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Churchill A.V.R.E.

Posted by panzerman825 on 09 Jul 2017, 09:09

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Planning on doing a scene similar to the box art. I'll work on the tank first. I'm saving the figures, the best part, for last.
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I'm leaving parts of the bridge section undone to make painting easier.
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The many small road wheels were tedious to paint. I hope the stiff, old tracks will work when applied.
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Detail work starts on the hull and turret. Soft, molded on detail was removed. I added grab handles(made out of brass wire) and tank tools(made out of styrene) to the hull. On the turret, I added missing armor detail to the Petard mortar, and an armor guard for the Besa machine gun.
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Posted by Wiking on 09 Jul 2017, 16:11

Look promising. Adding grab handles, tools such as open hatches make a tank model always more interesting.
:yeah:
It seems it will be a big model with these long part the bridge. Do the bridge get an end to touch at your base? Or is it planned like the Matchbox base?
A stairway to heaven.
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Posted by panzerman825 on 10 Jul 2017, 07:21

Wiking, Whether the scissor bridge reaches a terminus , it's still uncertain. I do wish to replicate the Matchbox art work, but I do want to add additional elements. Maybe some German Werewolf commandos laying in wait at the destroyed bridge's footings. Hhhm?
Bill
PS: Still looking for a suitable British AFV crew. I've been looking at Milicast and SHQ figures. Do you recommend any set?
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Posted by Wiking on 10 Jul 2017, 16:16

So I have to wait and see.

German Wehrwolf commandos. Totally losers. They are fake.
:mrgreen:

Panzerman825 wrote:
Still looking for a suitable British AFV crew.

Oooh, Yes!
British, US, French, Japanese tank crews are limited and more hard to find in comparison to her German counterparts.

Two additional options:
CMK
Summer:
http://www.ebay.de/itm/CMK-F72140-WWII- ... 1850970035

MIG
Winter:
https://hlj.com/product/MIGMP72-093
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Posted by mickey mouse on 10 Jul 2017, 16:37


I rather go for ab figures, as they match the Churchill A.V.R.E perfectly, since they are both in 1/76.
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Posted by panzerman825 on 11 Jul 2017, 20:49

Thanks for the input on the tank crewmen. I'll check them out.
Bill
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Posted by Hellboy on 18 Jul 2017, 07:51

Great! So many details !!!! :yeah: Very interesting are the self-made tools on the engine cover of the tank. :shock:

A really interesting project. I am very curious how it goes on. I wish you a lot of fun and good luck with the project !!!!! :-D
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Posted by panzerman825 on 19 Jul 2017, 18:43

Thanks Hellboy for your interest. I'll be updating this soon.
Bill
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Posted by panzerman825 on 19 Jul 2017, 19:04

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I sharpened up the details on the outboard sponson sides. I removed the molded on tow cables. I made a replacement out of nylon(stiffened up with instant glue). Bolt heads and other items were added.
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Sponson sides are on, and I applied putty to the leftover gap. On the turret, I detailed the 2 hatches. I cut them in half, and then added pads and levers.
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Both sponson sides required putty to flush out remaining gaps.
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Scratchbuilt tank tools are added to the rear deck. They were made out of styrene. Tool brackets are made out of electrical tape. I still need to apply the tank color to finish application.
Thanks for viewing. Any questions concerning the build are welcomed.
Bill
I'm waiting on a tank crew. I ordered them from Millicast(British AFV crewmen).
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Posted by Kekso on 23 Jul 2017, 18:19

panzerman825 wrote:Scratchbuilt tank tools are added to the rear deck.


:drool: :shock: :eh:
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Posted by panzerman825 on 27 Jul 2017, 05:15

@Kekso..........Love the emoji line up. Hahahahahaha.
One of my pet peeves is molded on tank tools on a kit. They just look too flat and unrealistic. So I shave them off and make new ones. Aaah, I feel better.
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Posted by sansovino on 28 Jul 2017, 15:33

a really good tutorial to make tank-models still more realistic - I like to see more of it!
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Posted by huib on 28 Jul 2017, 17:46

Nice method of making towing cables, Bill! And very good detailing also!
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Posted by panzerman825 on 03 Aug 2017, 13:31

Sansovino & Huib, Glad you like my humble efforts. I get fantastic inspiration from you all, here, in the forum.
Thanks for commenting so nicely.
Bill
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Posted by panzerman825 on 03 Aug 2017, 13:51

Got some more work done on the Churchill A.V.R.E. Bridge layer.
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Painting and assembling the bridge sections. Get thorough coverage on the interior, cause it will be difficult to reach afterwards.
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Cable/Winch carriage and muffler added to engine deck. Also finished painting the tank base coat.
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Bridge sections are combined. Deployment gantry also added.
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The nearly 40 year old decals still worked. Amazing! Pffew! Applied gloss coat to decal area. Used
Micro-Set and Micro-Sol solutions on the decals.
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One additional step I had to do was cut close to the decal image due to excessive carrier film.
Thanks for watching. Any questions, please feel free to ask.
Bill
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Posted by FredG on 03 Aug 2017, 16:44

The old girl is looking good :yeah:
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Posted by Carlos on 03 Aug 2017, 19:05

Good work in detalilling these old friend, very good work.
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Posted by panzerman825 on 18 Aug 2017, 10:46

Thanks FredG and Carlos. I've got an update coming soon. Plus my package from Milicast has arrived. I can get started on the Churchill's crew soon. Yea!!!!!!
Bill
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Posted by Kekso on 19 Aug 2017, 12:05

Fantastic. Go Bill, go!
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Posted by Mai Strac on 19 Aug 2017, 18:14

Kekso wrote:Fantastic. Go Bill, go!

:shock: :yeah: :-D
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