1/72 Lancaster Part 2

As with any kit I build, I start by scanning the instructions and have a inspection through the sprue’s and other parts in the box. As I’m doing photo-etch as well I’ll also review the instructions for those sets as well. I then grab a pencil and will indicate on the main instruction sheet where aftermarket parts are going to included. This insures I don’t forget anything during a build step. For the most part I usually assemble the kit via the suggested order, but there are times I’ll build something out of sequence particularly if it aids construction or finishing. The key to these larger complex kits is to consider it a series of subassemblies. I’m going to start on one of the smaller ones but the most complex and time consuming, the cockpit area. The Eduard interior set has reasonably clear instructions but there are times when careful review…

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Dragon 1/35 Sherman Vc Firefly Part 2

It’s been a busy few weeks so I haven’t had as much time on the bench as I would like. Making some progress. Got the running gear onto the hull. Realized afterwords for this sort of running gear, I probably should have left them off so I could properly mask the wheels. Oh well, I’ll paint them carefully after the fact. Lesson learned. Got the upper and lower half of the hull put together and some of the smaller detail bits put on. Tools etc will be left off until paint is done. There is a few pieces of photoetch for headlight guards etc, All I can say about is that practice makes perfect. I know which 1 of 4 I did first and I get better with each one. :-)

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Dragon 1/35 Sherman Vc Firefly Part 1

I haven’t touched an armour kit in many years but I always enjoyed doing armor. Most of the kit’s back then were 1/72 scale. I have built a 1/72 WW1 Male tank and a M1 Abrams recently and enjoyed both of them. At our last local model club show I picked up this Dragon 1/35 Sherman Vc Firefly. I’ve always like the Sherman with the larger barrel of the 76.2 mm main gun. I’m looking forward to trying a newer kit. (The jury is still out on assembling the tracks!) The main hull pieces look quite good at first glance. Started construction on the road wheels and put a coat of Vallejo primer on them. Nest up will be the barrel and suspension.

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