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  1. I bought this kit a while back because it seemed like a lot of kit for £24! - and it is! It got a couple of good reviews and looked like a beast of a tank! The box seems full of plastic and you even get a bit of photoetch. The detail seems nice if a little soft in places. It even has individual track links as well as some rubber band ones. I cannot wait to get started next weekend! In the meantime I got the sprues washed in warm soapy water and some photos taken. Box art: I'll put the contents of the box photos in another post later on. Some information about the Super Pershing can be found here as well as some photos of this actual tank: http://www.tanks-encyclopedia.com/ww2/us/t26e4-super-pershing Kind regards, Stix
  2. Hi Badder. Thank you again for the tip but I prefer painting the tyres while the wheels are still on the sprue runner - I'm just odd with my modelling preferences! I find it easier with more to hold than a cocktail stick - I find I can’t keep it as stable. Yeah, yeah......just rub it in for us old guys stuck in the dark ages of modelling! Hi SoftScience and thank you. I have to say I struggled to find images of the built up engine - apart from those already in place under the rear deck. Hopefully other modellers thinking of making it will find it useful to see the photos even though I'm not sure how accurate my engine is as there were, as you said, no easily available decent pictures of the actual full engine in it's compartment or built models of it. And yes - I was intrigued to see the differences in the turrets. Hi Craig and thank you for your comments. Yes it is odd (and annoying) about the paint. It actually goes on really well and covers nicely in about three thinned coats. The problem when it's dry is that it doesn’t seem to react in the same way to washes. It repels any paint that is very thinned. Normal coats go over it perfectly. Very thinned, watery paints seem to sit on the surface. Luckily I have found a sort of way around the issue - I will explain it below. Hi John and thank you for your comments. Yeah the paint goes in well but does seem to dry out quickly on my mixing plate. I haven’t used a paint retarder before. Do you have any suggestions for one which I should be looking for for Revell and Humbrol Acrylics please? I have been doing bits and pieces on this project but the Easter Weekend has meant I haven't had as much time on it and I haven’t had as much time to comment on other's builds on Britmodeller. I have been checking them out though and some do seem to be coming along really well. My primary concern was my washes not settling onto the new paint I have been using. As I mentioned above; it seemed to just pool on the main surface rather than around any detail. Anyway I ended up experimenting with very, very, very thinned washes of Revell's Gunship Grey. Usually my washes are what could be described as very, very thinned and settle mostly evenly across the surface as well as in and around any detail. The very, very, very thinned wash still pooled in places but, because there was so little paint content in the wash it dried almost like a misting effect across the whole surface and, where it did settle in a pool, the effect wasn't as noticeable and, in fact, could be rubbed away with my finger or thumb. This surface covering seemed to act as a suitable key for further effects. So in the photos below the parts have been given a very, very, very thinned wash of Revell's Gunship Grey Acrylic paint which I applied in small sections rather than all over. Then I applied a very, very thinned wash of Revell's Anthracite in and around the detail. Finally I dry brushed everything with a lightened version of the base coat of Humbrol's Olive Drab to which I added some Matt Yellow and a touch of Humbrol Army Green: I also got some thinned Revell's Anthracite applied to the parts that will next be given a dry-brushing of Humbrol’s Gunmetal, including the tracks: I'm hoping to get some more done over the next few days. Comments and suggestions welcome. Kind regards, Stix
  3. Yet another beautiful aircraft build Russ. Always impressed by your choice of subjects and the finish you achieve. Awesome modelling! Kind regards, Stix
  4. Panzer IV Ausf. J Sd.Kfz.161/2 1 SS Pz. Div. 723 Normandy 1944 This was my second build for the Panzer IV Single Type Group Build. It was a nice kit to make (as all Tamiya 1/48 AFV kits, I have made, seem to be} and I had my first go at using Tamiya's aftermarket Zimmerit stickers, which seemed to fit well despite being badged for their Ausf. H version. It was finished in a bit of a rush - to make sure it was completed for the end of the GB (tomorrow) so I didn't add any stowage (apart from the bucket - gotta have a bucket....apparently) or figures or make a base. It was still a very enjoyable build. Kit: Tamiya 1/48 Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch acrylics all applied by brush Extras: Tamiya Zimmerit stickers (the set for the H version - which fit fine), Vallejo European Thick Mud, stretch sprue aerial and a bucket Build thread: Here And a few on my Spitfire display base with some grass matting underneath: Thank you to everyone who took the time to comment in my build thread. Kind regards, Stix
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    PlaStix's Brush Painted 2018

    Hi Brock and thank you! Kind regards, Stix
  6. Well it's been a busy modelling 2018 but I seem to have produced fewer models than in recent years. I have to say though, that these have been some of my favourite builds so far. All the builds have been made in GBs which I find excellent for encouraging me to try different things. First project of the year was built as part of the M3/M4 Sherman STGB. The kit was from Eduard who had re-used Asuka's rather lovely M4A1 kit. The result was a vignette called "Report back........not bring it back!" The WIP can be found here. More photos of the scene can be found here. Then in the Britmodeller 10th Anniversary GB I had my first go at building a modern AFV. I built Tamiya's 1/48 JGSDF TYPE 10 TANK. The WIP can be found here. The RFI can be found here. Next up was a build in the MTO II GB. This time I built Tiger 131 using the specific 131 kit from Dragon. The WIP can be found here. More photos of the scene can be found here. I have done three aircraft builds this year including Airfix's 1/48 Hurricane which I built as a restored Hurricane I had seen at the Victory Show a couple of years before. It was built in the Hawker Siddeley GB and I used a small motor to make the prop spin. The WIP can be found here. The RFI can be found here. Another aircraft build this year was in the P-47 Thunderbolt STGB where I made Tamiya's 1/48 Razorback P-47D. The WIP can be found here. The RFI can be found here. Last but one of the GBs this year for me was the Eleventh Hour GB when I had my first go at making WW1 tanks. Two in fact. First up is Takom's 1/35 Mark A Whippet. The WIP can be found here. The RFI can be found here. My other build in the Eleventh Hour GB was Meng's 1/35 FT-17. The WIP can be found here. The RFI can be found here. For the two WW1 tanks I decided to make a bit of a vignette which I called "....so the top rotates?" "Mais bien sûr" The Vignette photos can be found here. My final project of the year was made for the Grumman GB and is Airfix's 1/72 Wildcat which I decided to display in flight - I used PE PropBlurs and the base is made from MDF with a filler sea. The RFI photos can be found here. The WIP can be found here. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to comment or make suggestions in any of my threads this past year and to all the hosts of the GBs I have taken part in. Kind regards, Stix
  7. Thank you very much Rogue705! Kind regards, Stix
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    Idf, m60 a1 blazer

    Fantastic work with the PE for the gun Glynn. A work of art on it's own! Kind regards, Stix
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    Vietnam Patton

    Good luck!!!
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    Badger's 1/72 Revell / MR Modellbau M60

    Excellent progress again Ben and that resin turret looks to be beautifully textured - especially considering it's 1/72! Kind regards, Stix
  11. Wow you have managed to get a lot done on your project and looking good too! Kind regards, Stix
  12. That's looking very smart! Coming together beautifully! Kind regards, Stix
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    Vietnam Patton

    Hi Dennis. Wow! Now that's vivid!! I'm looking forward to seeing the paintwork over this. Kind regards, Stix
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    Good Greif it's an Einkle - Update 2

    Good to see more progress Greg and hope the kitchen upgrade is going/has gone well!! Kind regards, Stix
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    Baltic bruiser

    Good to see this one underway Craig. Shame about the ejector pin mark - you do have to wonder about their placement sometimes!! Looking forward to seeing more progress when you get chance. Kind regards, Stix
  16. Hi Bernd. Hope the PE goes on okay!! Kind regards, Stix
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    CH-46 U.S. Marines-Vietnam (Academy 1:48)

    Wow that's alot of decals Nigel!! But with them in palce and your superb paintwork this is looking like it going to be one awesome model!! Kind regards, Stix
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    KV-107 JGSDF Okinawa rescue scheme

    Hi Craig. That is looking awesome with the paintwork and decals on!! Going to be a real stunner!! Kind regards, Stix
  19. Hi Glynn and thank you. I enjoy making tanks more than anything else at the moment but the wheels still make me wonder why!! Hi Craig and thank you for your comments. Most of this kit, so far, seems to be going okay although there are a couple of places where there are indeterminate locations for parts. Thank you Dennis and painting has started but you are way too kind. Hi Badder and thank you for you comments and suggestion. Yes I have seen your suggestion before about removing the seams from the wheels and I think it's a great idea for those with airbrushes but, because I brush paint I tend to want to paint all the wheels while they are still on the sprues individually. The outer and inner wheels will be on the sprue runners until I have painted them with a base coat, added a couple of washes and dry-brushed them with a lighter version of the base coat. I will also paint the tires while they are still on the sprue and then add a dust wash.. With regards the figures - as I mentioned - I was going to use them for my Sherman STGB project but my idea went in a different direction. Hopefully I will have better luck than you did in getting them to 'fit' the Pershing. Hi Nigel and thank you. I did do some more work on this project yesterday but, although it took a while to do, there doesn't seem to be much to show. First up I got the wheels and all the running gear parts cleaned up. On nearly everything there were significant seams and in a couple of places the moulds were mis-matched. The photo shows the stuff (mostly) for one side - so theres was twice as much to do as this!!: Lots of filing and scraping! Then I started painting. Just recently I was able to pick up some of the newly packaged Humbrol tubs of paint. They are taller than the old ones and have a flip lid: I'm assuming that the paint inside is still the same but I'm not sure. For one thing it seems to dry out on my mixing plate a lot quicker than the similar paint in the smaller screw top pots. I noticed this with their newly packaged matt White paint that I got first a while back. It seems to apply really nicely and brushes well but a late on discoverery with the Olive Drab was that, once fully dry, it doesn't seem to take my usual washes in the same way. They pool a lot more on the surface than they did on the previous paint. Now it may be something about the combination of paint and Hobbybosses plastic, or something else, The problem is that I had got a fair bit of this project painted when I realised the washes didn't apply as well. I think I have a work around and I did some experimenting on the inside set of wheels and the results weren't hideous. I will wait and see - especially when I come to do the washes on larger areas. I cannot be bothered to repaint it all!! The issue is, because I brush paint, the kind of pre-shading that airbrush uses are able to do doesn't really work as well with brush painting so I rely on my washes and dry-brushing for my base weathering effects. If I can't use them on this project I may be a little stuck!! I've still got a fair bit to paint yet and I'm going to keep going with the washes and dry-brushing. I plan to try and get some work done in the evenings and, with a long weekend approaching, I'd really like get the majority of the main painting and base weathering completed. Comments and suggestions welcome. Kind regards, Stix
  20. That really is a great looking scene! Very well modelled all round!! Kind regards, Stix
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    That is a beautifully observed scene! And superby made. Awesome modelling on levels. Kind regards, Stix
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    China 1947

    Utterly superb modelling! Incredibly impressive! Kind regards, Stix
  23. Hi Daron. You are way too kind but thank you. Kind regards, Stix
  24. This was my project for the Panzer IV Single Type Group Build. The kit is a much simplified Dragon kit with far fewer parts than their usual offerings but the detail seems pretty good all the same. It was actually a really fun kit to make. Kit: 1/35 Dragon/Platz Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.D Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch Acrylic paints all applied by brushes Figures: MiniArt Special Edition German Tank Crew Base: 3mm MDF, Wilko picture frame, Household Filler, Vallejo European Mud, Woodlands Scenics Blended and other turfs, Army Painter tufts and grasses WIP: Here Vignette style photos: Here Some photos - first without the picture frame: Some closer views: .......and on it’s Wilko's picture frame base: I also took some vignette style photos of it on my Spitfire display base: The rest of these can be found: Here Kind regards, Stix
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    Dragon Stug III Aust F/8

    That is a very impressive, whitewashed Stig III!! Beutifully painted and weathered. Kind regards, Stix