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Tabletop Gaming, Models, and Minis => Modelling and Miniatures => Topic started by: JudgeDredd on October 07, 2017, 04:49:56 AM

Title: The next build...
Post by: JudgeDredd on October 07, 2017, 04:49:56 AM
I fancy some armour, so why not the M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight

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The sprues - not alot to do here...
As always with Tamiya, the quality of the plastic is fantastic
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Alot of people don't like the rubber tracks - I've never had a problem with them. I can see why individual link tracks are beneficial for vehicle with sag on the tracks (Tiger).
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Some information on the M4A3E8
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The instructions
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Two models possible - 5th Armoured Division, Germany April '45 and 4th Armoured Division, Bastogne Jan '45.
I suspect most people would automatically gravitate to the Bastogne version - so I'm going to go with the 5th Armoured Division in Germany in April '45
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I might get some after market stowage to stick on the tank like this
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As for method - normally I make sections and paint them then start piecing together, however this time I might use Andy's method (Andy's Hobby Headquarters - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChnAgeghaNKLdftbfJY8zNA) where he makes the model THEN paints it...he always does this with armour and I have to say, they always look top notch.


I'm not sure when I'll be able to complete this as my daughter wants me to setup Star Wars:Rebellion boardgame again and that takes my modelling table away....at least until i get my BillyOh Riley shed (yep - it's a thing - and not necessarily this one)
https://www.gardenbuildingsdirect.co.uk/log-cabins/billyoh-riley-log-cabin-summerhouse

But this is the next one I'm committing to
Title: Re: The next build...
Post by: JudgeDredd on October 07, 2017, 12:33:03 PM
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Title: Re: The next build...
Post by: BanzaiCat on October 07, 2017, 01:48:54 PM
You know, because of your posts, I've been damned close to pulling the trigger on the Tanks! game miniatures, or even Flames of War. I should probably try a larger model or two before I try to get into minis games.

I've actually been eyeing this Akagi aircraft carrier model (https://www.amazon.com/HASEGAWA-49227-Akagi-Aircraft-Carrier/dp/B00JP6NEH6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1507405665&sr=8-1&keywords=akagi+model), which is reasonably priced...
Title: Re: The next build...
Post by: JudgeDredd on October 07, 2017, 01:51:28 PM
Well thanks to you I'm thinking about getting the Tanks! game!  :knuppel2:
Title: Re: The next build...
Post by: BanzaiCat on October 07, 2017, 01:53:35 PM
 :2funny:

Well that's what we're good for 'round here is enablement, innit? ;)

The Tanks Starter Set (https://www.amazon.com/Tanks-Panther-Sherman-Starter-Board/dp/1940825873/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1507405938&sr=8-1&keywords=tanks%21+starter+set) is only $22 USD. My only issue is getting a bunch of minis I won't play with (see: X-Wing Minis, lol).
Title: Re: The next build...
Post by: JudgeDredd on October 08, 2017, 02:40:42 PM
Getting there. Alot of fiddly bits, but it's going together well. After me praising rubber tracks (or at least saying I didn't mind them), these snapped and I had to staple them together.

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Title: Re: The next build...
Post by: Staggerwing on October 08, 2017, 03:35:51 PM
You could leave off the turret and turn it into a Kangaroo APC.
Title: Re: The next build...
Post by: mirth on October 08, 2017, 03:37:36 PM
And then he could buy a Kangaroo model and use the turret on that
Title: Re: The next build...
Post by: Staggerwing on October 08, 2017, 03:39:50 PM
He could, couldn't he?
Title: Re: The next build...
Post by: acctingman on October 08, 2017, 03:49:41 PM
Watching this closely JD. This kit is on my to-do list. Working on a Panther D right now and a Jagdpanther!
Title: Re: The next build...
Post by: JudgeDredd on October 09, 2017, 02:10:07 AM
You could leave off the turret and turn it into a Kangaroo APC.
But I want the turret  :'(
Title: Re: The next build...
Post by: JudgeDredd on October 09, 2017, 02:06:55 PM
That's it built....now to the scary task of painting when it's built!!

I'm not deciding whether to keep the crewman in the tank or not, hence why the hatch isn't on yet. I'll decide when I paint him - see how he turns out.

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Title: Re: The next build...
Post by: JudgeDredd on October 14, 2017, 07:22:34 AM
She's in the booth ready for her primer.

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The commander is done obviously and I'll stick him in when I get the tank paint on.
Title: Re: The next build...
Post by: JudgeDredd on October 14, 2017, 11:53:33 AM
Primed

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Title: Re: The next build...
Post by: BanzaiCat on October 14, 2017, 03:09:40 PM
 O0 O0 O0
Title: Re: The next build...
Post by: mirth on October 14, 2017, 03:14:23 PM
Looking good, JD. I'm always impressed by the quality of Tamiya's casts.
Title: Re: The next build...
Post by: JudgeDredd on October 15, 2017, 07:15:02 AM
Thanks

Yes - Tamiya are great models. Good moulding. Fairly simple. Fairly cheap.
Title: Re: The next build...
Post by: JudgeDredd on October 15, 2017, 07:19:07 AM
And she's done and ready for war...

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I actually really don't want to weather her and so I'm not going to bother. If I can find some info on "dusting" to take some of the sheen off, I might do - but otherwise, there's nothing more to be done.
Title: Re: The next build...
Post by: Staggerwing on October 15, 2017, 07:43:58 AM
Pretty as the day she left Detroit!
Title: Re: The next build...
Post by: Pete Dero on October 15, 2017, 07:44:43 AM
Looking very good  :clap:.

Wish I had the patience (and talent) to do this.

I once put a Tiger II together and kept it as a reminder that I shouldn't buy any new kits.
Title: Re: The next build...
Post by: Barthheart on October 15, 2017, 08:08:22 AM
Great job JD.  :bd:
Title: Re: The next build...
Post by: mirth on October 15, 2017, 09:06:36 AM
Hit that hull MG with some gunmetal :P
Title: Re: The next build...
Post by: acctingman on October 15, 2017, 09:10:15 AM
Nice paint job JD.

I think a lot of modellers feel the need to throw a crap ton of chipping, mud, grimy streaks, blah....blah. Modelling is TWO things.......YOUR hobby and your interpretation.

Bravo man.....bravo!!  :bd:
Title: Re: The next build...
Post by: JudgeDredd on October 15, 2017, 11:07:01 AM
Hit that hull MG with some gunmetal :P
Oh - you noticed that? I didn't actually notice it until I saw the pictures and I'd packed everything away.  C:-)
Title: Re: The next build...
Post by: JudgeDredd on October 15, 2017, 11:09:19 AM
Thanks everyone. I loved doing this one. Done in record time for me.

I'm not sure I'll do the "build then paint" thing again...I think I'll revert to building and painting in sections.
Title: Re: The next build...
Post by: acctingman on October 15, 2017, 11:44:25 AM
Thanks everyone. I loved doing this one. Done in record time for me.

I'm not sure I'll do the "build then paint" thing again...I think I'll revert to building and painting in sections.

I like that approach too. Work on one little area, take a break and come back to another.
Title: Re: The next build...
Post by: JudgeDredd on October 15, 2017, 02:51:39 PM
Hit that hull MG with some gunmetal :P
I think this song says it all Mirth


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Title: Re: The next build...
Post by: mirth on October 15, 2017, 02:57:46 PM
 :bd:
Title: Re: The next build...
Post by: BanzaiCat on October 16, 2017, 03:51:42 PM
Nice work, JD. You really did slap that one together pretty quick and did a great job too.
Title: Re: The next build...
Post by: undercovergeek on October 16, 2017, 03:54:34 PM
One of your best I'd say  :clap:
Title: Re: The next build...
Post by: JudgeDredd on October 17, 2017, 02:58:35 PM
Why thank you  :notworthy:
Title: Re: The next build...
Post by: DoctorQuest on October 17, 2017, 03:02:11 PM
One of your best I'd say  :clap:

+1  O0
Title: Re: The next build...
Post by: JudgeDredd on September 07, 2018, 03:39:30 PM
This kit annoyed me - as in the way I left it. It was far too clean and sitting on the shelf next to my Jagdpanther, it looked ridiculous.

I've been wanting to revisit it and mess it up a bit. So here it is with some Dark Dirt, mud and light dirt washes on it, let it dry and then brushed off.

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Unfortunately, I seem to have not applied a clear coat when I had finished it which resulted in the liquid washes getting under the decals and taking them off. Oh well. I'm happier with it looking like this than I was like this
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