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My First Tamiya Tank - Again!

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  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Monday, November 9, 2020 4:26 PM

Wow, where does the time go?  Work continues on the M3 Lee.

I got in a set of running gear from Asuka (formerly Tasca), because Miniart's set was not available from any of my usual sources.

The bogies have sponge rubber inserts above the volute spring assembly, which allows the suspension to function.  But I replaced the sponge with some sheet plastic stacked to make 0.050" thickness, which just about locks the upward travel.  I left the suspension arms free to teeter-totter, as this will help level everything when all the bogies are attached.

The sprocket, of which three types are provided, mesh perfectly with the Miniart tracks.  But the sprocket halves need to be spaced around 0.015" or so to match the track width.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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    April 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 9:50 AM

I remember getting this for Christmas in '84.  I also got the "Hunting Tiger". Many carpet battles ensued!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/144 Revell Snowberry

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 10:07 AM

I never got the old Tamiya Jagdtiger, but when I visited the Tank Museum in Bovington, I noticed the box art camouflage was based on the museum’s specimen!  Yes, even in 2015 it was STILL painted in a spurrious grey with dark yellow spots!  Too funny.

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  • Member since
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  • From: AZ,USA
Posted by GreySnake on Monday, November 16, 2020 11:00 AM

How are the tracks coming along? 

 
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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, November 16, 2020 3:34 PM

Nice!!! The replacement running gear looks good!!

BTW is the KV still in the box? Looking forward to seeing more of her too.

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

 

  • Member since
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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 2:14 AM

Gamera - Modeling has been very slow over here, but I did assemble two more bogies.  Those VVS suspension units are most fiddly - give me torsion bar suspension any day!

The KV is hibernating until I feel like getting the weathering paints out.  But I am like a dog with a squirrel fixation, and am easily distracted.

Greysnake - No more tracks have been made, but since I have been able to get them to work with the Asuka running gear, I should be resuming production.

 

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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  • From: AZ,USA
Posted by GreySnake on Saturday, November 21, 2020 8:16 AM
Looking good and the KV is rather big.        

 
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  • From: Detroit
Posted by garylee on Sunday, November 22, 2020 7:48 AM

Real G

I never got the old Tamiya Jagdtiger, but when I visited the Tank Museum in Bovington, I noticed the box art camouflage was based on the museum’s specimen!  Yes, even in 2015 it was STILL painted in a spurrious grey with dark yellow spots!  Too funny.

 

 

You have to watch the stuff in museums, they're human, too, and just as prone to mistakes, like the way they had their Porsche turret King Tiger painted with a three color camo scheme until it was pointed out that their tank is a pre-production model with the soft steel Porsche turret and should have been plain dunkelgelb. They have it corrected now, but it was wrong so long and I liked it so much I'm thinking of doing a KT in the original, incorrect paint and marking it as such. Besides, that's the only way I know to get a three color paint job on a Porsche turret KT with no zim. Wink

 

Are you sure that Jagdtiger was based on the box art? It could have been the other way around, with the box art based on the Bovington JT. It wouldn't be the first time a model company used an incorrect paint scheme based on what they saw in a museum. I guess it depends on which was painted first! 

Detroit, where the weak are killed and eaten. Bwahahaha

  • Member since
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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Sunday, November 22, 2020 12:56 PM

I’m pretty sure Tamiya used the Bovington Jagdtiger’s paint job as a reference for their box art.  Well, it was the 1970s, so both can be forgiven.  I guess it might be too much to haul the JT out to the paint shop for a refresh.

While at the Tank Museum we did get to watch an EBR-75 getting driven out of the display area, probably destined for the restoration shop.

As for the M3, I finally assembled the last two Tasca bogies and fixed them in place.  I added some extensions to the drive and idler axles to get them to align with the new wider road wheels.  Funnily, the Tamiya kit tracks actually fit the wider Tasca wheels.

Now the dreaded task of assembling those infernal tracks.  They do look nice though.

Photos to follow once I make headway on the tracks.  Or if I get bored and start painting the tank.  Actually I can do that right now.  A long weekend is approaching so...

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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