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Operation Desert Storm 25th Anniversary

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.
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Trumpeter M1 Abrams 5:1 2 years 9 months ago #1

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This kit is a rather old thing, the plastic is the old Trumpeter stuff, soft and warped, but it's going together well enough with some persuasion and lots of glue ;)
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Started with the wheels



Then on to the tracks, I decided to go with the plastic track sections rather than the rubber bands, purely as I don't have any faith in paint adhesion on rubber tracks.





I use the end of an old paintbrush in a drill to get perfect edges on the tyres.



And progressing quickly.


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Nice start Gary and very tidy wheel rims.

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. :s
Looks like you've discovered a cool work around. B)

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Good start G1!

Edit: I thought you'd be making masks for the road wheels with your vinyl cutting machine? Additional product line for the KM brand ;) You could do mask sets for tanks and aircraft wheels
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Watchin this build for sure

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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.

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Andrew wrote: Good start G1!

Edit: I thought you'd be making masks for the road wheels with your vinyl cutting machine? Additional product line for the KM brand ;) You could do mask sets for tanks and aircraft wheels


Yes I think I'm at the point where I'm happy with my skills and the cutter, all I need now is to get some interest from people to make it worthwhile. ;)
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watching this with interest mate, just a quick question though, what colour are you using for your primary sand colour?

cheers

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another interested watcher here... :)

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It's a dog of a kit really, soft plastic, gaps and ejection pins to name a few hurdles to overcome but it's getting there.





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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.

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Well, may be a dog of a kit, but it really looks the part after your magic work so far!

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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..

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Doing a good job of it G1. Looks like an Abrams to me :woohoo:

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