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Takom 1:35 T-55 AMV (WIP)

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  • Member since
    October, 2004
  • From: Fredericksburg
Takom 1:35 T-55 AMV (WIP)
Posted by ygmodeler4 on Sunday, June 12, 2016 7:18 PM

Haven't been to the bench in awhile, I have a few aircraft that are in various painting stages, but I've gotten the urge to build a tank. I have plans way down the road for this one in a diorama, which is why I bought this one versus a couple other tanks that struck my fancy. I'll try to do an update at least once a week, but no promises, post-college life has been keeping me busy.

I'm pretty impressed with the Takom instructions/painting guide. Very easy to understand, but most of all, it's not jammed into a fold out piece of paper. It'll make it easier to make notes on and what not. I've never built a kit this new/modern before so although the price tag is higher, it's nice to see at least some reasons why. In addition, the detail on this thing is phenomenal after a cursory look at all the sprues. The one downside I've noticed are the sprue attachment points. For the most part they are the thickest I've ever seen. What's more surprising is it's that thick on the majority of the parts. I guess it's to keep them from breaking off the sprue in the box, but it sure makes for a lot of cleanup.

Tonight I completed the first two steps. I was going to push onward but all those roadwheels and cleanup to go along pretty much put a stop to my progress. I shall tackle a couple each night when I get home from work and maybe by the weekend that part will be over. For now here is what I do have done. Maybe you'll get tired of hearing this, but I'm loving the detail in the kit, I mean shoot, this is just the underneath of the tank! Eats

 

Thanks for looking in, questions or comments of all shapes, sizes, and tones are welcome

-Josiah

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  • From: Lacey, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 9:47 AM

That kit does have some nice detail! Looking forward to seeing more of this soon. No advice needed as far as I'm concerned.

- Mike Brindos

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    October, 2004
  • From: Fredericksburg
Posted by ygmodeler4 on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 9:27 PM

A small update: Step two is all the suspension, the detail carries on here, though as parts get smaller, the necessary cleanup gets longer. The instructions have a revision to them at this point which is notated on a seperate piece of paper (seen to the left).

As seen above, detail is top notch still. I'm trying to find some reference photos for this area of the tank, however, I'm fairly certain most of this is going to be hard to see once everything is together anyways.

 

-Josiah

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  • From: Fredericksburg
Posted by ygmodeler4 on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 9:42 PM

Thanks for looking in Mike! Hopefully it'll look halfway as decent as your M-41 when it's all done Yes

I started on step three tonight, which consists of putting together all the roadwheels--10 in total. The problem is the tires have some sort of pattern on them seen below.

All of the reference photos that I have looked at for Syrian (or middle eastern/african/central asian) tanks have either really beat up tires or beat up enough so that they don't have this pattern.

So I decided I couldn't live life the easy way and started sanding away. I have 5 wheels completely sanded out of 20, so I know what I will be doing the rest of the week. I'll have to make a decision whether I want to go the heavy beating route like the first picture, or be a bit more mild like the second. I think I'm leaning towards the second, but I'll have to scour many more photos.

-Josiah

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  • From: Fredericksburg
Posted by ygmodeler4 on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 7:10 PM

Well progress has been slow, but I'm ok with taking my time on this. Modeling has become less of hurry up and get it done for me and more of a enjoy the journey sort of experience as I'm transitioning into a typical adulthood lifestyle. I almost have all the roadwheels good to go and decided to get the ERA racks done on the turret. I'm going to paint everything without the ERA blocks and then put them seperatly as thats what most of the references look like.

I found the best way to put these together is the top and bottom piece together first. Hit it with the touch n flow applicator let it dry real quick, but then while its a little soft, glue it to the turret. Below I tried to mock up how it's supposed to fit together.

  

Now it took me a bit to figure out, but below you can see the slots where the top piece goes in. And if you look close enough you can see a line below and a little to the left of every slot, that's where the bottom piece of the rack goes. NOT TO THE RIGHT, but to the line to the left of the top piece's "hole". This was figured out after a bit of trial and counting and figuring out, "oops, if I put the on the lines to the right I'm going to run out of lines to put them on." 

After all was said and done, I was a little concerned they didn't end up all that even. But after looking at pictures of Syrian tanks, I'm ok with that. They're all beat up and crooked, and heck, even missing blocks anyways.

And with that my update is over. Might hit the bench over the weekend, then again might not. Thanks for looking in, until next time!

-Josiah

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Posted by disastermaster on Sunday, July 03, 2016 10:37 PM

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Dang
 That's a nice looking kit. I'll keep an eye out here.
I'd go with the first wheel option... 
but of course, (you know me) I like to tear 'em up.
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  • From: California
Posted by SprueOne on Monday, July 04, 2016 9:45 AM

Yes, very good looking texture and details. What is a good technique for achieving the damaged wheels in the first picture?  

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  • From: Fredericksburg
Posted by ygmodeler4 on Friday, July 29, 2016 4:54 PM
Thanks guys! Haven't had time to work on this, been crazy busy at work, get home and I'm just about ready for bed lol! SprueOne, I haven't done it yet, but I'd imagine get something like a dremel and use a sanding attachment to hit the sides to take it off real quick, or maybe get an exacto knife to take out chunks

-Josiah

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    October, 2004
  • From: Fredericksburg
Posted by ygmodeler4 on Monday, March 06, 2017 8:37 PM

Hello all, last time I was at the bench was about the time I posted last...July. Now that hunting season is definitely over I have more time for various activities. Ive got a couple projects Id like to finish up before the wedding in September and this is one of them. Didn't do a whole lot tonight but got some tidbits and the starboard side of the ERA racks put on. 

-Josiah

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 7:25 AM

Glad to see you back to work with this one, I'd completely forgotten about it. 

And good job on the supports for the ERA bricks, they can be a pain to keep straight. 

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Posted by Hendo on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 4:11 PM
Thanks for sharing your work, looking forward to the next instalment.
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  • From: Fredericksburg
Posted by ygmodeler4 on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 9:09 PM

Thanks guys, I've made some more progress, nothing picture worthy. More bits and pieces put together on the turret and I found my dremel and finished sanding the tires (wish I tried to find it when I started on this kit), what would've taken a couple hours took about 15/20 minutes.

-Josiah

  • Member since
    October, 2004
  • From: Fredericksburg
Posted by ygmodeler4 on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 9:39 PM

So I've got numerous questions regarding various items on the turret, I found this pretty good photo above for reference, however, I'm going to be modeling my tank as if it is in combat during the day. I took various pictures of the instructions seen below:

I'm assuming I should make this as the second option, open, since it'll be in simulated combat? This is a type of viewing periscope for the commander? Second and third questions are below:

These are...IR spotlights? As seen in the red box, theres two options, I'm not really sure which one is which, one option has line down the middle so I'm guessing that is uncovered since the pictures have no lines and they are covered? Would they be covered in combat during the day and then uncovered at night?

Then there's this little fella on the back...what is that a normal light? The S part is a clear part, should it be painted like a light, or as it is covered like the other spotlights?

-Josiah

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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 10:18 PM

The lights on the TC hatch and next to the main gun are IR projector lamps for an active IR night vision system. The light on the back of the turret is a low power white light lamp that can have number cut outs inserted for ID purposes in low light conditions.

the IR projector lamps have a black lens to project light on the infrared wavelengths that can be seen using night vision devices. When not in use they have a metal cover bolted in place to protect them.

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 11:54 PM

Here is the rear turret ID light. This one has a red lens. The numeral cut outs are mounted inside the framework

 

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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  • From: Fredericksburg
Posted by ygmodeler4 on Thursday, March 09, 2017 11:16 AM
Thanks Carlos!

-Josiah

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  • From: Fredericksburg
Posted by ygmodeler4 on Thursday, March 09, 2017 7:50 PM

Where I'm at so far with everything mocked up, won't have another update til sometime next week. I attached wires to the lamps next to the turret. I tried to connect wires to the launcher system but that did not work out as anticipated. I may try again now that it's connected to the turret, or I may just scratch a part seen below (from primeportal), however, some pictures of syrian tanks I see don't have that part. Seeing how this is eventually going to go in a fictional scenario diorama I guess it doesn't matter too much in the end.

 

-Josiah

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 7:56 AM

Coming right along. Yes

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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  • From: Fredericksburg
Posted by ygmodeler4 on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 11:21 AM
Thanks! I hope to get some more done on this one during the weekend

-Josiah

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