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Title: Various WIP
Post by: ripley on May 03, 2017, 09:28:09 PM
Picked up my third Rubicon SU-85/122 kit the other day and decided to build it as a German SPG based on this photo:
(https://s16.postimg.org/6r6pm1thd/Beute_SU-85_r.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6r6pm1thd/)
And since I'm actually pre thinking my build this time ( not rushing into it as usual :-[ ) , I am going to try and post my progress . I'm using the Tank Power SU-85/100/122 and Peko SU-85/100 books as my main reference as well as various pictures in assorted books from my collection
(https://s18.postimg.org/67q1l7111/Tank_Power.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/67q1l7111/)

(https://s10.postimg.org/cdyhbv0np/Peko.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/cdyhbv0np/)
 I will try explain my reasons for any changes or additons to the kit and try to remember  to post reference pictures for clarification .  Hopefully some of you might find this of some  interest ,and hopefully I will remember to post stuff as I progress in the build and  not just post the finished kit in a weeks time ( as I usually do  :-[)
Title: Re: Jgd Pz SU 85(r) WIP
Post by: ultravanillasmurf on May 04, 2017, 01:00:39 AM
Looking forward to your build.
Title: Re: Jgd Pz SU 85(r) WIP
Post by: ripley on May 04, 2017, 10:24:46 AM
Where to begin ? Looking through my books I noticed that there were 2 versions of the SU-85 , One had lift hooks on the gun mantle and long handrail on the casement sides ( same as the SU-122 which the 85 was based on ) .
(https://s27.postimg.org/aclqs9lfj/Ball_mount_-_lift_hooks.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/aclqs9lfj/)

(https://s18.postimg.org/jtg8u5gcl/Lift_hooks_-_long_side_rail.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/jtg8u5gcl/)
And a later version which had lift rings on the mantle and a short hand rail . This the version I'm going to build


(https://s9.postimg.org/bdfbovqsr/Lift_rings_-_short_side_rail.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/bdfbovqsr/)
So I added rings ( ex model rail road bits ) as well as liquid green stuff to give the ball mount a rougher cast texture . This is done by painting on the LGS , and stippling with a stiff brush till the desired texture is achieved . Usually I do this a couple of times during the build till I'm happy  with the result.
(https://s11.postimg.org/le6xng0jj/Ball_mount_-_rings_1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/le6xng0jj/)
I also like to add open vision ports on the driver's hatch as well as the cast texture . Some are very rough , others almost smooth , see above
(https://s27.postimg.org/ouu5jl3v3/image.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ouu5jl3v3/)

(https://s24.postimg.org/g024lyaa9/image.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/g024lyaa9/)
Title: Re: Jgd Pz SU 85(r) WIP
Post by: ripley on May 04, 2017, 10:38:34 AM
Green stuff is also added to the armored exhaust covers as well as the differential covers on the hull rear . Again quite a variation in texture
(https://s24.postimg.org/878q3qvg1/dif_1d.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/878q3qvg1/)

(https://s17.postimg.org/oishioiq3/dif_2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/oishioiq3/)

(https://s14.postimg.org/f0uhiu0ct/Ex_Guard.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/f0uhiu0ct/)
This is another pattern of exhaust cover for T-34s ( Factory No 183 )
(https://s21.postimg.org/apqi1cgv7/ex_1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/apqi1cgv7/)
Standard cover
Title: Re: Jgd Pz SU 85(r) WIP
Post by: Pinky on May 04, 2017, 11:17:10 AM
Thanks for sharing this, Ripley.  It's very enjoyable watching this build progress. 
Title: Re: Jgd Pz SU 85(r) WIP
Post by: ripley on May 04, 2017, 12:08:49 PM
It's something new for me , trying to remember to make notes on what I'm doing and why , as well as finding pictures of the real thing to help explain whats going on .  I might add a crew , at a later date so I decided to open the driver's hatch . Easy to do on the Rubicon kit as the actual hatch is a separate piece . Step 1 , drill a line of small holes with pin vise
(https://s2.postimg.org/gd93rx6o5/drill.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/gd93rx6o5/)
Step 2 , carefully cut along dotted line  ::) and remove unwanted plastic , file to suit
(https://s7.postimg.org/yyl4gyxh3/cut.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/yyl4gyxh3/)
Step 3 , add hatch ( after adding internal parts if wanted  and crew figure) - this is my original SU-85 hull as an example

(https://s28.postimg.org/e2stikktl/SU-85_b.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/e2stikktl/)
Title: Re: Jgd Pz SU 85(r) WIP
Post by: ripley on May 05, 2017, 11:36:13 AM
I've always thought the pistol ports and hand rails as a real identifying mark of WW2 Russian tanks , but in this scale they really don't stand out .
(https://s21.postimg.org/i5y7h2zk3/image.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/i5y7h2zk3/)
They should look like this
(https://s13.postimg.org/keud9dnbn/image.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/keud9dnbn/)
So I changed them , adding plastic rod for the hand rail and a slice of larger rod for the port
(https://s2.postimg.org/cyv1tiath/image.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/cyv1tiath/)
I should have made the rails out of wire and had them more realistic looking  but as this is going to end up as  a game piece and get handled a lot I went plastic for a more 3D effect than the kit moldings  . One of my first T-34s got the full treatment but the rails  never survived the trip to the game store and its first game .
(https://s22.postimg.org/v7yf3sxa5/image.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/v7yf3sxa5/)
The rear of the casement got a new  vision slit as well as hand  rail and pistol port . 
Title: Re: Jgd Pz SU 85(r) WIP
Post by: H0ffmn on May 05, 2017, 12:04:17 PM
I've used a pin vice and drilled into the hull or turret or whatever part that I've wanted to put wire hand rails, and super glued the wire ends into the holes. It is much stronger than just gluing them onto the surface.
Title: Re: Jgd Pz SU 85(r) WIP
Post by: Pinky on May 05, 2017, 12:34:46 PM
Replacing these components seems like a good idea.  But I would round off the ends of the handrails so they look more as though they bend - if you know what I mean.
Title: Re: Jgd Pz SU 85(r) WIP
Post by: ripley on May 05, 2017, 08:54:10 PM
Pin vise and wire  is the way to go , but after adding full hand rails to my first couple of T-34s ( about a dozen on each ) it sort of lost its magic  ::) . One T-34 fully hand railed is fun , a dozen tanks ? , no  :) . That's the problem I find with going all out and adding extra  detail ,   to have to go back and bring the previous kits  to the same standard  is no fun at all . 
Title: Re: Jgd Pz SU 85(r) WIP
Post by: ripley on May 06, 2017, 10:48:00 AM
Heeding pinky's advise I sanded the ends of the hand rails ...I think green stuff will fix the damage . lol .  Another iconic piece that says Soviet tank to me is the cross cut saw
(https://s29.postimg.org/i68f9sl1f/image.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/i68f9sl1f/)
Every T-34 based type seemed to have one located behind the tool box on the left fender . ( Seen also on JS tanks and SPGs and on the fender on early KV types ,late KVs had it in the large fender box ). You need some square & round plastic strip , as well as some sheet plastic
(https://s12.postimg.org/5yewte8mx/image.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/5yewte8mx/)
Cut the square 6/10s of an inch long , slightly bend in middle . ( size eyeballed from BA T-34 ). Cut plastic sheet slightly narrower than V . Glue V on to sheet . Add round rod to ends as handles , cut to size / trim sheet
(https://s13.postimg.org/qd10jrltf/image.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/qd10jrltf/)
Finished saw
(https://s30.postimg.org/y54ccs0ul/image.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/y54ccs0ul/)

(https://s7.postimg.org/7w933ywhj/image.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/7w933ywhj/)
Saw added to BA T-34/85
Title: Re: Jgd Pz SU 85(r) WIP
Post by: Pinky on May 06, 2017, 02:15:45 PM
Nice.  And definitely iconic.  I hope Rubicon include a couple of these when they do the Soviet stowage set.
Title: Re: Jgd Pz SU 85(r) WIP
Post by: ultravanillasmurf on May 06, 2017, 03:57:57 PM
Nice.  And definitely iconic.  I hope Rubicon include a couple of these when they do the Soviet stowage set.
I second both sentiments.
Title: Re: Jgd Pz SU 85(r) WIP
Post by: ripley on May 07, 2017, 11:54:15 PM
You guys have built enough kits that I don't have to show you step by step , anyway paints drying  and I think I found the decals I want . So I decided to add some detail to the SU-122 casement as they can be swapped out to give you gun options for game play . These are my original 2 SU s
(https://s8.postimg.org/sitk7ap1d/SU_122_-_85.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/sitk7ap1d/)
Again I added rod for hand rails ,  a larger pistol port and opened the Drivers vision port
(https://s24.postimg.org/s5pya7n1d/122_r2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/s5pya7n1d/)

(https://s21.postimg.org/9j2kbiw0z/122_r3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/9j2kbiw0z/)
Rubicon missed the pistol port and vision slit on the rear ( 1 ) and the rear vision port on the hull roof ( 2 ) ( Tamiya missed this in 1/35 as well ) , so I added 1 and decided to skip 2 .. ::) little too much work in that one in this scale
(https://s21.postimg.org/i2oh837lv/122_r1_LI.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/i2oh837lv/)
Title: Re: Jgd Pz SU 85(r) WIP
Post by: ripley on May 08, 2017, 10:16:04 AM
Just crew ,  hatches , fuel drums , a stowage bin and Notek light to add and this SU is finished . My inspiration was a couple of propaganda  pictures of freshly painted SU-85s in service with the 23 Panzer Div summer 1944 . I'll dirty mine up as if its seen a bit of combat . Not sure if I'm happy with the crosses on the hull sides , weathering might help
(https://s18.postimg.org/m6fcchif9/IMG_20170507_200115003.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/m6fcchif9/)
Here's a shot of all 3 .
(https://s4.postimg.org/6ivlgju7d/IMG_20170507_195856685.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6ivlgju7d/)
Title: Re: Jgd Pz SU 85(r) WIP
Post by: Pinky on May 08, 2017, 11:04:32 AM
The cross is a bit off, but then they were often a bit crude - especially the oversize ones painted on captured vehicles.
Title: Re: Jgd Pz SU 85(r) WIP
Post by: ripley on May 08, 2017, 09:41:34 PM
The side decals are from some 70s era bi plane kit IRC , very thick and very shiny . So I went over them with paint to try and dull them down as well as give them a more hand painted look . Not sure if they're finished yet , might retouch them after work , need a little time away to get fresh eyes on the project . Probably would have been better to add the pistol port after the decals , they did not want to conform to the shape no matter how much decal fluid I used , ended up cutting that corner off .  After all this time modelling you would think I would just do that out of habit , but oh no , I'm sure it will fit perfectly , no problem  ::)
Title: Various WIP
Post by: ripley on May 15, 2017, 12:35:38 AM
Not much more to do really , add crew ( on order ) , stowage and weather , but I've been side tracked  :-[ . A buddy wanted some spare parts , so I got some RTV rubber and cast some for him . And that led to me casting up ammo boxes and various bits and pieces including a Pzr IV cupola to add to one of my T-34s , guess I've got another Beute panzer to find decals for
(https://s27.postimg.org/s5cwllpyn/IMG_20170514_102044.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/s5cwllpyn/)

(https://s10.postimg.org/shrjcocgl/IMG_20170512_211616.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/shrjcocgl/)
Title: Re: Jgd Pz SU 85(r) WIP
Post by: ripley on June 23, 2017, 11:03:03 AM
The SU is  still waiting for a crew and I've moved on to other things . I built 3 20mm scale PSC  T-70s for one of my buddies and found the kits quite nice , will have to find some others on sale , just as a fun build . Also did a little work on my tank riders , now I have 8 on the rear of a BA T-34 . Trying to build some in a more action type pose jumping off a tank , not quite there yet
(https://s12.postimg.org/eahdbbjw9/IMG_20170612_162245.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/eahdbbjw9/)
Some where in the last few weeks I built the BA JS 2 , not a bad kit , it needs some cast texture added to turret and hull , I found the pistol ports to be very flat , usually very prominent . Also added cast detail to the rear machine gun , although looking through a pile of pictures there were many variations in texture as well as casting factory marks
(https://s24.postimg.org/gf92xzzdd/IS_2_turret_rear_2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/gf92xzzdd/)

(https://s21.postimg.org/fq6a4vvv7/IS_2_turret_rear_1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/fq6a4vvv7/)

(https://s12.postimg.org/84z7qdp49/IS_2_turret_rear_3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/84z7qdp49/)

(https://s11.postimg.org/lclsazpof/IMG_20170613_092411.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/lclsazpof/)
Title: Re: Jgd Pz SU 85(r) WIP
Post by: ripley on June 23, 2017, 11:17:42 AM
Next build  BA KV1 / 2 . Hmm , bit of a let down in IMO ( I had to buy 2  ::) ) . The KV 1 turret hatch is too big , they included  the ring on which the hatch rotates as part of the hatch , hence the hole in the roof is too big . No way to fix it without loosing the ring detail . Guess I'm going for a closed hatch . And they did the same thing with the hull hatch , pictures show it to be almost a copy of and the same size as the two round hatches on the rear deck ( transmission access ) . The KV 2 turret hatch is the perfect size . But the internal hatch detail is wrong . The locking bars on the kit form a Y on the real deal it's an upside down Y , the same locking mecanism is also on the round rear hatches . And last but not least they left off the pistol port on the rear and left side of the KV 2 turret , to me it was a wtf moment , how could you miss those ? Any way I'm going to try and build one KV 2 as a knocked vehicle , so far I've been working on the broken track and the front idler wheel
(https://s16.postimg.org/d1w5tbvyp/IMG_20170622_204057254.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/d1w5tbvyp/)
Title: Re: Jgd Pz SU 85(r) WIP
Post by: ultravanillasmurf on June 23, 2017, 02:42:35 PM
Useful information, I bought the KV kit at Salute (they had sold out of the IS2).

I will look out for the pistol ports (now you have mentioned it, they are obvious on the photographs and plates in the New Vanguard book.

Are the cast numbers raised or inset?

Some of their decisions do seem a bit odd, plus unlike our Gracious Host's they do not seem to want (potential) customer feedback during the design process.
Title: Re: Jgd Pz SU 85(r) WIP
Post by: Lenzman on June 23, 2017, 05:52:02 PM
Mahlzeit

Nice conversion you did. The knocked out KV is great.
I´ve got some ideas to improve them. You should replace the suggested handlebars by the use of some wire.
Also there is an easy way to add some structure to. You apply some plastic cement on the area and treat it with a toothbrush.


Greetings
Marco
Title: Re: Jgd Pz SU 85(r) WIP
Post by: ripley on June 23, 2017, 08:08:57 PM
Thks guys . The casting numbers are raised , I tried shaving some off the tabs on the  sprues but they are too thin . Academy gives you a whole series of letters and numbers for just this purpose in their 1/35 US tank kits , I know I've got some somewhere ,oh well  ::) . Also you can get them in resin as decals , might have to find some for my next JS 2 . Yes wire works well for the grab bars and  ladder rungs (I use paper clips myself ) , I have built some larger scale kits with that . As these are gaming pieces ,( at least  one day I might play ,) or I build them and then give them to friends  who play BA  , so I think its better to make them a little more sturdy , nothing like spending half your gaming time looking for and fixing tiny broken parts  ;D . Instead of adding liquid glue , which works well, I've been using liquid green stuff . Sometimes the glue melts  tiny detail parts  :o
(https://s29.postimg.org/o831zjoz7/image.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/o831zjoz7/)
Title: Re: Jgd Pz SU 85(r) WIP
Post by: ultravanillasmurf on June 23, 2017, 09:11:13 PM
I textured my Sherman turrets using liquid poly (and also to fill some of the gaps) using the supplied brush.

The T34 (may I one day finish it) had the turret covered with a Milliput slurry.

I did add hand rails on the T34 turret, but could have used thinner wire.

I wonder if the cast numbers are something for the Soviet stowage set?
Title: Re: Jgd Pz SU 85(r) WIP
Post by: ripley on June 23, 2017, 09:31:13 PM
Might work better as a small detail set sort of like Rubicon 's decal sets . If you look at WW2 Russian tank walkarounds you'll notice cast marks / numbers on T-34 driver hatches and the cast bump out for the bow machine gun , as well on the lower rear casting for sprockets . Some cast KV 1 turrets have it , and its also on the cast mantle of SU 85 / 100s as well as the JSU series . And its hit and miss , depending which factory made them , hence the 3 JS turret pictures above . Would most modellers even bother in this scale , not to mention the game guys ? I know I'm going to on the next JS I build , but of the half dozen guys I know locally who build and play , I seem to be the only one whose thinking out of the box on every kit he builds  ::) .
Title: Re: Jgd Pz SU 85(r) WIP
Post by: Ballardian on June 23, 2017, 10:19:08 PM
 Nice work on the IS2 & I like the way your abandoned KV2 is going.
  I find the Mr Surfacer products pretty reliable for adding casting texture (though I suppose all they really are is a variant on the liquid green stuff theme), as you can ususally guarantee some sort of consistency in its 'grain'.
Title: Re: Various WIP
Post by: ripley on June 25, 2017, 11:58:02 PM
A couple of up dates . Here's the tank riders I've tried to catch in the act of landing .
(https://s21.postimg.org/apgwe92v7/T34-85_89b.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/apgwe92v7/)
This was just a straight leg swap , but I overlooked one guy having puttees and the other guy , tall boots  ::) Green stuff to the rescue . I gave one guy loose hemet straps to try and depict motion ,what do you think ?
(https://s7.postimg.org/y3pszb2g7/JS_2_c.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/y3pszb2g7/)
Here's a rear shot of my Stalin showing the cast effects on the turret , just added some very thin strip plastic around the MG mount and then covered with GS . Quite effective IMO  8)
(https://s8.postimg.org/l099rtazl/IMG_20170625_084329788.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/l099rtazl/)
More work on the KV hull , added damage to the fender and I decided to scratch a open fender box . I've done this before in 1/35 so its not too hard . Getting the lid curve is a little tricky though . What to do , cut to size then curve  or curve then try to cut to size . A half dozen pieces of plastic later and a few nicks to the  fingers with the Xacto and I think this will do . Now to find kit to put in the box . The Wydawnictwo Militaria / Tank Power  vol. LXXXI  ( KW vol. III ) 320  book has diagrams of what's in each box ( Polish text / English captions )
(https://s12.postimg.org/x3nnf1bnt/IMG_20170625_095841518.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/x3nnf1bnt/)

(https://s2.postimg.org/br0aqorp1/IMG_20170625_095847073.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/br0aqorp1/)
Title: Re: Various WIP
Post by: ultravanillasmurf on June 26, 2017, 03:21:23 AM
Very nice.
Title: Re: Various WIP
Post by: ripley on July 18, 2017, 11:07:27 AM
Its been a while since I've done any model work ,mostly watching movies  ::) . Started to work on fixing the overly large hatch on the KV hull , the turret one is going to get a pass ( for now .. ) as there's too much detail to replicate when you try to correct it . So , the molded hull hatch includes the roof ring molded to it
(https://s21.postimg.org/oeb6yevo3/hatch_1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/oeb6yevo3/)
So I trimmed off the ring from the hatch  and added the ring to the hull using .8 mm square rod curved around a nail to get a tight circle of plastic which was then cut to fit
(https://s17.postimg.org/tafz2jzkb/hatch_2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/tafz2jzkb/)
Now , this looks much better
(https://s13.postimg.org/yzuifyw03/hatch_3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/yzuifyw03/)
And , just for fun I decided to try and make the half crew figure ( I have 3 of these guys ) a full figure using the lower legs of the Tamiya 1/48 French farmer from Tamiya British figure set . Holster and map case are BA parts from the spares box . Didn't turn out too bad if I say so myself
(https://s13.postimg.org/qxh262lmr/crew.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/qxh262lmr/)
Title: Re: Various WIP
Post by: ultravanillasmurf on July 18, 2017, 02:59:16 PM
Excellent.
I cannot wait to see it painted.
Title: Re: Various WIP
Post by: ripley on August 21, 2017, 07:31:17 AM
Still no work done on my tanks  ::) But my Russian Calvary is coming along quite nicely . They're a Perry Civil War Calvary / BA Russians kit bash . Vey easy to cut them up , the tricky part is finding   arms that don't make riders look spastic
(https://s3.postimg.org/iy48i58tr/IMG_20170809_131925.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/iy48i58tr/)

(https://s3.postimg.org/6kreb8j5b/IMG_20170813_105427766.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6kreb8j5b/)

(https://s3.postimg.org/taqj482cv/IMG_20170820_171526595.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/taqj482cv/)
This conversion will work with BA Japanese and German plastics as well , I had a few legless bodies around from various projects to test it on . My next project will be a horse transported anti tank rifle ( and an horse drawn  artillery piece , gonna have to buy more horses ::) )
(https://s3.postimg.org/ha533huy7/dfgh.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ha533huy7/)
Title: Re: Various WIP
Post by: ripley on October 09, 2017, 08:53:01 AM
Nothing much done in  1/56 lately except converting and painting more Russian tank crews and troops .( I really hate trying to make unique figures by combining plastic , metal and  resin parts )  Built a few tank kits , but they are the Meng World War Toons cartoon / egg type tanks . Scale is all over the place with these things . The  Tiger I being scale 1/35 wide but only half as long , the Tiger II turret is almost as long as it's  hull , so there's no driver hatches and only a partial engine deck .  And the Sherrman is 3 inches long and 2 inches wide and  looks funny  balancing on one wheel station . Of course I couldn't just build them out of the box . Various tools and tank bits from the parts box replaced kit pieces that irked me  ::) . And I completely replaced the Sherman toy like  track , sprocket , idler and road wheels with 1/35 scale Academy / Dragon parts , they fit perfectly   :) . They also have a  KV II out now ( IMO the AFV one is a much nicer kit ) , with a T-34 and a Panzer III N coming soon . Always nice to have a little fun hobby time for a change
(https://s1.postimg.org/591rjq6kcb/Meng_WWT_Tiger_I_a.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/591rjq6kcb/)

(https://s1.postimg.org/6moanrjriz/Meng_WWT_Tiger_II_b.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6moanrjriz/)

(https://s1.postimg.org/77xya2fpu3/Meng_WWT_Sherman_a.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/77xya2fpu3/)

(https://s1.postimg.org/202nn2o7wb/MENG_World_War_Toons.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/202nn2o7wb/)
Should be back to 1/56 later this week as I have some kits coming from NWS in Florida  , now that things are getting back to normal after their hurricane ;D
Title: Re: Various WIP
Post by: ultravanillasmurf on October 09, 2017, 03:37:44 PM
Cute.
Title: Re: Various WIP
Post by: ripley on January 07, 2018, 08:42:47 AM
Finally getting back to building my KV kit . Today I added what to me is a must have on KV tanks , the tow cables and the side hooks that holds them on .  The cables ends are 1/48 resin pieces from Gaso.Line out of France . You get 5 pairs of  cable ends ( 5 x 2 ), Tiger , Panther , Pzr IV , T-34 and KV , at least tha'ts what they look like to me , you also get a couple of lengths of braided metal thread for the cables . I ordered 2 sets as you need 4 ends for each vehicle . I made the  side hooks out of some plastic rod and some brass posts with a loop on the end (  boat or railroad parts from years gone by , amazing what you can find in the parts box if you look long enough   ) Simple , just drill holes in end of rod , add brass ( all part sizes just eye balled from pictures , no calipers or tape measures here ) . Same with cutting the thread , just  enough so I can hook the tow eye over the shackle on the nose .
(https://s9.postimg.org/gi9maiy3v/parts.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/gi9maiy3v/)

(https://s9.postimg.org/yxu37xjy3/wip_2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/yxu37xjy3/)

(https://s9.postimg.org/qfkn3m0kr/wip_4.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/qfkn3m0kr/)
Once I get the crazy glue off my fingers , I'll get to work on the crew and the second KV in my stash while I still remember how I did this  ::)
Title: Re: Various WIP
Post by: ultravanillasmurf on January 07, 2018, 07:05:02 PM
Looks like a nice build (the alternative turrets are shown off well).

Post Image is sulking and not allowing me to see the attachment, that might be a problem at my end.
Title: Re: Various WIP
Post by: ripley on January 09, 2018, 12:38:29 PM
Decided to forgo a crew for now  and add a few Germans checking out the KO'd Russian giants . Need to convert a figure to be peering in the open hatch and climbing on the KV II's turret rungs  , but all I have at the moment a built Germans , best order a sprue or 2 soon
(https://s9.postimg.org/jvja74vx7/IMG_20180108_212121475.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/jvja74vx7/)

(https://s9.postimg.org/7gwi6tjuj/IMG_20180108_212150975.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/7gwi6tjuj/)
Just a 2 digit number on the KV I . Nothing on the KV II . There's a Russian site ( www.kv1ehkranami.narod.ru/kv2.html ) with pictures of about 125 different knocked out or abandoned  KV IIs , the only ones with markings on the turret sides are in German use . And only 5 have the large rear hatch open ,,again in German hands . I have not seen any pictures of KV IIs with propaganda slogans so prevalent in the decal packs , Maybe they had them when they fought the Finns ? None of the ones the  Germans photographed had them
Title: Re: Various WIP
Post by: ripley on January 26, 2018, 10:10:12 AM
After getting sidetracked for a while ...don't ask
(https://s9.postimg.org/93y7m6crv/IMG_20180125_182831691.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/93y7m6crv/)
I decided to get to work on my Churchill Mk IV AVRE , first up add front attachment
(https://s9.postimg.org/g7631td2j/IMG_20180123_213232569.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/g7631td2j/)
So after making a left and right ( PIA ) , Its on to the rear mounts , much easier as they are the same . Will have to copy these in resin before I glue them on
(https://s9.postimg.org/opfj65z0r/IMG_20180125_180915113.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/opfj65z0r/)
Next its work on the bow gunners redesigned hatch  ( picture from Panzerserra website )
(https://s9.postimg.org/gwove7nwr/Churchill-_CIRD_031.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/gwove7nwr/)
With any luck I'll finish this on the weekend , and on Monday    the 20mm turret and Stummel parts will arrive for my 250s  :D
Title: Re: Various WIP
Post by: ultravanillasmurf on January 26, 2018, 04:52:30 PM
That looks good.

I am never distracted.http://ultravanillasmurf.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/messing-about-with-boats.html (http://ultravanillasmurf.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/messing-about-with-boats.html)
Title: Re: Various WIP
Post by: ripley on January 27, 2018, 11:59:50 PM
Ah , your into that pirate version of Frostgrave . How are the new Pirate / native and snake men (?) figures ? I was thinking getting some of the figure sprues for kit bashing purposes ., you know Dwarf bodies with WW2 German helmets and gas masks , armed with MP 40s , kind of thing ..got to find a use for all those extra bits I got kicking around . I find I have so many ideas that when a project bogs down , ie: no RTV rubber to cast bits . I have to build something else to keep from effing stuff up .  ::) On my Churchill I managed to save a whole upper track run as its not needed because of the fenders . So I plan to cast it in 3 - 5 link pieces to add to Fireflys and Shermans . But having no RTV . means I have to wait , but my M4s are calling to me , " add extra armor " , I can't tune them out . I sometimes wish I could just build stuff out of the box and be happy with the result , unfortuntely I haven't build out of the box in about 25 years and there's no going back , kit bashes and conversions are too much fun
Title: Re: Various WIP
Post by: ultravanillasmurf on January 28, 2018, 03:12:56 AM
I have not got any yet (the Snake men are renders only so far). The Frostgrave sprues often make a nice distraction. I bought a dwarf sprue at Salute last year. There are a couple of people on Lead Adventures combining the  cultists and various arms (Imperial Guard and Wargames Factory).

The KV has been my kit of the day, the majority is together, the KV2 turret is still in bits while the replacement rungs set (and I sand off the fingerprints where the glue leaked through)

Good plan on the track links, I have to get some more from the German stowage set for my Hercules project.

Title: Re: Various WIP
Post by: ripley on January 28, 2018, 06:26:14 AM
I've got one of those wire bending thingys you were using on order , so I guess I have a lot of handles to remove and replace in my future
Title: Re: Various WIP
Post by: ripley on February 13, 2018, 12:38:00 PM
Just some stowage and weathering and I'll call this AVRE finished . I managed to get a second Petard mortar ( thanks Bruce ) so I can use either turret on the modified hull . Not a bad kit , pity they don't give doubles of some of the turret bits , map case , antennas ,  turret stowage box  It seems a shame to have 2 turret choices and about 7 guns to pick from and you only can build ONE !   ::). You have to adjust the internals on the Mk III turret as the Petard insn't meant to mount in that plastic  turret, but it was mounted in the real Mk III . Crew are a couple of Company B ( ? ) metal figures and a Tamiya 1/48 figure . Stowage is Tamiya ( large tarp ) Rubicon ( Panther track ) and various pieces of BA kit which I cast in resin . The second stowage box is also a resin piece , I've made a few for some of the local gamers .
(https://s9.postimg.org/rgbiet6qj/Side.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/rgbiet6qj/)

(https://s9.postimg.org/t6ujgvgq3/Mk_IV.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/t6ujgvgq3/)

(https://s9.postimg.org/oyzr7khp7/Mk_III.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/oyzr7khp7/)

(https://s9.postimg.org/h693fljfv/Top.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/h693fljfv/)
The mortar bomb was painted a off white / grey , and pretty much filled up the mortr tube , so I added them . I just noticed I forgot to remove some mold lines on the sides of the barrel  :-[
Title: Re: Various WIP
Post by: ultravanillasmurf on February 13, 2018, 04:50:00 PM
That is very good.

The AVRE fittings are impressive. Must go back and see how you did it (I have another Churchill still in its box).

Skimping on the turret bits is a bit annoying (at least you have two out of three complete turrets in the Crusader - I think the missing bin is in the Allied Stowage set).
Title: Re: Various WIP
Post by: ripley on February 13, 2018, 09:38:14 PM
The Crusader was a great kit , but  I never really noticed if you can build 2 regular type turrets , I wanted the AA version and passed the rest of the parts on to Bruce who was upgrading some Warlord resin Crusaders . I wonder if the fuel can  would fit on the rear of the Churchill ? ( T-34 ones are too short ) I'm going cast the rear side mount as I made a pattern , so if you want a couple and a stowage box , let me know . The front mounts were a pain , having to make a left and right ,lots of trial and error trying to get the angles correct , must of cut up a 12 x 12 inch sheet of plastic to make them . Probably should have made some to cast but got impatient after all that