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GMK

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  1. GMK

    The Su-57 are arriving

    Roger that on the NATO stuff...though both Australia & NZ use STANAGS and comply with QSTAGS regularly to maximise NATO interoperability.
  2. GMK

    The Su-57 are arriving

    Wouldn’t it be a NATO calling name starting with “F”? Any nominations? Firecracker? Flenser? Fishhook?
  3. GMK

    Dynamite With A Laser Beam...

    Just wait until missiles & mortar bombs are delivered with a highly polished, mirror finish...
  4. GMK

    Australia Chooses T26

    Data sheet on the Hunter Class from the Department of Defence: http://www.defence.gov.au/casg/Multimedia/HunterClassFFGFactSheet-9-9233.pdf High points: Global Combat Ship - Australia is the basis for the Hunter Class. All to be built in South Australia. Design contract to be signed this year.
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    Australia Chooses T26

    With different radars (CEA - Australian), combat system (AEGIS - US), and combat interface (SAAB 9LV - Swedish/Australian), 5” gun (Mk 45/44 - US), and all nine being built in Australian shipyards - the Hunter class is more of a cousin to the Type 26 class. http://www.dsca.mil/sites/default/files/mas/australia_18-26.pdf
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    Meng Bradley M3A3 fighting vehicle

    Martin, Most (all?) modern US vehicles are painted in Chemical Agent Resistant Coating (CARC) paints that conform to Federal Standard colours. So what? The base colour should be “CARC sand” or “US armor [sic] sand”. I use SMS paints (CARC sand, CARC green, CARC Brown) for US colours. HTH https://www.scalemodeller.com.au/index.php/
  7. About a year ago, I backed a crowd-funded 3D printer/laser cutter/CNC mill on a crowdfunding website. Mine arrived on Saturday and I’ve been learning how to make the 3D printer work. The test print? A Space Marine! Thanks to Thingiverse, I was able to find a suitable candidate & scale it. Progress so far: Only a 30-hour print!
  8. This is the failed print, before clean up & after priming.
  9. I’m seeing what I can to to improve the model. Will probably start from scratch.
  10. Thanks - print failed! Right arm failed due to the support not printing cleanly. Can’t print onto thin air! Trying a different model.
  11. Exceptional work on an exceptional type. Well done!
  12. Work travel has somewhat interfered with progress.... That said, I was able to call in a favour to get artwork for decals done for “Cersei”, with printing being done by another mate. Decals tested on the Combat Identification Panels (please excuse the dust):
  13. I’ve been questing after a 1/16 Abrams since 1995 when I picked up the Jim Shirley Productions resin 120mm scale (remember when that was a thing?) kit...and botched it with expanding foam filler! Now I’m converting Tamiya’s 1/16 M1A2 into a M1A1 in Australian service. Thanks to one of the cavalry regiments being granted freedom of entry to Brisbane last year, I finally have a good collection of pics of a single tank: ARN 055, c/s 31B “Cersei” of C Sqn, 2/14 Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Rifles). Having been working on this for a while, here’s a selection of “in progress” pics. Replacement of the kit rails & bustle with Plastruct 1.25mm plastic-coated wire: Enhancement of the kit anti-slip with Tamiya textured sand paint: Replacement stowage bin handles: Scratch-built bustle rack extension progress: And some overall progress: Thanks for looking.
  14. GMK

    Foxhound

    These were trialled head-to-head with the MOWAG Eagle (4 or 5, can’t recall) in Australia, as well as against the EMD (iirc?) JLTV prototypes in right-hand drive in 2011/12. They finished absolutely dead last in the trial. Least comfortable to ride and drive, least reliable, least payload, least protection, and highest cost. This was from the guy supervising the trial. Definitely an interesting design, but pretty average, sadly.
  15. Thanks. It’s been fun.
  16. Did a daylight test for the paint tones: they seem pretty accurate to my eye. Some touch ups required, but looking solid.
  17. Built a mock-up of the turret sides to assist with the construction of the Australian-unique track hangers. These are handed (of course), and designed to act as brush guards for the track when moving through thick scrub.
  18. Well done Steve. Excellent model, great achievement, and an entertaining blog, to boot! Quite apart from the model itself, you’ve managed to raise awareness of early Australian submarine operations, types, and their associated sacrifices. Again, well done.
  19. Lovely, lovely work, Ragnar! I think it’s the razor-sharp canopy frames that really set this one apart. Always loved the Skyknight, and this is the best scale rendition I’ve come across. The fact it’s a Matchbix kit is, frankly, jaw-dropping.
  20. Painted the skirts and the rear of the hull... Really coming together now.
  21. Spent a few hours detailing the tops of the ballistic skirts. Well worth the effort, IMO. A mix of 1.5 x 0.5mm strip, Tamiya poly paper, punched discs, and Meng bolts. Almost ready for paint
  22. Love this build! Sterling work.
  23. Thanks to a USian friend, I was able to access TamiyaUSA to obtain a parts sprue to make a spare wheel. Improvising a mill from my drill press, I removed the hub, six of the studs and bolts, drill the resultant holes, and the removed the studs from the remaining bolts: Started the turret roof mounting point for the spare wheel. It is bolted to the roof in front of the CITV blanking plate, using the four bolts for the (removable) turret lifting eye.
  24. GMK

    Question for the Abrams experts

    There wasn’t a “procurement trial” of the Abrams - they were bought off the shelf. Originally they weren’t even going to be painted camouflage, rather left in the CARC sand and fitted with Baracuda camouflage panels [these failed testing]. The Tamiya 1/48 & 1/16 M1A2 kits are “straight A2s” - they aren’t SEP like the examples in NATOflage fitted with M153 etc. These tanks also have an different-shaped piece of equipment in the bustle rack [VCSU vs. EAPU] Apparently some “straight A2s” stationed at Fort Knox were painted in NATOflage, as per Dragon’s original M1A2 kit from the 1990s.
  25. Nice work Steve! Really appreciate the hard work required to achieve a convincing finish in small scales - you’ve nailed it.
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