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Posted 23 November 2016 - 07:23 AM

I'm going to do this one as a Work In Progress.

 

First job around lunchtime today was to clear some space on the workbench and lay out all the sprues for easy access while I'm putting this thing together. It's difficult to see, but I gave all the sprues, (apart from the clear one and the polycaps of course), a light coat of basic olive drab a few days ago, and also began pre-painting several of the parts, including the turret interior and the tracks, before beginning the assembly procedure.

 

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Basic tools and other stuff -- with new blades installed in both knives -- were laid out on the cheap plastic tray I use when putting kits together -- saves me hunting on the floor when I drop the tinier parts. A sheet of white paper helps me to actually see those tinier parts.

As this photo shows, there was a certain amount of construction done already earlier this morning -- which is out of sequence with the supplied instructions. I tend not to follow the instructions in a linear fashion anyway, cos I'd rather get the boring stuff done first. You can just about make out the wet dark grey paint, in the photo after this one, where I've patched up the rubber tires on those bogie's after cutting them from their sprues and putting them together.

 

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The hull on this particular kit isn't the usual tub that you normally get with scale model AFV's. You have to construct it from several separate parts. So this is where I left it late afternoon after running an additional bead of glue on all internal joints. By the time that glue sets, the hull ought to be a real strong structure which will easily support the subsequent handling when I get back to the assembly work. 

 

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Meanwhile, I started putting the Tank Riders together. And I'll tell you what guys, I'm really impressed with these particular injection molded figures. The detail is so sharp you could shave with it, and they're easily the equivalent of much more expensive resin figures.

Sure, I'll likely have to remove the arms again, (that's why they're only attached by a smear of glue), but I've noticed that WW2 Airborne uniforms exhibit a significant touch of grey in the basic olive drab, so I'll be mixing this as almost a one-off color and attaching the arms at this stage ensures they'll be the same color as the rest of the uniform after I put the airbrush to the figures. 

 

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To be continued as and when....



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Posted 23 November 2016 - 07:32 AM

This will be very interesting Harry.  I have so many 1/35 kits in storage that I've been meaning to build over the years but just haven't gotten around to it. 

 

This makes me want to get some of those armor kits out and start to work. 

 

Can you tell me which Tamiya kit this is, like kit # or show the box?  I know I have several 1/35 Tamiya Shemans in storage and might have this one too. 


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Posted 23 November 2016 - 08:01 AM



This will be very interesting Harry.  I have so many 1/35 kits in storage that I've been meaning to build over the years but just haven't gotten around to it. 

 

This makes me want to get some of those armor kits out and start to work. 

 

Can you tell me which Tamiya kit this is, like kit # or show the box?  I know I have several 1/35 Tamiya Shemans in storage and might have this one too. 

 

Tamiya #35346, here's a link to it on Tamiya Stateside:-

http://www.tamiyausa...8-sherman-35346

 

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Forgot to mention that I'm not going to use this model in the upcoming BoB diorama. I have the Verlinden "Fury" aftermarket set and also the full "Fury" crew from Bravo6 on order for this one. What I'm actually going to use in the diorama is an M4A1 from Italeri with an aftermarket British Crew -- and I've was just this minute been informed that it sounds like it's hit the local Post Office to be delivered tomorrow -- so I might just build both of them in tandem.

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Posted 23 November 2016 - 09:06 AM

Looking forward to this build.

I would love to build more tanks but running out to space now has I have many build model planes.



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Posted 23 November 2016 - 09:14 AM

Looking forward to this build.

I would love to build more tanks but running out to space now has I have many build model planes.

 

Shouldn't take more than a couple of days to get to the weathering stage. I got sidetracked a few times today corresponding with mates on other forums, but ought to be able to focus on the build tomorrow.

Cheers

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Posted 23 November 2016 - 09:38 AM

Great thread Harry
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Posted 23 November 2016 - 09:39 AM

We are starting to turn into a true scale modeling forum with many doing plastic kits and others modifying our usual stuff.....Very cool.

 

Dont forget Hobby Bunker is a full service hobby shop and he carries models.....So these projects are not off topic.

 

 

 

I will be doing Fire Engines and Police cars soon.

 

It all just adds to the fun and diversity.


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Posted 23 November 2016 - 10:38 AM

Interesting build. Look forward to more

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Posted 23 November 2016 - 03:56 PM

Harry,

 

Great idea to record this as a step by step guide

 

Mark



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Posted 23 November 2016 - 04:25 PM

Interesting build. Look forward to more

Mitch

 

If the shipping box that's getting delivered later today is indeed my latest Hannants order from the UK with that M4A1, then the build will likely slow down while I assess whether I'll do both Sherman's at the same time. If it's the order from Hong Kong, which includes an M18 Hellcat, then I might well decide to do it at the same time as well.

Alternating between a bit of work on one, and then a bit of work on another while glue/paint is setting is how I tend to do figures so fast.

Not that I'm in a race with myself, but once I start a project like this, I like to horse on and get it finished.



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Posted 23 November 2016 - 04:26 PM

Harry,

 

Great idea to record this as a step by step guide

 

Mark

 

Saves me boring the knickers off folk by sending out multiple emails.... :D



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Posted 23 November 2016 - 07:27 PM

Harry,

 

Your emails are never boring always contains useful information or interesting stories

 

Mark



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Posted 23 November 2016 - 10:04 PM

Harry,

 

Your emails are never boring always contains useful information or interesting stories

 

Mark

 

:o .... B)



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Posted 24 November 2016 - 12:58 AM

Morning 24-Nov-2016

 

Okay, getting back to the E8 kit, the lower hull is considerably more intricate and includes a lot more parts than the simple Christie design of the Cromwell, but that's it together now and set to one side while the glue sets.

 

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Turning to the upper hull, the instructions call for 1mm holes to be drilled through the structure to accommodate some grab handles. 

 

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Seems a bit odd that you should have to do this with what Tamiya's sales blurb calls a "state-of-the-art" kit. My battery dremel made quick work of them. Most modelers will have at least a pin-vice in their toolkit but I'm just highlighting this as something to be aware of if anyone else is contemplating building this model.

 

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Here's the new locating holes on the top side of the hull after I cleaned them out and slightly countersunk them with a quick twist of a modeling knife.

 

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The fenders went on next. I was a bit dubious about these as there's no locating pins on them, but after a dry run to check exactly how they should be added, they fit on like a dream. I then added some reinforcing beads of plastic cement to the interior joints and put it to one side while the glue sets.

 

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I want to depict the hull hatches open on this model, so took extra care when adding the details. I did expect these to be PE, but the plastic parts are reasonably thin and look okay to me.

 

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And that's it for progress this morning cos it's time to go rustle up some lunch. 

A mate of mine down in Shenzhen sent me a Red Cross Parcel containing catering quantities of Brit bacon and sausages he'd smuggled in from Hong Kong -- they turned up via domestic courier yesterday and I've been looking forward to this ever since. West of Scotland well-fired rolls would turn the bacon butties into Manna from Heaven, but some fresh French bread and lashings of HP sauce will make for an acceptable substitute.

:D  :D  :D

Will be back with more progress late afternoon/early evening.

Oh yeah, and I'll swop out the present lens on my camera for the Macro one so I get better snaps.

 

Cheers

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Posted 24 November 2016 - 03:17 AM

Oh fuck Harry you can build and paint anything .

 

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Posted 24 November 2016 - 03:52 AM

Oh fuck Harry you can build and paint anything .

 

Chris.

 

:lol:  :lol:  :lol:

Naah Chris, that's Leonardo you're thinking of.

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Posted 24 November 2016 - 05:38 AM

Early Evening 24-Nov-2016

 

Okay, back up in the hobby room, it was time to install the fender struts -- all 22 of the things. No doubt there's several ways of getting these wrong, but there's only one way to get them right. The instructions don't help much at this point, those foxy model engineers at Tamiya obviously want to keep modelers on their toes, but real close scrutiny of photos of the actual tank keeps you from making any massive foul-ups.

 

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Actually, now I think about it, some of those fender struts might have to come back off, but I won't know for sure until the Fury aftermarket set gets delivered and I figure out what's involved with installing all the additional items.

Anyway, for now, it's just a case of adding more of the kit details.

 

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Until you reach the stage where the upper and lower hulls can be assembled.

 

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I've deliberately left the pioneer tools off -- they'll be painted separately and added later, along with the clear headlight lenses.

This really is a lovely kit to put together, and notwithstanding instructions that can be pretty vague at times, the build hasn't resulted in too much profanity.

Here's a close-up of the textures and weld lines on the lower hull. Very nicely rendered indeed.

 

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Lemme see, what's the time? Okay, it's 18:30hrs with me -- so time for a break. I might carry on with the turret tonight and then spray the top coat of olive drab tomorrow morning.

Depends what's on the telly I suppose.

 

Cheers

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Posted 24 November 2016 - 08:47 AM

Well, the TV wasn't great -- no surprises there then -- so after the third session today, here's where I'm at with the Easy-Eight. Got a little bit more to do on the turret tomorrow morning and then it can go into the spray booth for a topcoat. While that's drying, I can get on with painting the tracks and pioneer tools -- then fix the rubber tires on those bogies. I must've used flat black instead of rubber black when I touched them in yesterday. It's no biggie.

 

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Meanwhile, another order turned up around an hour ago. It's the one I was waiting for from Hong Kong and includes among other things, the Academy Hellcat, so I've some light reading to look forward to later tonight.

 

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In reviews I've read, this kit is generally praised overall, but also come in for a bit of criticism due to some slight inconsistencies in the turret shape. The AFV Club version doesn't escape Scot free either, and it's double the price of this example from S. Korea. Besides, slight errors are easily hidden if deemed necessary. I wanted a Hellcat in one of my dioramas, so I'm happy enough with this one from the boys in Seoul..

 

Cheers

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Posted 24 November 2016 - 10:24 AM

Great topic Harry.  As much as tanks leave me a bit cold I am very much enjoying your step by step modeling guide on this one.  It is quite fun to watch a talented modeler at work.  Thanks much for sharing. B)



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Posted 24 November 2016 - 11:03 AM

Great topic Harry.  As much as tanks leave me a bit cold I am very much enjoying your step by step modeling guide on this one.  It is quite fun to watch a talented modeler at work.  Thanks much for sharing. B)

 

You're welcome mate.

I've tried to make it interesting.


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