SHELF QUEEN CHALLENGE 2017 - Week 19 of 30

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SHELF QUEEN CHALLENGE 2017 - Week 19 of 30

Joined: July 1st, 2009, 6:49 pm

September 8th, 2017, 12:15 pm #1

Welcome to the 'Shelf Queen Challenge 2017', the annual event where we try to clear the decks of all the neglected builds that have accumulated over the years. To qualify as a 'Shelf Queen' the model must have been started and then put on one side and left, the period of time is not important only that it has been more or less abandoned. Last year many of us managed to get several of our 'Shelf Queens' finished and there is a real feeling of achievement and satisfaction in doing this. This feature is meant as an impetus to get these models finished and the long length (6 months) allows people to fit this in with their modelling schedule. Hopefully it will as well supported as last year and we can get a good gallery at the end of it.

Could I ask you to post any updates you have please...

All the best,

Paul
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Joined: March 31st, 2005, 5:17 pm

OKB Grigorov M109 Part 12 - Finished!

September 8th, 2017, 2:30 pm #2

Finally found the time to finish this one, and just in time to beat the Revell kit to market. Not sure this really counts as a shelf queen, as from start to finish it only took about 11 months.

The OKB kit is OK. It is let down by soft detail in some areas, a very poor representation of the 155 mm gun, and some shape issues with the front hull. I addressed most of hte detail issues, but didn't try to fix the hull shape. This was one of OKB's first full resin kits, and newer kits show a lot of improvement. I should have a full article on the build on OTW soon.



The ACAV gun shield and cupola comes from a Trumpeter kit (with PE 50-cal ammo from the OKB kit). The markings are inspired by the 1/35 Tamiya issue of the Italeri kit which includes a vehicle with the ACAV cupola.



I played around a lot to get a colour I was happy with - it's based on Testors Model Master Olive Drab over a black primer coat, with many thin coats applied. The final colour is probably a bit too light and chalky, but we'll call it scale effect.



I experimented with airbrushing Mig pigments to give a relatively light coating of dust, chiefly on the lower hull . I used Testors universal acrylic thinner as a carrier medium.



The serial numbers, unit codes and LIFT HERE markings were ALPS printed by a friend. The stars are from a variety of kit decal sheets. I searched through the whole decal stash to find an appropriate size of bridge classification sign, but couldn't find anything close. I ended up spraying white and yellow onto clear decal film through a circle template, and then layering the decals to give a solid colour.



The shelf of shelf queens is now empty (at least for armour projects - if only I had the motivation to finish some of the many stalled aircraft on the shelf). I've got three more Vietnam-era OKB kits in the stash, but think I'll take a break before tackling another one...

Will
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Joined: October 15th, 2011, 5:11 pm

Nice looking

September 8th, 2017, 2:39 pm #3

I think the colors look fine and just the right amount of weathering.

Bob
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Joined: July 2nd, 2006, 1:02 pm

Looks great!!!! All that effort paid off, that will look...

September 8th, 2017, 3:54 pm #4

Finally found the time to finish this one, and just in time to beat the Revell kit to market. Not sure this really counts as a shelf queen, as from start to finish it only took about 11 months.

The OKB kit is OK. It is let down by soft detail in some areas, a very poor representation of the 155 mm gun, and some shape issues with the front hull. I addressed most of hte detail issues, but didn't try to fix the hull shape. This was one of OKB's first full resin kits, and newer kits show a lot of improvement. I should have a full article on the build on OTW soon.



The ACAV gun shield and cupola comes from a Trumpeter kit (with PE 50-cal ammo from the OKB kit). The markings are inspired by the 1/35 Tamiya issue of the Italeri kit which includes a vehicle with the ACAV cupola.



I played around a lot to get a colour I was happy with - it's based on Testors Model Master Olive Drab over a black primer coat, with many thin coats applied. The final colour is probably a bit too light and chalky, but we'll call it scale effect.



I experimented with airbrushing Mig pigments to give a relatively light coating of dust, chiefly on the lower hull . I used Testors universal acrylic thinner as a carrier medium.



The serial numbers, unit codes and LIFT HERE markings were ALPS printed by a friend. The stars are from a variety of kit decal sheets. I searched through the whole decal stash to find an appropriate size of bridge classification sign, but couldn't find anything close. I ended up spraying white and yellow onto clear decal film through a circle template, and then layering the decals to give a solid colour.



The shelf of shelf queens is now empty (at least for armour projects - if only I had the motivation to finish some of the many stalled aircraft on the shelf). I've got three more Vietnam-era OKB kits in the stash, but think I'll take a break before tackling another one...

Will
...good beside your Riich 109s!??
"Never forget your weapons are made by the lowest bidder!?"
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Joined: April 19th, 2005, 10:44 pm

M109

September 8th, 2017, 4:03 pm #5

Finally found the time to finish this one, and just in time to beat the Revell kit to market. Not sure this really counts as a shelf queen, as from start to finish it only took about 11 months.

The OKB kit is OK. It is let down by soft detail in some areas, a very poor representation of the 155 mm gun, and some shape issues with the front hull. I addressed most of hte detail issues, but didn't try to fix the hull shape. This was one of OKB's first full resin kits, and newer kits show a lot of improvement. I should have a full article on the build on OTW soon.



The ACAV gun shield and cupola comes from a Trumpeter kit (with PE 50-cal ammo from the OKB kit). The markings are inspired by the 1/35 Tamiya issue of the Italeri kit which includes a vehicle with the ACAV cupola.



I played around a lot to get a colour I was happy with - it's based on Testors Model Master Olive Drab over a black primer coat, with many thin coats applied. The final colour is probably a bit too light and chalky, but we'll call it scale effect.



I experimented with airbrushing Mig pigments to give a relatively light coating of dust, chiefly on the lower hull . I used Testors universal acrylic thinner as a carrier medium.



The serial numbers, unit codes and LIFT HERE markings were ALPS printed by a friend. The stars are from a variety of kit decal sheets. I searched through the whole decal stash to find an appropriate size of bridge classification sign, but couldn't find anything close. I ended up spraying white and yellow onto clear decal film through a circle template, and then layering the decals to give a solid colour.



The shelf of shelf queens is now empty (at least for armour projects - if only I had the motivation to finish some of the many stalled aircraft on the shelf). I've got three more Vietnam-era OKB kits in the stash, but think I'll take a break before tackling another one...

Will
Really great job Will. I will be on the lookout for that article. Tim Treadway
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Joined: March 31st, 2005, 5:17 pm

Riich M109s...

September 8th, 2017, 4:08 pm #6

...good beside your Riich 109s!??
...are too modern for me, though the latest and greatest M109A7 looks really cool, and I see the ACAV shield on mine was 50 years ahead of its time!

Now if someone would do the ridiculously under-gunned M108, I could build one of the handful used by the Aussies in Vietnam!

Will
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Joined: April 29th, 2005, 9:39 am

Great job!

September 8th, 2017, 8:00 pm #7

Finally found the time to finish this one, and just in time to beat the Revell kit to market. Not sure this really counts as a shelf queen, as from start to finish it only took about 11 months.

The OKB kit is OK. It is let down by soft detail in some areas, a very poor representation of the 155 mm gun, and some shape issues with the front hull. I addressed most of hte detail issues, but didn't try to fix the hull shape. This was one of OKB's first full resin kits, and newer kits show a lot of improvement. I should have a full article on the build on OTW soon.



The ACAV gun shield and cupola comes from a Trumpeter kit (with PE 50-cal ammo from the OKB kit). The markings are inspired by the 1/35 Tamiya issue of the Italeri kit which includes a vehicle with the ACAV cupola.



I played around a lot to get a colour I was happy with - it's based on Testors Model Master Olive Drab over a black primer coat, with many thin coats applied. The final colour is probably a bit too light and chalky, but we'll call it scale effect.



I experimented with airbrushing Mig pigments to give a relatively light coating of dust, chiefly on the lower hull . I used Testors universal acrylic thinner as a carrier medium.



The serial numbers, unit codes and LIFT HERE markings were ALPS printed by a friend. The stars are from a variety of kit decal sheets. I searched through the whole decal stash to find an appropriate size of bridge classification sign, but couldn't find anything close. I ended up spraying white and yellow onto clear decal film through a circle template, and then layering the decals to give a solid colour.



The shelf of shelf queens is now empty (at least for armour projects - if only I had the motivation to finish some of the many stalled aircraft on the shelf). I've got three more Vietnam-era OKB kits in the stash, but think I'll take a break before tackling another one...

Will
Hi Will

Great to see the M109 finished. You've made a fantastic job of it. I love the addition of the ACAV gun shield, which makes this version of the M109 a lot more interesting. The paint finish is excellent with really nice subtle weahering of red earth of Vietnam.

Great job!

Regards
Tim
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Joined: March 31st, 2005, 5:17 pm

Thanks Tim

September 8th, 2017, 9:58 pm #8

I still feel a tinge of regret that I didn't do the extra work you did to correct the shape of the front end.

I look forwards to seeing your's finished one of these days!

Will
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Joined: February 10th, 2013, 1:11 pm

very nice indeed

September 9th, 2017, 9:16 am #9

Finally found the time to finish this one, and just in time to beat the Revell kit to market. Not sure this really counts as a shelf queen, as from start to finish it only took about 11 months.

The OKB kit is OK. It is let down by soft detail in some areas, a very poor representation of the 155 mm gun, and some shape issues with the front hull. I addressed most of hte detail issues, but didn't try to fix the hull shape. This was one of OKB's first full resin kits, and newer kits show a lot of improvement. I should have a full article on the build on OTW soon.



The ACAV gun shield and cupola comes from a Trumpeter kit (with PE 50-cal ammo from the OKB kit). The markings are inspired by the 1/35 Tamiya issue of the Italeri kit which includes a vehicle with the ACAV cupola.



I played around a lot to get a colour I was happy with - it's based on Testors Model Master Olive Drab over a black primer coat, with many thin coats applied. The final colour is probably a bit too light and chalky, but we'll call it scale effect.



I experimented with airbrushing Mig pigments to give a relatively light coating of dust, chiefly on the lower hull . I used Testors universal acrylic thinner as a carrier medium.



The serial numbers, unit codes and LIFT HERE markings were ALPS printed by a friend. The stars are from a variety of kit decal sheets. I searched through the whole decal stash to find an appropriate size of bridge classification sign, but couldn't find anything close. I ended up spraying white and yellow onto clear decal film through a circle template, and then layering the decals to give a solid colour.



The shelf of shelf queens is now empty (at least for armour projects - if only I had the motivation to finish some of the many stalled aircraft on the shelf). I've got three more Vietnam-era OKB kits in the stash, but think I'll take a break before tackling another one...

Will
As stated above the ACAV shield looks great, makes it look like a very different vehicle. And you have nailed the red laterite earth too
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Joined: October 15th, 2011, 5:11 pm

M32 kit bash using UM and Heller kits

September 9th, 2017, 4:28 pm #10

Welcome to the 'Shelf Queen Challenge 2017', the annual event where we try to clear the decks of all the neglected builds that have accumulated over the years. To qualify as a 'Shelf Queen' the model must have been started and then put on one side and left, the period of time is not important only that it has been more or less abandoned. Last year many of us managed to get several of our 'Shelf Queens' finished and there is a real feeling of achievement and satisfaction in doing this. This feature is meant as an impetus to get these models finished and the long length (6 months) allows people to fit this in with their modelling schedule. Hopefully it will as well supported as last year and we can get a good gallery at the end of it.

Could I ask you to post any updates you have please...

All the best,

Paul
Here is a UM M32 Sherman M4 based tank recovery vehicle with mine roller. I started this about 18-24 months ago with the idea I'd use a Dragon kit for the hull, wheels and tracks and the UM parts for the, fixed turret, mine roller and boom. Set it aside until I decided which Dragon Sherman (M4 or M4A1) I was going to give up for the kit bash. Then I picked up a Heller M4 and was going to us it for Normandy wadder tank.

Looking at the Heller kit, I decided to use it as the donor hull and running gear. I have added a winch and seats to the inside Hull and "turret".

[img]https://i.imgur.com/VCe2JAdl.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i.imgur.com/t1gGahCl.jpg[/img]

The mine roller parts are next up after I get the running gear installed. The UM parts for the recovery tank (turret, boom, mine roller) are "okay" and very usable. Not that impressed with the UM's Sherman parts (track, three piece transmission cover ,etc) compared to Dragon or Heller.

Bob
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