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  1. Dennis McQuillen

    Dragon Panzer IV D upgunned

    Looks like it will be very windy, but not to bad. Been through them before. Since I am pretty much ready for the hurricane and now i just have the long wait. Waiting for a hurricane has been likened to being stalked by a turtle. I have decided to do the tracks on the panzer IV
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  3. Dennis McQuillen

    Dragon Panzer IV D upgunned

    I am in Port Orange by Daytona Beach
  4. Dennis McQuillen

    Dragon Panzer IV D upgunned

    I thought I would get this kit off the shelf if shame and finish it up. This is just a quick post. Have some hurricane prep to do today.
  5. Panzer IV D Upgunned

    Panzer IV D Upgunned

    Dragon 1/35 kit
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  7. 1/72 Trumpeter IS-7

    1/72 Trumpeter IS-7

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  9. Dennis McQuillen

    Damage question?

    Armor by it's very nature is extremely hard. Think of it like butter and glass. Butter is easy to penetrate but also very pliable and easily deformed with just your finger, which is just one reason tanks are not made of butter. Glass on the other hand is much more difficult to penetrate with...
  10. Dennis McQuillen

    Trumpeter LAV-25

    They came molded in like that. They will be the last item to be done. Unfortunately every picture I found of the LAV had a wire mesh over the grills so it had to be covered up :'( Things have been quite busy around the McQuillen household as you can imagine. I have been tinkering with the...
  11. Dennis McQuillen

    Trumpeter Cougar AVGP

    Looking good! I look forward to seeing some primer on it. -Dennis
  12. Dennis McQuillen

    Trumpeter LAV-25

    Thanks everyone! Just wanted to let everyone know I am still around. I have been very busy at work with a crazy deadline and have had little time for my LAV. I have been doing a little here and there and I have actually made some progress. I have almost finished the hull. Here are some pics...
  13. Dennis McQuillen

    WWII realtime twitter

    If you have a twitter account and are into WWII history you may want to follow RealtimeWWII. They are going to tweet each days history of WWII starting from the beginning (this last sept.) until the end of the war. They are on the Russian invasion of Finland now and will tweet several times a...
  14. Dennis McQuillen

    Trumpeter LAV-25

    Those came molded on so I can't take credit for them ;D Here is another little trick that I do to add some detail. Sometimes you don't have photo-etch available or just don't want to fool with it. You can just take the back of a #11 knife blade and scrape detail into the part. Here I have...
  15. Dennis McQuillen

    Trumpeter LAV-25

    I have decided to add as many major parts before adding the fiddly bits to avoid breaking them off. I feel your pain and wish to avoid it. So I started with the hatches and I noticed a there was a problem. The hatches did not fit as well as I was hoping and there were spots where the hacth...
  16. Dennis McQuillen

    Trumpeter LAV-25

    Thank you very much for pointing that out. With only minor difficulty they were removed and placed the correct way. With the left side plate lined up there was a very noticeable step on the right side. I glued some Evergreen strip styrene and sanded it down to the right level. I put some...
  17. Dennis McQuillen

    Trumpeter LAV-25

    Thanks everyone! I finished up the suspension last night. No real problems there. Blurry again, next one not so bad. I put the rear plate on and had some real fit issues. With a little carving and, hot cement and a little pressure, I got it to go on but it isn't very pretty, but hey...
  18. Dennis McQuillen

    Trumpeter Cougar AVGP

    Why not use the Mr. Surfacer 1000 for primer? It is a personal taste for me but I find that Enamel and laquer based primers have some bite into the plastic and metal and are much more durable. I am very abusive to my kits during the weathering process and have been known to rub right through...
  19. Dennis McQuillen

    Trumpeter LAV-25

    This will be my first build here so why not make it one in a group build. I picked up a 1/35 Trumpeter LAV-25 at a local show a couple of months ago and decided to build it here. I will paint it in the 3 tone NATO scheme. Got the kit started today and here are some pics of my progress...
  20. Dennis McQuillen

    Cheap pigments

    When you scrape art store dry pastels the resulting particles are way too large. Try a kitchen store mortar and pestle to grind them to a much smaller particle size. -Dennis