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  1. M3/M4 Medium Tank STGB Chat

    I had a herniated disc that was impinging the nerve and causing incredible sciatic pain all down my left leg. It was a mixture of intense burning, aching, and pins and needles. I couldn’t stand for more than about 20 seconds before it started up. I tried physio, osteo, pills, steroid epidurals, nothing worked. After 6 months, and with a second baby on the way, I underwent a surgery called a microdiscectomy where they chisel off part of your disc in order to relieve the pressure on the nerve. Amazingly it worked, and after five weeks I was slowly recovering from the surgery, but the pain in my left leg was all gone. It was great, baby was born and things were looking lovely. When she was ten days old the same pain started up in my right leg this time. Three months later and nothing has worked once again. I’m now seriously considering having the same surgery for the right side as I’ve now spent almost a year living with utter crippling pain, and it’s doing my head in. BUT, I’d did finish my Sherman in the first ever Brit Modeller armour Group Build, so it’s not all bad!
  2. Thanks Ozzy, Badder. Lots of lessons learned on this one, so it’s all good. And we’re supposed to be having fun, right, no point getting all worked up about some pigment. Accidents happen (like I tell my toilet-training toddler), we just have to roll with it. Hopefully I can find some time to do the diorama soon, the kids are taking up so much time these days! I had so much fun doing this group build, thanks everyone! Tom
  3. Hi guys, A month ago I had spinal surgery, and my wife is expecting our second child any day now, so why not start another model kit! I shoved aside a half finished Speeder Bike and Scout Trooper, shelved a half done DeLorean time machine, cleaned up the bench and got ready to dive into this group build. I’ll be making the Tamiya Easy Eight for this one. I saw that Badder was doing this one too, and was happy to see he’s doing the winter whitewash, something I wasn’t too keen on as this is only my second ever tank build. I watched ‘Fury’ for some inspiration, and whilst it was pretty dumb there was one scene that inspired me. There’s a bit where they’re driving along and some Jerries ambush them from behind a row of trees with some sort of rocket launcher. I thought this would make a nice little diorama, so I just need to decide whether I’ll go with the rural setting, which could cause difficulty with the trees and bushes, etc, or go with an urban style ambush with crumbling walls and all sorts of debris and stuff. I’m going to pop to the LHS at lunch today to see what’s available. Anyway, here’s a pic of the clean desk at the start of the build, supervised as always by the The Big Chap. Looking forward to tucking into this one! Cheers! Tom
  4. I saw this and thought “He’s posted the wrong pic, the Bandai one isn’t there.” Then I saw it. Amazing! Jaw-droppingly good, well done!
  5. M3/ M4 medium tank gallery

    Hey guys, Didn’t get to do the diorama I’d hoped to do, and didn’t even get a chance to take pictures away from the bench, but here’s my effort, a Tamiya Easy Eight. Cheers, Tom
  6. Thanks guys! So in case you were wondering what ‘The ambush’ was all about, here’s a little mock-up of what I had in mind, but doubt I’ll have time to get around to. The figures of course aren’t done, and the scenery would need a lot of work, but this was what I had in mind. Maybe I’ll add it as a WIP in the diorama section. Cheers, Tom
  7. Amazing, as usual! Great weathering after the fantastic construction. Looking forward to the diorama! edit: I just love those orangey bits!
  8. Thanks so much guys! Glad I could get it done before the end of the GB. Might try to put the little diorama together if I get the time before Easter, fingers crossed.
  9. Thank you, guys. Decanting seems pretty scary, Andy. I might look into a Vallejo or Ammo varnish to see if I can just skip the decanting process! So here’s how she is so far. Very close to completion, mainly because I’m so tired of working on this particular kit! Please let let me know what you think, what I’ve done incorrectly etc. this is only my second ever tank after all! I know there are some mud spatters and other bits that aren’t quite right as a result of the pigment disaster, but I don’t she ended up looking that bad after all. Cheers, Tom
  10. Hey Robert, Tamiya TS-80 is a flat clear lacquer used for sealing before enamel washes are applied. I’d actually like to start using some that can be applied by airbrush, as the spray can method with the TS-80 is obviously not very precise. I need to do some research on that though. Nearly finished the Sherman now, attached the tracks last night, they just need a little work, plus some final touch ups here and there. I’ll try to get some pics up this evening!
  11. Amazing!! This is how she looks after a good coat of TS80! Obviously she needs a little work, but she’s back, baby!
  12. Looking good, as usual! Can’t wait to see the finished product!
  13. I wouldn’t blame the pigments, it was user error all the way. I used both Vallejo and Ammo. My application was obviously all wrong, I’ve never used them before and so clearly messed it up. I’ve tried to replicate and it looks horrible. Not too keen to try adding more paint to it. I was wondering if hitting it with a blast of TS80 would tone it done and maybe darken it up. At this point it’s such a mess I don’t care if it makes it look bad. It’s looking more and more like it’ll have to get a soaking in isopropyl to strip it completely.
  14. Thanks so much for the advice and encouragement guys. I’ll admit that half of it looks kind of cool, and I tried my best for a few days to try to love it. I tried replicating the effect on other parts of the tank, and it just looks amateurish and sloppy. It’s a shame, I’d really wanted to do quite a clean vehicle this time after my dirty, duffed up Power Loader, so to have this happen through my own inexperience with pigments is really disheartening. I’m thinking the best thing for this may be an isopropyl alcohol bath. At least that way I can try to start again, rather than just consigning her to the unfinished shelf, which is where I’m leaning at the moment. Plus I don’t want to let the Group Build down! I’m really unsure what to do with this one.
  15. Ok, so here’s the damage. She could maybe be cleaned up with a load of thinners and some scrubbing. But she looks like she’s been in a junkyard for 20 years! Here she is with her untouched turret on to show the contrast. Looks like I’ve got some work to do! I did finish off my commander though, he’s not looking too bad. I’ll get some wine in me and have a crack at it tonight, that’ll do the trick! Cheers, Tom
  16. Well it doesn’t look pretty back in the cold light of morning. It could maybe be salvaged with a whole heap of thinners. Didn’t have time to grab any pics this morning before heading to work, but will try this evening. Cheers, Tom
  17. Thanks guys. But oh dear, I’ve just made a massive balls up (can I say that?) Got the clear coat on, added the decals, it was looking good. Did a bit of pin washing with the Tamiya brown panel liner, still looking ok. Then I added a little bit of pigments to try to make it look a little bit dusty here and there at the front and around the driver’s hatch etc. fixing it on with some enamel thinners. Oops. I’ve not really used pigments before. It doesn’t look good. It’s gone very, very grey and awful. It dried and I tried to brush off the excess and it’s just a mess, an absolute disaster. I’ve tried to clean a bunch off with thinners but that just spread it around, plus I don’t want to hit it too hard with a load of thinners and it starts stripping paint. Oh man, I think I’ll just leave it, go to bed and see how it looks in the morning with a fresh pair of eyes. I wanted quite a clean tank, I guess now the story is it just drive through a sandstorm. Gutted.
  18. A nice start to the weekend, a bunch of Bandai kits arriving!
  19. Hello chaps, it’s been a while. What with the variety of things going on in real life it’s almost impossible to get any serious work done! So I drybrushed on some of the OD highlights to try to brighten it up a little as I just don’t have time to fire up the airbrush, what with the time it takes to clean it etc. Plus it’s not just something you can drop at a moment’s notice it my attention is suddenly needed elsewhere. Here’s how she’s looking. I’ve added the tools after giving them a quick base coat, I’ll weather them and finish them off once I get it sealed ready for washes and all that. I decided to attach the bogies, I’m not going to be adding too much dirt and mud, so i figured that I can flick some dust and filth in there with them attached without much of a problem. So that’s where I’m at, next a coat of TS80 and then I’ll dirty her up a bit! I reckon I’ll have her done by the end of March for the deadline, the little diorama may have been a bit ambitious and might have to wait a bit! Cheers, Tom
  20. TIE Fighter & Advanced X1

    These look great, Andy! Really glad you’ve done these, I’m planning on doing a trench run diorama somewhere down the track, and these colours look great, I love the blueish tone, so I’ll definitely be trying out the ones you’ve suggested. Cheers, Tom
  21. Nice!! Now do Shuttle Tydirium and a probe droid please!
  22. Looking very nice, can’t wait to see the end result!

    Looking great, I’ve been thinking of trying a whitewash and there’s a kit I have my eye on at my LHS (the new dragon Hummel with winterketten) so there’s tons of helpful info on here. I might pick that kit up later this week on payday! Good stuff!
  24. Hi guys, I’m doing a little diorama set in 1945 and I have two sets of German infantry figures. I wanted to know if these two sets of uniforms would have been fighiting alongside each other. I’m guessing that at the last days of the war it was all a bit of a mess so there’d be all sort of units fighting together, I’d really appreciate it if anyone could shed some light on this as there’s poses in both sets that would go really well with what I have planned. Thanks for looking! Tom