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  1. RyeField 1/35 Abrams M1A2 TUSK II

    Thanks Gremlin, that's a great link. They have quite a collection of diorama extras. I suspect I may be sending an order their way in the not too distant future. Cheers Reilly.
  2. RyeField 1/35 Abrams M1A2 TUSK II

    Nice work Gremlin, its looking great. Those side skirts look a much better fit than Meng's effort. Kit detail looks like its at the same level or better. How have you done your periscopes? I like your effect where they still have the red filter coating but still look like they are transparent. Is it just transparent red or is there a secret to your sauce? Cheers Reilly.
  3. Bradley M2A3

    Once I got the paint on it looked a lot better. As you say its buried in the turret housing. I like the idea of the Creme Brullé torch. I've been using a small soldering iron or a larger hot air blower (held at a considerable distance).
  4. Bradley M2A3

    Best way to find that missing piece of brass is to take off socks and shoes. Not recommended but you'll find it in under a minute versus an hour crawling over the floor with a high power light. Bit like Lego.
  5. Bradley M2A3

    Right that's the lower hull finished for the front end interior. Have started on the rear deck and the turret enclosure but no pictures yet. Meng provide a couple of brass panels for the interior of the turret basket. They also help with a bit of plastic upon which one is expected to produce the inverse camber and bend. Without the bend the brass is too large to fit the cutouts. The mould provided is essentially useless as it doesn't account for the springbuck associated with the bending of metals. I bent the brass freehand and forced it into the space provided and then proceeded to try and massage it into shape. The results weren't great but does look better when painted and should pass once everything is assembled.
  6. Bradley M2A3

    Thanks Crushkill. That will save me a bit of work and let me focus on the areas that really need it. Cheers Reilly.
  7. RyeField 1/35 Abrams M1A2 TUSK II

    Looking good Gremlin. Will look good alongside the Bradley. The Abrams is indeed a low rider. Put it up next to a Cougar and the later looks massive.
  8. Bradley M2A3

    Couldn't agree more. Wheel painting is not one of my favourite tasks. Either masks or separate tyres please. I was pleasantly surprised by the mask for the track rubbers.
  9. Bradley M2A3

    I measured them both last night. Its a trick of the photo. They're both the same length. The Meng turret fits the Tamiya hull. Had a look at your end result in the other thread. You've set the bar high. Not even sure I'll see it let alone get close. I like your answer to the anti-slip. On a lot of the pictures I have there is anti-slip on a number of the other panels. Not sure yet how I want to do that, probably Mr Surfacer. The Tamiya model doesn't have any anti-slip so that will take a bit of work. Bit of experimentation called for I think. I did some previously on the Tamiya Abrams with mixed results.
  10. Bradley M2A3

    Right here's the choice fo the Tamiya Bradley. I have both the Tamiya ODS version and an older version with an interior of sorts. Here's the line up: (The MM113 is still kicking around the bench because part of it looks like it was sprayed with fake tan. Needs a bit of correction before finishing.) I\m going for the ODS version. Its the one on the RHS and I'll return the older Bradley which comes in European cammo to the stash. Basically they're both the same kit with a few extra sprues thrown in the later kit to take care of the extra armour. Here's a comparison between it and the Meng hull. If ever the expression chalk and cheese was appropriate. I added the rear of the Meng hull, some gentle heat and various clamps to take the warp out of the Meng hull. It worked rather well. Quick check to ensure that everything is going to fit as required. No problems. Engine and drivers compartments almost complete. A few odds and sods still required. I had dry brushed the seats to give them that bum on seat look but it looks like the brush was a maybe a little dryer than I'd anticipated. Time to move on the turret housing and aft sections. In the case of the Tamiya Bradley there is no internal detail so its just a case of assembling the basic box and fitting the externals. In the photo below I've fitted the front armour plate which needed a rather odd ridge at the front of the hull removed. It now fits as intended. One advantage of the Tamiya kit is that it can take a fair amount of punishment without bits flying off. I'll seal up the rear next but leave the top hatch hinged. That way I can rescue any of the little men later should they inadvertently fall inside the hull. I had some Eduard brass for the ODS version. I won't be using all of it as I don't see any need to cut off parts which Tamiya has actually moulded rather well to replace them with brass just for the sake of it.
  11. Bradley M2A3

    Thanks all for taking a look. Crushkill: I followed Gremlin's thread; what a result! Thanks for the offer of help. Feel free to pitch in anytime. I have a few pictures to work from, they're a bit vague in parts but I was hoping to add some of the larger details that Meng has missed, at least in areas that are visible. I was tempted at the weekend to go for the other Meng Bradley. It was on offer at a local show. It's two kits, with a different exterior and interior compared to the complete kit. I also have a couple of Tamiya Bradley's and might be tempted to knock one together for comparison. They're not in the same league as the Meng kit in terms of detail.
  12. Bradley M2A3

    Another Bradley, but not in the same league as Gremlin's recent effort. I wasn't sure whether I'd bother putting this up and considered waiting until I'd finished and then gently prod it round the door with a long stick and leave quietly hoping that nobody would notice. Before this I'd just finished the Meng Abrams which, in my opinion, is a bit of a dog. I wasn't sure if this was going to be the same in which case I'd probably not bother and kick it into the stash somewhere but I thought it would be fair to give Meng a second chance. I'm happy to report that apart from a couple of minor niggles its going together rather well with the parts fitting like they belong to the same kit. Here's the start. There's an M113 from Tamiya on the bench as well as the Bradley hull on its back waving its legs in the air. The Tamiya kit was an old moulding with a couple of extra sprue thrown in which are basically bergens, ammo and jerry cans and a dog to hang around the external parts of the vehicle. Although the Bradley has an interior I'm not sure how much will be visible once I'm finished. Thought I'd start on the wheely bits first as well as the track assembly. The wheels have separate tyres which I thought was to make painting easier (see later). Being Meng the fit between the road wheel and tyre is so tight that no adhesive was necessary. They're on for good! I've seen various negative comments about the tracks but with me being cheap I thought I'd give them a go. I can always bin them later if it goes wrong and order up some of the ones that Gremlin used in his build. Thankfully there are enough links in the bag to compensate for the ones that don't fit or are too loose. I might need to glue a few links before this is over just for some additional strength. Time to get them into paint along with the rubbers from the M113. As most of the M113 track is hidden under the side skirts the rubbers will be adequate enough. My choice of track may yet be my undoing. Here's the start to the hull interior. Time to add some grease an overall wear and tear before I go any further. Next steps is the engine, oh, one has just been delivered. Of course it wouldn't be one of my models if I hadn't screwed up somewhere. Thought I'd completed the wheel assemblies but that wasn't the case. At the bottom of the box was a piece of brass that the helpful people at Meng thoughtfully included for use as a mask for defining the extent of the rubber. Pity they didn't mention this in the instructions which were rather unclear about the extend of the rubber. I did have my reservations when I was putting them together. Oh well back to wheel painting. I've now discovered that there is a considerable warp on the lower half of the hull. With the back plate and some tensioning I should be able to fix it. I ran into a similar problem with the Meng Cougar when closing it up. This time I'll make sure the hull fits together before fitting the interior. That way I should be able to use the necessary clamps without damaging parts. I'd say with Meng it pays to build sub assemblies, continually checking for fit, before discovering that that serious fettling is required once everything has been glued down.
  13. M1A2 Abrams Tusk II

    It took me longer then expected but I've added a few more extra detail shots to my Flickr page for those who need the gregory's. Here's an example. Now its time for work on the Meng Bradley. Linky: https://www.flickr.com/photos/113106574@N02/albums/72157686453590304/with/37507017596/ Cheers John.
  14. M1A2 Abrams Tusk II

    Thanks Francis. The M1A2 had indications for hole drilling marked M1A1 so it looks like Meng are also planning earlier versions based on the same basic kit. Cheers John.
  15. M1A2 Abrams Tusk II

    I used the Tamiya rubbers on the Tamiya model, partly because half of them are hidden from sight and because the definition of them was pretty reasonable. I was prepared to ditch them but I was happy with the paint job and the end result. True enough I could use the jpg function on the camera but I'm so used to RAW now that I just live with it. I use the iPad camera for the construction shots, its surprising the quality it can produce given the size of the lens and sensor. Cheers John.