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Old 03-12-2015, 05:07 PM
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Tamiya 1:35 20mm Flakvierling 38 MITSd.Ah.52

At some point looking up information on the M8 that's still on my bench, I came across a Yugoslav M5 Stuart with a flakvierling in place of the turret. I thought that looked kinda cool, so I picked up a Tamiya flakvierling cheap, which I figured I'd later put on the Stuart. Its been years, and I still don't have a Stuart, so I decided to do this as another build, while waiting for the paint on the Kleiner Panzerbefehlswagen to dry.

I also have an Alliance Model Works 2cm Flakvierling Shield + 4 Barrels to go with it.



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Old 03-12-2015, 05:11 PM
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The first step is creating the main body of the gun. The inner piece sits rather proud, and when I checked it against images on the internet, the body is clearly recessed. So, I shaved and sanded and sanded and shaved. Finally got it to be just a little recessed.



That lower arm came broken. Hopefully that won't be an issue.



Although it doesn't look like it in the image, the body is now recessed.

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Old 03-13-2015, 02:36 PM
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Some shots from last night.

One of the barrels was slightly too large to fit in the flash suppressor, so I ground it down a bit. Finally fit it in most of the way, when I snapped the picture. Then one of the other flash suppressors was a little loose on another barrel, so I swapped them.



Pre-op. This is the one that didn't fit before.



Post op. The thing I hate about doing barrel surgery like this is getting them to line up right. I see so many modelers with snagglebarrels. And then in a quad mount like this, super easy to mess up. Thank goodness for AMS + OCD.



Just to see if it still looks good mounted. I don't have drill bit big enough to match the barrel. I got as close as I could, then worked on it with a knife. Even then, you can see where the styrene is stressed when I pushed the barrel in. But, nothing broke or warped.



Lotsa pin holes and the like visible from the back. The unputtied ones are either never visible or will be needed.


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Old 03-17-2015, 04:12 PM
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Finished the other side. The lower right gun needs to be straightened. It's slightly askew.







Did one of the curved shields, but overdid it.





Knocked it down, much better.



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Old 03-24-2015, 02:34 PM
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Detailing the shields was a pain. It looks simple enough, but everything needs to have the same curve, which is easier said than done.



Clamping a piece in place in order to add the super glue



First strip



This side done.

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Wow!
Those barrels are really worth the extra $ and time - looks excellent!

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Old 03-28-2015, 11:33 PM
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They really are. I think you can get the barrels separately from Alliance Models Works. For the Tamiya kit, I'd get the barrels from AMWorks, and the PE from Eduard. This PE would be better for Dragon, AFW, or Bronco.
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Nice work,

The barrels look great .I love the 4 barrel Flak,the Tamiya kit is a good platform to work with .

Dressed up it will look the part, keep up the good work .

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Old 03-28-2015, 11:55 PM
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Finished all the PE for this side.



Doesn't fit. Need to do some slicing and dicing.





Meanwhile, this part is WAY too big. sigh





The base of the gun, with tons of sinkholes.

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Well, I reached the part of the build where I need to start doing fiddly things, like make hinges and such (so I'll be heading back to the JS-2 now). Thought I'd start painting the guns so I could put them on the mounting.





And then this happened. The Krylon rattlecan paint I've been using for priming (as German primer color) says 2x on the can. I thought it meant primer + paint, but apparently it means it sprays twice as much. So all that nice texture and those tiny holes got obliterated. ARGH!



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