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.
Well I got the poops with doing aircraft so have shelved the A-6E for the time being (prob until the weekend) so thought I'd make a start on the Abrams to get it done in time before being whisked away for work.
As usual the Tamiya kit goes together really well - little flash, and pretty good fitment as well (am yet to use filler, but have used a little glue here and there)
will be going with this scheme once the decals arrive
have been home for the last couple of days with the "black lung aka man flu" so have managed to get a little done,
playing around with the load out - wasn't sure if I was going to have it buttoned up or hatches open
nearing completion - have decided to only have the commander out the hatch (doing a battle run)
with everything together noticed a pretty horrendous gap down the back ..... not too sure how I'll handle this - either paint the lower hull (including tracks and wheels) mask it up glue the lower and upper hull together and sort out the gap before painting - or paint everything separately, fix the gap and touch up painting then
Looking cool Red. It's quite a big bugger isn't it!
As for the gap on the rear. You could try plugging it with some plastic sheet if you have some laying around or fill it with some Mr surfacer 500 and clean it up with some lacquer thinners which is great stuff for taking care of problems like that without damaging the detail around it.
Could those gaps be remedied by getting some thin plastic card stock and sliding a piece in each gap, then slicing the extra off with a scalpel and maybe sanding it flush? I've done the same in the past and it works reasonably well without having to get putty everywhere...
Edit: Didn't see VD's post but at least we have the same idea!
well big shout out to G1 on the advice on colour to use, got some AK US sand and painted the other week (sorry been slow on posting) - also painted the stores (just need to do detailed painting and it should be good to go
tried doing the kitty litter with the base but that turned out failing in a big way, so out with a few different shades of sand, painted over sand paper - looks ok just need to add some rocks to break it up a bit
anyways here are the shots as it stands atm
and with the base
as you can see with this one the sand paper isn't quite big enough to cover the entire base .... what to do ...
RED wrote: tried doing the kitty litter with the base but that turned out failing in a big way,
Very nice build.
Just curious about what failed with the kitty litter? - It's my preferred modelling gravel.
The local shops sell two types - crushed clay which is cheaper- and some semi-transparent crystal stuff.
My cat prefers the crystals - I like the clay.
Straight out of the bag the clay lumps are fairly uniform in size which doesn't look realistic so I put some in a plastic bag and hit it with a hammer - after that you have a broader range of sizes which you can put through a sieve to get a mix that looks right for the job. You can even crush it down to a powder for a fine sand effect.
Andrew, you're not supposed to use USED kitty litter Seriously though, I'm not sure they make the ye old gravel kitty litter they used to. It is all made to absorb smells and break down and consequently has enough chemicals within to destroy and alien invasion.
cheers guys, haven't touched this due to work commitments being exhaustively demanding, and now I get to go "camping" for three weeks so wont touch this again til I get back home, and re-reading dates etc, I may yet get this one over the line
anyways quick explanation on the kitty litter - I think its possibly 65% operator fault 35% equipment - the kitty litter I used was the coles brand (over here in oz) it says clay, second was the el-cheapo pva (read - craft) glue I brought from a cheap shop (this was the biggest problem I think) anyways done what has been said on other threads - crushed it up (should have been more ...) laid down a layer of PVA, sprinkled kitty litter, soaked with watered down pva from a spray bottle, left for 3 days to dry, picked it up moved it a little and the "sand" shifted in a big way. so just went with the sand paper idea (this is pretty close to some areas over in the sand pit after looking at some of my pics from when I was there a few years ago)
VD the kit doesn't come with any stowage, so I've used the tamiya extra stowage kit for the other bits and pieces (I have three of these kits )
quick up date ..... its done, finished up with the decals the other day (they are awesome to work with - very fine and with a little help settle really well) applied the lenses which when the old man seen them thought I had added lights that flashed in there, then gave it a wash with some ak product (second time using, so tried a "pin" wash as opposed to sloshing it everywhere, then cleaned it up with a cotton bud and white spirit .... to be honest I am really happy with how it turned out
and the final
will post 5 in the completed thread
thanks for watching guys and also for the words of advice and encouragement to help me get this on over the line