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Post  John T on Tue Nov 13, 2012 3:10 pm

Hi folks, officially chucking me hat in the ring:


It will probably be a first batch vehicle sent to Stalingrad, in Panzergrey. I'm hoping it will be OOB, but you know how these things go. What a Face

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Re: JTs StuIG 33B

Post  G Cooper on Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:51 am


Alright! now we will all get to see another masterpiece of building and one of your absolutley beautiful finishes. What a Face I'll race yah. And who ever wins will get a free box of Tim Tams from Jenny Very Happy !


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Post  Jenny Ryan on Wed Nov 14, 2012 4:52 am

Ohhhh kewl Very Happy , I reccomended a good book to Andy James which I have , 23rd Panzer Division which is dirt cheap for a 512 page book considering it is freight free Very Happy .

Looking forward to seeing you perform your monkey magic JT monkey monkey monkey monkey monkey

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Re: JTs StuIG 33B

Post  Andrew C on Wed Nov 14, 2012 7:43 am

Nice Smile

I have the earlier release of this kit, but I don't know if I can bring myself to build it when DML make a smart kit version Embarassed

Will be watching on for sure

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Post  John T on Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:58 pm

Tim Tams ohh yeah!!! What a Face What a Face What a Face What a Face I gotta get to the bench.... Twisted Evil

Thanks Jenny, that is cheap, I will get that book for sure! Monkey Magic Razz Razz Razz -I'm sure I saw every episode:


Andrew, thanks for following mate! Very Happy

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Post  Andy J on Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:02 am

Jenny Ryan wrote:Ohhhh kewl Very Happy , I reccomended a good book to Andy James which I have , 23rd Panzer Division which is dirt cheap for a 512 page book considering it is freight free Very Happy .

Looking forward to seeing you perform your monkey magic JT monkey monkey monkey monkey monkey

Jenny flower

JT, the small blonde supreme commander is spot-on, the book is definitely worth the money. Good research on the division and gives a good history of these vehicles and as both of mine are Stalingrad escapees it's invaluable to me. I know yours is likely to be StuG Abt 177 (based on what you've said) so perhaps it's not covered by the book but I can still recommend it just for the background.

by Andrew C on Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:43 am
Nice Smile

I have the earlier release of this kit, but I don't know if I can bring myself to build it when DML make a smart kit version Embarassed

Will be watching on for sure

Andrew

Andrew, I have both kits on the workbench, yes the original kit needs a lot of work especially with the suspension, and I suspect the hull is too short as well... But don't let that stop you building it, I'm enjoying it and on completion you'll end up with a pig-ugly pillbox on tracks mounting a BFG 33B Very Happy

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Post  Pavel Zabák on Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:44 pm

Well monkey boy, where is some progress? Razz

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Re: JTs StuIG 33B

Post  John T on Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:37 pm

Erm......

Almost finished! What a Face Very Happy Very Happy Cool


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Re: JTs StuIG 33B

Post  Jenny Ryan on Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:18 am

OH that concrete armour stug photomagraph is in that same book Very Happy page 187 Very Happy

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Re: JTs StuIG 33B

Post  Andy J on Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:14 am

You're ahead of me on the wheels JT! I haven't even got any off of the sprue yet Embarassed

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Post  Pavel Zabák on Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:43 pm

Almost finished Very Happy
Go JT, GOoooo bounce

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Re: JTs StuIG 33B

Post  John T on Thu Dec 06, 2012 3:32 pm

It's a great feeling to start a new build after the last one is finished; I'm finally able to focus on this one.

Here are some photos showing the really short, sometimes non-existant attachment bridges to the sprue:


Note the idlers with those injector pin block thingies between the spokes Mad


Sometimes I make my own sanding sticks from wooden paddle-pop sticks with sandpaper glue on. This one here was carved down first into a flat wedge profile, sanded smooth before sandpaper was glued on with super glue; now I can clean up those attachment points inside the spokes.


This is another home made sanding stick with a convex part, came in handy for sanding off this unwanted raised line between protrusions.


Small progress so far due to the amount of clean up needed.

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Re: JTs StuIG 33B

Post  G Cooper on Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:21 pm

John T wrote:It's a great feeling to start a new build after the last one is finished; I'm finally able to focus on this one.

Cheers
JT


Suspect Finished?

Suspect Focus?


I don't really understand the use of these terms in relation to modeling. Could you please use words that I Ohhh. . . . Look. . . . . A big squirel What a Face



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Re: JTs StuIG 33B

Post  Jenny Ryan on Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:35 pm

G Cooper wrote: Look. . . . . A big squirel What a Face
And its chasing a buttermafly bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce

Huh ???? Rolling Eyes Oh yeah great progress JT Very Happy

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Re: JTs StuIG 33B

Post  John T on Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:34 pm

lol! Gary, Jenny, you have to concent OOOthat IS a big squirel bounce bounce bounce Hehehe haha ha.....

Ahem, what was I saying, oh yeah. Spider pig, spider pig, does whatever the spider does, do do dodo

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Re: JTs StuIG 33B

Post  Andrew C on Fri Dec 07, 2012 4:37 am

Looking good John, those extra nodes on the sprues are a pain Shocked

Nice couple of tips for making sanding sticks Cool

I do the same, however, I use double sided tape to attach the sandpaper.

I hadn't thought of shaping the sticks though, idea stored in the memory bank cheers

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Re: JTs StuIG 33B

Post  John T on Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:20 am

Andrew, thanks mate Very Happy

Here is an update. I thought I would use the Magic Tracks in the kit, in fact it's the first time I've ever used them. There are some SBS blogs on the net which I will use as a guide.

It will be easier if the wheels can stay on the axles by themselves without being glued, to do this I had to add some lengths of stretched sprue and plain sprue to the return rollers and drive sprocket:


To keep the unglued individual tracks from moving around, some double sided tape was stuck to my steel ruler and the tracks were put together on the tape. Then Tamiya Extra Thin was added to all the links.


I didn't leave them to dry, I (carefully) lifted the tracks off the tape almost immediately. They already had a good bond after only a 10 -20 seconds. They were placed round the drive sprocket first, then pressed with my fingers into shape taking care to achieve a natural looking sag. The instructions say 93 links per side which I used at first, but 3 extra links were needed which I added while the tracks were in place. A piece of sticky tape was placed over the unglued join, on the idler.


Here they are dry, and yet flexible enough to be removed from the drive sprocket.


I will leave the wheels and tracks unglued, hoping that the fenders don't make it hard to fit the tracks latter.

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Post  Andy J on Wed Dec 12, 2012 9:24 am

Good blog on the running gear and tracks JT, they're looking good. I haven't tackled mine yet but now I know how to Very Happy

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Post  Jenny Ryan on Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:40 pm

Suspect Only trouble is now JT's ruler is mysteriously stuck onto the modelling desk Very Happy . (Image in mind of a irate monkey wrestling to remove ruler from desk)

That really is a great idea , I was toying with the idea of doing something similar Very Happy

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Re: JTs StuIG 33B

Post  John T on Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:58 pm

Hi Andy, I've only done the left side so far but it went well, hopefully the right side of tracks will go together just as easily.

Jenny Ryan wrote: (Image in mind of a irate monkey wrestling to remove ruler from desk)
Thanks Jenny, me too now!! Razz Razz Razz Razz It did stick to my elbow a few times, stupid thing!! geek

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Post  G Cooper on Thu Dec 13, 2012 12:40 am


Hi JT:

Some kewl stuff there. One thing that I have seen (I also have never actually used a set of magic tracks) modellers doing is to glue the track to all the running gear. And then when that is dry and hardend they can remove the entire track and all the running gear as one piece. But that requires that none of the roadwheels, drive sprocket, idler wheel, and return rollers are glued in place yet. And also apparently you need to let the glue on the tracks really dry thouroughly as they will shrink a bit as they dry.

And my vision was of a krazy monkey with the ruler stuck to his hands trying to get it off. And the ruler just going from stuck on the right hand, to being stuck on the left hand, to being stuck on the right hand, to being stuck on the left hand What a Face


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Re: JTs StuIG 33B

Post  Jenny Ryan on Thu Dec 13, 2012 1:51 am

G Cooper wrote:
And my vision was of a krazy monkey with the ruler stuck to his hands trying to get it off. And the ruler just going from stuck on the right hand, to being stuck on the left hand, to being stuck on the right hand, to being stuck on the left hand What a Face

Or both hands and feet Shocked lying on its back on the ground break dancing lol! lol! lol! lol! lol!

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Post  hmgroth on Thu Dec 13, 2012 6:03 am

Great hints on using the Magic Tracks. I, too, have not used them yet but am planning to on my F1. I'm getting to that point quickly. Smile

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Re: JTs StuIG 33B

Post  John T on Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:04 pm

Gary, Jenny, Mark, thanks for the feedback!

Yes I've seen that too Gary. Not the monkey thing, but all the running gear stuck together. I'm going to try just leaving it all seperate like this so that hopefully the painting will be easier, well that's the plan. When I'm finished I'll have a better idea of whether that is a good idea.

Delete 'Simon's Cat' (sorry Simon) and insert 'JT the monkey' (that looks like a cat)

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Re: JTs StuIG 33B

Post  Andy J on Thu Dec 13, 2012 5:41 pm

Rather wishing I had filmed Meg (my idiot tabby) the other day, instead of rescuing her from her predicament. She has a habit of jumping onto my work bench when I'm building stuff. I also have a habit of dispensing a small quantity of CA glue onto some polythene sheet to use as a reservoir when struggling with PE. I don't think I need to elaborate any further on how this ended up. She's fine, but does now have slightly bald patch after I had to use the scissors on her fur Rolling Eyes

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