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Crusader to Gazala Campaign
GazzaS
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Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 - 08:59 PM GMT+7
Todd,
Welcome to the campaign! I like that your entry has lots of extra goodies.

Gaz
petbat
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Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 - 08:11 PM GMT+7
A bit of work planned there Todd. Welcome aboard.
PanzerGeek
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Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 - 02:17 PM GMT+7
Hi guys this will be my entry.



Cheers
Todd
Removed by original poster on 01/15/18 - 19:16:22 (GMT).
petbat
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Posted: Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 08:10 AM GMT+7
Looks good so far John A. An alternative to painting the dials is to use spare decals to make the arc - Tank turret numbers are usually good, or you might pick up some cheap car or truck decals at a swap meet. If you tape the original decal onto a piece of card, you can use a circle template cutter to make the circular arc the width you need and then trim the edges to size to fit in the dial. Same with the thin plate around some of the knobs, but you need care not to break the decal for those.

Gaz great looking 3 there.

Don, the figures are 'fleshing out' nicely

Cheers Jack.
JackG
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Posted: Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 06:53 AM GMT+7
Hello Peter, all good, but thank you for clearing that up.

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John, Gaz, and Don - great looking stuff there.

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About the satellite maps that have been linked, they all can be scrolled and zoomed in/out regardless of where the links initially start you out.

About the bi-pass road south of Tobruk, it still looks to be there in the satellite image, as well as current road maps.

http://www.maphill.com/libya/detailed-maps/road-map/

Appears to be just a secondary road, and interestingly the expressway level of road only goes as far as east as Barce. There is a new paved main road that joins Tobruk to Ajdabiya as an alternate route and avoids the Cyrenaican bulge/coast, but appears to have been a great stage ground for highway robbery and worse - according to wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tobruk%E2%80%93Ajdabiya_Road

regards,
Jack
GazzaS
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Posted: Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 05:50 AM GMT+7
Don,
Your figures are really starting to look good!

Mike,
Thanks!

Gaz
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Posted: Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 04:51 AM GMT+7
@ JohnA – The radio and instrument panel look great! The paintwork and decals add a nice splash of color to the dials — really worth the extra effort!
BTW: Found this Field Radio Mic. Could this be what you’re looking for coupled with a headset? Will you be adding a radio operator?

@ Gaz – Nice progress on the Pz.III. ... Looks great so far!

@ Don – Lots of figures! … Cool!

Great campaign ... carry on gentlemen!🍺

—mike
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Posted: Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 04:20 AM GMT+7
Howdy Y'all
Made a little progress on my 1/48 Tamiya DAK figures.
I primed by using Testors rattle can Dark Earth enamel.

Then I used Vallejo Medium Flesh.

And then lighter shades of Vallejo flesh tones.

I'll put these away for a week or so and take a look at them again to see where I can improve. Right now I'm thinking of leaving them as they are and start the uniforms then come back and touch up the flesh tones as needed. I'll need to do research on German radios and see how they are wired and the antenna looks.
Take care,
Don "Lakota"
GazzaS
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 08:40 PM GMT+7
Hi Everyone,
Another small update from me. All I've done since my last is a pin wash and streaking with oils. the running gear will be receiving some serious dust once the oil paints dry.

Here are some current pics:





The tank looks really light photographed on this black background...







Happy building!

Gaz
GazzaS
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 08:13 PM GMT+7
John,
The radio and dash look great!

Glad to hear you got over the flu.

Gaz
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 04:05 PM GMT+7
Hey All, Been awhile since my last post and I have to say, Keep up the excellent work Gents! Had the Flu 2 weeks back and it sucked!! Never had the Flu that bad that I missed a full week of work. All better now and did had some time for the Family and Greif.

Thanks to the Gents who answered my questions, the kind comments a couple of pages back and the Tips on creating the glass look. I'm going to try the CD trick. Hopefully it comes out the way Im picturing it in my head.

Very small progress this week. Still trying to catch up at work. The time I had, I painted the radio faces with Tamiya Nato Black XF-69. Tried my best on the Red/white and I think I should've left it all black.



Then I sprayed the parts with Krylon Crystal Clear (acrylic coating 1303). Peddinghaus Decals for the Instrument Panel and Micro Set and Sol on the Decals. Wish they had Decals for the radios. To get more details out of the radios. I used Vallejo Pigment Dark Steel 73.123 with a eraser brush on the high spots. I still need to put the Cables, Headphones and some weathering. Just one more detail that I missing. Where can I find a Mic that the radio operator talks into?






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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 09:37 AM GMT+7
Hi Jack

Like Gaz said, the comments made were not directed at you at all, and I apologise if they appeared a criticism of you.

You comments were valid and offered in a way that was meant to be positive feedback and that is always to be encouraged and supported.

My comment re Sahara and dunes was a comment about a general modeller population view that was gained from many years visiting many forums, and not specific to your comment at all. The photos I offered were to support your statement but also show that depending on where Joe depicts his vehicle to be, he could leave it as is.

Again I apologise if this was not how the post was interpreted.
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 08:57 AM GMT+7

A place in the desert
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 08:32 AM GMT+7

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Jack,

That's a very cool link to Tobruk. Just southwest of there is the site of one of the Gazala battles at Knightsbridge.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Knightsbridge/@31.8923103,23.6254965,14789m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x147e38c50d087b97:0x588a55a71dd894c6!8m2!3d31.887178!4d23.6545086?hl=en

It also gives you an idea of what the terrain color and sand color might look like.

Nice.

JC



For some reason when I clicked on this link, it took me to a map of Knightsbridge, Queensland!




Crap... for some reason it doesnt give you the full url you’ll have to copy and paste the whole url into a browser window.

JC
GazzaS
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 07:52 AM GMT+7
For a semi-related question: Does anyone know if the road built to by-pass Tobruk is still in use? And if so, what is it called?

Thanks!

Gaz
GazzaS
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 07:50 AM GMT+7

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Jack,

That's a very cool link to Tobruk. Just southwest of there is the site of one of the Gazala battles at Knightsbridge.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Knightsbridge/@31.8923103,23.6254965,14789m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x147e38c50d087b97:0x588a55a71dd894c6!8m2!3d31.887178!4d23.6545086?hl=en

It also gives you an idea of what the terrain color and sand color might look like.

Nice.

JC



For some reason when I clicked on this link, it took me to a map of Knightsbridge, Queensland!
JoeOsborne
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 07:35 AM GMT+7
Jack,

That's a very cool link to Tobruk. Just southwest of there is the site of one of the Gazala battles at Knightsbridge.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Knightsbridge/@31.8923103,23.6254965,14789m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x147e38c50d087b97:0x588a55a71dd894c6!8m2!3d31.887178!4d23.6545086?hl=en

It also gives you an idea of what the terrain color and sand color might look like.

Nice.

JC
JackG
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 04:52 AM GMT+7
No Gaz, it wasn't you that I quoted in my response.

Though can't speak for the FB postings, neither Mike nor I made the statement that there was no moisture in the Libyan desert. Somehow the conclusion was made simply because we were describing the appearance of dusty tire treads.

Anyhow, moving on, here's something fun:

http://google-maps.pro/satellite/Tobruk#32.078764,23.956831,14
GazzaS
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Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 - 10:10 PM GMT+7

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Alrighty, quad in wet sand/mud - cool. My bad, but I honestly couldn't tell it was mud. Maybe if the weathering on the spare was more distinct from the others, as they all look similar right now?

Interesting, I offer constructive criticism and even mentioned mud myself, and all of sudden get grouped into 'people think Western Desert, they think Sahara and sand dunes' - oy vey...



Jack,
I wasn't trying to lump you into anything. I apologize if I gave offense.

Gaz
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Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 - 05:24 PM GMT+7

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Maybe if the weathering on the spare was more distinct from the others, as they all look similar right now? .



Jack,

I think you make an excellent point here. I’m going to clean the spare up.


JC
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Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 - 05:04 PM GMT+7
Alrighty, quad in wet sand/mud - cool. My bad, but I honestly couldn't tell it was mud. Maybe if the weathering on the spare was more distinct from the others, as they all look similar right now?

Interesting, I offer constructive criticism and even mentioned mud myself, and all of sudden get grouped into 'people think Western Desert, they think Sahara and sand dunes' - oy vey...
JoeOsborne
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Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 - 12:00 PM GMT+7
Thanks guys, I got similar feedback from a FB group I inhabit about the tires... then someone showed one with the mud in the recesses

If its just dust then yeah surface of treads only, but I believe in Libya these babies drove through mud and it woukd have caked up inside. It can goneither way.

I’m probably going to do a little more chipping and weathering around the doors... hand print stuff...maybe a little oil paint rendering but thats anout it. Then its attach the doors paint and place the stowage, finish the front light, and decals (weather over them as well).

Then its on to the 25 pounder (already started assembly) and the limber.

Thanks for all the comments and suggestions. Much appreciated!

JC
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Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 - 11:37 AM GMT+7
Yes, when people think Western Desert, they think Sahara and sand dunes. However there are some parts of Libya which has arable land, and therefore soil. Wadi's are dry river beds and by nature the bottom has a form of sediment dragged in by the rains and washed down stream, where it settles as the water dries up.

The WD was a mix of sand, rock and occasional soil patches.
therefore the area you a basing your scene on dictates the finish.










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Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 - 09:17 AM GMT+7
Yup, I agree ... mud too.