New arrival – 5th of may 2023

I got mail that I got a parcel to collect, which confused me a bit as it said it came from a city here in Sweden, and I couldn’t remember ordering anything.
When slightly shaking it, it sounded like plastic, like a model would. Even more confused by that! Once I got home and could open the parcel, the mystery was solved.

Inside the parcel was my order from Games Workshop. I guess they sent it to some shop here in Sweden, who in turn sent it too me. Anyway this is what was inside!

It’s a quite large box, but I guess the stompa is quite large as well!

In the box was also two orc and one human Blood Bowl teams, but I guess the stompa was the main attraction! 🙂

25 pdr field gun and Quad gun tractor – Tamiya 1/35 – Final reveal

After doing some more weathering, I now consider this build finished!
It’s a fun kit to build with, for me, nostalgic memories from building it in my youth.
The age of the kit also tells in some places were burr was quite evident. Otherwise this kit goes together quite nicely. If I can find the set with gun and crew, I’ll build that as well!

Anyway, withouth further ado, here’s the final reveal pics! 🙂

25 pdr gun and tractor – update 5

All bags, tools and stuff got painted.

With that done, I finished the assembly of the truck by adding glass and decals. Tractor, gun and ammo cart is now done, at least this is how far I got before the end of the deadline.

Left to do is some weathering, and I did some before I took pics for the group build final reveal.

I have done some additional weathering, and will take new pics once I’m done.

25 pdr gun and gun tractor – part 4

The engine and drive shafts was glued in place as well as wheels and axles.

With the interior painted, I could glue the seats in place as well as the driver. I had to break off one arm to be able to get him in place.

Luckily I dry fitted the body on the interior. Turns out his right foot was in the way. After some adjusting and breaking off his arm again, I finally got him in place.
I can’t say the fit of the figure was very good. His feet is too wide apart and doesn’t fit the pedals at all. Luckily not much of his legs and feet will be seen.

Now almost everything is ready for final assembly.

I need to paint the inside of the doors, add windows, paint a few more details, and give it all a clear cote. Then I can assemble it and start adding decals and hopefully some weathering before the deadline.

25 pdr field gun and gun tractor – part 3

I decided to try masking putty to mask off the Mickey Mouse pattern.

Working with small blobs, I tried to create those mouse ears, which took some time.
The hardest thing was to avoid pushing on those already in place, both when applying it and when handling it later.
After removing the putty it looked like this!

The gun and limber as well as tires and spare tire was painted as well.

I think it turned out pretty well, even if I think I’ll touch up some areas where the putty was a bit too flattened out.

The tires need to get some paint and the interior also need some paint before I can start assembling everything. There are also some detail painting to do on the gun, poaches and so on. I also need to seal the paint with a clear cote as the colour seem to be quite easy to scratch.

After that decals need to go on and also some weathering, before it’s done. Hopefully I’ll manage to make that before the end of this month, which is the deadline for the group build I’m participating in.

25 pdr field gun and gun tractor – part 2

More and more parts to the gun getting together.

Then the limber, gun and body was ready for paint.

Backside of seat parts was painted khaki.

The body got some british olive drab on selected areas.

The driver got some zenithal primer.

It seems like I forgot to take pics when painting the figure, as here it’s almost done.

Next I’ll mask up the green fields on the body in a Mickey Mouse pattern and paint desert colour.

British 25pdr. field gun and Quad gun tractor – Tamiya 1/35

It seems like group builds are the main reason to most of my builds, and this one is no exception. I picked this kit as Tamiya kits usually are quite easy to build and would be possible to finish within a month, which is the theme for this group build.

I accidently skipped a few steps and started with the engine.

Parts for the chassie was also cut off and prepared for assembly.

More parts prepared and glued.

The engine was assembled.

After assembling the chassie, I painted it and some other parts with British sand colour.

The engine got some aluminium colour.

I first started to paint the tires close to the rim, using a mix of black and tire black.

The seats was painted khaki.

The engine got a wash with Nuln oil. I assembled some of the interior parts and some parts was glued to the body. I also started building the gun. My idea is to prepare as much as possible for paint.

As I plan to make the Mickey Mouse pattern camo, I’m also trying to figure how to best go about doing it. Thinking maybe painting dark green or black first and then mask the camo pattern, before painting desert colour.

Hellcat Mk.II – part 9

Last update on this build as next will be the final reveal.

I gave the underside a protective clear cote.

Underside clear coted
Underside clear coted

For some reason I just might have forgotten to clear cote the topside later.

Next I used Flory’s wash for the first time.

Flory wash added
Flory wash added

I used grime on the topside and brown on the underside. Here’s the underside after wiping off the excess wash with a moist cloth.

Underside wash done
Underside wash done

It wasn’t until I started wiping off the wash from the topside that I realized that I probably hadn’t coated that side, as one of the walk way decals went off.
I managed to save it and get it in place with some Micro set, sol and lastly a few drops of Pledge.

Topside also done
Topside also done

I gave the landing gears an oil wash and added the covers.

Landing gears
Landing gears

I turned out that fitting the landing gears was a bit fiddlier than expected, and the covers fell off.

Landing gears glued in place
Landing gears glued in place

Adding the landing gears was the first part of the final assembly and for that the rockets also needed some colour.

Rockets painted
Rockets painted

Before adding the missing parts, I also gave the plane an oil wash and some sooth streaks with Tamiyas sooth pigment.
Feeling the end was getting closer, I tried to finish it quicker than neccessary. Ending up with rockets and antennas falling off.
Slowing down helped a bit and gluing the rockets one by one and letting the glue dry inbetween.

Final assembly in progress
Final assembly in progress

Then with all parts in place and everything done except removing the masking from the canopy, I gave it a cote of matt varnish.

Almost finished
Almost finished

That pretty much concludes the build, and the next post will be with the final reveal pics.

It’s a quite nice kit with only some minor problems, a few that I probably caused myself.
Perhaps some day I’ll get the Profipack and build that one, using what I know now to build it better.

Hellcat Mk.II – part 8

I gave the plane a clear cote in preparations for the decals and even later the weathering.

Clear cote painted
Clear cote painted

Not many decals and even less stencils on this plane. Now they’re on, and I think they went on quite nicely.

All decals on
All decals on

I gave the decals some Micro Sol that hopefully will make them sit even nicer, and hopefully I can give the plane a new clear cote to seal the clear cote and prepare for the weathering.