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Sleepwalker71
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Singapore / 新加坡
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Posted: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 12:46 AM GMT+7
Let's roll. I'm in with Valentine Mk.II/IV tank from Tamiya. It is very fresh kit with very nice details and engineering. It will be done out of a box with some minor scratch build exceptions. This particular tank will be from unknown British unit fighting in North Africa in years 1941-1942, as per painting instruction. I will stick to this since one only photo of this particular tank I have found shows it destroyed, somewhere in 1942.

Here is my start photo.

And more to come soon...
GazzaS
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Posted: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 03:30 PM GMT+7

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First attempt to mate all the sub-assemblies of my 251 was a complete failure. Time to retire to a good drink and pick it up another day.



Sorry it didn't go well, mate.

Gaz
johhar
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Posted: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 01:00 PM GMT+7
First attempt to mate all the sub-assemblies of my 251 was a complete failure. Time to retire to a good drink and pick it up another day.
johhar
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Posted: Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 09:52 AM GMT+7
Dragon's 251 series all have a decent but not overwhelming amount of detail. I never thought until I built this about how many weapons were on board; 8 rifles, 2 MPs, a rear MG, and an MG or whatever the particular variant packed up front or in the middle.
wombatq
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Michigan, United States
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Posted: Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 07:40 AM GMT+7
Let's mess with this a bit...

https://gallery3.kitmaker.net/showphoto.php/photo/459939/ppuser/3538
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petbat
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 09:16 PM GMT+7
Gaz you picked the perfect weather to lose the car air-con in didn't you! Well look at it this way, you can lose a couple of pounds on the way to and from work each day now.


Looking good Johar.

Iain nice to see some scratch built added details.

GazzaS
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 06:27 PM GMT+7

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Well if you want something that looks good but does bugger all then I'm your man!



Hah! Excellent answer!

Gaz
Pave-Hawk
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 05:46 PM GMT+7
Well if you want something that looks good but does bugger all then I'm your man!
GazzaS
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 04:57 PM GMT+7
Iain,
WTG on that oil cooler! Maybe I should have called you to fix the aircon in my ute. I fear I either had a hose, or the condenser blow out the other day. I have an appointment to have it fixed late next week.
Pave-Hawk
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 04:03 PM GMT+7
Work on the Stuart has begun.

Shaved the detail off the back wall and filled in the holes, and started making a oil cooler from styrene strip and stretched sprue





Replacing the kit American radio with a spare No. 19 set from AFV Club



Started adding extra detail to the turret.


GazzaS
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 03:24 PM GMT+7
Looking good, Johhar! A lot of nice detail there!

Gaz
johhar
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 03:18 PM GMT+7
Better late than never, 32 pages in. Some pre-assembly pics.






Now it's back to the Jeeps campaign until I finish that.
69mudbone
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 03:07 PM GMT+7

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Gaz, Peter thanks for your feedback and pictures. I will try some new ones.



I can tell you from personal experience, that filling sandbags is a rotten job. Messy...sand gets everywhere, especially in your boots.

Often your shovel full of sand either misses the flexible opening of the bag, or hits the hands of your buddy who is trying to hold the bag open.

And despite the weave of the bag, they always leak! Hoisting them over your shoulder guarantees sand down your back. This sand finds its way into your undies.

Few things I ever did while in the military sucked as much as filling sandbags.

Gaz



I knew there was reason I chose the Navy for a career
johhar
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 02:35 PM GMT+7
And if there's one thing they have in Australia, it's sand.
GazzaS
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 12:37 PM GMT+7

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Gaz, Peter thanks for your feedback and pictures. I will try some new ones.



I can tell you from personal experience, that filling sandbags is a rotten job. Messy...sand gets everywhere, especially in your boots.

Often your shovel full of sand either misses the flexible opening of the bag, or hits the hands of your buddy who is trying to hold the bag open.

And despite the weave of the bag, they always leak! Hoisting them over your shoulder guarantees sand down your back. This sand finds its way into your undies.

Few things I ever did while in the military sucked as much as filling sandbags.

Gaz
GazzaS
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 12:33 PM GMT+7
Marc,
Thank you for the update photo. It came out real small, though. Could you make it bigger, please.

Gaz
69mudbone
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 11:27 AM GMT+7
Gaz, Peter thanks for your feedback and pictures. I will try some new ones.
wombatq
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 10:20 AM GMT+7
WIP Update
petbat
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 10:11 AM GMT+7
Hi Ken

These look good, but as Gaz said, the bags generally conform to everything, depending on how full they are. More sand gives a rounder shape and less movement of the contents, whereas part filled bags, like your flatter ones, really conform to everything. Here is an example:


Note how the bags on the spare tracks form around the guide horns, how each bag on top conforms to the curve of the one under it with little or no gap and how the edges of others droop right down

and another with fuller bags



How full they are depends on the crew. Filled bags are heavy and after they have hoisted a few on a vehicle, the crew usually quickly decides not to fill them all.

A reference of sorts for you
GazzaS
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 09:15 AM GMT+7

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Would like some feedback on my first attempt at sand bags before I go any further. Thanks



Ken,
You've done a pretty good job, but the right side needs a little touch up.

The weight of the bag on top modifies the shape of the bag on the bottom. And the bottom bag will conform completely to the shape beneath it.

The only part of the bag that won't conform is that area near then ends where the fabric and seam causes lift.

So, the two bags on the right of your photo show themselves lifted by the other bags and the structure beneath. With a vehicle that is moving, those bags would really snug themselves down to the surface and to each other.

Hopefully this is helpful.

Gaz
69mudbone
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 07:18 AM GMT+7
Would like some feedback on my first attempt at sand bags before I go any further. Thanks

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GazzaS
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Posted: Friday, February 16, 2018 - 07:49 AM GMT+7

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@ Gaz – The PzIII looks even better with the crew and additional backdrop — really brings the scenario to life.
Question: Did you wind up with an extra track link on the RH side?

Cheers!🍺
—mike



Mike,
I was having real trouble getting the right side tracks on, so I added a link. I should have positioned the Friul tracks better before taking the pics. This is one area where Dragon makes it difficult.

With a Tamiya kit you get a drive sprocket that spins which really makes adding tracks easier. With Dragon, the drive sprocket is glued into place.

Cheers,

Gaz
justsendit
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Posted: Friday, February 16, 2018 - 05:22 AM GMT+7
@ Paul – Nice extras you've put into your Cruiser!

@ Peter – Typical Bronco kit: Lots of parts — love ‘em when they all come together! Nice how the large access doors on the Diana show off the fighting compartment. The Diana must have presented a huge target for looming Hurricanes!
BTW: Nice cut-away reference ... or should I say BLAST-away. Lol!

@ Gaz – The PzIII looks even better with the crew and additional backdrop — really brings the scenario to life.
Question: Did you wind up with an extra track link on the RH side?

@ Ken – Tamiya Kits = clear instructions, good fit, and ease of assembly — gotta’ love ‘em! Looking forward to progress.

Cheers!🍺
—mike