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TOPIC: 1/35 AFV Club M109A2 Howitzer-ODS

1/35 AFV Club M109A2 Howitzer-ODS 2 years 9 months ago #1

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Soooooo,..... This will be different! This ill be my second ever armour attempt!
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Should be an adventure! Havnt had a lot of success finding pics...so will sorta be wingin it...but as long as it looks good in the end I wont be upset by not getting everything hstorically correct..
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Looking forward to seeing this come together if the afv club kits's I've built are anything to go on you shouldn't have many if any issues as they generally go together with next to no hassle

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Cool stuff Nos. Big Gun. Looks like a nice kit. Did it come with the metal barrel or is that AM?

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grover wrote: Cool stuff Nos. Big Gun. Looks like a nice kit. Did it come with the metal barrel or is that AM?


Came with K1...its a nice looking kit...LOTS of parts tho! :blink:

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watching this one - looks like a beast

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Lots of parts alright! But coming with the metal barrel is cool

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Very cool subject and will be watching! B)

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Nice, does it indeed have purple as part of the camouflage or is that just my screen? Way cool.

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Bishop wrote: Nice, does it indeed have purple as part of the camouflage or is that just my screen? Way cool.


Just the pic Bishop...I will be doing it in standard U.S. Desert colour anyways...when the paint arrives...Ive ordered some Mr.Paint from europe...I got US Desert Sand and some MiG Grey and Green to try...they are supposed to be quite good.

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Sweet. Good choice. Nothing like a big boomstick :lol:

Will be watching on

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So Ive made a start...and a realisation...Tanks are different from planes!! I have started on the lower hull... took a wee while getting my head round the instructions ... a couple of minor fit issues probably due more to my inexperiance rather than the kit...started on the road wheels this morning..








top deck will be going on today too....
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It's always strange when doing a subject you've never done before... I always get confused... but you get your head around it :D

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building upper hull...paying the price for misaligning something somewhere... but getting there..lotsa little handles and hinges!..






Oh...and wheels...lotsa wheels!


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You need pictures? Will these do?

www.google.com/search?q=m109a2+155mm+how...IKA&biw=1056&bih=533

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Thanks Tony!

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Too many wheels Corran :P

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Nosferatu wrote:
Oh...and wheels...lotsa wheels!



Haha :lol: the most fun part of all AFV builds. Luckily youre not building a Churchill or Char B1 :whistle:

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Ah yes, the wheels!!

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Have had a bit of time at the bench this week so Ive been cracking on in my plodding way!! Front hull assy pretty much done and move on to the rear...Instructions are getting easier to understand... but still have to be careful not to miss anything!....Also made a start on the boom stick...







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Still have the breach assy to go onto the gun..bit of a dilemma at the moment...as there is no interior I cant really leave any hatches open..but there is some awesome detail in the gun assy...so...do I just build and button up? Or do I paint up and treat it like an exercise? Ive always have done with car engines and the like..cause.. y'know..I know its there!

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All you need to do is make enough of the interior to have the hatches open to display the gun. It is small enough not to need too much detail, just enough to give the idea that there is something there

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This should give you an idea of whats inside I'd just focus on the bigger elements as it'll give enough of an idea of whats supposed to be there
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Cheers guys...looks a little beyond my scratch building skills at the moment..also I want to get through this so I can start the Tomcat...but I'm going to paint the whole gun for fun.. :side:

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Well construction is complete...this has been a real challenge for me...lots of very small parts.."PING"..lost....lots of fragile parts "PING...broken.....but I got there in the end...
A little bit of clean up to do then its off for primer....










Are they all that complicated?? or is it just the AFV kits?? Dont get me wrong...I have enjoyed it....in a strange sort of frustrating way and I will certainly be doing more..( I have to..still got a Tiger,Panzer IV and T-34 in the stash!).. But I am looking forward to doing an aircraft again!
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Not as complicated as a DML kit. This has come together very nicely. That is a massive gun isn't it
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Way to Go Man you got through it well. :woohoo:

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Well modelled, Nos'

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Does look like a fair whack of kit! Sometimes the complicated ones can be the most satisfying

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Too be honest, I think DML kits are sometimes a little easier to assemble.

AFV Club tend to over-engineer the parts for maximum detail, often to the detriment of ease of assembly.

A couple of tips for removing parts next time Nos, for small to medium size pieces, stick a piece of low tack masking tape on the back before cutting it with sprue cutters. If the part is tiny, put the sprue into a big zip log back, and remove it in there. If it does "ping" it is contained within the plastic bag.

Good progress so far though :woohoo: Looking forward to seeing it with primer on

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