Caspers 1/76 Cromwell MKIV

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Caspers 1/76 Cromwell MKIV

Postby casper » Mon Dec 15, 2014 5:54 pm

This kit was a bargain at £4.99 from my local Aldi so i just had to have it along with a couple of the other kits available :D
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Official name was Cruiser Tank MKVIII and was one of the most successful British Tanks of the second World War named after the English civil war leader Oliver Cromwell
comes with a selection of paints, brush and glue
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Re: Caspers 1/76 Cromwell MKIV

Postby casper » Mon Dec 15, 2014 5:57 pm

The parts come on two sprues in one bag with instructions and small decal sheet
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Re: Caspers 1/76 Cromwell MKIV

Postby casper » Mon Dec 15, 2014 6:01 pm

I am pleased with the parts, they are full of detail for a small kit and have little or no flash on them :D
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Tracks are molded and don't look too bad
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Re: Caspers 1/76 Cromwell MKIV

Postby casper » Mon Dec 15, 2014 6:07 pm

Some assembly done today but wont get chance tomorrow, Christmas shopping to do :( I hate shopping :evil:
The parts go together very well :)
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Re: Caspers 1/76 Cromwell MKIV

Postby morrigan » Mon Dec 15, 2014 8:23 pm

Nice start Casper.
You could alwaysd make the torture trip a little more bearable with a side trip to Aldi!!
Needs more fusewire
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Re: Caspers 1/76 Cromwell MKIV

Postby steve131 » Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:54 pm

Good choice getting some armour Casper didn't know Airfix did moulded tracks, thought only did rubber one's. I had to do shopping yesterday and see Nativity 3 :angry-banghead: :angry-banghead: :angry-banghead: :( :doh:(family friendly )
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Re: Caspers 1/76 Cromwell MKIV

Postby Mustang » Tue Dec 16, 2014 11:32 am

Well done Casper on starting another one. K :clap:
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Re: Caspers 1/76 Cromwell MKIV

Postby Mark » Tue Dec 16, 2014 3:13 pm

Looks like a cracking little kit. Do you know if it's a new tooling ?
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Re: Caspers 1/76 Cromwell MKIV

Postby casper » Sun Dec 21, 2014 2:14 pm

Mark wrote:Looks like a cracking little kit. Do you know if it's a new tooling ?

Hi Mark, sorry for the late reply.
I haven't seen reference to it being from new tooling but it sure looks like it. The parts are very crisp and have no flash at all, this makes preparation so much better :D Image
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Re: Caspers 1/76 Cromwell MKIV

Postby casper » Sun Dec 21, 2014 2:22 pm

main gun needs a little sanding after the two parts were glued together but it looks ok i think.
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was going to use wire for the light guards but they will do nicely
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The tracks are nicely detailed and hard plastic but do flex a little
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Re: Caspers 1/76 Cromwell MKIV

Postby casper » Sun Dec 21, 2014 2:35 pm

I decided to use some of the Humbrol Acrylics that came with this kit and the Tornado kit but first they need to be thinned down for the airbrush.
My friend has been saving some handy bottles that were used for E Cigarette oils, these were washed in hot water before using.
After adding the Humbrol Drab colour to the bottle i added a clean ball bearing to help with mixing then topped up with water to a 40% water 60% paint mix adjusting until i had the consistency of Milk
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A pen mark to show the paint level before clean water is added
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Shake up the mixture and let it stand. you can see the paint thickness through the bottle. when happy put to one side and do the next.
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Re: Caspers 1/76 Cromwell MKIV

Postby casper » Sun Dec 21, 2014 2:36 pm

Ball bearing first then the paint :)
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After mixing for a few minutes you can still see pigment grains in the mix. Not sure what this is going to turn out like on the model :think: Best try on some paper first
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Re: Caspers 1/76 Cromwell MKIV

Postby Manoverboard » Sun Dec 21, 2014 7:18 pm

Hi Casp !
Great job thus far.
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Re: Caspers 1/76 Cromwell MKIV

Postby Paul » Mon Dec 22, 2014 10:46 am

Hi Casp,

Great to see you doing this kit :D :D

Looking at the detailing, it certainly looks like a new tooling (?)

As was mentioned, I'm also surprised about the tracks, so they could be interesting to fit.....!!!!! :)

With the spray job, what type of airbrush do you have? - Sorry me on learning mode with this ! :oops: :oops: :)
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Re: Caspers 1/76 Cromwell MKIV

Postby Mark » Mon Dec 22, 2014 3:20 pm

Those look about the same size as my eye drop bottles (I have glaucoma. Luckily it was caught early so I use eye drops but haven't lost any vision). Hadn't crossed my mind to save some bottles for mixing small amounts of paint !
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Re: Caspers 1/76 Cromwell MKIV

Postby number1 » Mon Dec 22, 2014 7:23 pm

Looks good casp, I bought the Hurricane from Aldi, appearing on the forum soon!
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Re: Caspers 1/76 Cromwell MKIV

Postby farrabass » Mon Dec 22, 2014 11:02 pm

Good idea with the bottles and ball bearings!! I just have to remember where my Granddaughter stores her bike? there must be lots of bearings I can liberate from that :twisted: :twisted:
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Re: Caspers 1/76 Cromwell MKIV

Postby casper » Tue Dec 23, 2014 8:25 am

Manoverboard wrote:Hi Casp !
Great job thus far.

Thanks mustang :)
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Re: Caspers 1/76 Cromwell MKIV

Postby casper » Tue Dec 23, 2014 8:31 am

Paul wrote:Hi Casp,

Great to see you doing this kit :D :D

Looking at the detailing, it certainly looks like a new tooling (?)

As was mentioned, I'm also surprised about the tracks, so they could be interesting to fit.....!!!!! :)

With the spray job, what type of airbrush do you have? - Sorry me on learning mode with this ! :oops: :oops: :)

Hi Paul :)
I have two airbrushes that came with the compressor kit i got off fleabay for around £80. Both brushes are from china i think but work pretty good for the money.
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Re: Caspers 1/76 Cromwell MKIV

Postby casper » Tue Dec 23, 2014 8:32 am

number1 wrote:Looks good casp, I bought the Hurricane from Aldi, appearing on the forum soon!

I got one those myself :D Look forward to your build matey :)
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