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PostSubject: Gaz Truck Double Build   Tue 30 Dec 2014, 1:14 am

Johnj and I have been planning on this one for months now. Our agreed date is Jan 1st but I thought I'd start the thread early

Mine will be a cargo truck with some 'cargo' in the bed and if I can pull it off, faded winter camo. I'll leave it to John to tell you about his.

See you Jan 1st!!


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PostSubject: Re: Gaz Truck Double Build   Tue 30 Dec 2014, 2:13 pm

My build is still kind of a mix in my mind.  My intention is to do a kit bash of these two kits.





I'm not sure of how things will fit yet so will post more info as the build goes along.  Let the games begin Al.

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PostSubject: Re: Gaz Truck Double Build   Tue 30 Dec 2014, 5:38 pm

New year (almost) new kit, new cutting mat!!! and a bench that is way too tidy!!!



Total of 462 parts in a model that will be just 152mm long. (Just over six inches).

It's a Russian GAZ but in reality was a twin axle Ford Model AAA built in Russia under license.

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Six of these!!!!...........







........ and a few for sense of scale:







I made mention of doing it in a faded winter camo scheme in the first post. Here is the look I am after:



I'm familiar with the hair spray and salt methods of 'chipping' paint but don't have much idea yet about fading paint. So if anyone of you guys has some ideas, I'm listening!!!




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PostSubject: Re: Gaz Truck Double Build   Tue 30 Dec 2014, 11:14 pm

I have to say Miniart have done a superb job on the molding in this kit. Right up there with Tamia IMO.............. BUT........... their attatchment points are way to thick and to many. FOUR on the fan blade. One for each blade and thick too. Even carefull cutting with sprue cutters broke one blade away!!!  

Anyway, the engine in this kit (and remember it's 1:35th scale) has twenty parts. All beautifully molded. It's a little gem that puts an awful lot of 1:24 and 1:25 engines to shame.

I decided that I would wire it, so I made up five HT leads for the magneto and a lead for the dynamo. For these I used .19mm wire. Tested my patience and dexterity tonight but I suspect that's as nothing when I try to get the plug leads attached to the tops of the plugs!!!  






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PostSubject: Re: Gaz Truck Double Build   Wed 31 Dec 2014, 1:09 am

Wow, that's small. Nice work Al.
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PostSubject: Re: Gaz Truck Double Build   Wed 31 Dec 2014, 4:47 pm

Hi Al,

WOW, I think my head would if I tried that, I don't know how you manage it...

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PostSubject: Re: Gaz Truck Double Build   Wed 31 Dec 2014, 5:55 pm

Are you there Andy?........... Come closer, so I can see you!!!



Powerful head magnifier Andy.

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PostSubject: Re: Gaz Truck Double Build   Wed 31 Dec 2014, 7:05 pm

Pretty darn cool! I luv the detail and appreciate the many engine parts alone. I hate the "molded-in" starter motors, oil filters, etc so many lazy companies use! Thanx on this N.Y.E.!
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PostSubject: Re: Gaz Truck Double Build   Wed 31 Dec 2014, 7:10 pm

You're setting the bar pretty high Al. As soon as I get over this respiratory crap I'll be playing catch up.

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PostSubject: Re: Gaz Truck Double Build   Wed 31 Dec 2014, 7:24 pm

Johnag wrote:
Hi Al,

WOW, I think my head would if I tried that, I don't know how you manage it...

Andy...

I agree 100% Andy.


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PostSubject: Re: Gaz Truck Double Build   Thu 01 Jan 2015, 1:57 pm

JohnJ wrote:
My build is still kind of a mix in my mind.  My intention is to do a kit bash of these two kits.





I'm not sure of how things will fit yet so will post more info as the build goes along.  Let the games begin Al.


WHOA---STOP---CANCEL---DISCONTINUE---FORGET IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


This is not going to work.  The AAA is just too light for the Katyusha launcher.  It's just as well though.  I have found a GAZ-AAA that I would rather do anyway.

I have ordered the kit and it should be here in approximately two weeks. Al and I agreed on an open end for this build so I will just be a bit behind him. To my benefit I can have plenty of time to steal ideas from him.  



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PostSubject: Re: Gaz Truck Double Build   Thu 01 Jan 2015, 2:49 pm

Wow! I'm really impressed by the sprue shots and the motor pics. I've grown to appreciate the smaller scale (1/32 or 1/35) for quality and unique subject matter. I'll be following this thread closely.

For the faded finish, you might try getting dark and light grays down with paint and washes, then use the Tamiya weathering cake (snow) to buff on the faded white look with a cloth.
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PostSubject: Re: Gaz Truck Double Build   Thu 01 Jan 2015, 3:15 pm

Looks far too small for my eyes to deal with, i'm still trying to master the 1/24's!!

Good luck chaps I will be watching and learning from the gods :)
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PostSubject: Re: Gaz Truck Double Build   Thu 01 Jan 2015, 5:25 pm

going to watch these go together..........i did the BA10 which was basically the armoured car version made on the truck base, really enjoyed it



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Looks far too small for my eyes to deal with, i'm still trying to master the 1/24's!!



lol, but if you never try, you never learn, young padawan .........dont think about size.....dosnt matter if its a 1/1200 ship or a 1/12 car, its just a box of plastic, thats the approach i take

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PostSubject: Re: Gaz Truck Double Build   Thu 01 Jan 2015, 5:37 pm

That could be true high commissioner.. I started a 1/72 jeep the other day and put it back in the box.. Need paint.. Has tiny troops in it too
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PostSubject: Re: Gaz Truck Double Build   Thu 01 Jan 2015, 6:42 pm

I like the simplicity of these vehicles.

I did a BA-1 "Izhorskiy" (like Pauls BA-10, an armoured car on a AAA chassis i believe) a while back and really enjoyed the build.
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PostSubject: Re: Gaz Truck Double Build   Sun 11 Jan 2015, 6:43 pm

Sublime engine work as usual Al. These are going to be fantastic!
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PostSubject: Re: Gaz Truck Double Build   Wed 21 Jan 2015, 10:23 pm

My GAZ arrived from MiniArt in the Ukraine yesterday.  I am very, very pleased with the professionalism and customer service MiniArt offers.  I ordered the kit less than three weeks ago and now have it.  MiniArt communicated with me three times keeping me advised of the status of my order.  You just can't ask for any better than that.  I am even more impressed given the problems that the Ukraine is having with the Russian Federation.  Just wanted everybody to know that MiniArt is a company that can be depended on.

Here is the kit.



The obligatory spru shot.  There is a total of 659 parts in the kit.



I believe this is the version I will build.



My intention is to build a small diorama and will include these two GAZ trucks that are already built.





Got to be honest, I will not make any attempt to wire this engine like may very, very anal friend did with his.  It's just too small Al!!!!!!!  Hopefully I will get started on the kit tomorrow and will have something to post in the next couple of days.

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PostSubject: Re: Gaz Truck Double Build   Wed 21 Jan 2015, 11:05 pm

Oh goody, now you've got it, I can finaly get back to mine. Been holding off, as I didn't want you pinching my very, very anal ideas!!

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PostSubject: Re: Gaz Truck Double Build   Thu 22 Jan 2015, 12:53 am

I swallowed a bottle of brave pills tonight and attatched the plug 'leads' with trembling hands!!!

When they were done, they looked far too uniform and although the real deal 'leads' were copper strips (and uniform) they just didn't look right, so I beat them up a bit.

I also attached a lead to the starter motor which I had forgotten about.






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PostSubject: Re: Gaz Truck Double Build   Thu 22 Jan 2015, 4:24 am

659 pieces in 1/35th scale - Holy Cow!

Al: Nice little engine.
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PostSubject: Re: Gaz Truck Double Build   Thu 22 Jan 2015, 9:28 am

Thanks Mike.

Yup! they are not simple kits. Mine doesn't have the gun and it still has 500 parts!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Gaz Truck Double Build   Thu 22 Jan 2015, 12:56 pm

600 and more parts, brave for sure! Luv the look of the truck, thanx for expanding the site beyond the usual vehicles we luv. Interesting, and to those of us who have done 1/25, anything smaller is an even greater challenge!
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PostSubject: Re: Gaz Truck Double Build   Thu 22 Jan 2015, 5:22 pm

Got started on the kit this morning early.  After reviewing the instruction booklet (yes, a booklet) I noticed that the tires and wheels were multiple pieces.  I had never seen this type of construction so I decided to assemble the tires and wheels first just to see how they came out.

The kit contains six spru for the tires and wheels.



Each tire assembles from seven separate discs and the wheel.



The discs are glued together and then the wheel is installed at the center.



You end up with a tire and wheel that looks like this.



There is a great deal of work just in assembling the tires, but the tread pattern is the most realistic I have seen.  Seeing as the assembly must be repeated a total of ten times it's going to be a long day guys.

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PostSubject: Re: Gaz Truck Double Build   Fri 23 Jan 2015, 3:42 pm

Got the wheels and tires assembled and painted.  Lots of parts, lots of parts!!
 


More progress as it is completed.

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