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BIG X

"Oliver’s Army"… A Trio of Cromwell IV's +++COMPLETED+++

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Hello again - I nipped off work early again...

...and I did a bit this morning too - the excitement was just too much - let me explain...

 

I wasn't happy with the quality and lack of detail on the front machine gun and @Lawzer tipped me off that they were very fragile too.  A quick test proved that they were more flimsy than the average pitot tube or aerial mast - and I have plenty of experience of snapping those off as soon as I put them on an aircraft. :doh:

 

Anyway - last year I built a couple of BF109'S and ordered brass machine guns for them.  I used them on the wings - but those that were designed to go in the nose were completely hidden - apart from about 1mm - so I thought 'I'll keep those - I am sure they will come in handy fro something in the future'.

 

So - looking at the guns on this kit and remembering the ones I have I was 'PRETTY SURE' that they would do the job - that's usually the kiss of death for me. :D

 

Therefore - a trip up into the loft was in order - late last night.  It was getting a bit late at that point - so it wasn't until this morning that I could compare and hopefully...

 

Pimp my Cromwell :mental:

 

So here is how I  got on...

 

First off was adding the machine gun bays...

 

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...and there on...

 

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Now for the comparison...

 

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WOO HOO / KERCHING / BACK OF THE NET

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They do say - 'small things amuse small minds'...

 

So it was out with the scalpel and a very fine drill.  Off with the kit barrel and on with the brass - I was so excited I  couldn't hold the camera still - but there will be better shots later...

 

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I'm not adding them just yet - but they certainly are tough little mothers - they'd 'have your eye out'.

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That is quality work.

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1 minute ago, PLC1966 said:

That is quality work.

Cheers - I'm quite pleased with them and I still have a spare for a future project :D

 

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So that was this morning - before setting off to work.  Now you know how it is - you get a result and then you have to wait all day - before you can get back to the bench :yawn:boring.

 

So I bunked off early and started work on some off the fiddly bits at the front - that the machine gun might get in the way of...

 

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...lights on...

 

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...loops on too.

 

Boy those parts are tiny but I'm learning and my method with these kind of parts now is...

 

  • blob of blu-tak on a cocktail stick
  • press blob against part lightly - so it catches and picks it up
  • drop of cyano on a piece of silicone non stick paper
  • dab part in glue
  • offer up to kit
  • wait 10 seconds
  • pull blu-tak away

It's working - up to now - famous  last words eh... :D

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A quick update - then it's time for tea.  The guards for the lights are a tad thick, but I'm no expert in using brass wire and I can't find any 'after market' online - so we will go with what we've got...

 

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...now I'm an 'accident waiting to happen' when it comes to filling locating pits so I have come up with a solution...

 

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...drill straight through - as you can see I did the same with the lights and it allows you to add plenty of this - which seems to set things much 'harder'...

 

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so the headlight bars are on and the guns in too - right - lamb chops / sweet corn / petit pois and yes CHIPS - but no gravy...

See you later ;)

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Funtastic work - loving the machine gun treatment!

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OK - the washing up has been done and I've been back at the bench - it's almost round the clock production at this tank factory.

 

I've added the hook loops to the front and back of the bottom hull - I really like them...

 

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...once the cyano has completely set - I will file off those tiny sprue cuts - they were too fiddly on their own.

 

I hope some of you will be glad to notice that I have decided against using one of the Cullin Prongs...

 

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...see I do listen - 'they were never used in combat' - 'it was only tested - never used' - yeh yeh yeh - but they do look the business almost like a sharkmouth on a Warhawk...

...oh well - I'll get over it - eventually :crying:

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See what i meant about the gun getting broken - that's a real tank 😄

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I've been a bit distracted tonight and I blame you lot for not making me concentrate more...

...so I've not got as much done as I would like - but I got the last of the loops on and put the towing hitches on - breaking one as it came off the sprue...

 

ARRGGGHHHH...

...and breathe and relax...

 

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I think that proves I've done enough for one night - but I hate to go to bed on a negative.

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I NEED YOUR HELP - PLEASE

 

After forgetting to apply the decals to my Loyd Carrier - until I had done the weathering :doh:I want to be more prepared this time...

 

Decaling is quite a way off yet - but please take a look at this picture and then I'll do some explaining...

 

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...OK please bear with me...

 

I want to do white 45 - green over mid blue - which is a tank 'recce squadron'.  Here is a portion of a reference poster...

 

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The reason for the first picture of the 2 decal sets shows that the set on the left has a 45 - but the blue is way too dark - compared to the decals on the right and this poster.

 

Can anyone point me in the absolute right direction to get some 1/72 or 1/76 decals of the correctly coloured badges. 

 

THANKS - HOPEFULLY

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Good progress so far (apart from the old hitch based mishap - plenty of mud there then :yes:)

 

Machine guns look good - quite an improvement!

 

Humm - decals do look a bit dark. I'll do some digging and see what else I can find.

If worse comes to worse I would say they're still usable as, (in my opinion), it would be better to have the correct number and be slightly off on the colour.

 

Kind regards

 

Ben

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20 hours ago, BIG X said:

...see I do listen - 'they were never used in combat' - 'it was only tested - never used' - yeh yeh yeh - but they do look the business almost like a sharkmouth on a Warhawk...

...oh well - I'll get over it - eventually :crying:

Not as exciting I admit but historically accurate :pipe:

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At least you got some towing hitches in your kits.  :mellow:

 

Great work, love what you are doing and the fact that you had the good sense to do it with kits that come with all the bits they need.  ;)

 

Just checked my decals, I have some but they are as dark as yours if not darker and out of register to boot.....Have you checked Dan Taylor Modelworks:

 

http://www.dantaylormodelworks.com/

 

His decals are usually superb.  :coolio:

 

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I seem to remember i spent ages trying to work out how the hitch should be attached.  think it's (mine) probably on upside down ;)

 

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Evening guys and thanks for the support below...

 

2 hours ago, badger said:

Good progress so far (apart from the old hitch based mishap - plenty of mud there then :yes:)

 

Machine guns look good - quite an improvement!

 

Humm - decals do look a bit dark. I'll do some digging and see what else I can find.

If worse comes to worse I would say they're still usable as, (in my opinion), it would be better to have the correct number and be slightly off on the colour.

 

Kind regards

 

Ben

 

Hi Ben - I really like that mud idea - cunning - in a cunning foxy kind of way...

I  think I have found a decal solution - but I'll share more in a minute... :yahoo:

 

1 hour ago, Sgt.Squarehead said:

At least you got some towing hitches in your kits.  :mellow:

 

Great work, love what you are doing and the fact that you had the good sense to do it with kits that come with all the bits they need.  ;)

 

Just checked my decals, I have some but they are as dark as yours if not darker and out of register to boot.....Have you checked Dan Taylor Modelworks:

 

http://www.dantaylormodelworks.com/

 

His decals are usually superb.  :coolio:

 

Hey Sarge - Thanks for the Dan Taylor tip off - but in typical BIG X fashion I am about to do something silly... :mental:

What kit did you get without the hitches - was it the Revell one - I'm not very familiar with AFV kits yet...

 

40 minutes ago, Lawzer said:

I seem to remember i spent ages trying to work out how the hitch should be attached.  think it's (mine) probably on upside down ;)

 

 

I assessed the parts VERY CLOSELY - to be technical for a moment - there is a little sticky out bit - that looks like it would break off very easily - this sticky out bit should be on top - facing upwards... ;)

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Just now, BIG X said:

What kit did you get without the hitches - was it the Revell one - I'm not very familiar with AFV kits yet...

Knock yourself out:

My advice.....Only buy UM you if really, really want a M4A1, M4A4 or Firefly and you really, really can't find the Dragon kits.  :mellow:

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OK - decal solution time...

...I found these on-line late last night...

 

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These appear to be the right colour mix and you get 6 - so 2 for each...

...now the silly bit - this company is based in Nottingham - so I'm off there tomorrow to pick some up.

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The Boy built one of these a year or two ago, and made quite a good job of it.... until he got to the painting! :shocked:  here it is before he attacked it with many colours of paint :owww:

 

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10 minutes ago, Mike said:

The Boy built one of these a year or two ago, and made quite a good job of it.... until he got to the painting! :shocked:  here it is before he attacked it with many colours of paint :owww:

 

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Can you send him round please - next time I have some gluing going on - that is VERY NEAT 10/10 GOLD STARS:star::star::star::star::star:

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14 minutes ago, Mike said:

The Boy built one of these a year or two ago, and made quite a good job of it.... until he got to the painting! :shocked:  here it is before he attacked it with many colours of paint :owww:

 

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He's done a better job of the drive sprockets than i did! ;)

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OK - with stiff competition from Mike's little lad - I'm hesitant to reveal my progress...

...but the show must go on - so here is what I got done at the crack of dawn this morning...

 

I started with a bit of tidying on the turrets...

 

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...then it was time to start gluing bits together - first the bottom - rotating bits...

 

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...then it was on with the front bit for the guns...

 

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I'm happy enough with these machine guns - they only stick out about 1mm - so little chance of damaging them - but they were a bugga to get to this stage - see here...

 

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as you can see above - first you have to push the gun through from the back - then this...

 

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You have to glue this shield bit on the back  - without getting any glue near that middle bit - so it can still swivel...

 

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they were waggling freely when I  left for work - phew...

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15 minutes ago, BIG X said:

Can you send him round please - next time I have some gluing going on - that is VERY NEAT 10/10 GOLD STARS:star::star::star::star::star:

:lol: I'll tell him next time he's vertical ;)  I did help him with the cutting of parts off the sprues (he was only 5 at the time), but 90% of the placement and gluing was done by him.  Those top hatches were a PITA though, as they have very little gluing surface, and yes.  leaving that ejector pin mark on the hatch inner really did have me twitching :wacko:

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