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Title: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: rickshaw on April 12, 2019, 08:37:07 pm
I am taking the plunge.  I have never had a diary before, let along a net log.

Anyway, I am presently working on a Heller AMX-13 in 1/35 scale.   It is well, shall we say a Gallic kit?  I have had problems before with Heller's aircraft kits and their, shall we say, unique methods?   Anyway, the AMX-13 has obscure instructions and some interesting methodology and of course, the usual dodgy fit of pieces.  This is the first ever AFV kit I have ever built which has required PSR.   The glacis to differential housing leaves a great deal to be desired, as has the turret pieces.  The hull top to the hull sides had some big gaps as well but I've managed to fix those with some liberal doses of glue coupled with some strong clamps.

I'm comparing it, I must admit to Tamiya kits.   Never have I really required any filler on them or clamps.   :banghead:

Anyway, this will be a part of my alternative Australian Army history.   More will be coming this year...  ;)

Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: NARSES2 on April 13, 2019, 02:09:41 am
I haven't seen one of those built in a very, very long time and indeed I'm trying to remember how old the kit is ? Ah, according to Scalemates not as old as I thought ; 1975. I had memories of it being a 60's kit ?

Looking forward to this.
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: rickshaw on April 13, 2019, 03:47:13 am
I am also looking for the 1/35 AMX-13 VCI (Heller - Nr. 81140) kit but they appear to be rarer than rocking horse pooh.   Anybody got one they would be willing to part with for a reasonable price?   :banghead:
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: rickshaw on April 15, 2019, 12:09:42 am
OK, had to put the AMX13 away for the moment until I can get some thinners for the Australian Army green enamel I'm using.

Started on the Indonesia's response to the purchase of the M60 by the Australian Army, the T-64 purchased just after the Wall came down.   It's a Skif model.  Interesting plastic, rather softer than what I've recently worked with.   Interesting construction methods thus far.   I've purchased separate hard plastic track links with this kit.  Tried to build them but decided it was too difficult.   Will see a little later if I'm really interested in wasting so much time doing that or will just stick with the soft-plastic tracks.

Finished an interesting addition to the RAN.  However, that will still remain a mystery for a few days while I do the decals on it.   Lovely grey and white scheme...    :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: NARSES2 on April 15, 2019, 05:58:17 am
I've yet to build anything with individual track links. I have to admit they do look good, but the thought of all the work involved is just a tad off putting  :-X
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: Old Wombat on April 15, 2019, 07:28:51 am
Having done it with both plastic (Bronco) & white metal (Fruil Model) tracks, I can definitely state that there are times during the process of preparing & building the tracks you want to scream with impending insanity because of the repetitiveness of it but the final result is, surprisingly, worth the effort. They do look & hang much better than any rubber-band track I've ever used.

The trick, I found, was to be patient & have something else to turn to when the going got (psychologically) tough.

Me? :unsure:

I'm Fi-ine! (https://emojipedia-us.s3.dualstack.us-west-1.amazonaws.com/thumbs/144/microsoft/153/grinning-face-with-one-large-and-one-small-eye_1f92a.png)
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: zenrat on April 16, 2019, 04:59:04 am
The Meng Cat D9 Dozer was my first build with individual link tracks.  It was a novelty and I didn't find it too much of a chore.  I like the way they worked properly and I could drive it along the bench.  At least they did until I glued it onto the trailer.
I have in the stash a 1/35 Dragon short barrel PIV which also has individual links.  That may be less of a novelty.
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: rickshaw on April 17, 2019, 06:57:15 am
I am still considering the matter of the hard plastic tracks.   I tried to build a few links but they kept breaking when I tried to trim them.

Another problem which has surfaced though, with the T64 model.   The turret ring has the usual lugs which lock into the ring on the hull top.  Normally the notches are at 180 degrees apart on the turret.  Well, they lugs on the turret are but the notches are about 1 o'clock and say about a quarter past seven.    :banghead:

The more I build this kit I get the feeling that different designers designed the sprues differently to each other.  Some parts have nice little pin holes for part placement but others have none.  The gun barrel and the wading snorkel are just plain pieces of plastic without any locating pins or anything.  I've even managed to glue the commander's HMG on upside down (now corrected).   The instructions are vague, to say the least.   :banghead:

Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: rickshaw on April 18, 2019, 12:55:26 am
Rick,

Unless you want to show it opened up, you could use the VCA.  It might have the VCI interior from what I've seen on another website.

http://www.lesmaquettistes.com/t2614-amx13-vca-1-35-de-heller (http://www.lesmaquettistes.com/t2614-amx13-vca-1-35-de-heller)

OK, thanks.  That's the first picture I've seen of one assembled.  I reckon I could scratchbuild the rear interior (or as I suspect, it's actually in the VCA kit)...   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: rickshaw on April 24, 2019, 11:05:33 pm
OK, sorry for the late update.  I have been tearing my hair out trying to fix the tracks to the Heller AMX13 kit.  The tracks are too short and join in an odd manner.  I've tried stretching them in hot water but the rear idler keeps detaching from the hull.  This is going on the back burner for the moment.

I have basically finished the M48 MBT.  I have painted it in Lustreless Green (an odd Australian Army Khaki/Olive Green colour).   The tracks were a doddle compared to the AMX13's.

I have also basically finished the T64.  The tracks are the soft-plastic ones.  In the end, I couldn't be stuffed with the individual links.  The tracks were in four pieces(!).  I have managed to sew them to together and they are now on the vehicle.  I am just gluing the hull top to the hull bottom now and will affix the sandshields this evening.   Then comes the Cam painting.

The M48 and the T64 will then need their markings added and finally weathering.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: kerick on April 25, 2019, 07:09:54 am
Nice progress. It seems tracks are always a dilemma. Go with the easy to assemble, but maybe not so good looking ones, or the troublesome links that are trying to the soul. Personally, I've always used the easy ones and painted them up. Its good enough for me. I do have a couple of kits on the shelf that have links. I just haven't gathered the courage to try them yet.
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: NARSES2 on April 26, 2019, 06:07:41 am
Nice progress. It seems tracks are always a dilemma.

Very much agree. I can still remember getting my mum to sew the ends together of the old Airfix Sherman and Panther tracks back in the day. Like you I have a couple of kits with "click and connect" tracks in the stash (1/72 scale) but haven't got around to trying them yet. Sometimes if they have sideskirts then they can come in very useful for hiding the join. Unfortunately from the memory the AMX 13 doesn't have them.
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: zenrat on April 29, 2019, 06:12:49 am
Having finished the KrAz truck I have a 1/35 scale gap in my modelling schedule.  I got out a Dragon panzer IV, looked at the magic tracks and put it away again...
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: rickshaw on May 02, 2019, 04:17:49 am
I've basically given up on the AMX13.  Does anybody know of an email address for Heller's spare parts department?  I've lost one of the rear idlers to the carpet monster and I would like to get a new set of tracks if possible.

I have basically finished both the M48 and the T64.   I just need to add the insignia to both.   Been a bit chilly in the modelling room so I've not gone ahead with the two aircraft and now the two tanks I have ready for decaling.

I have a 1/72 Voutour which I want to finish.  I've been using aluminium foil to cover it but that has revealed that the surface is not the best.  I think I need to use Mr.Surfacer.  Has anybody had any experience with this stuff?

Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 02, 2019, 05:20:47 am

 I think I need to use Mr.Surfacer.  Has anybody had any experience with this stuff?


I've still got a bottle of it that I tried out a year or so ago, the 1200 version I think, and it worked fine.

But it smells AWFUL! So much so I had to use my asthma inhaler numerous time while using the Mr. Surfacer. :(
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: NARSES2 on May 02, 2019, 05:54:44 am
Yup I've used the Mr Surfacer 500 and Mr Base White 1000 and they are fine, but do pong a bit as Kit says. Your'e best off experimenting with them first so as to get the "feel" of them before using them on a actual project though.

As for the Heller spares department ? Given the company has gone bust/been taken over it might be a while before it's back in existence ?
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: rickshaw on May 02, 2019, 06:46:09 am
So, how do you apply the Mr. Surfacer?  I have two jars of it which I've had for over three years and never used.  Do you use a brush?  What do you clean the brush with?
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: NARSES2 on May 02, 2019, 06:53:58 am
Yup use a brush to apply it, preferably a soft one.

To clean it, I have a bottle of Mr Colour Thinner, but I'm sure others will know of more general cleaners/chemicals that can be used.
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 02, 2019, 09:43:39 am
I couldn't get any of the thinner stuff at all, the show stand who sold me the Surfacer said they couldn't get it.  :banghead:

I used the oft mentioned iso-propyl-alcohol, which worked a treat.
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: rickshaw on May 02, 2019, 05:29:04 pm
Steve, thanks.   If you could please have a look, it would be appreciated.

Kit and Chris, thanks for the advice.  I assume after applying the Mr. Surfacer I then just sand it?
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: ChernayaAkula on May 02, 2019, 09:05:49 pm
Really no clue whatsoever regarding Heller's spare parts scheme. Some other options:
Tamiya's recent AMX-13 also comes with vinyl tracks. Maybe you can find a set of those from a modeller who used an individual link track on it.

The Takom kit comes with an individual link track. Takom also sells the track as a stand-alone item for people wishing to swap the Tamiya's vinyl tracks for plastic ones. LINK! (https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235003718-french-light-tank-amx-13-tracks-for-tamiyaheller-135-with-without-rubber/)
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 03, 2019, 12:03:29 am

Kit and Chris, thanks for the advice.  I assume after applying the Mr. Surfacer I then just sand it?


I think with the coarser grades you do, yes, but the 1200 is just like primer paint and goes on so flat I didn't bother, it just needed a light smoothing with some 800 grit.
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: NARSES2 on May 03, 2019, 06:11:01 am
I couldn't get any of the thinner stuff at all, the show stand who sold me the Surfacer said they couldn't get it.  :banghead:


I bought a big bottle ages ago and I've still got about half of it. Much of the "Mr Surfacer" range can be difficult to get at times , I don't know if they have a regular/reliable importer ?


Kit and Chris, thanks for the advice.  I assume after applying the Mr. Surfacer I then just sand it?

As Kit says it depends on the grade of Mr Surfacer you have used. I tend to use some micro fine sanding pads just to polish the Base White up a little, whereas with the Mr Surfacer 500 I use normal sand paper/pads.

You soon figure out what works for you  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: rickshaw on May 04, 2019, 12:59:39 am
Rick,

Still need to look through some more stuff but found these;

(http://salt6.com/photos/_data/i/upload/2019/05/03/20190503201635-ebf66caf-me.jpg)

Looking good there.  So, I'll send you a PM and we will negotiate, OK?
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: rickshaw on May 18, 2019, 11:42:03 pm
DISASTER!

In the middle of the night my desk lamp decided for some inexplicable reason to depart from it's clamp and ended up lying on top of all the models I have been working on, over the last two months.   This occurred with a snap and a hell of a bang!   Luckily, only two aircraft models were damaged (and easily repaired).   A box of spare bits of plastic card and other plastic ended up on the floor and took about half an hour to clean up.  I got up to check what was going on but no one was hurt and so I went back to bed and repaired matters in the morning.  Buggered if I know why it suddenly departed where it is clamped to the side of a piece of wood I use as a shelf.  Mysteries indeed!   :banghead: :banghead:
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: Old Wombat on May 19, 2019, 12:27:44 am
I'd merely say "Wombats!" but that may be considered self-incriminating. :angel:

So, how about "Koalas!" ;)
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: NARSES2 on May 19, 2019, 05:54:17 am
Glad there was no serious damage mate. It had obviously been under some strain for a while and just reached the point where it went "Oh booger this for a game of soldiers" and snapped  ;)

Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 19, 2019, 07:06:35 am
I keep on telling you, Australia's a DANGEROUS place to live! Even the desk lamps are out to get you!  :o :o
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: rickshaw on May 26, 2019, 06:08:21 am
I keep on telling you, Australia's a DANGEROUS place to live! Even the desk lamps are out to get you!  :o :o

Well, it missed - badly.

Anyway, my mojo left me for a week and is now back on track.  Another two AFV's completed.  A Jagdpanzer 90 and an Strv 103.    :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: rickshaw on June 10, 2019, 02:53:49 am
OK, finished an M60a1.  Just need to paint it now and then dirty it up... 

Other good news, I am as of tomorrow morning, employed again.  Admittedly I've had to take a 50% pay cut compared with what I used to be paid bit I'll work my way up again.    :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: zenrat on June 10, 2019, 04:08:54 am
...I am as of tomorrow morning, employed again...

Congratulations.  I think
Full time?  Or are you. like me, one of the underemployed?
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: rickshaw on June 10, 2019, 06:33:59 am
...I am as of tomorrow morning, employed again...

Congratulations.  I think
Full time?  Or are you. like me, one of the underemployed?

Not sure yet.  I hope it is full-time.
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 10, 2019, 06:59:51 am
Nice one Brian, makes you feel wanted at least.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: NARSES2 on June 11, 2019, 06:12:07 am
Nice one Brian, makes you feel wanted at least.  :thumbsup:

Depends who wants you ? Those poster pictures can be most unflattering  :angel:

No, well done mate  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: rickshaw on June 26, 2019, 02:39:02 am
Well, that was quick!  I am once more unemployed.  Seems I wasn't what they were looking for.  They hired me as a Level 3 Help Desk person and what they really wanted was a Level 1 person.  So, we have parted our ways amiably (with a fortnight's pay in advance) and I am once more looking for work.   :banghead:

Anyway, it was a Windoze shop and I'm pretty much a Unix person.

I have in compensation raided my stash and started on my one and only Accurate Armour kit - their T-44.   I bought it three years ago off Evil Bay for a song.   Needs some work on it.  It is a multi-media kit with resin and metal parts.   First AA kit I've built.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: zenrat on June 26, 2019, 03:00:43 am
That's a bugger.
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 26, 2019, 04:37:38 am
Not too good Brian, I hope you can find something more suitable soon.

Not too soon that you can't make good progress on the T-44 though.......  ;D
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: NARSES2 on June 26, 2019, 07:03:44 am
Sorry to hear about the job Brian. Hope something comes along soon  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: rickshaw on July 02, 2019, 05:11:42 am
Right. the T44 is officially a cow of a kit.  It has defeated me for the moment.  A combination of the roadwheels and the resin tracks (which are in sections, rather than linked) has proved too much for me.  I am officially putting it to one side and going on with an another kit. 

I have three candidates - an M47, an M60 and a T54.   I think the M47 will win this race.   It is officially an Academy kit but it is actually an Italeri one.  It even has on the plastic bags "Made in Italy"!  The M60 is a Tamiya kit and the T54 is a Trumpeter.
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: zenrat on July 02, 2019, 05:19:12 am
My vote is for the T-54.
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: rickshaw on July 03, 2019, 01:10:16 am
My vote is for the T-54.

You won.  The T54 is an easier kit.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: zenrat on July 03, 2019, 03:48:43 am
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: rickshaw on July 12, 2019, 12:14:51 am
T54 is complete (more or less).  However, I have run out of the shade of green I was using to paint it with.  I have raided the LHSs and none of them have the shade of green I was using!  Disgusting.  I have purchased a similar but not the same shade of green so I will need to repaint it.    :banghead:

I have started on the M47.   I officially hate the carpet monster in my modelling room.   I dropped a suspension arm and it has been eaten.    I am, to put it mildly, somewhat miffed.  I will need to manufacture a replacement one.    It is annoying.    :banghead:
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: zenrat on July 12, 2019, 03:50:27 am
How annoying, on both counts.

Have you tried walking about barefoot?

Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: rickshaw on July 12, 2019, 04:12:46 am
How annoying, on both counts.

Have you tried walking about barefoot?

Too cold for that!   :wacko:

I have basically taken everything up off the floor around the modelling desk.   The trailing arm is not present.  It has been eaten by the Carpel Monster!   :banghead:
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: kerick on July 12, 2019, 05:11:27 pm
Use the vacuum cleaner with either a new bag or a nylon stocking over the end of the hose to catch the wayward part.
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: rickshaw on July 28, 2019, 02:28:22 am
OK, today was a day that was finally warm enough to have an interest in modeling.  I repainted the T-54 with a different shade of green and then, 'cause it was gloss, I had to use a matt varnish over the top.  Seems to have worked well.

The M47 is forging ahead.  I made a replacement trailing arm for one of the wheels and it fitted OK.  Then did the return rollers.  What was interesting is that each side has positions for three return rollers but I have an extra two, one each side.  Seems the chassis was one meant for an earlier, M26 tank, which had a set of tensioning rollers between the last roadwheel and the drive sprockets. Oh, well, seems I have a rather large hole to fill now.    :banghead:
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: rickshaw on September 16, 2019, 06:11:53 am
Winter is officially over now.  My modelling room has lost it's icicle like feel.  I am modelling again.  Officially!  I have glued two pieces of plastic together!  I am still working on the M47 which has been sitting on my modelling table the last two months forlornly.   :banghead:

Work is starting to increase.  I have repainted my T55.  It is now a pleasing shade of green.  I have decided what I will paint the M47 - a different shade of green, less pleasing. 

Thursday, they are forecasting that it will reach 30 degrees!  Yippee!  Summer has returned!  The modelling season can begin!   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: NARSES2 on September 16, 2019, 06:30:11 am
I always think of autumn/winter being the modelling season myself. Doesn't summer get a little warm down there ?
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: rickshaw on September 16, 2019, 08:44:02 pm
Heat promotes the creative juices, Chris.  Heat keeps your joints warm and you don't freeze in place.  Heat means you throw open the windows, slide open the sliding doors, let the fresh, warm air in!  Summer is the season of freshness.  It means the glue dries quickly, the paint dries quickly and you can actually do things, rather than just moan and freeze and huddle 'round the Slow Combustion Stove in the living room!  :thumbsup:

Although I note there have been significant snowfalls across New South Wales the last couple of days at the same time as there have been (unseasonal) bushfires in SE Queensland and Northern NSW.  Ah, Australia, the land of contrasts!    :banghead:
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: zenrat on September 17, 2019, 03:50:51 am
...Doesn't summer get a little warm down there ?

Depends where you are.  It's a big country.  Melbourne summers suit me perfectly with just the occasional run of too hot days.  We are approximately the same distance South of the Equator as Rome is North.
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: NARSES2 on September 18, 2019, 06:33:12 am
...Doesn't summer get a little warm down there ?

Depends where you are.  It's a big country.  Melbourne summers suit me perfectly with just the occasional run of too hot days.  We are approximately the same distance South of the Equator as Rome is North.

Ah, Rome and the countryside just a little farther north can be almost perfect weather for me  :thumbsup: Mind you I like Sicilly as well providing I've a pool or the beach and a ready waiter  :cheers:

During our record hot temperatures this summer both paint and glue was drying almost before it touched the plastic  :unsure:
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: rickshaw on September 18, 2019, 11:39:42 pm
Rome - distance to the equator -  4,660.03 km

Melbourne - distance to the equator -  4,206.07 km

Adelaide - distance to the equator - 3,884.79 km

Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: zenrat on September 19, 2019, 03:28:12 am
...We are approximately the same distance South of the Equator as Rome is North.


So what's 400km between friends?
 ;D

There's also the little matter of a BFO ocean just south of us which might just affect the weather.   ;D

<goes to consult goggle earth>

Athens.  Melbourne is the Southern Hemisphere equivalent of Athens...

...just with more Greeks. ;D
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: rickshaw on September 19, 2019, 04:15:12 am
I wasn't criticising you, Fred.  I was merely pointing out the facts.   :banghead:

Distance between Athens and Equator is 4,174.58 km.
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: zenrat on September 19, 2019, 04:35:15 am
Critique away.  I had never actually measured it.

You made me do some actual research dammit...   :banghead:
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: NARSES2 on September 19, 2019, 05:51:44 am
Rome - distance to the equator -  4,660.03 km

Melbourne - distance to the equator -  4,206.07 km


Yea, but ones uphill and the other is downhill  :angel:
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: rickshaw on October 14, 2019, 01:17:55 am
OK, the weather has improved - markedly and the modelling room is no longer icicle in temperature.  Yesterdays SA Model Expo has inspired me!   Back to the M47.  Finished assembling it (more or less, still needs it's tracks down a few holes filled) and started painting it.  Yucky Olive Green.   :( :(

Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: rickshaw on October 18, 2019, 05:48:53 am
M47 is finished and painted in Olive Drab.

Onto the M60a2!   In fact I'm nearly finished it.  God, I hate turret baskets.  I've had to replace one of the Tamiya rails with some plastruct 'cause I broke the Tamiya one.  What is particularly annoying is that Tamiya decided to print the left basket reversed.   :banghead:
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: rickshaw on October 20, 2019, 06:19:36 am
The M60a2 is almost finished.  Just started painting it.   Ghastly green colour.   :banghead:
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: Old Wombat on October 20, 2019, 06:29:01 am
Well, where are the pic's? :unsure:
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: rickshaw on October 21, 2019, 03:55:55 am
Well, where are the pic's? :unsure:

Patience, patience, my dear chap.  I intend to do a grand reveal.   Actually, I hate taking photos, they never work out.   :banghead:
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: rickshaw on October 30, 2019, 11:19:42 pm
Working on M103 now.  Bit of a trial with loads of parts, some unnecessary IMHO.  The kit has errors in it, I am well aware but it will do for a What If scenario.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: rickshaw on December 07, 2019, 10:36:13 pm
OK, I am back on deck now.

God I have come to hate this Dragon M103 Heavy Tank kit.  It is a right bugger to put together.  It has taken over two months to get to this stage.  The damned mudguards won't bloody well stick!  I've also lost a grab rail from the turret.  Bloody carpet monster!   Not enjoying this at all.  Not at all.  Grrrr.    :banghead:
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: Rheged on December 08, 2019, 08:36:41 am
Worry not!!  The missing mudguards are a field modification to help clear the treads in adverse conditions, and the grab rail devoured by the carpet monster was damaged and removed by an incompetent mechanic at base.  As we all know, with a good backstory one can blarney one's way out of most situations!
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: rickshaw on December 08, 2019, 11:13:52 pm
Worry not!!  The missing mudguards are a field modification to help clear the treads in adverse conditions, and the grab rail devoured by the carpet monster was damaged and removed by an incompetent mechanic at base.  As we all know, with a good backstory one can blarney one's way out of most situations!

Thank'ee for your concern.

The grab rail I will replace with wire.  The mudguard is reattached with oodles of glue this time.  Hopefully it will stick.  I've also had to reattach two wheel arms (with wheels attached).

This kit is an abortion.  I do not recommend it.   :banghead:
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: rickshaw on April 11, 2020, 04:10:48 am
I have discovered my mojo once more.  I have a kit for the In The Navy group build on the go! 
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: Old Wombat on April 11, 2020, 05:04:38 am
Excellent news! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: DogfighterZen on April 11, 2020, 05:40:28 am
Good to have you back in the mood again! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 11, 2020, 05:57:14 am
Excellent news Brian.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: rickshaw on April 11, 2020, 07:37:39 am
Hopefully this will prompt me to use all those nice decals you have printed for and which present languish in the Decal Drawer at the moment, Kit.  ;)
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 11, 2020, 08:03:07 am
Hopefully they've stood the test of time!  :o

I found some of my older prints curled up radically in the water after standing for a year or two, but the more recent ones, printed on different paper, don't do that.
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: NARSES2 on April 12, 2020, 06:01:00 am
Good to hear the mood has returned Brian  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: rickshaw on April 14, 2020, 01:12:18 am
OK. first series of pictures.

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img924/9836/yzHRAe.jpg)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img924/7821/5B1Sda.jpg)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img924/5489/llwwOv.jpg)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img923/1542/27yZ5Z.jpg)
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: zenrat on April 14, 2020, 02:59:37 am
Nice choice of aircraft.
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: Old Wombat on April 14, 2020, 08:10:29 am
Speeding along there, mate! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: rickshaw on April 27, 2020, 10:28:03 pm
Onto the homestretch.  Just need to do a few touch ups and decalling.

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img924/3302/UnLvpp.jpg)
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: NARSES2 on April 28, 2020, 06:23:13 am
That's not only looking impressive mate, it just looks "right"  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Rickshaw's Roundup
Post by: rickshaw on June 19, 2020, 11:48:10 pm
Have I mentioned that I absolutely loath multipart roundel decals?  I am presently wrestling with multipart RAAF decals.   They are a bugger with the red kangaroos not separating from the backsheet.  I am thinking the subject may have to be an anniversary aircraft marked.   :banghead: :banghead: