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Tamiya's old 1/35 T-62A

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Tamiya's old 1/35 T-62A
Posted by jugjunkie on Wednesday, May 03, 2017 3:09 AM

The kit is certainly showing it's age but would make an ideal starter kit. For the more advanced modeller with not too much work and AM, you can get a really good result. The first thing I noticed was the very basic gun boot. If you use the kit piece it will definitely distract from any reasonable result. I have opted for the DefModel resin boot but the problem is that it is meant fro the Trumpeter kit but it is just too good for me not to use. So on comparing the kit turret with JP Model's very accurate one, you can see a big shape issue which is almost impossible to fix but I want to build the kit and I do not believe in buying a kit and throwing 90% of it away so I will do the best I can. 

The problem using the DefModel boot for the Trumpy kit, on this kit, is apparent.

So using some plastic surgery, I firstly cover the gapping hole with some plasticard.

I then applied Milipit roughly in the areas that I need to shape to look more like the correct turret.

When the Milipit had properly dried, I filed the turret to shape. The kit gun also needs to now be shortened and thinned down to fit the boot. I had to remove about 3mm off the back of the gun and the base had to be thinned down almost to the same OD as the barrel. The fit was good and tight and the length is right. Roughed up the turret a bit because it is a cast item in real.

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  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Wednesday, May 03, 2017 6:15 AM

I just picked up the Verlinden upgrade set for this kit.  It looks like major surgery is needed to correct the hull shape, but it certainly looks achievable.

Bill Morrison

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    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, May 04, 2017 7:45 AM

Oh wow cool JJ. 

Looking forward to seeing how you do this. 

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, May 04, 2017 8:17 AM

Niceto see these old tamiya kits get an airing, look forward to seeing what you do with it.

 ''I am a Norfolk man, and I glory in being so''

  

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  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Saturday, May 06, 2017 6:58 AM

I agree about the old Tamiya kits.  I like them.  And, excellent job so far!

Bill

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  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, May 06, 2017 8:42 AM

warshipguy

I just picked up the Verlinden upgrade set for this kit.  It looks like major surgery is needed to correct the hull shape, but it certainly looks achievable.

Bill Morrison

 

I have that one as well, long before better T-62s were available. One kit I got for a song was the Trumpeter IT-1 missile tank (T-62 with a missile turret) for a whopping $23 at Squadron. It gives me a much better base to start with the verlinden turret.

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Posted by jugjunkie on Monday, May 08, 2017 3:34 AM

Thanks all for commentary. I have had to add about 2mm to the height of the turret. After attaching it to the hull I noticed that it is very thin and having done some reading on it, it was suggested that adding 2mm to the height was more correct. I have roughed up the turret a bit (the real one was a cast turret).

Wheels have been roughed up and primered.

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  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Monday, May 08, 2017 7:07 AM

Rob,

I also have a Kalmbach publication about armor conversions. One of the articles concerns this old Tamiya kit.  There is a template for the proper shaping of the lower hull and the correct spacing of the roadwheels.  Coupled with the Verlinden conversion set, this can turn into an excellent model.

Bill

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Posted by jugjunkie on Monday, May 08, 2017 9:08 AM

warshipguy

Rob,

I also have a Kalmbach publication about armor conversions. One of the articles concerns this old Tamiya kit.  There is a template for the proper shaping of the lower hull and the correct spacing of the roadwheels.  Coupled with the Verlinden conversion set, this can turn into an excellent model.

Bill

 

 

Thanks Rob, I read about the road wheel spacing but that is just a bridge too far for me. I'll have to live with it as is.

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Posted by jugjunkie on Monday, May 08, 2017 9:17 AM

I have lowered the back plate by 3mm as well as the lowere hull by 1mm now and it looks a ton better with the upper hull on. 

 

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Posted by jugjunkie on Tuesday, May 09, 2017 3:55 AM

Got the primer on the hull.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, May 09, 2017 7:28 AM

Very cool, you're making some solid progress there! 

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Posted by jugjunkie on Saturday, May 13, 2017 7:56 AM

Most of the actual building is done now, just need to finish the fuel cells and plumbing then it's proper painting.

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  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Sunday, May 14, 2017 6:39 AM

That looks great so far!  Nice job on the lower hull as well.

Bill

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Posted by jugjunkie on Monday, May 15, 2017 1:35 AM

All the construction on the main body of the tank now complete and base primer is sealed in with an Alclad satin clear coat. I'm in two minds if I should go straight to colour now or add a red oxide primer base and do some chipping then go onto colour! Will decide on that still.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, May 15, 2017 12:00 PM

Dunno about the primer but you're making real progress there. 

"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: California
Posted by SprueOne on Monday, May 15, 2017 8:50 PM

Wow you're turning this old kit into a model. Nice progress.

 

 

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Posted by jugjunkie on Saturday, May 20, 2017 12:40 PM

Got all the paint on now. It's going to be a vehicle from the first Chechnyan war.

Did the initial weathering and got all the main colours on and glossed. 

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  • From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by ridleusmc on Saturday, May 20, 2017 12:48 PM

Oh Yeah!  I like that camo.

 

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  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Saturday, May 20, 2017 1:16 PM

Wow! That looks great!

Bill

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Posted by jugjunkie on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 1:53 PM

Most of the weathering is now done so on to the tracks, a few other small bits then final dusting and it'll be done.

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  • From: Rifle, CO. USA
Posted by M1GarandFan on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 5:37 PM

I'm not a big fan of Soviet armor, but for what's is worth, coming from a newbie, that looks terrific!

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 9:54 AM

Love the camo, she's coming along great! 

"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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Posted by jugjunkie on Thursday, August 17, 2017 9:17 AM

Well got her done.

 DSC_0365 by Geoff Pereira, on Flickr

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, August 17, 2017 11:19 AM

Great job, she came out fantastic! 

"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: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, August 17, 2017 1:57 PM

Like it. Really nice finish and very well done on the camo.

 ''I am a Norfolk man, and I glory in being so''

  

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Posted by Griffin25 on Thursday, August 17, 2017 3:52 PM

That looks top notch. Love the weathering!

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