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Saturday, 30 July 2016
183 - Sandpaper and Continual Punishment - H47 Artemia Hellhound: Part 3

183 - Sandpaper and Continual Punishment - H47 Artemia Hellhound: Part 3

I had a bit of spare time so continued with a tiny bit of progress on the Hellhound. In case you've missed the start of this, take a look at Part 1 & Part 2

The promethium tank has been glued in place and only required a small amount of filing on the bottom in order to make it sit flat. The track guards were also tidied up and glued in place.

The green stuff filling was given a quick going over with some fine sandpaper to remove the worst of the rough finish. I didn't spend ages on sanding so hopefully that won't come back to bite me later on. The turret is still loose and will not be glue in place - though I may magnetise the guide peg. I've still got to tackle that wonky barrel as well. Some careful bending will be required as it seems a bit twisted as well.

Not content with one ForgeWorld model to deal with, I bought another one. 

This time round though it's a discontinued Vanaheim Pattern Griffon Mortar. Not a bad find and still a cool looking model.

The Chimera base had been put together and the only resin that has been attached is the base plate/side thing. My only concern is the alignment as the resin isn't level with the inner parts of the Chimera which could make adding the gun shield tricky. Has anyone built one of these before and could offer tips?

Thanks for reading.
Thursday, 28 July 2016
182 - Glue and Green Stuff - H47 Artemia Hellhound: Part 2

182 - Glue and Green Stuff - H47 Artemia Hellhound: Part 2

I knew that putting the Hellhound back together was going to be a bit of a pain - see part 1 for more info. All of my dryfit tests showed there would be gaps in a lot of places which no amount of filing or cutting would easily get rid off. Instead, it would be a battle with green stuff and superglue.

The underneath of the tank was where some of the biggest issues were. I used superglue to attach everything and had to hold it together for a few minutes as the side sections kept trying to detach themselves from the hull.

Once the super glue had dried, I used some green stuff to try and fill in the rather large gaps. I'm not really sure where the tank has joined properly so I went with filling as much as I could. The biggest gaps were at the rear where the resin section was not as wide as the Chimera base. A bit of green stuff later and most of the gaps were taken care of - though I will have to revisit some.

Things on this side of the tank weren't quite as bad and only required s small amount of filling. There was a chunk missing at the front that was more challenging to fill, but I used the flat edge of my knife and the flat edge of a sculpting tool to get the green stuff as square as possible.

The other side was more difficult and there was a substantial gap between the resin and the track unit. Some of the green stuff fell through the gap and is now rattling around inside the tank which is a tad annoying. I took a bit more care after that and managed to get the gap filled in.

Where the resin top joins to the hull also needed some filling which wasn't too bad. At this point I had run out of mixed up green stuff so didn't completely fill the gap. Once everything has dried/cured I'll gently sand it down to tidy up my attempts.

As I know the clean up will never be amazing, I will cover up some of the issues with some track armour. To get all three pieces to fit right, some modification needs to be done to the medium piece. In the right hand picture there are some faint cuts where the piece will be sawn off.

A little bit of sawing later and I'm left with a flat (ish) edge which will connect nicely to the larger track guard.

A quick mock up using some blu tac to hold everything in place. Obscures the view of the green stuff quite well whilst giving the tank a bit of a more rugged look.

And here is the join. I need to smooth the edge's down to get a better fit before gluing anything in place.

The promethium tank will be attached next and I also need to try and straighten the Inferno Cannon.

Thanks for reading.
Thursday, 21 July 2016
181 - From a Sorry State to Just a State - H47 Artemia Pattern Hellhound : Part 1

181 - From a Sorry State to Just a State - H47 Artemia Pattern Hellhound : Part 1

A few months ago I purchased a built and painted ForgeWorld Artemia Pattern Hellhound off of a well known auction site. The tank had been painted to a decent standard and looked like it wouldn't require much work once I'd stripped the paint.

Here is the Hellhound soon after it's arrival on the desk of untidiness. Not too bad a job but requires a bit more work. There were a few bits that hadn't been put together too well but I managed to gently separate most of them without any major damage. I then grabbed the brown Dettol and a few old tupperware containers and left the model to soak for a few hours. After a bit of scrubbing pretty much all of the paint came off, leaving just a few stubborn areas to deal with, but overall a decent result - or so I thought.....

Turns out the person who put this little flaming barrel of death together had a few "issues". Unfortunately, it appears they used a combination of green stuff and superglue to fix these "issues". I'm not going to complain about their model making abilities as I know mine weren't brilliant and probably still require improvement - I just have to spend more time on the prep rather than the painting.

Anyway, here are a few pictures of the pieces before my attempts to put it back together again.

 I've only got round to putting the front plate, bottom and slab of resin that makes up the top piece and fuel tank tub which coincidentally is the piece that needs the most work (look at the battle damage!).

Nevertheless I will persevere and hopefully something will get finished soon.

Thanks for reading.
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