russian sherman

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yep you read that right.

going to try to stumble through a sherman and mark it up as a russian track.

the kit.






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Cool! Will this be russian green or olive drab??
 

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JohnSimmons said:
Cool! Will this be russian green or olive drab??
this will be most likely olive drab. it is all i have at the moment as most of what i do is us stuff.




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ok here is the starting point.


remembering the work to this point was done by my son. he could be a talented builder if he wished. he did go on to build several cars but has not done any building in many years.







and away we have gone. i did some last night but not much. i will update as needed.

also remember i know very little about shermans.


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Beauty, got this one bookmarked Joe. Ruck On Brother!!

Cheers, Ski.

P.S. Almost snuck in to flip to bunker "power up" switch, until I had to unload 6 tons of hay, HA! Lawn ornaments can be a drag Bro, if ya know what I mean.
 

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steve you better be careful brother. dont want mama unhappy.


well for my first work on this i continued where my boy left off.

he had basically finished the lower hull.






so with that in mind i started to work on the upper hull. he had begun the work but didnt seem to go very far.

so off we went.






now that is finished minus the tools. so the next step called for in the instructions is to mate the upper and the lower.






and there we are. next up is the turret.


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thanks ski.



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well dang it this has been an interesting build so far. some stuff just ....................well dont look right.


this update begins with a step back. i was working on the turret and got the barrel together, horrible seam. did a little sanding and then looked to see how it was coming and noticed the barrel was oblong in shape. first i tried to sand it to the right shape, no go.




with that i figured why not. it isnt like it is the end of the world right.


nah...................i cannot let it stay like that.

before i knew it............





and as you can see i put some putty on the turret. there was a major seam. my sanding removed the molded texture so i tried to mimic what i had seen on how to fix it.




i know it isnt the greatest but it is what it is.


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many thanks. now the update.


work commenced to get the texture better.

sanding and more sanding led to this.......





better i think.

then construction commenced and was completed on the turret.






and that my friends brings the construction of this to a finish i think. at least the destructions dont show anything else but tools and the ma duce left.


with your ok on this i will now move forward with primer.


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part 1

not exactly a step by step but this is the process of painting that i am trying to work on.

my first step is to spray flat black over the build. this is rustoleum flat black.






the second step of this process is the base coat. for this i used an olive drab from model master. not sure i like the color but it will work for the intended circumstance. to me this is a bit grayer of a tint that i was really looking for.

when i sprayed i tried to cover the interior of each "panel" but i tried to keep away from the edges to keep the shadow integrity.






now the second part will show the third layer....


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part 2

the third layer is the base coat lightened with a lighter color, white, tan, buff, etc. you add drop by drop until you are satisfied with the lightened color. for me i turned to my consistant, rustoleum flat white.

now when i sprayed it i tried to stay in the center of the "panel". i want to keep the shadow and i want to keep further interior to provide more of a faded look.






and with a bit of a different light source.





now normally i would do a couple of more layers to give it a definite faded look but with the gray tint this looks pretty faded already. i will let this go for a couple of days because i want the paint to cure completely and then i will hit it with future to ready it for decals and then further on, weathering.

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john many thanks.


well the decals are on. not many but they seem to be fighting me some.





the biggest issue is with silvering. seems it just doesnt want to lie down and play nice.




they have been hit again with decal solvent after using a blade to slice the decal in a few places. we shall see tomorow how they are holding up. i hope they play nice so i can get a gloss on and start on the weathering process.


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as this is progressing i wondered how much i would remember of how to do streaks and such with oils.

turns out not so much. i screwed it up.

then i stumbled forward with it and just went with it.


grime and streaks. not too much. just want to give the suggestion.

i started trying to do a pinwash with the oils and ended up screwing the pooch on it. i ended up brushing the oil wash over the entire upper hull and the top parts of the lower hull. i then hit the hull with a few streaks with different colors.











with a great sigh i say...

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No need to sigh, I think your doing a great job. Looking forward to the finished product!
 

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Nice work Joe looks like ya having some fun with this build great results

i thought John would smell this from a mile away ya cant keep him away from a shermie lol ;)

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many thanks to both of you.

well the end is here for this one.

after some self inflicted wounds and some interesting issues thrown at me by the kit i am finished.

my version of this russian sherman is done.
















and my favorite picture of the ones i took.



i know there are things that are not right with this. i know there are issues that are glaring. i also know that i extended myself just a tad too far with the three builds at once. my mojo has taken a hit with these. may have to see what i can do about that. overall i am happy with this as it served the intended purpose, to work on my painting skills.

oh and btw, i am focused on working with my newish camera for my final shots. all in all i took about 300 shots to try to dial in the camera a little. still some fuzziness in the pictures and i really need to come up with a better "photo booth". but overall these seem better than previous final shots.

what do you think?

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I think the build rocks and the pics are nice too! Your mojo should be shooting through the roof!
 

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