Unfinished Business 2024

Is it better than mud from the garden mixed with talcum powder? That Monogram M3 halftrack smelled so pleasant…

Michigan Toy Soldier. Whoa. There is a blast from the past. That mud stuff looks really convincing in scale. I wonder if it is made of…never mind.

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Michigan Toy Soldier underprices VMS on their own stuff. The Smart Mud is $10.99 at MTS and $13.99 at VMS plus at MTS you’re not doing overseas shipping. I don’t know (don’t care) what Smart Mud is made of, but the stuff is just astounding, looks better than real mud, and doesn’t dry out, flake off, or cake up.

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Yesterday, after reading your previous post, I immediately pulled up the VMS website to look at the mud product. There is a page describing the composition and working characteristics with many photographs and some videos. Sincerely, it looks very realistic in scale.

Next, I went to the Michigan Toy Soldier website, which I have not visited for 15 years, and put a jar in my cart. At that point my frugal streak kicked in and I began searching Michigan Toy Soldier for stuff on my want list and good deals. You know how it goes.

Then I began checking other online stores I frequent to see if they carry the stuff. I had some Vallejo mud products in one cart from a previous visit–I have been researching mud and special purpose products for about 6 months now–and ended up comparing them to the VMS mud. After a couple hours of comparison shopping, I put that down to have lunch. I will get back to it.

My comments about the Monogram M3 Halftrack were intended as a joke. The mud was full of tiny creepy crawlers and the talcum powder left fingerprints everywhere. As a kid my instincts were good but I needed superior materials.

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Please pardon me for completely missing your post. Welcome aboard!

I have little knowledge of Russian/Soviet tanks or the T-72. It looks really interesting and intricate. I look forward to seeing what you do with it.


All good. i finished that build… Now deciding where i want to go with it markings-wise. Z Army? Ukrainian Capture? War Trophy?


That is obviously a nicely detailed model. (I just purchased my first model from Rye Field–the box is huge.) Your build and base coat are very clean. I did not realize the turret of the T72 was so squat. It looks like the gun will barely fit!

Are there a lot of decal options for that model? It seems like most modern tanks served in many places but very few decal options exist.

I better finish the campaign badge! (The current version is mocked up in Inkscape but needs more refinement.)

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The kit only comes with Russian markings and numerals to put on the front ERA sections.


SO if i do decide to go “Z” Army; I would just use some fine flat paint markers to apply the “Z” logo on the front rubber skits and side skirts and that would be it.

In the case of a Ukraine captured model, it would be the “+” symbol and maybe some yellow and blue to represent the UKR flag, but everything would have to be hand painted.


Star Decals makes some generic Ukranian tank and vehicle markings: 35-C1403 35-C1404

Hand painting or using leftover decals from something else is probably easier.


Cyber Hobby Sturmpanzer IV: A primer check revealed some problems remain.

With my hobby time divided between 6 model projects, work on the Sturmpanzer progresses very slowly.

After fabricating a replacement periscope and adding back missing rivet detail, all repaired areas received a coat of primer. While most repairs disappeared under this paint, a gash on the right front shoulder needed more sanding. The roof of the fighting compartment looks surprisingly good but since another round of priming is now required, it also received some additional sanding.

One unfortunate consequence of sanding between coats is the creation of find grit fields on the model. In the picture above, a grit field formed on top of the fighting compartment. Repeated washing never completely removes this grit, even when scrubbed with a soft tooth brush. There must be a way to remove this grit.


Got some paint on my Al Abbas ss-1c launcher. Have to tone the greeness i think. Ultimately it’s a gaming piece so quicker build.


haha yet another chance to fail t finishing a shelf queen :rofl: :joy:


@Striker It looks like you are making good progress. I need a piece of foam like you have.

@deerstalker36 You still have 10 months and if that is not enough time, Unfinished Business 2025 will be a thing. :slightly_smiling_face:

Cyber Hobby Sturmpanzer IV: More primer, new paint, and Blue Tac…


@Damraska It’s just some of that green floral foam with duct tape around the edges and bottom. When it gets too chewed up I toss it. Nice for sticking a part then just stabbing it in.

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It seems that the Unfinished Business 20__ is my go to campaign. I wonder why that is… :thinking: