January 17th 2016 will mark 25 years since the US-led Coalition began airstrikes in a prelude to boots on the ground to force the withdrawal of Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi forces from Kuwait. To mark the 25th Anniversary, we will be commencing a Kiwimodeller Group Build, beginning January 17th 2016, and finishing on the 15th of July 2016.
The build is open to any scale and any subject that played a role in Operation Desert Storm. This includes Iraqi forces. The model must be built in its entirety within the specified build dates and the build should be accompanied by a thread in the group build forum documenting regular progress. Post shots of your sprues at the beginning of your thread.
By the end of the GB (and no later than 24 hours after the completion date) participants should post five pictures of the completed build in the GB completed builds thread. There is no entry fee for the GB, but a donation for the upkeep of Kiwimodeller is welcome The winner of the group build will be decided by popular vote.
Voting will run for the week following the 15th of July, ending Midday the 22nd of July. A deadlock will be decided by a separate run-off vote.
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.
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..
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...
Things that make you go "BOOM"
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!
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
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!
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 Looking forward to seeing it with primer on