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nigel56

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Wish I knew earlier I would have made an atomic bomb [rofl]
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That would have been a nice surprise lol.

2nd and 4th return rollers have been removed and I buggered up the rubber on the road wheels, making sure to make the ones around the replacements more buggered than the rest of them. I've use Vallejo German Tire Black for the rubber which looks almost perfect for this application. I'll be using this color on the track blocks as well after I bugger up a lot of those as well. I'm not going for new-looking tracks this time. All of my references from Viet Nam show these were got really torn up.\

Thanks for looking!  [smile]

 

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I mixed up these two colors from Vallejo and got a wonderful dark O.D. that will play well for my shadows.

Its still wet in these pictures, but it dries darker than it looks.

Thanks for looking, mates! [smile]

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Hi guys. I've been feeling a bit burned out on the M-60 these last few days and I decided to get more work done on the M-48A2 conversion.

I was going to use an Urdan cupola for the early style A2, but changed my mind. I've found no examples in Viet Nam that had the early style Urdan cupola anyways. I do however have the early style A1 cupola and I've decided to go with that instead. Almost like a bigger, more detailed version of the Revell 1/48 M-48A2 I did a while back.

Anyways, on with the pictures lol.

I scratched the periscope with some Verlinden PE and fixed the cooling vents on the MG.

^ Doug, here, looks okay. I'm thinking I'll be using these figs for this build afterall as they fit the time period and pass for Army regulars.

I started adding the casting texture to the hull and engine deck.

A little scratched up details for the loader's hatch.

I added more tow lugs and the thinned front mud guards.

Added some detail to the crew heater exhaust.

Welds added to the new tow lugs.

Spare track links added to the fenders.

All in all, I'm liking what I've got going on here. It's starting to look less toy-like.

Thanks for looking!  [biggrin]

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Just more progress. Lots of little details have been added or scratch built. All of the extra weld beads have really taken up a lot of time, but they really boost the overall level of detail and make this old Tamiya kit really shine IMHO.

Lots of work so far and I'm not done yet.  [smile]

I've been having  fun making this thing look crude and heavy. Still, nothing is accurate as it could be, but its getting the look I'm after thus far. Big, ugly, crude, and mean.

Thanks for looking! Have a great day!  [smile]

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I spent my morning getting the fender brackets sorted out. As most of you know they are not the best representation of what those parts really looked like. I have PE and resin replacements from the spares box, but I thought I'd just see what I could do to make these passable so I can use the spares on more elaborate future projects.



That doesn't look half-bad at all.

I'll have to clean things up a bit later as the glue is still curing for now. With that out of the way I decided to work on the headlights and their brackets.

Thinning out the centers of the headlight brackets was a bit challenging, but fortunately I do own a rotory tool with a lot of neat bits to help me out for that part. The outsides of the bracket were easy with just a small sanding drum to get the thickness reduced and then refined with a fine sanding stick.

That was still tricky with further filing to the centers just to get them down enough to pass my preferences.

Now all they need are lenses which Tamiya does not provide. I've got a simple trick for that though. [wink]

I made the lenses by starting with some clear stretched sprue and then heating up one end to make it "mushroom" into a concave shape.



Once I had four of them that were, more or less, the same size I sanded the backs of them to get them flat and then dry fitted to see what I was working with.



Next step was to paint the headlight "buckets". Black for the inside lights and silver for the outside lights.



After the paint dried I put a drop of Vallejo clear varnish into the sockets and dropped my lenses into them.



I think a little Tamiya "smoke" will be needed for the black lenses later, but for now, I think they look great.

That's all I've got for today, mates. Have a great Friday night, enjoy those Halloween parties (do you have those in England?), and be safe!

Happy Modelling to you all!!   [smile]

 

 

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What do you guys think?



Are these lights looking real enough?
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Oh man, you are putting down some serious work into detailing this, looks awesome! Can't wait to see it painted.

By the way those lenses looks great I always "cheat" with just a drop of canopy glue. You got much more depth into it this way!

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Thank you very much Daniel!  [biggrin]  I can't wait to paint it!  [smile]

You are more than welcome to use that trick yourself, my friend. It does produce realistic looking lights and I think they look fantastic lol. In the recent past I've always used layers of clear gloss to build up the lenses, but they always turn out concave. With the mushroomed clear plastic the turn out convex like they are supposed to. You can even use this trick to make buttons light up from behind. That bit I learned from Modelakias.

But yes, they make really sweet, realistic looking headlights.  [smile]
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Been caught up in building this last week and haven't been on the net to update all this time. A lot has taken place, but as I let this one sit I started to wonder if my paints were right for the camo on the M-60, so I got out my old M1A1 and started painting (3rd time) and then lost track of time with everything else lol.

But this is the latest work done on the M-48. It's all primered and I have the base cote of Dark Olive for my shadows on it. This beastie is ready for more work.  [smile]



I decided to wire up the lights as the final touch before I painted it up.



I added some minor detail to the manual fuel transfer pump brackets on the right side air filter box.



I added a Verlinden PE water can holder.



And then primered and painted.  [biggrin]








The texture turned out better than I had anticipated. I can see that I should have added a bit more to the rear deck, but otherwise it's looking good to me. Now on to the mids and highlights!  [biggrin]
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Wow. Seems I've not updated this thread in far too long. I've made significant progress since the last post.



The tracks have worked out a treat and look far, far better than the kits rubber band offerings.





The VSS-1 searchlight didn't show any fogging after I used super glue to secure it so long ago, but it did develop a mystery crack in the lens that wasn't there when I masked it before paint. Good thing I've got a cover made for it.  [wink]



I've been working on the stowage recently and I've got that mostly sorted now. The stuff in the basket isn't glued in so If I feel like making changes that option is still open, for now.







The clear gloss hasn't fully cured yet in that bucket. I suspect that will take another day to completely cure and then I'll have to follow that up with a few more applications to get it nearly level because I'm using Vallejo clear gloss for the effect.




So yeah. I'm fairly happy with it so far. I haven't applied any washes or weathering yet and I'm feeling the usual nervousness about possibly screwing it up. This far into the build could really be disastrous.

Thanks for checking in mates!  Happy modelling, and even happier Holidays!!
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Well, I started weathering it yesterday. I've got the pin washes done and the rear deck really started to look good. Then I moved on to pigments and weathering powders on the lower half and got thet mudded-up pretty good.

I connected the electrical and that works now [wink] and there is not much left but weathering the upper half of the tank.

So yeah. Just need to take the next steps.  [smile]

Thanks for looking!

Happy Modelling! Happy Holidays! Happy New Year!  [biggrin]

 

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Okay. I tried using AK's enamel rain marks through my AB. That.... didn't work out so well. When I started using paint thinner to make the stuff streak it started to remove the underlying layer of Acrylic dull cote. UHG!!

I cleaned it up and decided, "Fine. Time to get messy" I made up a dark green/Brown wash with Vallejo and started slopping it around the top of the hull and lower half of the turret.




I really got into then and started wetting the wash down into the cracks and crannies. Just like I did with the M-103. I should have done this step much sooner. After that I got out the Tamiya weathering sets and went to town with the dust, keeping it random and sloppy as I went. I'm still not happy with this as it looks artificial still. I need to just keep slopping on more dirt and dust till it has that natural looking accumulation of crud that it should have.

For now, a few beauty pics I suppose. I'm not done though because I'm not satisfied that this is looking real enough yet. Back me up here guys if you think the same.





Toss some ideas at me. I need a few as it seems I have a bit of a block at the moment.
Thanks for checking-in. :/
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That is looking flipping amazing as it is Mike ! I would be proper happy if I had produced that mate. Love the stowage as along with he figures it really adds another dimension to the model ( gives it some life )

What do you use make the mud on the running gear and lower hull Mike ? It looks real

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Thanks Pete. I'm fairly happy with the muck below the fenders, its just what's up top that doesn't quite cut the mustard for me. I think it just needs more layers.

I used Vallejo pigment powder (that gives it some dimension), Tamiya Weathering powder (Dry dusty powder look), Vallejo Dark Brown Wash (almost dry mud), and then AK Interactive enamel rust wash for the final reddish wet-mud look.

For the top I've only used a wash and then some Tamiya weathering powder for some dust and crew scuffing. It needs more.
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