Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tuesday afternoon

I'm just beginning to see, now I'm on my way
It doesn't matter to me, chasing the clouds away.

Who was that, the Moody Blues? Anyway, it seemed fitting and frankly I couldn't come up with anything else off the top of my head.

So, work continues on the AFV Club M3A3. I've done some more pigment work and built up another layer or two back and forth between washes and pigments to create some depth but I still have work to do in that area as a whole. I just though it was different enough from the last set of pictures to post this update. I made some stowage and mounted it but it appears I need to tighten the rope a bit, which is odd because it was taught when I last saw it. Perhaps as I kept painting the tarp and net, they became softer as they absorbed the paint and squished a bit more. *note to self: wait until all is painted before attaching rope in the future.

I just added the tracks before taking the pictures, they have yet to see any paint or weathering so ignore their cleanliness, I just wanted to get them attached before getting too far ahead with the running gear. I used the kit tracks because I was not in the mood for individual links on this build. The plan was to avoid the aggravation on something that will be mostly hidden by filth but murphy's law poked it's head in. Since I use straight M.E.K. for my glue, it attacked the vinyl tracks like a rabid pit bull with it's balls in a vice and I had some major scrambling to do at one point to save them, which I believe I did but time will tell.

Anyway, enough chatter. Check out the pictures if you'd like, as alwasy, clicking on them makes 'em friggin' huge! lol.



Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Fourth of July

Well, it's been a busy weekend.

I haven't really held up my end of the bargain here now have I? I guess all that 'part one' and 'part two' stuff was all for not. I should have called them something completely different considering my lack of follow ups. At any rate, although I haven't posted anything new in a few days, my M3A3 is just about ready for an update, it's just been far too time consuming drinking beer and eating food off the grill, making s'mores at the campfire, watching fireworks and sleeping out in the tent.

Speaking of which, between the boys kicking and the stray chocolate lab sniffing and whining to come in every hour or so, I didn't get much sleep. Thank the lucky stars for coffee...

So to all of you in the states, enjoy your fourth, stay safe and happy and relax while you can, the work week will be here before you know it. To all my friends and followers across the pond where this holiday doesn't mean quite the same thing, stay happy and healthy as well, water under the bridge and all that right? Or over the damn? I can't remember... ;^) Oh, and happy Canada day (belated?) to all of you up in the land of the maple leaf, eh?

Happy modeling to you all and remember, 'build how you like, and like how you build' It's a hobby for goodness sake, relax and enjoy it.

All the best,

Thursday, July 1, 2010

July 1st Part One

Sorry I'm tardy.

Yeah, it's been a few days but the weather has been far too nice and my son and I, who's now out of school for the summer, were out having fun. Anyway, I'll try to get a couple more models posted over the next few days depending on what else comes up. It's also a big holiday weekend so I may be off drinking Guinness and watching Fireworks.

For now, I'll post a few photos of my XX Corps M2A1 half track that I started showing here some time ago, progress on this one has been slow lately but I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The reference pictures show a fresh clean vehicle right after receiving it's whitewash but I guess I am trying to show what it may have looked like weeks or more later. I like 'em dirty, what can I say. I'll be mounting this on a base in some muddy, sloppy snow and slush, so it should all turn out OK in the end.

Enough talk, here's a small update for now.