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Russian Armor Group Build November 2017 - November 2018

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  • From: Albany, New York
Posted by ManCityFan on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 10:22 AM

Holy cow, route62, that looks freaking amazing!!  The weathering is incredible!  Bow DownBow Down

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

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Posted by Griffin25 on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 11:28 AM

 That T-34 looks fantastic. Great work and with a little snow on it it'll only get better. It's begging to be in a diorama!!

 

Griffin

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Posted by route62 on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 8:22 PM

I added a little snow to the T-34 this evening and I am calling it done.  The Alanger kit was meh at best but any kit can be turned around.  Added resin fuel tanks and aftermarket tracks.  A little scratch build like grab handles and added some PE mesh from my spares.  The tow cables are picture hanging wire.

For weathering I did hairspray chipping, washes, filter, oil paint stains and shading, baking soda snow and pastel powders.  No name brand weathering products were used.  All was done with common arts supplies.

This is my first group build and I had fun with it.  Kept me on pace.  I have a couple other projects on my bench but if I can squeeze another Russian armor piece before november I will post.

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 9:14 PM

Route62: That looks fantastic!!! If mine comes out 10% as well as yours I'll be thrilled!

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by ManCityFan on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 9:17 PM

Route, that is a fantastic looking T-34.  I will post the first picture in the completed kit section.  Let me know if there is another picture you would like posted there.

Thanks for being part of the GB.  I enjoyed watching this come together.  If you can find the time, we would love to see another build from you.

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

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Posted by route62 on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 8:43 AM

Thank you.  I have a BTR and tank destroyer kit in my stash.  Once I get a handle on these other two projects I think I will try one of those.

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Posted by Armor_Aficionado on Sunday, May 20, 2018 3:28 PM

Well, I finally got under way with the Su-122, and I’m a little disappointed.  I’ve built a lot of Tamiya models over the years, and this is the first one I’ve bought that came out of the box with damaged/broken parts.  If you’ll notice, on the upper hull the right side rear fender is broken nearly all the way off.  Harder to notice is the damage to the front of the lower hull, where the rightside extension that holds the drive sprocket is bent/stressed so that it doesn’t align properly.  This may be able to be fixed when gluing it together, but I fear it may have weakened the plastic (you can see where the stress has discolored the plastic from green to white), hopefully not to the point where it might break.  Most unusual for Tamiya kits...

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Posted by Griffin25 on Sunday, May 20, 2018 3:48 PM

Hopefully you'll be able to overcome the damage. Look forward to seeing it! 

 

Griffin

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, May 20, 2018 5:27 PM

Hey AA, hopefully when you assemble her the added parts will reinforce each other there. If you're still not happy I've cemented stuff like cut-up credit cards in to stiffen the thing up.

Funny to see damage like that. I bought a Tamiya Royal Tiger back, gee fifteen-twenty years ago with a broken turret roof. Looked like someone had tried to crush it. I repaired the damage as best I could but it's still visible if you know where to look.

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, May 20, 2018 8:45 PM

R62, I am truly loving that T-34 of yours. I built an early version of the Maquette T-34, and know how much of a bear those can be to build. But man you made that look awesome!

This past Friday nite at IPMS was a build nite, so I pulled out my BTR and got to work.

 

I had about four steps on the upper hull completed before I sidelined it years ago. Perhaps 15%-20% done so far

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, May 20, 2018 8:50 PM

So on Friday, I added the suspension to the lower hull, and the detail parts onto the rear hull

 

 

 

the front axles are movable to simulate steering

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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Posted by Griffin25 on Sunday, May 20, 2018 8:55 PM

Very cool! The BTR 70 is such an APC icon. It's doing business all over the world. Looking forward to seeing your build Stik.

 

Griffin

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, May 20, 2018 9:18 PM

Thanks Griffin, this should be a fun build. Now that the suspension is built, the worst is behind now... I think

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by taxtp on Sunday, May 20, 2018 11:28 PM

I've been admiring that T-34 too, Route62. There's a lot to learn simply from looking at it.

Cheers

Tony

I'm just taking it one GB at a time.

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, May 21, 2018 7:28 AM

SP: Nice work there on the suspension. Bet those things have a hell of a ride. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by Zvezda1980 on Monday, May 21, 2018 5:17 PM

Route62: This is a winter battle-weary masterpiece! Very inspiring work and painting/weathering!!!

What is the slogan on the turret?

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Posted by route62 on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 3:59 PM

Zvezda1980

Route62: This is a winter battle-weary masterpiece! Very inspiring work and painting/weathering!!!

What is the slogan on the turret?

 

Not sure what it says.  It was the decal included with the kit.  The instructions with the kit were in russian so no help there either.  Thanks all for the compliments on the build.  This build has got me wanting to do more armor since I usually am a plane guy.

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  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 8:46 AM

Hello Comrade Dwayne,

 

I would like to join the GB with the Alan / Dragon SU76M 1/35 scale.

 

But first well done on winning the premier league and GO CHELSEA!!!!

 We beat United, we beat United!

 

 

 

The Alan kit is solidly built, if panels were to scale, it would have 100mm armour plate - better than most panzers…

 

Route 62

 

T-34 looks fantastic. That is a great finish and I like the remnants of snow left on the tank. The whitewash has been done very well too. Looking forward to your next build, please keep on with the armour

 

Stik

 

The BTR70 has started off quickly, should be good.

 

AA

 

The Su 122 sounds frustrating, unusual for Tamiya to have issues like that.

 

Kien

 

The IS2 is looking pretty massive there. It looked good before the weathering, like what you are doing with the pigments around the running gear.

 

Dutch,

 

Mini art SU85 Looking good in primer, can’t wait to see it painted up.

 

Bufflehead

 

JS-3 Thanks for the paint tutorial, I will give it a try on my up and coming model. How much time do you allow in between doing each change of colour? Can they follow one after the other, or do you need to allow hours of drying time in between coats? The black and white method on the T-26 is interesting too

 

 

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 8:58 AM

Hey LA, welcome! 

I've got a few of those Alan kits and they're rougher than a barbed-wire bathtub. Looking forward to seeing what you do with her.

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by ManCityFan on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 12:54 PM

Hey lostagain, glad to have you aboard the GB.  Front page is updated.  Looking forward to seeing that kit come together.

Thanks for the congrats.  It really was a dream season. 

Congrats to Chelsea for the FA cup, and a huge THANK YOU for beating Man U!

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

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Posted by DasBeav on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 8:21 PM

Route62: I like what you did with the T34. It turned out quite nice.

Stik: Nice start to the BTR, looking forward to the finished kit.

Lostagain: I also have that ALAN Su76 in my stash. Picked it up for a song years ago and 

                am looking forward to seeing what you do with it. T35 has broken my fear of

                indy links.

DMan: Congrats to you!!! ....But Go Spurs!

 Sooner Born...Buckeye Bred.

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 8:47 PM

LA, I built that Su-76 a couple years ago. Make sure that you thin down the road wheels so that they fit between the track guide teeth. I did not know that until I was about to install the tracks... I had to thin the inner surfaces after the weeks were glued in place. Much easier to do beforehand... have fun!

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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Posted by lostagain on Friday, May 25, 2018 8:43 AM

Stik, guess what?

The wheels STILL don't fit into the track links. Great tip thanks mate!

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, May 25, 2018 11:59 AM

Anytime Lost! It’s no Tamiya kit, but it can look real good when done up right.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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  • From: Athens, Greece
Posted by Zvezda1980 on Saturday, May 26, 2018 7:29 AM

Comrades, I got jealous of your excellent work and I wish to participate with this Tamiya 1/48 T-34/76

 

   

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Posted by Zvezda1980 on Saturday, May 26, 2018 7:36 AM

route62

Not sure what it says.  It was the decal included with the kit.  The instructions with the kit were in russian so no help there either. 

I looked it up (google tr.)  and the slogan is 'Dmitry Donskoy', name of a medieval prince of Moscow who beat the Mongol Horde [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dmitry_Donskoy].

Cool. 

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Posted by ManCityFan on Saturday, May 26, 2018 12:29 PM

Welcome to the GB, Zvezda.  I will be interested in this build.  I want to get at least one 1/48 armor kit, and want to see how they come together.  Front page updated.

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

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Posted by Griffin25 on Saturday, May 26, 2018 7:19 PM

That box art makes me want to run out and buy one of those 1/48 T34. Tamiya is smart! 

 

Griffin

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, May 27, 2018 12:34 AM

Man City, those Tamiya 1/48 kits are sweet. I’ve built one and have a few more in the stash. Great stuff!

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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    January, 2013
  • From: Athens, Greece
Posted by Zvezda1980 on Sunday, May 27, 2018 7:05 AM
Griffin Tamiya is smart indeed (surely smarter than me Stick out tongue).
 
Works started yesterday, I made some sanding sticks, trimmed and assembled the various wheels, as well as the hull and turret main sections. All fall easily into place. Points that require a little more 'sensitivity' are the infantry handrails, when cut and cleared off sprue attachment. I also cannot see any point in the (as advertised on the box) 'Cast metal chassis', I think it makes the model heavy without any noticeable gain and one has to pay extra attention when handling the assembled hull. 
 
Some photos follow here-below
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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