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Maddog Manufacturing 2020 Production

Duke Maddog

Well-known member
Thanks Paul! It's been a challenge, but I'm thrilled to have gotten so much progress done.

Thanks Warren! Your compliments are most appreciated.

By the way, I finished the three Abrams and the Howitzer. Feel free to check them out.

Duke Maddog

Well-known member
Well, it's been a slow week so there's only a small update this time.

I did manage to get the photo etch on the Redstone capsule; these panels make it into the Friendship 7:

Later I shot that black, even though it doesn't show well in this pic:

Sorry about the blurriness in that pic; the camera had a difficult time focusing on that capsule. Now for a gloss coat and then decals.

Moving on, I stopped working on the rocket to get going on the tank transporters I've had languishing while I worked on the Abrams and Paladin.

First off, I added more details to the HEMMTT tank transporter chassis. This was starting to take shape:

After that, I built the engine and added it to the chassis, along with the exhaust and other platform framework:

Once I got done with that, I assembled the cab for this truck. In the process of holding it together, I got some glue under my finger and smeared it all over the windscreen:

Yeah, that looked really bad. So I disassembled the cab, removed the windscreen and went to work trying to fix it. After some persistent and constant sanding and polishing with ever higher grit levels (from 600 to 12000) I dipped it in Future to try and clear it even more. The final result isn't as great as I had hoped, but there's at least no sign of glue smear:

Time to move on with that. Before I put it aside for the day, I dry-fit everything together that I had done:

Moving on from there, I finally assembled the cab for the M-1070 tractor:

After that, I wanted to build up the chassis and suspension to mount that cab on, so I built the first two axle sub-assemblies 'A' and 'B':

Then I got called away so I put them both aside before I left. A couple days later, I return to start on this again and sub-assembly 'B' is gone! I tore the room apart for hours looking for it and finally gave up. I assembled the last two axle sub-assemblies 'C' and 'D' and cemented all three to the chassis frame. So now this will be the "light" version of this truck until I either find that sub-assembly or buy a whole new kit to replace it:

Later I cut off the fenders to add to the chassis. One of them flat out broke when I tried cutting it off:

It's like that hole on the left half was inside waiting for the any pressure to be applied so it could break! I glued it back together and added it to the chassis:

Later I added Mr. Surfacer 500 to that crack, but not before this pic was taken. Here is the whole chassis with most of the extra parts added to it:

Later I dry fit the cab to this to see how it would fit:

It's gonna take some finagling, but it'll fit well. After that I can build the winch platform. Until then, I moved on and started the new Japanese Type 73 tank transporter. First was the chassis and engine which went together very fast and easy:

There's still more detail parts to add to that,, but not before I get the cab mounted on it. So, I started the cab; building the interior first:

Naturally I get everything done on this except the steering wheel. When I tried cutting that from the sprue, it tumbled down to the floor and disappeared. After another hour of frustrating search; I finally decided that it would not be noticeable enough once the cab was closed so to hell with it; I'm moving on! Life is too short and I have too many models to build to screw around with extra tiny pieces that refuse to stay on the table.

I then added the windows to the cab and popped the interior in to see if my premise was correct. It certainly does not show unless someone really looks hard:

Onward we go from here to start assembly on the trailer:

After that I was ready to get back to tanks. Since the Missing Lynx was running the Churchill Group Build, I pulled out two Churchills from Dragon to get started on. Since I've pretty well reached my 20-pic limit, I'll continue this in the next post.

Duke Maddog

Well-known member
Continued from above; here's the two tanks I started...

First was the Churchill III AVRE, starting with the turret:

That petard mortar was a real pain to build, but I got it done. Then I added the five parts to the upper hull that are supposed to go on it and then added the turret for the pic:

After that, I built the lower hull and roadwheels:

Here's a test fit after all that was done:

There's still a bit more to do on that, not least of which is to add the tracks. Until then, I started the Churchill IV AVRE; building the turret:

By that time it was late so I stopped until I have more time to build later. Until then, thanks for looking in, comments are welcome.


Active member
Life is to short to worry about a steering wheel, good call.
Keep the line moving along.
Great work so far.
Liken the rockets and Abrams


Ahh Yes, seems sometimes half my building time is actually looking for - parts, pieces that seem to vaporize into thin air, missing tools, glue, paint, misplaced sprues, etc.

You are right - Life's too short

Nice fix on the windshield. Kinda reminded me of the windshield on my jeep.


Duke Maddog

Well-known member
Thanks Frank! Yeah, I'm keeping the line moving. By the way, all the the Abrams did get finished. Feel free to check them out.

Thanks EJ! Yeah, I'm so sick and tired of constantly looking for parts. Generally they end up showing up later anyway; many times when I'm looking for something else. So, I might as well just keep going.

Thanks Kenny! That is so cool that you know someone who drove that beast! I can imagine what it was like.


Master at Arms
One major issue was found when I taped the lower tub under the forward part of the fuselage assembly. Not sure how I'm going to fix this yet so this bird went back on the shelf for now:

Mark, my apologies but I forgot about this. Was just going through some of my stash this week and I pulled out my Shinmeiwa and remembered I was going to look at it and get back to you.

I did a test fit and I don't seem to be coming up with the same fit issue on my kit.



AS you can see, it fits pretty well. Mine is an older boxing, could your body perhaps be a little warped or maybe if it is a newer boxing perhaps the moulds are starting to wear?? Could there be a piece getting in the way that might need some adjustment?

I was thinking that if you cut a piece of flat sheet perhaps you could glue it flush to the front hull and then mate the front hull up to the rest of the fuselage. . That should at least eliminate the gap you are seeing.


Hope that helps,

Duke Maddog

Well-known member
Sharkman, thank you. I was thinking the same thing; maybe a sheet of styrene there would help. I also think a couple spreader bars in select places would also help. We'll see but I do appreciate the assist here; hopefully I can get this plane back on track. Thanks again man!


Master at Arms
Sharkman, thank you. I was thinking the same thing; maybe a sheet of styrene there would help. I also think a couple spreader bars in select places would also help. We'll see but I do appreciate the assist here; hopefully I can get this plane back on track. Thanks again man!

Yeah, some spreader bars might help as well!


Duke Maddog

Well-known member
Thanks. I'm going to be moving forward on some other models first. After that; when I have more room, we'll get this Shinmeiwa going again.

Duke Maddog

Well-known member
Greetings all, here's another small update due to life happening; or else I might have gotten more done. This time I'll start with my armor since I barely got anything done on armor.

Basically all I did was to mask the windows for the three tank transporters. First the Japanese Type 87:

Then the HEMMTT cab:

...and finally the M-1070 cab:

Later on I gloss coated the German Cabriolet car and painted the chrome on it, along with painting the roof:

After all that, I went to work on my two rockets since they were so close to being done. Here they are all mocked up:

The first thing I did was to apply the decals to the Atlas rocket; as you saw above. Here it is showing three sides when I had finished the decals:

After that it was only a matter of adding a few more external plumbing parts to this and it was done. Meanwhile the Redstone had a bit more to be done.

First off, there were some highly noticeable blemishes in the white coat of the main rocket body that were really annoying me. I tried to ignore them because I knew any fix was going to ruin the smooth finish I'd already achieved. I just couldn't let it go. So, I pulled out a post-it notepad and my Tamiya Tape and masked off the offending area. I then shot some more white; adding several coats to try and cover the blemishes. It was amazing how they kept popping out from under the white. Finally, I got it covered enough for my satisfaction:

I was right, there was a noticeable square that I could not eliminate; especially that close to the decal. So I have to live with it:

Oh well. At least I found the decals for the capsule and promptly added them to it:

A few more detailed parts to add and that one was done.

Finally, it was time to work on my large aircraft again. The first one I worked on was the Russian An-124. I finally got the fourth engine finished:

After that, it was time to work on the landing gear. I started with the forward landing gear wheels. I needed to make four of them and they had to have the hubs added to the middle of the wheel halves, just like the main landing gear wheels. That made them impossible to close properly without some serious sanding and shaping and squeezing:

I had four of those to do. Then I assembled the first forward landing strut, adding the wheels to it:

I'm supposed to make two of those but of course, the second strut is missing......

So, I moved on and finished off one side of the main landing gear bay; completing all the main landing gear struts:

After that I halfway finished the twenty wheels that go on those struts; adding all the hubs to the wheel halves. Next I need to put each wheel half together. Later....

Each main landing gear strut has eleven parts in it. I still have to do the other side. Once that is done and I paint these (along with finding and finishing the second forward landing gear); I'll be done with all the incidentals and can finally work on building the whole plane; adding the wings and tail to the fuselage. Man that is gonna be one difficult beastie to paint!

So, I put that aside and went to do something easier. Only it wasn't so easy. After two hours or so of fighting the fuselage halves to the A-400 Grizzly; I finally managed to get the whole fuselage to fit right:

The clear part is only dry fit to see how well it fits. Wow, it fits like a glove! Beautiful!

Next, since this was all glued together, I tried test fitting the wings and tail to see what fit issues I was going to have to deal with:

Yeah, that big beast barely fits on my workbench!

The third big aircraft I pulled out was my C-54. All I did with that was to add two extra windows to one fuselage half that I apparently forgot; then cemented the cockpit to the interior fuselage assembly and then added nose weights to the forward part of this whole assembly:

The next step will be to close this up inside the fuselage and move on.

Okay, that's it for this update. Thanks to all who stop in and comment, I appreciate everyone and everything. Stay tuned for more progress updates in the next couple weeks.


Master at Arms
Every little bit is progress! Just remember Mark, You're like one of the most productive members on here!

That's quite the landing gear set up!!

Duke Maddog

Well-known member
Thanks Sharkman! Yeah, that landing gear set is quite the major job! This is so far about two days worth of work.

Thank you for the compliment on my productivity. I'm just having fun!