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The Chindit's Other Best Friend...Indian Cavalry Stuarts

 
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Akosion
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 9:48 pm    Post subject: The Chindit's Other Best Friend...Indian Cavalry Stuarts Reply with quote

Folks,
Yes, so the Indian Cavalry Regiments dod not operate alongside the Chindits, but the title is catchy, no?
These are somewhat "generic", they should fit both 7th and 45th Light Cavalry Regiments, hence the simplified markings.
More shots to follow.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice entry Aris - needs more pics tho' Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 1:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah more piccies. Smile What breed are they?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few "in progress" shots first. At this stage, the hull tops are still separate, the supports for the anti-Japanese mesh are halfway done, and the turrets have been finished.

The insert shows the driver's hatch opened up and given some rudimentary detail.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

good work mate..
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mesh fitted, and hull fittings complete:


Hull tops, headlights, and turret MGs glued in place, painting starts:

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And the finished product:

The white spots on the mantlet are supposed to suggest the tank names painted ther by 7th Cavalry. They work better if you're standing a meter or so from the model!

The models are the Matchbox/Revell Stuart. Almost everything I've put on them was made out of plastic strip or rod, with the exception of the grousers (a heavily chopped about track run from Attack's Marder!) and the AA machinegun mounts, which started life as shovels on the ESCI/Italeri PzIII.

I made a bit of a mess of the running gear. The idea (shamefully stolen from Steve Zaloga) was to paint the tracks and wheels a light colour and drybrush them in green to suggest they're heavily coated in dust. This would be coupled with a wash of the light colour over the rest of the tank, so that it would appear dusty. This doesn't seem to work as well as I'd want- the wash was too discrete. At least it helped to break up the monotone colour scheme!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They look cool! I like the idea with the way of applying "dust". Never heard about it, but I will try it soon! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm... not sure about the dust technique. It looks like tan dry brushed with green to my mind. I think I'd go the other way and just do multiple washes for the dust in a front to back motion. Mixing in some wall spackle to give it a little more 'body' might help too.

I like your work though - the anti-Japanese screens are just to add sandbags to the soft spots?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2007 2:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice work, Aris! Cool Cool Cool The grenade screens are a nice touch, and I regret not having given them to my 14th Army Lees and Grants. The idea appears to have been to give some stand-off distance between the top hull decking and any grenades or demo charges that might be thrown onto the vehicle.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2007 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i like the method of representing dust and muck around the running gear too! a really cool entry aris!

rob. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2007 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Folks,
Thanks for the kind words! Yep, as David pointed out, the mesh screens were there to prevent the Japanese attaching antitank mines or explosives there. Occasionally Lees had track links on some of their hatches for the same reason.
Gabriel, the problem with the "dark drybrush on light base" method probably lies less in the idea itself and more in my poor execution of it Smile !
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