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BIG X

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

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Before indulging in the food of the gods I did get a bit done...

I like having aerials - where appropriate and I need 2 for each Cromwell turret.  One will sit in the kit part behind the hatch - but the other is located in this 'stump'...

 

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As you can see - at 0.7mm and with a domed top I don't stand a cat in hells chance of drilling a 0.5mm hole in that...  So the solution is the same as with the German Tank Commander's - lop it off...

 

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...another job done x 3 of course... :thumbsup:

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Following the sticky wheel incident I have decided to assemble and paint the top and bottom sections separately and then marry the two up later - so the 'mud guards' need to start going on the top part...

 

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meanwhile the bottom gets the front rollers fitted...

 

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back to the top - for 3 rear guards - these were very tricky to line up...

 

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then back to the bottom - whilst the top sets...

 

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I'm leaving the back sprocket off as it needs to be glue free for alignment when the tracks go on.

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As I went to the chippy Mrs X has copped for the washing up - this is a democracy don't you know...

 

I had so much fun last night butchering that 'tanker' I have knocked up another - not as ambitious - but we will see how they look after painting and choose the best two...

 

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I've just taken the guy on the right and lopped off his peak on the cap and then added some arms here...

 

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...a bit of scraping with a scalpel and we'll see how he turns out with a bit of paint - we can but experiment.

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The tops and bottoms are definitely going to need a 'squeeze' on the front edge when it comes to marrying them together - but they're beginning to look like tanks...

 

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RIGHT... he says with an air of fool hardy confidence - IT'S PRIMING TIME :thumbsup: :frantic: :mental:

 

The 'mountain' of blu-tak that sits on the bench is getting chunks ripped off it with great frenzy - first the hub wheels...

 

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the backs of the sprockets and lots of outer wheels...

 

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Those pin marks on the insides of the hatches have had a drop of Mr Surfacer and a good sanding...

 

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Bamboo sticks and more blu-tak as 'handles' for the main pieces...

 

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the boys are ready for a quick misting - I  wonder who will come out looking the best???

 

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The mating surfaces have just had a good masking with the old Tamiya tape - I  should get shares in Tamiya tape - though I am using less on AFV's than I do on aircraft...

 

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more blu-tak handles...

 

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OK -it's time to open the window - start the spray booth motor / chuck the air tube out of the window and on with the HALFORDS - rattle / rattle / rattle...

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Well that worked out well...

 

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I did forget to put the aerial holder and the flash lamp on though :doh:

 

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...sorted now though..

 

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....anyone for a 'Cromwell Lolly' :lol:

 

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I'm 'wide awake' tonight as it happens - so I'm pressing on for a bit - I want to get the main SCC15 done as 'hopefully' the decals I ordered will be arriving in the next day or so and it would be good to keep the momentum up - these could be the fastest things I've ever built - FUN TOO :D

 

As I will be doing a single colour on quite large areas I am 'tossing a coin' over what to use...

 

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A 5ml cup seems appropriate - but do I use the 'good' airbrush - or my new little favourite - the 25 quid 'Saturday Night Special' I got from SMS...

 

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I have been using the small one for varnish coats - so it seems a shame to put a colour through it and then have 'deep clean' for more varnish later - so the EVO it is.

 

The next question I asked myself was - which needle to use.  Now this will 'amuse' @Mike because I have a 'system' which clearly shows me - 'what's in the gun' - because that tube is empty...

 

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...now when I  bought the brush it came with the 0.2mm needle installed and the 0.4mm in a tube.  Later I added the 0.6mm - which also came in a tube.  So being a bit OCD I found I 'NEEDED' a 0.2mm tube for 'neatness'.  Now you can't buy a 0.2mm tube on it's own - so I put out an SOS on here and  @Mike came to my rescue.

 

But boy - have I 'paid' for it since - cheers Mike ;)

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2 minutes ago, BIG X said:

so I put out an SOS on here and  @Mike came to my rescue.

...and things were never quite the same again :hypnotised:

 

You're welcome ;)

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There he goes again... :wicked:

 

Anyway - as it's large coverage the 0.6mm is going in and my paint of choice for SCC15 is...

 

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I would show you my spoon comparison tests - but you've probably seen them before - so believe me - makes a great SCC15 and as I've got a few more kits in the wings I thought I should lay a bit of stock in - I wouldn't want to run out...

 

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I even got a free diary with the order - thanks John...

 

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...it's actually really cool and has a stack of multi coloured post it notes bookmarks inside the cover - like this...

 

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...which with all the books I'm using for research will come in very handy - 'small things amuse small minds' - it could be my mantra...:mental:

 

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We'll be back with Steve and his model after these messages :tease:

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3 hours ago, BIG X said:

I was half way through my tea tonight - when it suddenly hit me...

@badger - this is for you mate...

 

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...Mrs X thought I had gone round the bend - but I just couldn't resist getting a shot for you.  :lol:

 

Flippin Gorgeous...

Just got back in from a 14 hour day - could really eat that right now!!!!

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I have to say - simply have to say - so don't stop me Mike...

I'm really glad I got a quiet spray booth and a quiet compressor.  Spraying at this time of night  - with Mrs X catching her beauty sleep - I'd never get away with it if they were even the slightest bit noisy.

 

Anyway - the SCC15 is on :yahoo:

 

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OK - time to call it a night I think - as always thanks for looking in - Steve

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Excellent progress! 

 

Wish I could build and paint that fast!

 

Fancy doing a load of mine for me? Only about 300 in the stash!!!!

That'll take you till Christmas then.

 

All the best

 

Ben

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1 minute ago, badger said:

Excellent progress! 

 

Wish I could build and paint that fast!

 

Fancy doing a load of mine for me? Only about 300 in the stash!!!!

That'll take you till Christmas then.

 

All the best

 

Ben

I seem to be on a roll...

...it won't last though - those figures are going to slow me down - I can see it coming...

This week has gone really well though - famous last words eh :lol:

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Wasn't at all convinced by your choice of colour until I saw it on the kits.....Every day's a school day, as they say!  :coolio:

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7 hours ago, Sgt.Squarehead said:

Wasn't at all convinced by your choice of colour until I saw it on the kits.....Every day's a school day, as they say!  :coolio:

Thanks for that.  @badger was good enough to post me some pre-painted samples of what he uses for various AFV subjects including SCC15 and US OD etc...  He was also good enough to list a load of colours for other things - such as uniform call outs etc.

 

Every time I buy a new paint colour I prime and paint a plastic teaspoon and write the colour number on the inside face.  This allows me to make direct colour comparisons 'paint to paint'.  It all started when I realised Humbrol DARK GREEN for my aircraft was actually nothing like the colour it should be for BoB aircraft - but that's a completely different can or worms...

 

I'm only doing any of this for 'fun' and I don't take myself too seriously or get tied in knots about 'tiny details' - but it is nice to 'make the effort' where possible :D

 

Now seeing as you were naughty enough to encourage this - here are some spoons...

 

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I thank you...:D

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7 hours ago, BIG X said:

Thanks for that.  @badger

 

Now seeing as you were naughty enough to encourage this - here are some spoons...

 

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I thank you...:D

YAYYYYYY..... SPOONS! I really must paint some more of mine :smirk:

 

And.... nice going with the painting too Steve! :coolio:

 

Regards.

 

Steve

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Hi guys,

 

There has been a lot of unnecessary photo-quoting going on here, which I've just tidied up.  When you're replying to the last post, there's no need to quote a whole slew of photographs again, just click/tap Reply to Thread instead.  Thank you :)

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2 hours ago, Mike said:

Hi guys,

 

There has been a lot of unnecessary photo-quoting going on here, which I've just tidied up.  When you're replying to the last post, there's no need to quote a whole slew of photographs again, just click/tap Reply to Thread instead.  Thank you :)

top tip :thanks:

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Nothing to report tonight - there is nothing to see here honestly - please move along now...

 

...OK - I think they've gone - I've been really busy with 'real' work today - so maybe there isn't much to report - but in my haste to progress things last night - I made a major boo boo...

 

Can you spot the 'deliberate' mistake here...

 

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...there are points available for the correct answer - which is actually blindingly obvious...

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You forgot to put the barrels in? :shrug:

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