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snapper_city

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    Eat Sleep Build Repeat
  • Birthday 14/08/1981

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    Modelling, Mountain biking, Climbing.

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  1. AFV Club 1/35 M113A1

    Hi guys I'm building this as part of a SIG on another forum. The M113 is my favourite military vehicle of all time so I was happy when AFV Club recently gave us a new tool. It has also been a good few years since I have built one.The kit is typical AFV Club and overall looks nice but I do have a couple of issues with it. The bad There are a few ejector pin marks that will require attention because of where they are. I will high light some of these as the build progresses. The price. At £60 RRP it is too much for what it is I feel but that's new tool prices these days. I managed to snag this one for £50 which softened the blow. Vinyl rubber band tracks. For the price it would have been nice to have at least separate plastic links. The Academy M113 was the benchmark before this and is a great kit. But it's 25 years old now and like all its predecessors it still didn't have the rear ramp pulley. The AFV Club kit is great to see and they will hopefully release a few different options of the chassis just like Academy did.The good Rear ramp pulley represented. Workable suspension A plethora of small arms are included in the kit. Anyway on with the build.I have no idea which option I will be doing yet but I will be using the picture below for the set up I will be aiming for. The M113 was seen with so many weapons configurations but I think the Minigun on the cupola and the M2 Browning 50 cal on the back just looks mean. (Ignore the topless grunts) M113 apc 1/5th Infantry "Bobcats" 25th Infantry Division "Tropic Lightning" by Jerzy Krzemiński, on Flickr Here is everything I may or may not be working with. IMAG4263 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG4264 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG4265 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG4266 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG4267 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG4268 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG4269 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG4270 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG4274 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG4276 by Mark Inman, on Flickr The Fruil replacement drive sprocket on the left Vs the kit option. IMAG4277 by Mark Inman, on Flickr As you can see from the back of the sprocket the fact these are made for the Tamiya and Academy M113's becomes evident. They will be no use on this build. IMAG4278 by Mark Inman, on Flickr Luckily the AFV Club drive sprocket fits the Fruil tracks rather well. IMAG4279 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG4285 by Mark Inman, on Flickr Fruil's anyone?? IMAG4287 by Mark Inman, on Flickr RB Models brass Minigun. At under 2cm in length and 15 parts it is a little fiddly but this is the third one I have built. On their product webpage there is a handy guild to aid construction. My advice is don't worry about being too careful with the CA glue. Once built any excess can be scraped away with a scalpel. I even ran a lighter over it to burn the remaining away. IMAG4305 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG4307 by Mark Inman, on Flickr Vs the kit M134 IMAG4308 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG4309 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG4313 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG4330 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG4414 by Mark Inman, on Flickr Ejector pin city on the inside of the roof. IMAG4416 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG4417 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG4418 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG4419 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG4420 by Mark Inman, on Flickr Next I have been thinking ahead for how I want to load this out. Here is a great shot with the whole floor covered in ammo cans. M113 apc 2/22nd Infantry (mech) "Triple Deuce" by Jerzy Krzemiński, on Flickr Here they have been stacked on the crew benches. 2018-01-15_11-44-51 by Mark Inman, on Flickr As I was lacking ammo cans I asked the guys from my model club and one guy came through. He had a load of .30 Cal and .50 Cal ammo boxes I could use. IMAG4421 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG4422 by Mark Inman, on Flickr Painting has started. Laying down some metallic for the under layer. I'll be going hair spray technique on this..AK Xtreme Metal Matt Aluminium IMAG4450 by Mark Inman, on Flickr AK Steel IMAG4451 by Mark Inman, on Flickr More Steel IMAG4453 by Mark Inman, on Flickr Mr Metal Color Iron and buffed with a cotton bud. IMAG4454 by Mark Inman, on Flickr Playing about with chipping options for the inside of the APC. On the left is AK Worn Effects and on the right is the Mr Masking Sol. IMAG4505 by Mark Inman, on Flickr The rest of the internals sprayed AK Xtreme metal Matte Aluminium. IMAG4499 by Mark Inman, on Flickr The floor had a coat of chipping fluid followed by Model Air Steel. IMAG4570 by Mark Inman, on Flickr Lots and lots of Ammo tins cleaned up. IMAG4582 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG4625 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG4626 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG4627 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG4628 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG4629 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG4630 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG4631 by Mark Inman, on Flickr I have been playing with enamel washes. Mostly Ammo brown wash for German dark yellow. IMAG4635 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG4636 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG4637 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG4638 by Mark Inman, on Flickr Here is how the floor is looking. A dark wash followed by pigments dabbed over. A mix of Mig Vietnam Earth and Ammo Airfield Dust. These were then coated in enamel thinners from dabbing a brush over and letting the capillary action fill the gaps. Once dry the areas where most foot traffic will occur was rubbed back with an old knackered paint brush and a make up type sponge on a stick. The kind of thing you get in the Tamiya weathering palettes. The effect looks worse under my non daylight LED lights and looks quite orangery like rust. I may try to lighten things up a bit more in the future I will see how it goes. Considering most of the floor will be covered in ammo cans it really shouldn't matter. IMAG4640 by Mark Inman, on Flickr That's where things are up to right now.
  2. Emil's Distant Cousin.

    Not yet. The 163 is on hold at the moment while I work on another build for a GB on another forum. I'll pick it back up after.
  3. Emil's Distant Cousin.

    Looking good. With the dials I have seen others use a punch and die set on them if they are too big. A tip for the future. I still need a punch set for my tool collection.
  4. CAS Viper PROGRESS PIX!

    Cool. I need one of the sniper pods for my B-1B.
  5. CAS Viper PROGRESS PIX!

    This looks good.
  6. Italeri 1:72 Su-34 Fullback +++FINISHED+++

    Great job on this.
  7. Hitlers Pocket Rocket

    I'm happy with the seat also. I doubt I'll do any chipping as I doubt these aircraft saw many sorties. This is the first time I have used oils on seat belts. I really feel like I'm starting to get the hang of working with oils now after a couple of years. Still lots to perfect but going in the right direction. The control panel will look even better after a flat coat and some klear or Krystal klear over the dials. I'm just hoping I get some time over Christmas to work on this.
  8. Hitlers Pocket Rocket

    Life has been quite busy lately so only have a small bit to show. I have added oils to the seat belts and enamel washed the cockpit. IMAG4209 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG4216 by Mark Inman, on Flickr
  9. Firefly 5, SH 1.72

    Looking good. Only the second one I've seen built. I'm considering building mine for the Carrier GB.
  10. Carriers Ahoy! Things that fly on things that float!

    Looking at the stash I have the following: Eduard Vietnam Scooter Special Hobby Firefly Mk. 4/5 Korean War Eduard Danger Zone F-14A (This will probably be saved for the Grumman GB) Kinetic F/A-18C Choices, choices.
  11. Hitlers Pocket Rocket

    Hi guys Not much to show but here is where things stand currently. Here are the Kit instrument decals Vs the Airscale set. IMAG4195 by Mark Inman, on Flickr I first tried the kit ones but found them to be too grey. IMAG4196 by Mark Inman, on Flickr The Airscale ones are much better. IMAG4198 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG4199 by Mark Inman, on Flickr IMAG4201 by Mark Inman, on Flickr Like I said in the previous post I have a few more Airscale placards to attach then on with weathering...
  12. Hitlers Pocket Rocket

    Hi guys I have been busy on the cockpit area over the last few days. All the detail painting is done and the instrument panel decals are down. There are a few more placard decals for the side walls then I'll give it all a clear coat ready for weathering. I'll get some pictures up in the next few days. I'm not going to go too mad with the weathering as I doubt these things saw enough action to get that beaten up. Cheers.
  13. Hitlers Pocket Rocket

    Hi guys Small update of where things are at. The day started off with an up and down. Firstly the up. Mr Postman stopped by with a parcel of joy. IMAG4172 by Mark Inman, on Flickr Now the down. I managed to put a nice TET fingerprint on the inside of the rear fuselage, exhaust cover area. IMAG4170 by Mark Inman, on Flickr Not 100% perfect but its quite difficult to get sanding sticks in this area. IMAG4173 by Mark Inman, on Flickr The office dashboard. IMAG4174 by Mark Inman, on Flickr A little more scratching in the office to replicate the fuel lines. IMAG4175 by Mark Inman, on Flickr Everything ready for spraying. IMAG4177 by Mark Inman, on Flickr Not as much done as I was hoping to get done but all finished for the day. Firstly the cockpit area was painted with AK Microfiller Primer Black then coated in Vallejo Model Air RLM66. This was the first time I have used acrylics in over 18 months and I was all geared up for all the issues you can get with acrylics. Against all fears it behaved flawlessly. IMAG4179 by Mark Inman, on Flickr Lastly the areas in preparation for metallic painting have been given a wet coat of Mr Color GX2 Gloss Black. IMAG4180 by Mark Inman, on Flickr
  14. Boeing Stratocruiser United Airlines 1/144

    That's annoying. There must be after market options out there.
  15. M109A3/M185A3 Shop Truck

    Looking good. I'll finally get round to my M-35 one day. I'm also looking forward to their new tool M-54 when it comes out.
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