Gun Truck Part 3: All the Photoetch!

Well, not all of it – there’s still loads more to attach.

Despite all the fiddly PE, this kit is coming together surprisingly quickly. Saturday was mainly spent getting the chassis almost finished, and attaching the wheels. The chassis parts were a little warped once assembled. It is possible that was my fault – this is my first time building a vehicle with a ‘ladder’ chassis. It was simple enough to straighten out, and all 10 wheels are sitting square on the cutting mat. Yay!

First coat of OD on, and wheels attached.

First coat of OD on, and wheels attached.

First coat of OD on, and wheels attached.

First coat of OD on, and wheels attached.

I have used tow cable from Karaya in Poland, and I highly recommend it. It looks realistic, don’t you think?

Winch with metal cable looking the part well, I think.

Winch with metal cable looking the part well, I think.

Closer look at the front end and winch from behind.

Closer look at the front end and winch from behind.

Sunday has mostly been spent adding the photoetch. I am using the excellent Eduard set for this kit, and you can see the degree of difference it makes.

All the PE - you can see how much more there is still to attach.

All the PE – you can see how much more there is still to attach.

Part 1: And now for something completely different!
Part 2: Chassis Almost Assembled.

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Gun Truck Part 2: Chassis Almost Assembled

Modelling time is over for this weekend. I’ve never built a truck before, and it’s an eye-opener. This gun truck is incredibly detailed. It’s taken me around 10 hours to get the chassis to around 80% assembled. Amazing levels of detail, and the front wheels are movable.

However, in my opinion this kit is not to the same standard as the Centurion I just finished. The plastic here is softer and the instructions are VERY vague regarding placement of the parts. I’m still not convinced the exhaust is in the right place – it may have to come off again.

An estimated 3 million parts make up the chassis so far!

An estimated 3 million parts make up the chassis so far!

Part 1: And now for something completely different!

Gun Truck Part 1: And now for something completely different.

Here we have the AFV Club 1/35 M35A1 Quad .50 Gun Truck (Kit # AF35034), with the Eduard PE set (ED35439). I couldn’t afford the resin wheel, so will be dealing with the shiny ones supplied with the kit.

Why is this something completely different after the Centurion? Because this has wheels, not tracks! Simple really.

2. PE

The black blob is a sheet of masks for the various bits of artwork that can adorn this vehicle.

1. Box

Centurion Part 7: Finished!

This is the AFV Club 1/35 RAAC (Royal Australian Armoured Corps) Centurion Mk V/I, with Eduard PE and various bits from the spares box. I did have the excellent AFV Club working tracks, but gave up when I realised my arthritic hands couldn’t cope. That’s also why I only used around 20% of the PE.  😩

This kit is very highly detailed OOB, and I recommend it. AFV Club achieve the detail by having a high parts count – giving more possibilities during the production process. We’re talking Dragon levels of parts here.

Anyway…

I keep looking at the red/brown mud effect, so common in Vietnam where this tank served, and think I’ve overdone it. However, looking at various photos, I think I may have understated it.

I mean, look at the mud and the colour!

I mean, look at the mud and the colour – and you can see the colours are washed out on this old photo!

42. Finished

41. Finished

40. Finished

39. Finished

38. Finished

37. Finished

36. Finished

35. Finished

Part 1 That Bl***y Working Suspension!
Part 2 Long Weekend Progress
Part 3 You Have Got to be Jesting Me!
Part 4 Slow and Fiddly Progress
Part 5 I Return!
Part 6 The Weathering Begins

Centurion Part 6: The Weathering Begins

The kit, if you are a new reader, is the AFV Club 1/35 RAAC Centurion Mk 5/1 (Kit No. 35100) with the addition of Eduard PE and some lead wire for e.g. the searchlight cable. The spares box has also been raided for what would otherwise have been an empty turret basket. This kit has a very high parts count – like Dragon – and is very detailed OOB. I highly recommend it.

The assembly stage (apart from 2 radio antenna, which go on last) is now finished and the painting and weathering has begun. This is my first attempt at the red/brown found in some parts of Vietnam, and my phone camera makes it appear  more vivid than it actually is. Lots more washes to add yet, as well as other fun stuff.

Oh! I ran out of tow cable, so they won’t be added until next weekend.

30. 7 Jun RH

That red/brown really is way more vivid than it appears to the naked eye. I managed to lose one of the fire extinguishers – that red blob is a piece of sprue.

31. 7 Jun Front

Loving this view. Lots more weathering and dulling down to do though.

You can see the lead wire added for searchlight cabling. A Googled photo showed it went like this.

You can see the lead wire added for searchlight cabling. A Googled photo showed it went like this.

Rear end - no sniggering at the name.

Rear end – no sniggering at the name.

Part 1 That Bl***y Working Suspension!
Part 2 Long Weekend Progress
Part 3 You Have Got to be Jesting Me!
Part 4 Slow and Fiddly Progress
Part 5 I Return!

Centurion Part 5: I Return!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks and, although I have got some modelling done, I haven’t had time to post here – sorry about that. Anyway…

Another weekend slog with the 18,754 teeny tiny plastic and PE parts, mostly on the turret. You know, the ones that seem to all but disappear under the first coat of paint.

Next weekend will be building the ruddy great searchlight, then begins the weathering. Should be finished in 2 more weekends.

Kit is the excellent AFV Club 1/35 RAAC Centurion, with Eduard PE.

These tracks will be the end of me!

These tracks will be the end of me!

Let's get the turret basket full of 'stuff' from the spares box!

Let’s get the turret basket full of ‘stuff’ from the spares box!

Wheels on - starting to look like a tank.

Wheels on – starting to look like a tank.

Tool boxes and track cover thingies on.

Tool boxes and track cover thingies on.

Closing down yesterday evening - front hull work.

Closing down yesterday evening – front hull work.

Loads of fiddly bits added to the turret.

Loads of fiddly bits added to the turret.

Which mostly disappear under the paint. *sigh*

Which mostly disappear under the paint. *sigh*

Part 1 That Bl***y Working Suspension!
Part 2 Long Weekend Progress
Part 3 You Have Got to be Jesting Me!
Part 4 Slow and Fiddly Progress

Centurion Part 4: Slow and Fiddly Progress.

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 since weakened and acquired the excellent Eduard PE set too.

This is my first AFV Club kit. The level of detail is excellent – way better than Tamiya’s good quality. However, they have achieved this by upping the parts count significantly, because more and smaller parts allows more detail in the moulds. This, combined with the PE, takes this kit way out of the so-called ‘shake ‘n’ bake’ we expect from Tamiya.

So it feels to me like progress has been slow, because there are so many parts.

17. PE

All the PE. There’s loads of it!

18. Back to it

Where I left it a couple of weeks ago, after the resin camo nets arrived, allowing to finish off the Chieftain.

19. More stuff

Progress! That aluminium barrel is a thing of beauty. Also, PE beginning to sprout from various bits of the kit.

20. Front End PE

More PE, plus seam clean up to be done before going any further.

21. Tracks

Indi-link tracks. They look great, but are hard work for my arthritic hands.

Part 1 That Bl***y Working Suspension!
Part 2 Long Weekend Progress
Part 3 You Have Got to be Jesting Me!

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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