Week 124  This week we get the first batch of 88mm shells

The bits we received

And what we did with them

This is the first of several issues of shells.  First, I glued the point into the cartridge side with the flat.  I used super glue and took time to make sure the two were correctly aligned.

Then the second half of the casing is attached.  I scraped the joints smooth after the glue was dry.

I found the easiest way to paint these was to push small nails through a piece of scrap ply (no points for spotting it's left over ply from the Hood !) and to drill holes in the base of the shells.  In my case, the nails are 0.7mm dia, and I drilled a 0.6mm hole so the shells are a push fit.  It's easy to bend the nails though.  I didn't worry about painting the base of the shells as these can't be seen on the finished model, but it wouldn't be difficult to touch in the bottom of the shells with brass paint.

After trying several possibilities, I found the best way of painting these shells was to spray the entire shell with brass paint.  I used Vallejo Model Color Brass which is a fair bit darker than the Vallejo Model Air Bright Brass and looks a lot better.  Then I painted the yellow using Games Workshop yellow with a brush.  This only took a couple of coats to get a reasonable cover, rather than the dozen coats that it would have taken using an airbrush.  Finally, the white tip was painted by brush with matt white.

Things not yet done

Issue 25 : Complete issue
Issue 32 : Complete the tow cable
Issue 33 : Complete issue
Issue 41 : Fit fire extinguisher
Issues 54 to 65 : Fit the hub caps
Issue 106 : Complete the seats
Issue 107 : Paint the ammo boxes
Issue 109 : Paint the parts
Issue 113 : Complete the issue
Issue 115 : Paint and assemble the parts
Issue 116 : Paint the radiator
Issue 118 : Paint and assemble the fans
Issue 119 : Paint the radiator
Issue 121 : Paint the fuel tank
Issue 122 : Paint the fuel tank
Issue 124 : Paint the shells

Take me back to week 123

Take me to week 125