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PostSubject: Re: M3A1 Stuart Tank 1:35   Mon 01 Dec 2014, 7:33 pm

Looks like this Al ...... cramped
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PostSubject: Re: M3A1 Stuart Tank 1:35   Mon 01 Dec 2014, 7:43 pm

That looks like a model to me Colin

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PostSubject: Re: M3A1 Stuart Tank 1:35   Mon 01 Dec 2014, 7:56 pm

Supposed to be an example in a museum in Europe.... That's what the text says.
Anyway there was one at acorn antiques? In Nottingham years ago (with a ferret.... Hmmmm) and it looked like this picture.
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PostSubject: Re: M3A1 Stuart Tank 1:35   Mon 01 Dec 2014, 7:59 pm

Colin.... you could be right. I was just going by the depth of field. It seems very shallow for a 1:1

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PostSubject: Re: M3A1 Stuart Tank 1:35   Mon 01 Dec 2014, 11:19 pm

Colin... the more I look at that photo, the more I realise it's the genuine article...... but it sure has a shallow depth of field.

OK.... with that settled, I finished the 'basket'. When it's fitted to the turret, it's impossible to see the left side of the left seat, so I didn't bother to strain my eyes and nerves brush painting the padding!!! LOL




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PostSubject: Re: M3A1 Stuart Tank 1:35   Tue 02 Dec 2014, 12:36 am

Added the gun:







The front hatches didn't look right in the open position with nothing but fresh air to support them... so I made some simple supports:





Almost time to get messy!!! (weathering)

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PostSubject: Re: M3A1 Stuart Tank 1:35   Tue 02 Dec 2014, 7:22 pm

I started the weathering process by doing a pin wash with AK Africa Dust in all the places I thought sand would build up.




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PostSubject: Re: M3A1 Stuart Tank 1:35   Tue 02 Dec 2014, 8:58 pm

Looking fine and dandy Al.

The hatch props look proper, if you notice them on the picture I posted yours are spot on.

I'm really wanting to get another of these and do it complete with turret, as I said the last one was done as a turretless honey......

I should have most of the turret assembly in my bit-box if you get an urge to change yours out at all Al.
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PostSubject: Re: M3A1 Stuart Tank 1:35   Wed 03 Dec 2014, 2:37 am

What are these AK products Al ? I have not heard of them before.
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PostSubject: Re: M3A1 Stuart Tank 1:35   Wed 03 Dec 2014, 2:41 pm

Here you go Sam:

www.ak-interactive.com


I believe the guy that owns the business Miguel (Jiminez?) use to own MIG Products until he had a split with his partner, when he left and set up AK.

[url=migproductions.com]migproductions.com[/url]


I've used both and can't really find any difference between them.

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PostSubject: Re: M3A1 Stuart Tank 1:35   Wed 03 Dec 2014, 7:03 pm

"I've been through the desert, on a horse with no name"........ LOL

Got some AK 'Africa Dust' over the whole tank. Not totaly convinced but I'm calling it good.




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PostSubject: Re: M3A1 Stuart Tank 1:35   Thu 04 Dec 2014, 3:12 pm

Excellent weathering job, Al. I can't imagine being stuck in that confined space in the desert heat.

I'm currently reading Bill O'Reilly's book, Killing Patton about the suspicious death of George Patton, Commander of US forces in North Africa. Very interesting.
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PostSubject: Re: M3A1 Stuart Tank 1:35   Thu 04 Dec 2014, 4:08 pm

Al, this looks great.

I just finished the book "Killing Patton". Excellent and interesting book, I couldn't put it down!
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PostSubject: Re: M3A1 Stuart Tank 1:35   Thu 04 Dec 2014, 4:28 pm

The weathering looks great, Al. I was looking at the picture and thinking what the guy at the car wash would say if you pulled up to run it through.
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PostSubject: Re: M3A1 Stuart Tank 1:35   Sat 06 Dec 2014, 6:56 pm

Yeah, but it's gonna cost ya!!!

Thanks for the kind comments guys. They mean a great deal.

But don't forget, I'm a big boy now and can take constructive criticism too!!! LOL

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PostSubject: Re: M3A1 Stuart Tank 1:35   Sat 06 Dec 2014, 7:21 pm

Skid wrote:

But don't forget, I'm a big boy now and can take constructive criticism too!!! LOL

Fair enough ..... i dont like the pattern on the kitchen roll!!!
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PostSubject: Re: M3A1 Stuart Tank 1:35   Sun 07 Dec 2014, 1:00 am

Forgot to say guys, that 'Killing Patton' book sounds like a good read. Have to buy it for my tablet.

I added the turret gun and a few other bits and pieces.

The instructions were vague about the location points of the cable. so in error I cut it too short. It should go from one front shackle to one rear shackle. Oh well!! To compensate, I added a hook eye and a rather over scale nut and bolt. Don't think 'nut and bolt' think 'large hexagonal handwheels' instead. LOL

Just need to add some Africa Dust to these bits, add and weather the tracks and she is done.




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PostSubject: Re: M3A1 Stuart Tank 1:35   Fri 19 Dec 2014, 11:10 pm

Nice work, Al! Here's a Stuart in a different setting.

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PostSubject: Re: M3A1 Stuart Tank 1:35   Sat 20 Dec 2014, 12:44 am

COOL! Looks like the "flying Bradley" photo I posted on my Bradley build.

The question is, how did the car survive?
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