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Posted: Friday, November 03, 2017 - 08:57 PM UTC
Good problem solving, Dutik. Hope that works.




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Posted: Friday, November 03, 2017 - 08:49 PM UTC
There was a major break due to the track problem caused by Trumpeter. Two possibel solutions: Buy a set of workable AM tracks or cut off the endconnectors and reglue them.


I modified the kits tracks. I drilled 0,5mm holes into each track link (6 per link), cut off the endconnectors and glued wire pins into them to make them fully workable:



Yes, the grid is 1 cm each.

Here I run in trouble: Even using Tamiya tape to hold the links in place it was impossible to add all the endconnectors to make a short run of tracks. Some of them always fell off...

To superglue them in place was no appropriate answer: They had to stay workable until wrapped around the drive sprocket.

The final solution was to use white glue. White glue is tacky while having a longer drying time. Dipped the pins into some white glue and placed them. It worked! Finally I was able to wrap the track around the drive sprocket and to secure it in place.



Have to add two more links, but this is a minor task now.

Enjoy!
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Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017 - 12:31 AM UTC
It sucks!
I know.
I have done it on 5-6 models. One of them was one of Dragons early kits of a HVSS Sherman, two end connectors + the part in the middle, 5 small pieces of plastic to get properly aligned ....

Glue the links to the wheels first and then glue the end connectors to the links when the links are firmly in position on the wheels.
The clickable feature at least gives you some guidance with the little knob and hole.
Good luck !

/ Robin
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Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 10:45 PM UTC
Got it. Tried it - the fit around the drive sprocket is really aweful.

To remove the end connectors and to glue them in place in new position will be very, very fiddly. Good news - only 5-6 links per side need some surgery. Will give it a try.

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Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 09:22 PM UTC
I found out the hard way when I couldn't get the links to look good on the first Dragon BMP I built.
It looked really strange on the sprocket wheel.

Try to wrap a few links around the sprocket and check what it looks like. If you get one connector in the correct position it will push the link it belongs to out of line and the link it connects to will be correct but the connector for that link will be in the wrong place.
But, if you are satisfied then it's OK with me

The size of the links isn't the most important factor, most of the visual appearance depends on the size of the wheels that the track bends around. It could look OK on a really big wheel but with decreasing diameter it will look worse and worse ...
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Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 07:36 PM UTC
In the real world: Yes.

But the track links are so small the visible difference is negligible and the whole effort not worth the hassle. So I use them ootb.

Nevertheless thank you for the advise. It is always good to have a second pair of eyes on the target.

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Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 07:25 PM UTC
Those tracks.
Double pin tracks have two hinges between adjacent links.
If these are clickable I assume that the end connectors are moulded onto each link and click onto the next link.
When a double pin track bends around a wheel the end connector is not in line with the two links it connects.
If you want to spend some work on this you will need to cut off the connectors, glue the links to the wheels they bend around and then add the connectors.
/ Robin
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Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 07:09 PM UTC
Added the wheels. Had to drill out the holes somewhat to fit them to the supports. Now building up the tracks. The links are one-piece and clickable, but very small, what slows down construction tempo. As a side effort I started to paint the luggage for the top box.



Enjoy!
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Posted: Thursday, October 05, 2017 - 05:37 PM UTC
More wheatering by using sponge technique, painting chipping and scratches with a fine brush, misting the lower body, wheels and sideskirts with heavily diluted Buff, restoring overdone areas, usind some strong wording here and there , well - the common paintjob





Also started building the track (tiny single links) and the fitting of the wheels.

Enjoy
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Posted: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 11:11 PM UTC
I'm coming, I'm coming. You will get updates whenever new stuff is ready.

Green is on:




Wheels were painted too:



Working at scratches, chipping an such at the moment.

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Posted: Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 03:13 PM UTC
Great build. I've just ordered one after building the Brem 4.
Any further updates ? Would live to see the finished article.
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Posted: Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 10:14 AM UTC
Hi,

Lots of details since my last visit! Coming along nicely!

Cheers,

Maher
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Posted: Monday, September 11, 2017 - 11:20 PM UTC
Slow progress only. Filters and oil paints need some days of drying time before I can add the next layer.






Gray and black areas are ready. The green areas still need highlights and detail work.

Regards
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Posted: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 10:46 PM UTC
@KoSprueOne

Funny

...

Wheatering the vehicle. Different Mig filters, pin wash with oils. Slow progress due to drying time of each filter and the oils...



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Posted: Wednesday, August 09, 2017 - 06:13 AM UTC
Nice recovery... hah get it?.. but seriously, look good now.




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Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017 - 09:48 PM UTC


More painting. Fixed the peeled-off areas. Lots of masking to do, not so easy due to a myriad of small saised details all over the surface. Masks didn't stick well in some of these places, so I have to airbrush a second time to remove overspray at demarcation lines. As always - painting requires more time than the whole building

Enjoy
- dutik
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Posted: Thursday, August 03, 2017 - 01:15 AM UTC
No, I didn't, but this is of course always a good advice. I used a good amount of Tamiya primer, which forms the whitish coat showing through the paint. The primer is still in place. Only the paint above went off.

Nevertheless, used this accidend to apply again some light gray and to correct the shape of the camo as well as to apply paint to places I missed the first time. And I used this time Tamiya tape only.

Regards
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Posted: Thursday, August 03, 2017 - 12:28 AM UTC
I am assuming you washed the model with hot water and liquid dish soap before applying paint? Resin has mold release agents on it.
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Posted: Wednesday, August 02, 2017 - 10:12 PM UTC
Something went wrong with the Humbrol maskol:



The paint peeled off...


Don't know why. Used Humbrol maskol the last builds without problems, regardless if Tamiya acryl or Lifecolor acryl paint. But here it peeled off the Tamiya paint. Odd. Maybe because I thinned the Tamiya acryl with Tamiya enamel thinner? Did so the first time. Makes airbrushing a really easy task compared to Tamya acryl thinner, but maybe the paint adheres less well in comparision? Don't know...

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Posted: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 - 10:55 PM UTC
I don't know for sure but there are no pulleys, levers or hydraulic cylinders visible. So I think the blade is lowerd and lifted up with the help of the recovery winch of the vehicle. The frontal return pulley is just above the tip of the blade, and images show some small holes in the tip to fit the hook. This would do the trick.

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Posted: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 - 06:16 PM UTC
dutik - Excellent reference in those walk-arounds!

Is that forward plow/spade dropped manually when needed or is it a powered arrangement in some way?
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Posted: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 - 12:11 AM UTC
Painting. But how?

Plain soviet green is always an option. But there are more choices:

The current russian camouflage with sand and black offers a lot of tonal variation. The green base ranges from olive to dark green. The sand has a lot of variations from yellow (close to zinc chromate!) over sand and greyish sand to a light brown. At least the black is more or less a kind of dark grey.

Here is also one in Charkov in green and sand. This one is also in working conditon and shows a lot of details that are lacking at museum display vehicles.

The Oryx blog shows BREM vehicles in Syria both in plain green and plain sand, just as a BREM or armed with a ZPU of your choice and even a 37mm AAA...

But my choice is finally the other soviet tricolor camo: Green with grey and black.

Enjoy
- dutik
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Posted: Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 08:44 PM UTC
Ready!



Close-up of the rear:



Close-up of the front:



The support for the commanders MG was hard to glue in place - on top of two periscopes. Very small space to do so, so I glued sheet styrene to the back faces of the periscopes to enlarge the top face. It worked. The two brass parts are the hndle for the searchlight (lost the styrene part...) and the power line.
SP Designs provides two identical support loops for the cargo box. The real things are handed, so I cut off the hinge and lock from one andmade new ones at the correct sides. Also detailed the locks a bit with small nuts and wire. The support loops were pinned with fine wire (0,5 mm) to the sockets. It is a bit complicated to drill fine holes close to the outer rim of the sockets, but the results are worth the extra work.

Well, ready to add surfacer, polish off scratches and to start painting.

Regards
- dutik
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Posted: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 08:07 PM UTC


The bow is ready. Left the headlights off for painting. Used soft copper wire for the blade supports and spliced cable eyes for the upper mounts. Went lazy at the blades mounting points by just gluing the wire from behind
The right support for the trim went went off during initial sanding so I made a replacement from styrene card.

Expect now a short break of this build for the weekend.

Regards
- dutik
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Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 08:23 PM UTC
Fitters and Recovery Vehicles, some of my favorites!

Worked around M728, 578 and M88's. Drove the 578. Even had a few derelict BMPs in the bone yard at the Patton but have never seen this one before. Following with interest!