Discussion in 'Bob's Modern tracked Armour GB: Jan - June 2017' started by Steve Brodie, Jan 3, 2017.
just caught up been to london got back last night nice work keep going
The ambiguous fitting location(s) of the two rear tow points
Fitted the other two shock absorbers onto the chassis;
drilled out a couple of holes to attach the front strakes and cracked on with the suspension arms, now these are interesting, sad I know but; the instructions show them been added and I assume glued into their locating slots, as their isn’t any ‘do not glue’ logos, so they have been glued in.
A couple of trailing arms for two suspension arms are built (not glued ) and added to the suspension side, but why ?, if the full arms don’t move why leave the trailing arms free to move ? and there is no play in the suspension, I was expecting them to ‘hang free’ if the model was lifted in the air but they don’t.
Yet the box art states they are movable, all very strange.
Onwards we go, other side next.
Keep the good work coming Steve! Those workable tracks are very nice.
On the subject of kit instructions, I really do wonder if the manufacturers actually ask real model makers if they make sense. It seems to me that this is an area where great kits are let down.
spookily, these arrived today;
I only emailed BNAthis morning as the decals hadnt arrived, ordered back end of November, but as they explained a lot of orders were only just reaching their destinations due to the Christmas mail.
Good attention to detail there Steve.
Wow, those tracks fit like a charm, had to add a few more links, but great sag and detail;
Front disc fell off 2nd road wheel, lol.
Also, take it back about the suspension, now that the glue has set for 48hrs it works quiet well;
Those tracks look spot on steve
very nice work with the tracks,Steve,real like the sag,looking good,
Nicely done so far Steve
Looks like the sag will have to go, doesn't look like the tracks even touch the top of the road wheels, very taught system.
Ever had that sick, sinking feeling when you realise you have glued something on wrong !! , Well I had that feeling last night, whilst I was constructing the drivers area, more on that in a bit, I was test fitting the ‘tub’ to the chassis but for the life of me couldn’t work out why it wouldn’t sit true, plus two locating holes seemed to be missing, it was then I had the sinking feeling as I looked at the hull plate and realised I had glued it on upside down, 3 days ago !!!. I assumed, obviously incorrectly, that the ribbing was part of the hull, where in fact it was for the underside. PANIC !!, a fresh blade in the knife and some very careful scoring and 10 minutes later I had managed to remove the plate without any damage and glue it back on the right way round.
The drivers compartment builds into a nice representation of the innards, 4 main pieces and a couple of small add-ons go into its construction, along with a couple of pieces for the side wall. Pedals, hand brake are all separate parts along with a ‘joystick’ steering lever. The seat has a nice texture to it and the whole unit is constructed from 5 pieces and fits into a slot in the floor, does seem a long way back though.
very nice work so far Steve like the detail you have done so far keep it up
Hoping to get this area primed / pre shaded at the weekend and some white , misted on before picking out certain items and dirtying up !!
Got the drivers multi access hatch built, want to get the inside painted along with the interior, then i can tape the whole lot shut for when i paint the exterior;
Also built up the upper hull, have to align the side panels with the top plate and then the lower hull. Fitted okay, but some nasty attachment sprue points to clean up (on the side angles!!);
Starting to take shape nicely steve
great work Steve getting there bit by bit hope mine will turn out like yours do
Thanks, bit slow at the mo, with this and the ZSU-57-2 build, plus trying to finish off the Tamiya 1/48 JGSDF Type 10 - needs a few touch ups so hopefully out with the airbrush on saturday and get it finished andthe Shilka internals.
found a great reference image, for the inside of the Shilka's driving compartment, steel grey seems to be the instrument surround colour not black as per Meng
Go the airbrush out and NATO black base coat followed by Matt white for the interior;
Outside around nd the hatch and the hatch painted (field grey)
Looking good Steve
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