Mike's M3 Lee #12 Little Build Things

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Re: Mike's M3 Lee #12 Little Build Things

Post by Stuart Faulkner » Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:45 pm

All good stuff mike.
I have just discovered the hinge pins myself and I don’t think one of my doors will be opening in a hurry.

I must get round to updating my post. :wink:

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Post by michael hilton » Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:48 pm

Hello Mike, I had the self same problem with hinges while building my Rolls Royce. I destroyed three hinges...they are expensive to replace. So I cheated and fitted 'screws' through the hinges. It's wrong I know, however the screw hinge does not jam and unless you look closely....no one knows. You can also remove the screw easily....Mick :wink:

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Re: Mike's M3 Lee #12 Little Build Things

Post by Chris Hall » Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:52 am

Mike -

Your tips might be "little build things", but they'll be vitally important when I get back to my build. So thanks, and keep 'em coming :).

As for the warnings about the hinges ..... makes me glad that I'm going to be 'welding' up the big side doors ! So only the rear engine hatches to worry about :wink:.

All the best,

Chris
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Post by Mike Conley » Fri Aug 02, 2019 8:31 pm

I've been making the leather straps but ran out of strips (only had one to begin with). It still needs 6 more little straps for the tools and I'll get'em done as soon as my order gets here. I've been weathering it but the scuffs, wear, streaks, etc. don't show up too good on here. I figure this M3 is about 98% done (but you know detailing NEVER finishes!) so I decided to take some pics.

Now that this build is complete I suddenly realized I'm OUT OF A JOB! After coffee and the news I usually head out to the garage and get busy! I better think of something or my little sweet MSgt (ret.) wife will DEFINATELY think of stuff for me to do!!…

I have this Panzer IV I built about 3 years ago and it still only has the base color... I think I'll get busy marking/weathering IT!

Anyway, with my simple skills (and LOTS of BEEER!) I did my best on this M3 Lee build and tried to make it look halfway decent...

Mike (the one in Kentucky!)
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Re: Mike's M3 Lee #12 Little Build Things

Post by Vince Cutajar » Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:02 pm

Congratulations Mike on finishing the M3. It looks really good.

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Re: Mike's M3 Lee #12 Little Build Things

Post by Mike Conley » Sat Aug 03, 2019 3:08 pm

Here's a few more I took this morning. This early sun helps show more of the weathering and 'wear' I tried to do and if I had a better camera you could see more.

Mike
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Re: Mike's M3 Lee #12 Little Build Things

Post by Robert E Morey » Sat Aug 03, 2019 4:33 pm

Mike
I'd say that is much better than "half decent". Truly stunning build! Your details really paid off. That is a superb looking model. You knocked it out of the ballpark! Well done! Looking forward to what you do with the PZ4. Really fantastic M3!
Best regards, Bob

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Re: Mike's M3 Lee #12 Little Build Things

Post by Mike Conley » Sat Aug 03, 2019 7:07 pm

Thanks So Much for the kind words, you don't know how much I was worried about painting it. I enjoy building'em but the painting, marking, weathering, wear, is what I absolutely dread because I'm an IDIOT when it comes to paint details.

On the colors, I used Testers 1265 Flat Olive Drab for the overall spray but that's what I used on the Sherman. I didn't like how they were 'twins' in color so I somewhat figured out how to use this airbrush and sprayed less than one bottle of the 'Faded Olive Drab' (mixed 50/50) all over this M3.

For markings I didn't like all the BRIGHT yellows I could find but then remembered I DID have half can of CAT yellow, which is a deep, dark yellow. So after I had everything taped off, I sprayed. It's gloss but a later spray of tan spray 'dust' gets rid of the gloss. (I know I should hit the turret markings one more time but I'm lazy!)

Then it still looked like a CLEAN, new, faded M3... SO I had a 'few' cold ones out of the garage fridge (just to loosen up my spray arm ya understand), then held the can of tan camo spray about 18"-24" away and made fast side sweeping sprays, mostly low. When that was practically dry I used a wide house paint brush to make downward sweeps for streaks. That tan makes pretty good permanent 'dust'!

For the 'wear' I dipped my finger in a little dirty black thinner, rub it between my thumb & finger, then when it's almost dry rub it around where the crew would walk. Any shiney parts like the corner of the turret corners, commander MG turret rim, and tool box edges came from just rubbing them a LOT with my clean bare hands. In the mornings and every time I walked by it I'd just rub my fingers and palm against it for a second. That shines up the corners great and it looks like they've been worn. (and I still do that with the Sherman. Can't have too much 'wear'.)


Just wanted to share about how I stumbled along and painted this M3. Again, THANKS for the encouraging words on this build!

Mike (the one in Kentucky)
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Re: Mike's M3 Lee #12 Little Build Things

Post by Robert E Morey » Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:02 am

Mike
You are too hard on yourself - your M3 looks awesome. The yellow and blue markings look prefect (and nicely faded). I use the same Krylon camo for an overspray of dust on my models as well. It works great and only takes a couple minutes! You got some paint and weatherin skilz brother! I like a dark wood stain on the filler caps - it looks great over the dust for spilled fuel. See my Shermy pic below (note Krylon dust!)

Bob

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Re: Mike's M3 Lee #12 Little Build Things

Post by michael hilton » Sun Aug 04, 2019 6:24 am

Good morning Mike, it's been a real pleasure to follow your M3 build. Always interesting and informative. Looking forward to your next project....Mick

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