Chieftain Part 2: Resin Going On.

I’ve managed 4 hours at the bench today and got a lot done on the resin and storage bins. I’ve not worked with resin before, and so have no idea if it is normal to have to do so much fettling and sanding to make it fit.

It makes a huge difference to the kit and I am very happy I was able to find the CastOff Mk.VIII upgrade set to the Tamiya 1/35 Chieftain Mk.V kit.

Yes, I did remember to wear a mask when sanding the resin!

Yes, I did remember to wear a mask when sanding the resin!

Part 1.

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Chieftain Part 1: Major Plastic Surgery.

This is a full build, warts and all, of the Tamiya 1/35 Mk.V Chieftain tank, also using the CastOff Mk.VIII resin upgrade set. I managed to get 5 hours at my workbench today. Yay! Here’s what I’ve got done:-

  • All 24 roadwheels sanded – that took the most time. They’re assembled now, but not painted. Yes, there were mumbled BadWords.
  • Hull bottom has holes in it, because this kit was available in a motorised version many moons ago. The plasticard covers the holes from the inside, so I can…
  • … use plastic filler made from spare sprue (soak in liquid cement overnight and you get a paste) fill the holes from the outside. When set, this filler can be treated just like the kit plastic for sanding purposes.
  • Major plastic surgery part 1: cutting out the rear engine decking, because there’s a much finer replacement in resin to go in there. I’m unused to cutting away large sections of plastic, so it was a bit nerve-wracking. You can see the missing plastic in the upper hull in the picture below.
  • Plastic surgery part 2: removing a lot of raised detail from the rear of the turret. The Mk.VIII NBC (Nuclear Biological Chemical) box was much larger, so the parts moulded in had to go. Precision work with a chisel, then sander. Resin replacement parts on standby.
  • Plastic surgery part 3: cutting away the storage boxes around the rear light cluster. The CastOff upgrade kit provides much finer resin replacements.
  • Oh! Washed all the parts – especially careful with the resin bits.

And that’s it until next weekend.

Plastic surgery results.

Plastic surgery results.

All the wheels!

As I said at the end of last weekend, I have had to set Nanette aside until after our house move. Her undercarriage is spindly, even with the SAC metal replacements. So I have started on the Tamiya 1/35 Mk.V Chieftain, with the CastOff Mk.VIII resin upgrade set.

Then I remembered what I ‘love’ about armour: all the ruddy wheels! Worst of all, this old mould has a mould line around the entire circumference of all 24 road wheels, plus idlers and drive wheels. This has to be carefully sanded off, while preserving the circle.

There have been BadWords.

Argh!

Argh!

Lovely resin.

Lovely resin. CastOff pic.

Where Did Another Weekend Go?

I only got around 4 hours at my workbench this weekend. But I did get the fuselage weathered and the whole thing matt coated. Considering the problem I had with DecalFix residue, I’m pretty happy with the result.

Sadly, this is all I can do on Nanette for now. We are moving house in a couple of months and, even though I’ve invested in metal undercarriage legs, I don’t trust it in a move. So Nanette’s been lovingly wrapped in bubblewrap and put away, probably until the Autumn.

I will be starting on the Tamiya 1/35 Chieftain with the out of production Cast Off Mk VIII resin upgrade though – armour is much easier to transport.

Starboard side weathered. Tamiya tape protecting gloss varnish instrument fronts and rear panel.

Starboard side weathered. Tamiya tape protecting gloss varnish instrument fronts and rear panel.

20. Port side weathered

Port side – these aircraft got terribly weathered – as can clearly be seen in contemporary photographs.

21. Belly weathered

Nanette’s belly – complete with tar ‘smile’ on her nose. I haven’t weathered the u/c bays yet.

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Finished work on Nanette for the weekend.

I’m out of time for this weekend and, although she doesn’t look so very different in the photograph, much has been accomplished on Nanette.

All the decals are on. Both wings and her underside have had some weathering and washes applied now and a matt coat sprayed over to seal it. That includes her smile. In the book, Edwards Park describes how he ran over a pool of tar or similar and it stained the underside of Nanette’s nose for the rest of her days – I had tried to reproduce that.

Next weekend, I’ll be working on washing and weathering the fuselage.

Both wings decalled, washed, weathered and matt coated.

Both wings decalled, washed, weathered and matt coated.

Can you see her smile, near the tip of her nose?

Can you see her smile, near the tip of her nose?

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DecalFix problem solved…

… more or less.

I had a problem where I didn’t get all the DecalFix residue off.

In the picture below, the port wing (one with the star on) has been weathered and washed, then matt coated. The other wing has not. The difference is, I think, clear to see. It does mean the finish on this kit is not all that it could be but, lesson learned.

16. Port wing fixed

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Yikes! “Nanette” has been photographed!

I am building Revell’s 1/32 P-39 Airacobra as “Nanette” – as flown by Edwards Park, author of the book of the same name and “Angels 20” (which I finally managed to get a copy of recently).

He describes her as “… grey, green, brown”, number 74 on nose and tail and yellow (which rapidly faded to buff in the bright sunlight) prop hub and tail tip. So I have been able to used artistic license in the paint job.

But, woe is me, I have today found a photograph of Nanette.

The P-39 on the far right of the shot.

The P-39 on the far right of the shot.

That helps a lot, don’t you think?

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Nanette’s Decals Are Done – Weathering Next Weekend.

It has taken me all of my workbench time this weekend to get Nanette’s decals on – there are so many of them. Who’d have thunk it of a WWII aircraft? I thought it was a relatively modern thing to have half of the engineering and servicing manual printed onto the ‘plane.

I didn’t manage to clean off all of the DecalFix before it dried, and you can see the residue. I’m kinda hoping the matt coat and weathering will hide it. Any thoughts?

14. Decals done top 15. Decals done bottom

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