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Shawn C. (ShawnC)



Shawn C.
Started the Tamiya M-41 Walker Bulldog. It's an old motorised kit reissue, so I started by filling all the holes in the lower hull.
It seems to be a mashup of early and late production vehicles , so I'm making it a definitive M-41A1.
No particular order, my mods are:
Replaced the hatch handles with wire.
Cut fenders off at an angle.
Moved pioneer kit slightly.
"Eyebrows" over driver's periscopes.
Fabricated solid driver's periscopes from clear blue acrylic.
Auxiliary engine muffler.
Replaced the exhaust pipes with brass tubing.
Covered the bottoms of the sponsons.
20. June, 20:37
Shawn C.
Added the front lifting rings.
Added driver's hatch supports?
4. July, 23:55

June 14, 2020

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14. June, 04:22
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14. June, 04:21
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14. June, 03:52
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14. June, 03:44

June 13, 2020

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13. June, 05:56

May 16, 2020

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16. May, 10:05
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16. May, 10:02

May 11, 2020

Shawn C. added a new photoalbum.
3 images
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Project: M-109
1:35 M-109 Self-Propelled Gun E4/G/A1/A2 (Italeri 246)
2 | 6. May, 20:57

May 8, 2020

Shawn C. added a new photoalbum.
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Project: M1A2 Abrams
1:35 M1A2 Abrams (Tamiya 35269)
6. October 2019, 08:40
Shawn C.
Still not done, but it's looking good.
24. March, 04:34
Bryn Crandell
Looks good so far. Can't wait to see it finished.
24. March, 13:38
Shawn C.
Music wire makes really nice antennas. I used 0.010in light guitar string.
8. May, 07:53

May 7, 2020

Shawn C.
The eternal question of how long to make the antenna on your tank has at least one answer.
9.0 feet, 108 inches or 2.74 meters.
In 1:35 scale, 3.09 inches or 78.37mm.
Or download a brochure!
7. May, 20:49

May 6, 2020

Shawn C. added a new project.
Albums: 1 with 3 images
1:35 M-109 Self-Propelled Gun E4/G/A1/A2 (Italeri 246)
6. May, 20:53

April 19, 2020

Shawn C.
Who else is capitalizing on the lockdown for models?
19. April, 19:41
Alan G
Not locked down as i'm a key worker. But still trying my best to get some model time in
19. April, 20:00

April 7, 2020

Shawn C.
So it seems that Quora isn't a good forum to ask military questions. It immediately got labelled as data collection and ignored. Never mind a real data collection effort would be most likely concerning tactics, capabilities, and vulnerabilities.
I did find answers revealing the current fuel economies and engine performance graphs, as well as the fuel system layout, usage, and maintenance issues of the M1 Abrams...
7. April, 07:50

April 4, 2020

Shawn C.
M1 Abrams, and US Army tanks/AFVs related question.
Is there basic loads of equipment that would be loaded on tanks for various mission durations?
For example, when pushing a front line forward for several days you would obviously be carrying much more equipment with you than if you were out on a day patrol around a city.
So my questions are:
What is the minimum gear a tank would carry? Training range, short patrol etc.
What is the typical gear a tank would carry? What you would see on 50-75% of combat missions or so.
What is the most gear you would put/allow on a tank without being a hazard?
4. April, 00:57

April 2, 2020

Shawn C. completed this item
2. April, 19:14
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2. April, 19:14
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2. April, 19:10

March 27, 2020

Shawn C.
More I look at tidy tanks, the more Humbrol 121 Light Stone looks like the right color.
27. March, 10:26

March 26, 2020

Shawn C.
Regarding the M1 Abrams, lots of kits have the cylindrical ammunition canisters attached to the bustle rack.
Simple question is, how are these attached? Welded? Bolted? Tied with wire?
26. March, 11:22

March 20, 2020

Shawn C. marked this item as on order
20. March, 20:14

March 19, 2020

Shawn C.
So I'm finally getting around to sorting out the 1:12 scale motorcycles I built in the late 1980s. They've been in storage at my mum's for 30 odd years and I'd like to be able to rebuild some of them. The decals are going to be the hardest thing to replace.
Is there any sort of replacement decal options?
All the looking I have done shows out of stock on the few I can find options for.
18. March, 04:45
Have you thought about custom printed decals? Lots of people out there make decent repro decals.
18. March, 07:38
Shawn C.
Just a matter of finding a master, or suitable replacement.
19. March, 02:04

March 18, 2020

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18. March, 07:55
Shawn C. added a new photoalbum.
4. October 2019, 22:25
This looks suspiciously like a Challenger 2 tank. Am I right?
16. February, 07:13
Did you add bolt heads, or am I imagining this? :)

Btw, I was tempted to sand round the tiny wheels, but I wasn't sure how whacky the mold was so I just left it alone, as it is hidden behind the side armor anyway.
16. February, 07:22
Ah, what a nice tip!!!! I am so happy I came across this (bicycle breaking or shift wire). I will certainly try this out. :D
16. February, 07:23
Shawn C.
It is a Challenger 2. Trumpeter Challenger 2 Enhanced Armor, no. 01522. No mods so far, but I'm going to fold the mirrors down, because they're in the way of the gun traverse, and they're only really used on public roads.
16. February, 08:16
Shawn C.
But what is the small hatch for?
16. February, 08:17
Wait, did you have to strip the shift cable of wiring to get that wire at the center in photo 5? I can see how that makes sense as the center one has fewer wires in it compared to the one on the left. Up to this point having learned about this tip, I've only thought about cable diameter, and not the number of wires on a cable which looks to be important.
25. February, 09:26
I found some bicycle wire at home. Not sure if this was shift or breaking wire: (image upload)

Apparently, the resulting ca 1mm thickness after stripping, seem to match the cable on my 1:35 Challenger tank. I think I will replace the tread I used for cable material with this new wire. :)
25. February, 10:55
Shawn C.
Yes, that's shift cable. Brake cable is thicker gauge strands, and doesn't have two layers. Remember to anneal the wire so that it's soft. Heat it to glowing, and let it cool slowly. Then you can work it around corners and give it a natural sag in places.
25. February, 18:03

March 11, 2020

Shawn C.
Pro tip: Black with enough gunmetal to just lighten up to a dark gray looks perfect for modern small arms.
11. March, 20:16

March 7, 2020

Shawn C.
Updated an album, but it doesn't seem to show on my wall. Did I do something wrong?
7. March, 09:10
I've had that problem before. I eventually had to delete the album and start again. It worked the second time.
7. March, 16:16
Shawn C.
Fixed the bendy Academy M1A2 Abrams with TUSK barrel with a brass tube. Drilled it out and slid in some tube and bent it straight.
6. March, 05:20
Calvin Gifford
Thanks for that tip!
6. March, 11:01
Shawn C.
No problem! It's why I'm here, so I get to share my builds and ideas.
I'm glad to give back to the hobby.
7. March, 01:47
7. March, 05:42
Matthew Stec
Great job!!
7. March, 06:35

March 4, 2020

Shawn C.
I want to paint! But it's 100%RH and raining. But we need the rain desperately.
Clearly, I need a climate controlled paint booth...
4. March, 02:57

March 2, 2020

Shawn C.
I know it's been asked before, because I Googled it; but what do I do with the carton of old sprues? It's a fair bit of plastic just to throw out.
2. March, 01:23
Brian Eberle
I reuse mine as stir sticks, and recycle the rest.
2. March, 01:28

March 1, 2020

Shawn C.
Poking around in my IBG KTO Rosomak kit and it comes with a complete engine, but it will be entirely hidden when built.
How do I show it? Replacement engine on a pallet?
1. March, 22:45
Shawn C. added a new photoalbum.
27. February, 22:17
So cute.
28. February, 00:52
Brian Eberle
Looks good. Do you have plans for this set?
29. February, 19:19
Shawn C.
Not yet. It was a bit of an impulse purchase. I liked that it was different.
29. February, 22:41
Brian Eberle
Perhaps they could accompany a Cougar Joint EOD rapid response vehicle.
29. February, 23:53
Shawn C.
You mean I'd have to build -another- model?!?

I hate it when that happens...
1. March, 00:52
Brian Eberle
Sounds terrible
1. March, 00:53
Bob Hall
In my Experiences EOD and Rapid were never used in the same sentence ! LOL Great work, amazing detail !
1. March, 01:03

February 29, 2020

Shawn C. added a new photoalbum.
23. February, 23:27
I think if I build this type of kit again, I will try scratchbuild the two mirrors so that they can be moved up and down. Presumably a piece of metal wire would do for the pole, so as to avoid using plastic which will be brittle.
24. February, 07:04
Btw, when it comes to the towing cables, you might want to try use a piece of bicycle shift or gear wire. I don't remember who suggested that, but seems like a great idea. The gear wire is probably a little too large, but the shift wire might look ok. Admittedly I don't know for sure if the piece of bicycle wire I have at home is a shift or gear wire.
24. February, 07:06
Shawn C.
Was that me and the tow cable idea?
The Trumpeter kit comes with copper wire "cable" for the tow cables.
24. February, 09:07
Ah I think that might be it.
24. February, 09:12
Mirko Römer
Very promising beginning! I did in 1/72 and it was pretty fiddly...
24. February, 21:13
This kit has the turret in one piece, so that is a good start. Never buy the other kit with the turret in multiple pieces, just annoying to work with. :)
24. February, 22:09

February 27, 2020

Shawn C.
Sprayed my iRobot EOD 'bot with Tamiya X-31 Titanium Gold acrylic. I'm going to need to get used to it I think. It's not like enamel at all. Has to be very thin, and lots of very light coats to build up the color when airbrushed.
Easy to clean up though!
27. February, 22:11

February 25, 2020

Shawn C.
Google-fu masters: A couple of days ago, I had a web page that showed Challenger 2 tanks in Iraq with slat armor. They looked like the sort of pictures that military guys would take, everyone sitting on the tank parked on base.
Tab disappeared and now I can't find it at all.
Any leads?
24. February, 09:12
24. February, 15:03
Wim van der Luijt
and it is not in your browser history?
24. February, 15:10
24. February, 15:11
Ralf Schoenen
Try this search- challenger 2 tank in iraq or -
Iraq Challenger 2 tank
I hope i could help
24. February, 15:24
Shawn C.
Wim van der Luijt: No, it's not anything I can find. That's the weird thing because it's the first place I looked.
24. February, 18:29
Shawn C.
Ralf: It looked like a collection of pictures assembled on a page. Like a walk around, but casual.
24. February, 18:33
Ralf Schoenen
Thank you for the link
25. February, 09:20
Shawn C.
25. February, 05:13
Wim van der Luijt
maybe posting this in your original request is a good idea so Ralph can stop searching.......
25. February, 07:01
Shawn C.
Good thinking!
25. February, 08:01

February 23, 2020

Shawn C.
Tidying up the airbrush kit and found the the original receipt for it. $103 from Graphic Hobby House for a Paasche VL. 20 February 1994. LOL
23. February, 05:48
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23. February, 05:44
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23. February, 05:43
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23. February, 05:43

February 22, 2020

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22. February, 19:53
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22. February, 19:50

February 21, 2020

Shawn C.
I'm putting the Meng U.S. Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialists and Robot set together (HS-003) and the fit is absolutely spot on.
I can't say it's all of their kits, but this one fits and aligns without any effort. There's also very little mold flashing that is very easy to tidy up, if you even need to.
I'd like to see some more of their kits. : )
21. February, 09:23

February 17, 2020

Shawn C.
So I decided to ditch the mirrors on the Challenger 2. I made new stalks from florists wire and positioned them folded back.
17. February, 09:45
Shawn C.
If you're reading this, and are interested in friending me, just go ahead. I'll friend you right back. No muss, no fuss.
: )
17. February, 07:51
Nice one, Shawn.
17. February, 07:59
I never understood this. Is there a friend feature on this website? I don't think I ever figured that out.
17. February, 08:18
17. February, 09:40
Shawn C.
Here it's called "mates", but it's pretty much the same concept.
17. February, 09:40
Shawn C. and Tom are now mates.
17. February, 09:34
Shawn C.
Pro tip: 50%/50% matt black and German gray, or thereabouts makes a nice tyre color.
15. February, 19:03
I use hobby color tyre black and I like it.
15. February, 23:00
Shawn C.
I tend to use paints stocked locally, so I get to mix my own. I do recall that Testors had one called Rubber, but I haven't seen it for decades.
16. February, 05:25
German grey? Would that be something German panzer grey or German field grey? :)
16. February, 07:10
Shawn C.
Tamiya XF-63 "German Grey". Think of it more like a name rather than a specification. It's a matt dark grey, probably analogous to panzer grey.
16. February, 08:11
In fact XF 63 is lighter than proper Panzergrau.
16. February, 12:58
Shawn C.
Yeah, but almost all the German WWII colors are, in practice, approximate. I think the only absolute correct color was on a specification in headquarters.
16. February, 19:43
Ah ha... That is news to me.
16. February, 22:30
Ben M
I have some testors "rubber" - it is more of a brown color than something you'd use for a tire.
17. February, 03:45
Shawn C.
Oh, that's good to know. I haven't seen it since about 1982. Sometimes tyres take a brownish hue, but it's not that common. Easy enough to mix if you need it.
17. February, 07:36

February 16, 2020

Shawn C.
Prototype question: What is the small hatch on the lower left side of the Chieftain and Challenger tank hull? It's too small for an escape hatch, and you wouldn't chuck spent brass out of it. My guess is some type of maintenance access?
15. February, 21:54
Could it be to empty a cup of piss out?
I know nothing of tanks but it would be difficult to find a tree and the time for such a vital procedure
15. February, 22:08
Shawn C.
I imagine something like an airplane pee funnel is what you're more likely to have. And good time management during fuel stops.
16. February, 08:20
Shawn C.
So I'm working on the Trumpeter Challenger 2 Enhanced Armor, and the Trumpeter tracks are frankly rather poor. Fortunately I have the optional vinyl/rubber tracks from the Academy M1A2 Abrams with TUSK. Much nicer mold and details. Saved again!
15. February, 18:03
Shawn C.
New plan. Use the mediocre tracks and replace them with nice ones later.
16. February, 00:43
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16. February, 00:39

February 12, 2020

Shawn C. owns this item
12. February, 19:01

February 11, 2020

Shawn C. added a new photoalbum.
12 images
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Project: Merkava
1:35 Merkava (Tamiya 35127)1:35 Modern IDF Tank Track 1 - Merkava/Magach Standard Track (Wolfpack WP12001)1:35 IDF Tank Crew (Academy 1380)
11. January, 05:48
Nice start, good pre-shading there...
11. January, 21:10
Shawn C.
Thanks! It's my first attempt at getting creative with paint, doing more than the standard paint scheme and details. I don't usually do much in the way of weathering. I tend to like well maintained vehicles.
11. January, 23:56
I like that 'factory fresh' look too...
12. January, 00:07
interesting. i got it in my stash too....
12. January, 00:54
Shawn C.
Spanjaard, I added a picture of the mods I made to mine. Exhaust pipe and radiator outlet. Sorry, it's all black under there and doesn't photograph well.
12. January, 09:04
12. January, 13:01
Jos Jansen
Nice...armor, Iam in!
11. February, 08:58
Shawn C.
You're welcome! Stay tuned, there's more to come!
11. February, 09:05

February 8, 2020

Shawn C. completed this item
8. February, 09:21
Shawn C. completed this item
8. February, 09:20
Shawn C.
Starting to get a collection of armor on the shelf. What are some ways to display them and allow them to be handled carefully? I have been thinking about small diorama style bases, but need some more clarity.
8. February, 05:32

February 7, 2020

Shawn C. added a new photoalbum.
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5. October 2019, 19:37
Shawn C.
Posted this picture on fakebook and people actually wondered where I got to drive a tank.
5. February, 07:35
Good presentation!
6. February, 17:11
Thomas K.
looks as real! very nice!
6. February, 20:34
The tank commander is a nice touch. And a very nice photo ofc. :)
6. February, 21:23
Shawn C.
The figures are the ones in the kit. : )
7. February, 05:14

February 5, 2020

Shawn C. owns this item
5. February, 08:59

February 3, 2020

Shawn C. owns this item
3. February, 05:41
Shawn C. owns this item
3. February, 05:41
Shawn C. owns this item
3. February, 05:40

January 26, 2020

Shawn C. started this item
26. January, 20:00

January 19, 2020

Shawn C.
Pro tip: If the water is hot enough to straighten out vinyl tracks, it's also hot enough that it's going to shrink them about 5-10%.
19. January, 01:45

January 17, 2020

Shawn C. marked this item as on order
17. January, 09:10

January 16, 2020

Shawn C. wants this item
16. January, 21:04

January 8, 2020

Shawn C.
It's a major disappointment when a nice kit has dodgy decals. AFV Club, I'm looking in your direction...
8. January, 20:59

January 6, 2020

Shawn C. added a new photoalbum.
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5. October 2019, 08:53

January 1, 2020

Shawn C.
Now the Academy M1A2 V2 TUSK is a really nice kit. But the gun barrel is warped. It's divided into three sections lengthwise, rather than the two halves most kits use, and the muzzle section bends to the right very slightly.
Any ideas on making it straighter?
25. December 2019, 19:37
Harold Driscoll
Have you looked at the aftermarket barrel from RB Model? Maybe you can get a styrene tube of the correct diameter and insert it into the kit barrel?
26. December 2019, 15:27
Shawn C.
I have, but it seems a bit overkill. I'm going to try a bit of welding rod down the center to hold it straight.
1. January, 07:11

December 26, 2019

Shawn C. wants this item
26. December 2019, 03:09

December 25, 2019

Shawn C. added a new project.
Albums: 1 with 5 images
In progress
1:35 M1A2 Abrams SEP v2 TUSK II (Academy 13504)
M1A2 Abrams SEP v2
US Military US Army (1784-now)
4 Inf. Div., 3 Arm. Brig. Combat Team | DE February 2017
25. December 2019, 19:25
Shawn C.
I said I wasn't going to start it, but I did anyways. It's a really nice kit, the parts fit together really well. Lots of nice details.
25. December 2019, 19:30


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