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Phil Lewis

If Luchs Could Kill or Luchs Aren't Everything aka What on Earth Have I Got Myself Into?

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Bought this kit on the basis that I wanted to build a Luchs and didn't want to pay the earth.

It fit the bill, cheap and in the right scale.

Nice big box....

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..must be stuffed full of plastic...

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..ah well, there are some nice looking options, I'll go for this one...

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..at least the moulds should be in good nick....

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...after serious flash removal..

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...off centre holes and slipped moulds, this could be fun.

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I think I must have subconsciously wanted to show solidarity with John and his old Airfix Prowler.

Or maybe I'm just a masochist :whip:

Progress is at stage 3 completed (but without the wheels as they are to be painted separately first).

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Lower chassis and torsion bars assembled/added

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Rear panel did not want to fit nicely...

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..so I chamfered the sides to get it to fit, definitely not a shake'n'bake kit here.

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So that's where we stand right now. Unfortunately I didn't take any pics of the sprues before I cleaned them up but there was a lot of flash and heavy mould seams that had to be removed before I even considered cutting anything from the tree.

Not sure what kind of a dogs dinner I'm going to make of this but I'll give it my best shot :fight:

Thanks for looking

Phil :hobbyhorse:

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A bit more done, step 4 to be exact, achieved with much trimming, sanding, fettling and any other appropriate 'ings.

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Fit was 'interesting' but I managed to trim things up so I should be able to get away with minimal filler.

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perhaps a tiny bit around the joint between the front and side armour.

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The chamfered edge at the rear grill seems to have also helped the fit.

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Thanks for looking.

Tea has gone so time for bed :sleep_1:

Phil :hobbyhorse:

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Mirage models are nice but they need some work to make them look good.

Have fun :)

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Nice looking tank, good luchs with you build!

Thank you :)

Mirage models are nice but they need some work to make them look good.

Have fun :)

You, sir, have mastered the art of understatement :coolio:

No update yet, just had a little tinker with the Opel Blitz cargo by way of preparing myself for round 3 :boxing: whereupon I shall clean up a lot of fiddly bits and apply them to their intended locations.

Phil :fool:

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I bought this kit early on in my return to armor modeling. I opened the box and immediately put it aside for a bit. I did finally build the tank, but she is not prominently displayed.

You sir are making this one sing. Please, Carry on.

G

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My favourite! :thumbsup:

Feeling all smug because at least four of the five new Braille Luchs kits are way better than this thing! :winkgrin:

PS - A new 1/35 Luchs might be on the cards for Revell.....MaCo has already done the CAD for their Braille kit and they are linked to Revell (who I believe rebox the kit you are building). :nerd:

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Wheels cleaned up and sprayed base colour.

Assembled and loosely fitted to check spacing etc.

Also some filler (Mr Dissolved Putty) has been applied to various small gaps/seams.

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I'll take off the wheels again and apply a little more filler where needed and then I should be ok to add the small stuff.

I'll paint the road wheel tyres too.

Thanks for the comments everyone

Phil :hobbyhorse:

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Well, it LOOKS like a Luchs...

I'm sure it'll be fine... :shrug:

Just in case though :popcorn:

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You are doing a very nice job on the Luchs Phil. You are pulling things together in an admirable fashion.

The "Classy Hobby" 1/16th Luchs has been tempting me and I have been able to resist so far, difficult though :winkgrin:

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Nice work - another great build in progress!

Roger

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I really like the PzII and the 'baby Tiger' is my favourite. This looks great, look forward to seeing the finished kit - might inspire me to finish mine :)

Leighton

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Small update as I didn't manage to get anything done over the weekend after my phone died on me and had to sort out a new one.

Little bit of cleanup on the hull (not sure if it really shows)

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And painted the road wheel tyres Tamiya Rubber Black

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Pictures taken with new phone camera and they're looking sharper :D

Thanks for looking and thanks for the comments all :)

Phil :hobbyhorse:

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Wheel see some more pics soon then Phil? ;)

Pics from the new camera definitely luchs sharper :)

Too much idler conversation if you ask me. :winkgrin:

oh..

my..

gawd..

:wall:

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Aaaargh missed the start, again. :doh:

Tanks for the sympathy pains build she looks like a beast for sure, you seem to be licking her into shape though.

I'm desperately trying not to pun the crap out of this update. Must.... Stay....strongggggg..........

Doing a great job Phil. I've pulled a chair up at the back. :popcorn: good Luch boss! :hobbyhorse: Damn it. Luchs like I have a mild form of turrets, I shell endevour to stay on track. Arrgh I mean target. Oh god help......... ;)

John.

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Sorry Phil, I think all the puns have been used up. Nice work on this.

I have this in my stash and it suffers the same mould and flash issues. Your build will be the crystal ball for me.

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Sorry Phil, I think all the puns have been used up.

He started it! :poke:

Personally I think we should get back on track. :wicked:

Any progress.....The suspension's just killing me! :shrug:

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This thread has developed a bad case of turret's...

...simmerit down a bit.

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