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  • Member since
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  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Tamiya T-34 parts stash special
Posted by RBaer on Tuesday, February 05, 2019 6:47 PM

Still trying to use up some of these oldies, mostly just collections of pats, I dug out three Tamiya T-34 boxes, and actually found enough parts to build a complete model. It also gave me an excuse to use an old Uralmash turret, something in resin from a long out of business company. I also found several frets of DEF PE for various T-34 models, so I'll try and use up some of that too. What I hope to end up with is something I only have a line drawing of, a Model 1943 T-34/76 with the goofy Uralmash stamped turret and all-steel roadwheels.

So far, I've had to build up the lower edge of the upper turret parts, looks like someone tried to get it to fit the wrong way. I used Aves putty, shaped and then added Squadron green putty to blend and final shape, pic below:

 IMG_5143 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

I'm doing a little detail work on the lower hull too, cutting the slots for the swing arms and using some old Merkava springs to at least make it "look" right, and beefing the final driv housings. Also, I plugged numerous holes and boxed in the area below the cooling vent louvers, to be added.

 IMG_5140 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_5142 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_5141 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

I realize it's a lot of work, but I will have a pork-skin purse when I'm done, and I have to confess, I really like this kind of modeling. Call me crazy, but I'm having fun.

 

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Posted by German Armour on Tuesday, February 05, 2019 6:55 PM
Interesting................................... I'll be watching. :)

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Posted by RBaer on Wednesday, February 06, 2019 10:58 PM

Glad to have you.

So a quick shot of the turret, extra green stuff sanded off, and one of the textured turret, gun mounted, on the hull as it is now.

 IMG_5301 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_5302 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

There's a LOT of MrSurfacer on that turret.....

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Posted by Svenne Duva on Thursday, February 07, 2019 8:15 AM

I like the reuse of those Merkava springs :)

Turret is looking good.

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Posted by German Armour on Thursday, February 07, 2019 9:44 PM

RBaer

Glad to have you.

So a quick shot of the turret, extra green stuff sanded off, and one of the textured turret, gun mounted, on the hull as it is now.

 IMG_5301 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_5302 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

There's a LOT of MrSurfacer on that turret.....

 

Wow. That must be a lot of Mr.Surfacer. BTW, how is Mr.Surfacer? I've heard a lot about it looking around forums and the internet.

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, February 08, 2019 8:59 AM

Oh wow, this is gonna be cool!!!

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Friday, February 08, 2019 11:20 AM

I often buy up odds and ends of kits and then cobble something together. That way, I don't "ruin" a good kit as I try something new.

It looks good, have fun with it. I know I have fun when I create a nice kit out of scraps.

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Posted by RBaer on Friday, February 08, 2019 12:23 PM

SD- Thanks!

G- I use a lot of it, always keep a jar of the "500"  handy. When one jar gets low and starts to thicken, I keep it and use it like regular putty, or somethimes use good ol' MEK to thin it and use it for texturing.

Cliff- Thinks!

Rob- I have to say, I have at least as much fun cobbling something together from parts as I do building a nice modern kit. Not only do I usually end up with a unique variant, I have more of a sense of accomplishment when I'm done.

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Posted by RBaer on Monday, February 11, 2019 5:32 PM

A bit more progress today: hand rails, small fittings on the turret and glacis, PE tie down loops, and I realized I should have filled the holes in the hull sides for the round side-mounted fuel tanks, so I started that too.

 IMG_5417 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_5418 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_5419 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

I imagine I have the hand hold configutation wrong for a Chtz tank, but I'm starting to get dizzy from trying to figure stuff out from pics.

 

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, February 11, 2019 6:24 PM

Very cool! I too love the way you're doing the texture on the cast metal sections.

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Posted by ygmodeler4 on Monday, February 11, 2019 7:23 PM
Having fun is what it's all about. Looking great

-Josiah

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Posted by German Armour on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 3:15 PM
Oh man, your doing an excellent job! Can't wait to see how it comes out! :)

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Posted by RBaer on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 4:54 PM

T'anks all.

Sides smoothed off, vent cover test fitted:

 IMG_5542 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_5543 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, February 15, 2019 9:29 AM

Must have missed this update- she's coming right along! 

 

You're a better man than I with those teeny-tiny PE brackets on the right hull. I'd have gotten maybe a third cemented to the model and half of those crooked. One third would be cemented to my shirt and the last third lost to the carpet monster.  

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

 

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Posted by RBaer on Friday, February 15, 2019 9:35 AM

Gamera

Must have missed this update- she's coming right along! 

 

You're a better man than I with those teeny-tiny PE brackets on the right hull. I'd have gotten maybe a third cemented to the model and half of those crooked. One third would be cemented to my shirt and the last third lost to the carpet monster.  

 

It's all about the Optivisor and some teeny tweezers, and bracing the hand that has the part in it. These were actually not bad, it was the headlight mount that gave me fits.

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Posted by RBaer on Monday, February 18, 2019 6:01 PM

Oh happy day! I went ahead and used the late style box fuel tanks, did the rest of the small bits and shot paint, a light primer first to find boo-boos, then green. And since I was there, I went ahead and did one run of tracks. I do enjoy a good set of Friuls.

 IMG_5790 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

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Posted by German Armour on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 3:31 PM

RBaer

Oh happy day! I went ahead and used the late style box fuel tanks, did the rest of the small bits and shot paint, a light primer first to find boo-boos, then green. And since I was there, I went ahead and did one run of tracks. I do enjoy a good set of Friuls.

 IMG_5790 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 

Wow. That's coming along quite well! You've done an excellent job so far for a part box tank!

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 4:52 PM

She's lookin' good!

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Posted by RBaer on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 8:08 AM

T'anks all! I did do the other side of the tracks, and then got back on my latest Magach, more later on both, as soon as I'm home.

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Posted by RBaer on Monday, March 11, 2019 11:21 AM

Wash is on, Vallejo dark green, and some highlighting started. I'm rooting around now for ideas on turret markings, something to give this thing some contrast.

 IMG_7018 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

It's starting to look more like 4BO green now, at least.

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Posted by Pawel on Monday, March 11, 2019 1:58 PM

Hello!

A lightning and/or a catchy slogan in Russian or Ukrainian would fit here just perfect... Finding a reference on something like that is the tricky part - how realistic/accurate do you want to be?

Good luck with your builds and have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, March 11, 2019 4:44 PM

Looks great!!!

Sorry, I don't speak or read Russian so ya got me on a slogan!

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Posted by RBaer on Friday, March 15, 2019 11:42 AM

Thanks guys. I found a profille in the old Squadron T-34 book, just numbers, and I had some Archer dry transfers and some really old Verlinden unit markings, also dry transfers, so I did this:

 IMG_7647 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_7646 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

Weathering to follow!

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Posted by Gamera on Saturday, March 16, 2019 11:58 AM

Looks good to me! Simple and sweet.

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, March 16, 2019 1:12 PM

You are doing a bang up job. I know when I give life to a kit that was given up on and probably destined for the landfill, I have a certain affection for it. I know it might not be the best build, nor the most accurate, but I completed a nice model out of virtually garbage!

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Posted by RBaer on Monday, March 18, 2019 6:36 PM

G, that's the plan, simple and clean.

Rob, thanks, and I really do get a kick out of building something from what other people might consider junk.

So, I did some more dirty washes, now just have to do a small amount of dusting and some more detail painting, and I'll call this one done.

 IMG_7651 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_7650 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_7649 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

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Posted by German Armour on Monday, March 18, 2019 7:39 PM

RBaer

G, that's the plan, simple and clean.

Rob, thanks, and I really do get a kick out of building something from what other people might consider junk.

So, I did some more dirty washes, now just have to do a small amount of dusting and some more detail painting, and I'll call this one done.

 IMG_7651 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_7650 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_7649 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 

VERY NICE!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 12:23 PM

RBaer

Rob, thanks, and I really do get a kick out of building something from what other people might consider junk.

 

I picked up a couple of junk lots off of eBay, one with pieces of a Dragon Pz IV and the other of a T-34/85. Between the two lots, I have enough parts for two tanks. And I'm not using a new kit to practice some new techniques on.

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 11:37 AM

Ohhhhhhh, love your results! 

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Posted by RBaer on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 8:28 AM

Rob: Another good reason to have fun with old kits.

Cliff: Thanks! Finished pics on the way.

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