SEARCH FINESCALE.COM

Enter keywords or a search phrase below:

Testors Italeri 1/35 M47, 759th Tank Battalion, Patton Project Pt.2

947 views
30 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Testors Italeri 1/35 M47, 759th Tank Battalion, Patton Project Pt.2
Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, January 10, 2021 5:44 PM

A new year, and another new project. Continuing my builds for the So Cal AMPS GB of the Patton Tank family, I’m building a M47 this time. I’m using the Testors Italeri kit, but will modify it some by changing the turret grab rails to early configuration, and not what comes in the kit. I will be building this in the markings of the 5th Infantry Division, my first line unit in the Army, during the time that they were stationed in West Germany in the early 1950s, when my father was stationed there. So this project is hitting a few personal areas, so to speak.

 

Anyways, last night I began by completing steps 1&2, essentially putting on most of the suspension.

 

 

Now Mustang Joe, after seeing all of your gorgeous engine upgrades on all of your automotive builds, I have been inspired to upgrade this power pack area with some plumbing and wiring. I have found some good photos to use as reference.

 

 

 

The real question is how much. We shall see...

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    January 2015
  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Sunday, January 10, 2021 7:18 PM

Oh! I can't imagine it will take too much to detail that. Since most of it will be hidden.

Another attention grabber, Carlos. You got me.

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, January 10, 2021 7:33 PM

Welcome aboard Mike! The kit is molded so that the side engine deck grilles can be positioned open, but not the center grills over the cooling fans. So obviously I need to concentrate my efforts there. 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 8:39 AM

Neat! I had that kit waaaaaay back in the '80s. Remember I made a mess of mine. Looking forward to seeing you work your magic on her. 

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

 

  • Member since
    September 2005
  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 10:14 AM

I am really looking forward to this build!  I have the Testors version that I found on eBay for $3.00 in which all the parts had been removed from the sprues.  I will follow your build intensely!

Bill

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 12:04 PM

That’s $3 well spent Bill. But I can’t imagine all of the parts being taken off the sprues. There some tiny handles and other such fittings. Not to mention similar looking parts on the suspension. YIKES!

Thanks for following, but just be forewarned that I will be deviating from the kit instructions on the turret to backdate this to an earlier production model using parts from my spares collection.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    September 2005
  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 12:25 PM

Carlos,

That is precisely what I am hoping to see!

Bill

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 9:32 PM

Allright then Bill, I hope that you enjoy this project.

 

Today’s update: I finished steps 3 & 4, adding the shocks, road wheels, and return rollers to the suspension.

 

 

 

 

Next session will be where I start dealing with the upper hull and upgrading tne engine compartment.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    February 2011
  • From: AZ,USA
Posted by GreySnake on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 6:14 PM

Looking good Stik. 

 
  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 6:14 PM

Thank you Grey. I’m off to a good start here.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    September 2005
  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 6:32 PM

Carlos,

Nice start . . . By the way, shortly after purchasing my kit, I was able to verify that all parts are present, and I put each part in very small zip lock bags with the part number written on the bag.  So, there is some organization.

Bill

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, January 14, 2021 8:58 AM

Nice, all that running gear is probably the most tedious part of the model. Good to see you've got that behind you. 

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

 

  • Member since
    May 2020
Posted by Keyserj on Thursday, January 14, 2021 10:06 AM

Your last Patton tank was impressive stik! Can't wait to see how this build turns out.

"Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?"- Oddball

 

John

On the bench:

1/35 Trumpeter m1132 ESV Stryker

1/48 Tamiya m1a1 Abrams (Gulf War GB)

                     

  • Member since
    September 2005
  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Thursday, January 14, 2021 11:23 AM

Carlos,

I missed your previous Pattons.  I will search for them. I'll bet they were great!

Bill

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, January 14, 2021 11:24 AM

Bill, I can just picture such madness with all the parts cut off the sprues. Who does things like that? The potential for parts mix up is big! I’m glad to hear that you have some organization to the mess.

Gamera, yeah, the running gear is a bit tedious, but not too bad on this beastie. And pretty familiar i might add, after building multiple M60s, M48s, and M26s for years and years. The M46 that I built last year was just a refresher.

John, I’m glad that you liked the last Patton build and I hope that you like this one also! At least this time I’m doing my research before I get to the steps where I need it! Lol!

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, January 14, 2021 5:58 PM

So today was spent doing steps 5, 6, & 7. Although step 6, adding parts to the underside of the upper hull, and 7, finishing the fender items and attaching the engine and upper hull to the lower hull, I only did partially due to my choice to upgrade the engine compartment.

 

 

I am also backdating the kit to an early production model, so I had to swap out the driver and assistant driver hatches periscope brush guards for the older type used, rather than what comes with the kit. Fortunately I have some in my spares bin.

 

 

and lastly I started detailing the engine part that comes with the kit. I only did the transmission section today.

 

 

And this is what you can see thru the open grilles

 

 

More to come in a few days...

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    June 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Thursday, January 14, 2021 6:20 PM

Looks like your headed in the right direction as the detail you added in the engine bay look really nice so far.

I see that you added all of the roadwheerls before painting the rubber. I see other people paint them prior to assembly. In your opinion, which is better and why, or is it depending on the model?

Also, thanks for sharing the build with all of us....

Ben

I am a Veteran; to all other Veterans thank you for your service. Retired now and living well

PROJECTS:

- 1/350 USS Alabama (GB) - DONE

- 1/16 1910 Thomas Flyer - DONE

- 1/78 AC-119 Stinger Gunship (GB-Pending)

 

 

 

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, January 14, 2021 7:12 PM

Thanks Ben. These roadwheels rotate on their axles, so painting the tires will not be a problem before I add the tracks.

As far as painting the road wheels before or after installation goes, that depends upon the model and on what my finishing look will be.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    May 2020
Posted by Keyserj on Thursday, January 14, 2021 8:45 PM

Looking good Stik. I recall seeing you post something about a mechanic figure in the latest acquisitions thread. Are you gonna do a maintence scene for this build?

"Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?"- Oddball

 

John

On the bench:

1/35 Trumpeter m1132 ESV Stryker

1/48 Tamiya m1a1 Abrams (Gulf War GB)

                     

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, January 14, 2021 10:24 PM

Keyserj

Looking good Stik. I recall seeing you post something about a mechanic figure in the latest acquisitions thread. Are you gonna do a maintence scene for this build?

 

John, that’s kinda what I had in mind. Have that figure kneeling on the engine deck by the open grilles looking in. A simple base to look like a motor pool hardstand. 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, January 16, 2021 12:10 PM

Easily one of my favorite kits from my college years. Who loved the Testors yellow boxed kits like I did? Those instructions with history and detailing guide were the best!

I did get the Takom one.

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, January 16, 2021 3:07 PM

Yup, those yellow box Testors kits are great. Good decals, good clear instructions, and usually a nice kit at the end of the build. I can see why you like this one Rob, it’s a fine kit.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, January 17, 2021 11:34 AM

stikpusher

Yup, those yellow box Testors kits are great. Good decals, good clear instructions, and usually a nice kit at the end of the build. I can see why you like this one Rob, it’s a fine kit.

This kit (1978) and Italeri's Leopard 1A4 (1977) are thought of as two of their best armor kits and each is still a respectable build 45 years later. And have only been surpassed in recent years.

  • Member since
    April 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, January 17, 2021 11:48 AM

Stik the wires and hoses really add some zest here. I bet It'll gives it a really nice 3 dimensional effect too through those engine grates.  

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/72 Revell He177 & 1/35 Tamiya Sdkfz 251

On deck: 1/35 Bronco LWS

In the hole: 1/144 Revell S-100

  • Member since
    November 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, January 17, 2021 2:10 PM

That is really looking good stik. These older Testors kits are nice. I have a couple from the 80s in the yellow and black box and are very nicely detailed. I like what you did with the electrical wiring details.

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

  • Member since
    September 2005
  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Sunday, January 17, 2021 2:41 PM

It's interesting . . . Italeri 1/35 armor kits are generally maligned but the old Testor's kits were "nice kits" or "great".  They are one and the same, except for those kits that Italeri have redesigned or retooled.  I love them.

Rob, the Italeri Leopard kits are still considered by leopardclub.ca as being among the best on the market, with disappointing reviews of the newer Meng and Hobby Boss offerings. I just finished their Leopard 1A2 kit and am  very satisfied.  There are minor detail problems as with any kit, but it built into a very respectable A2.

Bill

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, January 17, 2021 3:03 PM

Chad and Steve, thank you. I figure two more bench sessions on upgrading and plumbing the engine compartment, then a paint session, and it’ll be all ready to install and close up.

Bill I agree. I love the old Italeri armor kits, and their Testors boxing’s. I’ve always had good results with them. 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, January 17, 2021 7:17 PM

plasticjunkie

That is really looking good stik. These older Testors kits are nice. I have a couple from the 80s in the yellow and black box and are very nicely detailed. I like what you did with the electrical wiring details.

warshipguy

It's interesting . . . Italeri 1/35 armor kits are generally maligned but the old Testor's kits were "nice kits" or "great".  They are one and the same, except for those kits that Italeri have redesigned or retooled.  I love them.

Rob, the Italeri Leopard kits are still considered by leopardclub.ca as being among the best on the market, with disappointing reviews of the newer Meng and Hobby Boss offerings. I just finished their Leopard 1A2 kit and am  very satisfied.  There are minor detail problems as with any kit, but it built into a very respectable A2.

Bill

It is virtually impossible to classify Testors yellow box kits as "all nice" or "all bad" since they were all reboxes of other companies' kits. Their armor kits could be Peerless Max from the 50s or Italeri kits from the 70s & 80s. There were even some Fujimi car and plane kits I believe.

The Peerless Max armor kits were okay, just old. They included the M3 White Scout Car, the WC Dodge series kits, GMC 6x6s, Chevrolet tractors and the 105 mm howitzer.

The original Italeri kits like the Leopard, M24, M47, Willys Jeep, Puma, Crusader, etc. were not bad for the time.

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, January 18, 2021 10:32 AM

Yeah I really like the added plumbing in the engine compartment. Yes

 

Think I've said it before- my first 1/35th kit was the Testor's yellow and black box Panzer IV F/G. Waaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy back in the dawn ages when I had much more hair but no internet... 

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

 

  • Member since
    January 2015
  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 3:36 PM

Guess I'll have to put my two cents in on the yellow Testors boxes as well. They were some of my favorite kits through the 90's. My most memorable being both 1/72 scale kits of the Stuka and a Spitfire Vb with the clipped wingtips.

I also have a fond memory of the 1/48 Gee Bee racer that I desperately wanted to paint in yellow and black like the one from the movie "The Rocketeer". Unfortunately I never could get a good finish with gloss yellow Testors enamel and a hairy stick, lol.

****

I love what you've done with the plumbing! I'm eager to see it painted. Smile

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

JOIN OUR COMMUNITY!

Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account.

SEARCH FORUMS
FREE NEWSLETTER
By signing up you may also receive reader surveys and occasional special offers. We do not sell, rent or trade our email lists. View our Privacy Policy.