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  1. Thanks. To my eyes, the butt join between the brass gunwales and the hull required quite a lot of unsightly superglue. I think my choices are : 1. Live with it - it’s only 110mm long, so what looks like massive blemishs are tiny in reality, and could be disguised with stowage or crew figures? 2. Strip the gunwales off, clean up and try again, perhaps using deeper pieces of brass clipped to give “tails” to slot into the hull? I may try making some replacement panels to see if they feel achievable, and if they feel worthwhile.
  2. Quick blast of etch primer BARV in primer by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr BARV in primer by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
  3. Sherman BARV by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Sherman BARV by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Sherman BARV by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
  4. Hindsight always suggests many ways to do things better. Superstructure from 1mm plastic sheet rather than thinner, walkway supports from 0.5 by 1mm strip so it would sit on legs of 1mm square with support, and would mean the longitudinal pieces could be made from one piece.
  5. Walkways by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Walkways by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
  6. BARV by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr BARV by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
  7. Untitled by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
  8. Drivers windows and snorkel added BARV by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr BARV by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
  9. Not much progress this week, but a burst of activity today has seen the gunwales added, and the exhaust begun Sherman BARV by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Sherman BARV by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Sherman BARV by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
  10. Sherman ARV progress. Playing around with matchsticks and thin pieces of basswood. Sherman ARVs by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Sherman ARVs by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Sherman ARVs by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Sherman ARVs by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Sherman ARVs by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
  11. Only challenge so far was sawing the nose box to fit between the bolted transmission ribs, the instructions aren’t particularly specific about which bits go where, but referring to photos of the real thing gives a decent guide, and since the real things appeared to have been tailored by individual crews, who’s to say it’s wrong anyway.
  12. Sticking ”bits” on the ARV Sherman’s, various by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr And splashing paint on the rest Sherman’s, various by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
  13. State of play of the two ARVs Sherman recovery tank progress by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
  14. M4 Sherman by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr M4 Sherman by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
  15. Suggestions elsewhere are that the pistol port is only waterproofed, not welded, so I need to add back the hinge detail I shaved off. Moral: model what you see, not what you think you see.
  16. To satisfy those who need a gun, here’s the M4A1, built almost entirely OOB, although I have modified the pistol port as it seems to have been welded shut on the real thing. Adeline II by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr I’ve also removed one of the left hand road wheels, to reflect the damage Adeline II suffered on Omaha beach - in the photos the tank is being towed by an M31 (another great potential model for Rubicon to consider!) with the damaged suspension chained up. Adeline II by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Adeline II by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Adeline II by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
  17. Yep, the survivors show some hefty rough welds, so it doesn’t need to be perfect, but once the coaming and exhaust go on it’ll be too fragile to do any more finishing, so important to get it done as best I can now
  18. Slight hitch, I’ve realised the T41 tracks come with very early suspension, which I think isn’t right for the M4A2, so I’ve ripped them off and will create my own rubber block tracks by sanding down a T48 set and adding tread blocks from plastic strip. Why am I bothering? Because the photos of the 13/18 Hussars ARV I’ve based my model on, had the rectangular rubber block tracks on D-Day.
  19. A witness coat of primer, which highlights every flaw Untitled by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Its been wet sanded since to try and eliminate the worst flaws. As light relief, I’m pausing while I tackle a few more kits OOB, but also to progress the ARV mk I, using the excellent castings from S&S Models. Sherman ARV mk I by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr The tracks were sourced from an M4A1 kit, to give the T41 style rubber block tracks.
  20. Conning tower fitted Conning Tower by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
  21. Roof/deck is on: BARV roof/deck by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
  22. No grand plan, I model what catches my fancy, until I get bored or a new interest arises. I’d like to place some in dioramas or even use them for wargaming, but I’m not so interested in the finishing as the process of building. The great thing about kits in this scale is they are reasonably cheap and have accurate basic dimensions, a lovely canvas to add one’s own impressionist additions, and despite appearances, I’m not too hung up on precise dimensions or rivet counting, although in this case the amended proportions are worthwhile to my eye.
  23. Wider BARV by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr 1mm overlays added both sides to bring it up to the correct width. I wouldn’t recommend black plastic for this as it is hard to mark up, but it was the only 1mm sheet I had in stock. Wider BARV by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr The “snot” is sprue melted in liquid cement, which, when dry, gives a solid filler that largely behaves like kit plastic. Patience is key now, to let it all dry thoroughly before cleaning up.
  24. Hi Bigfoot, Bradford by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr one of a series, they seem reasonably priced and look reasonably reliable (others better qualified than me, may be able to confirm or not.) my guesstimated dimensions don’t seem to be far off, maybe a mm narrow each side (easy enough to rectify with a 40 thou overlay) and maybe 0.5 mm too tall across the main roof. The tail end is too tall, but I’d already expected that as the angles looked off. About 4mm off should sort it, with the vent in place it’ll be about the height it is now.
  25. Progress on the BARV has slowed due to the last day of the school holidays (never easy with an autistic child) but also because I don’t have dimensioned drawings to work from. I’m waiting for the Bradford book of drawings to arrive and in the meantime have been messing about with the interior. I doubt much of this will be visible, but it’s fun to do and I’ll know it’s there. Inspiration came from http://www.mapleleafup.net/forums/showthread.php?t=21391 which gave me something to aim for. BARV by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr The turret inner ring is from a repurposed coke bottle (the ring the cap breaks away from) and where the commanders deck is indented, steps led down to the crawl space to the drivers seat. BARV by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr A blast of white paint brings it all together, I have some plastruct ladders on order which will do both for inside and hopefully also for the hull rear. BARV by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Meanwhile, I’ve been tackling one of the very few disappointing parts of the Rubicon kits, their jerrycans which have solid handles a bit like 1970s Tamiya. Fortunately good quality and reasonably priced replacements are available on eBay- the WD/German style cans are from Garner 3D printing, while the US style cans are from Zona 72 in Spain. No connection with either firm other than as a satisfied customer. 1/56 Jerrycans by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr 1/56 Jerrycans by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr 1/56 Jerrycans by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
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