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

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Just now, Mike said:

:lol: I'll tell him next time he's vertical ;)  I did help him with the cutting of parts off the sprues, 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:

whoops - just spotted those pin marks on mine - mr surfacer to the rescue...

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I'll have to dig out the "finished" model sometime and take some photos.  He kind of blatted it with paint, then found some rust pigments and washes I was using, and we ended up with one ratty-looking Cromwell :owww:

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Next up for today...

 

On with the backs...

 

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then the sides...

 

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bit of filling required here - AND YES - I SPOTTED IT - the front plate - under the guns - it's a bit scruffy and needs a smoothing. 

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Are those decals definitely for 1/76 or 20mm gaming.....If they are I'm kinda tempted, the decals I have are awful.  :shrug:

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2 minutes ago, Mike said:

I'll have to dig out the "finished" model sometime and take some photos.  He kind of blatted it with paint, then found some rust pigments and washes I was using, and we ended up with one ratty-looking Cromwell :owww:

ratty looking eh...

so 8th army...

desert rats...

I'll get me coat :coat:

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8 minutes ago, BIG X said:

ratty looking eh...

so 8th army...

desert rats...

:owww:

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10 minutes ago, Sgt.Squarehead said:

Are those decals definitely for 1/76 or 20mm gaming.....If they are I'm kinda tempted, the decals I have are awful.  :shrug:

ARRGGGHHH...

 

If I had looked carefully at this picture - it clearly says 1/56 scale :doh:

 

On the bright side - you have saved me a 150 mile round trip...

 

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RIGHT - I'm off to sulk - really I am...

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Just now, BIG X said:

it clearly says 1/56 scale :doh:

:poop:

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PSC do a range of fairly generic decals, these are Allied 1/72, might be something there:

 

http://theplasticsoldiercompany.co.uk/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=60_61_80_81

 

Can't vouch for quality.....Yet.  I will be trying them on my Shermans if I can find something to suit.  :coolio:

 

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9 minutes ago, Sgt.Squarehead said:

PSC do a range of fairly generic decals, these are Allied 1/72, might be something there:

 

http://theplasticsoldiercompany.co.uk/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=60_61_80_81

 

Can't vouch for quality.....Yet.  I will be trying them on my Shermans if I can find something to suit.  :coolio:

 

Right - you might be on to something here - off to google a bit more - stay right there...

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RIGHT - I'm back - again...

The PSC website doesn't show a picture for the polish armoured decals...

but a third party website does...

note the arrows here...

 

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ta da - but I'll be beggared if I'm driving to West Sussex tomorrow - but I might order on-line - IF I'M DOING SOMETHING WRONG - SOMEONE PLEASE STOP ME BEFORE BEDTIME...

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OK - TOO LATE - 2sets ordered - but not using the 15mm code on the picture - using the link that @Sgt.Squarehead posted - thank you for the link and I'll report back on their quality.

 

I hope they turn up quickly - I have zero patience...

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So - back to the job in hand...

...even though I've ordered metal barrels - I  couldn't resist a quick mess with the kit parts...

 

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as you can see - the muzzle brakes are split in half - with a small piece to stick in on.  I managed to break 2 of them just looking at them - so I reckon it's a pretty shoddy design stunt.

I think a solid muzzle would have worked better - allowing you to drill it out - which would have been much easier.  Still I  thought I'd still clean the barrels up - before binning them - new blade required...

 

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they cleaned up OK - pity about the muzzles as I say...

 

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A test fit of the turret reveals it is very 'snug' - maybe too snug...

 

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...it might scuff the paint when I'm 'playing tanks' with it later...

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I found a really neat picture of a real machine gun - wicked...

 

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I always relieve the turret ring, a few layers of paint can have it locked up solid if you don't.....I play with my tanks too!  ;)

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This is where I'm up to...

 

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...as you can maybe make out - there are 3 sprues now - FULL OF WHEELS - so I had better make a start - first off those nasty rear sprockets...

 

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...after a lot of cutting / sanding / drilling - I  think I have the trickiest bit done...

 

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You could be in Palestine or over the border behind the Chinese lines,with the boys from the Mersey,the Trent and the Tyne ..

 

 

😁

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6 minutes ago, Sgt.Squarehead said:

I always relieve the turret ring, a few layers of paint can have it locked up solid if you don't.....I play with my tanks too!  ;)

what do you mean - relieve...

...I don't follow you... :shrug:

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Do you think there is some sort of secret competition to see who can put the silliest set of sprue gates on a sprocket?  :mental:

1 minute ago, BIG X said:

what do you mean - relieve...

The big round holey things in the top of the hull.....Make them a bit bigger, rounder and holier (I use sandpaper around a suitably tubular thing).  ;)

 

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Just now, Arachnid said:

You could be in Palestine or over the border behind the Chinese lines,with the boys from the Mersey,the Trent and the Tyne ..

 

 

😁

I thought it was the Mersey, the THAMES and the Tyne...

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3 minutes ago, Sgt.Squarehead said:

Do you think there is some sort of secret competition to see who can put the silliest set of sprue gates on a sprocket?  :mental:

The big round holey things in the top of the hull.....Make them a bit bigger, rounder and holier (I use sandpaper around a suitably tubular thing).  ;)

 

technical terms eh - trying to baffle me with tecno tank talk...:lol:

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2 minutes ago, Arachnid said:

I'm up north,so I always say Trent lol😀

OK - I'll let you have that one ;)

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