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Thought I'd post some pics of a build that's been going on some time, meant to be relatively quick but life has very definitely got in the way this year! 

 

Started back in April, very slow progress;

 

The plan is a Mk11 Chieftain with a 432, on a simple base, extras are Voyager models etch for the Chieftain and Tetra model works etch for the 432 with Master Club tracks for both, which I haven't used before. Accurate Armour figures with Hornet heads when we get that far.

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Started with the Chieftain building up the hull and replacing various bits with the etch;

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Turret next, hopefully it'll move a bit faster!

 

Cheers

 

Nick

 

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Very nice so far👌I used the Masterclub tracks on my 432 and I found using 0.5 wire instead of the resin pins worked better for me and no glue was needed. 
 

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39 minutes ago, ivan-o said:

Very nice so far👌I used the Masterclub tracks on my 432 and I found using 0.5 wire instead of the resin pins worked better for me and no glue was needed. 
 

Ivan

Thanks Ivan, I'll try that.

 

Cheers

 

Nick

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Wow! Great work on the photo etch it makes a huge difference to the kit parts.

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Very nice start Nick,

I was tempted to go for the Voyager set for my Mk.10 build but a couple of things put me off. Firstly, I could only find Chinese suppliers and couldn't wait for the delivery time given and secondly, I had a set for a Centurion build and 80% is still in the box unused, I just felt that the time and effort needed for some of the details wasn't worth it. Having said that looking at your build I think it would have definitely been worth getting for the Chieftain, especially for the engine grills and the gun crutch. When I do my Mk.5 I will invest in a set.

I'm looking forward to watching your build progress.

 

Wayne

 

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Nice project mind if I follow along, socially distanced of course?

What colour scheme are you doing?

 

  Stay safe        Roger

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22 hours ago, diablo rsv said:

 I think it would have definitely been worth getting for the Chieftain, especially for the engine grills and the gun crutch. When I do my Mk.5 I will invest in a set.

 

Hi Wayne, It does add to those areas, especially the engine covers. The kit supplied etch looks a bit heavy.

 

21 hours ago, Hamden said:

 

Nice project mind if I follow along, socially distanced of course?

What colour scheme are you doing?

 

Nice to have you along Roger, BAOR black and green I think.

 

Cheers

 

Nick

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Catch up pics from progress over Xmas, mostly etch detail on the turret;

 

Hopefully the etch wipers will stay in place for painting and the periscope will slot in behind

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And now to a problem (of my own making).  The builds been stalled for a while and in the interim the room's been decorated, tidied etc.................and I've lost the gun mask!

 

Made a 'stop' for the barrel

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Tissue paper and diluted PVA for the canvas cover with 1mm tube for the coax barrel shroud

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Looks a bit rough close up but should be ok under a coat of paint

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More work on the barrel to replace the moulded on straps, then tracks.

 

Thanks for looking

 

Cheers

 

Nick

 

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You have nearly as much bling on that turret as you normally have on your ship models  :yikes:

 

Great fix with the tissue cover

 

Stay Safe

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12 hours ago, beefy66 said:

You have nearly as much bling on that turret as you normally have on your ship models  :yikes:

 

Great fix with the tissue cover

 

Stay Safe

beefy

Cheers Beefy, got to have some bling...........!

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Slow progress of late but a bit more on the turret;

 

The Voyager set has some straps for the thermal sleeve which add a bit of texture.

Carved the moulded straps away with a micro chisel;

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Added the PE straps with extra for the ends of the straps and small offcuts to represent where the strap goes through the buckle;

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Quite a lot of work but worth it in the end I think.

 

More bits on the turret, TOGS;

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Weird curved things on either side of the rear of the turret - does anyone know what they are?

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And the smoke grenade mounts. They look a bit skewed but sit where the kit ones would have done. I don't know if the ones on the left (right in the pic) of the turret were re positioned when the upgrade to Mk11 and TOGs was carried out?

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Coming together;

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Cheers

 

Nick

 

 

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That is looking really nice indeed👌 it could be that if the smoke discharger was further back it would have been in the TOG’s sight line🤔

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Really nice progress on this one

 

 Stay safe     Roger

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Nice to see some progress Nick, it's taking shape. Those voyager sets are certainly very comprehensive. I didn't think I would have the patience to use it on mine but seeing yours I may well use it when I do a Mk.5.

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Thanks all for the likes and comments.

 

On 2/7/2021 at 5:56 PM, ivan-o said:

That is looking really nice indeed👌 it could be that if the smoke discharger was further back it would have been in the TOG’s sight line🤔

 

Cheers Ivan-o, that was my thinking re the smoke discharger, but I haven't been able to find any head on shot of a Mk11 in real life to compare.

 

 

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On 27/12/2020 at 10:37, Nick C said:

Thought I'd post some pics of a build that's been going on some time, meant to be relatively quick but life has very definitely got in the way this year! 

 

Started back in April, very slow progress;

 

The plan is a Mk11 Chieftain with a 432, on a simple base, extras are Voyager models etch for the Chieftain and Tetra model works etch for the 432 with Master Club tracks for both, which I haven't used before. Accurate Armour figures with Hornet heads when we get that far.

50765109718_b6c994a22c_h.jpg

50765957907_9538884559_h.jpg 

 

Started with the Chieftain building up the hull and replacing various bits with the etch;

50660337123_ee3c523cc3_h.jpg

50661066646_367373ec84_h.jpg

50661157122_6370ec644f_b.jpg

 

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Turret next, hopefully it'll move a bit faster!

 

Cheers

 

Nick

 

Hey Nick

 

Clean build and PE makes the difference 👍
When I open a Voyager set, I always get a quick shock because of the many parts.
But once you start, you immediately see that the work is worth it.
Your comparison with the original kit parts is proof of that.

 

Have fun!
MD

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On 2/10/2021 at 11:30 PM, ERK said:

Does this help  - found it on the net.

 

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Cheers Erk, yes it help, thanks for posting it.  Seems they were offset.

 

Cheers

Nick

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8 hours ago, Nick C said:

Cheers Erk, yes it help, thanks for posting it.  Seems they were offset.

 

Cheers

Nick

Glad to help mate.

 

Erk.

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Slow progress of late but a small update;

Grab handles on the turret;

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Commanders cupola has had some cables added to the lamp and what i assume is a closed up firing cable for the GPMG;

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Track test fitted;

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The Chieftain's been put away ready for painting when the 432's ready as well.

Intention was to almost completely close up the 432 and not do the interior. I did want a commander figure in the hatch though an ideally a driver figure. After thinking about it I decided to do the interior and open it all up. If anyone ever releases some late 80's ealry 90's infantry I can add them later.

So got one of these off e-bay;

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This will give the driver figure and legs to add to the Accurate Armour commander. I know the uniform are wrong but sitting in the hull and painted DPM I think they'll be ok.

Can anyone with experience of the real thing help me; there are loads of pics of the commander's of 432's standing very  high out of the hatch - would they be stood on the floor with the seat folded or stood on the seat itself?

 

Having decided to do the interior, next up is detailing and cleaning up ready for painting.

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Cheers

 

Nick

 

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