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hutch2336
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 09:29 AM GMT+7
Keep the faith Matthew,

we still have nearly 4 months to paint and finish,

I'm off to build a prototype SturmTiger whilst I wait for the garage to defrost, so I can get out my AB and throw some paint at the Breda.
I still have 3 figures to try and scribe, to match up with the reference photo


I have the great coat guy well on the way, just the 2 drinkers? to do next.
Plenty of time for you to get that unique paint scheme done.
keep it up,the BT's might catch up!

Regards

Steve H
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 08:55 AM GMT+7
Steve,

I really like the Breda up-graded panzer I. I'm trying to imagine how it must have felt being in the turret with that thing recoiling (I assume it recoiled). Must have been tight.

BTW pleased to see there is someone else still posting in this campaign. Was thinking I was the last man standing...

Cheers

Matthew
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 08:29 AM GMT+7
Nice progress on the SCW items tracked and winged
I have finished the build, ready for degrease, primer and paint
some beauty shots LOL






More soon
Steve H
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Posted: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 - 08:28 AM GMT+7
Thanks for the kind words Paul.
Work has got in the way of modelling, but I hope to get back to the Schneider the week after next, and maybe the AM Hotchkiss MGs will have arrived in the post by then.
Cheers
Matthew
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Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 12:35 PM GMT+7
Matthew - Your Schneider CA1 is rally looking great. The extra scratching adds a lot to the build. The tracks were a PIA to clean and prep but they came out well in the end. Great job!
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Posted: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 06:58 AM GMT+7
Build almost complete…









And the tracks fit perfectly! Woohoo!

I want to get some AM Hotchkiss machine guns so will have to wait a bit until I can really finish the build and crack on with painting.

Cheers

Matthew
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Posted: Friday, January 19, 2018 - 01:32 AM GMT+7
Bit more progress on the Schneider CA1

The later Schneider CA1 had extra guards added to the running gear which are not included in the kit - so I scratched them.





The tracks are workable - just. In order to pop one into another you need to trim a little bit off the two "nipples" so that one track can enter the other.





I have scratched the fuel tanks as seen on the later versions that were used in Spain. Am quite pleased with how they turned out. Fortunately the kit included two extra fuel caps.





Since taking the last two photos I've sanded the bolts down so they are not too proud.

Cheers

Matthew
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Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 07:27 AM GMT+7
Matthew - I'm glad to see that you are making progress. I have not touched a model myself in weeks as the weather has been nice & cool and that is great for working on 1/1 projects outside.
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Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 07:24 AM GMT+7
Pasi - Your He-51 is off to a good start. Seat belts would be a nice upgrade and one that will be visible in an open cockpit.

These were sure great looking planes!
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Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 07:22 AM GMT+7
Steve - Great progress on your panzer. The PE parts that you used do enhance the build. PE is great for replicating sheet metal structures but doesn't always work for castings or forgings.
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Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 - 09:20 AM GMT+7
Nice looking work going on here. Liking the HE51 a lot!

I spent a happy 3 or so hours building the running gear. Lots of little pieces and the instructions were little vague in places but they turned out okay I think.

Here’s a photo…



Cheers

Matthew
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Posted: Sunday, January 07, 2018 - 07:15 AM GMT+7
Few steps ahead with He-51B.



I think what's coming next will tell whether this will be fine or not, which is mounting the top wing. I keep forgetting that the plane has open cockpit, maybe I should try adding seatbelts after all.
hutch2336
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Posted: Sunday, January 07, 2018 - 03:46 AM GMT+7
Hi SCW builders
Its been a busy Holiday break, but just a little update.
Photo etch next, and the first thing to consider, do yo need to use it all?
Not always, sometimes the PE isn't as good as the kit part, too flat usually!
The adjuster on the trailing idler wheel is a case of too much, it will destabilize the axle and doesn't add that much to a hard to see part of the build.


So the remaining PE bling for the running gear, sorry for the photos, not my best skill set!





and just because you can, the build as it is at the moment.



Next will be the tracks, just need to figure out which is left and which is right?
Regards
Steve H

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Posted: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 - 04:26 AM GMT+7
Thanks for the great coat info,

I just need to find a look a like in 1:35, somewhere?

As for the colours and camo pattern, I shall use these
https://ak-interactive.com/product/spanish-civil-war-colors/

I have a previous attempt


I used Vallejo model colour, base is Japanese uniform, yep, I know!?, but it is a reasonable match, with flat brown and park green and a lot of weathering.

There were Pz I's in the interwar 3 tone camo, then some were painted dark grey and became "Negrillos"

I shall crack on with the tank body in the new year and start the search for single breasted great coat.

Regards

Steve H
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Posted: Monday, December 25, 2017 - 11:42 PM GMT+7
Thanks Robert, as I understand it those are the standard colors for the PZ I tanks in the SCW. The tank in Steve's second photo that I mentioned, seems different to me. The camo is hard edged, and I do not see any evidence of the yellow bands like the ones in Steve's first photo.

Here is another photo of what I believe is that tank:



...and another which seems to be a similar scheme:



Sorry, I'm not trying to be argumentative, but this is why it has been a shelf queen for so long, and I would really like to do this version of the camo.
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Posted: Monday, December 25, 2017 - 02:02 PM GMT+7

Quoted Text

Nice work on that turret conversion Steve, I have a shelf queen of this tank, so it's nice to see someone doing this one. Can anyone help identify the colors of the camouflage on that tank behind the officer with the greatcoat?



Tamiya XF-26 Deep Green, XF-10 Flat Brown, and XF-60 Dark Yellow.
That should get you real close.
Star has some good decals and marking guides for the SCW armor.
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Posted: Monday, December 25, 2017 - 01:09 PM GMT+7
Nice work on that turret conversion Steve, I have a shelf queen of this tank, so it's nice to see someone doing this one. Can anyone help identify the colors of the camouflage on that tank behind the officer with the greatcoat?
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Posted: Monday, December 25, 2017 - 03:24 AM GMT+7
The coat in fact is a spanish coat. The soldier is a leutnant of the Bandera de Carros of the spanish Legion. With a basque beret and a skull badge.
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Posted: Monday, December 25, 2017 - 02:50 AM GMT+7
@Steve: nice scatch conversion of that panzer I turret!

Cheers

Matthew
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Posted: Monday, December 25, 2017 - 12:56 AM GMT+7
Time to actually do something!
As proof I haven't already done it all before the actual start date

As there were 3 choices of Pz I A series 3, the best option is

The one big issue with the build is the turret, there is a resin conversion at leadwarrier,
http://www.leadwarrior.com/Lw35005h.htm
But they wouldn't negotiate down from $20 inc. P&P by even a couple of $'s, so I decided to do it myself, and as I already had the Aber Breda barrel, I was 1/2 way there.
If you couldn't sort out the turret, the remainder is irrelevant.
So the turret, finally done after some interesting scratch building.
The reference

And the build


The full turret build is on my Imgur account if anyone is interested.
Next up, to get as close to the reference photos,

I think the soldiers greatcoat is a WWI German single breasted, but if anyone has another insight, Please let me know.
I think it will make a nice little base and build, now the turret has been sorted out.

Happy Christmas to one and all

Steve H
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Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 08:33 PM GMT+7
Now the heavy lifting is out of the way, I've got on to more fun stuff.

These parts, the drive housing, are all wrong...



So I scratched something that is a better approximation of the real thing...





I say an approximation, because I know they're not 100% accurate, but better than the kit parts. And here fitted to the under side of the hull.



Cheers

Matthew
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Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 09:51 AM GMT+7
I feel your pain! Are AM tracks available? At least you are making progress on what looks to be the toughest part of the build.

The Spade Ace tracks for the BT-5 arrived the other day but it might be a while before I can get to them. Weather is cool enough now to work outdoors on a number of long delayed projects.

Paul
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Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 12:10 AM GMT+7
Nice work Matthew I hear a lot of people give up on those tracks!
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Posted: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 07:39 PM GMT+7
Small update: I’ve finished assembling each track link…





I just hope they fit together to make track runs now…

Cheers

Matthew
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Posted: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 09:51 AM GMT+7
So… Thinking I’d get on with the heavy lifting first, I decided to tackle the tracks of the Hobby Boss Schneider CA… What a pita!… There are 64 track links and 128 attachments - 2 per link… What’s more HB have horrible sprue gates to each attachment (can’t think of the appropriate word)… See below



and these …



Well, with my handy Exacto number 10 blade, I managed to trim most of the gate away from the cursed attachments, but… one momentary lapse of concentration resulted in a slip, a biggish gash and a make-shift bandaid (Parafilm wrapped round tissue works)…



Next up gluing the “attachments”, two each, per link…

Can’t wait to get past this stage and get on with the build proper…

cheers

Matthew