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  1. Nearly there then? I find this part the most difficult to keep going on. I'm having similar issues getting mine to the paint stage. Just when I think I'm there I find another little detail that needs sorting out. Nicely done with the photoetch, although I didn't go down that route I can see where it's made a difference to yours. Looking forwards to seeing some paint going on. Wayne
  2. Looking forwards to this thread Bertie, what's not to like about the Valentine? and with your presentation style it will make for a very enjoyable read. I have built the AFV club Mk.I and the Bronco Mk.IX and thoroughly enjoyed both kits, I still have a couple to add to the collection and could really do with the 'Into the Valley' book but its hard to find at a reasonable price so I will be dipping into this thread when I get round to building them. Wayne
  3. Excellent work John, looks like you have another competition winner with this one. Wayne
  4. Nice to see your progressing with this one. I wouldn't worry about the angle of the periscopes as they rotate I guess they could be left at different angles. Wayne
  5. I have managed to find the time to do some more detailing work, mostly around the turret and with varying degrees of success. To start with, the turret bins had moulded on tie downs, which are fine if you don't want to add any stowage. I decided to remove them and replace the handles. The straps will be added later. There should also be a weld seam around the edges of the bins which I created with stretched sprue. The bins need a spacer fitting behind them as there should be a gap between the turret and the bins. Apart from one or two, most images of the prototype Cents don't show them with a mantlet cover, however most of the Mk.1 images do and I would have thought that those prototypes that were involved in Operation Sentry would most likely have had them. As AFV don't provide one and there is no after market available, yet, I decided to make one. Using what photos I could find I masked of the area of the cover and sculpted one from Fine Milliput. I also added some cast texture to the turret front as AFV's was a little too uniform and didn't look quite right. The reinforcing ribs are made from Tamiya masking tape and I have given it all a coat of Mr Surfacer 1000. There is still a little tiding up to do but overall I'm happy with how it's turned out. Another detail AFV has missed are the casting symbols just above the mantlet. I struggled to find a clear view of the exact detail. If I ever get to Bovington I must remember to take a selfie stick and try to get reference shots of the top of the turrets. I did manage to find a build on this forum of @Enzo Matrix's where he has used the Accurate Armour conversion and I copied their symbols on the assumption that they had done some research. ( Did you ever complete it Enzo?) The symbols were added with Archer transfers. I didn't have enough 2's so the numbers are not quite right but who's to know. The 20mm Polston supplied in the kit is a little basic and I was hoping to replace it with the RB Model 20mm Oerlikon L/70, which is similar to the Polston. Sadly it seems RB have ceased trading and trying to find one in the UK is proving impossible. I have found a couple in European shops but they are quoting 15 Euros postage for a 3 Euro item. So I had ago at improving what I had by drilling out the barrel and adding a spring. Unfortunately my ambition outweighed my abilities this time and it's not a great result. Looks like I will have to make up an order from one of those European suppliers to make the postage worth while, every cloud....eh! My next challenge is what to do with the kits very basic tool clamps. I don't want to buy a complete etched detail set just for a few clamps so it looks like I will have to attempt some more scratch building. Wayne
  6. That's great John! Must have been lovely to spend some time with him. Congratulations on the competition results, what did you enter? I take it you belong to the IPMS then or can anyone enter? Wayne
  7. Shame your progress is being hindered by these little hiccups, I'm surprised that Amusing Hobby didn't take the opportunity to improve upon what is really quite an old AFV kit. I may well have a look at my AVRE kit and see if it's worth the effort. I really can't see any reason to go with their Mk.5 over the AFV Club ones. It looks like you are beginning to get the better of this one though. Wayne
  8. Very nicely done Ian, the painting, weathering and figures are top drawer. I like the bit of history that you have include albeit a sad story of many lost lives. Wayne
  9. That's an interesting vehicle and very nicely modelled. Wayne
  10. Nice find. I don't think they come up too often. It's a lovely little kit but it does benefit from an extra bit of work. Frank @Bughunter has done a more recent build than mine and is well worth checking out. He made a much better job of the metal panels on his by using actual aluminium and he also spotted a couple of details that I missed on mine. You can find his build HERE or his more detailed work in progress over on the WW1 Aircraft modellers forum HERE, again well worth a read.
  11. That is an excellent piece of work Steve, I love the way you have studied the extra little details and recreated them on the model. The finish and paint work is spot on and seems very authentic. I think you must be the Tiger King. Wayne
  12. That's an interesting and unusual subject Nenad, very nicely built, the painting and weathering is also top notch. Wayne
  13. I saw somebody else's and thought it was a good idea. You have some excellent work there Frank. I also have the new Eduard Camels but I really must finish off some of the stalled builds before I start on them, at least this time I will be able see what details and alterations you make first.
  14. Glad to see you stuck with it, it's looking really good. I seem to go through a period on most of my builds when I feel like giving up on them. With these Cents it's often the effort of replacing all of the handles and tie downs that I find tedious, fortunately the prototypes didn't have too many. The mantlet cover looks to be quite an improvement on the AFV ones despite the extra work. Looks like your through the worst of it... apart from those handles. Good luck with the op. Wayne
  15. Thanks John, It doesn't take too much heat from the hairdryer to make them pliable and they remain so for a minute or two so they can be moulded to the basic shape. Once they are in situ additional heat can be added to fine tune them. The amount of heat required isn't enough to melt the surrounding plastic but I was still cautious. How was Telford? Wayne
  16. Fantastic work Frank! I have been dipping into your build of it over on the WW1Aircraft Models forum. You have spotted a couple of details that I missed on my build that I shall have to add. The way you have done the metal cowlings is excellent. It was the main thing that I was never happy about on mine, using real aluminium has made a massive difference to the look of the model and is something I shall attempt next time. Your spoked wheels are another stand out feature, luckily I had some suitable etch ones for mine but I will definitely be using your method in the future. I missed the fact that the prototype had the MG mounts, it would make sense as I presume the weight of the guns would have had quite an impact on the flight characteristics. I've been focusing on building British armour lately but seeing your work has given me the urge to go back to building WW1 aircraft again, I've got plenty to choose from. Looking forward to your next project, any ideas as to what it may be? Wayne
  17. The tracks on the early Centurions were narrower than the later versions 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. A little clean up was required and a couple of the lengths hadn't quite cast properly so some of the ends of the links were missing but these would be hidden by the bazooka plates. I found the easiest way to fit them was to glue the lengths together to make the complete run and then using a hairdryer to soften the resin they could be moulded around the wheels. This was my first experience with resin tracks and I found the fitting process wasn't too bad and the final result is actually pretty good. It's starting to look like a Centurion now. Wayne
  18. Thanks Darryl, I was hoping I wouldn't have to add much in the way of detail to this one but I just can't help myself. The texture is Tamiya basic putty dissolved in extra thin cement, I would imagine the Humbrol one would work just as well. At first I thought that's a bit random, someone's parked a Centurion at the roadside, but I guess it's because they were built nearby. I had a peek on Google and I would say it's a Mk.5/2 but I'm no expert. I'm lucky enough to live down the road from Duxford so often pop in to have a look at the real things. I find seeing them in the flesh often gives me the urge to build them in model form. Once you get into your build I'm pretty sure you will enjoy it, the AFV ones go together quite quickly and don't really need much extra work to get a decent result. I imagine the AH ones aren't that different. The lack of mantlet cover is a bit of a pain in the backside though, I feel considering it's such a prominent feature that they could have included something. Wayne Thanks Ed, It's going together quite nicely, I just need to get through the track stage. Wayne
  19. Very nice, it looks like you've put a lot of work into that. Wayne
  20. That looks like an interesting subject. Looking forward to see how you progress with it. Wayne
  21. I used some microscope cover slips to replace the plastic windows on my B-Type Battle bus build. They are pretty cheap and you get loads in a box. You can see how I used them HERE towards the bottom of the page. They will only work for flat glass though. Wayne
  22. Finally I have some progress to report on this build. Most of the construction of this kit is the same as all of AFV's other Centurion kits and seemingly the same as Amusing Hobbies so I thought I would mostly post about the differences in this kit compared to the others. The original release of this kit was from Platz and was part of the Girls und Panzer series but there was an inaccuracy regarding the hull. The kit was basically the AFV Mk.5 with a new sprue for the turret however the prototypes, Mk.1s and 2's had a longer hull at the rear. It was decided on later marks to shorten the hull to save some weight (100lbs). Thankfully AFV have corrected this in their own release and have included some hull extensions, the correct grill and radiators. The final drive housings have reinforcing ribs on them which were only present on the later Mk's so these needed to be removed. There a few annoying ejector pin marks on some of the parts in quite prominent positions. A lot of the sprues come from the original Mk.5 release but the pin marks are surprisingly mostly on the new sprues as can be seen here on the new rear plate. The centre Horstmann suspension unit on the early Mk.'s was also slightly different but AFV only include the latter type. However this will be hidden by the bazooka plates so I decided to let it go. The wheels in this kit are AFV's standard centurion wheels with the vinyl tyres that have the rims moulded into them. They do this so that the distinctive reinforcing ribs can be incorporated and the injection moulding process would make it impossible to do so in plastic. Amusing Hobby have left out these rings completely in their kits. Fortunately there are after market resin wheels available. The early Centurions ran on what were basically Comet wheels which had one less reinforcing ring and a smaller outer ring as explained in this thread HERE by @Das Abteilung. I decided to order some 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 next problem was that the Comet ran on ten wheels and the Centurion has twelve. The Brach wheels aren't cheap and I didn't want to order an extra set just for two wheels so I thought I would be a bit cheeky and cast some myself. I have continued with the rest of the hull and made a start on the turret without any major problems and I have added some texture to some of the surfaces. I will need to add some weld beads here and there and I will also replace the plastic moulded on grab handles with some made from wire and then it will be the dreaded tracks. Wayne
  23. Yikes! I don't envy you, that doesn't sound like a lot of fun. Good luck with it and the interview. The DEF cover does look good but seems a bit of a faff to get it to fit. I will need to sculpt one for my Mk.1/prototype build so I think I will see how that goes before I decide on getting the DEF one for my AVRE build. Wayne
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