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PasiAhopelto
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Uusimaa, Finland
Joined: October 01, 2016
KitMaker: 166 posts
AeroScale: 95 posts
Posted: Friday, July 20, 2018 - 10:51 PM UTC
I think I'll switch from B-24 to another kit. It has too many issues to be enjoyable build. I'll continue with Tamiya's new M3 from Tunisia (1943):



Alex, is your M3 also from 1st Armoured Division? Tamiya's kit has decals for "El Diablo" from 1st Armoured Regiment, so not the same tank but perhaps same unit?

Anyway, small number of parts, made by Tamiya and simple paint scheme hopefully make this a quick and easy build
Bluestab
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South Carolina, United States
Joined: December 03, 2009
KitMaker: 2,093 posts
AeroScale: 4 posts
Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 03:39 AM UTC
I've enjoyed watching the builds here. I don't build planes that much anymore, but I have enjoyed them.

Back to work on my Stuart "Tiger".

Assembly is mostly done. The gun is a bit fiddly. My turret would not fit and required some surgery to the turret ring. The basket is a bit too tall and required a bit of trimming so the turret sits in the ring.
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I have to apologize here...I didn't have many usable pictures of the final assembly.
Te hull-mounted fuel tanks are simplified but not accurate. The kit lacks the rods that hold the bands down. I used stretched sprue to replicate them.
The hull MG on the driver's side interferes with the radio so I had to move it back.
The kit comes with indie and rubberband tracks. The rubberband tracks are really tight and the connect point is weak. It would not hold. I scavenged a set of rubberband tracks from an old Tamiya Stuart. They fit perfect.

The Stuart was given a light wash and drybrushing. I went heavy on the dust. The decals are a little out of register. Academy fudged on the placement...the diagrams do not completely match pictures of the actual vehicle and even their own box art. They want you to hand-paint the yellow stripe over the mantlet. Most photos I've seen of this tank show the mantlet stripe mostly worn away.
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And I call her done. It really could have been a good kit. Fit problems, decals, and what looks to be shortcuts take the kit down a few notches.
I'm glad to be done with it. At some point I'll probably give it a small base and try to replicate the photo of it being inspected by German soldiers. For that, I'll probably go with the indie tracks and maybe rework the fuel drums and decals.

MichaelSatin
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AEROSCALE
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Colorado, United States
Joined: January 19, 2008
KitMaker: 2,979 posts
AeroScale: 2,136 posts
Posted: Monday, July 16, 2018 - 07:41 AM UTC

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I looked for the campaign under 2018 campaigns but could not find it to post to the gallery.



Aeroscale has its campaigns under the Aeroscale header rather than the general Campaigns header. You can find it here.

Nice work, by the way!

Michael
johhar
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Alabama, United States
Joined: September 22, 2008
KitMaker: 425 posts
AeroScale: 2 posts
Posted: Monday, July 16, 2018 - 07:16 AM UTC
Can't believe how quick this kit flew together OOB after I chickened out on the super detailed detail set. I might have a second go and try the detail set, now that I have this experience and reference.

I looked for the campaign under 2018 campaigns but could not find it to post to the gallery.


27-1025
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North Carolina, United States
Joined: September 16, 2004
KitMaker: 904 posts
AeroScale: 27 posts
Posted: Monday, July 16, 2018 - 01:40 AM UTC

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What do you use to prime the resin?



This time I just used Tamiya NATO Black acrylic with an airbrush.
RhinoSpit
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Bas-Rhin, France
Joined: September 22, 2016
KitMaker: 106 posts
AeroScale: 90 posts
Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 08:11 PM UTC
What do you use to prime the resin?
27-1025
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North Carolina, United States
Joined: September 16, 2004
KitMaker: 904 posts
AeroScale: 27 posts
Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 01:57 PM UTC
A chance to play with some of the fun bits this evening. Forgot how good the resin stuff from Cutting Edge was. Primed it black and then a coat of cockpit green ANA611.

27-1025
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North Carolina, United States
Joined: September 16, 2004
KitMaker: 904 posts
AeroScale: 27 posts
Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 11:29 AM UTC
Good clean start. Looks to have some nice details in the cockpit.
MichaelSatin
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AEROSCALE
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Colorado, United States
Joined: January 19, 2008
KitMaker: 2,979 posts
AeroScale: 2,136 posts
Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 11:18 AM UTC
This weekend's progress on the Fly Hurricane IID:





Definitely limited run, the parts are fairly nice (though cleanup is required) but location is not at all clear. Still, here I am so far!

Michael
MichaelSatin
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AEROSCALE
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Colorado, United States
Joined: January 19, 2008
KitMaker: 2,979 posts
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Posted: Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 09:18 AM UTC
Nice work going on here!

I'm getting ready to start on the Fly 1/32 Hurricane IID





I have a vacuform canopy and kabuki tape mask for it. Otherwise I'm planning for an out of the box build. I'll be doing the well know JVoZ from 6 Squadron in 1942.



Michael
27-1025
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North Carolina, United States
Joined: September 16, 2004
KitMaker: 904 posts
AeroScale: 27 posts
Posted: Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 03:13 AM UTC
Jacob, your Hurricane looks great. More surgery required for the P-40, this time the lower wing section. Some gaps but think those should fill easily.



Naseby
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Slovakia
Joined: October 15, 2010
KitMaker: 719 posts
AeroScale: 402 posts
Posted: Friday, July 13, 2018 - 06:15 AM UTC
Interesting kit Chris, I havent seen a build up AMT P-40 in about a decade or so.
I have put together the fuselage and wings of the Hurricane. Its a nice kit alright, but it has some minor issues. The fit of the wings is nice with the exception of the underside where the wings join the rear fuselage. I had to use a strip of plastic there to fill up a small gap. Also the tropical filter isnt nice and fits poorly. These are however only small things. Overall im preaty happy with the kit.

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c4willy
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Joined: February 01, 2006
KitMaker: 1,530 posts
AeroScale: 1,379 posts
Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 11:38 AM UTC
Chris I've built several of the P-40 both AMT/Ertl and Amtech and I found it easier to rescribe the panel lines a little deeper and replace those that are missing then sand and fill cleaning the putty out of the rescribed lines before it dries.

Just makes it a little easier as you don't need great amounts of putty to tidy up the area. Although rescribing panel lines is still one of those areas of my skill set that really needs work.
27-1025
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North Carolina, United States
Joined: September 16, 2004
KitMaker: 904 posts
AeroScale: 27 posts
Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 09:33 AM UTC
Deep breath and starting with a bit of surgery> Not for the faint hearted. Did note some molding flaws needing attention at the rear fuselage which may have also been used for the F version.





The inner skin of the front fuselage needs to be thickened about .05thou where it attaches to the resin cowl to eliminate a step all the way around. Actually an easy fix.







The mold flaws at the rear. Sand, fill, rescribe.

MichaelSatin
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AEROSCALE
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Colorado, United States
Joined: January 19, 2008
KitMaker: 2,979 posts
AeroScale: 2,136 posts
Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 01:07 AM UTC

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I am tempted to join this campaign and build the Sd.Kfz 10/5 Fur 2cm Flak 38 - which saw service in North Afria and Italy - hopefully that satisfies rule 1?



It does indeed Darren, come on in!

Michael
dbrad555
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Dubayy, United Arab Emirates
Joined: May 17, 2018
KitMaker: 62 posts
AeroScale: 1 posts
Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 10:11 PM UTC
I am tempted to join this campaign and build the Sd.Kfz 10/5 Fur 2cm Flak 38 - which saw service in North Afria and Italy - hopefully that satisfies rule 1?
nico37
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Indre-et-Loire, France
Joined: May 23, 2011
KitMaker: 622 posts
AeroScale: 152 posts
Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 08:56 PM UTC
Hi all,

i just enlisted with this nice little kit :



Cheers
nico
YankeeSteve
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Michigan, United States
Joined: July 10, 2018
KitMaker: 1 posts
AeroScale: 1 posts
Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 10:31 AM UTC
Ok, here goes! First campaign. Decisions...decisions.... 1/48 or 1/35?? I call this project the Malta Tilly......

john41492
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Malacca, Malaysia
Joined: July 20, 2015
KitMaker: 140 posts
AeroScale: 128 posts
Posted: Monday, July 09, 2018 - 04:29 AM UTC
Chris,

Winged things aren't that scary! You're holding an enviable kit! Build it, and have a blast!!!
27-1025
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North Carolina, United States
Joined: September 16, 2004
KitMaker: 904 posts
AeroScale: 27 posts
Posted: Saturday, July 07, 2018 - 01:22 PM UTC
Have not finished a wingy thing in almost 18 years so we'll see if I've got this in me.



Szmann
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Netherlands Antilles
Joined: September 02, 2014
KitMaker: 793 posts
AeroScale: 238 posts
Posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2018 - 09:09 AM UTC
John is posed to finish a B-24 and I not even entered yet. I'm slow to react I guess.
Tomorrow it's the big day! I'll take the final decision on what's going to be: PzKpfw I or Stuka...

Gabriel
john41492
#442
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Malacca, Malaysia
Joined: July 20, 2015
KitMaker: 140 posts
AeroScale: 128 posts
Posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2018 - 05:22 AM UTC
Hi all,

Jacob, nice job so far! I really like the instrument panel, it's a shame that you'll be closing it all up.

A little update for me, I know I said "onto the cockpit", however, my B-24 build pointed me in a different direction. After the test fit, I found that the wings would be more appropriate. Given the fit of the nacelle to the wings, my attention got refocused.

I also took this time to allocate all the weight on this bird. I was surprised that Rosie joined in the fun of flatting of 73 fishing weights! I'm thinking intro to the airbrush is a bit soon! But hey, I'll enjoy the moment!

Using 5 min epoxy, a mix was made and the weights were placed in the front wheel well, and front of the nacelle's. I haven't checked yet, but I'm pretty confident that enough weight is on hand!


Naseby
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Slovakia
Joined: October 15, 2010
KitMaker: 719 posts
AeroScale: 402 posts
Posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2018 - 04:01 AM UTC
Good choise if I might say so Franck, we will have a Hurricane build-off. I have already put a couple hours in mine. As expected with new Airfix offerings, its a good kit, not Tamiya good, but good. Since the canopy will be closed on this one, I have chosen to use extra contrasting colors. Its all OOB so far with the addition of old AM harness from Extratech from early 1990s. What is especially nice on the Airfix kit are the wheel bays.

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RhinoSpit
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Bas-Rhin, France
Joined: September 22, 2016
KitMaker: 106 posts
AeroScale: 90 posts
Posted: Sunday, July 01, 2018 - 12:14 AM UTC
For this campaign, i've opted for an A-36 Apache and a Hurricane. The hurricane will be represented under the free french
colors.

MichaelSatin
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AEROSCALE
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Colorado, United States
Joined: January 19, 2008
KitMaker: 2,979 posts
AeroScale: 2,136 posts
Posted: Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 12:47 AM UTC
It's a really nice kit Jacob, you should be able to breeze through it after the Hun!

Michael