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Challenger 2 by enc86 Challenger 2 by enc86
Here is my 1/35 trumpeter challenger 2. I was feeling pretty crappy for awhile there and really had not done much for projects, intill my wife picked me up this nice gift. I think that the challenger is one of the most intimidating looking modern tanks and have been wanting to do one one for awhile. Overall it was pretty fun and got me back into doing projects again.
As with all my kits, this badboy is very inaccurate. my wife picked out the paint, so it doesn't quite match any real life counterparts. I swiped decals from various other kits, just for some flavor. This was my fist time building a trumpeter kit and it was good to try out a "new" brand( I have been pretty loyal to Tamiya until now).
It was a pretty fun build but suffered flaws that would not be present in a better produced kit. It suffered from some minor fit issues(especially on the turret compartments) flash and big injection marks. the biggest problem with this kit was the very very flimsy tracks that were included. after a few test fits and the needed weathering/painting they were about falling apart. I had to reinforce them in several spots with staples( thankfully the armor skirts hide that fact)but all said this was a great kit and well worth the very cheap asking price($18.00 us)
Anyways while not my best, i am very happy with the outcome.doing an easy kit like this was just what the doctor ordered to get me back into things.
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KibajiHead Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
I like the Challenger Tank, I saw a few when I went to the Barracks in Germany, they're very loud!. I saw some Land Rover Defenders as well, I think they were going out on manouvers or something. It's really good, thanks for faving my Hornet.
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
i like alot of the modern British designs myself, very powerful weapons.

your welocme!
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WeasleFire Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Damn straight we have powerful weapons!
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hankypanky68 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like extra armor plating on that bad ride!
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
yea the challenger 2 has some very nice armor. this is one of my fav tanks in my collection.
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plumpener Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   Photographer
Super realistic! Fantastic paintjob!
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
thank you, love the Challenger 2 and was happy this one turned out nice
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plumpener Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013   Photographer
Welcome, it sure did!
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12jack12 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks good :thumbsup:

The track on my Challenger 2 was way bigger than needed, even cut down to the last pre-drilled holes.
The biggest problem I had with my build was with the main gun, it was about 45 degrees to the left of center, I needed to do a lot of cutting and filling.

The Trumpter kits just seem to have so many small parts with sunken ejector-pin marks that you need to fill and file. But they do look good after you get them together. :nod:
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
thanks dude!
yea i really enjoyed your challenger, it is super nice. sorry to here about the weird issues, but it doesn't show.

yea i really like trumpeter(great prices too) but they have some weird design flaws and tons of busy work. it is really weird about the injection marks, because most of the time if there were reversed they would be hidden. but in the end they do look great and i guess thats what matters.
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12jack12 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Those problems are no big deal to someone who's done a few models. Someone new to models I would tell them Tamiya for the first few. :nod: The worst model kit I ever did was a ZVEZDA, look at how bad the turret parts fit in this photo. [link]
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
yea with a little experience Trumpeter are great kits, but Tamiya everything fits incredible, every time.

yea just checkout your t-34. ouch, crazy bad fit, but i had to look for it. dont think most would notice.
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WarrenCarr Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very impressive, you have a lot of talent!
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enc86 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
thanks dude, lol but i think some of its just practice,patience, and know a few tricks.
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WarrenCarr Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You seem to have it down. lol
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enc86 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
you too dude, you do great mini's.
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NavJAG Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is my favorite shot from your series on the Challenger - it really conveys a sense of just how badass this tank is - a big honkin gun and tough armor to go with it!
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enc86 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
thanks man, it my fav photo of my challenger as well. its got such great lines to it. very intimidating. after taking these pics i kinda looked back throu my work and was pretty happy to see my photos have been getting better as well.
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ikarus-tm Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
wow beautifully done !
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enc86 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
thanks!
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raipo Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow what a comeback man! And you did my favorite tank to boot :D Gotta love the fastest tank on the planet!
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enc86 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
thanks dude! yea the challenger is a sexy beast. siting next to my Abrams, it just looks faster,meaner and more futuristic.
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shank117 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is good your swapped decals remind me of an israeli tank mabye just suggesting you sould do some israeli senario like the british are helping them fight the iranians(could happen in the near future) just suggestion
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enc86 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
huum might have to think about that. it was just suggested that i do a idf centurion...might have to get around to it. i have noticed my collection is missing alot of desert themed armor.
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Super6-4 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the setting for this one.
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enc86 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
thanks dude, yea the ground is frozen(bit of ice if you look close) but the grass still has some cool color to it.
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Super6-4 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It must be in the heart of winter there in Vermont, eh?
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enc86 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
not yet, been pretty calm so far.so far my barn critters water hasn't been freezing during the day. doesn't really get crazy till mid jan through feb. thats when it will be -20 and 4ft of snow.
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Super6-4 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow. Here in California, we shiver violently at anything below 60s lol.
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enc86 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
lol bunch of sally's. i am pretty good at anything above freezing and even then.
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Super6-4 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe yeah. We're known for beaches and sun-not the cold lol. It was in the 50s today-my Mom loved it because she's from the Bay Area where it's usually colder. I don't like rainy weather much, unless I'm staying at home all day-then it's fine to rain!
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enc86 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
lol up here we get winter, mud season,10 nice sunny days, rain,cold rain, fall,ect.. but i live in a vally so i get more rain than most but i dont mind. grew up around here and am pretty pale so overcast and rain is fine by me.
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Defibulator Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   General Artist
I have been thinking about getting a Challenger 2 for a few years, but I love my Leopard 2A6s too much!
I think my next will be a Merkava Mk IV.
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enc86 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
ohh yea, i love the Merkava Mk IV! its been on my "to do" list for awhile. i built the mk.1 and since then have wanted to get my hands on a new variant.
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dinobatfan Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Sometimes it's just nice to build and have fun with a kit and not get too caught up in accuracy or being hyper intense about a kit isn't it? :) Sometimes it's just fun to build a kit and enjoy it for what it is. Your tank here looks like a good Challenger to me (You'd have to tell me the inaccuracies as while I have a very general knowledge of tanks, I couldn't begin to get into specifics without the kit and reference photos and books side by side. ) but then, I'm not too familiar with the Challenger other than just basic info. Like for instance I can tell this IS a Challenger and not a Chieftain,Abrams,Sherman, Patton, Lee, T-34, or Merkava tanks. And it is certainly NOT the Space Shuttle Challenger. ;) I do know THIS much. ;D But as to fine details and specifics, I couldn't say. What other I can say though is that it DOES look very good, and it IS very well finished by an advanced model builder who does know quite well his way around a model building work bench. :D Great work and much continued happy model building! :D
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enc86 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Thanks man, hearing my self being called a "advanced model builder" from someone of your caliber made my day!
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dinobatfan Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Glad to oblige! On your end too, "a modeller of my calibur?" Oooh...big ego rub! Thank you! This too is high praise that I appreciate greatly! :D I guess good ego rubs for us both. A Good day indeed! :D

Here's to much happy, fun good model building for us both. CHEERS!!!! :D
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BeardedDwarf Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Looks great! Glad you are back on the mend and producing.
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enc86 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
thanks its good to be back and productive again.
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Shay-Tank-Dragon-41 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome Lad :3 I'm actually thinking of moving into the 1/35 marker myself...but only for my most favourite military vehicles, such as the BTR-80A [link]
Do you think 1/35 is easier to build than 1/72? :3
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enc86 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
BTR is cool, i have that on my long(very long) wishlist.
as for the 1/72 v.s 1/35, i cant totally say because i have never worked in that scale but i find that 1/35 is easier is most regards than the smaller scales i have worked in.
makes it so the tiny detail are not as tiny, but i believe you end up with more detail(thu more of a chance to screw up) and because its bigger more mistakes will show.
anyways i would suggest picking up a cheap 1/35 befor you spend the money on an expencve kit.
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Shay-Tank-Dragon-41 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pffft expensive? The cheapest model I could find was like 19.99...or $23 I think, but my parents dont want me buying anything more expensive than 28 :U
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enc86 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
ouch, but yea they get crazy expensive. are you looking at shops or over the net? i pretty much get everything from the net.
anyways you should be able to find a good starter kit for under 28.
and should take you 2x as long as a smaller scale. both of my last two tanks (British challenger and Chieftain) were under $20us.
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Shay-Tank-Dragon-41 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There is a newsagent in my city and thats it....no model shop, however it does sell an Italian jeep 1/35 scale here [link], so I could practice on that, but I get my models over the net, but the UK postgae is ridiculous -_-
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enc86 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
that jeep looks pretty cool!
i forgot about postage, hummm every once in awhile amazon has some ok deals. is there a amazon UK? or would the shipping still be insane to Ireland
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Shay-Tank-Dragon-41 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I live in N.I.....so sometimes websites would deliver it as 'Ireland' and others would consider it 'United Kingdom' but yea there is an Amazon UK but I don't really trust those mega online webs _
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enc86 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
ahhh well i have had some great experinces with amanzon u.s. might be something to look into [link] if my math is right, this might be a good bet.
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Nixod321 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
*I'd* say it is, but you better be really good at painting.
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Shay-Tank-Dragon-41 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Painting....I don't know, I'd say im still a noob at it...you can look through my gallery if you want and decide for yourself, I have been building and painting models for a year now :shrug:
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Nixod321 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
The problem is that there is more surface area to cover in larger scales, and more flat area, which is hard to weather if you're used to 1/72. As for your painting skills, they are nice and clean and neat, so I'd say have a go, but try a cheap kit first, in case you mess up. Also, just as a bit of criticism, please use matt paints.
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