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Golikell
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Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 12:55 AM UTC
Being banned to the shed? Horrific and a scandal it is!!!

Looks good so far. Can't wait to see the painting progressing. So, hurry up!!!
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Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 04:04 AM UTC
Hi Erwin,

It's a hard life being a modeller, !

I'll see if I can speed things up, .

Cheers, .

G
Golikell
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Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 05:05 AM UTC
Yeah, this much is clear. I sympathise deeply with you.

You'd better
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Posted: Friday, November 01, 2019 - 03:09 AM UTC
Hi all,

Another wet and windy one here today, but every gale blown rain cloud has a silver lining, and today I managed to apply the first top coat of paint to my previously primed Sherman Firefly and Cromwell (see images below).





























There are a few bits of 'debris' that shows up under the camera that need removing, ...these are not visible to the MK I Eyeball, ! Also, the paint was still wet, so there is an excessive sheen that will hopefully 'dull' down as the paint dries. I'm not that good with the camera...I'm just a 'point-and-click' sort of fellow...so the colour is a little washed-out in the images above. The photographs were taken near a window and, again, to the MK I Eyeball it is a much 'greener' in reality, .

This is only the second time I've used an airbrush, so still a lot to learn regarding paint consistency and application. Tomorrow I'm going to try some lightening of areas using the airbrush, ...so images tomorrow might show the models at the bottom of a bin, .

Cheers, ,

G
Golikell
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Posted: Saturday, November 02, 2019 - 02:12 AM UTC
You 'll be getting there
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Posted: Saturday, November 02, 2019 - 03:56 PM UTC
Looking really good Gareth, I foresee quite a few hours with a fine brush in your future
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Posted: Monday, November 04, 2019 - 04:46 AM UTC
Hi Erwin,

Thanks, slowly but, hopefully, surely, !

Cheers, ,

G
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Posted: Monday, November 04, 2019 - 04:49 AM UTC
Hi Tim,

Thank you, .

Methinks you might be right about the brush, you must be a clairvoyant...fancy picking my lottery numbers for me, .

Cheers, ,

G
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Posted: Monday, November 04, 2019 - 05:11 AM UTC
Hi all,

Today I started to 'block out' the camouflage net and tarpaulin cover on the Sherman Firefly.

I have also started to add some tonal (think that's the word, ) variations to the paintwork (see images below).

















Still a lot of high and low lighting to do, I like my tanks to be well weathered, . I might even try some chipping, been reading about both the sponge and the hairspray method. Being a novice...or should that read coward, or perhaps both, ...I'm leaning towards the sponge method as it looks as if it might be slightly easier to do.

Feel free to comment as you see fit.

Cheers, .

G
Golikell
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Posted: Monday, November 04, 2019 - 07:16 PM UTC
Beginning to look the part! It is just (could vert well be the lighting) that the colour looks rather bright, in the direction of emerald?

The netting looks also great!
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Posted: Monday, November 04, 2019 - 09:35 PM UTC
Hi Erwin,

Thanks, as to colour it might be the artificial light, but it could also be down to me, I'm using this as a bit of an experimentation with colours, .

My thoughts are to get some real tonal variations and then pull it all together with a very light airbrushed coat of a suitable 'drab'...it might not work, but who knows, .

Cheers, ,

G
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Posted: Monday, November 04, 2019 - 11:42 PM UTC
Okay, I will hold my piece till you're ready then
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Posted: Tuesday, November 05, 2019 - 04:04 AM UTC
Hi Gareth,

All looking good; do remember that - assuming the remnants I worked with post War were not dissimilar - that the Hessian strips generally came in rolls of 2 colours - a green and a brown. That is not to say that some could not conceivably be made from torn up sandbags or similar, but I would imagine that the 2 x colours were then the order of the day.

I wouldn't go mad on chipping; these were mainly brand new issued vehicles and as there was plenty of time for maintenance, no self-respecting Troop Sergeant would let his vehicles get too shabby. A bit of wear and tear, but that's a different issue from weathering and mud of course.

Keep it up.

Brian
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Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 10:01 PM UTC
Hi all,

A belated Happy New Year to one and all, it's been some few weeks since last I touched a kit. To be honest, the AFV Club Centurion Mk.3 was proving a challenge...not one for a novice like me, ...so I needed a break...before I broke the kit, .

So, I have decided to give the Centurion a rest, I shall return to it at some point in time, and do a little bit more work on the Tamiya Cromwell that I had been working on previously.

I have added some stowage and started to block-out the 'tarpaulin(s)' and other elements with a base colour. At the same time I have started to weather the vehicle itself (see images below).















Please feel free to comment and/or add advice as you see fit.

Cheers, ,

G
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Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 10:41 PM UTC
No comment needed... Lookin'good!
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Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 10:47 PM UTC
Hi Erwin,

Thank you for the positive comment, .

How goes your 'Op Glad IJs - On Thin Ice'? I notice you haven't posted any photos recently...I was looking forward to seeing how you got on with the 'snow' product you were going to order?

Cheers, ,

G
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Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 11:05 PM UTC
You're welcome...
Waiting for the snailmail from China for chunks to represent the ice. I do have some, but not enough China mail is not always trustworthy: sometimes it takes a week, but this time it is nearly 2 months en route :'(

The ice and snow products are already in stock, and so is Vallejo still water...
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Posted: Friday, January 24, 2020 - 12:31 AM UTC
Hi Erwin,

Let's hope the Chinese snail-mail isn't held up further by the Wuhan Coronavirus, at this rate the thaw will set in and your tank will sink into the muddy depths, never to be seen again, .

Cheers, ,

G
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Posted: Friday, January 24, 2020 - 12:54 AM UTC
Just ordered a new package. Tomorrow I can claim my money back. Hopefully the new package will arrive soon... But since it is Chinese New Year this weekend, again it might take a while
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Posted: Friday, January 24, 2020 - 03:59 AM UTC
Hi Erwin,

Fingers crossed, second time lucky, .

Cheers, ,

G
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Posted: Friday, January 24, 2020 - 04:10 AM UTC
Hi all,

A tad more progress today (see images below), a bit of dry brushing, and blending in of the camouflage netting. Still need to paint the 'tarpaulin', the 'tools' and add washes, etc.

















Please feel free to comment and/or offer advice as you see fit.

Cheers, ,

G
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Posted: Friday, January 24, 2020 - 04:30 AM UTC
Just love the Hessian netting,
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Posted: Friday, January 24, 2020 - 04:45 AM UTC
Hi Jerry,

Thank you for your kind words, .

Cheers, ,

G
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Posted: Friday, January 24, 2020 - 10:57 PM UTC
Absolutely it all looks great & the netting’s off the scale, superb
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Posted: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 02:18 AM UTC
Hi Tim,

Again, thank you for the kind words, they're much appreciated, .

Cheers, ,

G