Title: DaveCov's inaugral RevellAtions Group Build
Description: Revell 1/72 Challenger I
davecov - August 18, 2011 11:05 PM (GMT)
I will be building the Revell 1/72 Challenger I (03183) OOB:
I will make a start on Sunday when I will post the obligatory shots of the box contents.
attman007 - August 19, 2011 08:11 PM (GMT)
Looking forward to this one....
Is it the Matchbox kit?
beany - August 20, 2011 07:11 AM (GMT)
Looking forward to your build Dave.
davecov - August 22, 2011 06:23 PM (GMT)
|QUOTE (attman007 @ Aug 19 2011, 08:11 PM)|
|Is it the Matchbox kit?|
No, it is not the reboxing of the Matchbox kit. That was 1/76 whilst this is the Revell 1/72 scale.
Finally got round to doing something today! First of all piccies of the box contents:
Front page of instruction leaflet:
Decals are crisp and two machines can be represented - 34KA79 - a 17/21 Lancers, BAOR Exercise Iron Hammer 1988 or 79KF08 - The Queen's Royal Hussars machine of IFOR in Bosnia-Herzigovina:
Plastic is crisply moulded with very little flash. Next post will show beginning of construction.
davecov - August 22, 2011 06:31 PM (GMT)
Finally got started on this one. I am not a "tanky" expert and had wanted to build this OOB. However, since starting this build I have come across the Extra Tech photo etch for this machine and so have ordered it. There is plenty to do before it is needed!
Painted the tracks in a base rust colour:
Assembled the hull sides to floor, assembled fuel tanks and cleaned up inner road wheels:
Here you can see the hull sides positioned on the underside of the hull top. Note the gaps either side. I was in two minds whether to fill the gaps or not as they probably won't be visible when the tracks and sides are fitted. However, I KNOW they are there and so they have to be filled:
Plastic card fitted to port side:
Plastic card fitted to both sides:
Last step for today was to cut out the outer road wheels, sprockets and idlers and clean them up:
Johni044 - August 22, 2011 11:25 PM (GMT)
Looking good Dave. Good luck with the PE, that would be more than my eyesight and fingers could cope with.
davecov - August 23, 2011 03:06 PM (GMT)
Thanks John. Can't really see the PE being much of a problem as there are only 16 pieces, a doddle compared to the 1/600 ship stuff I am more used to. Only hope I don't come to regret saying that.....
I assembled the gun and applied filler to the fuel drums and the two sink holes on the box next to the hatch opening:
The rear of the hull showing the various components in place. The centre sections of the fuel drum cradles are a bit oversized and one cradle was damaged but as they will be hidden by the drums then I decided to leave them as they are:
I then got out the paint and starting splashing it around:
Close-up of topside of hull showing the still-wet paint:
Close-up of hull after first coat of paint applied:
davecov - August 24, 2011 08:35 PM (GMT)
Got some more work done on my Challenger I. Finished painting and fitted the road wheels:
Also assembled the basic turret. Here I have dry-fitted the hull top to the hull:
I also made progress with the weathering of the tracks:
peebeep - August 24, 2011 09:00 PM (GMT)
Looking good Mr Coventry!
davecov - August 24, 2011 09:08 PM (GMT)
Thank you Mr Brown! :D
davecov - August 25, 2011 06:38 PM (GMT)
A little more work today on my Challenger I. I painted the "mudguards" and painted the thermal sleeve on the barrel:
Next step will be to assemble the tracks. I have never tried them before and am not sure what to expect. However, I do know to assemble the drive sprocket sections first before fitting to the hull.
B4en - August 25, 2011 07:01 PM (GMT)
Looking good Dave. B)
Funny thing, I have never ever painted track sections before assembly!
davecov - August 26, 2011 05:48 PM (GMT)
A little more work today on the Challenger when I tackled the tracks:
First time I have ever had a go at assembling Revell link and length tracks. Not the best of jobs this time round but at least I've experienced them now. With hindsight I would have put the plastic card extensions onto the hull after fitting the tracks. However, because I have already put them on, I am finding it hard to fit the top track sections correctly. Because they will be hidden by the side skirts in any case, I am considering leaving them off!
Edited to show correct picture (thanks, Andy, for tip-off)
attman007 - August 26, 2011 07:16 PM (GMT)
You've done a better job than I did with the link and length tracks! I ended up ripping mine off and getting some aftermarket ones.
davecov - August 26, 2011 07:34 PM (GMT)
Thanks. For a first attempt I am quite pleased with the result. I found the answer was to cut off the four tiny tabs from one end of each link and from the end of the sections. That made them fit a lot better. Since that last photo, I have fitted the top sections of the tracks and fitted the hull top to the hull:
Next step will be to finish painting the road wheels and tidying up in wake of fitting the tracks.
B4en - August 26, 2011 08:38 PM (GMT)
Not bad at all for a first attempt. :clap:
The connecting lengths between drive/idler sprockets and road wheels usually look and fit better with a slight curve bent into them, but otherwise great!
davecov - August 26, 2011 08:49 PM (GMT)
Cheers and thanks for the tip! Live and learn....
B4en - August 26, 2011 08:59 PM (GMT)
I did just the same as you the first time Dave... :lol:
Now I always try to bend a little bit of 'hang' in just to give the impression of weight. It's easy to overdo though - over-saggy tracks also look wrong. Done that a few times too! :rolleyes:
lolwatson - August 27, 2011 01:47 PM (GMT)
DH764 - August 27, 2011 08:53 PM (GMT)
Coming on really well Dave :coolio:
davecov - September 6, 2011 10:25 AM (GMT)
Thanks lads. :D
I am still waiting for the PE set that I ordered more than two weeks ago. So, here is another photo to keep the thread going....
Johni044 - September 6, 2011 10:46 AM (GMT)
Looking good Dave, was given a tour of the Vickers plant in Newcastle and were shown a video of Challenger at speed airborne off a ramp, the suspension must be phenomenal. They were also using a metal press that was originally from Krupps and part of the reparations from WW1.
TimJ - September 7, 2011 11:17 PM (GMT)
davecov - September 7, 2011 11:44 PM (GMT)
I had to chase up my PE order by email today and glad to say that it is now finally in the post......
davecov - September 15, 2011 08:33 AM (GMT)
At last! My postie delivered my PE yesterday. The parts include stowage bins and baskets, light guards and doors.:
Last night I made a start fitting it. Previously, I had left off some of the kit parts until I knew what work was needed before fitting the PE. They have now been fitted (lighter green bits):
And another one...
Still need to fit the front stowage bin (in picture), three baskets and the light guards. I am concerned about those because they are so fragile that they broke up. I am now in two minds whether to faff around with them or else adapt the kit parts and use some stretched sprue instead.
Dirkpitt289 - September 15, 2011 01:12 PM (GMT)
The use of the PE really makes the kit stand out. Nice work Dave :thumb:
davecov - September 15, 2011 05:38 PM (GMT)
More work on the Chally this afternoon when I finished the PE:
As you can see, I left out the PE light guards and used the kit parts.
lolwatson - September 18, 2011 03:43 PM (GMT)
Looking good with the PE added. Very nice.
TimJ - September 18, 2011 06:59 PM (GMT)
attman007 - September 18, 2011 07:59 PM (GMT)
The PE really does make this model really stand out
davecov - September 19, 2011 03:42 PM (GMT)
I painted the added parts and then applied the camo:
Not much left to do now and the parts still to be fitted are shown in the pic.
DH764 - September 19, 2011 03:49 PM (GMT)
Looks good Dave :coolio:
attman007 - September 19, 2011 06:57 PM (GMT)
This looks better every time i see it!
davecov - September 21, 2011 04:06 PM (GMT)
Thanks, lads. :D
More work today when I made progress by fitting the remaining parts:
I then applied Klear in readiness for decalling:
Here I have applied matt varnish after applying decals. Decals were not very good and despite using Klear and decal setting solution I still had problems. I also added a couple of aerials from brass rod:
I'm waiting for the varnish to dry before I take any more photos but it is done now.
realthing - September 21, 2011 05:57 PM (GMT)
Very nice build, Dave. The etched brass really adds to the basic model but you've also achieved an excellent finish with the camouflage
davecov - September 21, 2011 11:54 PM (GMT)
Dirkpitt289 - September 22, 2011 12:35 AM (GMT)
davecov - September 22, 2011 02:06 PM (GMT)
peebeep - September 22, 2011 02:29 PM (GMT)
Great build! I took to the Challenger after seeing it on Top Gear. If I could just find a 1/76 Range Rover and Jezza...
davecov - September 22, 2011 02:48 PM (GMT)
Cheers, Paul. :thumb:
I fell in love with the Chally when I first saw one at Bovington many years ago. I've got a 1/35 job in the stash and looking forward to making that one day...