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Rick Taylor (MasterGunner)
US

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Wall

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19. September, 17:56

September 13, 2021

Rick Taylor owns this item
13. September, 16:51

September 10, 2021

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1:35 M3 Stuart (Tamiya 35360)
U.S. Light Tank
M3 Stuart Late Production
Tamiya 1:35
35360 2018 | New tool
10. September, 06:10
Rick Taylor owns this item
10. September, 06:09

September 7, 2021

Rick Taylor added a new photoalbum.
7 images
View album, image #6
1:35
French De Bange 220mm Mortar
10 | 6. September, 02:58
Neuling
Everything just fine, the wooden planks look more than perfect!
6. September, 10:10
Robert Podkoński
This one looks equally menacing 😉
6. September, 10:33
6. September, 11:17
Rick Taylor
Thanks guys! These are great little kits - not at all what people expect for 3D printed.
6. September, 17:17
Rui S
Nicely done 👍
6. September, 19:52
Rick Taylor
Thanks Rui!
7. September, 01:07
Bruce Huxtable
Astonishing, superb for sure 👍🙂
7. September, 07:28
Rick Taylor
Thanks Bruce!
7. September, 20:31

September 6, 2021

Rick Taylor added a new photoalbum.
10 images
View album, image #4
1:35
Vargas Mortaio da 149
9 | 4. September, 19:02
Bruce Huxtable
Liking this unusual subject, and the pattinations you have achieved.
4. September, 19:11
Rui S
Great weathering 👍
4. September, 19:28
Rick Taylor
Thanks Rui and Bruce! This was only my second attempt with the hairspray technique. It worked great.
4. September, 20:38
Neuling
I agree with Bruce and Rui.
6. September, 10:11
Robert Podkoński
Looks menacingly realistic. Congrats again, Rick!
6. September, 10:33
6. September, 11:18
Rick Taylor
Thanks guys!. I am really happy with the way that this turned out. I got the old, worn, but well maintained look.
6. September, 17:16
Rick Taylor added a new project.
1:35
Completed
1:35 De Bange 220mm Mortier Mle 1881 (Vargas Scale Models R3D-035)
 
1 | 6. September, 02:02

September 4, 2021

Rick Taylor added a new project.
1:35
Completed
1:35 149mm Mortar/Howitzer (Vargas Scale Models R3D-017)
 
4. September, 18:03

September 3, 2021

Rick Taylor marked this item as on order
1:35 M3 Stuart (Tamiya 35360)
U.S. Light Tank
M3 Stuart Late Production
Tamiya 1:35
35360 2018 | New tool
3. September, 20:37
Rick Taylor marked this item as on order
3. September, 20:37
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3. September, 20:37
Rick Taylor and Matt Smurfmm are now mates.
3. September, 02:55

August 27, 2021

Rick Taylor wants this item
27. August, 06:09

August 25, 2021

Rick Taylor started this item
1:35 Skeleton Tank (Vargas Scale Models R3D-046)
USA
Skeleton Tank WW1
Vargas Scale Models 1:35
R3D-046 2021 | New tool
25. August, 17:29
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25. August, 17:28
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1:35 Skeleton Tank (Vargas Scale Models R3D-046)
USA
Skeleton Tank WW1
Vargas Scale Models 1:35
R3D-046 2021 | New tool
25. August, 01:48
Rick Taylor owns this item
25. August, 01:37

August 24, 2021

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24. August, 04:51
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24. August, 04:51
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24. August, 04:48

August 23, 2021

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23. August, 03:30

August 15, 2021

Rick Taylor started this item
15. August, 21:42
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15. August, 21:41
Rick Taylor started this item
1:35 M1025 HUMVEE (Tamiya 35263)
M1025 HUMVEE Armament Carrier
Tamiya 1:35
35263 (263) 2003 | New tool
15. August, 21:41
Rick Taylor completed this item
15. August, 21:40
Rick Taylor completed this item
15. August, 21:40
Rick Taylor added a new photoalbum.
21 | 10. August, 23:32
R K
Very interesting model. Nice weathering!
11. August, 00:16
Rick Taylor
Thanks RK!
11. August, 05:25
Mark K
Another lovely model - great work!
11. August, 06:24
Neuling
You did it again: another rarity in top presentation!
11. August, 09:47
Rick Taylor
Thanks Mark and Neuling. One of the advantages of doing a number of these 3D printed kits, is that I spend less time building and more time finishing. My painting and weathering is improving with the practice. I do have to get back to some more traditional kits as I really enjoy the building and scratching conversions.
11. August, 16:36
Robert Podkoński
All these praises are fully deserved, Rick - another fantastic model of exotic war machine!
11. August, 17:29
Rick Taylor
Thank you Robert. I do like the unusual subjects.
11. August, 17:51
Robert Podkoński
Me too, Rick 😉 the flying ones mainly, but the ones you present here are equally fascinating.
11. August, 19:13
Rui S
Very Nice work 👍
15. August, 17:22
Rick Taylor
Thanks Rui!
15. August, 21:39

August 12, 2021

Ben M@Rick Taylor
Rick, a question about Vargas models, how do you prep the plastic prior to assembly and paint?
11. August, 00:20
Rick Taylor
Ben,

This is 3D printed resin, so the prep is pretty simple. But as it is a new technology, there is a learning curve. This is my 12th 3D printed kit, so I've learned by trial and error.

1. Carefully scrub parts with a soft toothbrush in warm water and dish soap. Rinse in warm water.
If the water is too hot it will cause thin parts to warp.
2. Repeat step 1. There is a lot of junk that comes off the parts. Blow dry with your airbrush
3. If any parts look like they have a shiny thick coating, rub it off with a cotton swab and 91% isopropyl alcohol.
4. If any of the parts are soft or sticky. Put the parts out in the sun for a few minutes to allow the sunlight to finish the UV cure. Don't leave the parts in the sun for too long - they will get extremely brittle.
5. Prime the parts while they are still on the supports with a good sandable primer. I've experimented with a bunch of different primers. I have settled upon Mr Surfacer 1000 rattle can as my preferred product for this task. My second choice is inexpensive rattle can sandable automotive primer. With a well printed kit, priming the parts prior to assembly will handle the vast majority of the striations
6. Remove the parts from the support structures (sprue equivalent) and file/sand off the numbs and striations. It's best NOT to use your good GodHand nippers to remove the supports as the resin is harder than styrene.
7. At this point you are ready to assemble. The fit is usually good as the kits are CAD designed. As opposed to cast resin, you don't have any pour plugs, air bubbles, pin holes, or short shots to deal with. Scrape the primer off the gluing surfaces. Dry fit. and glue with CA or 5 minute epoxy.
8. After assembly, I prime again. This time, I use Mr Surfacer 1500 black as it will highlight any missed striations.

I hope this helps.

Rick
11. August, 06:00
Spanjaard
that is great information!
11. August, 07:57
Ben M
Thank you!!
11. August, 12:35
Rick Taylor
You are welcome guys. Its taken a lot of experimentation, and a lot of failures to get at this process. I intend to write a more extensive article on this process once I've refined a few more things.
11. August, 16:38
Ben M
I would have spent a lot of time trying to sand striations before priming. I'd also heard put it in the sun, but I would have likely left them out there all day, I think you saved me from a lot of mistakes.
12. August, 00:10
Rick Taylor
Ben, I have done both - multiple times. Sanding before priming with the right primer is just wasted effort - lots of wasted effort. If you leave parts in the sun too long they get so brittle I've had them shatter when dropped from my bench to the hardwood floor.
12. August, 02:23

August 11, 2021

Rick Taylor and Mark K are now mates.
11. August, 17:51

August 10, 2021

Rick Taylor completed this item
10. August, 22:35
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1:35
Completed
1:35 Holt 3-Wheel Steam Tank 1917 (Vargas Scale Models R3D-048)
 
10. August, 22:32

August 1, 2021

Rick Taylor owns this item
1. August, 00:46
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1. August, 00:38

July 31, 2021

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31. July, 03:45
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1:35 M3 Lee (MiniArt 35209)
M3 Lee Mid Prod - Interior Kit
MiniArt 1:35
35209 2020 | Changed parts
31. July, 03:45

July 27, 2021

Rick Taylor completed this item
27. July, 22:08

July 25, 2021

Rick Taylor added a new photoalbum.
13 | 17. July, 00:59
Mark K
Very nice build of a truly unusual subject. In the photos of the model, the barrel appears to be flared. Is that truly the case?
17. July, 02:38
Neuling
Never seen or heard of before. Thanks for showing this weird looking gem! And for telling the story behind it.
17. July, 10:31
Olivier
It looks like something out of a Jules Verne novel.
17. July, 11:16
John
It does have a steam-punk vibe...
17. July, 13:26
Robert Podkoński
Fantastic - a real "steampunk" piece 😉
17. July, 13:26
Mirko Römer
No wonder they made mountains explode. Great model!
17. July, 17:09
Rick Taylor
Mark K. Thanks. The barrel is not flared. It does have a reinforcing flange over which the barrel extension was bolted to give it a bit more range.
17. July, 17:17
Rick Taylor
Thanks guys. This does have that steam punk look. On my bench is another of these strange, steam punk like, subjects from Vargas. This time a Holt 3-wheeled steam tank. It is pretty wild. I've got it in primer, so should have it posted in a week or so.
17. July, 17:20
Robert Podkoński
Awesome 😉 Waiting.
17. July, 17:22
Rui S
Interesting 👍
25. July, 14:40

July 23, 2021

Rick Taylor wants this item
1:35 M3 Lee (MiniArt 35209)
M3 Lee Mid Prod - Interior Kit
MiniArt 1:35
35209 2020 | Changed parts
23. July, 11:19
Rick Taylor wants this item
23. July, 11:05
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23. July, 11:05

July 17, 2021

Rick Taylor added a new project.
1:35 Bombarda Maggiora ad acetilene da 320 (Vargas Scale Models R3D-039)
 
1 | 17. July, 00:29
Mark K
Would love to see some photos if you have time to post.
17. July, 00:55
Rick Taylor
I just posted the photos, so they should be visible now.
17. July, 01:08

July 15, 2021

Rick Taylor added a new photoalbum.
13 | 14. July, 01:33
John
Nicely done. I enjoyed reading about the history too.
14. July, 01:37
Neuling
So did I. 👍
14. July, 09:01
14. July, 09:21
Rick Taylor
Thanks John and Neuling.
14. July, 16:41
Rick Taylor
Robert, thanks for the link to the Polish tank inspired by Christie's designs. It is interesting to speculate how far his designs would have gone had he not been so difficult to work with.
14. July, 16:43
14. July, 17:09
Mark K
Looks great - congratulations!
14. July, 18:00
Rick Taylor
Thanks Mark
15. July, 16:56

July 14, 2021

Rick Taylor completed this item
14. July, 01:03
Rick Taylor completed this item
14. July, 01:03
Rick Taylor added a new project.
1:35
Completed
1:35 M 1931 Christie Medium Tank (Vargas Scale Models R3D-260)1:35 T-3 Christie Light Tanks (Decalcomaniacs! DM-035)
 
1 | 14. July, 00:58

July 13, 2021

Rick Taylor owns this item
13. July, 21:52
Rick Taylor owns this item
13. July, 21:52

July 1, 2021

Rick Taylor added a new photoalbum.
12 | 29. June, 21:38
Neuling
Another weird looking vehicle from your bench. Top build of this (by me) never seen prototype. Your models should be presented in a Panzermuseum. Hoping for more ......
30. June, 06:58
Robert Podkoński
Fantastic! I wish some mainstream company would produce a kit of this revolutionary tank...
30. June, 07:54
Rick Taylor
Thanks Neuling! You don't have too long to wait for more weird Christie prototypes. I'm weathering the next one and waiting for Vargas to print and mail another after that.
30. June, 17:38
Ben M
Love it. I ordered this one a few weeks ago, and can't wait to get started on it.
30. June, 21:46
Mark K
Delightful in every way!
30. June, 22:05
Rick Taylor
Robert, I doubt that the mainstream companies will undertake these unusual subjects. There just wouldn't be enough sales to cover the costs of development, cutting steel tooling, developing instructions, etc, etc. But, with the magic of CAD and moderately cost 3D printers, companies like Vargas can be successful and bring us these obscure subjects. Don't be afraid to tackle one of these kits, the parts count is really low and the fit is good. You do have to use CA glue and maybe some 5-minute epoxy; but, those are easy. After several of these 3D printed resin kits, I've learned that the best way to handle the fine 3D print striations is with a coat (or two) of cheap rattle-can sandable automotive primer. It fills in the striations with surprisingly little impact on the details.
1. July, 03:25
Robert Podkoński
Thanks for your explanations Rick, very appreciated. I am not (very...) concerned about assembling and finishing such a model, I am rather concerned about the price, customs, taxes, etc... 🙁 Nevertheless, would you be so kind to send me a private message with the address of the site where I could order one (or two... 😉) of these models - I was not able to find it, frankly speaking.
1. July, 03:37
Rick Taylor
Robert, Vargas keeps these gems well hidden. He only sells on eBay. His kits are all at https://ebay.com/sch/vargass..armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=
1. July, 03:45
Robert Podkoński
Thanks a lot, Rick.
1. July, 05:45
Rick Taylor
Ben, Mark, Thanks for the kind words. These Christie prototypes are really interesting. Vargas has the Christie T3E2 ready to ship. I'll move it onto the bench as soon as it arrives. I hope that Vargas produces a kit of the 1928 prototype to complete the set..
1. July, 16:57
Rick Taylor and Ben M are now mates.
1. July, 03:15

June 29, 2021

Rick Taylor completed this item
29. June, 21:13
Rick Taylor added a new project.
1:35
Completed
1:35 Christie Medium Tank M1919 (Vargas Scale Models R3D-030)
 
29. June, 20:51

June 16, 2021

Rick Taylor owns this item
14. June, 00:04
Mark K
Rick,
I see that you have one of these kits - would you be able to tell me where you got it? When I go to the Vargas website I see no mention of it, and the website seems not to have been updated since 2019.
Regards,
Mark
14. June, 21:45
Rick Taylor
Mark,
Vargas sells its kits on eBay. https://ebay.com/sch/vargass..armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

I think I got kit 1. I am going to do a review on it. It looks pretty good. Wait a couple of days before ordering. I found a couple of minor issues which he his correcting -- one of the advantages of CAD/3D printed kits. I tried a new process with this kit - after washing the kit, priming with sandable automotive primer before removing the parts from the supports. The sandable automotive primer self levels and fills most of the pesky striations that are the price of a 3D printed kit.

Enjoy!

Rick
15. June, 06:38
Mark K
Thanks! Never thought to look on eBay. Those early Christies are alluring as well…
15. June, 22:36
Rick Taylor
I am working on the "Christie Collection". The 1921 is in the display case, the 1919 is in the paint hood, and the T3 (1931) is on the bench. Vargas is working on the 3D model for the T3E2.
16. June, 02:07

June 15, 2021

Rick Taylor added a new photoalbum.
11 | 31. May, 23:44
Neuling
Good work on this interesting tankette! And interesting to learn how you coped with the kit.
1. June, 09:02
Rick Taylor
Thanks. This was a fun little kit. The 3D printed resin eliminates the fit issues that I normally encounter with cast resin kits.
2. June, 17:16
Rui S
Nice work 👍
2. June, 21:03
Mark K
Beautifully done - a little gem!
14. June, 21:47
Rick Taylor
Thanks Guys!
15. June, 06:25

June 14, 2021

Rick Taylor owns this item
14. June, 00:03

June 13, 2021

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13. June, 02:38

June 3, 2021

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3. June, 03:29
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1:35 M3 Stuart (Tamiya 35360)
U.S. Light Tank
M3 Stuart Late Production
Tamiya 1:35
35360 2018 | New tool
3. June, 03:24

May 31, 2021

Rick Taylor completed this item
31. May, 23:15
Rick Taylor added a new project.
1:35
Completed
1:35 Ford 3-ton 2 man Tank 1918 (Vargas Scale Models R3D-230)
 
2 | 31. May, 23:12

May 29, 2021

Rick Taylor started this item
29. May, 04:18

May 28, 2021

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28. May, 21:46
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28. May, 21:44
Rick Taylor Added a new review for:
Armorama
Review
Armorama
28. May, 21:22
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28. May, 21:21
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28. May, 21:19
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28. May, 21:18

May 25, 2021

Rick Taylor marked this item as on order
25. May, 20:18

May 23, 2021

Rick Taylor added a new photoalbum.
10 | 23. May, 05:37
WhiteGlint
Interesting tank.
Nice job on paint and weathering, I really like it.
23. May, 06:14
Hanno Kleinecke
Super result, expert paintjob ! By looking at the incredible amount of detail that can be achieved with arelatively small number of parts, because of the capability of 3d printing, one gets a good idea of what future kit production might look like instead of moulding.......
23. May, 09:45
Neuling
Interesting story and very good build! 👍
23. May, 11:04
Olivier
I would love one like that to drive in and around Paris.
23. May, 11:25
Rick Taylor
Olivier,
I love your idea of driving about Paris in one of these. I suspect the other drivers would always yield to you.

Rick
23. May, 15:45
Rick Taylor
Thanks guys. I've got 3 more of these obscure interwar 3D printed tanks on my bench. The technology allows these really unusual subjects to be modeled at an affordable price. Vargas is selling these on eBay at https://ebay.com/sch/vargass..armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

Rick
23. May, 15:48
Rui S
Very nice work on this unusual subject 👍
A bit too expensive for me 🙁
23. May, 16:06
Rick Taylor added a new project.
1:35
Completed
1:35 Christie M1921 SPG (Vargas Scale Models R3D-034)
 
1 | 23. May, 04:58
Rick Taylor Added a new review for:
This review was removed
23. May, 04:44

May 22, 2021

Rick Taylor owns this item
1:35 BT-7 (Tamiya 35309)
Russian Tank
BT-7 Model 1935
Tamiya 1:35
35309 (309) 2010 | New tool
22. May, 22:07
Rick Taylor owns this item
1:35 US 37mm M6 gun barrel (Master GM-35-029)
US 37mm M6 gun barrel (Stuart, Grant/Lee, Locust, M6, Greyhound, Staghound and more)
Master 1:35
GM-35-029 Multi-topic (4)
22. May, 22:00

May 20, 2021

Rick Taylor wants this item
1:35 U.S. M1 Combat Car (Commander Models 1-004)
U.S. M1 Combat Car Requires AFV Club Track #35019
Commander Models 1:35
1-004 201* | New tool
20. May, 04:55
Rick Taylor wants this item
1:35 M4 T51-Track (AFV Club AF35026)
Workable
M4 T51-Track (for M4 Sherman, M3 Lee, Sentinel)
AFV Club 1:35
AF35026
20. May, 03:49

May 19, 2021

Rick Taylor owns this item
19. May, 20:18

May 10, 2021

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10. May, 20:41

May 6, 2021

Rick Taylor owns this item
1:35 French FT-17 (Meng Model TS-008)
WWI Light Tank (Girod Cast Turret)
French FT-17
Meng Model 1:35
TS-008 2013 | New tool
6. May, 18:26

May 5, 2021

Rick Taylor owns this item
5. May, 20:20
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5. May, 20:20

May 4, 2021

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4. May, 16:51
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1:35 FT-17 (Meng Model TS-011)
French
FT-17 Light Tank (Berliet Riveted Turret)
Meng Model 1:35
TS-011 2014 | Changed parts
4. May, 02:29

May 2, 2021

Rick Taylor owns this item
1:35 Renault FT (RPM 35062)
Renault FT Char Canon
RPM 1:35
35062 2012 | Changed box
2. May, 21:41
Rick Taylor marked this item as on order
2. May, 21:33
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2. May, 05:18

May 1, 2021

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1. May, 16:04
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1. May, 16:02

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