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TOPIC: Italeri 1/35 M978 U.S. Heavy Fuel Tanker ***Finished***

Italeri 1/35 M978 U.S. Heavy Fuel Tanker 3 years 6 months ago #31

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Powder wrote: [How did the resin wheels & tyres work out - or are you still to tackle that job?


Lol... funny you mention that.

I haven't done anything with the resin wheels yet other than a rough test fit with the pour lugs still in position.
I have a sneaking suspicion though that I'm going to have to trim the shafts of the axles a fair bit if I want to use them.
But use them I must as the kit wheels are really bloody awful.

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Italeri 1/35 M978 U.S. Heavy Fuel Tanker 3 years 6 months ago #32

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Crikey you're moving at 'Grant-speed' now. :)
Your photo from above looks like a Cubist artwork - you could stop the project now and flick it off to some expensive art gallery :P

When doing model cars I'm often swapping wheels between kits or using aftermarket parts - I don't think I've ever come across a set that fits straight on. :unsure:
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Italeri 1/35 M978 U.S. Heavy Fuel Tanker 3 years 6 months ago #33

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Nice work, great progress
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Italeri 1/35 M978 U.S. Heavy Fuel Tanker 3 years 5 months ago #34

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Progressing at snails pace but slowly getting there.

I bit the bullet and carved off the pour lugs from the bottom of the resin wheels.
This turned out to be far easier to do than what I was anticipating, so was happy to get that out of the way as I had not been looking forward to it in case I ruined them. They also fit pretty well with the axles on the kit, although needs a few mm trimmed off each axle to fit snugly.

I spent most of the day today spraying the dark base coat of desert sand on the rear end, fuel storage tank and wheel hubs but need to redo the storage tank as I got a few runs due to thinning the paint too much and spraying it a bit too heavily. Will I ever learn not to keep doing this? :blush:

Anyway, onto the progress shots...







The cab interior has been sealed with a clear gloss coat in readiness for a wash.
I'm still deciding whether or not to pick out more of the detailing on the instrument panel guages and door handles etc, but I don't think much will be seen once it's all closed up. Annoyingly, there is a decal provided for the drivers side of the centre console but not for the main dash itself?
The glass could probably do with another very light coat of clear blue for the tinting as well.
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Italeri 1/35 M978 U.S. Heavy Fuel Tanker 3 years 5 months ago #35

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Looking good man. I was looking at the windows and wondering what you done there, looks good! Was that airbrushed on was it?
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Italeri 1/35 M978 U.S. Heavy Fuel Tanker 3 years 5 months ago #36

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Looks like pretty good progress to me.
It'll probably be one of those builds where everything seems to happen at the end and you go from a pile of parts to almost finished in an hour. :)

Great job on the wheels. I really like working with resin parts - well good quality resin parts anyway - it sands nicely and you can get sharp edges where plastic can leave feathery edges that need further cleaning up. Has the paint stuck to the wheels? Some resin parts need a good wash in soapy water before painting - although I'm finding that to be less of an issue with newer parts - maybe the resin materials have changed a bit over the years.
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Italeri 1/35 M978 U.S. Heavy Fuel Tanker 3 years 5 months ago #37

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Thanks guys... I touched up the storage tank thisarvo after sanding back the runs I got previously.



@ K2 - Yeah, I thinned (heavily) down some Tamiya X-23 clear blue and sprayed directly to the back sides of the clear parts.
But today I darkened it a bit by mixing 3 parts Clear blue to 1 part Tamiya X-25 clear green. Looks a lot better now I think altho time will tell once the glass is set in place.

@ Powder - Cheers mate. I gave the wheels a coat of Vallejo black primer which appears to have adhered ok... so far at least but omitted to give them a wash beforehand. :blush: The desert sand went straight over the top. They look pretty sharp... especially the tread and are light years ahead of the kit wheels that were moulded in 2 parts.
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Italeri 1/35 M978 U.S. Heavy Fuel Tanker 3 years 5 months ago #38

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Nice work VD. Hope the windows come out well. You've done a great job colouring them. I like the work you have done so far. Painting looks to be great. Now I want to see it come together. Are you going to weather the chassis before you add everything on?
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Italeri 1/35 M978 U.S. Heavy Fuel Tanker 3 years 5 months ago #39

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Cheers K1. Yeah, once everything is painted in the final colour and clear coated, my intention is to dirty the underside of the chassis up quite a bit.
I'm hoping the darker desert sand that it is currently painted will look ok once the lighter sand goes on the outer surfaces and give it a little more depth.
The cab, engine compartment, fuel storage tank and rear end can be weathered separately and attached as completed assemblies afterwards.
The plan today is to get the cab assembled and sprayed the same sand colour as everything else along with the assorted hand rails, mirrors and odd bits and pieces still left on the sprues... which there aren't many now. I've also got an Eduard masking set for the windows and wheel hubs to make life a little easier.

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Italeri 1/35 M978 U.S. Heavy Fuel Tanker 3 years 5 months ago #40

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I got the glass installed and cab together this morning.
The window tinting is probably a little too dark now and I should have thinned it a lot more as it's a tad grainy as well when viewing up close.
But from further away it's not too bad...







I've not glued the roof on yet, as I still need to paint and mask off the running lights the sit beneath the overhang at the front, above the windscreens.
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Italeri 1/35 M978 U.S. Heavy Fuel Tanker 3 years 5 months ago #41

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wow, looking good!
nice wheels. :)
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A little more progress made with the cab windows masked off and given an undercoat of desert sand to match everything else.
Did another test fit with the major sub assemblies sitting in place to ensure everything lined up ok and thankfully it does.
Next step is to paint all the running lights and reflector lenses etc, and paint the mud flaps and rubber black on the wheels etc.





Still a fair bit to do before it gets it's final colour.
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Italeri 1/35 M978 U.S. Heavy Fuel Tanker 3 years 5 months ago #43

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First time I have seen this build, really like the subject and your work.

I might have missed it but what is the blue tinting for?

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Cheers Michael

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Nice progress shots. It's turning out a treat
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Nice work, its coming out lovely! thumbs up!
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Italeri 1/35 M978 U.S. Heavy Fuel Tanker 3 years 5 months ago #46

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Looking good VD!
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Yup, this is going to be a great build VD. I can feel it in my ovaries. :silly:
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Italeri 1/35 M978 U.S. Heavy Fuel Tanker 3 years 5 months ago #48

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Agree with everyone else, this looks very good VD :woohoo: ....watching with interest ;)

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Looking really good :woohoo:
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Italeri 1/35 M978 U.S. Heavy Fuel Tanker 3 years 5 months ago #50

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Cheers guys.

With the exception of picking out the tail and running lights, I haven't done much since the last update.
I just need to mask these off now then attach the assorted railings and other smaller bits and pieces before spraying the final sand colour.
Am a bit disappointed with the windows and wish I'd left them as they were now.
Will post some more progress shots when there's more to see. ;)

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I made a little more progress over the weekend with the wheels hubs masked off and painted along with the mud flaps.
The body and chassis was also sprayed the final sand colour (AK-122 "Modern U.S. Vehicles") and laid down really well on top of the previous shade of Italeri desert sand.
The assembly is 95% done now, but still a fair bit of detail painting and weathering to do.











The engine deck that sits behind the cab is a little warped and is going to need a bit of persuading to get sitting right but I should be able to sort it ok.
Also want to try dry brushing the rubber black on the wheels so that they don't look so bland.
Will see how it goes...

Cheers for following B)

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Italeri 1/35 M978 U.S. Heavy Fuel Tanker 3 years 5 months ago #52

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Looking pretty cool. Also looks a fair decent size!
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That is so nicely put together. Wow!!
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Agree. Really nice job so for VD.
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Very tidy VonD - great work.
I see the nice thing about those weighted wheels is that you can line them all up for a photo without them rolling away :)
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Yup, looking very nice VD
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And it's a h*ll of a size... excellent work.

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Powder wrote: I see the nice thing about those weighted wheels is that you can line them all up for a photo without them rolling away :)


Cheers for your feedback guys.

Yes, the wheels were a godsend as the kit wheels were really bloody awful. (I'll post a comparison shot of them later)
Not having worked with resin before, I was more than a little concerned that I'd ruin them trying to remove the pour lugs.
Turned out to be unfounded as my Tamiya saw made short work of them... and they all sat level (and at the same height) afterwards.

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Italeri 1/35 M978 U.S. Heavy Fuel Tanker 3 years 5 months ago #60

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Looks great VD.

The last 1/35 Italeri truck I attempted to build ended up in the bin because it was a right **** as far as fit went. Might have to try another one some time.
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