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Hamden    1,080

 

Paint really made the detail pop!

 

  Roger

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Valenstitch    775

Alllllllrighty then! Here is today`s summary!

The turntable now has it`s Molins gear guard in place and I have made the 7 case ready rack that sits at the front of the turntable.

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I had a wee go with the riveting wheel too.

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The inside of the turret has had a coat of Mr Surfacer dissolved putty followed by a shot of primer

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On the Gunners side the lower end of the molins gear is in place and the upper guard, the BV socket is also fitted, so at least the crew can have a brew!

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The entire interior will be sprayed silver, there are some individual items that will be picked out in colour, mainly sights and so forth, the odd control box but that's about it!

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And another shot of the Gunners side! Only a few bits to touch up!

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There`s a bit of colour going on the Scaley kit, despite wearing magnifiers I still had to stop here, I`ll go back and do a bit more later! Oh, and I`m filling up the Don 10 reel!

 

Ta for lookin` no "G"

 

Granto

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Hamden    1,080

 

As ever stunning workmanship - that radio looks like it would actually work!

 

  Roger

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Valenstitch    775

And here we go again....................last real day of the summer shutdown. Bummer!

So before I tried to commiserate with myself over my rapidly disappearing holiday with some cider and a kebab I got some preshade on!

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Here is the turntable.................

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And here is the turntable with its growing collection of bits sitting on it.............................

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The GCE is just resting in place and the attached wires are preventing it sitting flush, and the clips for the inboard 120mm cases look overscale, not sure what I`m going to do about them yet, I might replace them with some etch strip..................On the other hand are they going to be visible.................hmmmmmmm

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The cast finish got a reduction with a skinny stick, I find that until it`s got a coat of primer you don't know where it is in terms off texture. The turret roof plate doesn't have the cast finish treatment, mainly because it was rolled plate!

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And you can see the preshade in the FCT well

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A bit more in the turret interior, this will all be silver before lunch!

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Once the silver is laid down I`m going to try some post shading of the FCT well and the forward end of the turret with a darker shade, then pick out the various bits and bobs in their respective colours, gloss coat it and then hit it with some Flory wash. 

 

Not much to do then!

 

Ta for lookin` no "G"

 

Granto

 

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Valenstitch    775

And another day in the endless saga of the Conky..........................

I got a bit of colour and a bit of wash on the turret turntable, the GCE is still not fixed in place but I`m happy so far..............

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I got a bit bored of Conky, so I tinkered with this. It` was a WIP thread but it lost all it`s fots in the great Photobucket extinction of 2017! I might resurrect it as a WIP because I still have to find a crew for it yet! Hmmmmmm, QOH UK based early 1960`s Catterick garrison...................

 

Might get a final update in later tonight, who knows...............

 

Ta for lookin` no "G"

 

Granto 

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Valenstitch    775

Well I spent another hour in my spiritual home, picking out the various boxes and so forth, then a good Flory wash of dark dirt, I think it works well with the Mr Surfacer cast finish and yellows the silver interior nicely. I still have to pick out the shielded lights in white and various other small details but it`s looking ok.......................Other opinions are available elsewhere!

 

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I`ve done the first wash around the boxes, there are a few dabs of colour to go on, a tiny bit of dry brushing and I`m about done here! 

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FCT periscopes picked out with crystal acrylic, I have quite a bit of stuff to do here yet before I button it up.....

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Gunners traverse indicator has come out alright! Amazing what a drop of crystal acrylic straight out of the bottle can do, up close it looks like a radar display!

 

Well that was my summer holiday..............................I got bugger all done.....................NOT happy, back to work tomorrow, so everything changes, off the pop, back to working out, dieting..............WORKING.............

 

Ta for lookin` no "G"

 

Granto

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Hamden    1,080

 

That wash certainly makes all that interior detail pop.

 

     Roger

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Valenstitch    775

A swift update before work.....................

 

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All the relevant boxes are painted, there is crystal acrylic on optical devices and a final dark wash has gone on, if I get time tomorrow the wash will be reduced and I will dry brush and touch up as required. That will only leave the fighting compartment to do!

 

Ta for lookin`no "G"

 

Granto 

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Widow 65    255

Ahhhhh, the memories of the "non-drying silver paint":winkgrin: takes me back to the Chieftain and Challenger days when you would spend ages "ferreting around" in the bottom of the turret then climb out to have your "covvies" smeared with a mix of silver paint and oil !!!!!

 

Great interior paint job.

 

Carry on ferretin' no G

 

Nick

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Valenstitch    775
12 hours ago, Widow 65 said:

Ahhhhh, the memories of the "non-drying silver paint":winkgrin: takes me back to the Chieftain and Challenger days when you would spend ages "ferreting around" in the bottom of the turret then climb out to have your "covvies" smeared with a mix of silver paint and oil !!!!!

 

Great interior paint job.

 

Carry on ferretin' no G

 

Nick

You forgot all the other treasures down there, decaying compo, used "army form blank" SMG magazines, webbing, bongo mags, cunningly sealed  (with the plastic lid that came in the compo box four man ration) tins of human waste, mud , dirt, grime, grease! Lovely!

 

Granto 

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Ripaman    832

Brilliant as usual Granto :thumbsup:

 

Regards

Richard

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Valenstitch    775

A swift update while I wait for the kettle to boil!

 

I don't like the DS mantlet dust cover, so I intend to make one from milliput once the turret is assembled, so in advance I have begun on the collar and nuts that secure it!

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The mantlet end is done!

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And here is the turret end underway! Time for a brew!

 

Granto

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Bullbasket    1,937

I think that is a very wise move with regards to the DS mantlet cover. There is a discussion over on Missing Lynx about this very subject. Someone in the know was saying that because of poor quality control at some of the Chinese companies, it's very hit or miss as to whether the material disintegrates or not with time.

 

John.

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Valenstitch    775
20 minutes ago, Bullbasket said:

I think that is a very wise move with regards to the DS mantlet cover. There is a discussion over on Missing Lynx about this very subject. Someone in the know was saying that because of poor quality control at some of the Chinese companies, it's very hit or miss as to whether the material disintegrates or not with time.

 

John.

For sure! I`m debating weather to change the tracks too!

 

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Valenstitch    775

A bit more work done on the Conky!

I was a little concerned about the DS material that the tracks and the Mantlet dust shroud was made of, so I decided to go for a milliput shroud and aftermarket tracks, so I got cracking with the strips that secure the ends of the shroud to the turret and the mantlet.

Turret end the strip is in two parts, there is a piece that goes across under the barrel and a strip that goes up and over and is twisted at the bottom ends to lie flat on the under strip. The whole shebang is secured by dozens of nuts and washers. Thank god for Meng!

Here is the turret end.................

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And her is the mantlet offered up............ 

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I took the spacing from the kit part.

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So thats another job ticked off!

 

Ta for lookin` no "G"

 

Granto

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Kris B    657

Canvas looks good, can't wait to see it full assembled. 

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Valenstitch    775
4 minutes ago, Kris B said:

Canvas looks good, can't wait to see it full assembled. 

Thanks Kris, however that is the DS part that I am replacing!

 

Granto

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Valenstitch    775

Todays Conky update!

Primer shot onto the mantlet and turret front to reveal any flaws in the replacement dust shroud sealing strips.The front of the mantlet also received the etch ring from the Aber replacement barrel set.

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Happy with that!

 

Ta for lookin` no "G"

 

Granto

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Valenstitch    775

Monday shed time!

 

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I have reinstated the bulkhead at the front of the fighting compartment, when I decided to put some interior into this beast I started with a complete bulkhead which I later cut down as it was not going to be seen, and I just concentrated on the immediate inside of the drivers compartment, as I progressed however it became apparent that I would have to fill the void! The space on the real vehicle was used for ammunition stowage so it will still be empty since British Army vehicles were rarely "Bombed up" other than on the ranges or the Armoured squadron in Berlin where I was in 1980, we were full stowed 365 days a year!

 

I also did a quick trial fit of components while I was there, the GCE isn't fixed to the turntable yet so it`s on the p*ss a bit but the space is filling up slowly, lots more ammunition stowage got to go in yet!

 

Ta for lookin` no "G"

 

Granto 

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