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Hello :)

This will be another thread about Challenger 2 from RFM 🤪. So I will not write about the model itself, but I will show the progress so far. I have assembled the suspension and wheels, tracks, and elements of the rear plate. I didn't think it would take me so long to glue the rear plate together - there are a lot of elements, but it does not look like it :drunk:

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Before I put the top plate on the fuselage, I changed the driver's periscope a bit. I glued a piece of metallic colored paper to the back and a piece of layered DVD behind the glass from the set.

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With the right incidence of light, thanks to the DVD, I manage to get the effect as in the photo below.

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I report a small progress - anti-slip surfaces on the hull. This task turned out to be more time consuming than I thought, but it was necessary at this stage to proceed with assembling the rest of the details.

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All elements of the hull in place.

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The kit has a very good detail, the only thing I decided to add are the wires for the headlights and the screws on the front which are quite noticeable in the pictures of the real vehicle but the manufacturer forgot about them.

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Happy Easter! :)

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19 hours ago, Gondor44 said:

How is that HIG Anti slip past, any good and how difficult is it to get it to look so neat?

Before you use it on the model, practice on a piece of plastic. I applied it with a sponge because it was hard for me when using a brush. You have to hurry up because the paste dries pretty fast. It is best to remove the excess a few minutes after it dries by scraping it off with a toothpick.

Is it a good product? This is the first time I made anti-slip surface and it worked out fine so it is not bad for sure ;)

 

Meanwhile, I started the turret. Anti slip paste again and a few basic elements.

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A little detail near the Thermal Imaging System.

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I also made one periscope by the commander's cupola for a test.

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21 hours ago, Gondor44 said:

How is that HIG Anti slip past, any good and how difficult is it to get it to look so neat?

 

Gondor

I found it great for application with a 'best of both world' drying time. Once painted, it does look great in replicating the anti slip texture at this 1/35 scale. Using tape (I used Tamiya 18mm,  and cut down for various applications) you can make it neat pretty easily if the tape is stuck down well. Likewise with applying with a sponge, the consistency is easily made neat. 

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23 hours ago, Gondor44 said:

How is that HIG Anti slip past, any good and how difficult is it to get it to look so neat?

 

Gondor

mig not HIG :oops:

 

Thanks for the into Tom W. and British Army Platforms 👍

 

Gondor

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Looking excellent  - so life like with all those bits and pieces  - you have more patience that me on mine.

 

Erk.

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13 hours ago, ERK said:

Looking excellent  - so life like with all those bits and pieces  - you have more patience that me on mine

And this from someone who made the interior in his tank ;)

 

10 hours ago, Cerberus said:

and that's a cool way to use a DVD

I used DVD only for the driver's periscope. The commander's (test) periscope was made from self-adhesive metallized colored paper. The idea was taken from my daughter's equipment ;) Stickers for one pound 🤪

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Hello :)

The turret is finally finished.

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The only improvements I made were a heat shield slot on the barrel and some wiring at the machine gun mechanism.

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The glass of the commander's primary sight and the large lens at the machine gun mechanism will still be painted with Tamiya Clear Smoke at the end.

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Finally, I feel that it is closer rather than further away :)

 

 

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Hello :)

This is probably the last update from the build. The model is ready for painting, so the next pictures will be with colour :)

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Favo modern MBT.

The fact you have the highest probabillity to get out alive compared to others has something to with it I think.

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