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About Marco1965

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  1. Marco1965

    HMS Exeter colours - Battle of the River Plate

    What was the colour of the Walrus airplanes on the HMS Exeter in December 1939? Silver as in prewar pictures or camouflaged as indicated in Trumpeter’s instructions?
  2. Marco1965

    1/350 HMS Exeter (1939) - York class cruiser

    The color scheme of the Walrus airplanes on the HMS Exeter in December 1939, was still aluminum or were they already camouflaged as Trumpeter’s instructions suggest? marco
  3. Lots of details in this final phase of assembling the Cashuat. Went on with the weathering using drybrush, pastels, pencils. Finished painting the driver figure which is the only one that will go seated inside the vehicle, and glued it in place, at last! It is curious that the driver wore kind of green overall, different from the SEA gear worn by the troops. External weathering is still halfways, normally I wait until I can appreciate the vehicle in the diorama to check how much more it needs. These vehicles were used during the combats in 1989 mostly in urban areas, therefore it is basically dust what they would accumulate, and I have to say not too much according to references. The figure will be covered by the roof, this perspective will note be possible when the vehicle is finished. Ammo boxes are now finished and weathered, I'll glue them in place inside the vehicle when the weathering is done. Marco
  4. Well I was kept distracted for a while by another model, but back to this one! I have been working on the anchors and anchor chains. Got into trouble in the beginning as I was using chain of 24 LPI, but it looked completely out of scale on the Graf Spee. I went down a little bit and ended up using 40 Links Per Inch chain (Builders In Scale Fine Craft Models). It comes already in black, but anyway I sprayed it "Anthrazit" (Revell, Acryl) to cover any imperfections. I glued first the end of the chains to the holes close to the capstans, and then to the rings of the anchors protruding from the howse pipes. Did not apply glue to the rest of the chain, this allows for a nice "curving" along the way of the chain, seen in several pictures of the real thing. Out of the three bow anchors, only two were normally used, the third is often seen held in place by a small caliber chain, without any anchor chain attached to it (seen in the picture on the center left). The Eduard PE set provides the smaller chains for this, juts needs proper bending of the links and painting. Same situation with the stern anchor, there is not a single reference showing it attached to a chain, just held in place with a small caliber chain, as represented in the model. The four anchors were painted same color as the hull (medium Gray), and weathered with a black-brown wash. Glued in place with CA. In the end the result is quite convincing. Now I need to decide what to do next, so manty bits and pieces! Marco
  5. To be true, painting figures is one of the things I DON´T like to do. Anyway, I started painting the faces and exposed skin of the figures. I use artist oils, mixing them freely to achieve the dark skin tones typical of the crew / soldiers seen in references. The figure of the seated driver was the cause of the longest delay in assembling my Cashuat (it is a modified figure from don´t ask me what kit, gave up several times trying to fit it in place, until I managed recently!). The rest of the figures, from left to right: 1. Infantry soldier 2. Driver 3. Gunner I 4. Infantry soldier 5. Gunner II and 6. Vehicle commander Marco
  6. I always like the part when you get to find out what you want to do with the diorama, vs what you can actually do with the diorama... Originally I only wanted to show the Cashuat with the crew inside, but I guess that might be boring. After checking references from back in 1989-1990, when the Cashuats were intensively used in urban combat, some ideas came up to my mind and I have been "playing" with them. In the end, I will represent a common scene, where a Cashuat has established contact with infantry, and are checking some still hot spots. I am using Dragon 1/35 Vietnam era figures (various sets) to issue the positions that I want: 2 M-60 gunners, one vehicle commander, and two infantry soldiers. All of them have been modified, cutting joints, repositioning them using copper wire as "joint", some resin hands have been used as well, etc. I like figures in natural positions, not always "hero-alike", like this one, pretty cautious checking what is going on. A general view of the scene. In the end I modified the guy to the right and he will be talking tot he driver on the "safe" side of the vehicle. Weaponry that will be used in and around the vehicle. Typically the short M-16A2 was carried by the crew in the vehicle, while the standard M-16 was carried by the infantry and guerrilla, who carried whatever available, too, including AK-47, gunshots, and RGPs. All from Dragon sets. And the excellent AFV Ammo boxes set provided all the necessary 0.30" and 0.50" ammo boxes for the diorama (couple 0.50" came from Tamiya). Marco
  7. I have been working on the M-60s positions. The M-60 had been "borrowed" from the UH-1H fleet, easily identified by the handles instead of the buttock. I used metal tube and wire to put together the pivots of the machineguns, they rotate, elevate and move outwards as the real ones. And started working on the gunners figures. I used the Dragon "US Marines Khe Sanh 1968" kit because of the body armor and general equipment being similar to what was used on the Cashuats. Had to modify significantly both figures to achieve the positions that I wanted. Now that I have the basic position, can start to finetune them. When I see the figures, I realize how small this vehicle actually was. Marco
  8. Fast forward 2 or 3 years, worked on the MH-60 and their shields. the machineguns were borrowed from other kits, the shields scratchbuilt. The swivels actually work. The 0.50" machinegun shield was scratchbuilt, too. Not always was it fitted but I prefer how the Cashuat looks with the shield installed. Notice that it had the Squadron/balattion numbers crudely painted on the inside of the shield. I finished working on the engine, I think that it is complete now. Some weathering still pending. The Cashuats carried a PRC-77 radio, I scratchbuilt the thingy with plastic sheet, rod, stretched sprue and wire. Looks nice inside of the vehicle. And this is more or less the current situation. I have been working in other stuff like transmission, undersides weathering, driver figure, little by little. Marco
  9. Thank you. I work in healthcare... unused syringes have expiration date, and I got several or those years ago, different gauges and types. I cut them with the Dremel cutting disk, quite easy and clean. Marco
  10. I guess that this topic will depart from the mainstream. It is not often, that a small country like El Salvador, develops an armored vehicle. Back in the mid 80s, a Salvadoran army officer designed an APC/AV based on the chassis of the Dodge M37 3/4 truck, of which several units were out of use and readily available in country. The concept contemplated the use of the Dodge M37 3/4 ton trucks chassis, added armor to drivers´s cockpit and cargo area, new diesel engine and transmission. The prototype was built completely in El Salvador, but the armor lacked ballistic protection. Additional help was received from the US Army Tank Automotive Command's RDE Center's Design and Manufacturing Technology Directorate, who proposed an improved armor / welding design, providing units already cut and welded in Detroit, sending them afterwards to El Salvador as kits to finish the vehicle assembly in country. Plan went on and in total, 44 vehicles were assembled in APC and AF versions, entering into service in 1985. The "Cashuat", from the old local nahuatl word meaning "Workhorse", proved to be practical vehicle, mobile, versatile, and it served as troop carrier and fire support unit throughout the second half of the civil war. A "Cashuat" during more peaceful times. And this brief introductions brings me to my project: a Cashuat in 1/35 scale. Right, there is no kit for this, it needed to be built from scratch mostly. I started by getting the original plans as drawn originally, and buying the most logical thing to start with: a Dodge M37 kit in 1/35. This happened several years ago, and I have been working on this one longer than in any other model I have, and am still working on it. Of the Dodge kit, only the chassis, wheels, transmission and other small things were needed. I started by extending the length of the chassis, according to the blueprints: Then I followed a procedure similar to the real one, cutting and gluing together the vehicle floor and armor. Armor plates were cut from plastic sheet (0.7mm): Started working on the cargo floor supports and details under it, like the electrical motor operating the turret. After this I could join the chassis to the floor. Other details were added as work progressed, as it would be more difficult to start later. Seats and steering wheel from the Dodge truck came in handy! And nothing else! I used metal sheet to issue the instrument panel. Then printed the instrument dials from one of the real Cashuats, and the result was quite convincing. Here compared to the real vehicle. Details like the radiator grill were scratchbuilt using metal sheet. The armored 0.50" turret was built according to blueprints, frame was built with Evergreen plastic rod, the armored cover with plastic sheet. Started experimenting with the way I would build the engine. I think that we are into 4 years of built already… I had the complete shape of the vehicle. I wanted to be able to open the hood and show the engine, so I issued the hinges using thin wire and syringe needles. And of course the "Cashuat" emblem was issued using plastic sheet, nice touch. And started working on the cargo area. The M-60s are mounted on tubular structure on the walls. I used syringe needles for the pipes, and metall sheet for the other details. The Kevlar covering the walls was simulated with Kleenex soaked in white glue. Notice the firing ports fitted with sliding doors (they don´t slide…) The M-60 gunners sat on two sliding seats, I issed these with plastic sheet and syringe needles. The 0.50" turret got additional attention as well. Using kleenex again, the external Kevlar cover of the turret was simulated (never mind the blue paint, it will be overpainted anyway). I added Tasca 0.50" and a figure adapted from the Tamiya Figure (Legs, arms, torso, head all repositioned). There will not be much that you can see of the figure once the turret is assembled. Entering into year 6 I guess, I worked on the engine, paint. Protective frames for the headlights were issued using metal sheet. Bolts and other structures were added to the front bumper. And I was finally able to paint! Cashuat had a wide variety of colors and schemes, I chose the 4-color scheme seen on early vehicles. Only markings on the vehicle are yellow "1/2" numbers, designating their unit: 1st Squadron of the 2nd Mechanized Batallion. Aaaand I will stop here, there are still couple more years of assembly ahead of this, HA! Marco
  11. Thank you, guys. I am actually learning a lot with this kit (I have been an airplane modeled all my life). The Academy Graf Spee is a great kit, direct competitor of the Trumpeter GS. I hope that you start it one of these days. After the big bulk of the hull and main deck, the rest is more like one subassembly after the other. And yes, Terry, that was precisely the reason why I chose 1/350, big to put in enough detail, to give the impression of being “intricate”, but small enough to fit in your shelves. Marco
  12. Water breaker and capstans painted and glued in position. Notice that the capstans used the color code for left and right. And the rope reels, it is worth replacing the ones in the kit for the PE ones. Ready to paint, I issued the rope with plastic rod, need to "wash" them in liquid cement to smoothen the surface. Marco
  13. Finished the catapult and the Arado 196. As provided in the kit, the Arado needs couple corrections, easy ones: the cannons in the wings, including both muzzles and access panels to the gunbays, should be removed (Ar196 A-1 did not have any wing cannons). Then, if you are really picky, they Graf Spee's Arado is always shown without the propeller spinner. I bored a little bit the front of the cowl to give the impression of the opening for the engine. I used RLM72/73/65 with 20% white to paint the Arado, according to references. I wanted to represente the Ar196 as it was days before the Battle of the River Plate, when the germans disguised it by removing swastikas and changing underwing crosses for roundels. From the decal set, I only used the two crosses on the upper side of the wings. I cut the horizontal bar of another couple crosses and used them on each side of the fuselage. And then… improvise. Not a single one of the letters / numbers provided in the decal sheet from Trumpeter, matches the fuselage code of the Graf Spee Arado during WWII: T3+AH. I was lucky to find an old sheet with some numbers (got the "3" from there) and lots of something like roman numbers. With these, cutting bits and pieces, I managed to represent the correct fuselage code and the "A" letters on and under the wings. I scratchbuilt a tiny MG and installed it in the rear cockpit. Another thing were the underwing roundels. I have heard versions that they were French, other say British, and recently read couple versions about them being rogue, changing colors according to the nearest country, and finally that they were blue-white-blue, similar to the Argentinean roundels. And well, not knowing precisely what color they were, I chose the Argentinean. Just because I had roundels in the appropriate size (they look pretty light in the picture, they are darker in real life). I just noticed that I haven´t painted the bomb racks (black), and maybe I´ll add couple 50kg bombs later. Now to the catapult. As provided in the kit, it lacks lots of detail: service platform is missing, control panels, handrails, pipes, supports for the Arado, well, to put it simple, it only includes the rail, nothing else. I scratchbuilt the service platform using thin plastic sheet, substituted the rail provided in the kit by Eduard PE, and scratchbuilt most of the catapult structure/accessories. The PE part provided by Eduard that keeps the Arado on the catapult rail, needed some serious trimming. If left as provided, the Arado will stand like 5 meters above the catapult! I painted the whole thing Light Ghost Gray as the rest of the superstructure, weathered and washed, and sealed flat. It looks decently better now. And this is where I am standing now, not sure what comes next as I am getting close to the moment where I should start adding all the subassemblies to the deck, we´ll see. Marco
  14. Marco1965

    Arado 196 A1 Graf Spee T3+AH

    On a german site, they describe the roundels as "blue/white/blue" indeed, but who knows, I have heard british, french, and now argentinan-alike. Guess a good field for authors license. As I don´t have any decals whatsoever, I like the argentinean roundels idea. Marco
  15. Marco1965

    Arado 196 A1 Graf Spee T3+AH

    Yeah, I put my eyes on that one , hope that it will not be too expensive (I will give away the Sea Gladiator as a present...). Marco