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  1. Thanks Stuart, I appreciate that, I was looking for a way to break up the monotone finish without relying on too much paint modulation, weathering seemed to be one way of doing it so I'm really pleased that you think it has worked. Wayne
  2. Thank Darryl! I appreciate that. The heat staining on the exhaust shields is a very prominent feature of Centurions. The longer the tank has been running the more it shows up, unless the crew has given it a touch up of course. Wayne
  3. This is my first experience of a group build and I've been looking forwards to this ever since it got through the Bunfight. Initially I was a little undecided what to build as I am in the process of building a representation of all the main British AFV's. I guess technically the Firefly can be claimed as British even though it is really an adaptation of the M4. I do intend to work my way through the lend/lease vehicles as well so the Firefly fits in nicely with my plans. My other option was to build the Miniart Grant Mk.I just because having just completed the Centurion and with a Charioteer and a Cromwell in the building process this will be my fourth model finished in SCC No.15 Olive Drab, but I hope practice makes perfect. I have had this one in my stash since its release and from what I gather it's a very nice kit. Looking in the box and glancing through the instructions it certainly looks as though the quality is very good and aftermarket shouldn't be required. At the moment I haven't found a particular subject that I want to model. I would like to show the practice of counter shading the 17pdr to disguise its length, as seen on the photo below, however most of the photos I could find of this practice seem to be on Polish, Canadian or South African run tanks. Does anyone know if the British did this to their tanks? I just need to tidy-up my work room and hopefully I can get started. Didn't take too long, and it does feel good to have a tidy work space. Wayne
  4. I don't think anyone enjoys using photoetch but that is a big improvement and well worth the effort. wayne
  5. Nice selection Darryl, Personally I would go for the Sherman II, I have been after one at the right price for a while. Wayne
  6. That's coming along very nicely Darryl! The chipping and scratch effects are excellent, I haven't tried those pencils but it looks as though I may have to invest in some. I often use oils for weathering as they are pretty forgiving and alterations can be made sometime later but I can't wean myself off of pigments for overall dust effects. Fair play to you for trying something different and it looks like you have had success in using them. Hope you find the time to get this one to the end as it's looking really promising. Wayne
  7. Photos of the finished model can now be seen over in the Ready for Inspection section HERE Wayne
  8. Thanks Darryl and Roger, you're too kind but I really appreciate your comments. Finding bench time is a rarity at the moment but I am looking forward to the group build as it will be my first. My only concern is that I chose the Firefly which will mean another Olive Drab tank along with the Charioteer and the Cromwell which are on going and that will be four in a row. Wayne
  9. Thank you all very much! Your feedback is very much appreciated. Wayne
  10. A.41 Centurion prototype. Operation Sentry. May-July 1945. Development of the A.41 'Heavy Cruiser Tank' began in October 1943, (it would not be known as ‘Centurion’ until later). There was a need for a vehicle that would be at least equal to the German Panther tank with a weight of 45ton, a 650 horsepower engine, well sloped frontal armour, and it was to carry the new and powerful 17 pounder gun. Early trials proved very promising and an order was placed for 20 pre-production vehicles. The first of these was finished in April 1945. It was decided that six of these prototype tanks would be sent to the front in Europe for evaluation by combat units. The plan for this evaluation was called ‘Operation Sentry’. With the war ending in May the tanks arrived too late to see any actual combat but the trials continued until mid July. More information about Operation Sentry and the early development of the Centurion can be found on the Tanks Encyclopedia website Here. The AFV kit can be built as either one of the pre-production prototype tanks or as a Mk.1 Centurion however for an accurate representation of the prototype tank the wheels and tracks need replacing. The tracks on the early Centurions were narrower at 20 inches wide and AFV only supply the standard width tracks in this kit and those are the rubber band type. Fortunately Accurate Armour kindly sold me some resin 20'' tracks from their A41 conversion set. The early Centurions ran on what were basically Comet wheels which had one less reinforcing ring and a smaller outer ring. I used some resin Comet wheels from Brach model in Italy. I still needed to make some alterations to them though as the Comet hubs are wrong, so I had to cut the AFV ones from the wheels and fit them to the Brach ones. The kit doesn't provide a mantlet cover but it would make sense for an operational vehicle to have one so I fashioned one from Milliput. This is one of the parts of my model that I am least happy with. It just looks to thick and heavy compared to the one or two images I could find of the original. In hindsight I should have used some tissue over the putty. The model was painted with MRP SCC.15 Olive Drab and the and all of the markings were spray painted using stencils. The weathering was done with various pigments and oils. These tanks covered hundreds of miles during Operation Sentry and a lot of that was off road so I figured they would have gotten pretty grubby along the way. It was however early Summer so probably more dust than mud. Hopefully that is the look I have achieved. I did do a work in progress for this build and this can be read HERE This kit was a real joy to build and a pain to photograph, the colour balance was hard to get right probably due to the dusty tones on the green paint. It actually looks better in the display cabinet than it does in the photos.... Honest Please feel free to point out anything I have missed or maybe could have done better. Anyway it's a nice feeling to get another one completed and now I can look forwards to the M3/M4 Medium Tank group build. Wayne
  11. Thank you all for your great feedback, it's very much appreciated. With the M3/M4 group build about to start I thought I should push on with this one and clear at least one more build from the bench. I was a little lazy in photographing the adding of the final detail parts and weathering processes but it was mostly a case of sticking on a few wires and cables so not that interesting really. I also decided to leave the off the stowage on the other side of the turret. I agree with Peter @Das Abteilung that they are most likely cleaning rods in the photo but without a decent image of them and not wanting to make another net I took the easy option and just added a couple of straps. Getting the dirty/dusty look of a well travelled tank proved a little more difficult than I was expecting, especially on the bazooka plates. After three or four attempts I gave up, it's still not quite what I was looking for but good enough. I found this kit a joy to build and I'm pleased with the way it has turned out. As always there are one or two areas that I feel I could have done better. The mantlet cover looks to stiff to me compared to the one or two photos I could find, in hindsight I may have been better off using some tissue over the Milliput. The Polsten canon could do with replacing but finding the RB Models one for a reasonable price proved difficult. Hopefully I can get some photos in RFI soon. Wayne
  12. Thank you all very much for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate your feedback. Wayne
  13. Super piece of modelling Nenad, Have I missed a work in progress somewhere on this one? I have one in the stash and after reading a few reviews of it I got some aftermarket running gear for it but it looks as though with some perseverance the kit suspension can be made up just fine. Nice job of the Caunter paint scheme, I quite like the high contrast version, I just need to find a subject to try it out on. Wayne
  14. That really is very good Simon, I think the weathering is just right and the damaged fender is very nicely done. The figure certainly helps to give an idea of the size of these things. Wayne
  15. To be honest I can't remember exactly where I heard that, probably over on the Missing Lynx or Track Link forums, and I don't know if there is any foundation to the rumour. The FC Model Trend one might be worth looking into but I haven't seen any detailed images of it. Wayne
  16. Many thanks Guys, that's some very nice feedback. I think there are times with most of my builds where I want to give up on them, usually when things aren't going the way I had hoped. I have found that posting work on here and the encouragement received definitely helps with getting them to the end. It's not exactly the most aesthetically pleasing tank ever designed but it definitely stands out from the crowd. I thought the comparison with the A12 Matilda would be interesting, although it wasn't really an evolution of the A11, it was more of a different idea on how infantry support tanks should work, with the addition of the 2pdr gun the A12 gave defence against enemy armour where as the A11 was more of a mobile machine gun nest. I'm pleased you like the tracks Bertie, as it such a stand out feature of the tank they really needed to look right. I was a bit concerned about getting the weathering to look authentic on this one and so I left it for some time before attempting it. To be honest I had a couple of happy accidents with it in some areas so I'm really pleased that you think it looks realistic. Since I have posted this on here and a couple of Facebook pages I have had a lot of comments regarding the lack of an injection moulded model of this tank, I really do hope the rumours are true and that one wont be too far away. Thanks again Wayne
  17. Coming along nicely John, great detailing as usual. Looking forward to seeing some paint on it. Wayne
  18. Another cracking model from you, the painting is bang on! Wayne
  19. Thanks Ed and Roger, I really appreciate your feedback, you're too kind! Wayne
  20. Finally I think I can put this one to bed. Overall l have enjoyed the experience of building this kit, despite a couple of set backs and a loss of Mojo I am pretty pleased with the end result. I did decide in the end to use a heavier application of mud to cover up the flaws with the running gear, I just hope it doesn't look that way. Thanks for all of the encouragement and help with this build it is very much appreciated and I'm not entirely sure I would have got to the end without it. The final photos can be seen here in Ready for Inspection. Wayne
  21. A11, Infantry Tank Mark.I 'Matilda 1' 4th RTR. British Expeditionary Force, September 1939. Although the A11 Matilda 1 was only produced in small numbers ( 140 between 1938-39 ) I feel that it is quite an important vehicle to add to a collection of British armour models, if only to highlight how short sighted British tank design was preceding WW2. Although planning work began in 1935 those who designed the tank were influenced by the mistaken belief that combat in a new war would be the same as in World War I, in which tanks were utilised for breaking through strong, static defensive positions. The General Staff specification required a cheap tank to be built with as many as possible already available commercial components. The result was a small, slow ( 8mph ), but heavily armoured vehicle. Armed with either a Vickers .303 or .50 machine gun and with a crew of two it was essentially a mobile machine gun post. Matilda I saw combat when the 4th RTR deployed to France with the British Expeditionary Force in September 1939 and the 7th RTR in May 1940. Despite some success it soon became clear that the Matilda1 tank was not suited for its intended role. Although it's heavy armour afforded the crew protection against anything other than the heaviest antitank weapons the vulnerability of the tracks and rollers proved to be a major issue. It's lack of armament meant it couldn't engage enemy armour or strongholds and the cramped interior and small turret didn't help the commander, who had to duck down to use the wireless, and direct the driver at the same time. Most of the vehicles in France were destroyed or abandoned and the few remaining units helped to cover the evacuation at Dunkirk before being blown up to prevent capture. The remaining UK stock was soon relegated to home defence and training duties. At the time of building this the only available kit of the Matilda 1 was this Accurate Armour resin one, now that I have finished it there will no doubt be a plethora of injection moulded kits from mainstream manufacturers. FC Model Trend have just released a 3D printed one which looks interesting. HERE I would say this kit was typical of most resin kits that I have built. They take a little more effort in clean up and some of the details may not be as detailed and crisp as an injection moulded kit but with a little perseverance the end result can be quite rewarding. My work in progress can be seen below. The kit provided resin tracks weren't great so I replaced them with Friulmodel T-26 tracks which are close match to the originals. As far as I recall the only other additions were the brass Aber fire extinguishers. The model has been painted using MRP paints in Khaki Green No.3 with Dark Green No.4 as a disruptive colour and the weathering was applied with various Mig Ammo pigments. I decided to go with a heavier coating of mud to help hide the weakest part of this kit which is the running gear. Annoyingly I have just noticed in the above photo that the Chinese eye on this side seems to have escaped the weathering. I'll put it down to the crew giving it a clean. For comparison I thought I would include a few shots with her alongside her big sister the Matilda 2. Overall I'm pretty satisfied with the end result but as always there are things I think I could probably have done better, mostly concerning the running gear but really I'm just glad I got to the end. Wayne
  22. Another lovely model Stix, as always I'm impressed with your brush painting skills. Wayne
  23. I wasn't sure at first but it gets a lot more use than I thought it would. It works very much like a printer, you would however need a computer to use it as you need to use it's dedicated software to set up the cutter and alter settings. You can do the design work in it's own program or other programs and send the design to the Silhouette program. That dates you to around the same age as me, I had exactly those thoughts as well, if only I had known where it was all heading I would have taken a lot more notice and could have probably made a fortune. Wayne
  24. Nice start Kristjan, It will be really interesting to see what you do with this one. It was one of the nicest kits that I have built. Wayne
  25. Nice to see this progressing again Darryl. Good idea with the Panzer Putty, the wheels have come out really well but I can't help thinking it might have been quicker/easier using a compass cutter, assuming you have one, to cut some masks. Wayne
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