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

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, March 18, 2021 6:52 PM

Thank you Bill! But having a turret is when a tank really starts looking like a TANK!

 

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Posted by cbaltrin on Thursday, March 18, 2021 7:49 PM

Looking good Stik!

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, March 19, 2021 3:04 PM

Thank you CB!

Well, I just had to forge ahead this morning....

 

Breech block painted steel. Not sure if it’s accurate or not for the M47, but I like the look, and I’ve seen it before on other types. Besides, the turret hatches will be closed and no one will see it...

 

 

Then I glued the upper and lower turret halves together

 

 

and well, I just had to fit it on the hull

 

 

Now

it looks like a tank!

 

Next up, adding all the little bits to the turret before the cast armor texturing

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, March 19, 2021 3:26 PM

stikpusher

 

Breech block painted steel. Not sure if it’s accurate or not for the M47, but I like the look, and I’ve seen it before on other types. Besides, the turret hatches will be closed and no one will see it...

 

 

Then I glued the upper and lower turret halves together

 

 

and well, I just had to fit it on the hull

 

 

Now

it looks like a tank!

 

Next up, adding all the little bits to the turret before the cast armor texturing

 

Yes Looks great.

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, March 25, 2021 9:37 PM

Thanks PJ! I can finally see the end project look now in my minds eye.

So more work on the turret this week. Firstly I puttied up the points where the cargo rails attach, since I won’t be using the kit parts. I also added some very thin rod styrene along the seam line where the turret halves go together to replicate the weld seam on the real turret. Today I sanded the putty smooth and using some “hotter” plastic cement and my finger nail to texture the weld seam bead.

 

 

 

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Posted by HighDesertmodeler on Friday, March 26, 2021 1:10 AM

Excellent progress and thanks for sharing. Can't wait for the painting and finishing stages.  What will be your approach to weathering?

I like to use a simple three step modulation on US Olive drab vehicles with the last modulation zenithal...then the weathering to depict my subject and its environment.  It's funny, none of my armored vehicles look the same when it comes to weathering...because of the varied subjects and photos I use in their rendition.

 

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, March 26, 2021 11:16 AM

Oh wow, somehow I missed all your turret updates. She's coming along nicely! 

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, March 26, 2021 2:33 PM

Thanks guys! HDM, I'm pretty old school in my approach usually. Pin washes and dry brushing work quite well for me. In this case, the tank is going to be in "motor pool" condition, so minimal dirt and such. I haven't decided yet if I am going to black base or not before I apply the base OD. But it's not gonna be in field condition like the M46 that I finished up just before New Years.

Gamera, I'm happy to hear that your caught up now. Stay tuned for more progress reports...

 

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Posted by HighDesertmodeler on Friday, March 26, 2021 8:31 PM

Sounds great

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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, March 27, 2021 2:54 PM

Yesterday I added on the early style grab rails on the turret sides using parts from my spares bin.

 

 

 

Now I just need to add the rod frame type guards on the commander’s and gunner’s sights and the backdating of the turret will be completed. Next up, cast armor texture.

 

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, March 29, 2021 11:48 AM

Coming along very nicely! 

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, March 29, 2021 4:56 PM

Thanks again Gamera. I took a day away from this one today and worked on another project. Tomorrow I'll get more done.

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 1:40 PM

A little more progress to post. Over on Armorama, it was pointed out to me that the turrets had some external “dimples” welded into the armor where the gun trunnions attach to the turret sides. So I cut some small pieces of tube styrene and glued them into the appropriate spots

 

 

Then I sanded them to a more scale thickness, doused them with liquid cement, and gave a bit of weld texture around the edges with a toothpick.

 

 

Now I can proceed to adding the cast armor texture where needed... nearly all of the turret and much of the front and rear hull...

 

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U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, April 1, 2021 8:48 AM

She's lookin' good! 

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, April 1, 2021 2:03 PM

Thank you Gamera. I'm getting lots of helpful advice elsewhere and trying to incorporate it here if I get it before it's too late.

 

One more update- I finished adding the cast armor texture a bit more rapidly than I thought that I would using Mr Surfacer and a Microbrush. 

 

 

 

and a couple close ups

 

 

 

it should look good under a coat of paint...

 

This will be my last update on this until next week. Have plans for the weekend, so I won’t get any bench time.

 

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

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Posted by M. Brindos on Saturday, April 3, 2021 5:36 PM

I noticed you haven't added the TC's and Gunners periscope guards yet, and I believe there is a light casting texture to the main gun mantlet.

I'm loving what you've got going on.

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, April 4, 2021 10:54 AM

M. Brindos

I noticed you haven't added the TC's and Gunners periscope guards yet, and I believe there is a light casting texture to the main gun mantlet.

I'm loving what you've got going on.

 

 

Thanks Mike.

Yes, I still have some small detail parts such as those to add to the turret. And since I'm backdating this build to an early production model, I have to use parts from my spares for the periscope brush guards, not the kit parts. You are correct in the mantlet being cast, but I'm going to add a dust cover using tissue, so that cast texture won't be visible. It made no sense to me to add cast texture to an area that will be covered up.

 

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Sunday, April 4, 2021 11:08 AM

Stick, your modifications are splendid. Have a safe and happy easter weekend.

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, April 4, 2021 11:12 AM

Thank you Drums! You have a happy Easter as well!

 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Monday, April 5, 2021 5:11 PM

stikpusher

 

 
M. Brindos

I noticed you haven't added the TC's and Gunners periscope guards yet, and I believe there is a light casting texture to the main gun mantlet.

I'm loving what you've got going on.

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks Mike.

Yes, I still have some small detail parts such as those to add to the turret. And since I'm backdating this build to an early production model, I have to use parts from my spares for the periscope brush guards, not the kit parts. You are correct in the mantlet being cast, but I'm going to add a dust cover using tissue, so that cast texture won't be visible. It made no sense to me to add cast texture to an area that will be covered up.

 

I did honestly forget that you're back dating this one. But with a mantlet cover, you're absolutely right. I'd probably have done it and then remembered that I was going to cover it up lol.

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 10:25 PM

I hear ya Mike! But I've already done a good bit of work that is hardly visible in the engine compartment, so no need to dive deeper on that sort of thing...

 

Well, the back dating of the kit is now complete. I added the wire cage style brush guards to the commander’s and gunner’s periscopes, modified the sledge to reverse its positioning, and then added the hatch handles, rangefinder housing lifting eyes, and rear turret stowage bin. 

 

 

 

 

 

All I need to do now is add the mantlet dust cover and armor foundry casting marks

 

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U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 3:03 PM

Again, very cool! 

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 5:12 PM

Thank you Gamera.

 

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U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

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Posted by Keyserj on Monday, April 12, 2021 7:11 PM

Wow this build sure does look more like a tank compared to when I last saw it! Really great to see it start to come together.

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