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Adam O'Hara (Login panzermad2) Missing-Lynx members
Small dio WIP..
July 8 2012, 10:57 AM
Hi all, been a few weeks since I've posted anything, not much free time at the moment but long story short I'm working on the composition of a small dio;
I posted earlier this week requesting some advice/criticism etc. so thanks to Ilian and James for their helpful advice, (and to Adrian for the fig's) as you can see suggestions were taken on board and this is the 'final' set-up plan before i start painting the figures and building the base,kits and telegraph pole...
This message has been edited by panzermad2 on Jul 8, 2012 5:49 PM
The relaxed poses and interesting staging should make this a winning diorama. I like the vehicles, they look very nice, you have done a good job on them. What are the figures, Prieser? I did know where you could purchase a European style telegraph pole, but I can't for the life of me think who made it. If I remember I will let you know. I look forward to seeing the diorama taking shape, keep up the good work.
Adam O'Hara (Login panzermad2) Missing-Lynx members
Re: Splendid arrangement...
July 9 2012, 8:50 AM
The figures are indeed Preiser (and one El Viejo) Glad you like the vehicles but I intend to build 'fresh' ones for this dio, same kits of course. I've found some European telegraph poles on Ebay but tbh figure I'll try my hand at scratching one first, if you do remember the name of the manufacturer though It'd be good to know
This dio already has a very eye catching arrangement - looks like it will be a corker once you get the scenery down and everything painted. I really like the relaxed poses of the figures you have chosen.
This is a project that I have had going for about three years, so I think I should get on and finish it. It is the PST PT-76b kit with a bit of tweaking here and there. I thinned the track links, improved the guide teeth and cut out the holes in the drive sprockets. These were cast by my great friend Horst Kalinke to produce a complete set of track links and drive sprockets for my model. Because my model will have the large turret hatch open with the turret interior exposed, I had to scratch build a gun breech and other details which can be seen through the hatch.
I see you are going to delight us with yet another detailed build. This one looks most interesting and the work you have done so far is top quality. I look forward to seeeing more of the build, keep up the good work.
As I have said before, the weekly update is a great way to keep the momentum going on a project. Once you have started showing what you are up to, you don't want to let other members down by not completing the model. So it's a good way of finishing those half built models.
I know exactly what you mean. The best way is to build the breech on to the gun barrel before mounting it in the turret. I put it together and then realised what a gaping hole there was in the roof with the hatch open. I then had to build the breech inside the turret to fill the void, not the best way to do it.
I have already built the floor and the other turret seat fits in the hole in the floor. I not very familiar with the interior of the PT-76, but I can't see any turret cage in any of the interior photos. I don't really want to make any more interior than I have to and I think once the two crew figures are in place it should be pretty cosy in the turret.
Sorry about the mixup about the turretbasket it is not actually a basket but rather 4 struts that go from the turret ring to the floor, it is to these struts that the floor is fixed, I think that there is a picture of it in one of the tankette magazines but I am not sure of the top of my head which one, I will have a look and get back to you,
You have done a splendid job on this soft-skin, it looks most impressive. I have spent some time looking at all the detail you have incorporated, do you have a blog on the fine soldering you have done for the framework? I remember you did some before for an Open Blitz conversion and I was most impressed then. I will look forward to seeing your paint job, what colour scheme are you going to use?
This is one sweet kit. As one who's not comfortable building tracked vehicles this little gem has especially nice running gear. The tracks are hard plastic and attach in a most ingenious way (see the pix below) where the track hooks onto small pegs molded to the drive sprocket and idler wheel. The faces of these wheels go over top and completely hide the posts).
I've often wondered out loud why the "big boys" of plastic model manufacturers (i.e. hobby boss, trumpeter and dragon) who tout their slide mold technology can't make tracked vehicle construction easier. Well they've been beaten to the gate by Zvezda. If all tracked kits were molded this way I'd have a lot more built and sitting on my shelves.
Anyway, the kit needs some detailing, but on the whole nothing that's too onerous.Kit's decals are dodgy so this one will be in German beute markings.
This one has been so much fun I'm seriously considering buying a few more of these beauts!
(idler and track attachment)
(drive sprocket and track attachment)
(built tracks, front (bottom) and rear (top))
(the Zvezda tracks even fit onto the Dragon kit. The holes in the back of the Zvezda wheels are a tad too big, so they'd need to be filled and re-drilled. Gives those out there that want an another and probably nicer looking track option for their Dragon kits!)
(turret need the ribbing added)
(right side showing turret roughed up some and the vision slots deepened)
I am totally impressed by the simplicity of the solution for getting a neat curve of track around the sprocket/idler. Most ingenious and why no-one had thought of it earlier is mystifying as well, all I can say is 'well done Zvesda'. I have been thinking of doing some Russian armour and after seeing your little tank I think I will buy one of these to get started with, looking on one supplier it is only £8.45, which compared to some manufacturers is quite cheap. Thank you for the information, really appreciated.
I recently knocked together two Zvedza kits (20mm Flak and 61-K AA gun) and was most impressed with the casting, in many ways these were superior to polystyrene kits though cast in semi soft plastic. And they came with a couple of crewmen each, & are ompetitively priced. I just hope Zvezda keep releasing more 1/72 scale stuff.
The only negatives with those kits were the fixed and semi fixed movement, & restricted placement options.
Any negatives to the T-34 ? Is it just the angle or is the detail a bit light on the the engine deck & maybe needs a few grab handles ?
This message has been edited by neilyall on Jul 9, 2012 7:41 AM
... but not to badly. There are no grab handles but you can find lot of pix on the web of similar T-34s with no grab handles. What it does miss is the hoist loops on the top of the turret and the small handle on the engine cover. The turret itself needs to be roughed up a bit to remove the smooth rolled metal look. Drill out the guns, the antenna pot, exhausts and the light and you're pretty much ready to go for extra detailing.
I have the Bergeschlepper about ready to paint, just needs a tidy up in a few spots with an exacto blade & some putty on sink marks on the muffler. The gunshield will be discarded, its too thick, and will be replaced by a T-26-1 turret as per a period photo of one in german markings, and as per research that the Romanians also tried to upgun their R-35s with T-26-1 turrets armed with soviet 45mm cannon.
The other picture is an update to the "end of days" late WW2 diorama. I have pushed the Opel Blitz onto the grass and painted some figures (and used a couple of figures I'd painted awhile ago) to place around it.
The little R35 is looking good, I shall enjoy seeing that painted up. The diorama is going to look awesome, the figures look really good, most convincing. I look forward to seeing these projects come to fruition, you have worked very hard on them and they will look good when finished.
I decided to get one of the models that have been languishing in my 'Hall of Shame' for a long time done. I chose to get the Trumpeter Jagdpanther done, this was originally intended as a wargame piece and as such was build OOB except for the Revell tracks, I can't get on with the Trumpeter Vinyl ones. I also used a RB metal barrel as well. I thought I would use the model as a test piece for two new products from Games Workshop, their new 'Texture', Stirland Mud and their new 'Shade', Agrax Earthshade (formerly Devlan Mud, don't you just love these whacky names, they must have a department devoted to thinking them up.). The 'Texture' is basically a pot of 'mud' it is like mud, can be put on like mud, it can be built up and dries rock hard. It is designed for the bases of their figures, because, apparently, the younger modellers can't wait for the PVA glue to dry to get on with finishing and playing with their figures - bless em! I have to say that it works really well and is a good colour for a basic mud, they have other colours and all can be intermixed, I will be investigating this further. I would say it is a lot cheaper than pigment powders as a pot is £2.20 and will do many models. Well worth a look. The 'Shade' is a new formulation of their old 'Washes' and has better flow properties apparently. I can honestly say it is an improvement and gives a nice finish around detail. Anyway here are the pictures and you can decide for yourselves....
The two products...
The tank as it was left for a long while....
Mud applied to the skirts and wheels...
Mud on the rear of model...
Mud on the front of model...
The model was completely washed with the 'Shade'...
Well that's it for now, I will be doing some pin washes to bring out the hatches etc and then dry brush to get a good contrast. The detail painting after that and then weathering. Let me know what you think and if you want a demonstration, pop into your local Games Workshop and ask for one, they are so pleased with this stuff they will be happy to oblige.
That is daylight robbery, I will enquire as to postage from the UK to the nether regions of the world and see if it would be cheaper for me to ship you some from here. That is totally outrageous, pure profiteering. I think their products are overpriced anyway and only found the 'Texture' stuff interesting as it was a cheap and effective alternative to using pigment powders. I will still use my mixture of brick dust, plaster dust, artists acrylics and PVA glue, but this is quicker and not so messy.
If the postage rate is favourable, would you be interested in having stuff sent over?
"Nether regions" is close to the mark Paul, some use less polite descriptions .
My daughter just came back from visiting Germany, Austria, France & Czech Republic and was flabbergasted at how cheap things are in those countries, compared to here.
I recently stocked up on various Citadel washes & some paints to try on figures.
Given they will last a while, & the only other I'm likely to buy anytime soon is the 'mud', with thanks, I'll have to turn down your kind offer.
I also may try looking in another G.W. outlet, in a less 'high rent' shopping centre.
cheers & thanks again
This message has been edited by neilyall on Jul 9, 2012 7:57 AM This message has been edited by neilyall on Jul 9, 2012 7:55 AM This message has been edited by neilyall on Jul 9, 2012 7:55 AM This message has been edited by neilyall on Jul 9, 2012 7:53 AM
I ordered some vinyl Vickers tracks for my other IBG Bren
& needed to get a kit so they had a box put them in
so got the ACE Vicker light tank as I wanted to make a North Africa Version.
I just added sand skirts, a jerrycan rack at the back & stowage including a spare wheel from a IBG Bren kit. Good build except the suspension was awful
along side a 1/76 Vicker IVc from Airfix
Here is my second Bren this will also be a desert one
(my Ambulance one behind with a basecoat),
both this & the Vickers will have Caunter scheme camo.
The ACE Vickers tracks are about 2/3mm short
(but if glued around the front idler & the shirts added over top will cover that up)
I have been tempted to get one of those little light tanks and after seeing yours I definitely will now. Nice work on all the models, but the little light Vickers is outstanding. Look forward to your next update.
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and if you keep posting work like you have done on this tractor, I think most people with an interest in braille stuff who take a look at your post will be hoping you post as often as you can (armoured or not)
This message has been edited by neilyall on Jul 9, 2012 2:47 AM
Firstly, Welcome to the Braille Scale Discussion Group.
Secondly, I think your little model is just fine and totally in keeping with the ethos of the group, we have a good mix of armour and soft-skin enthusiasts, so just keep on posting stuff like this. I am really impressed with the variety of materials you have used to make this little model come to life. I look forward to further updates on it.
Finally, I would like to thank you for your excellent photo-etch set I purchased recently, it was really beautiful and I have just got a Dragon Kubelwagen to use it on. Your customer service was excellent and I can thoroughly recommend your products to all the braille modellers on this site. Well done and I look forward to seeing what else you produce in the future.
That is a very interesting vehicle, really nice looking model. I am amazed at the detail you have got on the mortar round, most impressive. I look forward to seeing the rest of the build if that is the standard you are producing, it should be very interesting.
It looks nice, same sprues as their Sherman range for the running gear, new ones for turret and body (same as Achille).
I just bought a aluminium barrel and will add resin T49 tracks as the real tank "Demon", free-french had.
Here are the first steps. Running gear.... A lot of parts and first trouble. As show on the pictures, there are some parts wich look wrong. In fact, the wheels do not fit on the round part. By cutting it, you can build the gear correcty but it's quite difficult...
Bob Searson (Login Quentin30) Missing-Lynx members
Trouble with wheels.
July 9 2012, 7:19 PM
I had similar trouble with the wheels on this kit. I found that by using a dozen or so twists of a needle file through each wheel, and on either side, that they did then fit onto the axle, as originally intended.
Some really nice modelling going on in your post, well done with the cupola it looks vastly improved. I like the use of the soda can (pop can here in the UK) for material to make the storage boxes and side-skirt rails, excellent use of material and recycling to save the planet as well .
I also enjoyed your other build logs, most interesting. I look forward to seeing future progress on the Panther and any other goodies that you include in your post, most appreciated.