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Shawn C. (ShawnC)



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5. December 2020, 23:32

July 4, 2020

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 2020, 20:37
Shawn C.
Added the front lifting rings.
Added driver's hatch supports?
4. July 2020, 23:55

June 14, 2020

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14. June 2020, 04:22
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June 13, 2020

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May 16, 2020

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May 11, 2020

Shawn C. added a new photoalbum.
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First coat of base color for a MERDC camouflage pattern. Rather cool day but the Tamiya enamel shot like a dream.
Project: M-109
1:35 M-109 Self-Propelled Gun E4/G/A1/A2 (Italeri 246)
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May 8, 2020

Shawn C. added a new photoalbum.
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0.010in music wire antenna.
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 2020, 04:34
Bryn Crandell
Looks good so far. Can't wait to see it finished.
24. March 2020, 13:38
Shawn C.
Music wire makes really nice antennas. I used 0.010in light guitar string.
8. May 2020, 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 2020, 20:49

May 6, 2020

Shawn C. added a new project.
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1:35 M-109 Self-Propelled Gun E4/G/A1/A2 (Italeri 246)
6. May 2020, 20:53

April 19, 2020

Shawn C.
Who else is capitalizing on the lockdown for models?
19. April 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 00:57

April 2, 2020

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2. April 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 11:22

March 20, 2020

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20. March 2020, 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 2020, 04:45
Have you thought about custom printed decals? Lots of people out there make decent repro decals.
18. March 2020, 07:38
Shawn C.
Just a matter of finding a master, or suitable replacement.
19. March 2020, 02:04

March 18, 2020

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Shawn C. added a new photoalbum.
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The garage of my misspent youth. Circa 1987.
4. October 2019, 22:25
This looks suspiciously like a Challenger 2 tank. Am I right?
16. February 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 08:16
Shawn C.
But what is the small hatch for?
16. February 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 05:20
Calvin Gifford
Thanks for that tip!
6. March 2020, 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 2020, 01:47
7. March 2020, 05:42
Matthew Stec
Great job!!
7. March 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 01:23
Brian Eberle
I reuse mine as stir sticks, and recycle the rest.
2. March 2020, 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 2020, 22:45


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