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Treehugger added a new photoalbum.
02. November at 12:36:07 Share
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Patrick Hagelstein [img1]
Hmmmm.... Those were not the ones I had in mind. But still, looks like those ridges should be there.
08. November at 20:25:44
Treehugger Ah, ok I think I know what you mean. Though, it looks like that is an additional plated added outside the rear plate. I'll check this out further. Thanks for the input.

Update: Ah, this extra plate is included in the kit. Though, it is cut off in the kit, and doesn't have this full length to the slanted top surface of that smaller plate.
08. November at 20:34:10
Murad ÖZER Treehugger i am following this with great interest since i have the one without plow in the pipeline. my experience with these early cheapo trumpeter armor was their rubber tracks are usually short so i suggest while you are still at the road wheel stage give them a dryfit, if things are as i feared you'll have to do a lot of surgery with the first/last wheels and the sprocket which you don't wanna do it all at the very end before topping the build unless you chose to hide things behind the sideskirts that is.

also another word of caution; if you are intending to do weathering with enamel based products, turpentine based thinners and this early cheap trumpeter plastic don't agree, you'll see any load bearing joints glued with a thin type plastic cement (or had to be forced with like clamps etc. to set) will dissolve and break off, couple this with the above issue of very tight track run and you are looking at bursting wheel arms an suspension off of their joints!
10. November at 21:24:58
Treehugger I did a dry fit with the tracks and it looks like it will be ok. I managed to effortlessly fit the tracks with "three" of the "four" locking pins (they are doubled so there are eight of them in total). Presumably, using a heat gun, I can shape the tracks a little and get the tracks on with full tension without breaking anything.

I am using Vallejo's acrylic paints and acrylic gloss coat stuff, so I should be fine working with weathering. I will take your advice and try avoid using stronger stuff like White Spirit around the glued on wheels.
11. November at 10:48:54
Robert The back of the turret is really a pain in the ***. Had also a lot of problems with my Challi. But you've done a good job!
11. November at 13:47:27
Treehugger Re. that image of the thumb with photo etch. That thing got dropped onto the floor, and it bounced 50 cm !!! Took me 5 minutes to find it under a carpet edge where it stopped after the bounce.
12. November at 19:26:13
Olly You were lucky to ever find it. It is so tiny.
13. November at 13:16:26
Patrick Hagelstein The four thingies in picture 26 are the brackets for the smoke screen mufflers. They should be a little beefier indeed, they are made of half inch thick steel, so the plastic looks more in scale.
13. November at 16:43:05
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November 13, 2018

Q: I have a small tube of Tamiya super glue (cyanoacrylate) and somehow I can no longer get the screw cap on. Any way to fix this? Otherwise I will probably have to pierce the applicator tip with a metal object to get the glue flowing again,.
13. November at 16:01:07 Share
Urban Gardini Get a new one instead as CA will start to deteriorate once you open a tube/bottle.
13. November at 16:23:56
Treehugger Btw, do you know if all cyanoacrylate go hard in their bottle? Any way to prevent that from happening? I've both read about and also seen that one three.. bottles of CA glue I kept unopened. :| Would be nice to be able to keep some CA glue in store, without them going bad after a year or maybe less.
13. November at 16:26:25
Urban Gardini I've heard that you can store CA cold for longevity but I don't remember if it was in the fridge or in the freezer. Not only is it that they can cure in the bottle but I find that they also lose their bite when they've been opened for long no matter how you try to always keep the cap on.
13. November at 17:34:26
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Tip: I think I've had enough of the smell of the plain Tamiya Extra Thin Cement, I'll try out Tamiya's lemon scented glue. (Keep away from kids.) Actually I think I read that this particular glue is not for sale in UK, which afaik has a ban on it.
13. November at 13:24:48 Share
Treehugger Hrm. I think now that I might have made a mistake on ordering a few bottles of the scented glue. According to a review, the content is thicker, and not as thin as the "extra thin" version.
13. November at 14:39:26
Holger Kranich YOU DONT LIKE THE SMELL OF TETC? 8) I am addicted to it. Would love my pillow would smell like that stuff, so can slumber deep in my dreams of modeling. :D :D ;)
13. November at 14:48:05
Treehugger I don't mind the smell too much. I guess I should have said that at the start. I think it is ok, though I have started wondering if maybe my neighbors can smell the scent from the glue. The ventilation at my place isn't the best. Seems like air passes between apartments.

Hehe, Humbrol enamel smell from 20+ years back, very charming I recall. :D
13. November at 15:09:55
Wim van der Luijt Butyl acetate and have to love it....I sometimes use pure MEK for glueing too....even harder on the brain cells :D
13. November at 16:02:06
Urban Gardini The scented one is available in extra thin as well. A bit aggressive on thin plastic parts though. [img1]
13. November at 16:22:30
Treehugger Urban, do you happen to have a Tamiya number for that one? I didn't see that when searching today. Hm, I see now that the ones I ordered are Tamiya l 87113 (presumably a thicker glue).
13. November at 16:29:15
Treehugger I did see another bottle that looked like Extra Thin Cement, but it was only a catalyst agent, to make the glue go hard fast by adding it on top of the Extra Thin Cement.
13. November at 16:30:25
Treehugger Urban, nevermind, I found it on the internet! THANK YOU!

TAMIYA 87134 = Extra Thin + lemon scented
13. November at 16:36:02
Urban Gardini Great mate!
13. November at 17:30:21
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November 12, 2018

Treehugger added the Master German 2cm L/65 Flak 38 and Flakvierling 38 gun barrels (4pcs) (1:35) to his stash.
12. November at 13:09:21 Share

November 11, 2018

Tip: So I tried out melting plastic and pressing the mushy stub into a photo etch tool for making bolt heads, however that did not go as planned and unless I am doing something wrong, I don't see how one can make bolts this way. Half the problem is that the fret of photo etch is so thin, that the shaped 'bolt' dont' really have much mass to it, making it seemingly impossibly to cut off the bit of plastic sprue used. I did try a trick by putting plates of photo etch under the PE mold for the bolts, however, the plastic then fused with the PE mold for the bolts. I suspect that this trick for making bolts only really work with a thick layer of PE, but not thin plates.
11. November at 15:47:45 Share

November 10, 2018

Q: A package sent from UK only yesterday is listed on eBay as 'delivered' today (no time stamp or confirmation). Heh, so I am wondering, how can this even happen? Is this common I wonder. I've never seen this happen before.
08. November at 18:09:50 Share
Urban Gardini Probably means that it's been delivered to the transport company.
08. November at 19:12:47
Treehugger Ah, no this is very unusual. Item is listed as 'delivered' on eBay purchase history. This is obviously wrong. I just can't think how they could screw this up.
08. November at 19:37:23
Ekki I think so too. I had the same when ordering something from Japan. The actual parcel arrived approximately four weeks later.
08. November at 19:38:42
Urban Gardini I've had this experience once before. I don't remember from where but I got my stuff without any problem.
08. November at 20:27:34
Alec K Had a similar experience with a parcel shipping via USPS. The tracking number reported a delivery, but the parcel came over a week later.
10. November at 13:20:09
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November 08, 2018

Treehugger added the Pavla Models Mirage 2000C Correct nose for kit Kinetic (1:48) to his stash.
08. November at 20:32:40 Share
Treehugger added the Master Bf 109 G5-G14, K armament set & Pitot Tube (1:48) to his stash.
1:48 Bf 109 G5-G14, K armament set & Pitot Tube (Master AM-48-011)
Bf 109 G5-G14, K armament set & Pitot Tube (MG 131 tips)
Master 1:48
2012 | New tool
08. November at 20:31:54 Share
Treehugger added the Aber Armament for Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-7 up to A-10 & D-9 (1:48) to his stash.
08. November at 20:31:40 Share
Q: Pavla is selling a corrected nose part for the Kinetic Mirage 2000C (1:48 scale), does anyone know how big of a deal this would be? I haven't found any comparison pictures for this.
08. November at 14:23:17 Share

November 07, 2018

Tip: Buying a common cosmetic dust brush with a large and a small brush, off ebay, is much cheaper than the Tamiya one, if you can't be bothered to try find the one you knew you had, or buying a new one. :)
07. November at 16:34:25 Share

November 06, 2018

Q: I would like to talk to somebody that knows how to use Vallejo's glossy black color for metals, with an airbrush ofc. Anybody here know how to get a nice smooth surface?
06. November at 12:10:59 Share

November 05, 2018

Q: Having a tank model and large and fine photo etched meshed vent/grills, might I as well just glue on the photo etch grills and then airbrush over that, or, ought I paint the underlying surface first? I am using an airbrush btw.
05. November at 22:31:59 Share
Martin Oostrom Paint surface first, Paint mesh PE separately, glue PE. It can be very hard to get your paint through the mesh and get a decent coat on the underlying surface.
Handlebars and such can be glued before painting.

That's my 2 cents. You can keep the change ;)
05. November at 22:36:30
Olly I use a brush. I would paint the underside first. Why should it be different with an airbrush ?
05. November at 22:36:50
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Tip: If you have a tiny detailed part that has been carefully cleaned up, but still looking a little fuzzy, you can smear on a light layer of liquid glue to make the fuzziness go away and smoothen the plastic. Note: Best to do this, AFTER, you have glued the part onto the model, not before.
05. November at 21:35:09 Share

November 04, 2018

Treehugger added the Trumpeter Sd.Kfz. 9/1 Early Version in 1:72 to his wishlist
1:72 Sd.Kfz. 9/1 Early Version (Trumpeter 07253)
Sd.Kfz. 9/1 Early Version Drehkran 6t auf Zugkraftwagen 18t
Trumpeter 1:72
2008 | Changed parts
04. November at 21:53:51 Share
Q: If I have a project going, and if want to show in the 'newsfeed' only the very last uploaded image, or the last few uploaded images, how can I make those latest additions of images show in the 'newsfeed' without everybody having to scroll down to the end of all the images in the project?
04. November at 10:15:16 Share
Ingo F In the album of the project you can click "Edit" in the right top corner. Search for "Teaser". There you can choose the picture that will be seen as first in the Newsfeed.
04. November at 11:11:49
Treehugger Aah, ok. I get it now! Thank you Ingo F.

I have now changed my album settings to show the teaser image, using the last image uploaded.
04. November at 11:30:44
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November 03, 2018

Tip: Trumpeter's chisel tools are nice to have. Just make sure to sharpen them before use. I used a ceramic kitchen knife sharpener, very carefully. These chisel tools comes in different shapes. Keep away from toes and eyes. I always place my scalpel blade far onto the table and never around the edge. :|
03. November at 11:10:58 Share

November 02, 2018

Treehugger added a new project.
In progress
02. November at 12:28:02 Share

November 01, 2018

Tip: Zip loc bags of various sizes are nice for keeping parts in one place. :) I bought mine off eBay.
01. November at 20:41:40 Share
Cuajete I use mostly small bags to protect the transparent parts that come unprotected in the boxes. Sometimes I also use them to protect the decals sheets.
01. November at 20:51:28
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I don't know what kit these tracks will fit. It certainly looks like these tracks is a bad fit for the Trumpeter Challenger 2 MBT kit (Trumpeter 00345). This is a disappointment and I hope maybe later there is some other kit that I can use with these Bronco tracks.
1:35 Challenger 2 MBT Workable Track Link Set (Bronco AB3523)
Challenger 2 MBT Workable Track Link Set
Bronco 1:35
2009 | New tool
01. November at 18:35:32 Share
Warning: Bronco's workable track kit for Challenger 2 (Bronco AB3523) doesn't match the drive sprockets for the Trumpeter Challenger 2 kit (Trumpeter 00345). I guess I should check better before buying stuff. I guess I will now use the vinyl tracks, or try get some AFV aftermarket drive sprockets if such exist. It looks as if the Trumpeter drive sprockets had to have had a larger diameter, in order for the Bronco tracks to fit properly.
01. November at 18:26:59 Share
Treehugger added the ICM Sd.Kfz. 251/1 Ausf.A (1:35) to his stash.
1:35 Sd.Kfz. 251/1 Ausf.A (ICM 35101)
Sd.Kfz. 251/1 Ausf.A WWII German Armoured Personnel Carrier
ICM 1:35
2018 | New tool
01. November at 15:47:44 Share
Hrm, I accidentally placed an order for a kit with molds from 1975. Luckily I will get to cancel the order.
01. November at 15:08:46 Share
Treehugger added the Kinetic Su-33 in 1:48 to his wishlist
1:48 Su-33 (Kinetic K48062)
Su-33 SU-33 Flanker D
Kinetic 1:48
2015 | New tool
01. November at 13:19:12 Share

October 31, 2018

I ordered this without thinking and later found out that this is for Hobby Boss, and perhaps not for Academy Tomcat. I mean, there is also the same looking set, but for Academy, and having a different number. I wonder what is different. I guess it might be the holes. Hopefully, not a big fitting issue.
1:48 F-14A Tomcat Weighted Wheels (Aires 148013)
F-14A Tomcat Weighted Wheels for HobbyBoss
Aires 1:48
31. October at 10:02:55 Share

October 30, 2018

Btw, if you own an Iwata Eclipse airbrush, you can now buy a paint limiter handle as an addon. :) I bought mine from
30. October at 21:04:43 Share
Treehugger added the IBG Models 917t German Truck (1:72) to his stash.
1:72 917t German Truck (IBG Models 72061)
917t German Truck
IBG Models 1:72
2018 | Changed parts
30. October at 17:27:29 Share
The more I keep an eye on Scalemates, the more kits I am craving. :| So happy to be seeing a revival of the scale model kits hobby and having all this extra stuff like photo etch parts today. Upgrading to an airbrush was also a good idea. :)
30. October at 15:26:02 Share

October 29, 2018

I just realized, the next time I airbrush tank wheels.. I will use a bit of styrene and try cut a precise hole so that I don't have to rely on making bits of masking with perfect holes in them. :) I am curious to learn if any of you have tried making your own tank wheel paint mask with a bit of styrene and a hole in it.
28. October at 17:08:08 Share
29. October at 10:47:52
Treehugger I can't imagine that I would be so lucky that one of those holes will fit whatever wheel I will be working on. Though I have been thinking about that idea, I just don't think it will work.
29. October at 11:21:31
Wim van der Luijt buy one these and cut perfect circles from masking tape everytime Compass Circle Cutter (Olfa CMP-1, No)

No Compass Circle Cutter (Olfa CMP-1)
29. October at 11:25:09
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October 28, 2018

Treehugger added the NeOmega Su-27 Cockpit Set in 1:48 to his wishlist
1:48 Su-27 Cockpit Set (NeOmega C2)
Su-27 Cockpit Set for Academy
NeOmega 1:48
28. October at 17:06:06 Share


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