Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Back to work

I wasn't able to devote too much time to the M-10 over the past few weeks, but with the Holidays mostly over I plan to get back to some modeling. One of the things I've been playing with is Apoxie Sculpt. They make a fine grained epoxie putty, that was mentioned by Steve Zaloga, in "Modeling US Tank Destoyers." I saw it in the vender room at the AMPS show last year, but the vender sold out of it before I had a chance to buy any. This stuff is great, and it's cheeper than miliput. It rolls out nicely, with a little talcum powder, so my M-10 will be festooned with tarps and baggage. Well just as soon as I've had a little more practice, right now all my tarps look too neat, and very unlike typical WW2 military storage.

Well that's all for now, more soon to follow

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Baby Steps

I was able to do a little more work today. I glued 36 plastic lugs to the hull and turret (There will be 40 once I glue the grouser racks to the hull). Now I just have to use some Mr. Surfacer to create weld beads, and glue a small spacer, washer and bolt to each one. I hate AMS.

Monday, December 06, 2004

Just a quick update

I've been plugging away on the warped turret when I've had the time. I sanded off most of the molded on detail, now I have to add all those tie downs, and add-on armor lugs! I plan on trying out Cast-A-Coat on the manlet and counterweights.

Monday, November 22, 2004

A little More Progress

Not much to report on the M-10 front. I was able to salvage most of the turret with you judicious bending, and multiple tenex applications. Only the upper rear turret plates had to be fabricated from sheet stock. That's about all I've had time to do. The rest of my free time has been devoted to getting the train set up before my nephews show up for thanksgiving.

Monday, November 15, 2004

@#!$&*! Turret

I haven't been able to get too much done on the M-10. While dry fitting the turret, I discovered almost every part is warped! This has made assembly a royal pain in the arse to be sure. I'm disgusted, and will probably end up building the upper turret with sheet styrene. To top it off, I had to have a root canal this afternoon. It wasn't as bad as I feared, but I'm not a happy camper.

Fortunately, much of my time this weekend has been devoted to a more productive activity, this annual Christmas train layout, that has grown to gigantic proportions (17' x 5').

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Slow Progress

Well it's been a few days since I posted anything. I've been busy at work and home, and haven't had as much time as I would like to work on the M-10. All I've had time to do is shoot a coat of white on the interior, and paint the ammo canisters. Hopefully with the holiday weekend I'll have enough time to squeeze out a few hours modeling.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

A little more progress.

I'm still working on the interior of the M-10. Most of this detail won't be visible when the top of the hull is on. I replaced the stock radio with a smaller unit I scratch built, and I've added various other details with sheet plastic. There's still a little more photo-etch to add. I'm replacing the kits stock ammo tubes with one made of stock tubing.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

If you don't vote, don't complain about it!

I'll admit it, I'm something of a political junky, but I can't wait for this election to be over. I'm sick and tired of hearing about it all the time. So since this is a modeling blog, all I'm going to say is that if you don't vote, don't complain about afterwards!

Now that I'm off my soapbox, a brief modeling update. I've been working on the interior of the M-10 (pictures soon to follow). I've discovered that the radio supplied with the kit is the wrong type for an M-10. I'm debating on whether to replace it or not. I've also added various bits of plastic and wire to detail it out. You really won't be able to see to much interior hull detail, but I guess I'll know that it's there. I'll probably devote more time to detailing the turret, since its open and easier to see.

Sunday, October 31, 2004

The tracks are on!

I didn't get too much work done over the weekend, but I did manage to get the tracks on both sides. These are some of the best link and length tracks I've ever used. There was one small problem though. The rear idler sits too close to the idler arm, causing the to fit poorly. I added a 1/16 inch space between the idler / ideler arm to take care of the fit problem.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

A quick update

I haven't had time to do much work on the M-10. Trusty, my 16 year old border collie, has gone and gotten himself another ear infection, and so has a bad case of the dizzies. So I've only had enough time to do a little modeling. I've added three bolts to each idler arm, you can just make them out in the picture. I've also glued together the drive sprockets, and started adding the individual links to them.

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Monday, October 25, 2004

A sad goodbye and a little modeling

I took a few hours off work today to help my sister take her dog 12 year old retriever, Shamrock, to the vet. The dog had gone quickly downhill in just two weeks. It turned out to be an aggressive cancer, and she had to be put down. It was hard for the little sis, and it hit pretty close to home for me. I've taken my 16 year old Border Collie to the vet twice the past 2 months, thinking he wasn't coming home, but after some penicillin and steroids he bounced back. So goodbye you big dumb mutt, I'll miss ye...

I also got a little modeling done tonight, and managed to finish detailing all six VVS units and glued them to the hull. I managed to get the 30 bolts on the units (5 tiny bolts on each VVS) , without loosing any bolts (or my sanity).

Sunday, October 24, 2004

A look into the future

It's been a busy Sunday! I have the other five VVS units assembled, and just need to add the bolts, and strip detail to finish them off. Saturday we had a big party, celebrating our 1 month and 8 day anniversary. My brother and his wife hosted, and Jo go to meet many of my relis and friends. It was a mad house, and somehow Jo survived without asking for a divorce.;-)
And now back to modeling......
Here are two different sets of US Tankers, and a set of US Soldiers on Patrol, by AB Figures. I plan on using at least some of them on the diorama I'm planning for the M-10.

Here the resin base I plan to use. I picked it up at the IPMS Region 2 show. It's made by Jose Rodriguez, of Tiger Productions. It's not currently shown on his website, but he had several different bases and buildings for sale at the show. He had plans to release several new accessories in the future, including a bridge, and Russian factory.

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Friday, October 22, 2004

One down five to go!

Here's a finished VVS unit. I added five Grandt Line bolts to the unit, three on the bottom of the unit and two to the return arm. I also added some evergreen strip to the roller arm. It took about one hour to finish the unit. I need to get a life; good thing I'm married! Jo spent the night cross stiching, so she's not much more exciting than me. ;-)

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Thursday, October 21, 2004

Lets Get Started

Mr. Surfacer was used to even out the lower hull side and the seams where the transmission housing and hull meet. Each VVS unit is made up of 8 parts, that's pretty crazy for a 1/72 scale kit! The track support arms are molded solid in the kit, so I drilled and filed out the area between the support arms and the springs. It probably would have been easier to cut them off and replace them with brass.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Gather your References!

One of the things I love about the hobby is learning the history behind the vehicle I’m building. I’ve accumulated a rather large library on almost every possible modeling subject you can think of. I’ve picked up four references for the M-10. The first two are by Steve Zaloga; one of the best armor builders out there, and a prolific author of great model reference books. I picked them up pretty cheep ($9 each) at One of his latest books “Modeling US Army Tank Destroyers of World War II,” is a gem, full of lots of great modeling tips. He has a build of the Extratech M10 Achilles in the book. It’s basically the same kit as the one I’m building, but it has the British 17pdr and late style turret with duckbill counterweights. The other two books are more photo references of the M-10, with only a minimum of text.

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First the Kit

For this on-line build I'll be using Extratech's “Extrapack” version of the M-10, in 1/72 scale. It contains pretty much everything you need to build an M-10 with the earliy style turret and counterweights. I got the kit from for $18.50. It’s a little pricey for a 1/72 scale kit, but comes with a nice set of photo-etched brass, turned brass gun, and lots of resin stowage.

In addition to the nice little 1/72 scale plastic kit, the profipack version throws in all these extra goodies. Posted by Hello

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

I'm married!

Ok, so I didn't post this on our wedding day, and I'm posting one month and 5 days into marriage bliss. It's really October 20, but I've been sadly lax in my blogging. Jo and I are both pretty exhausted with one event after another and lots of visitors since we got hitched. This weekend it's my brother his wife and two boys. They’re coming down for the 1 month anniversary party my family is throwing for Jo and I. Lots of relis and coworkers are invited, and neither Jo and I are looking forward to be the center of attention!

Jo’s been teasing me about my blog or lack there of, and about never finishing a model in the hole time I’ve known her. I figured what better way to show her up then to combine the two. Now she claims I’m copying her x-stitch blog! ;-)

Sunday, August 15, 2004

23 Months - 1 last month of freedom ;)

KiwiJo thinks that my blog is lame and unoriginal. She tells me that I'm behind in the times, and I'm not with it. Well this techno geek will have to prove her wrong. Yeah sure, I probably won't work on this for another 2 weeks. Anyway today is 23 months to the day since I first saw her (I was immediately hooked), and it's just one more month till we get marride! Well I guess we'll have to go out and celebrate!