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Maddog Manufacturing Production in 2019 13 May 2019 17:26 #61

Thanks Pup! Yeah, it would have been nice, but it seems they were trying to get them all to look like they were all prancing like in a parade. It is an old model so....

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Maddog Manufacturing Production in 2019 13 May 2019 18:17 #62

Very old, I built it when I was in middle school. I've often felt like grabbing it again and upping the game a bit. I'm no sculptor though.
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Maddog Manufacturing Production in 2019 14 May 2019 01:33 #63

Many interesting subjects... and all of them are going very well :good :good :good

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Maddog Manufacturing Production in 2019 16 May 2019 14:43 #64

Pup, I'd love to see you build one of these Bud wagons again. Maybe you and I could do this together. And yeah, very old indeed. That is why I'll be taking my time on these horses first.

Thanks Luiz! I'm trying hard to make them look good while moving them to the finish line.

Last Edit: 16 May 2019 14:43 by Duke Maddog.
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Maddog Manufacturing Production in 2019 21 May 2019 23:07 #65

Well, here's a small update where I started two models and moved forward on several more.

I'll start with one of my two models I started. This is a 1/24 scale 1929 Coca Cola Delivery Van that I got some time back. On another Forums I jumped into a mini Group Build with two other guys building the same thing. It got me motivated to get started on this. Of course, I started with the little four-banger motor:

I then started on the chassis which needed to be assembled en toto and included eight pieces besides the engine itself. Here it is all assembled:

The wheel hubs are just tightly fastened onto the metal axles; I can remove them later for painting. I just put them on the model here to line up the chassis and make sure all four wheels touch the ground.

Moving on, I decided it was time to move forward on more models; especially those awaiting paint and/or clearcoat. Here they are in no particular order:

Clearcoat first:

The Diamond T Wrecker got cleared for decals:

The little V-100 got cleared for decals:

The Italian Trattore truck got cleared for decals:

And the Centurion got cleared for decals:

After all this, I shot a basecoat of Olive Drab ANA color on the Italian Centauro. This was the closest thing I could see that matched pics showing this vehicle in Italian Olive. Good enough for me as I haven't the time or inclination to try and mix that color:

Since I was already painting, I pulled out the two Syrian Hell Cannons and finished up the painting on them. On the larger one I first dry-brushed a rust color over the gun and frame itself, then drybrushed some dull metallic color mixed with a bit of rust on the wheel hubs. On the smaller gun, I completed a rough three-tone camo pattern; then painted the tires and the wheel hubs afterward. The tires on the smaller on are still a bit wet in these pics:

Technically, these two are done already. I still need to complete the rounds of ammo that came with them so I'm not calling them done yet.

Finally, after all that painting; it was time to build something again. The Austratt turret was calling my name, or rather screaming at me; so out it came. Someone wanted to see the size of this turret in 1/72 scale so here's a shot of the upper shell next to a ruler. This is six and a half inches long from front to back:

The first thing I did was to build the base... all two parts of it. Man, was that ever tough! Yeah...no it wasn't:

The guns then had to be assembled since they were molded in halves. They give you parts for four guns, even though this only has three in the turret:

I made those as seamless as possible; I'll know how successful I was when I paint them. I also built all four in case I screwed one up or something.

After the base dried, I dry fit to see how well the turret base plate fit in the base:

Like a glove! Smooth operation of the traverse too! Of course I had to try it with the upper turret shell on too:

Now, earlier a friend had mentioned that the holes in the trunnions needed to be reduced so that the guns will remain in whatever position I wanted to pose them in. Otherwise they would just remain fully depressed. He made one suggestion, but another friend and fellow IPMS club member mentioned another idea that I decided to try. I added some thin strips of styrene inside the loops so that the holes would tighten up:

It worked! The guns stay where I want them to!

Here is the whole turret fully assembled. Now it's ready for paint:

After that, I can start on the two 128mm twin AA guns that also come in this kit.

Well, that's all I have for this tour. I hope you enjoyed it. Feel free to comment and thanks all for stopping in!

Last Edit: 24 May 2019 23:47 by Duke Maddog.
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Maddog Manufacturing Production in 2019 22 May 2019 00:15 #66

Niiiice!!! :coolio

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Maddog Manufacturing Production in 2019 22 May 2019 14:14 #67

Thanks Luiz! It shouldn't be long now on a few of these.

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Maddog Manufacturing Production in 2019 22 May 2019 15:32 #68

My what big guns you have. :tomato

Fit looks surprisingly good.
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Maddog Manufacturing Production in 2019 24 May 2019 14:02 #69

Thank you Chris! :blush: They are eleven inchers!

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Maddog Manufacturing Production in 2019 25 May 2019 20:52 #70

Well, I don't know why this didn't get posted; I entered everything and submitted it yesterday! Oh well, here's my latest update in it's entirety...

Okay here's more progress on my way to getting some of these models finished. All this is armor so far, along with the turret, since these are all so close to the finish line.

First up is the Centurion. Here it is with the decals on:

You can see that I also added the tracks to this. Alexey at ACE has you push three tiny stubs through holes and melt the protruding ends to hold the tracks together. The only problem with that technique is that the stubs are too small and flexible to be pushed through such tiny holes. They never make it through the holes, so I pulled out my black tire glue and glued these together using that. I then glued the tracks to the wheels using the same glue.

Next I dullcoated this and added the skirts to this model:

You can see the skirts were pre-weathered like the rest of the tank. After that, I went to add the machine gun to the top of the turret. However, the V-shaped part was far too delicate to remove it from the four large attachment points. The first cut with the newest, sharpest X-acto blade resulted in this:

That did not bode well for any attempt to separate the rest of this part and I did not relish assembling four parts of this particular piece to mount the gun. So, I scratch-built a replacement. This is a bit out of scale, but it is sturdy and complete:

Afterwards, the gun got mounted; touchup painting was done and tools were added. Looks done right?

No it isn't. I had realized that I hadn't 'dusted' the roadwheels to match the rest of the weathering so I went ahead and did that. Now I could call this tank done. Pics of it will be seen in the finished armor forums.

Moving on, I also added the decals to the B-1 Centauro:

Also, remember that huge shrink mark in the gun barrel? If not, check back a few posts; it's there. Well, it finally got fully fixed:

After that this model got the final wash and then dullcoat:

After doing some 'pre-weathering' on the wheels, I installed them on this vehicle:

Some final 'dusting' later along with the Centurion, this beastie is done!

My next model I moved forward on was the little V-100 armored car. Here it is with the decals. I love that Budweiser logo!

After that I 'pre-weathered' the tires with a reddish brown color to try and match the red clay of the 'Nam and mounted them up. I then dullcoated this and tried 'dusting' it. This was the closest I got to that red clay color:

After that, I did some touchups on the details and then added the turret mounted .50 caliber Ma Deuce:

Painting that Ma Deuce brought this over the finish line as well.

Moving on, I added the decals onto the Diamond T wrecker:

I know the markings on this truck are fictitious. I wanted to build it as US Army truck but; despite having decals for at least three US Army trucks, they only gave you the schematic/layout for a Canadian truck. I spent hours looking online; trying to find pics of a Diamond T Wrecker sporting the numbers, codes, and (hopefully!) that armor logo on the front fender that were offered on the decal sheet. Nothing popped up at all that even remotely had any of the decal sheet codes on it. So, I just winged it and chose what I wanted. Later I can get another one and make it Canadian.

Later on I dullcoated this and then added the wheels to it. The four twin wheels on the back were a real bear to do given how delicate the attachment points were for those wheels! What a pain! I finally got them all cemented on:

I had forgotten to mask the windows before dullcoating this again so I'll have to fix that. Also, the cab is still not glued down, which will help greatly in fixing the glass as the back wheels are still so delicate. The less I handle that chassis the better. There's a few more things I still need to do with that truck, so it's not quite finished yet.

One truck that did get finished is my Italian Trattore truck. I glossed this and added the decals to it:

You can see I also started the wash on it. I also noticed one of the tires cracked. Oh well...

Later this was dullcoated. I remembered the windows this time:

I completed the tilt on this and then called it done.

After all that, I needed to finish up the Hell Cannons. All that was needed was to assemble and paint the ammo rounds that came in the kit. Here you can see that I assembled the smaller cannon's rounds by fitting them to the barrel and gluing them together. I later removed then from the barrel for painting:

In this pic, you can see two of the rounds for the larger cannon too:

I later painted them all and was able to declare the Hell Cannons done.

Finally I worked on the Austratt turret. First I tried to eliminate the seam on the base. This was my first attempt:

My second attempt was a bit better. Pics of that forthcoming in another update.

Next, it was time to paint the turret itself. I started by removing the upper shell and hitting the guns and gun shields first:

Next I carefully replaced the top and shot it with the green again:

Two thirds of the way through this I ran out of paint in the airbrush and re-mixed some more. It was too thin and ran badly. I tried smoothing it out but this was the result:

Story of my life! Every time I think I might succeed, something stupid like this happens! So, I soaked a paper towel in Airbrush Thinner and wiped it clean:

Fresh, properly mixed paint went on after that! It still looks lumpy from debris left behind by the wipe down, but I think I can possibly fix it further. Pics forthcoming on that too.

This looks like a great place to finish off this update. Thank for looking in, comments are welcome.

Oh, and now that this is posted (I hope!) feel free to check out all the finished ones in the "Armoured Fury" Forums.

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Maddog Manufacturing Production in 2019 10 Jun 2019 18:32 #71

Well, it's been awhile thanks to being back to work on several home repair projects. Despite that, I did manage to get some progress done because of some time on the bench and Hobby Day.

I'll start with some aircraft.

This first on is the Grumman Duck I had started. I got the interior painted and the windows installed in the sides of the fuselage so it was time to close this bird up:

This next one is an ancient USAirfix kit of the Widgeon floatplane. I got it for free, and since I started it at Hobby Day now I know why: No clear parts. Oh well, I started it anyway; adding the pilot to the interior:

Adding the side windows won't be an issue; doing the canopy is going to be interesting...

I went ahead and assembled the wing:

Followed by the engines:

I let them dry for a bit and while that was happening, I assembled the outrigger floats:

Later on I added the engines to the wing. There's gonna be a ton of sanding to do on that:

Moving on to my Big Bird, I painted the cockpit and pilots on the Shinmeiwa:

Then I decided to move in and assemble the propellers. I had thought that I just needed to add the cones to the centers of the propellers, but no! Hasegawa had to do this to me:

Here's the first one assembled:

Finally, I got them all done and they are all hopefully the same direction:

I then went through the kit and assembled everything that was molded in two halves, starting with the wheels which I also painted:

I them realized on the instruction sheet that there were two version options on this plane in the kit. Using Google Translate on my phone, which told me to "paint [certain part} the color of the woman"(?!) I managed to somehow decipher enough "code" to determine which step was for which version. I had to cross certain steps out and edit the sheet to insure I don't mess this up too badly:

Moving on, I then assembled some more parts:

That's as far as I got with that.

I then pulled out my Redstone rocket and masked off the base where it needs to stay black:

I spent some time trying to polish this as well. Speaking of trying to polish, I spent quite a bit of time sanding the Mr. Surfacer and smoothing out the seams on my Atlas rocket:

I took some time to make sure the lines were still scribed out:

This part was the toughest:

I made some progress in smoothing this out quite a bit, but I still have a long way to go to make this smooth enough for a metal finish:

My last little aircraft is an unusual kit I found of a Russian Troop carrying glider. I never knew they had them! I started with the interior. The two upright squares were for holding the benches, but since the benches wouldn't be seen, I decided to leave them off:

I then added the small windows and side doors to the fuselage halves. Here's a shot of them and the rest of the sprues:

I then assembled the wings. This plastic is interesting; fusing almost instantly with Tamiya Extra Thin. I don't really know why they used two different types of plastic:

I finally painted the interior of the fuselage and then assembled the fuselage together and added the tail feathers:

I found that the fuselage halves were molded differently and didn't match the line of the canopy so I sanded it to form:

That's all my aircraft progress, now to show my armor. But first, here's some buildings/structures I was working on first. The base of the turret was primed with a grey primer to see how well I covered that seam. I'm not that happy with it:

I then pulled out the church and started to seal up the seams along the walls and the base and all the corners with acrylic putty:

After all of that, I shot a grey primer all over the church too:

I did notice the roof of the belfry is propped up. That's the let the bats out.

I also ordered a brand new cross for this from my church's bookstore/gift shop. I expect to have it in sometime two weeks from now.

Finally, I decided to make some extensive progress on my George Creed commemorative build. I assembled the cab, adding the photo etch to it too:

Next I added the photo etch to the chassis and finished with a few more final detail parts:

Here's a shot of the cabin dry-fit to the chassis:

I moved on to assemble the crane for this and later on I added that and other parts to the chassis and cab, dryfitting everything together:

Finally I finished the assembly of most of the trailer; adding the side platforms and other detail parts:

After that I decided to dry fit the Pershing to the trailer to see how it looks:

That's all I had for this week. I don't know if I'll be able to get anything done the next few weeks with all the work I have and the very high temps coming our way.

Thanks for looking in, comments are welcome.

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Maddog Manufacturing Production in 2019 10 Jun 2019 19:04 #72

Looking forward to seeing that church painted up. :popcorn
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