login   |    register
Armor/AFV: British Armor
Discuss all types of British Armor of all eras.
Hosted by Darren Baker
A13 Mk.I/Cruiser Tank Mk.III
Neonik
_VISITCOMMUNITY
St. Petersburg, Russia
Joined: July 19, 2011
KitMaker: 353 posts
SCAHMS: 0 posts
Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 02:20 AM UTC
After a hard work with grills I have this variant. Was very hard to do all that and especially to separate upper deck . This is my final attempt. Three to go. Later I will do the grills bottom.










Neonik
_VISITCOMMUNITY
St. Petersburg, Russia
Joined: July 19, 2011
KitMaker: 353 posts
SCAHMS: 0 posts
Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 08:03 AM UTC
Little add on. I have installed the bottom. I just need to fill the gap and change the technology. Bottom first and the grills - second.











petbat
_VISITCOMMUNITY
Queensland, Australia
Joined: August 06, 2005
KitMaker: 2,763 posts
SCAHMS: 0 posts
Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 08:58 AM UTC
quite a lot of work, but it is a big improvement Artyom.
Neonik
_VISITCOMMUNITY
St. Petersburg, Russia
Joined: July 19, 2011
KitMaker: 353 posts
SCAHMS: 0 posts
Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 06:18 PM UTC

Quoted Text

quite a lot of work, but it is a big improvement Artyom.


Hi,Peter! Indeed. Quite a hard work with these grills. But I think it worth to.
Dioramartin
_VISITCOMMUNITY
New South Wales, Australia
Joined: May 04, 2016
KitMaker: 1,205 posts
SCAHMS: 0 posts
Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 11:00 PM UTC
Yes those white plastic grille strips refused to be straight, I’ve had the same problem - the only way to line them up is to glue them to a base panel with spacers in between until the glue dries. Which is annoying because the whole point of the vents is to allow air to circulate beneath so there should not be anything in the way. But I think it’s the only solution, neat job and good luck with the other 3!
Neonik
_VISITCOMMUNITY
St. Petersburg, Russia
Joined: July 19, 2011
KitMaker: 353 posts
SCAHMS: 0 posts
Posted: Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 06:36 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Yes those white plastic grille strips refused to be straight, I’ve had the same problem - the only way to line them up is to glue them to a base panel with spacers in between until the glue dries. Which is annoying because the whole point of the vents is to allow air to circulate beneath so there should not be anything in the way. But I think it’s the only solution, neat job and good luck with the other 3!



Hi,Tim! I agree with you. It is a hard work. But for me was much more harder to separate the plates and glue 0,4mm rivets.
Neonik
_VISITCOMMUNITY
St. Petersburg, Russia
Joined: July 19, 2011
KitMaker: 353 posts
SCAHMS: 0 posts
Posted: Friday, January 24, 2020 - 07:29 AM UTC
Finally I've done it. Looking forward to work on air cleaners next week.








petbat
_VISITCOMMUNITY
Queensland, Australia
Joined: August 06, 2005
KitMaker: 2,763 posts
SCAHMS: 0 posts
Posted: Friday, January 24, 2020 - 07:53 AM UTC
Significant improvement. Worth all the hard work Artyom.
Neonik
_VISITCOMMUNITY
St. Petersburg, Russia
Joined: July 19, 2011
KitMaker: 353 posts
SCAHMS: 0 posts
Posted: Friday, January 24, 2020 - 08:06 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Significant improvement. Worth all the hard work Artyom.


Hello,Peter! That wasn't easy for me to do this and to get grills be strait. And those rivets,separate plates,sided with angle. Uff. At last it came to an end =))))
Dioramartin
_VISITCOMMUNITY
New South Wales, Australia
Joined: May 04, 2016
KitMaker: 1,205 posts
SCAHMS: 0 posts
Posted: Friday, January 24, 2020 - 10:55 PM UTC
Ouch I can imagine some of the pain you must have endured to achieve that symmetry – very difficult…and excellent, well done!
Neonik
_VISITCOMMUNITY
St. Petersburg, Russia
Joined: July 19, 2011
KitMaker: 353 posts
SCAHMS: 0 posts
Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 07:21 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Ouch I can imagine some of the pain you must have endured to achieve that symmetry – very difficult…and excellent, well done!



Hi, Tim! Thank you. That wasn't easy. It's true. But this was a really good experience for me. I think this grills makes this model much more attractive and accurate.
Next week I will start air cleaners. It will be another interesting and hard work.
Neonik
_VISITCOMMUNITY
St. Petersburg, Russia
Joined: July 19, 2011
KitMaker: 353 posts
SCAHMS: 0 posts
Posted: Wednesday, February 05, 2020 - 01:01 AM UTC
Hello,friends! Sometimes we should choose between accuracy and what we able to do with model. I've tried to do accurate work with air cleaners. Unfortunately it is very hard to get all this tiny parts together. I did my best,bit this is not final variant. Next week I will do some more works with cleaners and they will look better than now. Half work done with them.




















Neonik
_VISITCOMMUNITY
St. Petersburg, Russia
Joined: July 19, 2011
KitMaker: 353 posts
SCAHMS: 0 posts
Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 12:25 AM UTC
Unfortunately, Bronco's plastic is very hard and sharp. I don't kike it at all. It is difficult to work with it. Shavings constantly appear. Because of this, it is very difficult to separate the plates in the front of the case. All time after work you shoul polish the surface. Bronco has almost completely ignored this point with plates. This is only the preparation of the front part. There is still a lot of work ahead.







petbat
_VISITCOMMUNITY
Queensland, Australia
Joined: August 06, 2005
KitMaker: 2,763 posts
SCAHMS: 0 posts
Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 03:20 PM UTC
Beautiful work Artyom. A lot of work but really paying off.
Neonik
_VISITCOMMUNITY
St. Petersburg, Russia
Joined: July 19, 2011
KitMaker: 353 posts
SCAHMS: 0 posts
Posted: Friday, February 21, 2020 - 12:54 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Beautiful work Artyom. A lot of work but really paying off.


Thank you! More to come.
Dioramartin
_VISITCOMMUNITY
New South Wales, Australia
Joined: May 04, 2016
KitMaker: 1,205 posts
SCAHMS: 0 posts
Posted: Friday, February 21, 2020 - 11:05 PM UTC
Very impressive progress as usual Artyom. Regarding the air-cleaners, I know what you mean about reaching the limit of achievable accuracy. I suggest cheating - when it is not possible to make it any more accurate, one solution is to give it some damage. Those units are very exposed and were probably often dented and bent by collisions & battle damage
Neonik
_VISITCOMMUNITY
St. Petersburg, Russia
Joined: July 19, 2011
KitMaker: 353 posts
SCAHMS: 0 posts
Posted: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 07:54 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Very impressive progress as usual Artyom. Regarding the air-cleaners, I know what you mean about reaching the limit of achievable accuracy. I suggest cheating - when it is not possible to make it any more accurate, one solution is to give it some damage. Those units are very exposed and were probably often dented and bent by collisions & battle damage



Hello,Tim! Thank you! I move forward but very very slow. Lack of time. Probably this is the most difficult my project. I did not expect to rework every part of this kit. Regarding to air cleaners, mostly I satisfied with the result. Better than the were.
Neonik
_VISITCOMMUNITY
St. Petersburg, Russia
Joined: July 19, 2011
KitMaker: 353 posts
SCAHMS: 0 posts
Posted: Friday, March 06, 2020 - 07:47 AM UTC
Hello,friends! What can I say. Work with front hull is really fascinating and exciting. All details and plates need attention. Like this side visor of driver's cabin. It need to go upper and looks differ.I am working at this and it will take a time.
Dioramartin
_VISITCOMMUNITY
New South Wales, Australia
Joined: May 04, 2016
KitMaker: 1,205 posts
SCAHMS: 0 posts
Posted: Friday, March 06, 2020 - 09:15 PM UTC
Bronco did not do their research/CAD design work very well - how could they get that side-visor (and the lifting hook on the front plate) so wrong? Size, shape, position all wrong, and it wasn’t difficult to make them accurate. Also, before you go any further isn’t the real front plate sloping back a few degrees? The kit’s plate is vertical…
Neonik
_VISITCOMMUNITY
St. Petersburg, Russia
Joined: July 19, 2011
KitMaker: 353 posts
SCAHMS: 0 posts
Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 05:59 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Bronco did not do their research/CAD design work very well - how could they get that side-visor (and the lifting hook on the front plate) so wrong? Size, shape, position all wrong, and it wasn’t difficult to make them accurate. Also, before you go any further isn’t the real front plate sloping back a few degrees? The kit’s plate is vertical…


Yes, Tim! I am a little disappointed because all this conversations will take much more time than I have expected. All front hull is wrong. I did my version of hook and visor. They are not very good but better than the kit ones. Now they are on wright places.








petbat
_VISITCOMMUNITY
Queensland, Australia
Joined: August 06, 2005
KitMaker: 2,763 posts
SCAHMS: 0 posts
Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 06:38 PM UTC
Just love the new modifications.

To be fair on Bronco, this is one of their earlier kits, from a dozen years ago. The first A13 was kit # 25 - the first 6 kits they produced were all on the same Hotchkiss chassis and the next 3 the CV 33 chassis, so a shallow learning curve from feedback on their first 9 releases. Their more recent kits are much better.
Neonik
_VISITCOMMUNITY
St. Petersburg, Russia
Joined: July 19, 2011
KitMaker: 353 posts
SCAHMS: 0 posts
Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 07:38 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Just love the new modifications.

To be fair on Bronco, this is one of their earlier kits, from a dozen years ago. The first A13 was kit # 25 - the first 6 kits they produced were all on the same Hotchkiss chassis and the next 3 the CV 33 chassis, so a shallow learning curve from feedback on their first 9 releases. Their more recent kits are much better.



Hi,Peter! Maybe you are right. But I heard that their Ram has the same problems. I wanted to buy but now I think twice. And this is a fresh model.
petbat
_VISITCOMMUNITY
Queensland, Australia
Joined: August 06, 2005
KitMaker: 2,763 posts
SCAHMS: 0 posts
Posted: Friday, March 13, 2020 - 08:18 AM UTC
True, the RAM hull has some notable issues that would not be an easy fix...… and I have the kit.
Neonik
_VISITCOMMUNITY
St. Petersburg, Russia
Joined: July 19, 2011
KitMaker: 353 posts
SCAHMS: 0 posts
Posted: Friday, March 13, 2020 - 10:17 PM UTC

Quoted Text

True, the RAM hull has some notable issues that would not be an easy fix...… and I have the kit.


I wanted to buy it. Probably I am able to fix all that, but all this bad news like covid-19 and crisis in Russia tells me not to spend money
petbat
_VISITCOMMUNITY
Queensland, Australia
Joined: August 06, 2005
KitMaker: 2,763 posts
SCAHMS: 0 posts
Posted: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 10:30 AM UTC
Well you need something to do when you are stuck at home, quarantined or avoiding Covid, and unable to go out.