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.
I tried a similar idea a while ago but couldn't get my cordless drill working well enough as it was too large to handle with one hand without being clamped in some way.
In the end I found it just too awkward and went back to using circle templates.
Looks like you've discovered a cool work around.
Update In Stash:
Lots of 1/35 Armor mainly WWII German and a few Modern British/American pieces, 1/32 Aircraft and 1/48 Aircraft. Aircraft chosen to replicate RNZAF and RAAF types through the years. Some RAF & USAF types exist also.
It's taking shape nicely Gary. I do like the looks of the Abrams (and Challenger 2)
Will be interesting to get some feed back on it as I have a similar early Trumpeter M1 kit in the stash (along with an Academy and Tamiya mine plough vers) but was saving it for when I developed my skills a bit more. If it is a bit of a turd, then I may not feel so guilty about having a crack at it a little sooner than I was intending.
Looking good indeed. I much prefer the plastic tracks if I can get them. Why I wish DML hadn't taken bad advice and switched to their silly DS tracks. Fine on live track vehicles like this but hopeless on German and Russian armour. Anyway, onwards. Watching watching..