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1/35 Tamiya Wespe + a LOT of Extras

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1/35 Tamiya Wespe + a LOT of Extras
Posted by robw_uk on Friday, March 26, 2021 11:55 AM

Ok, I must be bonkers trying this. I managed to get a Tamiya wespe + Aber PE + New Connections(?) barrel + ModelKasten tracks for all of £15 and decided to add Eduard PE in to the mix (it has some areas of PE that Aber dont).... This will be the most PE I have ever used and should really push me to try soldering (lots of duplication between the 2 PE sets for me to practice on as well ;-))... oh and any tips on how to keep track of what to replace with PE and when (the big stuff is obvious and the rest I was going to do as/when I approached its part in the Tamiya instructions)...

 

oh and I may add some extras of my own around the outside (some interesting photos have surfaced with boxes all over the place) 

 

so this is the whole bits n bobs...

 

 

tamiya parts

 

 

and the extras

 

 

 

wish me luck I am going in

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Posted by Coffeepoweredprof on Friday, March 26, 2021 12:37 PM

Wow, that is A LOT of photo etch. I haven't built the kit but it's on my list, and I hope it goes well for you! You're brave indeed to attempt even some of that PE. And dang, £15 for the lot?! Heck of a deal!

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Posted by armornut on Friday, March 26, 2021 1:24 PM

    Go for itSmile, it is a good kit on its own but with all the AM it will be a show stopper.

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Posted by Bish on Friday, March 26, 2021 4:03 PM

Be watching this. I built mine before i started useing AM, thats not a bad selection you have there.

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Posted by robw_uk on Saturday, March 27, 2021 12:12 PM

Started with the easy stuff (plus folding the first aid kit). Eduard only so far but Aber do have some bits on the gun that I will use. And it looks like the kit comes with 2 spare wheels (I assume the wheel frets are from the normal PzII kit that does have spares mounted) so will build one with a spare mounted on the hull armour plate and with oil cans hanging form the sides

 

 

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, March 29, 2021 11:49 AM

Very cool, this is going to be epic. You're off to a great start! 

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Posted by robw_uk on Friday, April 9, 2021 2:45 PM

started on the left hand interior... bit of filling, some photo etch. Need to do the 2 ammo boxes and then look at the radio

 

 

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Posted by robw_uk on Sunday, April 25, 2021 6:19 AM

more progress on the interior. Need to build the 4 ammo cases (soldering) and the other 2 boxes for the right hand side as well as try to work out what to do with the radio. Have also started on the gun (nice metal barrel) and the very nice ModelKasten tracks (all clicked together firmly so far)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Hutch6390 on Sunday, April 25, 2021 6:47 AM

robw_uk
I managed to get a Tamiya wespe + Aber PE + New Connections(?) barrel + ModelKasten tracks for all of £15

Blimey, Rob - where's that shop?Surprise  And that's a lot of PE - I look forward to seeing this come together.

Vell, Zaphod's just zis guy, you know?

   

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, April 25, 2021 7:46 AM

You Know.

    I do wish that if you live outside the good Ole U.S.of A., You would be so kind to try and give us a dollar figure for your Munny? 15 Pounds doesn't seem a lot to us. What does that spend out too? I have to ask this, because although I am familiar with Pounds Sterling, I have forgotten how to  translate it to Dollar currency.

 Oh! And as far as tramslating a box of plastic to a Well built, Detailed vehicle with a big gun, You are doing a Smashing job!

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Posted by robw_uk on Sunday, April 25, 2021 12:11 PM
thanks both... have to admit it was an ebay find.... think the seller wasnt 100% certain what they had.... and £15 is about $21
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Posted by Bish on Sunday, April 25, 2021 2:09 PM

Thats coming on really well. For 15 quid you got a real bargain.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

 

On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd Harrier GR.3/Fujimi 1/72nd Ju 87D-3

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, April 25, 2021 6:35 PM

Yeah, a huge bargain! Nice results, she's coming along really well! Yes

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Posted by robw_uk on Friday, May 7, 2021 1:41 AM
I don't get on very well with soldering - more practice needed (think soldering the small bits was where I went wrong). Anyway Wespe hull sides continue to evolve
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Posted by Gamera on Friday, May 7, 2021 9:01 AM

I still haven't tried soldering PE though I've read several articles about it.

Looks pretty darn fine to me, esp compared to my meager attempts. Confused

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Posted by robw_uk on Sunday, May 16, 2021 3:57 AM

more progress, sides completed, now on to the gun

 





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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, May 16, 2021 7:09 PM

Looks good, she's going well! Yes

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Posted by armornut on Monday, May 17, 2021 3:01 PM

   Soldering is a skill, once ya figure it out it is pretty easy.

     From my training I remember that flux was your friend, it allowed a rapid and complete heat transfer from tool to finished product. Also if you can keep the heat on the item safely when the solder shines like silver you know you have a good join.

      Really nice job on this kit, looks like fun. Maybe I will expande my horizons and give that much detailing a shot. Keep it up.

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Posted by Stuart06 on Friday, May 21, 2021 10:25 AM

Nice start and looks good so far.

I just finished the same kit   I am now working on the newer version of the Wespe from Tamyia, but I found that the track link was missing one link.  I had to cut up the spare track portion that would have gone on the tnak to fill the missing track link on both sides...other than that it was a great kit.  Will post pictures soon.  Here is the one I did ifor the eastern front during /40, /41.  The one I am working on now will be in the Italian front.  Anzio /44.   

Will post more of each in my own thread...when I get a round tuit.  With Covid..they are in short supply right now.

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Posted by robw_uk on Friday, May 21, 2021 3:07 PM

Stuart06

Nice start and looks good so far.

I just finished the same kit   I am now working on the newer version of the Wespe from Tamyia, but I found that the track link was missing one link.  I had to cut up the spare track portion that would have gone on the tnak to fill the missing track link on both sides...other than that it was a great kit.  Will post pictures soon.  Here is the one I did ifor the eastern front during /40, /41.  The one I am working on now will be in the Italian front.  Anzio /44.   

Will post more of each in my own thread...when I get a round tuit.  With Covid..they are in short supply right now.

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very nice work... the MoelKasten tracks have some spare links, may use them instead of the kit ones, or add extra tracks (photo found of the vertical ones and also on the horizontal front glacis)

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Posted by Stuart06 on Friday, May 21, 2021 3:11 PM

Everytime I start a new armour kit, I always think of getting the Moelkasten tracks...but when I see the price (usually twice the cost of the kit), I just go with the kit supplied ones.  One day I will go for it...

 

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Posted by robw_uk on Saturday, May 22, 2021 2:47 AM

Stuart06

Everytime I start a new armour kit, I always think of getting the Moelkasten tracks...but when I see the price (usually twice the cost of the kit), I just go with the kit supplied ones.  One day I will go for it...

 

 

 

first for me too - were part of the kit when purchased from ebay for about half the normal kit price (including Aber PE and a metal abrrel too)

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, May 24, 2021 8:00 PM

Nice work Stuart, love the weathering, figures, and base. 

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Posted by robw_uk on Sunday, June 13, 2021 8:20 AM

ok so managed to wrestle the 2nd set of tracks in to submission until I paint, on to more of the body.... really just the tools to do and the crew added spare wheel and it is ready to be painted...

 

  

 

 

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Posted by GreySnake on Sunday, June 13, 2021 8:45 AM

Turning out very nice. 

 
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Posted by armornut on Sunday, June 13, 2021 11:22 AM

   Looks sharp, well done. Looking forward to the final reveal.

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, June 14, 2021 8:53 PM

She looks really good Rob, looking forward to seeing her with paint on. 

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Posted by robw_uk on Saturday, June 26, 2021 11:42 AM

with the addition of the spare wheel mount as seen in a 1944 photo, building is finished... off to paint (plain Dunkelgelb I think)....

 

 

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, June 27, 2021 11:52 AM

Oh yeah!!! Painting the camo is the most fun part! 

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Posted by robw_uk on Saturday, January 15, 2022 10:15 AM

Dunkelgelb laid down - ammo paint mixed 50:50 with transparator - probably a touch too heavy but brush was a touch clogged (didn't check it well enough at the start of the session)

 

 

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