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petbat
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Queensland, Australia
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Posted: Monday, January 22, 2018 - 07:30 AM GMT+7
Gabriel, the Zvezda Stuka Zu Fuss...... The original release or the revised one? If the original, I am surprised you didn't use the exacto on your wrists like a lot of modellers with that kit have done.
Szmann
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Netherlands Antilles
Joined: September 02, 2014
KitMaker: 534 posts
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Posted: Monday, January 22, 2018 - 04:36 AM GMT+7
Peter, Thank you! My only previous experience with HB was Sourcouf 1/350 which went impeccable; Recently I completed their 1/48 IAR80 - again almost flawless. This is the first one to give me some trouble, but as one who once have finished Zvezda's SdKfz 251/1 Stuka zu Fuss, I still consider myself lucky with HB kit .

Mark, nicely done. Yes, old good Tamiya. Always a joy to build it. I sort of miss their soft-skins.

UPDATE
I decided to bite the bullet and start painting detached parts (the suspension / traction need to be painted separately) while I'm still fiddling around with the body halves. Primer applied:


Cheers!
Gabriel
petbat
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Queensland, Australia
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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 10:39 PM GMT+7
Nice work Richard if all 8 wheels touch the ground. That is usually a hurdle for a lot of modellers.

Looking good Gabriel. I find HB kits do tend to have some warping between hull halves, but you seem to have sorted that out. They can be hit or miss. I built their SdKfz 254 and had similar issues. Another issue was the opening for the side visor panels was the same size as the visor itself, so it swung feely inside and out of the vehicle and were a bit warped too. I had to line the inside with styrene strip so they could be glued flat to the hull.

Mark. She is an old kit but still Tamiya engineered. You can't go wrong with them. Looking forward to seeing paint down.... no 6 huh, I won't hold my breath just yet
d6mst0
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Texas, United States
Joined: August 28, 2016
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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 01:58 PM GMT+7
I finished assembling the Sd.Kfz. 222 Leichter PanzerSpaHWagen 4/4. There are a few parts that won't be attached until the paint goes on. Here are a few progress photos.









This is my first wheel vehicle assembly. I believe I should be glad this was a Tamiya kit, as it went together with no fit issues at all.

Will post new photos after the paint job. This kit is number 6 in line at the paint booth.

Mark
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Texas, United States
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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 01:51 PM GMT+7
Richard,

Revell kits are always a challenge. You are off to a good start.
d6mst0
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Texas, United States
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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 01:48 PM GMT+7
Gabriel, very nice progress.
Szmann
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Netherlands Antilles
Joined: September 02, 2014
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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 08:51 AM GMT+7
Hi, guys!

I wish my presence to this build was more consistent, but the situation with the internet services is still catastrophic in Sint Maarten after passing of Hurricane Irma and I have very little internet time. I apologize for late posting and updating.

Angel, Thank you. Nice information on Steyrs. Strangely enough, in the neighboring Romania, we never heard of Steyr other than Mannlicher!

Peter Certainly is a big fish this M35. With 12 tonnes weight and more firepower than a Pz. II, it reminds me more of a WWI German tank. Thanks for your help, mate! Yes, production year 1941 qualifies the vehicle as an early war one and I will follow your advice: grey both sides! I'm gonna add some extra markings though.

Tim, that is a very nice choice. I have that kit waiting for its turn and I must say it looks very good in the box!

UPDATE
Turret assembled. It went flawless. I wish I could say the same about the body...



I decided to replace the kit's jerrycans with Tamiya old stock. the reason why is because on the kit's ones it reads "Wasser" and I doubt Prinz Eugen were there in humanitarian mission. I went for fuel jerrycans instead, but... surprise!

Tamiya ones are fatter than Hobby Boss ones. i decided to trade them again, this time with ones I took from a Bronco fuel trailer. Even those fit very tight, but with some pressure it worked out the way I wanted.


Since I decided to paint the inside of the lovers gray, I found time has came to button up the body shell.
... and that didn't went well. I have notices a slight warping of the rear section of the upper half of the body, but I thought the plastic is thin enough to allow re-shaping. Unfortunately I didn't think of the doors and I glued them in place to early. when I tried to force the halves gape less, the doors bulged out. With the hindsight, I should have added the doors last, eventually sanding the edges to ensure proper fit.

Now the only option left it was to remove the locator pins from the troublesome side and to trade gap space:


Once everything properly glued, I filled the gaps with Tamiya white putty and sanded down.


While waiting for glue to set, I start preparing my paints. I choose to follow the "enamel way" because for sure more sanding is involved.
in the left: grey primer (mix of Krylon and Model Master);
in the right: home brewed Panzergrau purple hue. I don't want to open any can of worms - it's just the shade I like best. I also tried in the second spoon some sanding and free-hand painting, because I need to replace the censored decals:
.

Thank you, guys, for your patience!

Cheers!
Gabriel
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Wales, United Kingdom
Joined: May 07, 2013
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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 05:23 AM GMT+7
Starter pic for the Boxer


Hull and suspension

Everything went together well enough, the wheels all touch ground, but (unusually for Revell) there was a bit of a Dragon moment with parts for the front steering linkages misnumbered.
Iraqiwildman
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Missouri, United States
Joined: November 24, 2008
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Posted: Friday, January 19, 2018 - 10:15 AM GMT+7

Quoted Text

Tim,

Good choice!
I've build this kit-be prepared for a lot of fun,



It is building up fast, except for some flash clean up. I like is so far and will be done construction probably tomorrow.
ayovtshev
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Sofiya, Bulgaria
Joined: September 22, 2016
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Posted: Friday, January 19, 2018 - 09:59 AM GMT+7
Tim,

Good choice!
I've build this kit-be prepared for a lot of fun,
ClaytonFromEllijay
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Georgia, United States
Joined: July 10, 2016
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Posted: Friday, January 19, 2018 - 06:46 AM GMT+7
Folks sure are flying through the builds here, looking great! A good variety of armored wheelie things!
k_mero4
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Sofiya, Bulgaria
Joined: November 26, 2017
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Posted: Friday, January 19, 2018 - 06:39 AM GMT+7
Perfect model. Congratulations. It is a real pleasure to work with him. I will follow his progress.
Kalin
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Missouri, United States
Joined: November 24, 2008
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Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 02:53 AM GMT+7
Here is my entry, Tamiya's Sd.Kfz. 222 Leichter Panzerspähwagen (4x4) #35270. This kit is originally from 1975, but was updated in 2003 with a metal barrel and an extra sprue of fuel drums and fuel cans.

petbat
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Queensland, Australia
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Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 03:40 PM GMT+7
Very nice painting and weathering on the details Angel. Looking terrific

Sure is a large chunk of Plastic there Gabriel. Did some research on the paint colours, but couldn't find anything definitive. Being early war production, I would go with Grey on both sides of the louvres myself. Likely painted before assembly on the vehicle, so probably both sides done the same.
ayovtshev
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Sofiya, Bulgaria
Joined: September 22, 2016
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Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 07:05 AM GMT+7
Thanks Gabriel!

Your Steyr is also shaping up nicely.I have soft spot for Steyr vehicles-they were widely used in my country's armed forces in the 1930-1940's(Steyr 440/640).

Looking forward to see how your build progresses!
Szmann
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Netherlands Antilles
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Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 06:52 AM GMT+7
Now that's fast, Angel !

Good job!

Cheers!
Gabriel
ayovtshev
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Sofiya, Bulgaria
Joined: September 22, 2016
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Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 05:54 AM GMT+7
I've painted and assembled almost all major parts of my BTR-40:



Engine was weathered

before installation:


Interior was painted:


Now it's time for weathering.

Szmann
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Netherlands Antilles
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Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 04:32 AM GMT+7
Thanks, Peter. The louvers are positionable and I can let them only slightly open - just for some extra visual effect; the engine bay won't be visible, but the inside side of the louvers will be. I think I'm going for red primer eventually.

Frank, you're having a good start. Nice!

UPDATE
Just monkeying around with the wheels - it looks nice though


"Rear" end louvers (this beast had actually two heads):


"Front" louvers in closed position, but not glued:


Assembly view with the current state of affairs.


I still have a few external detail parts to add on and some PE as well, which I'm gonna save for last because I'm very gifted in knocking them down.

Cheers!
Gabriel
petbat
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Queensland, Australia
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Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 12:03 AM GMT+7
Nice to see you started Gabriel.

Will the absence of the engine be noticeable with the vents open? Sorry but I have no idea what the colour of the engine bay was but the cabin interior was likely white.


The Staghound is also off to a good start Franck.
panzerIV
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England - North West, United Kingdom
Joined: January 02, 2007
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Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 03:26 PM GMT+7
heres my entry
RhinoSpit
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Bas-Rhin, France
Joined: September 22, 2016
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Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 10:21 AM GMT+7
Progress on my Israeli staghound:

DSC_7228

DSC_7235

and after some exchange and research, i found that the israeli staghound don't have fuel drums.
Szmann
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Netherlands Antilles
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Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 07:21 AM GMT+7
Hi, guys!

Time for me to join the build.
I have done some progress Sunday, but I was unable to post my pics until now:

The suspension complete:



Relatively easy and straightforward build so far; the kit has only a few circles as interior detail. (Oh! Ejector pin marks you said? OK!). The fit is excellent.
I'm thinking already to painting. Maybe I'm going to let the louvers half-open. Does anybody knows if the inside should be red primer or interior white?

Thank you!
Gabriel
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Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 12:40 AM GMT+7
Cool choice, Damian. Looking forward to see that kit getting build.
petbat
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Queensland, Australia
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Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 - 08:04 PM GMT+7
...and Mark, that is the macro view we get, not the real life braille scale. Looks good anyhow.

Damian, I'd love to see that Red cat built. I have been thinking of picking up the kit myself
Sleepwalker71
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Singapore / 新加坡
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Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 - 05:06 PM GMT+7
What about big, bad, heavy, fast and deadly Rooikat?