Many thanks for your 'likes', everyone. It's not my best for sure, but definitely learning as I go! The Spad worked out better, I thought.
I'm thinking about a Matt coat, to kill the gloss....
Nice one Bruce, more so because this is tiny in this scale.
A matt coat would be a good idea.
Many thanks, Jan. Anything 1:72 or larger was already sold out, hence adding this one to the few 1:144 I have already. Painting was the challenge...
September 4, 2021
Thanks, Guy, my visits to Hendon RAF Museum paid off 👍
Many thanks, Bruce, I think it was one of the best build I followed and I think the result it's fantastic! Please go on with rigging!!!
Many thanks for your kind words, Moreno. The kit's struts are very fragile, so I would be sure to destroy it in my first-ever attempts at adding rigging.... so, I will just have to learn Photoshop instead 😉 sorry to disappoint.... 🙁
Bruce, you could use Albion Alloys nickel Silver rod of .2 of .1 mm for rigging. It is stiff, can be cut with scissors, and glued with ca glue and will not put any stress on the struts. I used it for my Gladiator.
The Lewis gun is fantastic.
Erik, many thanks for your tip. I am very tempted, and it certainly would add lots to the finished plane. Yes, I am impressed with the quality of the MG, and how inexpensive it was. Def passing on bughunter's recommendation!
August 28, 2021
August 24, 2021
Top result! 👍 Really deserves presentation off the kitchen kleenex!
Have a great break, Robert. Neuling, thank you for your 👍 too. I'm delighted with everyone's comments and 'likes'. I was thinking of a simple base with grass and tyre tracks, chocked wheels, etc 🙂
Bruce, lovely looking spit, you've done yourself proud 🙂
Thank you so much, Augie. But there is still lots of room for improvement, so I need to sharpen up my (limited) skills 🙂
August 23, 2021
I like the jeep. Oops ........ it disappeared !
Sorry for the confusion, Neuling, I'm making separate albums instead. But glad the jeep caught your attention before disappearing!
Given that these things emerge from the sea freshly washed, instead of mud and dust, a few sprigs of sea weed tangled in the tracks would be appropriate 😉
The kit comes woith plenty of spare grab handles, so one was modified into a shoot bolt for a pair of farm yard gates, in a diorama! And it is fully-working 🙂
Many thanks for your 'likes', mates. I would never have dared to brush paint the AAMTRAC, if it hadn't gone well on the MUTT.....
August 22, 2021
August 21, 2021
July 27, 2021
The question is, should I use PE extras, or stick to OOB?
July 25, 2021
Great effect! I keep it in mind for next step
Thanks, Noss, and for your other 'likes' too. I need to get back to this soon - too many things not quite finished!
That's our curse, too much kits no time enough 😄
Looking very good 👍
Many thanks, Rui and David. ?
Real name is 'Chenillette' not "Universal Scout Carrier'.
Merci, Olivier ?
Many thanks for your 'likes', guys.
Looking really good. Weathering and tarpaulin are very convincingly recreated. (BTW - according to your description it is 1:72nd but all the given reference links suggest 1:35th scale...)
You are quite correct, Robert, but this vehicle is soo small, I keep forgetting. The tracks are only approx 5.5mm wide.
I know that - here in Poland we had similar "tankettes/chenillettes" - TKS - and when I saw the one preserved "in the flesh", I could not imagine how anyone would be willing to get into the battle sitting inside these contraptions. From my perspective TKS seemed smaller than my Fiat Panda 😉 Great work on this model, congrats, Bruce!
Many thanks for your generous praise, but I wish I could remedy mistakes in the suspension, and of course the tracks..... Ah well, next time ?
Nice litle thing 👍
Now with some dusty accumulations, and a few rusty knocks and scrapes.
Many thanks, Robert ?
Many thanks for your 'likes', everyone. I need to find a connection piece, for the piston to link to the long strut that launches the bridge.
July 24, 2021
Cool! I love the look of Churchill tank in general, but this is one is outlandish (I have not known that it can move after assembly...I am just sorry that it is 1:76th scale not 1:72nd, but I think I will dig my Hasegawa kit very soon... 😉 )
July 20, 2021
First steps with this big empty box of a vehicle. More to follow in due course.
Looks really good! Very interesting vehicle. I feel an unhealthy craving for German vehicles that don't have a roof 🙂.
This one of them must be the most beautiful to me. I also have a Flak like this, but HobbyBoss (formerly Tristar), and finds it very hard to restrain myself from starting him until I've finished my started models.
Hi Vytautas, many thanks for your comments, and your 'likes' across my little collection of 1:72 and 1:35 vehicles. Much appreciated, as I am very impressed by your creations ? I too have too many not-quite-finished projects, and plenty of choice in my stash.... ?
July 19, 2021
Many thanks for your 'likes' everyone. A few more 'classics' are being re-visited and tidied up... They were fine when finished but I can see a few areas that could be better....
That Jeep is awesome! Figures are always a pain in the arse. I avoid them. You've pulled it off
I've got a jeep and truck in the stash to be built of the LRDG (Kiwi) so it's inspiring work
Thanks for your kind words, James. I'll upload some piccies of the truck soon. The set with figures and lots of cargo was a very enjoyable build. Have fun with yours ?
Sea of Sand is recommended movie ?
July 18, 2021
For Gorbygould ?
We need to drive this tank to storm Downing Street and demand better funding for the NHS! 😄
Cool! Not only does this provide a civilian tank for Gorby, but, on top of that, it would be a perfect companion for his NHS Spit!
July 16, 2021
July 15, 2021
July 14, 2021
Unfortunately I messed up the joining up of the rubber tracks, so they are far from perfect.... ☹️
Many thanks for your 'likes'. This is a very nice kit with lots of tiny parts to be careful with, that add to the finished model. I kept this one looking neat and tidy, as it waits to board a landing craft, destined for Normandy.
Many thanks for your 'likes', everyone - all are much appreciated 🙂 This is a nice kit - so def recommended.
Nicely done Bruce. What color have you used on this?
Thanks, Alec, that's very kind of you. I can't be certain, but I think is was Ocher, Humbrol enamel No 83. I may have adjusted it a little with Pale Stone, 121..... The instructions give two options: 'bright green', or match the picture! I tried to match the plane displayed in Prague's Technical Museum 🙂 I'll see if I can up-load some piccies, but the plane is very dusty!!
Good work, Bruce! Unique model.
Thanks, Robert 🙂 The Technical Museum is full of inspiring vehicles of all sorts.
Indeed, Bruce, I have been in this museum several times before reconstruction.
July 13, 2021
Thanks, John, there are lots of surface detail on this kit of few parts. The tracks, wheels and bogeys come as one unit, but with lots of detail to work with 🙂 Most of the large upper surfaces were only painted by dry-brushing.
Many thanks for your 'likes', everyone 🙂
Top small scale build!
Looks fantastic, Bruce, congrats!
Wow! Your generous comments are much appreciated 🙂 As always, the camera never lies, so there are areas that could be improved - including ensuring that the cabin fits snuggly to the deck before taking piccies... (no gaps at all, and a good fit, so no need for glue!). I might be tempted to try to put glass in the windows.....
I always feel the same about my models...🙂 I glued some transparent foil in my model and it seems to improve its look 😉
I think that I will re-visit this one, just to tone down the white of the decals, and to make the weaponry less plastic....
I think that I need to invest in a magnifying light and better quality brushes.....
July 12, 2021
Many thanks for your feedback, Jonn! And for the 'likes', guys ? The figures' postures help tell a story.
Hello. May I ask what paint you used ? What colour I mean.
Hi Olivier. The vehicle has Humbrol enamel 121, Pale Stone. It may look a little green if it is picking up light from the tree nearby!
Very nice scenery! And I like the railroad tracks ..............
Thanks Neuling, I figured a hot dry climate wouldn't rust the rails much.
One from the waybackmachine
So very cool Bruce.
Thanks, Peppy. I have a Spad SA4 in my stash, equally unusual.
Many thanks for your 'likes', everyone. I picked this kit up second hand at an IPNS exhibition and swap meet that was open to the public. I was delighted that the box contained two kits!
I must re-visit this, and make some little improvements..... the camera 'sees' more than my eyes 😉
July 11, 2021
July 10, 2021
July 5, 2021
All constructive criticism welcome 🙂 suggestions for improvements?
I like it. 👍 What I would sugest, is a Matt varnish cote on the figures clouths, and to reduce the decal silvering, cut the excess suport film and use gloss varnish before apply them. Also use decal pruducts like Micro set or Micro sol, should help.
Thanks for your advice, Rui. I'm having no luck with Matt varnishes. I've tried Humbrol Matt Cote and also an acrylic Matt varnish. Neither seem to reduce shine ☹️ All of the paints were meant to be Matt too! I've tried a satin Cote on aircraft before applying decals, and use DecalFix now too. These seem to work well in most situations.
Be welcome Bruce, did you use enamell or acrilic Humbrol Matt Cote?
I use enamell, but if I dont mixe it well, it dosen't work.
Enamel, Rui. I'll give it a good stir and see if that works better.
You can see what happen to me in photo 294 and 295 (set 30), of the folowing album:
Marder II D_16 Inf Mot Div_Rasputitsa_Kalmykiya | Album by mig (1:35)
You give me Hope ? That is quite an army you created - very impressed with your steady hand and good eyesight!
If you use an airbrush you should be ok.
No, just brushes. I am finding acrylic paints much easier to achieve a good finish, and enjoying these challenges ?
July 4, 2021
July 1, 2021
June 21, 2021
Very realisti. ?
Thanks, Alex ?
Fantastic! Can we get some WIP photos or the feedback on the quality and fit of parts, please?
Hi Robert, sorry no WIP pccies, but the kit goes together with no problems at all. There are some very fine parts in the engine, so care is required not to break them. I didn't succeed in that respect... Def recommended kit. The photo etched parts are okay too, but the door hinges come in pairs of tiny parts. Too small for me...
Thanks for your 'likes', all.
Thanks a lot Bruce. (I am afraid the PE parts will be too tiny for me too, yet I feel encouraged...but I do not know which one of three I shall start assemble first...choices, choices 😉)
Many thanks for your 'likes', everyone. Robert, pick the one in the smallest box first, and save the biggest til last 🙂 Have fun 🙂
Thanks for your suggestion, Bruce. Sure, this will be fun. In my stash I have also perhaps the most fantastic aerosan - Sever-2 from "Military Vehicles":
Soviet aerosan "Sever-2" ("N..(Military Wheels 7262, 1:72)
but this one will have to wait...
Nevertheless, I feel tempted to start the most recent offering from Trumpeter:
NKL-6 Aerosan (Trumpeter 02355, 1:35)
Me, jealous? No, not a bit, honest..... They both look great 🙂
very cool. I bet that's a cold ride!
Sheepskin coat, hat and mittens essential. Felt boots too, no doubt. No goggles though, so must have been exhilarating!
Surely, the smile kept frozen on soldiers's faces...😄
Say "Cheese" for the camera ?
Děkuju Karel a všichni.
Something special. Well done!
Nice work! I've read that the figures in this kit are a bit difficult to get in place. This must have been a cold beast to ride in!
Hi Mike, the figures fit fine, but the multi-piece hats need to be adjusted so they look better. If I recall, the ear flaps need to be thinned down. No adjustements needed to make the crew hold the steering wheel or machine gun.
Many thanks for your 'likes' and feedback, everyone. The camera never lies, so there are definately a few areas where the paint could be improved....
June 20, 2021
Freshly white-washed, so no exhaust staining, yet....
Thanks, Stefan. I just tried to make it a clean build. Beyond my skills to weather it like some fine examples on other member's albums.
Very clean and careful build. At first sight it looks like a 1/ 35 model. 👍
Many thanks for your comments, Neuling. It's a nice kit with just enough going on inside to make it more intersting. I would recommend adding decals to the ammunition before fixing in place though, 'cos it's a tad tricky if one follows the sequence in the instructions!
June 19, 2021
Thanks for your likes, all.
No attempt to add rigging ?
I think I'd need a masterclass before giving it a bash, Erik. Lots of other skills to acquire first, perhaps?
You should try Albion Alloys Nickel Silver rod : it is stiff, but it can be easily cut with scissors, painted with an alcohol marker, glued with kristal klear , and it will enhance your model considerably.
Nickel Silver Rod 0.2mm 305mm Long (Albion Alloys NSR02, No)
Well, I have no excuse not to give it a try, Erik. Many thanks for your advice ??
June 8, 2021
Funny how the colours change according to which image we look at. Nice model for me.
Great work with this miserable old kit - lovely to see one built so well!
Thanks for your 'likes' everyone, and kind words Olivier and Mark. This kit was heavily discounted having been water-damaged. The box had been a soggy mess but the contents were fine 🙂
June 7, 2021
June 6, 2021
Hi Bruce, I think that the camo isn't too bad! Moreover, you are now more experienced!
Thanks for your encouragement, Moreno. Wet on wet with acres of solvent sloshing around is not recommended! Acrylics seem to dry too fast to work like this, so I'll have to experiment further.
That's a fun subject for experimentation. It calls you to do another. 👍
I've been experimenting and learning lots, painting cobbled roads, stone and brick walls. Def not as easy as some modellers' dioramas look. Can't beat a challenge!
Bruce … try adding retarder to the acrylic paint ,,,, some water and dishwashing soap will do
Maybe for outlining the brown spots you could have used a light brown pencil, so it would have been less of a problem if it shines through. Maybe if you add some additional layers it will improve, and the merging you could also achieve with a filter.
Bruce, you invented the marble camouflage pattern! 👍
Thanks for the tips, Julian and Steven. In my defence, Neuling, I was trying to faithfully follow the instruction's pattern and the box-art colours. Freeform? Precision! 😉