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Re: Bronco SU-152

Postby Mark » Tue Apr 28, 2015 5:55 pm

Wow, my fan base has just doubled :o :lol:

I think the plan now is to post pics of the periscopes and covers, give it another light coat of green, then add the tools, tow ropes, decals and fuel drums. Then I can start weathering. Mind, this is supposed to be a quick build, so weathering will be kept light. At least, I'll try not to go too over the top.......
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Re: Bronco SU-152

Postby Mark » Fri May 01, 2015 4:59 pm

Just a small update. I've glued the tops of the periscopes on. These are fiddly little things, but I managed to keep them away from the carpet monster.

I used Kystal Klear to glue them in. Mind, these will be virtually impossible to see once the covers are in place, so hardly worth the effort !

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Re: Bronco SU-152

Postby steve131 » Fri May 01, 2015 5:21 pm

Looking good Krystal klear good stuff.
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Re: Bronco SU-152

Postby Mark » Fri May 01, 2015 6:04 pm

Thanks Steve :D

Krystal Klear is amazing stuff. Glues clear parts, makes small windows, glues to painted parts reasonably well, wipes off without leaving a stain (most times !)
I've also used it to simulate weld beads and make mud look wet.
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Re: Bronco SU-152

Postby casper » Mon May 04, 2015 6:29 am

Hi Mark
looking great :clap: i like the finish from the dark steel pigment powder, will have to acquire some of that and the krystal clear
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Re: Bronco SU-152

Postby Mark » Tue May 12, 2015 3:13 pm

Had a minor setback with the decals. I was going to apply the ones with the red star to give it a bit of colour. However the registration of the red wasn't very good, so scratch that plan. Then I chose the ones with Cyrillic writing. They went on ok, but have silvered a little :angry-banghead: Have tried pricking them with a knife point and adding softener, but it hasn't worked that well. I shall give it another go later (away on business for a few days :angry-banghead: )

I think it's the cast surface texture that is causing the problems, and relatively thick decals.
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Re: Bronco SU-152

Postby steve131 » Tue May 12, 2015 4:47 pm

Battle damage :think:
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Re: Bronco SU-152

Postby Mark » Wed May 13, 2015 12:10 pm

Perhaps .... Or extreme weathering :laughing-rolling:
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Re: Bronco SU-152

Postby Mark » Wed Jun 10, 2015 5:47 am

Just a quick update. Here is the model with decals applied, and a couple of the 'fiddly bits'. I've still got tow cables to add, and then it's on with a bit of weathering and tracks. That will be it for this model.

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Re: Bronco SU-152

Postby steve131 » Wed Jun 10, 2015 8:35 pm

Looks ready to deal death to the German invaders ,came out nicely know it wasn't one of your favorite kits but it's showed me there's more out there than Tamiya to spend ones money on :dance:
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Re: Bronco SU-152

Postby Mark » Thu Jun 11, 2015 12:40 am

Thanks Steve. It's not a bad kit by any means. Nicely detailed and everything fits. I only needed filler in 1 or 2 spots. The only downside to the kit is that it's quite difficult to assemble as things don't locate definitely. The decals aren't the best in the world either, but overall, I'd certainly build another Bronco kit.
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Re: Bronco SU-152

Postby Mark » Tue Jun 16, 2015 5:24 am

Tow cables made, but not painted yet.

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These are quite easy as the kit supplies copper wire which is nice and easy to cut and bend. The holes in the plastic eyes needed drilling out though as the moulded holes were way too shallow. Only about 1/16" deep at a guess. I'm thinking of using Mr Metal dark iron for the wire, and something a bit lighter for the eyes. Maybe Mr Colour Iron. Have to see what looks right. These are buffable paints that are really thin and will go on nicely with either airbrush or brush. Wait a few mins for them to dry and then polish with a cotton buds, tissue, or whatever.
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Re: Bronco SU-152

Postby casper » Wed Jun 17, 2015 7:53 am

Looking really good Mark.
the textured surface detail looks excellent around the turret and sides. Handy having copper wire included in the kit, Very interested to see how the Mr metal looks
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Re: Bronco SU-152

Postby Mark » Sat Jun 20, 2015 4:52 am

Surprisingly, the Mr Metal didn't work :angry-banghead: Usually it dries really quick and buffs up well. I gave the tow ropes a coat of Vallejo steel as this looks about right for the shackles and I thought it might help prime the copper wire. However, the Mr Metal went slightly sticky and wouldn't buff. I'll give it a few days to dry off properly and try again.....

Not sure what went wrong. Perhaps 24 hours wasn't long enough for the Vallejo to dry properly :think:
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Re: Bronco SU-152

Postby steve131 » Sat Jun 20, 2015 12:33 pm

Have you ever painted Copper wire before bit of an unusual metal to be used :think: probably need several coats to stick.
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Re: Bronco SU-152

Postby Mark » Sat Jun 20, 2015 4:41 pm

No, first time I've used copper wire on a model. Normally I'd use Halfords primer, which is brilliant stuff. However, it's a bit of a trek from Shanghai to the nearest store :angry-banghead: :laughing-rolling:
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Re: Bronco SU-152

Postby Mark » Tue Jun 30, 2015 5:47 am

I repainted the cables with dark iron, and it worked much better the second time, but there were still some areas where the copper showed through. I touched these up with Tamiya Gun Metal after the ropes were fixed to the tank.

Here's what they look like before fixing

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It's almost finished now ! One more evening should do it. I'll have some more photos later, if Photobucket will play ball :angry-banghead: :angry-banghead: :angry-banghead:
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Re: Bronco SU-152

Postby casper » Tue Jun 30, 2015 6:52 am

The cables came out really good using the dark iron Mark, and the ends look like real metal.
I tried vallejo on some copper wire some time ago and it came off as soon as you touched It, Same with Tamiya paint as well when it eventually dried :whistle:
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Re: Bronco SU-152

Postby Mark » Tue Jun 30, 2015 9:22 am

Thanks Casper. The ends are just painted with Vallejo steel.

Here is the track in place with the correct number of links as per instructions. Just a tad too much slack ?????

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These tracks look brilliant, but are very fragile, and the pins keep falling out. Lost count of the number I've had to glue back :angry-banghead: :angry-banghead:
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Re: Bronco SU-152

Postby Mark » Thu Jul 02, 2015 4:30 pm

Just finished this model :D

If anybody is interested, I'll take some photos over the weekend, when I can work in daylight :D
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