...and then there were 3. or is it 5 ????

Joined: March 27th, 2010, 10:49 pm

August 29th, 2011, 1:16 am #1

I figured if Blackers could rub one out with a complete interior in less than a day, then I'd better get something done to at least put a small dent in the 800+ kit pile of shame. This is the DML Premium release. Still early days yet, but added some welds, casting marks, tracks from Tamiya's JT (best LnL I've ever seen). Now comes all the little time consuming details with etched clamps and tool bits to come.







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Joined: August 5th, 2008, 5:44 am

August 29th, 2011, 1:20 am #2

Hi Andrew

Great work on the JT - fast too!

Great to see the LnL Tamiya kit tracks fit on the DML kit, i'll be saving my left overs to spruce up a DML one ive got in the stash.

Any idea on a specific vehicle at this stage?

Sam

www.schwerpunkt.com.au
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Joined: September 14th, 2008, 1:28 am

August 29th, 2011, 2:27 am #3

I figured if Blackers could rub one out with a complete interior in less than a day, then I'd better get something done to at least put a small dent in the 800+ kit pile of shame. This is the DML Premium release. Still early days yet, but added some welds, casting marks, tracks from Tamiya's JT (best LnL I've ever seen). Now comes all the little time consuming details with etched clamps and tool bits to come.







Good to see you've come out of your cryogenic freezing and are back in the game! Hopefully you inner monologue hasn't been too affected...

Have you chosen a subject to do yet or will this be a generic one?
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Joined: September 21st, 2008, 3:26 am

September 1st, 2011, 9:39 am #4

I figured if Blackers could rub one out with a complete interior in less than a day, then I'd better get something done to at least put a small dent in the 800+ kit pile of shame. This is the DML Premium release. Still early days yet, but added some welds, casting marks, tracks from Tamiya's JT (best LnL I've ever seen). Now comes all the little time consuming details with etched clamps and tool bits to come.







Wow, you aint buried in horse manure after all. Great to see you're still in the game.

Sheeds

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Joined: April 27th, 2005, 10:44 am

September 4th, 2011, 12:34 am #5

I figured if Blackers could rub one out with a complete interior in less than a day, then I'd better get something done to at least put a small dent in the 800+ kit pile of shame. This is the DML Premium release. Still early days yet, but added some welds, casting marks, tracks from Tamiya's JT (best LnL I've ever seen). Now comes all the little time consuming details with etched clamps and tool bits to come.







Great effort Andrew

Look forward to seeing some more on this one.

Michael
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Joined: March 27th, 2010, 10:49 pm

September 4th, 2011, 5:02 pm #6

I figured if Blackers could rub one out with a complete interior in less than a day, then I'd better get something done to at least put a small dent in the 800+ kit pile of shame. This is the DML Premium release. Still early days yet, but added some welds, casting marks, tracks from Tamiya's JT (best LnL I've ever seen). Now comes all the little time consuming details with etched clamps and tool bits to come.







Getting 98% of the kit done was rather quick work, the little details, which used to be such a joy, are tedious with the constraints of work and the deadline, I wanted to finish this thing off and get some paint on it ASAP, so fudged as much as I could as quickly as I could. For some reason the AA mount was missing in my kit...might have to pick up the DML Porsche release as it should have a spare one on the sprue. I didn't replace the side skirt hangers with Kastens as I'm a cheap carnt of the cast iron variety, same reason why I didn't bother wasting any aftermarket $$ on this quick build, I call it the "Aberdeen (Scotland) JT". I am initially thinking of going for # 331 as that colour photo is just amazing. Obviously it would be pre-abandonment, not sure when it got that nasty hit to the mantlet, but if needed I could reach around with the Dremel and add it if anyone has any evidence that it occurred while stil in service. Will add some stowage to the engine deck as well.








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Joined: August 5th, 2008, 5:44 am

September 4th, 2011, 9:13 pm #7

Hi Andrew,

its looking fantastic, even more so as its a wiggum weekender!

While you have the Dremel out, see if you can reach around to where the rear upper armour plate joins the side armour, there seems to be a slight join line/gap there.

Sam

www.schwerpunkt.com.au
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Joined: September 14th, 2008, 1:28 am

September 4th, 2011, 11:36 pm #8

Getting 98% of the kit done was rather quick work, the little details, which used to be such a joy, are tedious with the constraints of work and the deadline, I wanted to finish this thing off and get some paint on it ASAP, so fudged as much as I could as quickly as I could. For some reason the AA mount was missing in my kit...might have to pick up the DML Porsche release as it should have a spare one on the sprue. I didn't replace the side skirt hangers with Kastens as I'm a cheap carnt of the cast iron variety, same reason why I didn't bother wasting any aftermarket $$ on this quick build, I call it the "Aberdeen (Scotland) JT". I am initially thinking of going for # 331 as that colour photo is just amazing. Obviously it would be pre-abandonment, not sure when it got that nasty hit to the mantlet, but if needed I could reach around with the Dremel and add it if anyone has any evidence that it occurred while stil in service. Will add some stowage to the engine deck as well.








Really clean and precise build as per usual Andrew - though the shovel may need some rope or wire to hold it balanced like that in the track hooks? Other than that mega tidy.

Haven't got any refs in front of me at work to reach around and grab, but I think "331" and "323" had a bit of a slug fest with the yanks in Neustadt itself where it was subsequently abandonned so thats where most of the damage to it occured? But happy to be corrected by anyone with their books handy. "323" got dragged into the town square afterwards by the French I think for some target practice which is why it appears so beat up and gouged.
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Joined: March 27th, 2010, 10:49 pm

September 5th, 2011, 12:28 am #9

Yeah, the shovel will most likely end up piled on the engine deck. If I start rigging it off the track hangers and adding fuel cans as well, I'll be accused of "copying Sam's model" and we certainly don't want that debate exploding here, especially as we are all busy reaching around to finish our models in time. I will be painting mine using a new technique called "colour masturbation". I have 146 shades of paint all mixed up, ranging from fecal brown to titanium white. If you think the French made a mess of '323', wait until you see what awaits in my laboratory.
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Joined: February 12th, 2009, 6:28 am

September 5th, 2011, 2:43 am #10

Hi Doc great stuff. I must warn you against your proposed method of painting as Ive had nothing but disaster every time Ive tried it and the recrimination/s the following day are just unbearable.

Ive just bitten the bullet and ordered some Aber screens for mine as the much hyped AM works ones dont fit the kit (so much for the association of Elves and Gnomes) but looking at your DML screens which I have I should have just used them. Anyway keep at it and Ill get some shots up soon but I see Sams got paint on first.
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