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Old 10-29-2009, 06:24 PM
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Stug III B Tamiya with ABER sets

I am new to this so patience please.
I've been slow in asking for the vBench so some of the work is started.
Getting back into modelling after SEVERAL years hiatus. I did few cheapees to get some practice but I decided it was time to get going on something decent.
I purchased the new Stug III from Tamiya. I have been reading quite a bit on the internet and decided to try my hand at some photo etch.
I bought some ABER sets for this kit,
-basic set
-interior
-fenders

I also ordered the Friulmodel tracks but they were backordered.

I'll post some pictures soon, just have to upload them.

So far:
I've done rough cut to remove fenders
I've painted and assembled wheels
Primed and painted bottom hull
Started work on some of the photo etch

This is my first time at doing photo etch. Bending has not been a problem (except for really long pieces). Soldering, well...still need some practice.

I also primed all the pieces straight on the sprues (seemed like a good idea at the time). Gluing pieces together requires cleaning off the primer (oh well, live and learn. I never used to prime, but was following directions from others.

For the wheels, I've been sorta following the recommendations from the Testors modeling manual about scale. I lighten the color with 17% white. (makes for long counting when making a sizeable batch.)
I've painted inside and rear of wheels straight panzer grey (i'm partial to Testor MM enamels, but picked up vallejo acrylics for figure painting.)
The front of wheels are lightened panzer grey.
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Old 10-29-2009, 07:12 PM
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Hi Carriedca!...good luck on your project!...but,...where are the photos?

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Old 10-29-2009, 08:36 PM
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again good luck cant wait too see some pictures

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Old 10-30-2009, 12:39 AM
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Good luck! I am waiting to see some photo...
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Old 10-30-2009, 04:10 AM
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Good luck!!! Can't wait to seeing the photos...
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Old 10-30-2009, 07:22 PM
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okay, I've got some pictures uploaded. Unfortunately, my white balance is off, so too yellow. Next batch will be better.

Here is a pic of the top half with fenders cut off. (painted center hull)


Bottom hull, painted and then added primed piece of reduction gear box for sprocket
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Old 10-30-2009, 07:27 PM
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okay pictures are too big. I need to create thumbnails
Will have to fix this (and figure out out to post them)

Here are the wheels, note color difference between front of wheel vs rear of wheel (i've also added a wheel after sanding to remove seam, and after painting)



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Old 10-30-2009, 07:33 PM
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Here are pictures of the ABER fenders.
Top of the first one I did (left)

Here is the rear (crappy soldering job, need more practice)


Second try, other fender (right)
empty frame without top


After soldering, much better job (my picture of the underneath was out of focus, so will need to take another)

Last edited by carriedca; 10-30-2009 at 07:39 PM. Reason: wrong picture
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Old 10-30-2009, 09:33 PM
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Welcome to PA...and good effort for your first VB.

With the soldering....is the iron hot enough? It looks like the solder isn't melting correctly, can you increase the temperature of the iron?
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Old 10-31-2009, 06:22 AM
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I don't think youz should change the size of your pictures, it makes it easier to enjoy your work.
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