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Here's another of my projects still unfinished. I started this some years ago, without any references, and in my haste I made several mistakes in the assembly sequence. Later on, I tried to add some modifications as described in the Mark I article on Landships. The model was left for a period of time and I've added new modifications guided by the new drawings by Helen, but I have to keep some mods I've already done on some parts, and I've glued one of the sponsons to one side, something I shouldn't have done ince it makes the assembly harder.

I opened some of the vision slits on the hull, doors and driver's cab. I drilled the cannon openings. I added the new roof details (one of the transversal strips got damaged during the model "sleep") and recently I added the sides to the driver's cab. I need to replace several strips of rivets and make new pistol port flaps (I started on them and they're a pain) out of 5thou styrene sheet. I still have to devise a method to get consistently sized rivets.

I assembled the parts with blu-tac and tape to see how the thing may look... I'd be happy to hear your comments!



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It's looking good, Diego.

If I may, here is a couple of suggestions. There is a line of rivets you need to remove; I have attached one of your photos with the rivets to be removed circled in red. Consistent rivets can be done using Archer Fine Surface Details Rivets; they go on like transfers/decals. Available from Archer.



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Thanks PDA! I overlooked that line of rivets! Off they'll be.

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Hi Diego,

this is a well looking progress of the Mark I.

For replacing rivets, there are some tools on the market, otherwise you can remove rivets with a small chisel

from an old plane for example and glue them on the tank. This works very well.

Cheers

Michel

 



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Thanks Michel! It's worth a try! I have lots of riveted kit airplanes lying there!

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Just found these, Diego. Might be of use to you?

Slaters Embossed Plastikard No.0431 Rivets.

 

ALSO, this older post describes how Plastic Fan fixed the track tensioner: http://landships.activeboard.com/t43111571/track-adjuster-fix/



-- Edited by PDA on Tuesday 17th of September 2013 05:09:43 PM

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Hi Diego,

Hope you don't mind me adding to the suggestions/build for you. Not sure if you can easily move your hatch now it's stuck, although it would be nice to see one at the right angle and position. The only other real MK1 only item beyond the wider cab, is the rounded ends to the track adjusters. easiest way I can see to achieve those is to remove some of the plastic with a scraper and glue half circles of plastic on the end.

Nice to see another MK1 being built.

Helen x

 



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Thanks Helen! For suggestions is why I posted the images! I was misguided probably by the old set of plans when I started changing the kit. I always thoght it was strange the the hatch would have been so near to the open engine exhausts... anyway, the whole concept of getting inside a metal box with a hot and unreliable engine, guns, explosives and huge quantities of fuel, while getting shot by naughty huns at was a bit strange as well. If I recall correctly the hatch was glued to the roof with just gloss varnish to avoid crazing the thin styrene.
I saw the periscopes on your set of drawings and wanted to add that detail as well. I assume they would line up with the front vision slits? (these are too near to the centre line in the model, as I widened the cab without changing the surface details). Are the periscopes just thin cilinders when deployed? I saw that in photos they show of a different hue than the rest of the tank, maybe they were either greased or perhaps made of brass?
Regarding the shape of the frame of the track adjusters... the detail is so nicely molded, and the thing so tiny, that I feared that trying to improve it, I would ruin it. I know I'll attempt that now -being an obsessive-compulsive modeller- but hope I don't have to cover that with mud to make them less visible after I finish!
D.

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Good idea! And thanks for the track tensioner thread link.
I have the tubing and perhaps I can attempt it... as fot eh rivets... man, the Slater's (and Evergreen's too) websites are a treasure chest of tempting toys!

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MK1 Nut wrote:
Not sure if you can easily move your hatch now it's stuck, although it would be nice to see one at the right angle and position.

 

Hi Helen! Just removed that roof hatch... got off the roof surface without damage to the hull nor to the hatch. In the process I managed to squash a T strip and had to restore it. Hopefully it'll be unnoticeable.
I added the flat strip passing under those exhaust plates, trimming the moldings to keep the strip well stuck to the roof surface. I noticed that one of the rear angles of the last exhaust plates was somewhat "touching" the edge of the hatch.
I also carefully erased the strip on the aft section. Here I also show the sizes of the hatch and a new pistol port cover (I made three of the things!)
Still have to drill the periscope holes on the cab roof and that hole aft the round hatch. Is that another periscope opening?

Once I get the rivets placed (whatever the method or material) I'll start assembling the "body" of the tank. Hopefully this week!



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Looks great

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Thanks Kamil! Still a long way to go...

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Hi Diego,

Looks like you've got the MK1 bug! I will have you scrapping the rivets off next. :)

Huge improvement, looking good.x

The hole behind the hatch in my opinion is an extra periscope position. I have seen what resembles a periscope in that position on a few photos now, so it's what I'm going to call it until someone proves otherwise. 

If you look at the roof of the MKII at Bovington, you will notice the exhaust plates still have the corner cut from them, even though by then the hatch had been moved. I've attached a photo of Bovi's MK1 before it was moved and their MKII.

Can't wait to see your progress.

Helen x

 



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Looks like you've got the MK1 bug! I will have you scrapping the rivets off next. :)


 Thanks for the compliments. Well, I've been wondering about those rivets as well... the molds are either "tired" or there's an inevitable slight sag of the plastic around each rivet. It's a hardly noticeable surface feature, but once you compare the looks of the real thing to the kit, it looks odd. I guess that a generous coat of paint might cure this!

On the subject of new rivets, I've had some mixed results trying to add tiny droplets of epoxy glue. The consistency of the glue isn't regular, and once I seem to grasp the right amount of glue, and the right viscosity... the thing starts to set and becomes useless. I might end up cutting tiny slices of stretched sprue!

 



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Took me a good while (and many false starts) but I managed to chenge this small detail that no one shall notice once it's painted up and weathered with clumps of tiny mud splats...

Two for each side... glued with clear varnish. And lots of cursing!



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Very tidy work, will look good once painted
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Nice to see the conversion continuing, looking good.

How about a diorama of the crew cleaning the gun barrels and greasing joints, maybe also putting stores on the roof. Video of it on YouTube. Something different to the usual 'Into battle' ones.

Helen x



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Thanks Paul and Helen!
As for a dioramic scene, I've thought on something like that, and even cut a lenght of appropiately sized thick styrene strip to cut into sections as rows of "flimsies". However this might involve a number of figures that I'm not sure if I can -or want to- add.
Another idea would be pose the male and female tanks advancing down the same potted road, with debris scattered around and a lone figure (for scale) watching the infernal machines going down the trench line (before Flers?)

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Hi Diego,
How's progress? Have you tackled the steering tail yet? The grenade roof? Keep up the good work.

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Hi TeeELL! Well, I have had little progress... I've been taken into other household chores these last weeks, coupled to a new boss here at work, which has precluded me even of keeping pace with the posts of the forum. Last developments of this models were the modification of the track adjusting nut frame to make it look like a Mk.I (see picture. As usual, I thought it would be easier to do this tiny modification, but then I realized that I should do that 4 times for each tank (I'm working on a Mk.I Females as well). For this I followed an advice given here by other forum member, that told me to cut thin slices of a styrene tube and then cut each slice in half, to make the ridge of the end of the adjusting track nut recess. What was harder was to erase the previous edge, and gouge it more or less to shape and keep that recess within the boundaries of the final shape. There's so little room to mistakes there! I think I'll need a lot of mud on this model.

I also made a start on a new steering tail mechanisms (2 of them). For it I made a couple of flat jigs to help mounting the individual parts, and cut the several bits (and spares) to size. Now comes the fun part, putting it all together!



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Diego,
I have 4 Airfix tanks in various stages of construction as Supply tank, Mk2 and Mk3 plus a 'Female' mostly modified to Mk1. Obviously I have done the steering tail improvement but, following your mod of the track adjusters, I shall have a go at that and complete the 'Female' as "We're All In It' - it will serve as a practice run for the Master Box version. I will put the full extended canopy on it ( as worn by A17) and put it on the Airfix Forum. No camouflage over the roof and no wacky colours, green, grey and ochre I think.

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Diego,
how are things progressing, I'd love to see your jigs and tail gear end results.

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Hi TeeELL! Well, progress is slow lately (winter and un heated shop are not conductive to intensive modelling) and I've been distracted with other projects, like the 155mm GPF cannon, for which I've got a nice reference book named "Les Canons de la Victoire". Alas, just today I'm revisiting my old threads here in the forum to see until where I've reported. My plans for this weekend are -amongst others- to have a photo session of the model in copnstruction if weather allows.

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Excelente Diago, espero que.

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