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.
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.
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.
Part 1: And now for something completely different!
Part 2: Chassis Almost Assembled.
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.
All the PE. There’s loads of it!
Where I left it a couple of weeks ago, after the resin camo nets arrived, allowing to finish off the Chieftain.
Progress! That aluminium barrel is a thing of beauty. Also, PE beginning to sprout from various bits of the kit.
More PE, plus seam clean up to be done before going any further.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Sunday and done until next weekend.
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.
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.
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!
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.
That’s it for this weekend. How are your projects coming along?
“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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My current WIP (/work in progress) is the Tamiya 1/35 Mk V Chieftain with CastOff Mk VIII resin upgrade. Yesterday, I discovered the same company does the camo nets for it. They should be here for the weekend.
I am so naughty.
I can resist anything except temptation. Apparently.
It’s been a busy weekend, but I got some hours in at the workbench. All the major (and much of the minor) assembly work is now complete. The first coats of the camo colours are also on. I’ve taken some artistic license here because:
- There is great variation in the many Mk.VIII photographs I can Google
- I had to mix the paints anyway – an imprecise art – at least when I’m doing it.
- It’s my model. :-p
The darker green is a mix of Tamiya Flat Black, Flat Green and Semi Gloss Clear – the Flat Black is so flat I find it hard to work with. This is why it’s slightly shiny. Loads of washing, weathering, beating up and ageing to start next weekend. That will bring it all together.
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Most assembly done + base green goat.
Busy weekend at the workbench. I remembered what I hate about armour – all the ruddy wheels! *sigh* Still, they’re on the hull now, after many BadWords. The first coat of green (Revell Aqua Color 46 – NATO Olive) as a base to work from, so the model is looking a bit ‘flat’ right now. Next weekend, I begin the weathering, ageing, roughening up etc. This is the process that will bring it to life.
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Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
I have run out of workbench time for this weekend, sadly. But I did get heaps done. Most of the non-resin parts are now on the kit. What’s left are things, like the commander’s MG, that are too fragile to be attached yet.
All the resin parts are on now: barrel, stowage baskets, gun travel lock, exhausts, rear storage, various hatches, commander’s cupola, Clansman radio box and two antenna bases, smoke dischargers, NBC box on rear of turret, engine grill.
This is the first time I have used resin and I am amazed by the difference it makes. That barrel, for example, is incredible! I shall be using resin again in the future.
All the resin! Click for larger image.