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Posted: Friday, December 11, 2015 - 08:55 PM UTC
No progress at the moment as work/life is in the way however a LionMarc RAAC Centurion turret with mantlet cover in place and the searchlight mount is on the way, together with a couple of guys to keep the tank commander company in the form of Aussie SAS from Bravo-6.
May not be completely accurate but I'm sure the SAS wouldn't mind a lift on the back of the Cent for part of their journey into the jungle.
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Posted: Tuesday, December 08, 2015 - 11:19 PM UTC
Cheers Paul, also got hold of the Bronco, A13 MK.II cruiser MK.IV (stupid and long name) and an Italeri Crusader MK.I so now have a couple of the earlier cruisers.

As for 'eavy metal there will be a couple of little ones around, Scimitar CVR(T), M3A1 Stuart and a few Universal carriers / T16.
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Posted: Tuesday, December 08, 2015 - 10:53 PM UTC
Fantastic stuff Lucky.

I nominate a new name for this project

'eavy metal 'anger.



Paul
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Posted: Tuesday, December 08, 2015 - 09:32 PM UTC
Ok with the Cent stalled awaiting parts I did think of forging ahead with the dozer however as you may have read in my previous post I have found a set of decals for a Aussie 'Nam dozer so that will now have to wait. So not wanting to jump ahead on my list (I was tempted) I thought I'd do something different that's been in the stash for a very long time, so step forth the old Tamiya M4A3 Sherman. Only additions are a set of Airwaves pe for the light guards, periscope guards and sand shield mounts.

So after one day here is where I have got too. The primer was applied just before I took the photo so is still a bit wet. It will be finished as a Philippines campaign machine 1945.



Just so you know I've not given up on Cent's these have found their way to me via evilbay, Amazon and online shop. The MK.5/2 - 6 kit is now becoming a bit hard to get, I have one to make a Mk6, the Aussie 5/1 has all you need for a 5/2 in the box so why pay stupid money for a 5/2.


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Posted: Friday, December 04, 2015 - 02:13 AM UTC
Well no update as yet this week even though I had a few days off most of it was spent trying to get over a 19hour shift which started at 18:00hrs on the Saturday and finished 13:00hrs the Sunday afternoon. Just to make matter worse the dreaded Gout kicked in which made sleeping almost impossible even with the strongest pain killers.

Any way with all that done I'm still trying to decide which replacement mantlet will work the best, the new one from DEF looks good but has only just come out so trying to find it is proving an issue. So now my bench and fingers need something to do and here is my biggest issue:

1) Nick the turret from another Aussie 5/1 in the stash, hull can then be used on one of the conversions which don't require a turret.
2) Start the Dozer
3) Start the other Aussie 5/1 and fit it with the dozer, only issue with this one is I'm a bit late to the party as I'd need a set of decals from Mouse House and they have just closed for 6 months.

Edit: Just found a set of those Mouse House decals for a Aussie 'Nam dozer on evil bay, they are now on there way from Oz.
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Posted: Monday, November 23, 2015 - 12:45 AM UTC
D, nice to have you along, my b...l...o...g...s... are a bit different as if I call it a b...l...o...g.... It normally spells it's death so it's more of a ramble in the mind of a mad man

Mal, yes I wanted to do the dozer but also the Cromwell, Cent 3 and Chally 2, by the way the Chally got 0 votes. Either the Cromwell or Chally will come after the dozer but I may have an A13 cruiser by then so that may change. Once I have a few more under my belt then I'll tackle one of the 4 AA resin Cent's in the stash.

Peeked in the dozer box and found the scheme I'll be doing, keeping it south of the equator it will be a Kiwi tank.
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Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 01:45 PM UTC
Admit it, you wanted to do the dozer?
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Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 02:56 AM UTC

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Regarding the vote, results back from the club and combined with those here the Cent dozer has won through so that will be next.



That was going to be my vote Luciano, I'm following your Aussie build here and looking forward to the next instalment.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 02:08 AM UTC
good save on the mantlet lucky! i'm getting really tempted to dig out something armour from my stash after reading this thread, although i'm still in the post telford vibe of wanting to build everything in my stash right now!
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Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 02:02 AM UTC
Oh?
Well that will be interesting.

My grasp of such reality has always been tenuous.

Why, even as I type, I am making a dragon into a Napoleonic trumpeter smoking a pipe.

Paul;)
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Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 01:33 AM UTC
Paul the room was blue for sure.

Regarding the vote, results back from the club and combined with those here the Cent dozer has won through so that will be next.
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Posted: Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 06:57 PM UTC
Ouch ..........

There must have been some choice words at that point
Lucky !

Condolences.

Paul
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Posted: Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 06:37 PM UTC

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Just seeing all of those links makes me cringe! I am looking forward to seeing the end result, as much to know that your pain (in having to put together those tracks) is over as anything else!



Mal they are not too bad, hardly any clean up and they just click together, you do get the occasional loose joint but once you find it just add a touch of glue. I've seen how armour builders do the tracks as two sections glue all the ones around the sprockets and idlers so they hold their shape then take them back off for painting, so that's what I'm doing.

Any way away from the tracks I've been thrown a curve ball, I've just discovered the instructions had me fit the wrong mantlet, I just happened upon a review and AFV Club admitted it was wrong and were correcting the instructions, this a couple of years ago, however my kit was a first edition which has the mistake. Time to curse Tamiya extra thin glue for being too good, removed the mantlet but can't remove the back block as the glue is too strong and I used plenty due to it having to take the weight of the metal gun barrel. So ordering a 'type' B mantlet cover which will hide the error, also found that a couple of other bits were missing from the instructions but none of those required major reworking at this late stage.

So the Cent has been temporarily defrocked.


See the difference between the mantlets? It's the ranging machine gun aperture, the one on the left is the correct one while the one on the right is the one the instructions would have you fit (like I did). Luckily the supporting parts for the spot light are on sprue F which you also get in the 5/2 kit but only use one part so I have a spare set of those.

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Posted: Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 11:39 AM UTC

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Mal, there is a Seafire III waiting it's place for the hanger of shame.



At some stage I need to build a Seafire

Just seeing all of those links makes me cringe! I am looking forward to seeing the end result, as much to know that your pain (in having to put together those tracks) is over as anything else!
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Posted: Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 12:12 AM UTC
Looks great mate, it's coming on a treatm
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Posted: Friday, November 20, 2015 - 09:05 PM UTC
Little bit of work done, turret basket mesh added from a AFV Club 'touch' pe set, one track run put together some of which has been glued and shaped around the sprocket. Primed the RAAC commander and got on with some little bits.



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Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 02:50 AM UTC

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Count again please I'm voting 10 times for a figurine from the scale 75 company.

Ha haaaaar !

Paul.



Well Paul, two of the figures I brought at Euro plus one I purchased previously have been primed and I've started the base coats but as this is a hanger and not a fantasy castle/cave/forest/dungeon they'll have to wait awhile. Once I've had my fill of tanks then I'll get back on them.
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Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 01:24 AM UTC
Count again please I'm voting 10 times for a figurine from the scale 75 company.

Ha haaaaar !

Paul.
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Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 12:01 AM UTC

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I, of course, would say Spitfire

Tamiya Cromwell gets my vote, for a change. So a coin toss?



Mal, there is a Seafire III waiting it's place for the hanger of shame. Special Hobby that fought me so it went back in it's box!

OK so one vote for Cent Mk.3 and one for a Cromwell, I'll not be ready to start for at least a week yet so I'll wait until ready to see if I get any more votes.
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Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 12:50 PM UTC
I, of course, would say Spitfire

Tamiya Cromwell gets my vote, for a change. So a coin toss?
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Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 05:25 AM UTC
Like!

P
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Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 04:09 AM UTC

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Korean Cent then.. or Aussie one from Vietnam.

P




Aussie Vietnam Mk.5/1 is what I'm building above, so I'll take your vote as a Korean Mk.3
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Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 02:18 AM UTC
Oh well, sorry mate, I was thinking ahead.

You know...... Tow the gun behind to Perth in Aptil, room for me inside the car!

Korean Cent then.. or Aussie one from Vietnam.

P

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Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 01:28 AM UTC

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@:) Armourtek 25Pdr



Keeping it to British (built) cruiser tanks Paul with a bias on the Cent although I do have my eye on a FH-70
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Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 12:55 AM UTC
Armourtek 25Pdr