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  1. Thats what I would call a successful weathering experiment. Looks fantastic.
  2. Horch 1a with 2cm Flak 38 1/35 modified Tamiya kit
  3. M3 Grant, 2/10 Armoured Regiment, 1st Australian Armoured Division 1/35 Takom kit with Black Dog resin stowage.
  4. All done. Tamiya XF86 Flat clear, some more weathering and then a final coat with Alclad Klear Kote Matte.
  5. All finished. A couple of coats of matt varnish and a tad more weathering in between.
  6. 2cm Flak 38 built and mounted and all ready for some primer. A coat of Tamiya XF60 and a mix of dark grey for the interior. Nearly there now, just need to get a matt coat on it and some final weathering.
  7. Quite a lot of progress since the last update. Firstly some milliput sand bags on the front and the canvas mantlet for the gun also from milliput A coat of Halfords black primer Followed by a light coat of Halfords grey primer Then a coat of #desert sand mixed from Tamiya paints. I mixed this up last year for a Crusader and cannot find the recipe I'm afraid, thankfully there was more than enough left for the Grant. The Khaki Green No.3 is also from Tamiya mixing 2 x XF62 (Olive Drab) + 3 x XF59 (Desert Yellow). Baggage painted with various Vallejo colours then given a coat of Army Painter Quickshade -Dark Tone, a very quick and lazy way of giving some shadow to all the folds in the baggage. The tracks and tyres have also been painted with dark grey at this stage. Decals on And to bring it right up to date some weathering. Matt varnish and some final weathering later this week and it should all be finished.
  8. You have one less now, just couldn't resist.
  9. I paid a visit to the small air museum at Budapest airport in 2016 before it was moved to its current site. Looks like the An-2 has had a spruce up in between times.
  10. Another quick start on this one in between doing sandbags on the Grant. I do like these old Tamiya kits (the ones without the rubber band tracks that is), as despite their lack of detail compared to more modern kits they go together quickly and still look good. And now onto the conversion to mount the gun on the rear. Very simple, firstly some supports added and the rear is just the right size to fit one of the weights I normally use into. The plate on top is plastic sheet with a steel tread pattern embossed. It says it is 1/87 scale but it is almost the same size pattern as Tamiya have moulded to the cab floor.
  11. I have now added some milliput sandbags to the front of the Grant, just about happy with them but the shape could have been better. I have also added some foil straps to the stowage hanging off the side rails to make them look like they are actually hanging from the side of the Grant rather than just stuck on with glue. After making the last couple of sandbags this evening I had some leftover milliput so I have started to build up the canvas mantlet cover. The idea is that I can now overlay this shape with thin strips of keadatite (or similar). I have some on order which should hopefully arrive before the weekend.
  12. For my second Desert War GB build I am going to do the old Tamiya Horch 1a with a Flak 38 mounted on the back rather than being towed behind. This will be the second time I have made this kit, the fist time was decades ago and it has long since been disposed of except for a few parts in the spares box. This time I shall hopefully make a much better job of it.
  13. Time for another update. The kit is now built and all of the stowage from the Black Dog set that I am going to use has been added. Most of it fits fine despite it being designed for the Academy kit. Before I start painting however I am going to add some sandbags to the front and maybe also a canvas cover for the gun mantlet. These are provided in the stowage set but unfortunately do not fit the Takom kit. I have replaced the photoetch headlamp protectors with plastic strip firstly because I could not get them bend into the correct shape and fit properly and secondly because I lost one to the carpet monster. I am not a big fan of photoetch although the rest of the stuff that comes with the kit went on without a problem.
  14. Nice start. These 1/48th tank kits from Tamiya look great.
  15. This is turning into something of a blitz build for me although things will inevitably slow down once the construction phase is finished and I start painting. Here is where things ended up last night, some added superstructure and I have added some ballast inside to give it a bit of weight for no other reason than its a tank and tanks are supposed to be heavy. Then this evening I have had a good few hours at the bench whilst listening to the cricket. First job was to mask off the superstructure and prime the running gear with Halfords black primer. After which I finished off the superstructure but leaving off all the tools and fine detail as I am not sure what will need to be left off to accommodate the Black Dog resin accessories. I think this set is designed for the Tamiya kit but a quick dry fit has shown that most of the pieces will fit with only minor fettling. I think the part that will need most work are the sand bags at the front. And finally a quick picture with the Grant alongside the LVT4 Buffalo that is also on the bench at the moment. I had not appreciated just how big the LVT4 was until I made this comparison.
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