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About Stu

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  1. Tamiya A6M-3 Hamp 1:72

    That's come out well, the Tamiya 72nd Zero's are good kits and your's is very nice. Kit decals ? Slightly off subject any thoughts on the Hasegawa Rufe ? Stu
  2. Hi, Thank you those who've taken the time to comment or hit like. Got a Dragon Tiger 1 to do, lots more bits but would imagine it's a good kit. One mildly curious thing. I've ended up with pots of both Gunze and Tamiya "dark yellow" and surprised how different they are. Any thoughts anyone? Cheers Stu
  3. Picked this up at OnTracks from a Dutch dealer who had stock of their kits. As a marque they seemed quite popular judging by the number left at the end of the day. Not sure whether these kits rate as mainstream, short run or something in between. It was complete with a small etch and turned barrel, the latter a first for me. Built pretty much OOB apart from replacing the solid moulded grabs with fine wire. Construction was quite straightforward apart from the tracks. The instructions show continuous single piece tracks, like Dragon DS ones but there were a couple of link and length sprues in the box. The tracks are therefore something of a bodge as the longest lengths appeared to be for a different kit, they were somewhat short for any logical fit. Anyhow done my best with my limited experience. As it's a what-if the finish is my interpretation of a late war scheme. Finished with Tamiya acrylics and AK washes. I did add a suitably focused commander to give a bit of scale. Enjoyed building it in spite of the tracks. A couple of phone camera pics, not sure it's coped well with the bright sunshine. Cheers Stu
  4. I like that a lot, you've done a good job there. Stu
  5. Hi, Bookending my 35th Panther build I've completed a couple of Revell 72nd AFV's. First up a T-90S (if that's the right version) of the Indian Army. The desert camo was extrapolated from a couple of web pics. Surprised at first by the number of parts but it made for an interesting build. The only part I really struggled with is the boil-in-hot-water tracks. One went on tolerably well but the other ended up as a sort of DIY link-and-length but thanks to the skirts isn't too obvious. Airbrushed with Tamiya mixes and given a home concocted wash and dry brushing. The base is my attempt at a bit of Indian desert to give it a bit of context. I'd happily build another of these, the Algerian one looks interesting. Second up is a Jagdpanther built basically OOB though I finished it in plain Dunkelgelb as I wanted to try the AK Interactive stuff I picked up at OnTracks - a wash and a streaking grime. My first encounter with link-and-length tracks. That was interesting with a couple of errors that had to be rectified so the nice deep skirts have their uses. Compared to theT-90 it's a fairly simple kit so I was mildly annoyed to find they didn't include the four towing eyes which I had to badly bodge as their absence, once realised, grated. The main paint was Gunze with the AK stuff used over it. The one thing with 72nd, something I've told many times, is less is more so the weathering has been keep down. This was kept to one pass with the airbrush then walk away. Pleased with the result As always any comments, advice, pointers, etc appreciated. Cheers Stu
  6. Hi, Finally managing to update this. I'm calling it finished and all things considered I'm pretty happy with the result though there are plenty of errors of commission and omission. There are a number of excellent Panther builds on here at the moment that rather put mine into perspective but I've certainly learned a few things. I re-did the number to something smaller and better spaced and almost got away with it if you don't look too closely. Left off the skirts as I had trouble getting them to fit correctly. This is most likely a build error somewhere along the line. It's a pity as it rather shows up the "rubber band" tracks. Anyhow thanks to Dave for the kit and to all on here for their advice/support etc. If nothing else it's a bit of confirmation I'm a deal happier with 72nd and I've put a couple of them on here for advice and comment as well. Cheers Stu
  7. Very nice, good to see a bit of variation from High Speed Silver. Stu
  8. Stug IIIG

    Excellent work Stu
  9. Hi, Thanks Guys for all the interest. Sarge, as for unit I'll have to confess to a big dollop of "modellers licence" as my knowledge of Panzer units is precisely zero... will be back with it when we've done helping with house move. Not sure whats more mentally challenging, building a kit or putting up curtain rails😊 stu
  10. Hi, Thank you all for the comments. As for the finish it's a mix of both. The green and brown camouflage colours and spots were hand painted, and it shows close up, nothing like Plastix's hand painting. The colours then look appear strong, harsh and looked plain wrong. After a coat of gloss acrylic varnish to seal the finish I toned them all down firstly with a thin coat of Tamiya buff and then a wash of thinned Humbrol Dk Earth applied with a brush. Still some more to do. Hope this explains things. Cheers Stu
  11. Hi, With Dave metaphorically giving advice and encouragement from the sidelines we have come to this. And apologies for the pics. My ancient digital camera has finally packed it all in and these are from my cheapo smartphone. As you can see things have moved on a bit. A certain amount of weathering done and I've still got to tackle the track and spare links which I'm not looking forward to to be honest. Things will come to a bit of a halt now as Number 1 daughter and family move home the end of the week and we, myself and the boss, have been invited to assist........! So thanks for the comments and encouragement and as always any comments, good or bad as I won't offended as it's a bit of a learning curve, appreciated. Now off to charge some battery packs :-) Cheers Stu
  12. Like buses, Sarge, like buses...! A bit more completed. As I mentioned before the paper overlay doesn't make adding hull detail any easier. For the skirt attachment I had to add small plasticard additions to the mounting points to bring them out a bit further. It seems to have worked as the attachment seems pretty solid. It was then all given a coat of primer and and after a suitable interval a coat of Gunze Dark Yellow From here on it'll be all downhill, in more ways than one............................. :-) Stu
  13. Hi, Thanks to those who've commented or tagged this, appreciate the support. :-) Ozzy, I've been looking at your build with a certain amount of awe. Having some experience of "large" etches, albeit in a railway context, and knowing how unforgiving they can be if things go a bit awry you have my admiration. - actually I was going to question your sanity :-) The etches look more comprehensive than the paper ones and looking carefully at your work I think I'm going to add some additional bits, on the mantlet for example, from the blank panels that they do provide. As for comparing etch vs paper I think the paper ones are probably a better bet for someone of my limited afv experience. The only issue is when you have to add stuff on top of the paper as can be a bit fragile (don't ask...!) I've resorted to brass wire pins for the box - no idea what it is - on the right of the hull and some small plastic square spacers for other parts to get a reasonable plastic to plastic join. Dave, the friend who donated this kit, also loaned me his Squadron Signal Panther book which is a great idiots guide so I'm beginning to get some idea. Anyhow thanks for the interest. Cheers Stu