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F for eFFort edition

>TQ: how mad are you when the kit has individual track links?

Previous thread: >>10224373

This thread is for the discussion of scale plastic (and resin, PE, wood, etc) models kit
-Post photos of your builds in progress and your finished builds
-Have your builds critiqued or critique others
-Discuss tips and techniques
-Ask for advice or give advice to others

Always remember:
>No manufacturer is purely perfect or awful. ALWAYS research your kits before buying.

Some helpful guides to get started:
https://www.scalemates.com/
http://www.mediafire.com/view/1vf1aw7v91pz5pa/Airfix%20Model%20World%20Specia%20%28Scale%20Modelling%20Step-By-Step%29.pdf
http://www.scalemodelguide.com/
http://www.modelersite.com/en/area/98/scale-models-techniques
http://www.swannysmodels.com/Tools.html
http://fichtenfoo.net/blog/model-tutorials-and-in-progs
http://ipmsstockholm.org/
https://www.perthmilitarymodelling.com/
http://www.primeportal.net/home.htm

Plus there are tons of people on YouTube with pretty good videos on techniques etc.

Some sites to purchase models, extras, and supplies:
>ebay
https://www.dersockelshop.de/ (GER)
https://www.scalehobbyist.com/index.php (US)
https://www.alfahobby.se/ (SWE)
http://spruebrothers.com/ (US)
https://freetimehobbies.com/ (US)
http://www.hobbyeasy.com/ (HK)
http://www.luckymodel.com/ (HK)
http://www.hlj.com/ (JP)
https://www.modellbau-koenig.de/en (GER)
http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/m/ (JP)
https://www.hannants.co.uk/ (UK)
https://www.jadarhobby.pl/index.php?language=en (PL)
https://www.bnamodelworld.com/ (AUS)
http://volksusastore.com/webstores/scale/ (US) (Carry Mr. Color and GaiaNotes paint)
https://www.emodels.co.uk/ (UK)
https://www.wonderlandmodels.com/
https://www.super-hobby.com (EU/UK/RU/US/PL)
https://plastmodel.pl/ (PL/EU)
https://agtom.eu/en/(PL/EU)
https://exito.site/en_GB/index(PL/EU)
https://m-zone.pl (PL only)
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1st for Czech vehicles are the most beautiful on earth
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>>10239013
yes, all 2 of them, pepiczek
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First time doing a tank and something about my tracks feels off. Base coat done with Tamiya enamel black and flat earth then speckled with acrylic flat earth and red brown. Applied a brown wash and some of the Tamiya mud and sand makeup stuff.

I think some of my flecks were too big/watery especially on the rubber sections.
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>>10239113
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>>10239120
>those massive chunky empty periscopes
God I hate Tamiya. Looks fine to me though. If you're really worried just apply additional smaller splatters on top of it until it mutes it out. They're tracks so don't be afraid to overdo it a little bit.
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>>10239126
Planning on making a scratch backer wrapped in pic rel to fill them in
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>>10239002
They don't even rub against eachother sometimes, you have to fucking shave off some material from the sprue and shove it between the tracks to glue them together
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>>10239113
>>10239120
maybe a bit of rubber black drybrush on the edges, where the mud would chip off?

>XD488
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>>10239132
I usually just fill them with putty and then use the flat end of a knife to spatula them flat.
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Anyone know what the best 1/72 kit for the F-35C is? Specifically the C variant.
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>A pair of boomers at the hobby shop going through every aircraft kit looking for one with israeli markings

Why are they like this?
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>>10239188
I have no idea. Every now and then when I'm doom scrolling on instagram I'll find some geezer that exclusively builds Israeli Bf-109's and Phantoms
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>>10239191
I know a jew who's obsessed with Mirages, the IAF, and IAF Mirages.
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>>10239222
Yes but without exception these guys are ALWAYS Britons.
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>>10239223
I'm >>10239188 and I'm fairly sure they were britboomers too (I'm in Australia)
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>>10239153
A quick look over at scalemates and the best one would seem to be the one that exists.
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Should I re-prime again after sanding or is it okay to put the final paint colors on now? For some reason tamiya gray primer is sold out everywhere and my can is almost empty
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>>10239153
just wait for italeri or academy to make one, any year now, any year now....
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>>10239302
best of to re-prime the parts again
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>>10239302
are these two the same thing?
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And done. I did at some point entertain the thought of doing more rigging than this, but then my CA glue just decided to stop sticking things together all of sudden which promoted a quick re-think of things.

>>10239438
Probably not quite, but likely close enough that either will work fine enough unless you have some very specific demands.
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Sweden sent 12 of its J8, ie Gloster Gladiators, over to help Finland in the Winter War. Finland's own air force focused entirely on southern Finland where the main action was, so these twelve (and a few Swedish Hawker Harts to strike back) were all there was north of Lake Ladoga.
Now the Gladiator was slower than the Russian bombers they were chasing, and only armed with four rifle calibre machineguns to slightly inconvenience them with on the rare occasions where they did catch one, so they mostly ended up just chasing the Russian raids away. Total tally for the war ended up being seven enemy aircraft shot down, with one J8 shot down in return and two lost in accidents. During their time in Finland they wore Finnish air force roundels, which was painted over with whatever the felt with when it was time to fly back home again. The not so orthodox markings here being what one aircraft ended up looking like.
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is the anon who made picrel is here with us?
you mentioned that those figures are 3d printed. care to share .stl's?
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>>10239299
Yeah I just realized there is literally only one what the fuck, why isn't the C more popular? Has way less retarded proportions than the A and B, the extra large wings are sexy
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>>10239438
The fine version is god tier
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>>10239002
I'd buy a lot more Trumpeter kits if they had an alternative to their individual link tracks. they're a fucking nightmare if it's an interwar or small tank, they're so fucking small and flimsy and hardly ever fit right.
their 1/35 Hotchkiss 38H actually has a vinyl option, which funnily enough is preferable to their garbage individual tracks
never made a tank with big tracks yet though (Tigers) and the only tanks of those scale I have are Tamiya kits from the 90s with vinyl tracks, so idk
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>>10239113
the way I usually do tracks is a base coat of Tamiy a dark iron, then a rusty red very thinned down and sparsely applied (Hull Red or Linoleum Deck Brown or something similar), then just drybrush with a light metal color around some of the edges. then mud/dust/dirt to your hearts content (pic related were the tracks for my Meng Renault)
for what it's worth though, I like yours. once the whole kit is assembled it'll probably look less weird to you
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>>10239438
No. They have a slightly differernt "coarseness" to them. Might look kinda weird if some parts seemingly made from the same material and color have different textures.

That was one of the many mistakes I made on pic related. Notice how the canopy has a different texture despite being painted with the exact same base coat?
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>>10239514
They're Turnbase miniatures Ultramodern Spetsnaz gorka and GRU. As well as "in country ops" from Enemy Spotted Studios.
You should be able to find them in telegram if you want to.

>>10239558
>These ugly figures of r*ssian troops
lmao
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>>10239637
what telegram?
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Z test
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>>10239642
zneed
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Finished
Renault FT; 1/35
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>>10239670
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>>10239672
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>>10239670
I like the camo, friend. can our Renaults go on a date?
(yes I know the tracks are on backwards, I flipped them over the proper way after I took these lmao)
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>>10239675
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>>10239640
You just join all the stl telegram channels and then type in whatever you want in the search. The Turnbase ones are on "STLminiature" for example
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Three and a half years ago I finished my first model (not counting the ones done as a kid), which I redid at least once because anons on here told me the camo looked like shit (it did).
Anyways now I finally had the courage and skill to also paint the driver and sit his ass where it's supposed to go instead of cluttering the dusty back corner of my drawer.
Yes I know the model is wearing the field uniform and not the camo smock, but grey-green is boring as shit, so whatever.
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does anyone know of any online retailers which sell Eduard overtrees? I have a 1/48 Haesgawa 109 with Hans-Joachim Marseille's final G-2 livery before he died, but the Hasegawa kit itself is garbage, and I wanted to get some Eduard G-2 sprues
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>>10239808
should clarify: I know they sell them on the Eduard site but the S/H is insane
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>build a spitfire
>then another spitfire
>then another spitfire
>then another spitfire
How do these people not go insane
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>just found out about composite rubber track technology
Bros....can you imagine if this shit gets widespread adoption, we'll never have to build a single shit kit with awful tracks ever again.
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>>10239861
I'm thinking about a third T-80 or a third T-72, but at least those all have very different armor designs for each variant.
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>>10239867
so like, us halftracks in WWII?
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>>10239872
To be fair, something like a t-72a and a t-72b3 look very different, whereas spitfires... well, some of them got clipped wings, I guess?

>>10239867
Just gotta wait a decade or four. The cv90 already has rubber tracks as (I believe) standard but kit-wise, they're still only available in bigfoot
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>>10239867
Doesn't matter, I still won't build a tank made after the 40s.
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>>10239867
>we'll never have to build a single shit kit with awful tracks ever again.
Because no one ever made bad single piece vinyl or hard plastic tracks...
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>>10239909
Based retard autist, enjoy never knowing the joy of building 20 sub assemblies just to finish one single part of the tank.
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>>10239909
based
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>>10239861
they're British boomers, they're already barely sentient
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>>10239670
v beautiful
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>>10239861
But this is Nigel Cunningham's Mk IX spitfire from a single picture in 1943
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>>10239861
Every five you build a Hurricane instead.
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>>10239692
But the 24. Panzer was a Heer formation not SS.
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>>10239861
I can understand wanting to make some of the variants (the different wing loadouts, a clip wing, a griffon and some merlins, a bubble canopy spit and the like) but what I don't get is the people who will make four separate models of a Mk.IIa in the same camouflage pattern and slightly different decal sets.
I can't judge on building the same platform because a side effect of building great war is that you end up reusing subjects if you want to portray different air forces a lot of the time (the Eindecker, Morane Saulniers and Baby being three good examples, you can build them in several different air forces' colours) and then a lot of people will make several of the same German or French plane because the entire marking and paint scheme can be so radically different across, say, Dreideckers.. What I don't get is "yeah but these six Mk.IIas in RAF "A" camouflage pattern have different tail number to each other".
Mind you, I could easily say the same thing about Wehraboos building multiple Tiger Is naked in Dunkelgelb but DON'T YOU KNOW THEY ARE ALL DIFFERENT TIGER ACES LOOK AT THE VEHICLE NUMBER!!!!111!11 The rot applies across the board.
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>>10239954
I didn't believe this until I saw the comments on the Airfix new line reveal on Youtube and they were all legit excited for an entire year of ancient shitty mold re-releases.
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>>10240185
>they were all legit excited for an entire year of ancient shitty mold re-releases.
I can give them a pass on this because a lot of them grew up with those exact toolings and for them it's just a trip down memory lane. but a lot of the other shit they do (like the aforementioned 21,948 different Spitfire builds, or a 1/600 Hood tooling made when Stalin was still alive) is inexcusable
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>>10240185
I get excited for old tool rereleases but for a different reason to the pommy boomers.
A lot of subjects that I like are lucky to get a new tool in a forty-fifty year period, and if the kit is out of production then the boomers start scalping on it. For example, I'd give a lot for a reshot of the AZModel Morane Saulnier L 1/72, I'd love a new tool of it but I will happily accept a repop. I am happy that we have modern tools from Airfix and Eduard of the Eindecker, but I would accept the Eduard or EVEN the ancient Revell DH.2 to come back into production because I have one Eduard DH.2 so I am personally insulated from this example but it was such a ubiquitous aircraft serving in many theatres and people charge scalpers prices for them, if I wasn't lucky enough to find one at a swapmeet I might still be looking for one.
I hate seeing the same ancient kit on the shelves every year (looking at the 1/28 Revell Dr.1 and Camel) but I love seeing a kit that hasn't been in production for 30 years become available again. It isn't as good as a new tool, but it is better than paying some old hoarder 50 bucks for a 1/72 Anson because the Special Hobby kits were short run and the Airfix kit was released for 30 fucking years but hasn't been released for 20 now.
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>Amusing hobby literally making every slavic T-72 except for the Czech one
Are they teasing me at this point?
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>>10240362
Just buy the Trumpeter one
I'm pissed they never released the PT91 though
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>>10240363
I rather wait forever for the Amusing Hobby version, every Amusing Hobby kit I've ever built has been a fucking masterpiece. 10/10 company.
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>>10240000
I already told you that I know and green is boring.
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>>10239861
>spitfire
It's one of those planes that people think looks good but actually looks shit, the e-type jaguar of the plane world.
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>>10239113
Looks ok. The little squares on the inside are rubber pads as well, so you have to paint these black. The guide teeth steel.
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I want to do some helicopters in 1/72
I prefer non military helicopters
What are the best and most affordable kits to get?
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>>10239861
>he doesn't have a squadron of his favourite aircraft
>>10240435
holy cringe
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>>10240448
>holy cringe
while posting an image designed for 40 year old virgin gay pedos with a body pillow collection
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>>10240460
Dress Up Darling is written by a woman, you're supposed to look at Kitagawa-san as "wow, she's like literally me", while flicking the bean to Gojo-kun.
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>>10240460
>blonde legal age female
>gay pedo
??
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>>10240000
>Hey, Wehrmacht bros, I need a lift to my SS headquarters
>Just take one of our wagens, king, it's fine.
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>>10240460
anime website
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Hi, I wanna make my own custom waterslide decals. How do I go about doing this?
I know it's possible to use an inkjet printer, however from what I understand, A] if using clear-backed decals, the print itself will be a bit see-through, making it pointless to place on anything other than a white surface, and B] inkjets can't print white, obviously.

Both of these facts are dealbreakers for me, as I need a solid print on transparent paper and I unfortunately need a bit of white paint... what are my options, bros?
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>>10240482
>legal age
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>>10239861
autism
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>>10240435
How do you build models being blind as fuck?
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>>10239608
fucking hell, that canopy frosting

anon, put that hind out of its misery, blow it up with a firecracker or shoot it, I dunno
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ready for gloss-up before final decals and minor weathering
1/2
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>>10240552
That must be the ugliest fucking scheme a plane can possibly have, jesus fucking christ.
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Post unrealistic weathering.
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>>10240560
those fokkers were acquired from the g*rms soon after 11/11 and used in the war against the bolshevik scum not a year later

the lozenge camo is fine by me, but the wings camo... fucking atrocious, I wanna puke just thinking about it
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>>10240206
Agree, some of those ships are horrifying and no cheaper than say Trumpeter or Tamiya 1/700s. On the other hand, you're never getting a Bond Bug any other way, I think we can be certain of that.

Actually, I am the person that wanted a Gannet and a Ferret both of which I spent a lot of time looking at in the summer for various reasons. I nearly bought a resin Ferret at a show and I've been mulling over the Trumpeter and Sword 1/72 Gannets for ages so overall quite pleased. I accept I may be a weirdo.
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>>10240567
God you'd never see bare metal on a barrel, at most you'd see heat resistant primer. 2/10 not welcome back at IPMS.
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>>10240567
Look at this fucking uniform green, this is not a parade vehicle
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>>10240552
Back in WWI, they didn't call the German fighter squadrons 'flying circuses' for nothing.
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>>10240567
look at the tracks, lmao
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>>10240764
Anon, that's a Polish plane for one. Second only one unit was called the Flying Circus and that was in part because they were being shipped around the front, like a circus.
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>>10240808
anon, the only thing the Polish pilots did to these planes was scratch the prussian crosses and paint over them with Polish insignia

the lozenge camo and batshit retarded wing scheme is leftover from the g*rms
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>>10240796
>Revell Silver paint
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Has anyone got any images of vehicles with this camo?
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Big gun.
Also of no real consequence (unless you're trying to dial in the injection moulding machine I guess) is the small burnt bit on the sprue in the lower right. Three such spots on it, all on the sprue itself rather than any part, and two of them cracked with a large void inside.
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>>10240185
I was moderately interested in the 1/24 Stuka repop until I learned Trumpeter has 1/24 Stukas in A, B, D, and G versions. The A isn't even new, it's been out 11 years now and I had no idea. It wasn't that long ago that the idea of a decent styrene A kit was a pipe dream, and now there's a big-ass one. I'm in for a good time.
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How are s-model kits?
How do they compare to the older company that released dual 1/72 kits? I forget the name
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>>10241171
Unironically god tier, I dismissed them as wargame garbage but I was very pleasantly surprised by their Sheridan kit. Detail was really good and it even comes with PE, highly recommend.

>Shturm finally up for pre-order
Shturm bros...we're finally going home.
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>>10241416
>>Shturm finally up for pre-order
I'm like 90% sure that's just whatever vendor you're buying from pre-listing them
Trumpeter / Hobbyboss announces upcoming kits and pre-orders on the 20th and they missed this month (probably due to Chinese new years). Doesn't help their site has been down for like a week also.
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>>10240493
Bump?
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>>10240493
your best bet is to go find someone who does custom prints and just pay them
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is it better to airbrush acrylic paints on top of matte or gloss varnish? I think I remember hearing matte was better because the finish isn't as smooth but I want to make sure.
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>>10241588
Any tips where I can find such people? Trust me, I've tried looking, but it could just be a skill issue on my part :2
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Anybody have recommendation on a cheap airbrushing compressors?
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>>10241712
Just pirate one.
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>>10241059
>you vs the guy she tells you not to worry about
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>Buy DreamModels Super Cobra
>Open the sealed box
>There's 2 copies of the model and their sea venom all in one box
????? Someone massively fucked up at the factory. Only downside is a few pieces got knocked off the sprue due to it being squished in there but it's all buildable.
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>>10241712
I bought one from china that looks like pic related 8 years ago
It still works well but is a bit loud
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>>10241712
Chink ones are fine, pretty sure they all come out of the same factory as well.
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>>10241792
Far out Bill, kinda makes up for $45 72nd scale kits.
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tank babby branching out this year for his new years resolution
evens i build a plane (big)
odds i build a ship (big)
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>>10241906
>evens i build a plane (big)
go for it anon and let's make it a friendly competition (I got this kit from mum this Christmas)
https://www.scalemates.com/kits/trumpeter-02421-ju-87b-2-stuka--1235081
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>>10241640
it will stick better to matte because the surface is rough like a primer. you can spray onto gloss but you have to do light coats or the paint will run.
why are you airbrushing over varnish anyway?
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>>10241932
Sure
I'm buying this next month, it's not exactly 1/24 but the eagle is a big plane so it should end up roughly the same size
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>>10241676
unfortunately i do not, but i'd probably start on boomer forums
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>>10240493
There are inkjets that print white. Don't know any more than that, but other have had success with making their own decals like that.
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>>10241989
>so it should end up roughly the same size
that stuka ends up 70cm in wingspan and over 50cm in nose-to-ass length my dude
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>>10240493
your best bet might to be find a printer's shop and have them print it on your decal paper
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>>10241878
>actually paying 45$ for this shit
20$ on AliExpress. Kit is nice but definitely not fucking 50$+ worth, it's literally all one sprue and 2 pages of instructions.
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If you want a Leopard 2 kit, buy them now
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>>10242225
Good idea though, I'll keep one in stash until the real ones get some nice battle patina. Or if a modern panzer ace emerges.

What kit is best for a Bundeswehr A6 (i assume these tonks will be BW stock, and not new production directly from Rheinmetall)? Hobby Boss? Meng? Tamiya?
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>>10241954
the camo on my Ha Go is going to be a little tricky, and while it may not be the most proper way to do it (lights before darks, etc.) I'm probably going to spray the three-tone natural camo first, then varnish, then paint the yellow with the help of some burnished bluetac to mask the rest. the varnish will protect the paint layers beneath, especially from the bluetac, especially if I end up having to leave it on for a few days or something.
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>>10242034
I'm aware now, but I don't think I wanna buy a new printer just for this, at least not yet...

>>10242064
I'm really sorry but I'm dumb, how do I search for a printer's shop? Most I'm familiar with the concept is like, kinko's, or libraries having average printers, but the latter stopped being relevant two decades ago and I don't think kinko's even exists anymore.
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>>10242603
>but I don't think I wanna buy a new printer just for this
I feel this, both of my resin 3d printers have been like half the price of a color-laser printer with an integrated scanner that I've been eyeing.

>how do I search for a printer's shop
Nigger don't tell me you don't have photo-shops. Where do you live, fucking Zimbabwe? Go to a store that sells photography shit and they will have a proper printer to do fancy shit.
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>>10242225
Is the hobbyboss kit ok?
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>>10242634
It may be the other way round, a print shop sounds like something they only still have in the US. Like "checks" and swiping credit cards.
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>>10242715
Nah, as an euro whereas yes they are no longer in every mall like video rentals used to be, there's still at least 1-2 photo shops in every town that do prints and document photos etc.
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>>10242225
I know this is a scale model thread so I'll ask a quick question and I want a quick answer and then we go back to models

wtf why is nato sending in tanks when the russian tank losses so clearly showed that they are clearly completely unsuitable for warfare in the 2020's?
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>>10241676
i literally googled it and got a result on the first page (kadee.com)

What are you looking to have made?
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>>10242782
>why are NATO armies liquidating old assets which will lead to new equipment contracts (that will come with plenty of graft and corruption build in)?
one might as well ask why a bunch of dirty Albanians in part of Serbia are allowed to break away and form their own gypsy country but a bunch of dirty Russians in part of the Ukraine arent'.
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>>10242225
Why do that when I can by the limited edition ukranian marking version in a few months?
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>>10242782
Has most of this NATO equipment ever seen real combat? Seems like a good chance for some testing
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>>10242782
>russian tank losses
ah yes as opposed to the ukranians who have lost so few tanks they are... begging for scraps from every nation that has some
>unsuitable for modern warfare
Russia and Ukraine have lost way more men than tanks, jets, trucks... are humans 'unsuitable for warfare in the 2020's? or is it just that dumb slavs fight piecemeal battles without any real goals besides attrition?

>>10242713
yes it's 'okay', the Canadian version is the best out of all of their Leopard kits.
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When the FUCk are hobbyboss going to make more wheeled howitzers

>>10242782
Because a few things have not changed since the 20th century:
>a purely defensive war is a losing war
>advancing under artillery fire without armor is funny (kherson was not very typical, I'd like to make that point)
>big guns firing high explosives tend to be good problem solvers
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@10242782
>that they are clearly completely unsuitable for warfare in the 2020's?
I'm not even gonna bother, this is clearly bait. But good job you've triggered every lurker Serbian cum chugger so now the thread is gonna be derailed.
>>10242713
It's ok but you're better off getting the Meng one depending on how much you like Leopards. You're honestly better off waiting for the inevitable rebox as
>>10242810
mentioned.
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>>10242782
>tank losses so clearly showed that they are clearly completely unsuitable for warfare in the 2020's?
This didn't happen. Tank casualties run high because there's a LOT of shit dedicated to neutralizing them. Now you work it over why there's so much dedicated to that job and you'll also find the answer as to why tanks are not obsolete. Hopefully in the future this will help prevent you from looking stupid.
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Where can I find a model of a 1987 Toyota Hilux (stock, no fat tires or lift or roll bar)
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>>10243300
Meng have some based on the oil wars and Fujimi do too but those are probably long out of print so good luck
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>>10243300
https://www.aliexpress.us/item/2251832780106522.html?spm=a2g0o.productlist.main.65.224c49cfCeAzBt&algo_pvid=d31c8ef9-5cbc-4307-80a5-241036d08b32&algo_exp_id=d31c8ef9-5cbc-4307-80a5-241036d08b32-32&pdp_ext_f=%7B%22sku_id%22%3A%2266596697040%22%7D&pdp_npi=2%40dis%21USD%2118.99%2118.99%21%21%21%21%21%40211be3cd16746348587961314d06d0%2166596697040%21sea&curPageLogUid=rpKcxZ79Sybt
>>10243335
>He isnt aliexpress pilled yet
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>>10243347
>no single cab
>.<
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>>10242634
>>10242715
a print shop is different to a photo shop. print shops do stuff like advertisement banners, shirts, transparent window ads, etc. i'm in the uk and there's multiple of these in every town, separate from the baby/wedding photo shops who don't do those things.
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>>10242833
>are humans 'unsuitable for warfare in the 2020's?
yes
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>>10242782
To answer your question in a less hostile manner than some in the thread, a platform does not become obsolete because it can be killed easily, a platform becomes obsolete because another thing can execute its mission profile better. At the most basic level, guy with gun is extremely vulnerable to just about everything on a battlefield, but nothing holds territory like guy with gun.
The most commonly cited example for obsolescence are cavalry after the Great War and battleships over the course of the Second World War. Cavalry wasn't rendered obsolete by the machine gun being able to mow down a cavalry charge, in fact cavalry persisted until better options were available (first creeping barrage tactics, later armoured vehicles). In fact, horsemanship was still a relevant skill in the next world war, albeit in the service of reconnaissance, communications and even troop transportation (a horse and buggy was actually an important logistical element for German infantry, for example). Over time though it fell out of favour, as things like motorbikes and light off road vehicles (and later better telecommunications and UAVs) replaced the remaining niche that horses still occupied.
With battleships, the aircraft carrier didn't kill the battleship by being able to kill it. Torpedo boats, submarines and the like could already do that even before the war, part of why a battleship operated with a screen to counteract these things. No, what the carrier did was project force BETTER than a battleship could. It is also for this reason that several carrier fleet navies have switched to missile cruisers since, it is not about what can hurt you, it is about what can you do and what gets that job done.
Plenty of shit kills tanks, but plenty of shit killed tanks if the Fulda Gap went hot. Tanks still do their mission well, but they aren't just the "I win" button that video games make them out to be, you need proper combined arms and they have their part to play in all of that.
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To bring things back on topic (since my post was too long to do so), how does /smg/ like to measure out their cockpits? Do you use a contour gauge or do you just eyeball it and fix with sanding and filing later?
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>>10243506
I usually get it really hard and then make sure to stick the ruler as far against the pelvis bone as it goes. It's kinda unclear where to measure from the balls side.

>>10243465
Some photo shops do do those things. But yeah unless you're living in the Amazonas, you will have a print workshop somewhere around you, they 100% will be able to print white. Another question is if they can be bothered with your 1 sheet job or not, having an acquaintance working there usually helps.
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>>10243540
if you find a really tiny back alley one that has 5 or fewer employees they will be more likely to do your tiny 1 sheet job than a larger shop, too. there's a tiny one in my town that'll do pretty much any job you ask of them, i've had them print single tshirts and stuff before
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>>10243347
The fujimi ones are the one you'll have trouble getting
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>>10243504
>this guy fucking gets it
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>>10243504
10/10 post
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panic time to buy an abrams and a leo2 before the hobby shops jack prices 3x
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>>10242225
>hasegawa kit in 1/72 is sold out everywhere where i live
>there's also hobby boss 3x the price
>and revell
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primed this little gook last night, I have like 30 bottles of paint set out on my table right now and I'll probably spend an hour or so today picking and choosing which I'll be using in the four-tone camo. was going to use some Tamiya flat yellow for the sun stripes but I don't have much of it left, and I'll need a lot to get nice uniform coverage on top of all the other paints + varnish. so I may actually use some Vallejo Air Medium Yellow since I have more of it and the pigment seems to be very similar, if not almost identical.
>>10243504
gigabased knower
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I finished my first kit! How did I do m8s? (I know I fucked up some decals)
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>>10244214
Looks like you got through all the main steps ok. Hope you had fun and plan to make more. What's next?
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>>10244032
>revell
Nothin personnel
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>>10244262
Thanks, had a blast with it, even though it's not exactly a new model. A friend of mine is traveling to Japan soon and I will graciously give him my life's savings to see if he can snatch up something nice in nipland.
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Do you make ahistorical camouflage?
I have extra SS Das Reich decals and thought it might be funny to see what a Leopard 2 in Panzergrau with WW2 markings would look like or maybe a JSDF Tiger I, things like that.
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Will the sanding marks still show through when I do a final coat? How fine grit do I need to go to make it smooth?
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>>10244416
I've gotten smooth finishes and imperceptible sanding marks after painting with 600 grit, though that may not technically be "best practice." I have a 1200 grit Tamiya sanding sponge that I cut pieces off of and I've only cut out one small square from it after owning it for 2 years. meanwhile I use the 600 grit sponge, as well as several sheets of 600 grit paper, far more often
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>>10244032
Trumpeter (2022 tool) and Vespid (metal barrel + photo etch)?
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>>10243465
>>10243540
>>10243552
Alright thanks, I'll give it a look then. Do they tend to have any restrictions on what they're allowed to print? Like if I wanna print a decal of a logo or other similar copyrighted image for personal use, would that prevent them from doing so?
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>>10243504
>tl;dr
Real answer: because russian shit is absolute rubbish and NATO tanks are several generations ahead of it.
30 M1A2 Abrams tanks could charge all the way to Moscow annihilating any pathetic T-90s like it is Gulf War all over.
Completely. Impenetrable. Uranium. Armour. AND ERA bricks OVER it.

Cope, seethe and dilate, eurocucks, the only true and real MBT have entered this war.
Disregard Leopard, this g*rm shit is for faggots and sissies, real men go turbine!
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>>10244568
mental illness
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>>10244598
post a T-14 in active combat
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>>10244630
take your meds schizo
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>>10244568
Not really - There are several countermeasures that can be employed against M1A2. You are less likely to get a full kill against them than some aging T54, but you could say the same for Merkava V compared to Challenger I. I know that you are shitposting, but a mission kill is more than achievable against M1A2 through IEDs or top strike munitions. I would say that I would far rather be in an M1A2 than say T90, but at the end of the day anon was asking about why people would still want more tanks (and more IFVs despite literally thousands being destroyed in this conflict) and I was pointing out that military systems aren't employed because things can't kill them (although while you enjoy that edge they are insane), they are employed because of what they can achieve for you and your goals. Until we have better armoured boxes that can quickly move a big gun across terrain and respond quickly to threats, we will continue to see tanks. I don't think anyone is about to invent myomer and GM are lagging behind in inventing the fusion engine, so we won't go full Battletech in the foreseeable future.
I've already gone off topic more than I like in this thread, so I won't respond to future shitposts in the chain.
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How intimidating would one of the flyhawk destroyer kits be?
I want to put it onto a seascape diorama
What kind of tools do I need? I attempted a 1/700 kit with upgrade set years ago but god was the PE a fucking nightmare
I had tweezers I got from a chemist and they were good for picking up parts but terrible at bending
Also cutting plastic off to replace them with PE was a nightmare as well with the standard hobby knife
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>>10244772
>with the standard hobby knife
get different blades then
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>>10244779
Yeah I wondered if a rounded knife would be good to get
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>>10244780
I have a 11 which I use to cut PE from their sprues, and have also used it once or twice to shave off bits of plastic in order to replace them with PE, or because they weren't supposed to be there for a specific variant
a 17 or 18 would be more useful for that, as you can just go straight in and not have to worry about stuff on the sides obstructing the hobby knife handle
>What kind of tools do I need?
some precision tweezers. I've bought a few (one straight and one curved) but I'm lucky because my dad is a retired surgeon with contacts in his hospital system and he went and grabbed a bunch of small surgical tools for me to use. many of them are various types of tweezers, with also two surgical micro scissors which are really handy for getting nice and flush with aerial wire/ship rigging and getting a nice clean cut.
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>manage to get on weibo through chinese friend
>last post from Tiger Models office page was in June last year
Leclerc bros....its over....
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Why did nobody tell me Vallejo primer smells so nice?
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>>10244863
The 3-4 times I've sprayed it without a respirator my lungs have hurt
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>>10244214

Solid 1st effort. Pay more attention to seam lines on the next one and stop buying shitty hasegawa kits
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>>10244214
very good first kit, mine first wasn't even close to yours (but I will admit to not having read a single piece of advice on how to paint scale models)

dunno if you realize, but raw metal schemes are fucking hard to pull off well
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>>10244416
>Will the sanding marks still show through when I do a final coat?
yes, unless you prime it well with a "primer-putty", like mr surfacer 500 - they're supposed to fill in your shitty sanding
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>>10244796
gestapo got them
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>>10244416
>ow fine grit do I need to go to make it smooth?

2000-3000 is usually good enough
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>>10244408
Yes, but in the interesting direction, not to just paint everything fucking grey. I zimmerit my SdKfz 251 for more visual interest and gave it a three color camo.
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I don't think I can build the flyhawk bismarck it's just too fucking much
It's a nightmare
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>>10245190
>Very small parts hard to work with due to static cling
What the FUCK
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>>10245188
Do a boomerwave blue/purple/white scheme then
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>>10245238
>boomerwave blue/purple/white scheme
What the shit?
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>>10244563
a big shop might be anal about it, but i'm not sure. i've never had any questions asked in small shops.
also sometimes they call themselves "copy shops" rather than "print shops" if you want another term to google (even the small back alley ones should be googlable)
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Probably going to start tackling the job of putting things onto my Tamiya Wirbelwind this weekend. This will be the first time I've tried gluing plastic parts onto a die cast hull and I don't have the cement that the instructions are specifying. Would superglue be enough to hold things together (the die cast shell is already painted the base coat)? For plastic-on-plastic I have Tamiya extra-thin plastic cement so no problems there.
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>>10245352
If you are gluing parts onto a painted surface the glue doesn't really matter because the paint is the weak point. Superglue will work but you should scrape off the paint from where you are gluing parts on.
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How do I go about fashioning myself a set of Bushmaster IIIs? No one sells them, I doubt 3d printing will work on such a narrow straight item, and I don't have any metalworking skills.
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>>10245400
make a master out of styrene sheet, tubes, and putty then make a silicone mould and cast the rest in resin
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almost finished my first non-aircraft model, just needs a matt coat and then some oil effects

this is a bofors 40mm anti-air cannon used by the British forces in ww2, I live in a small seaside town which saw plenty of bombing raids, so there would have been 20 of these set up around town. You can still find some of the areas today although they've been turned into flowerbeds.

I can't seem to find any records that these actually took anything down, it's so hard to find records of AA kills in ww2 compared to squadron air to air kills.
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Just working on the gunners now, not really sure how to make these look good. The faces look awful.
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>>10245535
so, here is the reference pic i'm going for, a colour image of a bofors 40mm being manned by some canadians, this image seems to have been taken in my county, Sussex, but not sure where
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>>10245377
Can do, the only reason it was painted really was because I was airbrushing the paint onto the part runners and had the hull on hand at the same time. In retrospect I shouldn't have even bothered with so much as the primer until I'd gotten the tank's undercarriage assembled, but I was over eager to get the ball rolling at the time on my first tank kit.
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>>10245535
1/72 figures usually look good with just a basecoat and wash, and maybe some subtle highlighting.
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>>10245400
the trumpeter CV-9035 has a 35mm bushmaster, although it doesn't look like the one in your pic
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>>10245541
http://www.pillbox.org.uk/blog/245134/
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Takom's M48s are available in Super-Hobby, but I already have 7 kits awaiting priming
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>when you build a kit with rubber band tracks after building some 200+ piece ""workable"" track monstrosity
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finished painting the base, oil wash drying on it right now. Had a fence on there, but it looked fuckin dummm. Thinkin I'll just keep the base simple, do some pigments and rust on the rails and call it a day
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>>10244785
Yeah I'm beginning to wonder if I just have to suck it up and spend money on tweezers
Been binging Ebroin vids and it seems like a bunch of tweezers is necessary
I'm thinking about getting some files as well
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>>10246116
modelmaking isn't cheap and you'll need a lot of stuff if you want to make things well
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>>10246116
Pick up a set of reverse tweezers those things are godly
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Does it make sense for self propelled anti aircraft guns to be fitted with dozer blades/mine rollers/plows?
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>>10246291
no
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>>10246382
Fuck
I have too many anti air vehicles and I’m not adding another kit to my backlog
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Is yanworld0082013 a legit seller?
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I need to see the best 1/700 seascape you've ever seen especially if it comes with a guide/tutorial
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>>10246723
watch anything by Studio Blue Ocean
Ebroin's Miniatures has done 1 or 2 sea dioramas in the recent past also and he's almost just as good
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I´ve never been much of a Wehraboo and i dont really care for 1/16 scale kits, but good lord I almost jizzed in my pants when seeing that Takom Tiger I suspension and tracks in action in Andy´s newest video.
Thank god im not financially stable enough to preorder that thing, nor have any space for it (in my stash or displays).
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>>10246678
On eBay? Yes I have bought many hobbyboss kits from my man yan many times. If you're worried just buy off aliexpress? Their protection is better than eBay when it comes to Chinese sellers, double up with Paypal.

Personally I've never had an issue with Chinese sellers except for one time where the kit was crushed and destroyed in transit and they tried to pull some eBay fuckery to weasel out of it but luckily I'm a veteran eBay seller so I know how to properly file a claim.
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>>10246098
Nice job but I'd suggest to paint the rails rust brown and shiny on the top. Train tracks are not steel coloured, but brown. Even if you are trying to model a newly laid track (as from the fresh gravel) they are rusty.
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What would you guys recommend for someone who likes building stuff but doesn't want to paint nor display any creativity whatsoever?
Just reading a manual and following it step by step is very relaxing to me, but most models that work that way get done in one evening and I'd like more bang for my buck.
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>>10246851
1/16 raises a lot of questions for me. We don't care about it at smaller scales particularly but I think when things get that big texture beyond a gloss or matt finish becomes important.

Avoiding the "toy" look might be a challenge (I know scale models are toys, I mean looking like something from Tonka or whatever)
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>>10247352
Lego
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>>10247352
>What would you guys recommend for someone who likes building stuff but doesn't want to paint nor display any creativity whatsoever?
Gunpla, then get a dress and some programmer socks because it means you're gay
or what the other anon suggested (Legos)
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>>10247352
1/700 ship with ballbreaking amounts of photo etch.
Miniart kit with full interior, you'll be sticking that thing together a year from now.
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>>10247353
I agree
I feel the same with 1/200
Companies never use the larger scales to go absolutely insane with detail, they just make things bigger
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>but most models that work that way get done in one evening
????
The fuck are you building? Kiddy shit? Airplanes? Those "3D puzzle" garbage kits? Some shit ass 1/35 Tamiya kit from the 80's? That's a load of horseshit. There are plenty of companies with kits that'll take days if not weeks. Hell there are boomers that spend an entire year on one kit. Like >>10247409 said go pick up a full interior kit or literally any full photo etch set + kit and you will spend weeks on it.
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Reminder to only glue in an adequately ventilated area
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>>10247409
>>10247475
That sounds great, any specific recommendations? It's hard to choose something when there's so many brands and models that all seem to look exactly the same to the untrained eye.
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>>10247520
I don't think it's going to be a good idea, it is very difficult
It'll be a nightmare for you and also you will have to be gluing which is not relaxing in my opinion
I think you should get Gundam instead, you can get PG sets or RG or MG and have fun with it
No glue needed
I'm biased though because I developed a very serious respiratory problem from using super glue
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>>10247537
I should note that something like this is very much the extreme end of ship models. This looks like a Pontos PE set which are literally like $150 for a battleship in 1/350 scale, and far more for something in 1/200. they are total conversion kits which require you to carve out a shitload of plastic and remove plastic details, replacing it entirely with photoetch.
if you want a good challenge but something that isn't insane, get a deluxe edition Flyhawk kit of a cruiser or destroyer in 1/700 scale; or get a destroyer or cruiser in 1/350 with some sort of aftermarket kit that isn't as insane as something like Pontos.
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>>10247541
I deleted the pic because I realised looking closely that this guy fucking sucks at PE
I still think 1/700 flyhawk kits are going to be too difficult, that is assuming that anon isn't going to dedicate himself to the hobby
You need a lot of tools to do it and you need a lot of skill
Maybe wooden ship kits would be ok
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>>10247489
i'm going to continue to spray lacquers into a cardboard box and use glues and enamel washes with no respirator or ventilation and there's nothing you can do to stop me
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>>10247520
I'm gonna be real with you, if you don't have the passion strong enough to already have a general idea of the subject you want to focus in or build why are you doing this? Like the other anon said >>10247552 maybe you should just do ship building kits if you just want something generic to hammer away at.

But if you really want a recommendation try a Miniart T-55, they sell several variants but they're more or less all the same shit aside from markings and minor differences. None of it is too difficult, just tedious because of how parts heavy it is.
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>>10247489
Wtf kind of glue are you maniacs using, I've never even smelled glue in my life and I regularly use PE sets.
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>>10247568
i for one use 2 part epoxy glue for every purpose
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>>10247563
>he doesn't sniff the plastic dust after sanding parts
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>>10247564
>if you don't have the passion strong enough to already have a general idea of the subject you want to focus in or build why are you doing this?
I don't know, I just really enjoy assembling stuff by following instructions and watch as everything falls into place.
The problem is that I have absolutely zero creativity and skill, and my hands tremble all the time as if I was having a stroke or something, which is why I want something that is literally just putting pieces where they belong, no other input needed. I've been eyeing ship models for a decade now, but all of them look really ugly without paint, and none seem to come with pre-painted pieces for some reason that I don't understand.
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>>10247585
>and none seem to come with pre-painted pieces for some reason that I don't understand.
Literally one of the biggest pillars of scale modeling is painting
>my hands tremble all the time as if I was having a stroke or something
I take it back then, don't bother, most ship model kits and the aforementioned mini-art kit have really tiny parts that require tweezers and steady hands.

I think you should just do Gundams like other anon mentioned. 0 tiny parts, pretty brainless to throw together and 0 painting or glue required.
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Between Meng, Border, Takom and Vespid, which one has the best 1/72 Leopard 2?
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>>10247585
>and my hands tremble all the time
Forget about the plastic+PE ships then.

>and skill
Training issue. Spend a few thousand hours on it...

Wooden ship models, well, if you think getting half the kit as a pile of assorted wooden dowels and strips from which you then manufacture the actual parts sounds fun then they can certainly keep you busy for a long, long time. Though you're probably going to want quite a few tools if not buying a ton of stuff was a concern. On the other hand if you want to just have the parts fall together with nothing more than you clipping them off the sprue (and clear instructions telling you what exactly goes where exactly and in exactly what order) then oh dear oh dear.
https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235110508-hmsv-bagel-beagle-with-some-bits-left-out-and-some-in-the-wrong-places-~-deck-furnishing-phase/
https://youtu.be/6451Rse1QAU?t=537
https://www.youtube.com/@JohnsWoodenShips/videos
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>>10247604
>>10247627
Thanks for your time, anons. Guess I'll have to look somewhere else.
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>>10247585
my hands were shaky and i sucked at precision work when i first started modelling but i guess steady hands is a learnable skill because they aren't shaky any more and i'm much more dexterous. you don't need creativity to build models, even when painting your subject will have a colourscheme you can copy. skills are acquired so of course you don't have any yet.
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>us, uk and jap ww2 interior greens look all the same to me
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>>10247681
unless youre trying very hard to replicate a very specific well-documented aircraft, theyre all pretty interchangeable. same with interior German green which iirc (I may be wrong) they only used at the start of the war.
the important thing to remember is oftentimes different companies/factories used slightly different paints, this applies for almost every country in the war
and for Germany and Japan later on when things got bad they often just used whatever they had. after all, many very late war German camo jobs just used their red oxide primer as a *part* of the camo itself
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>>10247606
Vespid no contest, comes with a metal barrel and is from a manufacturer who actually focuses on 1/72 vs Meng and Border who just wanted to hop on the Leopard wagon. The Takom one is ok.
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>>10247681
>mfw paint all interior greens with Russian green and boomers still praise me
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Damn you Takom. Stop giving me choices to make where I have to spend 20 minutes figuring out how to the two pictures differ at all and then not explaining what they mean anyway.
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>when youre sick of looking at this fucking thing since october so you speed run the base to call it done

not terrible, its only my 2nd completed base, kinda bland and the blending between ballast and dirt is a bit dicky, w/e
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>>10247763
have another why not, I hate my life
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>>10247763
Literally just brush earth or dust colored pigments all over it and it'll blend instantly. Unless you're going for the clean look I guess.
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>>10247563
freebased and googoogajoobpilled
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>>10247420
There isn't actually that much detail on full sized things, anon.
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What the fuck are these scales
Also can someone make literally any western anti air radar in 1/35
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>>10248169
trumpeter (IIRC, might be hobbyboss) has the patriot radar system
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The future...
is NOW (after sanding though)

I really hope fast, accurate sub-micron 3d printing comes soon
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>>10247763
>germany's dirtiest train car

I mean, I'm guilty of overweathering and retarded weathering (applying it where it probably doesn't belong/make sense), but you anon... your OCD levels are off the charts
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>>10247688
>the important thing to remember is oftentimes different companies/factories used slightly different paints, this applies for almost every country in the war
and at certain points in the war, especially for germs, japs and russkis, there are supply shortages so the mechanics try to make do with whatever is on hand
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>>10248169
I suspect 1:542 is an imperial scale since that's 15 yards to 1 inch
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>>10248169
Odd scales tend to be very old kits. Either "box scale", ie sized to fit the box they were to be sold in, or some scale that ended up loosing out to the ones that are now the main ones.
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Why the fuck can't I find alclad in the UK anymore?
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>>10247797
that's what I was doing, but it's matte paint on a rough surface, pigments weren't spreading great. I feel like I'd have to cover everything in a ton of pigments and that would look odd too.

>>10248230
soooo, is that a good thing?
>also its russian
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>>10247568
For plastic I use Testors liquid glue in black bottle or Tamiya extra thin cement. Resin I use BSI medium or thin CA glue. Use that for photo etch too unless it's a large piece then I use two part epoxy.
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>>10248340
it's called hr hobbies here now, their trademark for "alclad" ran out
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improvise
adapt
overcome
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>>10248169
scales like 550, 542, and 640 are very old. 70s and earlier.
700 is the smallest normal ship scale that you see frequently. 2400 is like a wargaming scale
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>>10248231
>and at certain points in the war, especially for germs, japs and russkis, there are supply shortages so the mechanics try to make do with whatever is on hand
kek, did you type this post without reading the rest of mine?
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I think I'm going to give up on filling these panel lines completely. I've been using milliput thinned down to a paste which works really well to a certain extent, but getting this completely flat without sanding is too much for me. It's not worth it to lose the sharp geometry sanding sanding excess filler.
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>>10248363
>soooo, is that a good thing?
it's a thing, not my style desu

too pristine, it makes the model lose volume and definition
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>>10248528
y-y-yes...
>"<
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>>10248411
was working on my first diorama, didn't have my foam board attached to anything and it warped really bad. managed to get it glue to some wood with this.
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I've found 3 Matchbox BF110 kits and they all had rotted decals
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>>10248626
>Essential German
Ich habe Zwiebeln in meiner Unterhose was the only phrase i ever needed during my time there
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>>10248381
Ah, thanks.
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This thing is really good. Might actually avoid snapping shit off all the time.
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>>10248653
Serves you right for buying that ancient pos garbage when Eduard has a perfectly fine kit thats marginally more expensive.
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>>10248706
what's the brand and name? all I got is a simple wobbly tamiya holder (but it spins!)
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>>10248712
https://www.scalemates.com/kits/zep-system-msj02-aircraft-jig--1350122

If I want to spin it, I put it on the cake stand.
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>>10247585
Hey man I just had a thought
In Japan there are 1/700 kits made by Fujimi which are push fit which means that the model can be assembled just by cutting them the parts out and pushing them together
You could try searching them up with Fujimi NEXT
All you'd need would be sprue cutters, a hobby knife, some sand paper and files
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>bought a kit from my local hobby shop which usually has big mark-ups on kits
>Academy Hetzer for $34.49
>check on scalemates, tooling from 2012
>"eh why not"
>buy it
>check online later at home
>MSRP $45
>if I bought it online from most places it would've been $50
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Starting to take shape. A rather mousey turret volume here. Now to give the runnning gear some time to cure thoroughly before I get to the great fun with no risk of anything whatsoever going wrong that is single piece hard plastic tracks. Joy. Oh well, at least they'll take paint well, and the kit is otherwise going together pretty well even if the soft plastic is gunking up the sanding stick. Then to decide if I want to lock in the barrel with the travel lock or not.
(Zvezda 1/72 MSTA-S if anyone wonders.)
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>>10239304
>just wait for italeri or academy to make one, any year now, any year now....
https://www.italeri.com/en/article/816
>In the 1:72 line we would like to highlight the release of the AMX and the fifth generation fighter F-35C Lightning II.
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>>10248653
Just buy aftermarket replacements?
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Any Challenger autists here? Is the black stripe camo at all standardized? I keep seeing slightly different variations and it's driving me insane
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How in the fuck did hasegawa ever get a good rep, these kits go together like absolute shit. (and the decals suck)
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>>10249500
Sometimes the other option is far worse, they're also pretty brainless to load up with after market shit.
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>10 unpainted 1/35s
FUCk i cant even try something new
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>>10249534
I thought I had it bad with 6 1/35 and 2 1/72 models prepared for priming for 6 months now
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>>10248716
I've found the smol version at one (1) retailer near me, but can't tell if 255mmX185mm (so 10" by 7&1/4") is enough for 1/48 (I rarely make bigger planes)
thoughts?
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>>10249500
>hasegawa decals bad
I've only made their MaK kits and those decals are THICC, same shit with planes?
for MaK it's kinda awesome, because I usually weather the model extensively, so it's nice that the decal can take a beating
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>>10239006
Did anyone of you build the old ass Revell Space Shuttle? I recently got the 1/144 kit and as usual it was a pretty shitty experience. IDK why I alwys do that.
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sticking with the train theme, here's my Tatra T18 progress. Took longer to print than to put together. Still some cleanup and repair to do, as well as reprinting 2 parts that I broke. I suppose I'll print some rails to go with it
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>car kit doesn't provide window masks
>they don't even print a to scale mask in the instruction booklet so you can make your own
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>>10249500
>1980s tooling
theres your problem, miles better than comparable kits from airfix, revell, etc at the time.
The newer stuff from the 2000s onwards are excellent, 1/72 macross stuff blasts still shits on the vast majority of the 1/72 scale jet fighters released after in regards to overall detail as an example.
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what aftermarket antenna should i put on a 90's abrams
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>>10249808
I should add that I meant antenna and base; I can just stretch some sprue for the antenna but not the base.
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>>10249713
Most shuttle kits are garbage because most of them came out before the first launch by a couple of years. Even the Tamiya ones aren't great for this reason. They're basically 1970s tooling (strike one) based off the non-flying prototype (strike two) with the rest filled in by scant data and a lot of imagineering (strike three). All that said, however, the 1/144 Shuttle stack with the launch tower is a fun build even if it is replete with these issues.
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>>10249735
>I suppose I'll print some rails to go with it
libertarians wet dream
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>>10249713
>>10249850
I got it cheap, years ago in a half price sale on revell kits at my local, with the intention of breaking it up and turning into tabletop terrain.
Glad to know it wasn't actually worth building anyway, if I were ever so inclined.
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>>10249855
Especially the clear part is impossible to fit. I filled it up with putty, sanded smooth and then painted the windows on. The decal sheet on the other hand is really well done as it is often the case with Revell.
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>in the last 20 years, Dragon has released 41 Tiger kits
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>>10250021
hey once you have that tooling better make use of it
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>>10250021
>>10250023
oh I forgot to mention, this is just in 1/35
another 17 kits in 72 over the same span of time
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I feel sad
It seems like 3d printing has destroyed the resin aftermarket market
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>>10250272
Get fucked lmao

(cast resin is homo cancer)
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>>10250272
3D shit will never replace resin, at least not for a couple more decades. It's way too brittle and shit for small detail. Not to mention printing mishaps are way way more difficult to fix than resin molding mishaps.
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>>10250320
You best be talking about FDM printing anon, or else you're in for a big surprise. Currently the only disadvantage resin printing has compared to casting is the print lines.
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>>10250320
lol, lmao even
Garage nigger on copium watch
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I love Japanese WW2 ships
There's just something about the design which makes me think of floating castles of steel
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>>10250390
A very tall castle at that
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>>10250332
I've bought and built resin printed kits before and that doesn't change the fact they're brittle as fuck. I can saw, sand and fill a resin kit all day but I have to treat 3D printed shit like glass because of how prone to breaking it is on top of the fact that it can't really be worked with at all.
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>>10250332
Also time, casting is much better at scale compared to 3d printing (currently)
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>>10250332
They both have their own uses and its two entirely different types of resin you braindead fuck
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How can I make sure the noseweight is enough?
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has anyone here had any experience airbrushing Tamiya flat yellow onto darker colors because of weird masking/camo patterns? I know it'll probably darken the yellow but it's the easier of the two ways I can think of painting my camo atm. if anything I'm just worried it'll take 20 layers considering how shitty yellow is as a paint
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>>10250583
add as much as you can
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What's a good circle cutting tool that can go through 0.5mm acrylic sheets in small diameters like 3 or 4mm?
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>>10250584
In the past I've had better luck painting a layer of white primer or shiny aluminum under before doing the yellow otherwise the yellow gets fucked up
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>>10250701
roger, I'll "reprime" the area in question first. makes sense. thanks
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>>10250584
Pink can be used as an interference layer for yellow. Being not quite white, not quite red it works. Try it on some scrap and see, it will change your life.
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Progress
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>>10250858
What the hell is this
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>>10250860
funny cold war anti air abrams proposal with mim-146s and 35mms
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>>10250696
Look for some hollow punches like what leather workers use. Try to find the thinnest-wall ones possible as they make cleaner cuts.
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>>10250864
Extremely based, keep up the good work.
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What are the best quality drill bits for medium cost?
Also what about clippers?
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>>10250871
I have been using the 3$ (Shipping included) sidecutters I got from Aliexpress 3 years ago and they are yet to fail.
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>>10250864
>>10250858
lovely
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>>10250871
i got a set of 0.1-3.0mm tungsten steel pcb drillbits on amazon for £15 https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08M5PLF48
if you're american they're also sold by someone on amazon us, just change the .co.uk to .com in the url
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>tried to make the fuselage centerline on a 1/72 bf-109 and ended up with a huge ugly trench.
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>>10250858
Really nice. Ever thought of making molds and selling resin turrets online?
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>>10250864
>RETRACTABLE ADATS FIRE CONTROL SYSTEM (SHOWN EXTENDED)
I don't think that's what extended means
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>>10250858
>>10250864
I generally don't like modernshit but this is really cool. nice job anon
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Are these tracks supposed to be made completely out of metal, without rubber?
They are the ones on the Tamiya's 1/35 Korean war M4A3E8 Sherman.
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Any Italy autists here? I'm trying to figure out if I can use French AFV figures as stand ins for my Ariete. It seems they use the same Elco style half helmets, and Italians also seem to wear a soft armor vest like the French do.

Yes I know there is the one Italian Modern AFV crew kit out there, it's ugly and they're all wearing shitty outfits and have facial hair, I don't want that.
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not sure if I should place the order now or wait until im ready to actually build it and more aftermarket stuff comes out.... 121 cad on just upgrade details. il still need a resin race exhaust too, maybe some variant details for the one off Lamborghini color scheme
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>>10252164
>don't buy it now
>sells out
>have to buy from 3 separate websites now and pay shipping for each one
>some never come back in stock
DO IT NOW. NOW.
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Anyone here ever buy from Modelltrans Modellbau? Can't really find any solid info on them, seen some pics of the molds and they look pretty alright but I've been burned before.
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when spraying enamels over lacquer for a reverse wash, do i need to use a special thinner or can i just use my mr levelling thinner like normal? this is what i'd normally use for spraying enamels.
i know for the wiping it away i should be using something naptha-based since it won't damage the lacquer (i plan to use zippo fluid which i already have since i use it for cleaning up enamel washes), i'm just unsure about the thinning for spraying
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nuremburg toy fair tomorrow, might see something new
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>>10252734
i swear if revell doesn't give us the kf-51 or leopard 2 trophy and gives us more reboxes instead
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>>10252742
they have a modest booth size
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>>10252722
>when spraying enamels over lacquer for a reverse wash
What the fuck are you talking about?
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>>10252749
Reverse wash is when you use stripper/thinner to remove paint from raised parts
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>>10252752
Yeah, google helped with that, what a stupid name for the technique though. Has nothing to do with washes.
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>>10252757
yeah. i don't know what else to call it though, i've only ever seen it referred to as a reverse wash.
i assume there's a better term out there somewhere, "reverse wash" seems to be used mostly by gunpla builders and most gunpla builders use insular terms and japanese product names instead of proper modelling terminology.
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I know that revell isn't really a model company but seeing them there lessens my hope a bit
I'm looking at the modelling section and there's a surprising number of diecast and train companies. Tamiya looks to have a sizeable booth as well. Seems fun, hope we get something exciting.
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>>10252747
whoops >>10252771
I also see a lot of those small diecast metal cars as well as some RC ones
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>>10252545
From the website it looks legit. Have a German adress, even got Modell des Jahres once it seems. Do you order from overseas?
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>>10252757
Wash is for filling recessed areas with paint therefore reverse wash is for painting raised parts although the techniques are completely different
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>>10252771
What do you mean revell isn't a model company?
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>>10252545
I've bought from them twice, a full kit and two conversion sets in total. There's been no horror shows like the Sands Model Strf90 or some Gecko Heavy Industry stuff, but "ok" is about as kind as I'd be. (Kinda baseline for small scale resin perhaps.) Not likely to be a maker I go to if alternatives are readily available (unless said alternatives are known to be shit) but I'll probably buy form them again some day since they do have some interesting subjects no one else covers.
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>>10252846
>Revell bad because of 1970s molds
>can't be fucked to research things and not impulse purchase
>therefore Revell bad
>but Hasegawa 1970s molds not bad somehow
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>>10253033
There's a difference between 1970's Jap molds, and 1970's Monogram molds.
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>>10253033
>>Revell bad because of 1970s molds

Dunno i'm doing a revell late 90's mold (Tornado 1/72) and the fit and engineering is absolute dogshit, thought the surface detail is mostly very nice
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>>10251483
Those are T80 tracks so the sides with the raised chevrons are made of metal while the flat sides are made of rubber.

Also here's a site with good reference material for Shermans
http://the.shadock.free.fr/sherman_minutia/tracks/hvss_tracks.html
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Is amodel stuff good?
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Why buy IBG 1/72 planes when I can buy eduard 1/72 planes
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>>10253129
Completely agree. Dunno what the revisionism about Revell is ATM, the only decent kits they sell always turn out to be reboxes from other better manufacturers regardless of age. The only one I've built that wasn't complete garbage (yet still significantly worse than eg. aoshima or tamiya) was their old VW 1200 Beetle
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>>10253033
>>10252846
Revel in Germany is seen primarily as a kids toy company like Tomy Lego and Hasbro and is placed accordingly (ie, not in the modellbau hall) you absolute newfags
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>>10253589
>muh image, muh consumer opinions
nta but stop being a fucking retard
most of their shit is reboxed garbage, yes
they also make some very good new stuff
if you see something online or in a hobby store, take the 1 minute to go on your phone and check the tooling on scalemates
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>>10253593
When have I ever talked about reboxing? Do you have any semblance of reading comprehension?
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>>10253599
>say nonsense garbage
>confused when people respond perplexedly
>"you can't read!!!"
learn my language before you try using it and insulting us for being confused
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>>10253604
Anon please I implore you go back and point out at which point I ever mentioned Revell kit quality or reboxing practices
>y-you ESL
Rich coming from someone who might as well be illiterate
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>>10253611
>go back and point out at which point I ever mentioned Revell kit quality or reboxing practices
then why the fuck do Germans consider Revell "not a model company?" I thought you people were supposed to be smart
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Do I
1. get flyhawk kits because they're cheap and come with nearly everything you need
2. get IJN kits + all the extra aftermarket shit I need to make a sufficient model but pay extra on each model
IJN is my true passion
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>>10253637
>1. get flyhawk kits because they're cheap
uhhhh
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>>10253626
As a German anon, i also don't quite get this statement... I mean Revell ist the only modelling company that has its own aisle in German retail shops, all other manufacturers have to be bought online if you don't have a dedicated modelling shop in your town. As a German, I'd say Revell is our go to modelling company.
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>>10253643
Sorry by cheap I mean within the 1/700 space
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>>10253659
by 1/700 standards they are expensive, even their standard kits with no PE. Trumpeter is probably the general budget option for 1/700 but the costs of their new kits in that scale are rising quickly.
you get what you pay for though. Flyhawk easily make the best 1/700 kits anywhere
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>>10253669
Well I'm including the cost of aftermarket with the other brands
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had a nice time at London Hendon aircraft museum until I turned a corner and saw all of the good shit had a fucking tarp over them because the roof was leaking

god I fucking hate my country
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couldn't cover up this bbw though
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oh yeeeeah
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How the fuck is that thread still kicking
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I'm looking at the Northsea Fishing Trawler by revell
Thinking about using it to learn to scratch build with plastic sheet, any ideas?
I don't know what fishing trawlers look like
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>>10253675
>>10253680
>>10253686
need mo money fo da NHS doncha know
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>No F-15EX in 1/48 or larger
>Base F-15E can't carry psycho amounts of air-to-air ordnance
Man, I just want to build an eagle with 16 AMRAAMs.
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>>10239672
>>10239670
>>10239675
>>10239676
>>10239678
this is beautiful.
what does the heart mean?
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>>10253857
>what does the heart mean?
mine was specifically an AEF Renault. I believe the 304th Tank Brigade (the only US tank brigade in WWI) had four separate companies (I believe), and the symbol of each was one of the four suits of a deck of cards
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>>10253900
>>10253900
>>10253900
>>10253900
New thread, migrate when ready
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>>10253708
The zigger times its bumps daily to avoid the bump limit. If it was capable of learning, I'd say it's evolving, but I think it's just laziness and/or routine.



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