Chieftain Part 8: Finished!

It’s done! It had to be put aside for 4 weeks while I awaited the CastOff resin rolled camo nets for it, but they do make a difference – especially that barrel. The base kit is the old Tamiya 1/35 Mk V kit, which isn’t right at all. So I added the CastOff Mk VIII resin upgrade, which adds the Clansman radio box (R/H side of turret), and filled stowage baskets. The same set replaces the engine decking, commander’s cupola, driver’s hatch, exhausts etc.

I don’t like my tanks to be sparkly clean, so I have muddied this up a little. I don’t have a great camera, so the subtleties are lost, but I think you get the idea.

I had to take some liberties with decals, as I couldn’t find any for a confirmed Mk VIII.

Anyway… here is the resin I added – pics from CastOff.

I can resist anything except temptation. Apparently.

Camo nets, plus netted barrel.

Lovely resin.

Lovely resin.

I used this picture, among others, for an idea of how mucky the tank got.

A Mk VIII with the driver not looking where he's going!

A Mk VIII with the driver not looking where he’s going!

Here is the finished kit. Far from perfect, but it is better than my last armour kit, which is the whole point.

19. Done - Top 20. Done - Rear 21. Done - Left 22. Done - Left Front 23. Done - Front 24. Done - Front Right 25. Done - RightI’ve thoroughly enjoyed this kit, now it’s back to the AFV Club Centurion.

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Chieftain Part 7: All The Shiny

One of my current WIP (work in progress) is the Tamiya 1/35 Mk V Chieftain with CastOff Mk VIII resin upgrade + the rolled camo net set which, after 28 days of non-arrival and ignoring y e-mails and other comms, I ordered from elsewhere. They arrived a couple of days ago, so I have set the AFV Club Centurion aside for now, to get this one finished.

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Camo nets in position but, obviously, unpainted.

Camo nets in position but, obviously, unpainted.

Nets painted, gloss coat and first wash applied.

Nets painted, gloss coat and first wash applied.

The second photo looks very shiny. This is because the gloss coat is on, onto which I start to build up washes, mud and weathering.

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Centurion Part 3: You Have Got to be Jesting Me!

This kit is the 1/35 AFV Club Royal Australian Armoured Corps Centurion Mk 5/1 as used in Vietnam. I have added the individual link track set, and the PE turret basket netting, both also by AFV for this kit.

I have got a lot done this weekend but, before I go into that, a little rant is called for.

When I first opened the box, I was very happy to see that the rubber part of the wheels were provided separately to the wheels themselves. This, I thought, would save me a great deal of trouble masking. I thought I could paint the wheels and rubber, then bring them together.

Wrong!

The high (or deep, depending which way you look at it) rims are part of the black rubber! That means the painting problem is now, in my view, even worse than had the metallic and rubber part of the wheels been moulded in single parts. I am flaming annoyed with AFV Club. This is stupid design.

Can you see how stupid the design is?

Can you see how how bad it is?

Despite rather too many VeryBadWords, I still got a lot done – see below. The PE turret basket netting is started. The return rollers and drive sprockets are on the hull, and a start has been made on the tracks – wonderful – they just clip together.

Saturday progress.

Saturday progress.

Turret storage bins are on, as are various details to the rear of the hull. The ruddy wheels are assembled to the first stage i.e. the rubber parts have been CA’d on. Loads more track length assembled. More done on the basket PE, but won’t be finished until the CA accelerator gets here next week.

Much progress, and all those bl***y badly designed wheels.

Sunday and done until next weekend.

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Centurion Part 2: Long Weekend Progress

This kit is the 1/35 AFV Club Royal Australian Armoured Corps Centurion Mk 5/1

AFV Club have managed to get a surprising amount of fine detail into this kit, simply by increasing the parts count, which (presumably) gives them more flexibility with the moulds and what they can achieve with them.

I got a surprising amount done in the first two days, given the high parts count and fiddly nature of the suspension – see Part 1. The basic turret shell is together and those VeryBadWords suspension units are on. Everything fits well so far, it’s just a bit fiddly.

2 days into the build.

2 days into the build.

Quite a lot of detail has been added to the rear of the hull. Barely visible in this pic, because I forgot to deal with the light. The big storage bin has been added to the right side of the turret. Still no problems.

Invisible progress.

Invisible progress.

Here you can see the fiddly bits. The suspension system that has many movable parts. It’s not designed to be motorised, but you can pose the tank on diorama with rocks and have the wheels realistically deflected.

All the springs and fiddly struts!

All the springs and fiddly struts!

On the left here is the big storage bin that hangs off the rear end of the Centurion. This is a four sided box that was a little fiddly to get together while the glue dried. On the right are odds and ends salvaged from the spares box that will go in the basket storage. Water bottles, Coke bottles, canteens, jerry cans etc.

Rear storage + spares box raided.

Rear storage + spares box raided.

That’s it for this weekend. How are your projects coming along?

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Centurion Part 1: That Bl***y Working Suspension!

“Wait!”, I hear you ask, “What happened to the Chieftain?”

I have had to set it aside, because the resin camo nets still, after 3 weeks, haven’t arrived from CastOff.  *sigh*

So, I’ve started the AFV Club 1/35 RAAC Centurion. Lovely kit – the first I’ve tackled by this company.

The mouldings are not as crisp as, say, Tamigawa but. because of the higher parts count, they are much more detailed. The instructions are sometimes a little vague. The working suspension is fiddly.

More piccies tomorrow.

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6. Suspension Arghhh