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Christian you have the patience of a saint but the end results you are getting are worth all of YOUR hard work whilst we just sit back and watch!!! LOL


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WOW Christian just read through your build thread, to say you are turning out a stunning build is an under statement, absolutely amazing stuff, a real master class.
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its getting deeper and deeper this build is. the work with the PE is insane. using the printouts and punches.....gets my brain going...thanks for including that and presenting it so well. also appreciate the link to the punches--got to get them!
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Watching your build closely your attention to detail is outstanding and I love the scratch building looking forward to seeing the end result
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Hello Guys
Thank you for all yours comments - they keep my spirit up! Current update comes from Friday, Saturday and Sunday sessions - let's start it...

First - I've decide to stick with original side boards - PE equivalent was identical in terms of reproduction with a difference of stiffness. This step also shows my work around front lights, and a bit of PE work.
[BTR-70+manual+020]    

Standard procedures - cutting all elements off the sprue, sanding and then cutting PE. Have to admin it is an elaborate process to shows you all in a neat manner - but it helps me up big time, recommended that extra effort - gluing and bending is like a breeze then.
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First element - makes hatches upgrade - super small handle/hinge. Those two took 2h and I've lost them four times (they just decide to escape into mouth of carpet monster). But I believe it was worth it.
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After gluing hatches in place that was a pleasant view :-)
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Then I've decide to switch my efforts to front lights section - some PE to do :-)
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And other side...
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Also upgrade lighting system with some electric wires made out of 0.2mm brass wire
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And overall shoot for progress of my works.
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So that was Friday... and the following steps of my build been done around weekend time...

As you might remember - beginning of instructions says to remove some small parts of plastic, which I did.. later one found out the should be replaced by rather complicated PE element....have a look
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There will be loads of folding... magnifying glass will come handy.
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And again - fast-forward for about 3h... here is a right side.
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And left hander...
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And front shoot of my alligator :-)
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Next step - more hinges inside hatches and couple of other plastic elements (exhaust pipe and side windows)
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That's how that super small hinge/handle looks like when done (photo taken through magnifying glass) 
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But there is a progress with folding it - 5 minutes new record :-)
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And finished elements all together - 3h gone :-)
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Next step is to position them at top of hull and glue all pieces.
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And final shoot for overall progress. Have a feeling I'm about 2/3 way to finish build stage. Hope that you are enjoying it as much I did!
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cheers and till next time
Christian






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That is some seriously impressive PE work there Christian, really great to see this coming together. Top Work [thumb][thumb]


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Amazing work and presentation! cannot even imagine the final outcome but its going to be a show stopper.
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Hi Guys
Thank you very much! I'm trying to give my best - target is to have this build (and whole diorama) finished for modellers show in Telford - UK.

Recent days had a bit of time to press but this week might be a bit shy of updates. Anyway - anyone tried to weld PE pieces? I'm trying to get this techniques onboard since it's provide much cleaner and neater finish. Also anyone had a chance to use "The Glue Looper"? Looks like good idea - still struggling to apply super-glue in an reasonable fashion... Maybe Bob could help me...

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Absolutely stunning, ime gobsmacked[thumb]
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Christian,

I have only seen short video clips of PE being soldered. The builder applies flux and goes to it with a micro soldering iron [used for small electronics?]. I thought about a DVD I saw for sale but it was close to $75 US and I have not even touched PE yet. For the glue applications, that loop tool looks really great. I have seen Bob take a toothpick, slice out a tiny sliver of the center near the end. when he presses the tip in CA glue, the wooden "limbs" provide that capillary action to suck up some glue. when he touches the tip of the toothpick on a part, the glue is transferred by the same capillary action. I think he shows the technique in the "F-14 Tomcat step by step" build, but I have no idea which episode it is. looks like the glue loop is quicker and maybe more consistent?? thanks for sharing that info.

finally ran across this article on soldering PE. Here is the link:

http://www.scalemodelguide.com/construction/techniques/guide-to-soldering/

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Hello Everyone!
Goes a bit silent with my build but I've made nice progress. Currently all I have to do is to build main turret and project is finished (build stage)... but let's start where we paused...

This time I took on my bench the rear sections of BTR. Engine covers and couple of others small pieces.
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Firstly I had to prepare all parts.
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For some reasons Trumpeter closed fan louvers permanently... didn't like that - so I started a small scratch build. Took an fresh knife and cut them off the frame, next glued a bit of cooper wire underneath. 

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Now I had to trim excess of wire and position flaps in correct "open" position
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Then shaped and formed all remaining PE parts, and after 3h had first element ready.
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Next day finished left side and here it is - completed set.
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Also builded rear light units. They took a fair time to glue and position - those parts have been very difficult to handle and sand. 
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Next I supposed to build recovery hook.
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It was a straight forward element - not much to write about. 
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And finished bit in correct place.
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Following those above decided to build jerrycans - each contain 11 parts!!!
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First - cutting and cleaning
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First one took 30 minutes... ;-)
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Here is an shoot of jerry-can on the side skirt. Have to say they looks very good :-)
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Rest of them took another 3h to do. At this point started to work with glue looper which is a great advantage vs cocktail stick. Applying glue is very precise and neat - recommended!
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Right - and we are getting to the point where I've actually made first big mistake. Resin wheels...
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Cut them all and trim to the nice finish...
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Due to fact that they are so easy to build forgot an basic rule - fit twice glue once.... 
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At this stage was very happy and though that everything is in perfect order... til view those photos
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Now if you have a look at last zoomed photo (all elements are dry-fitted just for photograph) you might notice that rim is attached to tire incorrectly. There is an noticeable rim edge which should be leveled precisely with the side of tire. Ouch :-(

I was working on them very very late... and simply didn't spot what I did (fatigue and decontrentation took their toll). Now is too late for any corrections (rims and tires are welded permanently) will have to discard them. Anyway - ordered new set of resin wheels - this time from Def. Model - the looks much better than old ones (that's a good news). Will try my luck again soon :-)

Till next time boys!

cheers
Christian



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Christian, first let me start off by apologising, somehow I missed this build, I have just read through from the beginning and I am stunned by the skill in this build, I have never seen such clean and precise modelling
It is absolutely breathtaking ! It is modelling like this that inspires me to do better with my own builds
The photography is amazing too, as Ted said it looks like something you would expect to see in a book on advanced modelling techniques, I can't wait to see what's next, I will be following this build all the way and I hope I can get my builds half as clean as this one ! Excellent stuff my friend
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Somehow I missed the last few pages of your updates. I get stunned each time at your presentation and the finished sections. The PE and your scratchbuilding is knocking me out! thank you so much for the great documentation also--takes a bit of time to do that part but it is so APPRECIATED!
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Hi Guys
Sadly getting to the end of my build, next stages will cover painting and weathering techniques... but till then - let me give you an short report from few final stages.
Firstly I had to take care of rear engine bay cover.
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Thanks god, Trumpter prepared piece of shaped plastic form which greatly helps with bending and curving PE.
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Bending and shaping took an good 2h - used brass was very resilient to any force treatment (next time will soften it with flame burner). But at the end achieved appropriate shape.
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Here is fry-fitted rear covers taped to BTR construction.
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Next step - assembling main turret. Have a look at those scans - they are revelling a true beauty of this Trumpeter model. First, had to build interior of it, then started assembly all PE parts and glue them to main cannon, then finish it up with front metal shielding and gunner seat.
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50% of time took preparations, cutting PE, cleaning edges etc. When I finished had a big smile on my face - finally had a chance to build that "creme de la creme" of this set. Turret has nearly 50 pieces - it is most elaborate fragment of whole BTR. For those who are interesting in a bit of history of KPVT heavy machine gun - here is a link to Wikipedia
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Interior was a breeze - couple of tiny plastic pieces, but other than that - walking in the park :-)
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After that (already burned a good 4h) started to build and add additional PE elements to cannon. Have to say, that I'm very impressed with an level of detail Trumpeter achieved - when all glued neatly and slowly - it looks very good and sharp.
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Dry-fit passed :-)
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Almost done - also glued and attached antenna base (not visible very well on those shoots, will photograph it later)

Now awaiting my parcel with fresh set of resin wheels and nearly ready for paint stage (beside few elements which had to be glued (like windows, front cover and other tiny bits) after painting first base coat). To sum up - the model is almost ready for small filling and a good shower. My conclusions that arise after almost completed gluying stage are this is an excellent model for everyone who has a basic skills - the quality of moulded components and precision of fitting putted smile on my face - my message for everyone up there - buy it, and you won't regret it!

cheers
Christian


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Incredible detail. how does the engine sound when you crank it up? kidding. my mouth drops open each time I look at the PE and other detail.
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