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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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  • From: Ice coated north 40 saskatchewan
Posted by German Armour on Tuesday, February 05, 2019 6:55 PM
Interesting................................... I'll be watching. :)

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  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
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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  • From: Ice coated north 40 saskatchewan
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.

 Never give up, never quit, never stop modelling.Idea

 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, February 08, 2019 8:59 AM

Oh wow, this is gonna be cool!!!

 

 

 

 

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

 

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  • From: Fort Knox
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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  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
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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  • From: SW Virginia
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.

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

 

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  • From: Northern Virginia
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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  • From: Ice coated north 40 saskatchewan
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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  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
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

 

  • Member since
    September, 2006
  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
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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