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muddyfields
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Scotland, United Kingdom
Joined: February 04, 2006
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Posted: Saturday, August 09, 2008 - 09:29 AM UTC
Hi have started on making the rocket tubes.
I've used Brass tubing & have soldered them with a small strip of brass top & bottom.
still need cleaning up. 1st time I've done soldering on a model kit.


once these are cleaned up I'll start building the framework.
gamodelmaker
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Georgia, United States
Joined: May 07, 2008
KitMaker: 186 posts
Armorama: 129 posts
Posted: Saturday, August 09, 2008 - 02:28 PM UTC
all right guys slow down a little will ya. those builds are looking great. as for sean i see that you had the same problem wtiht the m109 that i am having with the m108 in the left front corner a samll gap thier. and now for the up dae. step 1 is done. so here come a few pics for you. as for my yard duties thier done. but i was drafted be my sister to help her with some thing at her house. i have been paid all ready so i cant complain i was treated to a local mexcain dinner tonight. so hrer is step one done.





Bigrip74
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Texas, United States
Joined: February 22, 2008
KitMaker: 4,790 posts
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Posted: Saturday, August 09, 2008 - 08:12 PM UTC
@ Keith: Really nice camo, I am impressed with the colors and the effect.
@ Jesper: Great mud on the rocket launcher, I will need a tutorial to be able to match same.
@ Shaun: Nice metal tubes, how long did it take to cut and solder? They are looking great.

ROBERT
pigsty
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United Kingdom
Joined: January 16, 2007
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Posted: Saturday, August 09, 2008 - 10:54 PM UTC
Right then, as I missed out the weathering on the wheels, here it is on the tracks instead. I canít help feeling this might not be the most efficient way to make them, though Ö all that plastic on the right makes the bit in the middle, and the bit on the left is spare.

But they are good. The upper run is the AFV Club tracks, the lower is the kitís. Not much to choose on the outer surfaces, except for fewer sink marks, but on the inner side, the finesse of the separate links stands out. Also having bolt heads where there should be bolt heads. There are knock-out pin marks but theyíre much smaller than Italeriís and, under a bit of paint, can be overlooked. Y'know, if you're lazy ...


Stage 1 again: chocolate brown, on the upper run. The lower run is one Iíve just assembled. With a bit of practice this much Ė one third of one side Ė takes about three quarters of an hour. There are 486 parts to the tracks; the end connectors are smaller than some of the sprue gates Iíve worked with; and you get exactly the right number of parts. But the quality is peerless. You can actually see daylight if you look into the corners of the little dimples on the inner faces of the end connectors (until, that is, you apply paint).

Second stage: dry-brush earth brown (Humbrol 72, khaki drill) over the chocolate. Iíve not bothered to add Klear because I reckon the tracks would dry quicker than the wheels. Also the Klear on the wheels, which at the moment is still quite shiny, will flatten under varnish, so there will be less contrast.

The next two stages in a single illustration. The top run has a dry-brush coat of Panzer Grey (Humbrol 67) while the bottom has a second coat, of matt black. Shame they barely show up Ė itís my poor lighting, sorry. The original chocolate coat is quite thin so bits of the black plastic may show through, but thatís OK with this method as they tone down with everything else under the dry-brushing.

And finally, a 6B graphite stick passed along the contact area to give that freshly rubbed metal look. Some has also got onto the end connectors, but since theyíll be repainted once the tracks are fully assembled, Iíll be able to cover it and add a lighter effect if needed.


More after me hols, with any luck.
pigsty
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United Kingdom
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Posted: Saturday, August 09, 2008 - 11:00 PM UTC

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as for sean i see that you had the same problem wtiht the m109 that i am having with the m108 in the left front corner a samll gap thier.



It was worse - not only a slight twist to the upper hull, albeit a little less than yours, but the bow plate wasn't quite angled enough either. The filler (more correction fluid, I'm afraid) was the last step afer some very careful glue, set, glue, set ... thank goodness for superglue!
gamodelmaker
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Georgia, United States
Joined: May 07, 2008
KitMaker: 186 posts
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Posted: Sunday, August 10, 2008 - 04:30 PM UTC
well not to much done modeling wise. i was wore out form helping my sister today at her house. but i did manage to get step 2 complete and pics will be up 2mrow.i hope to get steps 3 thur 8 dont 2mrow and then out to the paint booth. but was looking over the tracks, and thier awful all warped and very wavy. so it looks like i will put in 2 orders for the afv tracks for them because i want to do a m109 after this just for fun.
elph
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Seoul, Korea / 대한민국
Joined: November 13, 2005
KitMaker: 319 posts
Armorama: 266 posts
Posted: Sunday, August 10, 2008 - 05:29 PM UTC
On holidays at the moment, so I built this in record time (for me anyway). Might add some more weathering lwith pigments later. This kit had quite a few knockout marks and sinkholes in prominent places so I gave up putting my best effort into it as I am a bit lazy. Thought I'd practice my painting and weathering skills and with the stowage set turned out better than I expected. I think with the Voyager PE set it would look awesome.










SGTJKJ
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Kobenhavn, Denmark
Joined: July 20, 2006
KitMaker: 9,736 posts
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Posted: Sunday, August 10, 2008 - 08:51 PM UTC
Thanks for the comments on my BM-13, Guys. I appreciate it

Sean, thanks for the linkt o the bunker site. Bookmarked

There are so many cool builds in this tread and the progress is stunning. Looking forward to see more
Nito74
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Lisboa, Portugal
Joined: March 04, 2008
KitMaker: 5,378 posts
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Posted: Monday, August 11, 2008 - 03:32 AM UTC
Great work on your build Jesper !

Keep them coming !
gamodelmaker
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Georgia, United States
Joined: May 07, 2008
KitMaker: 186 posts
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Posted: Monday, August 11, 2008 - 04:10 AM UTC
great build on the priest. is that the new acamedy. i would leaveit as is looks fine to me just like that.
PantherF
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Indiana, United States
Joined: June 10, 2005
KitMaker: 6,188 posts
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Posted: Monday, August 11, 2008 - 04:29 AM UTC
Wow, built & finished in under 10 days.

I think Brett should get a Gold Medal for the Campaign Olympics!
gamodelmaker
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Georgia, United States
Joined: May 07, 2008
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Posted: Monday, August 11, 2008 - 01:41 PM UTC
all right here is the update for today. steps 2 thru 5 are done with plenty of pics taken.but i am having some trouble trying to get them to the memory card. they went to the interal part of my camera and for some reason i cant get the transfered to the card. so in steps 3 and 4 i didnt put the head lights on in the front and the tail lights on in the back i all ways leave them off. so that way i dont break them off. thank god for super glue and primer paint that front part was a bear to get done but it turned out all right. and as for the primer it will cover some scratches that i have made on this build.
elph
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Seoul, Korea / 대한민국
Joined: November 13, 2005
KitMaker: 319 posts
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Posted: Monday, August 11, 2008 - 01:46 PM UTC

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Wow, built & finished in under 10 days.

I think Brett should get a Gold Medal for the Campaign Olympics!



Well, I am free everyday at the moment and also I used a couple of shortcut weathering techniques that saved me some time. Finally, it's hard to see from the photos, but a lot of the knockout marks and sinkholes were not filled in, especially in the interior.

I think the Gold should go to that Jesper character; he's like a model factory. Seems like he churns one out every week.
gamodelmaker
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Georgia, United States
Joined: May 07, 2008
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Posted: Monday, August 11, 2008 - 03:39 PM UTC
all right i figured out my camera problems. and in the process i found my usb cable so the pics are now transfred to my computer but i havent hosted them yet. so they will be done 2mrow and posted., yeah i agree with the others the one that finshed his in 10 days he should get the gold.
vanize
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Texas, United States
Joined: January 30, 2006
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Posted: Monday, August 11, 2008 - 03:58 PM UTC

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Wow, built & finished in under 10 days.

I think Brett should get a Gold Medal for the Campaign Olympics!



Well, I am free everyday at the moment and also I used a couple of shortcut weathering techniques that saved me some time. Finally, it's hard to see from the photos, but a lot of the knockout marks and sinkholes were not filled in, especially in the interior.

I think the Gold should go to that Jesper character; he's like a model factory. Seems like he churns one out every week.



yeah, Jesper is a machine!

but congrats on the first finished SPIF entry, Brett!
Nito74
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Lisboa, Portugal
Joined: March 04, 2008
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Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 - 02:57 AM UTC
I'm still wondering about the wespe or brummbar... and these guys are finishing their models..

I call it modelers on Steroids...
elph
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Seoul, Korea / 대한민국
Joined: November 13, 2005
KitMaker: 319 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 - 03:42 AM UTC

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I'm still wondering about the wespe or brummbar... and these guys are finishing their models..

I call it modelers on Steroids...



Yeah I use to have that problem too. I think it is too much choice and there are too many experts out there in the modelling world. You can literally get bogged down on the smallest detail, so I just say build a GOD DAMM model.
Nito74
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Lisboa, Portugal
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Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 - 05:19 AM UTC
Just went to pick some paint and ended up deciding on my old Tamyia Brummbar, I picked a Zimmerit coat from Eduard and a Gun barrel from Lion Roar.
Next Weekend the Brummbar will be on my workbench...
PantherF
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Indiana, United States
Joined: June 10, 2005
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Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 - 07:49 AM UTC

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Just went to pick some paint and ended up deciding on my old Tamyia Brummbar, I picked a Zimmerit coat from Eduard and a Gun barrel from Lion Roar.
Next Weekend the Brummbar will be on my workbench...



Good choice! You're doing a Mid Production and I'm doing an Early Brummbar!
tracklink2
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Pennsylvania, United States
Joined: March 07, 2007
KitMaker: 131 posts
Armorama: 120 posts
Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 - 08:14 AM UTC
I've started my Early Hummel- it just amazes me how fast some of you guys can build your kits- seems like it takes me twice as long to end up with models that are only half as good-
i hope to get some in progress shots up when i get my camera working-

gamodelmaker
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Georgia, United States
Joined: May 07, 2008
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Posted: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 - 03:43 PM UTC
well its all painted as of tonight. i will post some pics 2mrow. also all the little addons have been painted. the only thing that need to be painted is the .50cal and the roadwheels. and then i am stalled with this projest. i have decied to order some afv culb tracks for it. but the company i deal with is sold out of them right now.
gamodelmaker
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Georgia, United States
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Posted: Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 08:41 AM UTC
well here are the pics i promised last night. i also got an email from sprubrothers and the tracks i need are in and i have all ready oreded them and they should be here by next week sometime. alss got a question on the m108. in front of the drivers hatch, what color should the periscopes be painted? so this is were i am at with the m108.




emroglan
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Istanbul, Turkey / TŁrkÁe
Joined: December 16, 2004
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Posted: Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 10:21 AM UTC
Good builds, keep them coming.

My Barreldepot M-109A6 Paladin barrel just arrived today. I'll return to my build as soon as my little cousins leave on Saturday.
gamodelmaker
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Georgia, United States
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Posted: Saturday, August 16, 2008 - 03:36 AM UTC
all right guys here is were i am at with the m108. all the little addons have been added. all i have to do is spray the future and weather it and still do the road wheels and waite for the tracks to come in.. also for those that have built either the m108 or the m109 i have lost part a34 you can see the hole in the right hand corne runder the baskets and next tool containers so if any of you have a spare i sure can use it. so here are just a couple of pics for you.

tracklink2
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Posted: Sunday, August 17, 2008 - 03:12 PM UTC


the overall dio idea involving my hummel

the scene will have two more crew members who will also be watching some type of enemy aircraft