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19 hours ago, SoftScience said:

you can do it!! 

And I must.  I am going to Leeds on June 8th for a long weekend so I have a few that need wrapping up before then.  Back on the 16th and it always takes a coupe of days to back into the swing of things.  

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It is May 28th.  I depart for Leeds on the morning of June 8th, Athens to Manchester direct.  That gives me 11 days to complete this kit and post it in the gallery.  I think I can do it.  Lots of fiddly bits.

 

Did this...

 

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I am leaving all the tools that are attached until the end,  I want to paint and assemble them separately.  

 

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This...

 

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That...there are some PE pieces that need to go on. I'll do that tonight.

 

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And here it is, before all the above are attached.  I want the glue to set up.  Going out to meet friends for parea. 😄

 

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Once I attach all the bins and the tow bits on the back end, I'll start the turret and the winch/hoist assembly.  Fingers crossed gents (and ladies)!

 

--John

 

 

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Progress...turret, the beginning of the crane/winch/hoist system...very complex stuff.  Be patient.

 

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The turret was pretty easy.  Be warned that the cannon fits one way better than the other.  It points slightly down and is molded to fit the turret that way.  So don't drill the hole perpendicular to the turret.

 

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While building the crane/hoist, study the plans carefully.  There are persnickety bits.  It's really a model unto itself.  Lovely detail.

 

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I left it at that for the night.  So many pieces already and I wanted the glue to be secure and set before I proceeded.

 

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I am thinking ahead to painting, because I'm close to that stage.  I might try to paint some of this before I attach it to the turret.  I have not decided yet.  And another thing...I will be using Tamiya paints for this build.  Should I prime the kit first?  Tamiya  paints seem to stick better than Vallejo Air.  Please advise...

 

--John

 

 

 

 

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Hi John. Looks like you are making excellent progress and I do hope you get chance to finish it - it is looking superb already! I'm afraid I can't help with advice for the Tamiya paints. Might it be worth checking in the painting section of Britmodeller?

Kind regards,

Stix

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36 minutes ago, PlaStix said:

Hi John. Looks like you are making excellent progress and I do hope you get chance to finish it - it is looking superb already! I'm afraid I can't help with advice for the Tamiya paints. Might it be worth checking in the painting section of Britmodeller?

Sounds like a plan.  I’ll do that thanks!

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I use Aqueous / Acrylic Tamiya and Gunze paints almost exclusively. I tend to prime with a laquer based primer always, but it probably isn't totally necessary. 

 

I used to thin both with Tamiya acrylic thinner but nowadays for large areas like the overall colour I will thin them with laquer thinner. If you're confident of your finish there's probably less need for primer when using laquer thinner but I like priming first as it works for me!

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4 hours ago, arfa1983 said:

I used to thin both with Tamiya acrylic thinner but nowadays for large areas like the overall colour I will thin them with laquer thinner. If you're confident of your finish

Exactly what I do, I will use X-20A occasionally but prefer the Tamiya yellow cap lacquer. 

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On 5/30/2022 at 9:44 PM, Corsairfoxfouruncle said:

Exactly what I do

Thanks Dennis.  I'm not using lacquer but the regular thinner seems to be alright.  I'll prime it first.

 

The bad news is that I am so busy right now (summer work) that the bench has been neglected.  I'm pretty sure I won't finish this on time, nor some of the others.  I will finish slowly and others might end up on the KUTA shelf.  We'll see.

 

 

 

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Hi John. That's a shame because it's going to eventually be a stunning model. I will watch out for it in future.

Kind regards, 

Stix

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2 days left.  I might almost finish this.  

 

I finished assembling the hoist. Thus was difficult.  Many small parts and many parts that didn't require cement.  I will add the cable later.  Yes, I know it will be difficult but the supplied copper wire is too large and unwieldy.  I will use thinner string, stiffened with paint, etc...

 

I will have the hoist pointing towards the rear, I think.  I haven't decided.  

 

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The wire...

 

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Onwards...I think I might have to paint this soon.  And all the little bits not already onboard.  Tracks.  Egads...

 

--John

 

 

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Good luck John!! I'm really hoping this makes it into the Gallery in time!!

Kind regards,

Stix

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Hi John. That is a shame. Please let me know if you want me to move your thread to the main AFV WIP section.

Thank you for taking part in this GB. Your finished build would have made an excellent addition to the Gallery.

Kind regards,

Stix

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