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#1 ArtyScout

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Posted 24 January 2018 - 08:33 PM

Hi,

Just posting a couple of pics of the US Army Armored crew of the M1A1 Abrams tank I'm putting together. Is it me or are Dragon model instruction sheets resemble a 'Chinese fire drill'. Also the decals on this model sucked. They easily broke as soon as you tried to adjust them on the model. I was able to use some but thank goodness I had some Archer Transfers still left over. Anyway I hope you like the pics and I'll post some more as I go along and as always ALL comments and critiques are greatly appreciated.

 

Semper Fi.

 

Manny

 

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Posted 24 January 2018 - 10:27 PM

Manny, those are fantastic figures! I really like the green tinted goggles. Nice touch!

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Posted 25 January 2018 - 09:45 AM

Looks good Manny!  I don't think it's just you, I have noticed the errors, and confused directions too.  



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Posted 27 January 2018 - 10:04 PM

Same over here with the Dragon instruction sheets.You did a TOP JOB on painting these figures. Some years ago I also tried to paint this chocolate-chip camo pattern an failed... Can't wait to see the whole kit!


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Posted 28 January 2018 - 06:23 AM

Nice job Manny. Love to see more pics as you go along.

 

Ah, those Dragon instructions........utterly confusing.

 

Just a quick observation: are the drivers goggles missing straps? .

 

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#6 ArtyScout

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Posted 09 February 2018 - 03:55 PM

Hey guys,

I have some updated pics of my M1A1 Abrams tank. I weathered and washed with Raw Umber diluted oils and then dry brushed with MM Steel and then of course pastels. Still I have to attach the M2 .50cal MG and the 7.62mm MG on the turret along with all the crew's equipment in the bustle rack, and then put it on a base. As I mentioned in a previous post the decals in this kit were extremely delicate and the fit wasn't that great. Especially surprising for a Dragon's kit. As always all comments and critiques are greatly appreciated. 

 

Semper Fi.

 

Manny

 

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Posted 09 February 2018 - 04:15 PM

Manny

 

fantastic build



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Posted 09 February 2018 - 04:30 PM

Awesome tank!

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Posted 09 February 2018 - 04:36 PM

That's a nice looking build!  Great work Manny.



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Posted 10 February 2018 - 02:55 AM

Great weathering, I really like the different shades of desert tan color. Can't wait to see your dio completed, Manny!

 

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Posted 10 February 2018 - 04:52 AM

NICE!. I especially like the fact that you have weathered the areas where the crew has been walking on the tank. Something i have to keep in mind for my tank (whenever I get it finished)

 

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Posted 10 February 2018 - 01:20 PM

Thanks guys for the compliments. I wasn't too happy with the way the "resized" pics came out. I took the pictures with my cellphone camera and although it took some great pics, once resized they lost a lot in translation. The next ones will be with my camera. I'm very passionate about the pics I post because it lets everyone see the intricacies and nuances of my/our work. Lars; you and Mike have made some great dioramas but its your pictures that convey the hard work that you guys put into it. I love Tom's (tsweeney) work, but I wish he took better photos (lighting). Yet he does get his point across. Anyway the next set of pics will be with my camera and it should be the tank with the added equipment. Again thank you and I'm looking forward to seeing more of your works.

 

Semper Fi.

 

Manny 



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Posted 17 February 2018 - 11:50 PM

I'm almost finished with my tank, well this M1A1 Abrams is finished but I just need a big enough base to put him on. 

But I took these pics to show my progress. I hope you like them and as always all comments and critiques are greatly appreciated.

 

Semper Fi.

 

Manny

 

 



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Posted 17 February 2018 - 11:50 PM

I'm almost finished with my tank, well this M1A1 Abrams is finished but I just need a big enough base to put him on. 

But I took these pics to show my progress. I hope you like them and as always all comments and critiques are greatly appreciated.

 

Semper Fi.

 

Manny

 

 

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 11:51 PM

Three more pics for your enjoyment.

 

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Manny

 

 

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Posted 18 February 2018 - 04:37 AM

VERY nice work. You paint skills are excellent.

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Posted 20 February 2018 - 11:57 AM



Thanks guys for the compliments. I wasn't too happy with the way the "resized" pics came out. I took the pictures with my cellphone camera and although it took some great pics, once resized they lost a lot in translation. The next ones will be with my camera. I'm very passionate about the pics I post because it lets everyone see the intricacies and nuances of my/our work. Lars; you and Mike have made some great dioramas but its your pictures that convey the hard work that you guys put into it. I love Tom's (tsweeney) work, but I wish he took better photos (lighting). Yet he does get his point across. Anyway the next set of pics will be with my camera and it should be the tank with the added equipment. Again thank you and I'm looking forward to seeing more of your works.

 

Semper Fi.

 

Manny 

 

Hey Manny,

 

don't worry too much about the photographs. Your excellent paintjob on that MBT is very well visible! I like the color nuances, the very decent weathering and the absolute flat appearance of the color. Very well done! One question: Are you going to add any antennas or are isn't that necessary for this tank?

 

Photographing: I have learned that one can get good photo results, even with cellphone cameras, when choosing a neutral background. I'm using an "open tube" sytem consisting of white cardboard for those kits without any dio. Maybe that would be worth it's own thread: "How to take pictures of your model kits/dioramas..."

 

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#18 ArtyScout

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Posted 20 February 2018 - 09:37 PM

Hey Lars, thanks for the compliment. I'll be putting antennas on this tank when I put it on its base.

As for the photography, I always remember what my friend always said that the modeler in Australia or Europe can't come to you house to see your model.

So good photography will convey what they cannot see up close and personal. I like that new Kaiser Open Tube. Luckily I like putting my models with background photos and proper lighting. But for stand alone models, that looks like a nice investment.

 

Semper Fi.

 

Manny



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Posted 21 February 2018 - 01:20 PM

Nice work!

 

I used to do a LOT of modeling. Even won an award once for an "out of box" (no added parts from outside the as-delivered kit).

 

If you are open to some constructive tips, I'd like to share a few.

 

1) trim your decals closer. I use either an X-acto or scalpel to trim extremely close to the print. Then you work with tweezers so it can get dicey. I have some decal solution (forget the name) that softens the decals so they conform to body lines and other details more closely.

2) Once your decals are set (several days to dry), clear them with (in this case) a flat clear via airbrush to feather into the paint (or flat clear the entire model). They are picking up a glare in some angles.

3) Your "foot traffic areas" may look nicer with a semi-gloss clear to give the look of a slightly polished dead-flat original paint. Yu may consider a "wash" of the same on the pronounced edges for the same reason. Same exact color; slightly different sheen.

4) There are water based ink "detailing fluids" that I am a big fan of. Flow these into panel lines and around raised areas to add dimension. I have black (panel lines) and brown (suitable for a "dirty" vehicle and great around raised details. The black is also excellent for radiator grills etc. with fine detail that is supposed to look like an open mesh. If you screw up, just wash it off. I usually leave it unsealed, but once dry, it can be sealed under a clear as well.



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Posted 21 February 2018 - 01:44 PM

Beautiful work Manny

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 06:40 PM

Nice work!

 

I used to do a LOT of modeling. Even won an award once for an "out of box" (no added parts from outside the as-delivered kit).

 

If you are open to some constructive tips, I'd like to share a few.

 

1) trim your decals closer. I use either an X-acto or scalpel to trim extremely close to the print. Then you work with tweezers so it can get dicey. I have some decal solution (forget the name) that softens the decals so they conform to body lines and other details more closely.

2) Once your decals are set (several days to dry), clear them with (in this case) a flat clear via airbrush to feather into the paint (or flat clear the entire model). They are picking up a glare in some angles.

3) Your "foot traffic areas" may look nicer with a semi-gloss clear to give the look of a slightly polished dead-flat original paint. Yu may consider a "wash" of the same on the pronounced edges for the same reason. Same exact color; slightly different sheen.

4) There are water based ink "detailing fluids" that I am a big fan of. Flow these into panel lines and around raised areas to add dimension. I have black (panel lines) and brown (suitable for a "dirty" vehicle and great around raised details. The black is also excellent for radiator grills etc. with fine detail that is supposed to look like an open mesh. If you screw up, just wash it off. I usually leave it unsealed, but once dry, it can be sealed under a clear as well.

Thanks for the comments. To Sailor Son, thanks for the critique. The decals on this model really sucked; which is surprising for Dragon. I had to use dry transfers; which I particularly like; but they were for a USMC tank and this is supposed to be Army. I'm going to try and blend or deadened those decals on the turret front. I also used a very diluted oil wash of raw umber for my very first time on the panel lines and engine grills (but they're covered by the turret), and with the exhaust I used 'soot' for color. Thanks for the critique.

 

Semper Fi.

 

Manny



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Posted 09 March 2018 - 03:05 AM

Beautiful work. Thanks for posting.



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Posted 30 March 2018 - 09:15 AM

Hello All,

 

I "almost" finished my Abrams tank. I say almost because I didn't attach any antennae. I'm going to order some AM antennas because I've never liked the way my antennas come out. But I did tweak the decals on the turret and weathered it a little more although I was not happy with the groundwork. Enjoy the pictures and as always any and all comments and critiques are greatly appreciated.

 

Semper Fi.

 

Manny

 

 

 

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 09:16 AM

...and two more.

 

 

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 11:03 AM

Manny looks great

 

 

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