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    Modelling - Aircraft, AFV, 120mm figures (British army 19th Century), Vehicles (Le Mans sports cars), Ships (RN).
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  1. M7 105mm HMC Priest 143rd Cannon Company, 36th Division, France, December 1944 Academy 1/35th with Black Dog resin stowage set
  2. Just finished the Priest this afternoon. It took a couple of matt coats, firstly Tamiya Flat and then Alclad Klear Kote Matte to get a nice flat finish. I will take more pictures for the gallery tomorrow in some better light. It took much longer than I had hoped to complete this but I am very pleased with the result. Just a shame I have no time before the end of the GB to do an M10.
  3. It has been rather a long time since my last update on this build unfortunately. February and the first half of March were not very productive on the modelling front for me due to work commitments and several trips abroad but I did manage to keep things ticking over and have made lots of progress in the last couple of days. Not many photos I'm afraid but since my last post I have painted the interior and gun assemblies, added the wheels and tracks (which needed to be shortened by one link either side), attached the top half of the hull and remaining stowage to the front and painted the stowage, exterior etc. Just needs some matt varnish and weathering now and although I am going away for a couple off days this week I will be back in time to finish everything off before next Sundays deadline.
  4. A very brave choice for your fist WnW kit but you have made a great job of it, well done. The silver pen on the cowling worked out well as well, what make of pen did you use?
  5. Sorry, I have not been very good at posting updates on this build. I have now just about completed construction into the major components ready for priming and painting. The Black Box resin stowage has been attached to the rear decking only. The large resin stowage piece for the front will go on once the hull is together. The additional armour protection is cut from plastic sheet and I have used stretched sprue and lots of liquid glue to make the weld join.
  6. Put me down for this one please, no idea what I shall build yet though.
  7. I am looking forward to watching progress on this build as well. I have the WEM 1/700 (waterline) kit to build some day.
  8. To help with all the baggage I need to add for this build I have purchased the Black Dog resin set for the Priest. It is designed for a British one as evidenced by the steel helmets but apart from them I think all will look OK on the US version I shall be building. I made a start last night by removing all of the suspension components from the sprues, hopefully I will get a chance to clean them all up later today, this is the part I dislike most about AFV builds so I like to get it out of the way as quickly as possible.
  9. M12 155mm Gun Motor Carriage 1/35th Academy
  10. All done now, a couple of coats of Tamiya flat, some weathering and a final coat of Alclad. I do like the M12, are M-40's eligible for the GB?
  11. Very nice start. I wasn't aware you could get Napoleonics in 20mm, all the ones I have are 28mm (and mainly plastic).
  12. For my second build I am going to stay with the artillery and build an Academy 1/35th M7 Priest. I shall be using the T29 track that I discarded from my M12 build as I have found a number of pictures of Priests with this type of track. Stowage will mostly be from the spares box and scratch build. M7 Priest 01 M7 Priest 02 KbTTbllWtfUEPY6DdXXEIkuVITy3T_CA2bq6XdtyJX8
  13. I have had a very frustrating week since my last update. I thought that with rubber band tracks I could get them painted and on very quickly however the Academy tracks have proved to be very frustrating. I knew that they were quite stiff so to help them go around the end rollers I used a scalpel to score them between the links, not quite deep enough to go all the way through but enough to increase the flexibility. I then gave them a coat of Halfords black primer from the rattle can and attached them to the vehicle. The first problem was that the paint started to flake off as soon as I handled them and the second problem was the track not touching any of the top rollers. Touching up the paint was no problem, just annoying. Getting the track to rest on the top rollers was another matter. Two part epoxy seemed to work but even after hardening the track was not firmly stuck and with even light handling kept coming off. I therefore had to remove the tracks, scrape off all the hardened exopy from the rollers and try something else. Tying the tracks down with fishing line proved too difficult to tie on tight enough so in the end I have wrapped wire around the track and through the top of the track guide on each assembly. After touching everything up including painting the track with a mixture of black acrylic and white glue it all seems to have come out OK in the end. The decals went on fine, The French writing was apparently put on by local French civilians and means "Forward Tank of Death".
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