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  1. Been wanting to build one of these for a long time. I love the shape and the whole concept behind the bent wing bird. Just adds that bit extra. Last year I finally set to work as part of a Pacific build off with some others. Took longer than I expected. The Tamiya kit was excellent other than fitting the engine cowl around the engine. Spent a fair amount of time rebuilding the cockpit and adding more detail. I didn't want to weather this bird but rather have it in, shall we say, museum condition, all lovingly polished.
  2. Thanks Crushkill. Hope I did them justice. They're looking good on the shelf. Sometime in the future I'll knock up some part of Baghdad for them.
  3. Thanks for the comments. It took me a bit to get the enthusiasm going for the Tamiya version after I'd completed the Meng but at the end of the day it seems to have worked out. Its flying thingies next for a bit. I've a 1/32 Corsair on the bench but after that there's a Centurion needing some urban camouflage. Cheers John.
  4. Nice version of the Merkava Llyod. Looks like the Meng version went together rather well. As to antislip I had a few experiments in that area. Eventually I used some Mr Surfacer 500. I painted on a thin layer and once it had set a little bit I used a rough brush to pickle the surface. Didn't look too bad when I was finished. In some of the other kits Meng provides an antislip surface and at 1:35 its quite fine so don't overdo the Mr Surfacer. Cheers John.
  5. Ok, finally finished so here's some decent pictures of the end result. At the start of this thread I said I'd compare the two Bradley kits, Meng and Tamiya. Here they are together. Things were going well then this happened: It has since been repaired and returned to service on the display cabinet shelf. As to which kit was better; detail wise the Meng version wins hands down right down to the detail on the various tool clamps. No brass needed in the case of the Meng kit other than
  6. Turret paint job repaired and assembly complete. It really does have a two tone look. Try and reduce that later. Adding the decals was a pain. Maybe they were old but did have the tendency to fall apart. I'll have to paint over the missing parts. Some of them really were a bit of a joke. Tamiya seems to expect the decals to fit over the massive rivets on the armour plate so spent a lot of time lining things up and cutting holes in the decals only to have them then fall apart when applied, aargh!! Problem with pictures is that the part
  7. Hi Gaz, Thanks for the link. There's some interesting stuff on that site and the flexible foil looks like a solution for a few things. Up to now I've been using the lead tops of wine bottles. Cheers John.
  8. Some minor work but turret nearing completion. Need to find more time to work on this and push it to the finish. Turret bins completed. Time to put it all together and paint it up. Had hoped to complete the sighting mechanism on the front of the turret but had a minor paint explosion with the airbrush due to bad drills on my part. Need to sand down some of the paint job and start again. Shouldn't be too much and being a little rough it should add some patina to the overall effect.
  9. Truly amazing attention to detail. I'm enjoying watching this taking shape.
  10. Time for the turret. Eduard provide about 50 grab handles which is just as well. I still haven't mastered creating four folds in a piece of metal that is roughly the size of the end of the tweezers. I'm convinced Eduard are secretly sadists. After perseverance I managed the requisite 12 grab handles with most of the rest being binned. Quite happy with the results, now hope I don't lose half of them when I use the airbrush. Next job is the bins for the ammunition cans.
  11. All brass bits added to the hull and side skirts added. Didn't bother replacing the ladles on the sides. After looking at the Eduard effort decided that with a bit of paintwork the Tamiya ones looked better. Sometimes PE is a bit 2-dimensional.
  12. Finally some progress o the Tamiya Bradley. Wheels and tracks fitted along with basic paint job on the hull. I used the rubber bands provided by Tamiya. Had to soften them up a bit as they were bent to the left. Fine if you want to go round corners but not much use on the model. As the tracks are covered by the skirts decided it wasn't worthwhile going for any of the aftermarket stuff.
  13. And now for the Tamiya Bradley. Its an M2A2 ODS version. Its taken an effort to get this moving as I lost interest when comparing it to the Meng effort. Even given all the fitting problems that the Meng kit threw up the level of detail is streets ahead of Tamiya. I had a set of Eddie's brass for this one. I haven't replaced all the parts that Eduards give but at the end of the day I added a fair bit. Here's the hull before I put on the first coats of primer and paint before adding the brass grills and exhaust system.
  14. Now the M113A2. Its supposed to have a bunch of packs and stuff dangling from the sides and I've still to find something to simulate the straps to hang the sacks on. I guess Tamiya thought they were fitted magnetically. The kit is a straight forward bash out of the box with no added extras. Will do for something in the back of a diorama sometime. The figure came out of a Tamiya Abrams. And finally a comparison between the Bradley and the M113, the Bradley being a sizeable beastie.
  15. Ok, this Bradley is considered done. When I started the thread I was going to do a comparison build with a Tamiya Bradley. That's on the way so the story will continue for a bit. I also knocked up an M113, for no other reason other than it was on the shelf but it makes a nice comparison size wise. Here's the Meng Bradley:
  16. Thanks for the comments. I'm almost there. Antennas fitted and a 242 made up from a combination of a Tamiya barrel and the Meng muzzle Just putting together some of the stuff that would normally lie around. After that I need to clear my photo bench and make some decent pictures.
  17. Thanks Crushkill. Now adding the antennas and final touches. Hope to have it finished soon. I need to look around for some decent figures but that may take a little longer and I'll leave them for an eventual diorama. Cheers John.
  18. Finally completed most of the Bradley. The hull and turret together for the first time and a bit of weathering. With a bit of dust around the tracks it should look like some of the ones on my photos. Just need to add three antennas. Oh, yes, and the M242. Realised that I'd forgotten to revive what was left of the Meng version while I was taking the pictures. Need to bodge one up from something else.
  19. Fitted the airco units and then started on the side skirts. Trying to fit them to the hull has a bit of a fiddle. While I was trimming and scrapping to get a decent fit the turret housing broke and somebody in the back chucked out one of the fire extinguishers. The following picture was taken the day after the night before when both sides had been completed. I had to remove the one on the LHS as the fit was terrible, spent a good hour or so with the Dremel taking a few latyers of parts of the hull. The observant among you will no doubt have noticed that the drivers ha
  20. It took a while but I finally managed to get the ramp in place. It has to fit at five different points. Unfortuately it won't stay closed on its own even though its designed to click into place. That's been currently solved with a universal closing system (I'll paint it black later for added authenticity). Again Meng excels in detail. Just compare the brackets for the towing cable to what normally would be delivered by Tamiya. In the latter case that would be little lumps of plastic and Eduard would provide a brass replacement set. Tracks have now been assemble
  21. I have to ask, its been gnawing away at me all morning, why the asymmetry of 80 versus 82? Really appreciate the input. I'm looking forward to see what this looks like when its finished. Its quite a beast size wise.
  22. Thanks for the kind comments. Went back to the hull and fettled the rear hatch into place. Two of the hinges were swallowed up by the carpet monster, usually they're caught by the fibres of the blue and white cleaning cloth but these parts had clearly other ideas. Tried to find them with bare feet which usually works but no luck. Found a part in the spares box that was close enough to one of the hinges but after a couple of attempts at the other one had to give up. I'll cover up its absence some other way. Spot of track bashing next. If I remember rightly it
  23. Thanks for the tip, I had painted the 240 with Vallejo's metal colours but the gunmetal tends to come out a bit dark. I had found in other situations that rubbing the painted part between the fingers brought out more of a silver finish. Unfortunately the part is rather fragile so I didn't want to handle it too much. I'll try a couple of other metallic shades and see if I can get a bit of a patina going on the barrel.
  24. Been away from the bench for a while due to work and travel so its time to pick up the pieces again and see if I can finish this one. Completed the drivers hatch after rebuilding the hinge system. Rear hatch next which also needs its hinge system to be rebuilt. Became a little fed up fettling hinges so went to work on the turret and promptly screwed up fitting the canvas. Cut various bits and pieces off it so that it would fit and then realised after fixing with superglue that I'd fitted it upside down. Left it in place and made it look as if it was the right way up.
  25. Been away for a while and just realised that Julian is no longer with us. Condoleces to his family and friends. RIP.
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