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    Five years, 3 days

    Wow. It's been five years and three days since my last post. In that time I've had two jobs, my mother and brother passed away and currently unemployed due to quarantine, among other things. But I've been able to do a lot of models to keep me busy and sane during these odd times and thought I...
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    Model contest advice

    I am thinking about submitting some models to a local model show in the OOB category. I was curious about some things. 1. Do show officials get to handle the models or is it strictly hands off? Do they look at the bottom?? 2. Are display cases usually required?? What about labels with info...
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    Advice for painting canopy

    I have an old partially built Otaki 1/48 scale P-47D kit that was part of a lot on eBay. I want to finish this one off but after inspection of the parts I find the entire interior cockpit assembly is missing. My first thought was maybe I could paint the inside of the clear canopy and windshield...
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    1/35 Dragon ZSU-23-4M Shilka

    Returning to modelbuilding and this message board after about a year-and-a-half off due to getting a 'real job'. Recently my hours were cut and shifted so I have more time to get back to models and other things. As usual, this is a straight out the box build but I've been trying out a totally...
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    Iwata LPH80

    I got a brand new Iwata LPH80 spray gun as part of a lot on eBay. I know these larger spray guns are for automotive work, but is it possible/feasible to use it indoors like in an apartment?? Is it even appropriate to use on 1/35 scale armor?? Or would that be like using a napalm bomb to...
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    Instructions for Flakpanzer T-34

    Does anyone have instructions for a Dragon/Cyberhobby Flakpanzer T-34?? I happen to have an incomplete Tamiya T-34 kit and a built Flakvierling AAA lying around and was thinking of combining the two. But I need to see how the gun was attached to the chassis and I thought the instructions from...
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    Quickmasks

    Maybe this should be in the painting forums?? Anyways, I am building a Tamiya Pz.Kpfw IV Ausf. D OOB and I bought a Quickmask for a Dragon Brummbar. I figured that since the chassis and wheels were very similar that the mask would work despite the different model brands. This turned out to be...
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    Right under my very nose!

    The other day I happened upon a brick and mortar hobby shop called Brookhurst Hobbies that has apparently been around for decades but I have never known about or been to. Not only that, I would say its one of the better hobby shops that I have seen. With regards to armor kits, supplies and book...
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    Joining the Hetzer party: a renovation.

    After seeing AJay's fantastic Hetzer build, I wanted to share my recent Hetzer project. I got this Italeri kit as part of a lot already built but with some pieces broken off and missing. Some of the parts have been assembled incorrectly, the most egregious of which was the drive sprockets...
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    1/35 Italeri Sd.Kfz 234/3 8 Wheeled Armored Car

    While waiting for other projects to dry and/or cure I quickly slapped together Italeri's 1/35 Sd.Kfz 234/3 8 wheeled armored car with 75mm howitzer. A very fast OOB build that took less than a day even with a major goof. This is my first time with this type of vehicle and I errantly glued the...
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    1/35 Italeri Crusader Mk. III

    Another quick initial OOB build of 1/35 Italeri British Crusader Mk. III. The box and bags were open and some of the parts were missing like the turret antenna mount behind the searchlight. I will probably scratchbuild something to replace it. Nice operating suspension. I just noticed I forgot...
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    1/35 Tamiya Flak 38 20mm AA x2

    Just finished initial build of two 1/35 Tamiya Flak 38 20mm AA artillery that I got from an eBay lot. I had the idea of having one of them being towed by a Kübelwagen that I got from a different lot, but when I put them together the trailer appears much wider than the Kübelwagen. So I gather...
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    1/35 Italeri Jagdpanzer IV

    Just finished an Italeri Jagdpanzer IV. I've been doing a lot of vehicles based on the Pz. IV suspension so these models seem to go together pretty quickly just from sheer repetition, even more so with the simple turretless superstructure of this particular model. Painted it a simple solid green...
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    1/35 Tamiya Leclerc Series 2

    Initial build of Tamiya's 1/35 Leclerc Series 2 along with Voyager Model's PE/aluminum/resin update kit. This kit came with die cast road wheels which are heavy but saved a lot of filing and sanding time. The Voyager upgrade was a very nice 'next step' for me as far as aftermarket upgrades. It...
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    1/35 Trumpeter Mörser Karl Gerät 040. Beastly!!!

    Initial build of Trumpeter's Mörser Karl Gerät 040 600mm. What a beast!! The kit had parts for either the 041 540mm late version or 040 600mm early version and I opted for the early. Little did I know what I was in for. First, the instructions were missing so I ended up bidding on an eBay...
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    Trumpeter 1/35 E-75 Flakpanzer AA

    While I wait for the SAM-6 primer to settle and the Tunguska paint to cure, I did a very quick build of Trumpeter's E-75 Flakpanzer AA. The kit is quite simple with only 8 steel wheels on each side and one piece tracks, which saves tons of time compared to assembling individual track links and...
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    Has anyone tried something like these???

    I found some simple jigs for individual track links made from what looks like brass sheet stock on eBay. Has anyone ever used these or something similar and does it work effectively?? Description: Single Vehicle Individual Track Link Tool for model armor kits in 1/35 scale. This tool will...
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    Another quickie: Zvezda M30 Field Howitzer

    A quick out of the box assembly and painting of the Zvezda M30 Russian Field Howitzer. Like the Trumpeter SAM-6, this is my first kit with this particular manufacturer. Very nice as far as parts fitting, quality and detail, but some of the illustrations in the instructions were kind of nebulous...
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    1/35 Trumpeter SAM-6 AA

    Initial build of Trumpeter SAM-6 AA missile launcher vehicle. This is my first Trumpeter kit and I am quite impressed. Like the Italeri Demag halftrack, this kit was well engineered and assembled quickly and precisely with only a few small areas of putty and sanding. Fun! If all other...
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    DML/Dragon/Cyber Hobby kits

    Just curious about the different DML/Dragon/Cyber Hobby kits. I've seen a Smart Kit, Premium, Super Value Pack and Orange Box. What are the differences?? Are there any more variations?? Thanks for any info.
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