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WEEKLY UPDATE - 14.5.2017

May 14 2017 at 6:51 AM
Paul Giles  (Login Spacewolfdad)
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Consider this your invitation to reply to the WEEKLY UPDATE, with a post of some of your work, whether completed or "in progress" of kits, figures, and dioramas.

This is not a private club or group, anyone and everyone can add to the thread, & is openly encouraged to do so.

All skill levels are encouraged to participate, & everything Braille and relating to this forum is in scope.

There is no need to write a "short story" to accompany any work submitted, though some notes about what you are posting is usually useful (though you may write at length if you wish) and queries for assistance, opinions or advice with a build or kit are encouraged.

Comments are encouraged, be they suggestions, tips, advices, hints, warnings of kit or instruction deficiencies, questions, etc, with the proviso they show the level of respect to the poster and the work they have taken the time to show us, that is customary on the forum.

The intention is that a new WEEKLY UPDATE is created each week on the same day, to allow people to post new pictures and updates of their work, as the original will "move down" and will be hard to find after a week.

The WEEKLY UPDATE is not intended to change how people already use the forum, though anyone is welcome to add their updates and comments, its intent is to draw a few of those who work away on braille scale subjects and seldom or never post, to share some of what they do.

 
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Piotr Pyrczak
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Firefly hybrid Ic WIP

May 14 2017, 9:10 AM 

Hi all,
Here's my hybrid Firefly in the making. I used the well known Heller kit together with the old Esci/Italeri hull front, OKB tracks and some spare bits from Dragon Shermans. I didn't have a decent gun shield (I do have an UM one but it's not that good) so I reworked one to match a Firefly shield and house a RB model barrel. The sprockets needed spacers to take the new tracks so that got fixed as well. All it needs now is some stowage and maybe some track armour on the turret. Any suggestions regarding stowage are welcome - I don't want to cake it with tracks as I put a bit of effort to make it look like a Firefly. I'm tempted to put a length of tracks hanging on the bracket I fixed between the front mudguards but I don't know if that's not too much load. I have Dan Taylors ammo boxes on order which will go as part of the stowage. I'm planning to put some camo on the barrel - was chicken wire exclusive to US tanks or was it seen on Commonwealth tanks as well? My plan is to do this one as a Canadian tank, no markings yet still under investigation.

Here we go, all feedback welcome.

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Cheers
Piotr

 
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Edern Philippe
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Re: Firefly hybrid Ic WIP

May 14 2017, 12:16 PM 

very nice conversion .

phil

 
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Piotr Pyrczak
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Thanks Phil! n/t

May 14 2017, 2:30 PM 


 
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John lewis
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Firefly

May 14 2017, 1:00 PM 

Nice work on it, lots of kits gave their lives for this one.
What was the purpose of the composite hulled shermans??
Jl


 
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Piotr Pyrczak
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Hi John

May 14 2017, 2:40 PM 

The gist of the idea was that complete cast hulls were cheaper and faster to build than welded ones but also required high capacity foundries. Cast front piece allowed to cut costs and manhours. Later on, when the hull was redesigned with a single piece glacis plate, the composite hull proved ballistically inferior and was abandoned. Still, it makes for a very interesting subject to build.

Cheers
Piotr

 
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Graham Mansell
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Very good start, can't wait to see it dressed up...

May 14 2017, 3:42 PM 

...as a Canadian!!

 
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Piotr Pyrczak
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Thanks Graham n/t

May 16 2017, 6:12 AM 


 
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paul bishop
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Nice kit bash

May 14 2017, 4:20 PM 

looking forward to seeing this one finished

 
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Piotr Pyrczak
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Cheers Paul n/t

May 16 2017, 6:13 AM 


 
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Paul Giles
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Very nice cross-kitting...

May 14 2017, 8:40 PM 

Hello Piotr,

This looks an interesting project, lots of nice detail again like your other Sherman. I can recommend Dan's ammo boxes, there is one fixed to the rear mudguard of my Grant, very easy to bend and look brilliant when made up. Again the OKB tracks make a world of difference to the model and look great. I can't advise on the stowage as I am not that conversant with Allied armour, something I hope to rectify. However, I recall that the British and Canadian tanks looked less cluttered than their American compatriots, but I will stand being corrected. I look forward to the next update, very good work so far.

All the best,

Paul

 
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Piotr Pyrczak
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Thanks Paul

May 16 2017, 6:15 AM 

Your Grant is inspirational I have to say. I'm tempted to go towards one from Burma. Regarding stowage Brits might have carried less kit on deck but they sure loved track armour.

Cheers
Piotr

 
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Dan Rosecrans
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Very nice............

May 15 2017, 1:01 PM 

kit-bash, Piotr. I've yet to see a new Airfix Sherman; don't know what happened there.
Anyway, nice build......Dan

 
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Piotr Pyrczak
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Thanks Dan

May 16 2017, 6:18 AM 

Airfix coming out with a Sherman as well? Last thing I heard about from them was the Cromwell. Good to hear there will be more spare parts around.

Cheers
Piotr

 
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Elliott Winthrop
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Canadian Hybrid Firefly

May 15 2017, 11:56 PM 

Hi Piotr, loving it so far, there is only one real option ...

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Hope you have some spare Church tracks!

Cheers
Elliott

 
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paul bishop
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love the fake muzzle brake on the barrel!! n/t

May 16 2017, 1:48 AM 


 
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Piotr Pyrczak
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Hi Elliott

May 16 2017, 6:23 AM 

I've seen this one. Too bad there's no decent Churchill tracks around to pull this off properly. I was thinking of something like this one:

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Less tracks to cover the interesting bits and a camo net on the barrel. I'll go for a scene with the tank in a defensive position, tarps and nets covering the front, at least that's my idea.

Cheers
Piotr

 
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paul bishop
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this weeks work

May 14 2017, 9:57 AM 

I started a few new models as I was away in the country for the weekend...to add to the bench wink.gif

First up we have some modern items from Cromwell Models in the shape of the The Ajax and Are, formerly known as the Scout SV (Specialist Vehicle), is a family of armoured fighting vehicles being developed by General Dynamics UK for the British Army.

Ajax

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Ares
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and for contrast aBW Models Scammell Explorer
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John lewis
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In the country

May 14 2017, 1:03 PM 

And working at the bench.
More nice stuff in the works.
Are the first two shown in service or just developmental stuff?
Jl

 
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paul bishop
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I know

May 14 2017, 4:22 PM 

I have two benches...

They are just coming into service. Already a few mods from the one I have shown in extra armour and the Barracuda camouflage system (in Nato 3 colour which is interesting)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajax_(Scout_SV)

 
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