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  1. Bullbasket

    Tiran 5.

    Many thanks Kev. Much appreciated. John.
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    Possible 'phishing' attempt from spurious PayPal

    Yep, me too. It's now in Room 101. John.
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    Tamiya easy 8

    The door stops were fitted before '45 (at least as early as Aug.44) as there are lots of photos of M4A3 (76mm) with them. John.
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    Tiran 5.

    Well, it's been several months since I did anything on this one, and I've skipped through a couple of stages (that's my way of saying that I forgot to take photos). Anyway, a coat of Halfords grey followed by a coat of Tamiya XF for the base coat. Before I moved onto the gloss varnish and decal stage, I did some detail painting of various bits and pieces using Valejo acrylics. I tried something new for the gloss coat, namely Daler and Rowney's Artist's Acrylic varnish. I thinned it with isoproponol and sprayed it through my Iwata HP airbrush, but I wasn't happy with the results. Applied with a brush to specific places and the results were great, but for airbrushing, I will go back to using Johnson's Kleer or Tamiya's Clear. There is only one set of markings in the kit, so basically, it's Hobson's Choice. I've always been a little wary of Tamiya's decals as in the past they have been a bit on the thick side and don't always react to the setting solvents that I use, but by and large, they went on fairly well. The only ones that I had a minor problem with was the stripes along the gun barrel and getting them to conform over the fume extractor, but I was reasonably happy with the end result. If I was to do it again though, I'd probably go for white stripes from Super Scale. So now it's a case of sealing the decals with some Kleer and onto a bit of weathering. Hopefully, the next update won't take six months. It took a while, but it's moving again. Thanks for looking. John.
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    IDF M1 Super Sherman.

    Many thanks Sgt. Looking at the photos of these tanks in the Negev Desert, they were absolutely thick with dust and mud, so this was an ideal vehicle for applying the pigments. John.
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    IDF M1 Super Sherman.

    Hi Stix, and thanks very much for your kind words. They're much appreciated. The base is made up from a piece of expanded polystyrene packing, surrounded with balsa wood sides. I then mix up a fairly runny gloop consisting of household filler, very fine sand, PVA glue (in this instance it was Gorilla Grip) and water. This mixture was then spread over the surface of the polystyrene. Before it went off, I sprinkled some more fine sand in places that looked a bit too smooth. Once it had dried thoroughly, I brush painted it with a mixture of Tamiya Desert Yellow and IJN Grey watered right down (about 3:1). Once dry, I brushed a few pigment powders on to vary the tones. HTH's. John.
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    What music are you playing ? Part IV

    Gone all nostalgic recently. How many of you old "wind breakers" remember; To know him is to love him by The Teddy Bears, and Whole Lotta Woman by Marvin Rainwater. Sometimes the one hit wonders produce some of the best. John.
  8. Finally got to post a model that isn't an old one from my collection. This is the first one that I've finished in about a year, and it's the Israeli M1 Super Sherman. Since completing it, I've taken Etienne's advice and revisited some of the weathering, in particular, the suspension. I've also added the headlights and a couple of crew figures. The commander is from the Tamiya M51 and the other crew member is from the Tamiya M1 Sherman with a Hornet Head replacement. The WIP can be found here; https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235032194-idf-m1-super-sherman-hvss/&page=1 Thanks for the suggestions you've given and thanks for looking. I can now move on to some of the shelf queens and the Challenger. John.
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    1/35 Meng Leopard 2A7

    That's a cracking job that you've done there. Excellent paint job and weathering. Nice one. John.
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    Truck Axle Service Vignette

    A novel, and clever way of using up old left over bits and pieces. Like it. John.
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    AFV Club 1/35 M113A1

    Those weapons look really good. Great job with the weathering. John.
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    4 fists for Takom, M47 Patton

    Tracks look fine to me, as does the rest of the build. Nice one. John.
  13. Well, what you did manage to get uploaded, looks really good. John.
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    IDF M50 Super Sherman

    It turned out really well, despite the problems with the resin conversion. Nice on. John.
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    A30 Challenger.

    Thanks Troy. That's the clearest evidence that I've seen yet with regards to disruptive cammo on an A30. The argument for the Polish A30's though, is less convincing. Some opinion is that it is purely shadows. Some further digging required. Thanks for the photos. John.