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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.
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1/35 Tamiya M1A1 2 years 9 months ago #2

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this will be the 3rd time I have tried posting this tonight (having issues with the desktop overheating ........ stupid computer)

anyway I've built it up pretty quickly starting with the main bits then hitting the turret (which is nearly done now)

I will endevour to get the running gear and lower / upper hull done by the end of the week (when the kids sports start up again)

will hopefully be able to put this on a dio base at the end as well - this will be very time dependant



managed to use tamiya's fly screen netting for the bustle rack too - would be one of my better attempts



and where it sits now, as said I will try to get the lower/upper hull and running gear done by the weekend



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1/35 Tamiya M1A1 2 years 9 months ago #3

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Yum, two Abrams in one day!
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1/35 Tamiya M1A1 2 years 9 months ago #4

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I've made this exact kit, though I am sure you will make yours a lot better than mine!
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Cool bananas! Watching this one B)
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1/35 Tamiya M1A1 2 years 9 months ago #6

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I like the diorama layout. Watch watch...
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1/35 Tamiya M1A1 2 years 9 months ago #7

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Nice start so far B)

I still can't make up my mind what to build for this GB. Have flagged the M1A1, and after reading some reviews of the Tamiya M2A2, I've decided against that too :lol:

Leaning most likely towards a Tamiya 1/35 M1025 HUMVEE now :whistle:
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It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.

1/35 Tamiya M1A1 2 years 9 months ago #8

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Cheers guys

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

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Looking good.
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1/35 Tamiya M1A1 2 years 9 months ago #10

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added a mic to the commander (first time doing this and quite happy with it - although you prob can't see it here)



and added the plate for the rear ID number as per the only reference photo I'm going off (its the only one I can find too)



hope to get a few small details done before undercoating on the weekend - weather permitting, like adding the wires to the smoke dischargers, find some smoke canisters etc,

just noticed that the rear left corner has a bad gap as well ...... oh well that sounds like tomorrows problem


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1/35 Tamiya M1A1 2 years 9 months ago #11

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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.
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1/35 Tamiya M1A1 2 years 9 months ago #12

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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!
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1/35 Tamiya M1A1 2 years 9 months ago #13

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cheers guys will prob do what you've both said .... but this is now on hold awaiting paint - time to pull some shelf queens down

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Nice quick build there B)
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1/35 Tamiya M1A1 2 years 8 months ago #15

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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 ...




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1/35 Tamiya M1A1 2 years 8 months ago #16

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Really nice work coming together here Shaun. A great idea for the base.

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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.

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Like the base. Looks really good. The Abrams looks the part too B)

I'd be keen to hear what happened with the kitty litter too. I didn't have the best of luck when I used it combined with celluclay for a base. It never dried out properly, and went mouldy :blush:

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Andrew, you're not supposed to use USED kitty litter :evil: 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.

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Yeah, I'd only use used litter if doing a dio of WWI trenches :evil: :sick: :lol:

We used to bag Diatomite (flash name for kitty litter) at a previous job and market it as an oil spill cleaner

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This is the stuff I've been using:
shop.countdown.co.nz/#url=/Shop/ProductD...ng%26search%3Dlitter

A lifetime's supply for under $4.

'Clumping Cat Litter' - sounds like a tongue-twister Robin would use in the old Batman TV series.
"Holy clumping cat litter Batman, the Joker's got us this time... " :)

Edit: I've just noticed the Countdown website has 12 ratings for this stuff - averaging 1 star out of 5 :(
If they changed the name to 'Scenic Diorama Gravel' they could sell it for 10x the price.

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1/35 Tamiya M1A1 2 years 8 months ago #22

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Good work mate, that's looking cool. Bugger about the gravel, but the base you have now looks pretty good. God thing with the write up also!

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Have you tryed woodland scenic fine ballast it what I used on the dirt road in my dio

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Looks awesome and I like the stowage gear on the turret.
Was that included in the kit or after market?

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1/35 Tamiya M1A1 2 years 8 months ago #25

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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 ;) )

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1/35 Tamiya M1A1 2 years 6 months ago #26

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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
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1/35 Tamiya M1A1 - COMPLETED 2 years 6 months ago #27

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Well done Red. The finished pics look mint :)

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Nice one Red, looks really good.

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Saw the finished product pics on the other thread, a fine looking machine. Really nice, another top notch armour build from you!

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The last shot shows the finish very nicely. Very nice work indeed.

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1/35 Tamiya M1A1 - COMPLETED 2 years 6 months ago #31

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Nice job and makes me want to grab one of mine from the stash and make a start on it. B)

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