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Old 02-11-2010, 01:01 PM
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OK got the sandbags done this morning, I'm pretty happy with the result,



again the original image:


It isn't too clear so I used some artistic license here, but if you look carefully you can see some kind of fabric draped down that looks like it is fastened to the armor bosses at the top of the star and some of the sandbags look torn, so I took that idea in mind while sculpting them



OK finally, I'm just going to put a quick basecoat on them and then get on with the weathering!!

I'll be following Pat Johnston's method as closely as possible, if your not familiar with his work in 1/48th then you should be!! You can check out his work at track48
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Old 02-11-2010, 05:45 PM
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Yeah, the sandbags look pretty nice!
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Old 02-12-2010, 03:15 AM
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It really looks like the one on the photo, well done!
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Old 02-14-2010, 01:10 PM
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Great build you've got. I like how you are matching it to the foto.

Are the horizontal surfaces in the turret area supposed to be white? I thought that they where OD?
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Thanks guys, I was a bit nervous about the sculpting but I decided to jump right in!
I'm glad you like it!

@Ruud actually in the m-10 the interior of the lower chassis was painted white at the factory, while only the turret interior was painted OD (the only open topped US AFV to have this characteristic). Some units ended up painting the diamond tread plates on the floor OD, but most left them as the natural mud, dirt and grime made that pretty much unnecessary!
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Old 02-14-2010, 04:34 PM
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Ah,thanks for that bit of info.
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Wow! there is such good talent here .
You've nailed the sand bags :thumbs:. I would have taken the cowards way out with the wood on the one behind but you've got the look done just right .
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I agree with the others, the sculpting is very well done.

This is coming along nicely.

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Old 02-21-2010, 03:42 PM
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Small update

Well I've been working on painting all the stowage items prior to weathering and as you can imagine it is taking a while, but in the meantime I got a little package from track48 yesterday and I have a little update that I can share...

First off the .50cal I was thinking I'd go without but I wanted to order a couple of other items (for my next, as yet unannounced project ) so I threw in this hauler detail set just for the heck of it...



...and I'm glad I did, its a great little detail set. I am very happy with the quality and engineering of the Hauler PE sets I've used, my only gripe is that the instructions are not very clear and sometimes require a bit of extra research...

I also picked up these guys:





They are from dartmoor miniatures and the sculpting seems very good, especially the postures. Its been a looooong time since I've worked with white metal....but I will be using it again very soon so this will be good practice. Compared to resin the details are a bit soft, but it is still much better than styrene.

I replaced the head of the guy with the jerry can with a gasoline resin head and gave him a steel pot (I can't imagine TD crews would really go without, being so exposed) from Tamiyas figure set I also added the chin strap hanging down that I made with scraps of PE fret. The other guy is straight from the box (I can see that I need to fix his arm with the grease gun to sit closer to his torso) Of course they still need to be filled and cleaned up a bit...

Next up will be the finished basecoat and then FINALLY onto weathering!! (really I mean it this time!) : D
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OK got most of the stowage painted



But I'm not sure about the tarp on the back...Just a regular dark green tarp to keep the rain off the crew's stuff or a bright air recognition panel?



I'm leaning towards a green just to keep the color palette subdued reflecting the weather and particular brutality of the battle for Aachen but I'm not sure if it needs the pop of color...




Any thoughts?
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