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Bandsaw Steve

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  1. That Mig 21 number ‘322’ in the quoted article seems to have a suspiciously ‘full-bodied’ dorsal spine for a 1960 model.
  2. Oh well. In that case I guess you will find all my models very ‘lively’. FWIW I do agree that an imperfect model often shows a bit more ‘spirted’ approach to modelling than does a picture-perfect replica. It’s evidence that the modeller was pushing his / her own limits.
  3. As there is a ‘no politics’ rule on BM I will decline to comment beyond saying, I have a strong preference for one particular side in this stupid and completely unnecessary war… I hope that’s OK…
  4. Smart and innovative work. I can see me picking up on some of these ideas in future. Thanks for sharing your methods.
  5. They did a great job those little Lego dudes. I think Signor Pistachio is a pretty tough boss though, if I got turned into a poodle every time I was late to work then…
  6. Wow! Lovely! I have to be careful reading stuff like this; I’m starting to think I could maybe perhaps one-day get interested in this 3D printing business.
  7. Personally I find such silly, pointless punning a Royal pain in the Ark.
  8. This is looking great! Keep going mate, the end is in sight now.
  9. Any Kiwi on here that doesn’t press ‘like’ looses their citizenship!
  10. Beautiful! Just beautiful. Congratulations on this fine work. I have many many possible future subjects but whenever I look at your work I feel steam locomotives should move closer to the top of my priority list.
  11. Maybe ‘Olive Drab’ is ‘Panzer Grey’s’ girlfriend. Good to know we aren’t the only folks afflicted with this.
  12. Cool. I scratched one of these from cardboard when I was a kid - 1/72 I think - and it came out pretty well as I recall. Nice to see another 1/24 scale scratchbuild on these pages.
  13. Panzer Grey Down here in Western Australia several of our more prominent scale modellers claim that their true birth name is 'Panzer Grey'. Consequently at just about any meeting the words 'Panzer Grey' can be called out and someone will answer - to much mirth. This is considered 'humorous' within our small community although I don't know why. Frankly I suspect that it has something to do with us being a little isolated from the rest of the civilized world and - shall we say - short of amusement. Anyway in this post - finally - my PZH 2000 will become 'Panzer Grey' or at least Panzer’s younger brother 'Primer Grey'. Before committing primer though I decided to enhance the draping effect on the blast bag. Previously the drapery sort of spiraled around as if someone had taken the gun barrel and twisted it a couple of turns. Now I've re-done it to make a sort of 'baggy' 'weighted down in the middle' sort of look which is much more like the real thing. Now to the main event! This is a brand new can of 'Panzer Grey' (Mr Surfacer 1000 in fact) just before it got applied to the hull. And after a good shake here's the first squirt. You all know the deal, shake the can well, keep it well back from the target, keep it moving and apply several very light coats rather than one big one. About 50 minutes later (including drying time) here's the result! As you can see I've also done the turret... and the side skirts. All of which leaves this. A model that 'Panzer Grey' himself could have built. Soon the wheels and tracks will go on. I fear things are about to get complex and difficult. Best Regards, Bandsaw Steve
  14. What are they? What are they called? Plastic or glass or metal? How do I get some?
  15. Fabulous. There’s nothing wrong with models of aeroplanes and ships and guns and so forth but it’s really lovely to occasionally see something so peaceful and homely and charming.
  16. Once the wheels and the tracks go on then there’s the ‘shurzen’ to attach plus a bit more structural work at the rear and still quite a few more details including a machine gun and rear-view mirrors. Somewhere in amongst all that the thing needs paint and decals. Then I need to make a display base. So all things considered I think I’ll be working on this for at least the rest of winter. ️
  17. Guns and Smoke and Glue Those of you with an eye for detail will look at the photograph below and note that this PZH currently does not have a gun attached. Let's see if we can give this thing some teeth. During shed construction I came across a few products that were both new to me and potentially useful in model building. 'Gyprock Acrylic Stud Adhesive' being one such item. Here's what's inside the bucket. It's a bit like liquid nails but less stringy and much slower setting. Gram for gram it's also far cheaper. These are the MDF / Lithoplate shield things that I made just before Christmas and that sit either side of the main armament. The pale blue paste is the 'Gyprock adhesive' that's going to hold these in place. And here the same glue is being used to hold the first of eight scratch-built smoke-grenade launchers in place. Like liquid nails this glue has the advantage of being thick and gluggy so it immediately holds the piece in the correct position and once set (about 2 hours later) the item is held as if with concrete. Here are the starboard smoke grenade launchers fitted. Note that each one is on a slightly different azimuth just as on the original vehicle. Moving back to the main gun I need to cut a series of slots to simulate the very complex muzzle brake arrangement on the original. I was a bit worried about this step but with a bit of careful saw and file work it all went OK. Ideally each slot should be deep enough to reveal the void inside the muzzle, but the copper tube I made this from is too thick for that, so instead I'm just cutting a surficial representation. Turning to the brass scrap bin I found the final ring that needs to go on the front of the breach / recoil structure. Once again the blue glue held this in place quite nicely. I filled the relevant void up with yet more blue glue, slotted the barrel into its final position and left the whole lot to sit overnight to really set firm. Which left this. On the original, there is a blast bag extending from the front of the breach to the rear of the bore evacuator. I figured that this would be best represented through the use of milliput. Which, after a bit of 'working' and 'sculpting' seemed to work pretty well. So here's the current state of play, albeit minus quite a few minor details that are stowed away in a tupperware box. The thing now has a gun and can fire smoke grenades if required. Meanwhile, as far as I'm concerned, the urge to start spraying primer is now almost overwhelming so there's a very good chance that next post will see this whole thing go 'panzer grey'. Should be exciting... Stay Safe Folks, Bandsaw Steve
  18. Yes, definitely use white primer. For priming I always use a rattle-can.
  19. Yellow might just be the hardest colour to paint. For a completely yellow subject like this I would be considering a rattle-can.
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