter - some super-crisp details, but some really poor engineering too. Still, with a little effort it certainly builds up ok.
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Posted: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 05:53 AM UTC
Hello! Here is some of my work progress.





Good luck and cheers!
Kalin
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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 02:56 PM UTC
David and Kalin

Looking sweet guys. The paint work you have done is just excellent.
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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 07:52 AM UTC
Hello!
Here's my work progress on T-55 (Mod.1981). The turret is ready and painted inside. Next is the exterior of the tank. Here are some photos:










For now it's all about me. Good luck.
Kalin
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Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 02:26 PM UTC
This is my entry

IMG_4973 by Shaky962, en Flickr
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Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 04:17 AM UTC
Thanks, Tamas.
Now I painting the interior of the turret, and at the moment it's ready I'll show it.
Kalin
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Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 03:07 AM UTC
Hi Kalin,

Very clean build, congrats! Pls keep on posting pics.

Regards, Tamas
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Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 03:02 AM UTC
Hi Tom,

I have built this kit some 3 years ago and used the Lion Roar photo etch detaild up set. Highly recommended, it adds a lot.

Good luck to your project, will follow with interest.

Tamás
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Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 03:00 AM UTC
Hi David,

This tank looks beautiful for me. Congrats!

Tamas
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Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 02:45 AM UTC
Well done, David.
It seems quite real. Congratulations on the good work.
Kalin
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Posted: Monday, June 17, 2019 - 11:52 PM UTC
More progress on the Shot just sorting out decals then weather the turret add final details and stowage

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Posted: Monday, June 17, 2019 - 08:41 PM UTC
Great progress there guys.
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Posted: Monday, June 17, 2019 - 08:06 PM UTC

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The tail lights are a lady.


I have no idea what i meant to type.

As for the sight, I can build something to go around the original part or just build the part from scratch. I think the latter case would be easier. I may save that for last and continue with the upper hull and turret.
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Posted: Monday, June 17, 2019 - 06:45 PM UTC

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Small update. A turret antenna bracket was a short shot so the missing plastic had to be replaced with putty and scrap styrene.


Detail parts on the rear hull plate are all put on. The tail lights are a lady. There's base plate then the light assembly but the cutouts on the back of the light assembly look like they are gouged out by hand after removing from the molds. And of course, they need further gouging. The starboard base plate isn't even needed!


The rear plate finally glued in place


Once the antenna bracket is in place, work can continue mounting the stowage boxes.

Update:
The tank commander's panoramic sight is not the right shape.




is it a different upgrade possibly