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#1 Paul RH

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Posted 03 April 2011 - 12:37 PM

Iīve strated a mini-dio for him, so heīll turn up again all splattered in mud !!!
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#2 jimbuna

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Posted 03 April 2011 - 01:02 PM

It'd be cool to see this rumbling over a barbed wire infested trench.

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Posted 03 April 2011 - 01:30 PM

I had to build such a trench diorama for Year 9 school history way back in 2003, and mine was the only one with a tank! The dio's long gone, but I've still got the tank kicking around :)
I was trumped by the bright spark who bought in a trench made entirely of chocolate fudge cake. Perhaps missing the serious point, but delicious all the same!
Did you find the tracks almost impossible to bond together and slightly too short? I remember having to resort to stapling mine together!

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#4 Chris FFZ

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Posted 03 April 2011 - 02:13 PM

I look forward to the figures you will have with it Paul.

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Posted 03 April 2011 - 02:54 PM

Should look very good in a dio.

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Posted 03 April 2011 - 06:38 PM

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I had to build such a trench diorama for Year 9 school history way back in 2003, and mine was the only one with a tank! The dio's long gone, but I've still got the tank kicking around :)
I was trumped by the bright spark who bought in a trench made entirely of chocolate fudge cake. Perhaps missing the serious point, but delicious all the same!
Did you find the tracks almost impossible to bond together and slightly too short? I remember having to resort to stapling mine together!

It got a "solomon" cammo scheme put on today...I kept looking at it after Iīd posted the pics and though it looked like a museum piece...which I did intend because it was going on a plinth but if itīs going through a muddy field dio then it needs cammo.
The tracks were a pain. With the Female version I found a trick.
Test fit..if they are too short, ie they will need to have tension applied when fitting, dump them in boiling water and carefully stretch. Itīs only a couple of millimeters so it doesnīt take much to get them long enough.
Paint the tracks up with dark brown acrylic...just slap it on thickly. As it has gone a bit tacky, not 100% dry, smear a line of secondglue along the whole top length of the runners on the tank body.
Lay the track on the top with an equal length of track to left and right (best ot do both sides at once) and quickly put it on a flat surface and lay a book on top.
Wait util itīs dry, turn the tank upsidedown, put the track (with the tab that will end up flat against the runner) along the runner, mark where it ends, cover that section with glue (again both sides at the same time) and stick the track half down...book on top again.
When thatīs dried the other half.
Any bits of track that are not stuck ...this will be mainly the ends of the runners, peel the track back a bit, squeeze some glue in and press shut.