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1/35 M74 Tank Retriever

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  • From: Northern California
1/35 M74 Tank Retriever
Posted by jeaton01 on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 3:59 PM

I'm not an armor builder very often, but a friend bought a real one of these a few years back and I got interested.  The Tamiya M4A3E8 kit and a Legend resin conversion set were used to produce it.  I also added Fruil tracks and my own decals so the markings would be correct for the one down the street.  I was able to make it so the mast could be in the working or travel position without too much trouble, just some care in building, really.  There was some head scratching because the Legend instructions are just photos with some captions, and they used the Takom kit, but in the end with the real article to look at it worked out. 

This was my first set of Fruil tracks and I am led to believe they are more work than others.  There are 5 parts to each link. I spent days on them, all the while wondering if they would be flexible and if they would stay together, but in the end all seems to be well.

The real thing:

 

http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/armor/m74/034m74.jpg

http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/armor/m74/036m74.jpg

 

http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/armor/m74/038m74.jpg

 

http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/armor/m74/046m74.jpg

 

http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/armor/m74/044m74.jpg

 

 

John

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 4:44 PM

Looks great.  The only change I would make is the hatch interiors.  They should also be OD green, or whatever color the exterior is.  The white hatch interiors really stick out like a soar thumb.  Great job integrating the Legend set with the kit too.

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  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:29 AM

Yeah, Stik already dinged me for that.  The Legend set had them in white, and dummy about armor that I am I went with it.  I will fix it!

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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    December 2015
  • From: providence ,r.i.
Posted by templar1099 on Thursday, July 16, 2020 6:07 AM

Nicely done all around.

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, July 19, 2020 11:37 AM

Thank you, Templar.

John

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    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, July 19, 2020 12:27 PM

Well done and factory fresh look. Cool!!

BK

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, July 19, 2020 12:38 PM

Thats very nicely done John, would not believe you don't build armour. Most of the Fril sets i have used only have 1 piece for each link, don't let these ones put you off.

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  • From: Vancouver, Washington USA
Posted by Sergeant on Sunday, July 19, 2020 2:14 PM

John, well done, excellent workmanship matching the photograph. You have an impressive gallery of aircraft models too.

Harold

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 12:14 AM

Thanks, Brandon, Martin, and Harold.  Much appreciated.

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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