And a superb result it is too! I missed your earlier posts but am glad to see your kit's full story. I am inspired to give link and length one more try.....
Thanks Bruce 👍 Definitely give it a go, once you get the knack is becomes less frustrating 🙂 I think there are some good hacks, such as using tape to keep everything steady as you work your way around, probably some Youtube vids might be useful 👍
Thanks for your tips,Tom.
Thx Tini, just clearing my backlog of unfinished kits before an order of 1:35 Shermans arrives 😄
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This was an interesting build. A long way from my comfortable Tamiya-zone experience. The antenna and the shovel were not fit for purpose, so I took a shovel from a 1:72 Opel Blitz and stretched some sprue for the antenna. Lost a lifting hook to a parallel quantum dimension off the end of my tweezers so I used the wire from a plastic tie strip. The gun attachment behind the mantlet looked like a dog had chewed it while it was still on the runner, so I cut a segment of bamboo chopstick that was the right diameter. The tracks seemed pretty good and formed nicely to the right shape, and then one of them snapped. I managed to bore the end of the gun out without destroying the plastic and without putting a hole in my finger. Quite pleased overall. I will give it a once over with primer and then I think it will look quite good with an olive drab base coat.
Looks nice 👍
Thx guys 👍
July 1, 2021
Job done, game over.
Pretty cool Tom and welcome to the dark side that is 1/35 scale armour 😉👍
Your build reminded me that I have this kit in the stash as well.
If/when I get around to it, I will probably do it in an early camo scheme.
This one inspired me to start my own, older Tamiya kit... the Panzer IV
Very good result! 👍
Now with a very Nice weathering. Well done 👍
James, Neuling, Rui, thank you 👍 I am very pleased with the result and happy to cross the finish line. Now I can just enjoy the model without thinking about what I need to do next 😄
James, that PzIV looks good, are you posting pics?
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I like this Tamiya 1/48 MMV series. A bit easier on the eyes for building than 1/72, but still compact for my limited working/display space. Starting off with the Firefly.
Build a basic paint job done. Got a coat of satin varnish on. Next step: planning some basic weathering - a bit of dust, etc.
I want to get the basics done: dust, wear and tear, but I've not done weathering before. Should I airbrush the dust, or dot filter, or a general wash or filter? Any suggestions for basic treatments welcome. Cheers! 🙂
Excellent, thx JD! 👍
Thanks JD, great resources! I spent half my life without the internet, how did we manage back then? 😄
The thing holding me back is fear of failure. I should just dive in and try these things. I can't get kits very easily/economically where I am, so I hate the idea of trashing a kit. Especially a Sherman 😄
Yeah, just dive in and play and experiment like you are a kid again, and don't worry about messing things up, because failure is the greatest teacher. When I first started up again 5 years ago I was so afraid to mess up a model, that I built a little tank out of wood to learn to airbrush on, then later grabbed some toys from the local dollar store to practice on. When I felt comfortable enough I switched to actual models, and have been doing it ever since. It's a good idea to practice on stuff you don't care about first to gain experience 😉
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I am not surprised at this. When I was in Japan oh way back in the late '70's, many of the restaurants/food courts etc. had a display window that showed all the different dishes/offerings they had. They were all models. They looked very real and for awhile there I thought when they opened they cooked them up to be displayed and maybe later in the day replaced them. Turned out not real. Not sure the material they used but some rubber/latex thing.
That's an unusual kit. I wonder if there are Takoyaki and Ebi Fry kits as well...
Would love to eat... no, build those. 😄
We still see those display model dishes in the windows of Japanese restaurants here in Thailand. That's my second-favourite part, after the real food 😄 Yeah, takoyaki are another favourite, WG 👍
If in Japan, there are activities for foreign tourists to experience making food samples.
Of course including takoyaki or ebi fly. (^o^)
I hope to go back one day, Akira: 1) See Fuji-san again 2) Go on a plamo tour 😄
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Primed and some base coat on before rain stopped play (I spray outside). Tamiya Fine Surface Primer and then TS-3. I will finish up the tracks and wheels with a brush, base coat the vehicle with TS-3, attach tracks and fenders, and then camo 🙂
Tracks painted, attached with fenders, build finished, 3-colour camo next.
Consistent systematic approach. Bravo!
What kind of camouflage do you want to paint?
Peter, thanks 👍 - the Fujimi instructions only provide a scheme for grey, so I am following a Tamiya guide for yellow (base), green and brown (pic 15).
Thanks Tom. I continue to watch.
May 5, 2021
Full series here: https://www.tamiya.com/english/products/list/48mm/kit32501.htm
Thanks for showing! 👍
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My entry for #KITOFF4CHUF on Twitter.
April 12, 2021
Not to worry, it usually means the system needs a memory upgrade or something and our intrepid Webmaster is on the case.. 😎
Cheers JD, got it 👍
reported yesterday already. you can see at feature request section
Cheers Spanjaard 👍
April 11, 2021
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Build finished. Primer and base coat on next weekend. Time's up this week.
Got up early to get the spray booth up and running before work. Elefant now built and primed. For a cheap 1:76 kit, I think it is starting to look good. The rubber tracks were horrible to put on, but they have a good shape. Dark yellow base coat next, for three-colour camo.
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Nathan, the images of the golden noodles don't look so great tbh. So even though I really want one, I don't mind not having one. And I think my life would be over if I spent a grand on a kit 😄
Jan, Brandon, I guess it is pretty strange, but you summed it up perfectly, Brandon 👍
Very very awkward 🤔, but I love it 😀👍🏼
The Japanese are a very fascinating people 😄
$29,50 and a Humbrol jar with gold paint would do the trick for me as well 😂(no offending)
Tini, Alexander, the golden version is not on ebay anymore, so either someone paid a grand for it or the lucky and undeserving owner still has it. Plenty of standard kits on there though, get one while you can 😄
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Hoping my eyes can manage 1:76...
January 25, 2021