A Southern Biff's Return to Modelling

would that stuff be good to sculpt explosions and shell splashes? or is it only for fine scale sculpting arms and legs?
Found this the other day, something Dad was starting on. No idea what it was, this is Milliput.
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LARD

LE
Looks like Jimmy Sommerville late of the Communards......
 
Probably a bit coarse for the outer edges, good for the centre though

While I am impressed with the modelling skills for making the visual effect I'm pretty sure any explosion powerful enough to lift a 5,000 Kg panther turret 20 feet into the air would have knocked the blokes standing next to the hull flying (or at least made them fall over... ;-)
 

Themanwho

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Yesterday evening I got on with painting the first coat on the running gear bits and bobs them assembling them:

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...and then I had another go at the Driver:

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After an attempt to fit the figure into the compartment and finding just how close up the steering wheel was to his chest, and how little room there was, I changed the arms (note the hole drilled in the right hand to insert a woodbine ;) ) which is why they aren't painted and there's fresh Polyfilla slathered round the joints.
 

Themanwho

LE
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I am far too impressed with myself for managing to do some modelling on Mother's day; no doubt I'll pay SWMBO for it for the rest of the year....

Anyway I managed to get the running gear on ( and noticed a major misalignment of the side panels (grrr):

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...And also finished off some resin heads, along with the Carrier driver:

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Then I sorted out Kraut Korpse Nummer Eins a bit more:

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....Before carrying out my threat and sticking a twin Vickers K mount on the Carrier, just for badness:

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if they could get their hands on a bit of kit like that they wouldn't think twice about mounting it. plenty of .303 about too. If they knew where the base scrap area was they'd find all kinds of goodies waiting for a good home.
 

Themanwho

LE
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if they could get their hands on a bit of kit like that they wouldn't think twice about mounting it. plenty of .303 about too. If they knew where the base scrap area was they'd find all kinds of goodies waiting for a good home.
That's my thinking, along with upsetting rivet counters...
 

Themanwho

LE
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Last weekend I did a bit more on the carrier, finally putting together the bits I've been working on:

Gluing the front of the crew compartment in place (laccy band holding in place):

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Glacis plate:

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And the storage bins:

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A close up of the ammo bins and pintle for the Twin Vickers K mount:

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Themanwho

LE
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And then I decided that I didn't like the look of the rear storage bin, and as I've got a couple of long range fuel tanks from the shonky Revell "Commando Car" kit (same as the Vickers K mount) they would look rather spiffy. So off the rear bin came again and a bit of cutting to remove the placement mouldings:

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A quick rub of wet & dry and a lick of humbrol, then it was time to put the tanks in place . I made rudimentary stands from a length of anti tank obstacle girder, giving clearance to the cylindrical grilles, and to fill the resulting gap added a box of compo and a jerry can:

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To be clear, I've never seen any pictures of anything like this mod, but the Wasp Flammenwerfer variant had its huge tank in the same place and for a recce wagon it would make sense to the have extended range...
 

Themanwho

LE
Book Reviewer
Whilst waiting for bits to dry I also made another dead German, Kraut Korpse Nummer Zwei is on the left:

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And I also sorted out the third Carrier crewman, using arms from the remains of a Tamiya MG and Mortar kit:

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He's on radio stag, so he has his lid off, and holding headset to his ear:

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Also note the extra radio set added, and I'm slowly building up the stowage of kit, including re-siting the back bin on the left side armour:

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Themanwho

LE
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Looks great mate, but the 'Bine looks a tad out of scale,especially for war time
Fair point. For some reason it looks bigger in photos (fnarr).
 

Themanwho

LE
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Paint it like a cigar
Nah, I imagine the average Brit driver would smoke tabs, not cee-gars! I'll just trim it down a little.
 

Themanwho

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This weekend I've made a bit of progress, muddied up the carrier and then sprayed it.

Muddying up as with the M5 Recce, a mix of sawdust, plaster & PVA glue. My intention was not to go quite so liberally with the mud, which worked OK on the flanks:
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...but not so much on the front and belly:

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Themanwho

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Spraying was a nightmare to start, as the shonky cheapo gun I bought from the fiendish orientals is dying the death. When I eventually got an even flow and started spraying the compressor kept cutting out and it's a wonder that neither the spray gun nor the carrier got flying lessons.

Anyway, eventually it got to he point of actually delivering paint onto the model:

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@Helm , please note the bine is trimmed down a bit!

And finally, I also gave Frankentree a lick of brown to match it all in.

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