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!

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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

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.

Nanette part 1
Nanette part 2
Nanette part 3
Nanette part 4
Nanette part 5
Nanette part 6
Nanette part 7
Nanette part 8
Nanette part 9
Nanette Part 10

Don’t you just hate it when…

,,, life gets in the way of your hobby?

I won’t be getting and more done to Nanette this weekend, because too much ‘life admin’ stuff got in the way. It is tangentially model-related though, as it to do with moving house later this year, which will give me more space to work and display in. So, yay!

I hope to get some work done, with photographs, next weekend.