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Hello Ted!
Thank's for those kind words. I'm using regular lens which in my case is a zoom lens (very standard and cheap one... but I have to say - I'm squeezing all from it :-) There is no macro setting engaged since all aspects of photo been set to manual. Obviously I'm using tripod and long exposure time for high aperture setting. I wish to afford a macro lens and a new body, but current one is just ok (having a good shoot taking a bit long, but effects speaks for itself I believe).

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I agree with you. with the tripod and proper settings, your results deny the need for anything else at this time. Best still shots on the forum.

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Hi Guys
Today pressed a bit and made a kind of scratch modification of brake drums. The goal was to make both front drive axles a distinguish turn to left hand side.

[BTR-70+manual+010] 

First step - sand down a bit of extended plastic on connector which holds both suspension arms. Few swings with file and problem solved.
[DSC05249] 

Next had to chop a bit of flat plastic (used element numbers from sprue leftovers) and glue two on each brake drum.
[DSC05250] 

And here they are - doesn't looks very crisp but sanded side will face inside - so there will be no sign of any imperfections.
[DSC05251] 

After gluing my reshaped brake drum had to level it against rear drums (which glued in a first place). Used aluminium ruler and address tiny adjustments. Also though it will be good to reinforce glued area with a slice of sprue.
[DSC05252] 

And close-up at finished element. Thanks to that small piece of plastic I can sleep well knowing that nothing will happen to my wheels ;-)
[DSC05253] 

That's how it looks like - complete under-body. Next step - interior!
[DSC05254] 

First element of interior - bench.
[BTR-70+manual+011] 

Straight forward element - 12 pieces... cut, sand excess and glue all together.
[DSC05255] 

[DSC05256] 

Ok - that's all for today - thanks for watching!

cheers
Christian

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looks nice, especially the turned axles and your method of making that look totally natural. nice work!
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Thanks Ted! Glad that you like my progress! Thanks for watching!

Let's get back to next step - this time front seats, steering wheel and some small elements here and there.
[BTR-70+manual+012] 

All together 10 pieces - sounds ideal for a quick night session ;-)
[DSC05258] 

And here we start, first upgrade. After looking at some reference shoots found out that seats are reinforced with some side mechanism. Idea is fairly simply - 0.5 mm wire cut to size and shaped slightly should do the trick.
[DSC05259] 

Just to make sure it will sits nicely decide to drill a hole - so shaped wire can dock secure. And one, and two, left and right... snap...oh nooo :-( just brake the bit - thanks god there is half still in my wise - with a very steady hands full success - all holes drilled well.
[DSC05261] 

And finished element - 2h faded in a blink of the eye :-)
[DSC05262] 

[DSC05263] 

Ok chaps - time for me - only few hours of sleep and Friday day of work.
Till next time
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Christian



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great work and documentation Christian. 2 hours? would have took me 2 days! LOL. looks like  "kit supplied" parts. the value of research and careful fabrication.
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Hi Guys
Last night decide to do some scratch build and based on original footage attempted to build utility bags. In original amphibian those bags have been attached on the back of drivers seats. Started with taking exact measurements of my model and by using scale calculator and reference photos predict original and 1/35 scale equivalent. It comes that front of the bag should be designed to be 5,6 mm x 7,9 mm. Couple of minutes in few applications and printed my bags on home laser printer. Here is an template (if anyone in need - please download it direct from my signature link).
[BTR+Interior+Bags] 

Next cut by hand and fold with a tweezers. They looked just ok - so played a bit with them in my hands and made them look less "iron". I've used yellow multi-purpose glue UHU - my old pal ;-) Not sure how to treat those bags now - I guess will hold attaching it till paint whole interior (or maybe not). All I know is that I should have to apply a generous coat of mat varnish - so the paper is protected... anyone with any suggestions?

[DSC05267] 

[DSC05267b] 

Right - let's move on to step no 7 (out of 16 - so I'm nearly half way through... not to mention a tons of PE :-)
[BTR-70+manual+013] 

Here all bits are straight forward (maybe a bit fiddly like clutch and brake pedal). Let the show begin - cut, sand, try and glue - repeat :-)
[DSC05269] 

And here - finished element.
[DSC05270] 

[DSC05271] 

Ok - next update after tonight session. Will try to finish cabin and add some wiring here and there. By the way if anyone is in possession of decent photographs of BTR interior - please share with me.

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Christian


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Looking good Christian
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that's coming along great Christian

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Hi Guys!
Thank's for all comments! They keep my spirit up and boost my will at every step!

Ok - so let's start another step (actually it is still 7-th one). This time there is a bit of electric panels, rear door and couple of tiny bits here and there.
[BTR-70+manual+014] 

Today beside working with plastic parts will try to add some details with copper wire size 0.4mm
[DSC05274] 

First - shoot of completed interior as manufacturer (trumpeter) intended...
[DSC05275] 

[DSC05276] 

Then armed with my ZAP glue and kicker + pliers and loads of time started to cut, bend and shape wires. Decide to concentrate on floor level and a bit of wall structures. Since this amphibian car is fairly closed, going crazy with amount of wire will be just a waste of effort (still have a feeling that a very little will be visible after closing the main hull). Anyway - have a look at following pictures:
[DSC05277] 

[DSC05281] 

[DSC05278] 

[DSC05280] 

[DSC05279] 

Final conclusions are - be careful with amount of glue (it is super easy to leave nasty blob - which I did, after viewing above photographs had to come back and use some debonder to remove excess glue... now all elements looks acceptable and clean). And the whole secret is just to go with the flow - start with simple shape, glue it to desirable place and then try to add next line - till effect is not overwhelming but just enough to give a bit of that much needed realism :-)

thanks for looking
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you have a nice detailed kit to start with--great choice--and what you are adding is knocking me out.can't even imagine how nice its all going to be when the paint starts going on! I'm impatient with everyone except me!
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Hello!
Thank you for your comment Ted - I'm just warming up :-) ... I'm joking. I think I started truly enjoy myself with building models. Hope to amaze you more often ;-)

Ok - let's build!
[BTR-70+manual+015] 
This task was sligty postponed due to lack of clarity (or my understanding) to Trumpeter/Voyager instructions - but luckily enough finally discovered what author intended - so here we go, I will try to upgrade side entry hatches.
[DSC05560] 

This time was no suprises - easy fold.. just remember to hold my breath :-) Those tiny bits are my lovely hinges (two for each hatch)
[DSC05562] 

And after gluing them into correct place. Starboard hatch will be closed.
[DSC05563] 

[DSC05563b] 

Port side hatch for a change will be open. I've plan to place a soldier lurking from behind it.
[DSC05564] 

[DSC05564b] 

And another side view. Very happy with positioning my hatch - nice gap between hull and element - exactly as should be.
[DSC05565] 

Right - moving along slowly... :-) :-) :-)
[BTR-70+manual+016] 

This time will start to work over top sections of the hull. Instructions suggest to fit in front windows, and side skirts, but decided to skip it till finish all fiddly bits. Windows will get there at the very end, and side skirts which are located alongside whole BTR are super delicate (whole element out of PE) and I'm afraid I could bend them accidentally.
And here are prepared elements:
[DSC05566] 

[DSC05566b] 

First - engine fans and fragment of exhaust piping line. Easy fit and after few minutes - all done.
[DSC05569] 

Next, more hatches and a fair bit of armour sections, again very easy to fit. Will have come back to this element later and fill a tiny gap (double checking reference photos right now)
[DSC05571] 

And at the end, couple of PE elements and a front hinge. That element, forming the hinge, and cleaning plastic areas took a fair 2h! Although forming the hinge was a bit easier than first time, removing old plastic hinge was very painful. Had to be very, very gentle with cutting it and then sanding - there is a distinguish welding line under the line of front windows and had to mask it to prevent my sanding stick getting there... anyway - done and dusted :-)
[DSC05567] 

[DSC05567b] 

[DSC05568] 

[DSC05568b] 

And here is finished element (family picture - hihihiii)
[DSC05574] 

Till next time guys!
cheers
Christian



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okay...you are boggling my brain with that detail + the photos!! I am so excited every time I see a star by your build and your name in the column indicating that you have posted something new. you are pushing the bar higher and higher! THAT IS GOOD! inspiring. totally inspiring all round. thank you so much Christian.
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Hi Ted!
You are too generous - thank you kindly!!! Anyway - speaking of pushing the bar... have a look at following photo-diary :-) 

So, yesterday had a bit of time and by viewing some reference shoots found out that there is a section of my interior which lack of detail. Not that I will spot it right away, but had a suspicions as left side (next to steering wheel) was very empty. Enough to say - have a look at this shoot (white up background for a bit of clarity)
[BTR-70+manual+017] 

First took some measurements and rushed to my fav graphic app and design missing instruments. Here what I got after an hour.
[BTR+Instruments] 

Next step - print and prepare workbench.
[DSC05577] 

Next by using double side thin film glued piece of printout over sheet of styrene and started to cut.
[DSC05582] 

Then took my newly received hole punch set and started to produce tiny tiny circles (1 mm diameter). By the way bought it from this place - recommended!

[DSC05583] 

First dry fitting shows that I'm very close with my template. After that, started to glue all elements together.
[DSC05584] 

And here is fast-forward step... after 2h of super steady hands - finished elements.
[DSC05587] 

[DSC05588] 

Everything fits well so started to gluing. Interior looks complete now.
[DSC05589] 

[DSC05590] 

Then decide to build an saw replacement out of Voyager PE sets.
[image] 
And here they are - PE and plastic alternative... no brainer which will look better :-)
[DSC05595] 

And them problems started. It was a long and difficult night for me - saw and handles + rail took fair 30 minutes... but buckles was nearly impossible to build. They've been insane - spend 3 whole hours trying to fit elements together (B3, B2, A51) and have to say - had to drop A51 due to size... very frustrating moment. Then I found there is alternative buckle - much simpler to build - seems that manufacturer give to modeler alternative - super hard version and insane one... I've took insane one - hehehe... Anyway - that's how it looks now.
[DSC05597] 

And here on the BTR in correct place.
[DSC05598] 

Conclusions are - it is a long way to master PE folding and scratch build - Rome wasn't build in a day :-)

thanks for watching
Cheers
Christian



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Hello
Another very quick update. This time had a chance to upgrade a top section near engine bay. Few plastic parts and a bunch of PE super small elements (I'm getting scared here)
[BTR-70+manual+019] 

Ok - what we have got here... small elements, very small elements and a dust elements :-) :-) :-)
[DSC05606] 

Have to say it's a bit lottery right now - some bits are coming together fairly quick (3-5 minutes per move) but some of them are so nasty... one of this locking devices took 30 minutes to get into position... uhhh my patient to this set of PE is at the far end right now.
[DSC05608] 

[DSC05609] 

And that's it for today - just a quick one - hope you all enjoying it.

all the best
Christian



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