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  1. Ended the barrel hunt, could not find the style I needed. So instead got 4 Eduard Brassin Resin M2's. They will need very slight modification to remove the rear handles, but look a lot crisper. Paul
  2. Cheers Guys. Anyone know a good source of .50 cal brass barrels? Can find many in 1/32, but 1/35 seems a lot more limited. Paul
  3. Hi Guys. Not been around much, as RL has kept me busy. Anyway, when this build was proposed, the meat chopper was set for release, so was purchased, and has sat in my stash since then. As one of, in my mine, the most iconic WW2 vehicles, It just had to be built. Box contents, much plastic, and some interesting single piece Rubber band tracks (no joint). Looks to be very thinly moulded plastic. The Start. Step 1 is a transfer box type thing. 26 parts, and 2 bits of Photo etch gives you: Its sitting on a jar of Dissolved putty to give a Idea of size. Linkage detail is lovely, although will be totally hidden. Step 2 is the Chassis which is together but no pics until it fully sets up. Step 3 is Engine which I'll be working on today. Paul
  4. Looking through my kit instructions, I would have thought that large box, left side (part C22), would hold the batteries. They would have been big beasties back then. But this is just a guess Paul
  5. Cheers Uncle, that was the plan. Could find little info on the kit, so with mediocre skills it's good to see what its like. I'll have to paint up the tracks before fitting, and the underside of the fenders, then the top can be attached. But I'm going to try airbrushing for the first time. Cheers Paul
  6. Wasn't going to post again today. But working through instructions, and lo and behold, upper hull is complete. Some pic's for those interested. I have intentionally reduced painting, to show constructed parts/PE, and fit. Only filler is around the Upper turret seam. Next is finish the tracks then Fenders can be fitted Cheers for looking Paul
  7. Bit of a update. Between RL, stupid visa applications for work, and building up actual model, theres been a bit of progress. upper hull has had bits and pieces added to it. Turret the same, colour is a work in progress. Rear engine deck built up. Not certain about the lower PE bar, but its only friction fitted at the moment. Fender tops complete, need to sort tracks before fitting. Hull painted up and Flory Models Sand wash added, will add more weathering as I progress. First run of tracks started. I have gone with the Kit parts, as wanted this OOB to showcase Kit as it comes. They are not to bad to build (single piece pads and 2 connectors). But definatly not moveable. I'll be glueing to the wheels as the side skirts hides most of the top run anyway. Thats me up to date. Nice kit so far, nothing to taxing or complicated. still have the PE fender extensions and side skirts to sort with little in the instructions about the folds needed. But it's progressing Cheers for looking Paul
  8. Any one that's not plain green, just to get something different Paul
  9. You, Sir, are wonderfully mad. Excellent work, and a good way to show the best from these full interior kits. Cheers Paul
  10. Das. You are a font of knowledge and thanks for the advice. I'll have to think the schemes through and decide on something appropriate Cheers Paul
  11. Mmmmm.. tried different device and amorous log in, but still show for me. Anyone else having problems? Cheers Paul
  12. Hi Guys, well back from work trip. 4 days of subsea operations, then maintenance for 2 weeks. God I hate maintenance on old kit, everything you touch is rusty, seized, or damaged in someway. Pays the bills though. So after a days recovery, a visit to the mother in laws had to be endured. Took the kit and a minimal (sanders, snips, scrapper, and some extra thin) tool set, with me, so I could at least make it a bit more bearable. Here are the results: Lower Hull. Nice one piece hull with a few bits glued to it. Front section is a nice fit with no problems. The bolted Fillets will need a smear of filler as there is a noticeable small gap, but unless you were looking for it, paint would probably fill it anyway Rear plate is another good fit with no problems. Upper Hull. It's a one piece affair, with just the side armour plates added. The Instructions tell you to make up the side doors before attaching the plates, but as everything is installed from the outside, I left them for later. Bogies. Straight forward, although a little fiddly, getting the wheel units into position while aligning everything. But the method used makes everything moveable. Worse bit was the small fillets either side of the return rollers. The locating slot means they tend to move off vertical, but patience while waiting for the glue to dry does the trick. Turret. Simples, 2 piece construction, slight gap under the Gun will require filling. There are no Internal details provided for the turret, so unless you have a figure to place in the cupola, everything will be closed up. Engine deck. This whole section looks a alignment nightmare. First pic is straight forward, Outer panel, 2 doors, PE grills and 4 filler caps so far. Second pic is more complicated, as the locating brackets glue into the end plates then the horizontal plate (with the PE) locates into them. I used the main plate to get the angles right, then waited for the glue to cure before touching. I think I have it correct, but there is plenty more to add before I'll be certain. So thats were I'm at. Problems so far. Paint schemes are not labelled as to what they are. Bit of research shows Option A (which I'm going to attempt), is from Bovington as a VIII army tank. There are few few internal details, just the hatches really. Tracks look to be a bit awkward. I think I'll have to make sections with slow setting glue, then mould around the running gear. Hopefully I can then remove to paint. Any hints here gratefully received. Overall, the kits been nice so far, but still plenty to do, as I've done bits and pieces and jumped from section to section. Now I'm settled I can get round to actually finish bits. Cheers for looking Paul
  13. Wonderful build, Your finishing looks awesome. And your build thread will be my goto when I start mine Cheers Paul
  14. For sprue goo, I use clean plastic card. I have heard that chopped sprue can contain impurities (release agent, etc). Don't know how true it is. But a really useful filling material. Self levelling and really good to sand.
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