More 1:48 scale T-62 fun!

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While waiting for my printed hatch to arrive…


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I decided to go ahead and prep the turret for the new part, and to add the rest of the miscellaneous details to the turret and hull.

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I started by cutting off the molded commander’s hatch. Tape was used to protect the surrounding details while a razor saw was used to remove the hatch.

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Then I used a motor tool to grind away a pocket that would allow me to mount a figure later. In the mean time, I plan on painting the pocket black to provide some depth and to create the illusion of a hollow turret.

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When grinding resin, I like to hold the part over the open end of the hose with the vacuum running. I just tape the hose of my vacuum cleaner to the edge of the desk, or hold it between my knees. I really should put a screen over the nozzle!

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I decided that I wanted the ring around the commander’s hatch to have more depth, so I fashioned a new version out of styrene using circle templates and an un-sharpened hypodermic needle. I cut the inner ring (representing the opening) first, but not all the way through. Then I placed the circle template back onto the styrene, but using the diameter slightly under the diameter of the final outer profile of the ring. This was done to guide the needle as I pressed the bolt pattern (to ensure a concentric bolt pattern). After I finished adding the bolt detail, I moved the circle template a final time so that the final outer profile diameter was in place, and finished cutting the piece from the sheet. Then all that was left was to carefully cut the center loose and attach the ring to the turret. Just to see what it looked like, I tack-glued the scrapped hatch in place.

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I fashioned the turret grab handles from the kit supplied brass rod, and made new lifting hooks from styrene. I thought I had lost the kit parts, but it turned out that they were in the bag, I just didn’t recognize them!

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Headlight guards were bent from brass rod, inserted into pre-drilled holes, and the cross pieces soldered in place.

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The rest of the small details were added. I used brass pins wherever possible. This serves two purposes: it creates a stronger attachment, and it allows me to remove the parts for painting. Even parts that were glued on were attached with pins for strength. I plan on travelling with this model, so it’s important that it be able to stand up to a little jostling.

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Gaso.Line 1:48 T-62 New hatch

I decided to design and print a new commanders hatch.

I had a Trumpeter kit handy, so I used that for measurements. If I were going to model this for production, it would be a more lengthy process involving research, photographs of the real article, more detailed base drawing construction, etc…

In this case, I just wanted to get the CAD model out for print ASAP due to a rapidly approaching deadline, so I modeled what I had, then scaled it down to 1:48 scale.

I may wait until I have the finished hatch in hand before I grind off the existing one on the turret.

Here you can see the original 1:35 scale model and the reduced 1:48 scale version.
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And a quick Photoshop of the new hatch in place.
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We’ll see how it actually turns out. It should be here around April 6th, so stay tuned.

Thanks for looking!

IV Concurso de Modelismo Estatico Leganes – Part 2: The Models

As promised, part II of my report from the IV Concurso de Modelismo Estatico Leganes Madrid.

The models!

A quick reset…

Last weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday March 14th, 15th, and 16th, modelers, vendors and their friends and families gathered from all over Europe to attend the 4th annual Concurso de Modelismo Estatico in Leganes, Spain.

Lo prometido es deuda , la segunda parte de mi informe del IV Concurso de Modelismo Estatico Leganes Madrid.

Los modelos !

Un reinicio rápido …

Último fin de semana, viernes, sábado y domingo 14 de marzo , 15 ª, y 16 ª , modeladores , los vendedores y sus amigos y familias se reunieron de todas partes de Europa para asistir a la cuarta anual Concurso de Modelismo Estatico en Leganés, España .

Hosted by IPMS Madrid – Asociacion de Modelismo Estatico Leganes – chapter of the International Plastic Modelers Society, the show brought visitors and locals alike to the Pabellon de Europa to see some of the worlds best modelers displaying their latest projects, to pick up the latest figure or accessory, catch up with old friends, see a demo by a well known modeller, eat, drink, and generally celebrate life and the hobby.

Organizado por IPMS Madrid – Asociacion de Modelismo Estatico Leganes – capítulo de la Sociedad Internacional de Creadores de modelos de plástico , la feria reunió a los visitantes y lugareños por igual para el Pabellón de Europa para ver algunos de los mundos mejores modeladores de mostrar sus últimos proyectos , recoger la última cifra o accesorio, ponerse al día con viejos amigos , ver una demostración por un modelista conocido , comer, beber , y en general celebrar la vida y la afición.

A suburb of Madrid, Leganes lies about a 20 minute train ride from the city of Madrid proper. With easy travel access, affordable accommodations, and an excellent venue, the show is quickly becoming on of Europe’s must-attend shows. I don’t know the total number of entrants, but the quantity and quality of the displays was phenomenal!

A las afueras de Madrid, Leganés se encuentra a unos 20 minutos en tren desde la ciudad de Madrid apropiada. Con acceso fácil viajar, alojamiento asequible y un lugar excelente , el espectáculo se está convirtiendo rápidamente en el de los espectáculos de obligada asistencia de Europa. No sé el número total de participantes, pero la cantidad y la calidad de las pantallas fue fenomenal !

As the model show was opened to the public at no charge, and there was a high level of public interest, it was good to see that the model display tables were set behind ropes to encourage people to keep a safe distance. Model 34, the local IPMS chapter and host of the show, posted guardians at the tables to keep an eye on the models and spectators. I was asked at one point not to set my camera to close to the models. Even with all of these precautions, apparently some models did sustain some damage. Overall however, I felt that the organizers did a great job, definitely their due-diligence, especially considering the sheer number of visitors that passed through (I saw a newspaper report that put the estimate at 16,000!), to safeguard the models on display.

Como la demostración del modelo fue abierto al público sin costo alguno , y había un alto nivel de interés público, que era bueno ver que las mesas de exhibición modelo se establecieron detrás cuerdas para animar a la gente a mantener una distancia segura . Modelo 34 , el capítulo IPMS local y anfitrión del programa , publicado tutores en las mesas para mantener un ojo en los modelos y los espectadores . Se me pidió en un momento de no fijar mi cámara a cerca de los modelos. A pesar de todas estas precauciones , al parecer, algunos modelos tenían sostienen algunos daños . En general, sin embargo , me pareció que los organizadores hicieron un gran trabajo , sin duda su diligencia debida , sobre todo teniendo en cuenta el gran número de visitantes que pasaron por ( vi un informe de prensa que puso la estimación en 16.000 !) , Para salvaguardar los modelos en exhibición .

In the end, working in the natural light and without a proper tripod or close access to the models, I wasn’t able to get a good photograph of every model on display. If you don’t see a photo here of something that really stood out to you, chances are it stood out to me too, but I just couldn’t get a good enough photograph of it to post it here. There’s always next year!

On to the models then!

In no particular order…

Al final, trabajando en la luz natural y sin trípode adecuado o acceso cercano a los modelos , yo no era capaz de conseguir una buena fotografía de todos los modelos en exhibición. Si usted no ve una foto aquí de algo que realmente se destacó para usted, lo más probable es que se destacó para mí también, pero yo no podía conseguir una buena fotografía lo suficiente como para publicar aquí . Siempre hay el próximo año!

En los modelos de entonces!

En ningún orden en particular …

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I will try to add notes to the images above as I have time over the next week.

Again – it was an incredible show. I left feeling inspired and motivated to produce, which is exactly what a show should do. Thanks again to the people of Leganes, Model 34, show organizers, volunteers, vendors and modelers who made it all possible.

Next – the people.

Thanks for looking and stay tuned.

Gaso.Line 1:48 T-62 part II – Tracks

The more I get into this little kit the more I like it. It builds fast, has great detail, and offers a wide range of finishing possibilities.

It is a resin kit though, so a bit of a different build mindset will pay off in the long run. Take the tracks for example. Long, thin cast resin parts are prone to warping. They can often be straightened by soaking them in hot water (or “heat soaking” with a hair drier), bending against the warp and holding while they cool. I tried the hot water method, but the tracks had enough mass and structure that they resisted my attempts to straighten them this way. I thought about clamping them to the hull and using cyanoacrylate to hold them in place, but the thought of permanently bonding them on before paint, as well as the need to use complicated spacer blocking to prevent clamping on the fragile track link ends gave me reason to keep looking for a solution.

In the end, the kit designer provided the inspiration for the solution I chose. In the image below, you can see the warpage of the tracks.
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You can also see the two countersunk holes in the bottom of the hull. Those holes allow the modeller to screw the hull top and bottom together. I didn’t use them, but instead decided to permanently bond the hull together due to seam work on the glacis. I thought it was a neat design feature though, and wondered if I could use the same idea to attach the tracks, using screws to clamp the tracks flat against the hull, while also allowing me to keep them removable for finishing. Two birds, one SABOT round etc!

I looked through my tool stash for my miniature tap and die sets and found an old 2-56 tap and die set from Kadee (railroad modelers will recognize the brand) and some 2-56 machine screws.
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I drilled and tapped the hull for the 2-56 screws, then cleaned the holes with a 2-56 screw.
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Then I used the 2-56 clearance drill to drill the holes on the kit tracks.
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Here you can see the secured track on the right and the out-of-the-box track on the left.
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Here she sits.
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I think it will still require a bit of tuning with heat and pressure to get the ground contacting track links to rest properly, but I am happy with the result.
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I’m really enjoying this build and I want to thank my friend Jose Luis Lopez Ruiz again for the gift.

Next up – the turret!

Thanks for looking.

IV Concurso de Modelismo Estatico Leganes – Part 1: Venue and Vendors

4th Annual Static Model Contest – Leganes, Spain

Last weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday March 14th, 15th, and 16th, modelers, vendors and their friends and families gathered from all over Europe to attend the 4th annual Concurso de Modelismo Estatico in Leganes, Spain.

Hosted by IPMS Madrid – Asociacion de Modelismo Estatico Leganes – chapter of the International Plastic Modelers Society, the show brought visitors and locals alike to the Pabellon de Europa to see some of the worlds best modelers displaying their latest projects, pick up the latest figure or accessory, catch up with old friends, see a demo by a well known modeller, eat, drink, and generally celebrate life and the hobby.

A suburb of Madrid, Leganes lies about a 20 minute train ride from the city of Madrid proper. With easy travel access, affordable accommodations, and an excellent venue, the show is quickly becoming on of Europe’s must-attend shows. I don’t know the total number of entrants, but the quantity and quality of the displays was phenomenal!

The Venue
(photo from Panoramio.com)
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A quick tour of the vendors. Not all of them are pictured here, as I couldn’t get a good picture of every one.

Robotines –
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http://www.robotines.com/en/

Alexander Glass of Uschi Van der Rosten giving a demo on Saturday at the Robotines booth. You should definitely stop by his website to check it out! There is a lot of useful info there as well as inspiring images and articles. The section on Mr Hobby primers and thinners alone is worth the clicks.
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http://www.uschivdr.com/

The good people of Accion Press / Euromodelismo / Panzer Aces were there with their high-quality publications.
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http://www.euromodelismo.com/shop1/en/

Alabardero figures was there with a very interesting “behind the scenes” display. It was great to see molds, original patterns, and castings that modelers don’t usually get to see.
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Andrea Miniatures had a well stocked booth. Their representatives were eager to talk about their new products and were extremely helpful! They even offered to return the next day with English editions of whatever I might be interested in.
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http://www.andreadepotusa.com/en/1/andrea-miniatures.html

Carmina Hobbies with a VERY well-stocked booth. I may or may not have procured a sizable quantity of items there…
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http://www.carminahobbys.com/

Dejuguetes was there too with a great display. It was too bad that they were placed on a floor above the main level where they didn’t get a lot of foot traffic. Dejuguetes produces, among other things, some really nice building facades and diorama accesories.
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http://dejuguete.es/en/

Dolman Miniatures had an interesting booth with some very nice graphic design on display. Similar to Alabardero, they showcased some of the actual design process.
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http://www.dolmanminiatures.com/index.php/en/

Mac One Models had a very nice booth presenting various diorama and vignette items, as well as something I was very interested in: their Spanish Civil War T-26 conversion kit. All were very reasonably priced and demonstrated an understanding of the value that the modeller places on time.
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http://www.maconemodels.com/venta/index.php

I picked up this figure from Art Girona. They patiently allowed me to lurk around their booth for quite a while…
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http://www.art-girona.com/

Nocturna Models was there with their always stunning display of incredible figures. These guys and gals have definitely raised the bar on presentation and design of every aspect of figure modeling. From the dynamic sculpts to the top-notch presentation in packaging, these figures are awesome! Unfortunately I came away from their booth empty-handed due to a pesky credit card chip / PIN issue. Next year!
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http://nocturnamodels.com/

Scale 75 was giving another demo this year. this is another company that has really elevated the art of modelling presentation. I don’t know if it’s Spain’s “artistic DNA” or the popularity of figure painting in Europe that is the reason for the high level of craft from these Spanish figure companies. Whatever it is, it’s great to see the art being elevated to such a high standard.
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http://www.scale75.com/

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Raul Perez Muñoz of Make Hobby – with a full lineup of BlackDog miniatures, got a little bit of my hobby budget. Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of their booth. I guess I’ll just have to go back next year.

Fundacion Infante de Orleans had a neat aviation themed display.
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http://www.fio.es/

Various reenactment and cosplay groups were in attendance too, roaming the crowds providing photo-ops.
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Part 2 will focus on models and people of this fantastic show.

Stay Tuned and thanks for looking!

GasoLine 1:48 scale T-62

I recently had the pleasure of spending a morning in the workshop of the talented and affable Jose Luis Lopez Ruiz.

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Jose Luis is a well-known Spanish modeler who is perhaps best known for his pioneering use of the black and white technique. His work can be seen regularly in Panzer Aces magazine, among others, and on sites like Missing Lynx. If you spend any time on the Missing Lynx forum you will recognize his T-55 Enigma:
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Over a nice Spanish coffee and a cupcake, Jose suggested that (among other things – stay tuned for a more in-depth post about our chat) I take up 1:48 scale armor. He explained that painting in 1:48 scale will change the “scale” that you see things in, driving you to refine your technique and control, with the idea being that once you move back to 1:35 scale, you will continue to work in 1:48 scale in your mind, thus producing finer detail in your painting.

It seemed to make sense and I was eager to try it, but I think Jose thought I needed a little more nudging. He asked me what subjects I like to build, and as soon as I replied “Modern Soviet stuff” he disappeared into another room. After a minute or so he returned with a small white cardboard box, which he held out to me with a boyish smile on his face.

“Here – now you build in 48!”

It was a T-62 by Gaso.Line Models!

Touched by his generosity, and with a genuine desire to see where this experiment would lead (I had become increasingly dissatisfied with the over-sized chipping and scratching on my SU-85 and thought that this seemed like a great way to refine my technique) I accepted his gift and committed to completing the project by May 20th – Jose’s birthday.

Gaso.Line’s 1:48 scale T-62 is molded in a pale green polyurethane resin. It comes with a turned aluminum barrel, a spring, and some brass wire for forming the headlight guards. Detail throughout is very nice, but a few areas of the upper hull showed signs that the mold was wearing a bit. The tracks were slightly warped, but nothing that hot water and clamping wouldn’t take care of.

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The details on the glacis plate were a little distorted due, I believe, to mold wear, so I decided to sand it smooth and add a sheet styrene plate to re-face the area and serve as a basis for the addition of my own replacement details.

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This required cutting through the fenders where they attached to the hull so that I could slide the new glacis plate under them.

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The headlight mounts were cut off, holes were drilled in the bottoms of the headlights, and corresponding holes were drilled in the new glacis plate. A new splash guard was cut from styrene and wood texture was added by scraping the face with a razor saw.

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I also decided that the engine deck mesh screens were due for replacement. I used a motor tool to cut away the molded screens while holding the upper hull over the end of a vacuum cleaner hose to catch the resin dust. I then replaced them with small pieces of brass screen that I roughed up a bit to simulate a well-worn vehicle.

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At that point the upper and lower hulls were joined.

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Next up: hull details and suspension.

Stay tuned!

PANZER ACES WWII Soviet Special Edition

Just back from my trip to Leganes (Madrid) to attend the 4th annual Concurso de Modelismo Estatico, I want to take a few minutes to share a few images of the “WWII Soviet Special” issue (number 45) of Panzer Aces magazine. For those of you who don’t know Panzer Aces magazine (published by Accion Press of Madrid), I’ll start off by saying that the quality of the models presented in this bi-monthly title is of the highest level. Modelers Fabrizio Pincelli, Jose Luis Lopez Ruiz, Chris Jerrett, Cristobal Vergara, Radek Pituch, Mig Jimenez and many more supply content on a regular basis. The photography is excellent, with just the right balance of step-by-step photo essays and overall shots to give a sense of the finished piece.

This issue focuses on Soviet armor of WWII. Subjects include:

KV-8 Flamethrower by Javier Redondo
JS2 in Berlin by Radek Pituch
T-34/76 by Diego Quijano
T-34/85 by Fabrizio Pincelli
Voroshilovets Tractor by Cristobal Vergara

The text for each article begins with the customary historical background and transitions quickly into the build and finishing phase. Specific product call-outs are included for those who find that helpful, but I don’t get the impression that the magazine is one long product advertisement. Each author shares his own preferred finishing method and products. The result is exposure to a variety of materials and processes, which I think is a positive thing for modelers a well as manufacturers and suppliers, in addition to being healthy for the publisher – but look at me editorializing!

Who wants to see pictures?

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Bravisimo! to the crew at Accion Press and Panzer Aces magazine: Well done! You have me reaching for something in 4 BO…

Panzer Aces is published in both English and Spanish, so be sure to select the English option if that’s what you’re after. My copy happens to be Spanish since I picked it up in Spain and I’m able to read Spanish.

An English copy, shipped to the US will set you back about $20. Hopefully as Accion Press titles become more widely available through distributors in the US, the price will come down a little. Accion Press offers many other titles in their lineup. Look for more reviews in the near future.

http://www.euromodelismo.com/shop1/en/37-panzer-aces-es (English available at the upper right corner)

https://www.facebook.com/PanzerAces.Magazine