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About M_Sinclair

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  1. M31 Recovery Vehicle

    Happy fellow January birthday Andy! Hope it was a good one! I'm pumped to see this one come along. Especially after you made an absolute gem with the Soviet Lee. That thing is stunning. You made an all OD tank look nothing short of spectacular. -matt
  2. 1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

    Magnificent. I'm sure Mr Brooks would be proud. To quote Indiana Jones, "this belongs in a museum!" haha Thank you for sharing this journey with us. And thank you for having the tenacity to push through to the finish. -matt
  3. 1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

    Love the subtle weathering! I really appreciate that you didn't apply the wash evenly as so many of us are frequently guilty of doing. Airplanes do not weather symmetrically. And this just looks right. Bravo! Again!!!! -matt
  4. 1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

    Every single update leaves me in awe. I hope this model goes on a world wide tour! People everywhere need to see this in person! -matt
  5. Stellar Envoy

    Stellar job Andy (I apologize but couldn't help myself). Seriously though, ship looks great. Love the blue and little bit of red. Any temptation to grab the 1/72 Falcon? Or are you going to go completely bonkers and get the Lego UCS? Makes the big Bandai kit look like a steal! lol -matt
  6. Stellar Envoy

    Had no idea about the Falcon's previous history. The masking looks a nightmare but looks incredible wearing blue! -matt
  7. 1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

    An absolute jewel you have made! And continue to make! This really does need to go on a big tour upon completion, sweeping contest after contest! -matt
  8. Imperial AT-AT

    We continue to be spoiled by these unbelievably crisp kits by Bandai! Pretty sure near the jerry cans I spotted parts of a V8 engine. The livery is a tough choice. The darker special forces look is very intimidating in appearance. But that orange really pops and I wager would be fun to paint. Reminds me of Poe's black and orange T-70. If you do go with the darker one, I think the red panel offers a nice contrast with the otherwise cool looking grey. Also, red denotes bad guy right? -matt
  9. 1/35 Takom T29E3 "World of Tanks"

    Thank you very much everyone. Keith, I had the same thought. Reminded me of photos of Pershings in Korea I suppose. Happy to say that I just bought a display case from IKEA today so she should be much better protected from dust now! -matt
  10. KTO Rosomak

    Nice one Andy. -matt
  11. 1/35 Takom T29E3 "World of Tanks"

    Geez guys you're gonna make me blush. Thank you very much sir. Y'know I just realized that this is the first in depth tank build since I completed an Abrams back in... 2007. Damn. This was also the first 1/35 figure I've painted since 2007 too! May I just say Andy that you're own work helped more than you think with the T29. While nearing the completion of the build as I was beginning weathering I was feeling pretty down about how everything was coming together. The model looked ok, but it needed... something! That little touch to help it pop. Well I remembered this photo and I saw the light! TIE Striker wip by Andy Moore, on Flickr The dark shading you applied to a few of the panels here was just what I was looking for! So I started to scrub some dark brown oil paints around certain details like the turret hatches where dirt could accumulate. Suddenly the model looked much more three dimensional and I had that POP I was desperately searching for. It sounds like a tiny detail but to me it was a huge moment and the mental boost helped me push on. So keep sharing your work Andy! That inspiration can feel monumental at times. Oh I probably have some spelling errors to fix in the post somewhere still. Thanks Francis. I really didn't expect the gold so I was thrilled to receive it! -matt
  12. 1/35 Takom T29E3 "What If"

    Thanks very much Andy. I appreciate that. Here's the link to the gallery displaying the completed model. http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235020346-135-takom-t29e3-world-of-tanks/ Thanks to all those who watched and commented along the way. It was a fun and crazy journey! 20170423-MJS_0219 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr -matt
  13. The build. http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235017273-135-takom-t29e3-what-if/& Despite time becoming my enemy with this one, I managed to get it done in time for ValourCon 8 hosted by IPMS Winnipeg (Canada). Here she is. 20170422-MJS_0158 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20170422-MJS_0150 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr Takom's new 1/35th scale T29E3. An American heavy tank which was conceived in 1944 but a prototype wasn't completed until after the end of the Second World War. The vehicle has since gained popularity among the online gaming community. It is featured in both War Thunder and World of Tanks games. After acquiring a T29E3 in World of Tanks (and falling in love with it's performance and imposing looks) I was thrilled to discover Takom had released a new series of kits based on the T29. I decided to build the model to represent the tank I own in the game. A big thank you to Tiger Model Designs for supplying a large number of brand new resin upgrade parts. The replacement parts really took the model to the next level replacing many of the smaller and less refined kit parts. 20170422-MJS_0108 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20170422-MJS_0110 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20170422-MJS_0117 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr The model was painted primarily in Tamiya and some Vallejo. Oils, acrylics and enamels were used for detail painting and weathering. A variety of Mig pigments were used for dust and rust.The pigments were applied over several applications. Some wet, some dry. 20170422-MJS_0126 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr This was my first ever attempt at using the hairspray technique. And I absolutely love it. The hairspray was decanted from the bottle and sprayed on via airbrush. 20170422-MJS_0127 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr The figure is from Alpine with a blanket that was sculpted from Milliput. My T29 commander in World of Tanks is presently at the rank of First Sergeant, hence the rank on his sleeve. The decals on the figure are both from Alliance Modelworks. All the markings on the tank (well, all six) were airbrushed on using stencils. The national insignia stencils used on the turret are from DNmodels. 20170422-MJS_0133 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr In the game World of Tanks each nation has a different way of showing off how proficient the player is in each of their tanks. Players driving American tanks can earn up to three stars (called marks of excellence) based on the average amount of damage they cause. I've currently earned two marks of excellence and I made my own paint stencils to represent this. Since it takes a while to earn each star I weathered the stars differently to indicate passage of time. I still have the stencil so if I do earn that third and final star you better believe I'll be adding it to my 1/35th scale T29! 20170422-MJS_0141 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr Virtually all of the smaller detail parts (including hatches) on the turret were supplied by Tiger Model Designs. The two coax .50cal MG barrels were replaced with fine brass tube. 20170422-MJS_0142 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr The commander was painted using Vallejo and oils. The German looking medal on his chest is another nod to the game. Any significant achievements in the game (like a high number of kills in one match for example) are represented by medals that are based off of German medals from WWII. I had some photo etch medals left over from a Dragon Gen2 figure set. 20170422-MJS_0145 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr In the game the tank is most famous for it's extremely thick mantlet and frontal turret armour. If you can get it hull down with the enemy ahead, you can have enemy shells bouncing off you all day long. I sculpted four shell impacts. Two direct but non penetrating hits on the mantlet. And two ricochet off the turret top and side. The silver is good ol Testors silver. 20170422-MJS_0148 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20170422-MJS_0157 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20170422-MJS_0163 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr According to wiki the T29 could weigh around 64 tons. I think at this angle it certainly appears possible! She's a big girl! 20170422-MJS_0174 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr Tiger Model Designs also supplied a new .30cal MG for the hull. 20170422-MJS_0176 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20170422-MJS_0181 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr One headlight lens is missing from battle damage. It certainly IS NOT missing because of the mad dash to get it all done and I dropped it on the floor somewhere. Nope, definitely battle damage. 20170422-MJS_0184 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr In the game each tank can carry three "consumables" which can be used during battle. Examples are tool kits to repair damaged track or a first aid kit to heal wounded crew. Here you can see a fire extinguisher (great as American tanks in game have a habit of brewing up). And a case of Cola which for one mission can increase crew skills by 5%. I scratch built the case myself and my wonderfully talented mother painted the Cola text. 20170422-MJS_0186 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr The tarps on either side of the hull also match in game stowage. These were made of rolled up lead foil and the straps are photo etch and Tamiya tape. 20170422-MJS_0188 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr The antennas are carbon fibre and were sourced from Accurate Armor. I bought these probably over ten years ago. Totally forgot I had them. Yes, it is good I've tidied up my work bench! I've no idea if the antennas are the correct length and happily I don't care! 20170422-MJS_0189 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr Some of you may be wondering why there are no tow cables present. Well the in game model from WoT doesn't have them so neither does mine. Good thing as I didn't have time to add them anyway! 20170422-MJS_0190 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr The mufflers stained in rust and small tears in the rubber side skirts were also modelled after how the tank looks in game. 20170422-MJS_0197 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr A graphite pencil was rubbed along various edges and surfaces to give a metallic sheen. 20170422-MJS_0198 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20170422-MJS_0204 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20170422-MJS_0205 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr The model has it's flaws (99% caused by me). And rushing to get the kit done for the contest didn't help. But overall I'm satisfied-ish with the overall appearance. 20170422-MJS_0211 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr I think it's a pretty neat looking vehicle. Like a Pershing on steroids! And I'm glad to have been able to build the tank I adore so much in the game. 20170423-MJS_0215 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr Here it is on the base I cobbled together. I'm already contemplating building another World of Tanks T29 or T30 only in the equally neat looking winter camo. 20170423-MJS_0219 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr How'd she do at the contest which I worked so hard to enter in time? FYI there were only 30 minutes left to register when I showed up. Well, that's a lovely gold medal awarded to me from the fine judges at IPMS Winnipeg. That was a great surprise and the icing on the cake! 20170423-MJS_0230 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr A little background into the medal design. "IPMS Winnipeg adopted the name, THE VALOUR ROAD CHAPTER. The significance of this name is related to the street in Winnipeg called VALOUR ROAD, a street located close to the club's headquarters at the St. James Legion. In the British Commonwealth, the highest medal awarded for bravery in combat is the Victoria Cross. Winnipeg has the unique distinction of having the highest number of Victoria Crosses awarded to men from one city outside Great Britain proper. Valour Road, which used to be called Pine Street, had three soldiers from the same street awarded the Victoria Cross in the First World War. Other Manitoba servicemen honoured with the Victoria Cross were Col Billy Barker, a First World War flying ace and Pilot Officer Andrew Mynarski, a Second World War Lancaster crewman. IPMS Winnipeg recognizes this outstanding service by honouring these brave men with reference to Valour Road." -Courtesy the IPMS Winnipeg home page. http://www.ipmswinnipeg.ca/index.htm The three names on the outer ring of the medal are men who all lived on Pine Street and were awarded the Victoria Cross during World War I. Thanks for looking! -matt
  14. 1/35 Takom T29E3 "What If"

    Many thanks guys. Oh man it's such a relief to be done with this. Not because I didn't enjoy the kit. But because of the last minute time crunch I accepted which forced me to do far too much in too little time. But despite the rush (you could still smell paint/thinner as it was placed on display) it did rather well in the competition nabbing a gold medal. I should have the completed gallery done soon and I'll post a link here. -matt
  15. 1/35 Takom T29E3 "What If"

    So some of you may have been wondering "didn't that deadline of his come and go?" Well yes, yes it did. ... 20170422-MJS_0176 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr I got it to ValourCon... with 25 minutes to spare before registration closed! Working on the final gallery now. Apologies for the lack of updates. Just didn't have time. More soon. -matt