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JonGibbons
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Posted: Monday, December 25, 2017 - 08:31 PM UTC
After enjoying models as a kid, I recently decided to get back into it, grabbed my first model kit for Christmas, cant wait to get started! Got lots of ideas for a diorama build for this bad boy.

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Posted: Monday, December 25, 2017 - 08:47 PM UTC
You grabbed a great kit to get started with,all I hear is good things about this one.
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Posted: Monday, December 25, 2017 - 09:03 PM UTC
Welcome back to the hobby Jon! Have fun!
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Posted: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 - 12:59 PM UTC
Welcome back to this wonderful hobby Jon. I don't build armour so I look forward to seeing your progress. Do post pictures of it

I did start a model of a 1/35 scale Sherman Firefly but that stalled when I got to the individually linked tracks! I also started a Tiger 1 for the club challenge but failed to finish that So I am very interested in how you get on
JonGibbons
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Posted: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 - 08:20 PM UTC
Thanks guys.
And we are off!....

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Posted: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - 02:23 PM UTC
looking good!
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Posted: Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 07:01 PM UTC
Welcome back to the hobby. Picking the Tamiya Sherman definitively is a good idea to start, I hope that many will follow
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Posted: Saturday, December 30, 2017 - 05:04 AM UTC
Best wishes and enjoy.
JonGibbons
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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 10:01 PM UTC
A quick update.

really enjoyed getting back into the hobby, model kits have certainly come along way since the last ones I made lol.
The Sherman is a great little kit although some of the bits are tiny and very fiddly. The build has gone well so far. I had a small accident and snapped one of the front Light protectors (see image) I was going to take it apart but decided I will probably mask the breakage with some mud or dirt weathering. Kit is primed and has had the first base coat.





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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 10:20 PM UTC
Good choice!
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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 10:21 PM UTC
Looking good Jon. I wouldn't worry too much about that bracket. It looks like it would glue back together quite easily but it also looks like there isn't enough room for tat rear arm over the light. You could always remove the rear arm and add one from square plastic rod but I guess that you won't have any of that. You will be able to disguise it though, a rag, a sand bag, twigs for camo and like you say weathering Modelling is also about dealing with mishaps as well as construction and painting
JonGibbons
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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 10:33 PM UTC
Thanks mate, My all time favorite AFV
JonGibbons
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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 10:36 PM UTC

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Looking good Jon. I wouldn't worry too much about that bracket. It looks like it would glue back together quite easily but it also looks like there isn't enough room for tat rear arm over the light. You could always remove the rear arm and add one from square plastic rod but I guess that you won't have any of that. You will be able to disguise it though, a rag, a sand bag, twigs for camo and like you say weathering Modelling is also about dealing with mishaps as well as construction and painting



Yeah, the brackets were tiny! Im planning on building a nice diorama, with lots of accessories on the main tank itself. First time using an airbrush as well! just got to figure out the thinning of the ammo MIG paints. tried using straight from the bottle and found they were to heavy in places.
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Posted: Monday, January 22, 2018 - 11:29 AM UTC
Best of luck spraying acrylics! I hate acrylics as I just can't get on with them and I really can't help with anything related to them Kieth Forsyth (DocDios) is your man. I'll give him a shout on FB and ask him to drop in and give you some pointers, if he can

Like I said in my first post, I have a Firefly built up to the tracks. Keep going as I want to use you post as inspiration for cracking on with that
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Posted: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 12:54 AM UTC

HI John welcome back to the hobby,you can't beat a good old Sherman to start back with and to the British bulldogs some great lads&lassies on this site so go ahead and ask as many questions as you need, where about in the north-west are you as there are a few other bulldogs up here, do you know about the show at the Macron stadium (Bolton) on the 28 FEB both Paul (Pee-Dee) and Me Barry (Grievous) will be there with the bulldog stand even through it's Paul and I's club Show, so if you can make it come along and introduce yourself . Barry
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Posted: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 03:39 PM UTC

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HI John welcome back to the hobby,you can't beat a good old Sherman to start back with and to the British bulldogs some great lads&lassies on this site so go ahead and ask as many questions as you need, where about in the north-west are you as there are a few other bulldogs up here, do you know about the show at the Macron stadium (Bolton) on the 28 FEB both Paul (Pee-Dee) and Me Barry (Grievous) will be there with the bulldog stand even through it's Paul and I's club Show, so if you can make it come along and introduce yourself . Barry



Thanks Barry! I live in Stockport and met Paul at the Poynton show, it was he that suggested this group. Im going to Bolton on Sunday and dragging along a couple of mates who are also interested in the hobby. Once Ive got a few models fully made up id love to get involved in the Bulldogs more, such as attending regular meets and such.
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Posted: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 05:38 PM UTC
Hi Jon (Got your name right this time) i was also at the Poynton show with Paul,mine was all the armour on the stand, my main interest is 79th armoured division (Hobarts funnies) i scratched built most of the equipment used by them till AFV club started to bring them out, i also do any engineering vehicle's from any country such as bridge-layers/dozer tanks/trench -diggers, Paul and I and another modeller from the Merseyside club Tom crilly do a few shows through the year so you would be most welcome to join us with any of your mates,see you at Bolton Barry (grievous)
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Posted: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 11:36 PM UTC
Just to add to what Barry said Jon.
great to see you up and away with the Sherman.
when we go to shows the display is YOUR club stand. It doesn't matter about completed models, bring in your work in progress stuff too so you can pick brains and get hints and tips.
we are also booked in at Nantwich next month and Stoke in March.
See you at the weekend and we'll give you details od the other events.
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Posted: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:26 PM UTC
Yes, Jon, this is your club as much as anyone elses, so get your arse to some shows and even if you don't have, or want to display any models its as much about the crack as anything else. Oh! And there is likely to be cake and possibly custard
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Posted: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 05:36 PM UTC
Mal's right we look after our members,if the crack/coffee/cake /custard & company don't get you to return then nothing will, try a weekend at SMW Telford "WOW" it's outstanding Barry
PS some of us even take our wife's/parteners
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Posted: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 06:46 PM UTC
Moving along nicely
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Posted: Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 01:28 AM UTC
Grievous you are right


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...edit...Some of us even take our wife's/parteners



But never BOTH !...that would be a mistake.
JonGibbons
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Posted: Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 03:41 PM UTC
Had a great day at the Bolton show yesterday. Managed to stop and say hi to Barry, unfortunately Paul was in deep conversation, great to meet you guys. Hope to see you all again, I'm heading to the Nantwich show in Feb.
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Posted: Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 05:42 PM UTC
I hope that Barry didn't put you off!
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Posted: Monday, January 29, 2018 - 11:48 AM UTC
I came on to ask if you made it to the show John......bugger !

You really should have interrupted and said hello, last time I had any deep meaningful conversation was about salary at work

Sorry I missed you but I hope you had a great day.
see you soon, hopefully at Stoke, bring something with you and join us on the table there will be a wristband for entry for you if required.
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