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Here it is today in a "blah" NATO Green. Have to work on this, I find monochrome paint schemes to be very "Challenging"

 

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It looks good Lloyd. I agree with you. Monochrome schemes are much harder to bring to life, but done well, can look brilliant.

 

John.

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I'm waiting to see how you bring this monochrome cammo alive. Should be interesting.

 

John.

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Thanks Ivan

 

It has Tamiya Dark Brown Panel Liner in all the cracks, crevices and seams followed by some dry brushing with

lighter weathering powders. I think I'll leave it alone now.

 

After I had glued that little table affair in place on the turret and painted everything NATO Green I realized it

should have been a sand color. Too late and I wasn't going to attempt to mask it so it is green, lol. Should have painted

it separately, oops.

 

Lloyd

 

 

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Looks fantastic Lloyd, the RWS looks more detailed than the one in the Tekom Bulldog kit.

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Thanks Ozzy

 

Maybe not fantastic but a little dusty and the NATO Green is subdued a bit. It will do, lol.

 

Lloyd

 

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Nice work Lloyd,  as you say not a lot more you could do with it, or need to. 

The slight weathering has toned the Nato green down a touch and broken up the monotone finish.:thumbsup:

 

Atb

Darryl 

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Thanks Darryl

 

I have to do painting on the tow cables and the big pry bar on the right rear needs to be

something other than green but otherwise it's pretty much a wrap.

 

Lloyd

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I have been in contact with Ryefield and was told that 87 links shown in the instructions is a mistake. They have told me that there are 80 links per side, but I built a tamiya challenger 2 last year with aftermarket tracks ,and there were 76 links per side.Either way, there will be enough supplied with the kit. Ive yet to start my build.

Martin

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I have been in touch with Ryefield, and was told that 87 links per track is a mistake in the instructions, and there are in fact 80 links per side. Ryefield are excellent models, but they do tend to make a lot of instruction mistakes.

Martin

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Martin

 

Even with 80 links they are still not right, mine only took 79 per side and the tracks are not

super tight, there's a little droop at the bottom when you pick it up. At least they give you enough

to finish it with some spares, with 87 per side there just weren't enough. I'm glad I did not go

ahead and assemble 87 links before checking as I actually did 80 and getting that last link

apart to remove it wasn't easy. Just takes a dab of glue to hold them together and they sure do stay together

and very flexible, makes it easier to install them.

 

Thanks for checking,

 

Lloyd

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5 hours ago, BlackMax12 said:

Martin

 

Even with 80 links they are still not right, mine only took 79 per side and the tracks are not

super tight, there's a little droop at the bottom when you pick it up. At least they give you enough

to finish it with some spares, with 87 per side there just weren't enough. I'm glad I did not go

ahead and assemble 87 links before checking as I actually did 80 and getting that last link

apart to remove it wasn't easy. Just takes a dab of glue to hold them together and they sure do stay together

and very flexible, makes it easier to install them.

 

Thanks for checking,

 

Lloyd

As I said in one of my posts(they were on twice!) I fitted some Bronco workable tracks to a Tamiya Challenger 2, and there were 76 links per track. I have just completed a Ryefield Abrams with the same type of workable tracks and they are great tracks. I make a jig for building them,and roughly measure what length the tracks will be. I never just assemble them to the number as per instructions,as they may then be too long.

martin

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I have wanted together this kit since I first saw it announced, it seems like forever ago.  I finally found one in stock at a US hobby shop and ordered it the other day.  I've also ordered the Rye Field photo etch slat armor, AND Fruil tracks in case I don't like the kit tracks.  I haven't found the instructions for the kit on line (they don't seem to be on the Scalemates page for this tank, like they usually are) and I'm wondering what paint color the instructions suggest, and which brands of paint.  I see that some of you have chosen to use NATO Green, though there are several paint manufacturers who make NATO Green, and the colors are not exactly alike.  

 

Secondly, it doesn't look like the model has anti-slip, and I can't tell if the real tank has anti-slip, from the photos.  Has anyone dealt with this, or know whether it is supposed to have anti-slip?

 

I've still got 2 Tamiya Challenger 2 Desertized kits, both with a ton of aftermarket stuff, and I"m sure I will still build those as I have planned to, UNLESS this Rye Field kit is CLEARLY superior in accuracy and detail, and also can be 'converted' into a 'regular' Challenger 2, with desert modification, i.e. the same tank as the deserted Tamiya Chally 2.

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