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Andrew Maverick Taylor

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    Airbrush, Model, Paint? What are these things?

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  1. Hi everyone Well this was new for me. My first ever armour build completed and I thoroughly enjoyed and glad I picked this kit. The Academy new tool Abrams is amazing to build. I have no fit issue at all and alot of parts simply push fit and functional. There's no internal detail but that was fine with me but everything else put together looks great. I'm not up on tank technology or the specifics of any given tank or vehicle but the visual impact looks about right from a few photos I checked out. Some of the features that drew me to the kit is the three part slide molded gun barrel which eliminates any centre seam associated with other tank kits and also the rubber/vinyl tracks. The thought of putting together 50+ parts just to build up tracks just scares me and the Academy tracks just fell into place nicely. For paint, I used Tamiya XF-69 Nato Black as a primer and then used AK Interactives OIF/OEF Weathering set which contains AK-122 US Base Color along with two weathering washes. I also used Tamiya XF-57 Buff mixed with XF-1 White to bleach things out. Weathering was Ak Interactive washes and Tamiya Weathering Pigment sets. As for the decals, again I make no apologies for not knowing any tank unit markings etc, I just went along with what I though looked good to me and chose to stylise things a little. My main interest for modelling subjects are US Navy aircraft therefore I've always got spare hornet or tomcat decals on hand with not a lot of use for them. I took influence from stories I've heard from my father who's retired Royal Air Force and stuff i've read in books where crew from other units or branches of military forces have been known to zap other units vehicles, aircraft etc with their own patches and insignia. Hence why I had a bit of fun by adding the Hornet anti slip tread patches, intake warning triangles and the US stars and bars and a reference to a certain song that most of use know from a certain 80s movie!!! Ultimately this was just a fun build and a different genre to try out and again no apologies for any inaccuracies.
  2. When might this sheet be available to purchase from the Caracal Website?
  3. I’m no stranger to the scale modelling scene and am more used to aircraft if the usual scales 1/72, 1/48 etc. This however is my very first armour build and glad I picked this one. The Academy 1/35 M1A2 V2/TUSK I/TUSK II kit is a dream to build and the three piece slip moulded gun barrel and “rubber band” tracks are nice features. I’m not too enthused on the thought of multi part tracks that the likes of Meng and others are coming out with. So far it’s 95% built with just the hang ons to fit after painting eg spare road wheels and tracks, jerry cans etc. Paint is now starting to on for which I used AK Interactives OIF/OEF weathering Set.
  4. Thanks for the clarification. That was my concern that the actual mounting point would be different.
  5. Anyone got any left over 1/72 KC-135R New Hampshire tail bands from the now OOP Caracal sheet?
  6. Italian Air Force Tornado ECR built OOB from the Italeri 1/72 Tornado "Special Colors" kit
  7. Airfix 1/48 Gloster Meteor F.8 completed with BIG ED PE set, Eduard Brassin Wheel set and Xtradecal decals sheet for Towed Target aircraft and supplemented with kit stencils and roundals. Kit pitot probe for the wing tip broke and was poorly molded so it was swapped out for a sewing needle.
  8. Completed this Italeri 1/48 RAF Tornado GR.1 Operation Granby "Armoured Charmer" using the Gulf War boxing. Kit was built as a desktop model therefore I left out the cockpit parts and blacked out the canopy at the painting stage. Paints used were Tamiya XF-57 Buff for the main colour then bleached it out with varying shades of the same colour. Decals were a mix from the kits and from aftermarket sheets. TIALD pod and Hindenburg tanks were taken from an Airfix kit as well as the "Sandra" decal on the pod. Display stand is from a Tamiya 1/32 P-51 Mustang. Overall the kit went together very well however to get the best alignment I used plasticard strips and also deviated from the instructions when assembling the fuselage joints. It worked out better than expected and have no hesitation building the other three I have in the stash.
  9. Looking for 1/35 Abrams (M1A1 or M1A2) mine plough parts from Tamiya kit including the chain and wire
  10. Hi there So I've just started my very first armour build being the Academy 1/35 M1A2 Abrams SEP TUSK II kit. I'm very impressed with the kit and at how quick it builds up. As I'm mainly an aircraft modeller, I'm not up on Tank knowledge so not fussed on the details or bothered with internal detail so the Academy kit suits me just fine. As I'm so impressed with the kit, I'm considering building another one but mixing it up a bit by adding a mine Plough. Now I know that Tamiya, Trumpeter and Dragon do kits with the Mine Plough however Id like to stick with the Academy kit and use an aftermarket option or if anyone has spare mine plough parts from another kit. I have come across the Scale Model 1/35 Mine Plough to be used on Leopard tanks. To my untrained eye it looks the same as the one on the Abrams tank. Does anyone know if this aftermarket set would fit on an Abrams?
  11. Most of us are aware of the Hairspray technique for paint chipping and yes I have used it myself but has anyone used hairspray much in the same way as a gloss coat before applying decals? I know about the whole argument for glossing vs not glossing before decals, but lets leave that subject alone please. If anyone has tried using hairspray before decals has there been any issue with it reacting with Micro Set and Micro Sol?
  12. Hi Everyone If anyone has the Airfix 1/48 Gloster Meteor F.8 A09182, I am after either the whole decal sheet but if not I require two of the smaller roundals at the top of the decal sheet No.4. I am doing an alternative scheme to the kit markings and therefore need the two smaller roundals. If anyone can help, I'd be very grateful. Regards Andrew
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