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Dragon 1/35 T-72M2 w/ERA

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Dragon 1/35 T-72M2 w/ERA
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 3:51 PM

Ok, I’m calling this beast completed… a damaged old shelf of doom sideline, many years, moves and repairs later, the old Dragon T-72M2/T-72B w/ERA. I added some resin stowage and figures. Also had a driver figure in there, but his head blocked the turret from rotating forward, so he was nixed…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Vanya, what’s that flash in the treeline?”

 

 

Thanks for looking, comments and critiques are welcome…

 

 

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Posted by HeavyArty on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 4:20 PM
Very nice. It looks great.

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 11:00 PM

Thanks Gino. This one had a long rough road to completion. In a way, that's a good thing, as my skills and techniques improved over those years.

 

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

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 11:26 PM

I loved these kits back in the day! Art work was great, subjects were highly sought after, and no one in the West knew much about these tanks!

Great job, good to see one built.

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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Thursday, June 9, 2022 8:17 AM

stikpusher, it looks great to me.  Your weathewring is subtle without over doiing it and your figure painting is very good.  An excellent representation of a piece of Russian armor.

tjs

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, June 9, 2022 9:02 AM

She looks great SP! Glad you dug her out and finished her. Esp love the mud splatters!

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, June 9, 2022 11:06 AM

Hey! Stik!

       Ya Nailed it! That looks great, the weathering is what sets it off!

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, June 9, 2022 12:02 PM

Thanks for all the kind feedback guys!

Rob, when those Dragon Soviet AFV kits first came out I was in hog heaven for kit choice selection. I think that I eventually ended up purchasing the whole original series, although I still have a couple of T-80s left to build. Funny how Dragon dropped the Soviet subjects, but now Trumpeter has picked up that ball and run with it even farther.

Tom, the figures and weathering didn't fight me as much as the basic kit did... LOL! 

Gamera and TB, the mud splatters are the fun part. I'm learning more and more how to play with pigments to get that sort of look.

 

 

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Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, June 9, 2022 12:03 PM

Great job Stik

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, June 9, 2022 5:58 PM

Thank you Tony. It was trying at times, but worth it in the end.

 

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

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by Real G on Thursday, June 9, 2022 7:37 PM

Stik,

I have to agree that when DML started to kit 1/35 modern Soviet armor, I was also in hog heaven.  My first DML armor kit was the BMP-1, which I enjoyed immensely.  Accuracy issues aside, they were "the first-est and the most-est".  ESCI had a mixed-bag of kits before DML, and Tamiya just had the T-62.  The T-10 doesn't count, as it was a toy with actual rubber band tracks.

I think there will be a lot of Russian armor kits these days showing up with the "Z" or Ukrainian markings.  There are kits that have been announced which will feature the "cope cage".  I hope for less and less real  "Z" tanks in Ukraine.

I want a 1/6 scale Javelin.  Stick out tongue

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Posted by BrandonK on Saturday, June 11, 2022 9:38 AM

Great work, Stik. Very nice work indeed. Only issue is it's not burning in a ditch. LOL. Anyway, great detail, it's very convincing.

BK

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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, June 11, 2022 11:21 AM

RG, & Brandon, thank you. 

G, my first buy and build of those DML/Dragon Soviet AFVs when they came out was the BMP-2. I just liked how mean that one looked with the 30mm autocannon. 

Brandon, the lack of this build having a KO'd look is the common reply it seems to be getting. 

 

 

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N is for NO SURVIVORS...

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Posted by Phil_H on Saturday, June 11, 2022 8:28 PM

Nicely done. Smile

Bit of kit trivia here. The original T72M2 kit (3501), sans ERA, was (as far as I recall) Dragon's first 1/35 scale release in 1990. 

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, June 12, 2022 1:55 PM

Phil_H

Nicely done. Smile

Bit of kit trivia here. The original T72M2 kit (3501), sans ERA, was (as far as I recall) Dragon's first 1/35 scale release in 1990. 

When they came out, I loved them and bought most of their modern Soviet armor range. I still have a couple of the kits that I built from way back when.

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Posted by TigerII on Sunday, June 12, 2022 2:30 PM

Hey Stik, you did an excellent job with this tank. I see it likes to play in the mud. 

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, June 12, 2022 10:05 PM

Phil & Tiger, thank you. 

Phil, I think that basic T-72M2 kit was the first of the tanks in the series that I built back then.

 

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

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by disastermaster on Monday, June 13, 2022 2:13 AM

Looks just great!

                                     

Now, when are you gonna blow it up like a real one?

On the kitchen counter somewhere in North Carolina

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 10:27 AM

disastermaster

Looks just great!

                                     

Now, when are you gonna blow it up like a real one?

 

Blow it up? Never! LOL!!! Sorry that I missed your reply here back in the summer DM!

Well, one final post script to this build. It won 3rd place in 1/35 1946 to Current Tracked AFV at Modelzona 2022 here this past weekend! Woohoo Wink

 

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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 10:48 AM

Congratulations Carlos.  Well deserved - I almost went this weekend just to check it out.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 10:57 AM

Thanks John. We have chapter meets for IPMS and AMPS in early December if you're interested in going to either one of those. Just show up and see how the club meets are. Oh yeah, this AMPS meet just happens to have a model swap meet at the same time & place... Whistling Wink

 

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

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 9:32 PM

Okay, now this is impressive. I remember buying and building this kit and the T-80 (unsure which) way back in the day. I was really proud of them.

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Posted by HeavyArty on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 7:30 AM

Fully agree with the others; it looks great.  Congrats on the win, well deserved.

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 4:39 PM

Rob & Gino, thank you. Funny how these Dragon kits were pretty much it for many years. Yeah there's better kits of these things out now, but they can still hold their own with a little help. Wink

 

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

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 5:11 PM

Congrads SP on your well deserved win!!! Yes

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Posted by lurch on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 7:12 PM

Great job Stick. Looks great to me. Congrats on the award.

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 7:39 PM

Gamera & Lurch, thank you. Considering the competition in the category, I'm quite happy to have even placed. Not to mention all the broken parts & repairs that this build has suffered along the way. 

 

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

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 11:10 PM

stikpusher

Rob & Gino, thank you. Funny how these Dragon kits were pretty much it for many years. Yeah there's better kits of these things out now, but they can still hold their own with a little help. Wink 

I'll always have a soft spot for classic kits. While the quality and accuracy was questionable, I like them like I like the Italeri Shermans.

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Posted by Real G on Thursday, November 10, 2022 12:24 PM

Congratulations on your win Stik!  Toast

Armor is a tough category to compete in.  I blame all the new, fancy weathering techniques that are popular and widespread today.  I remember the carefree days of just slobbing on a dirty thinner wash, dry brushing, doing a little graphite pencil on the high wear areas, then calling it a day!

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, November 10, 2022 10:03 PM

Rob, I'm with you on soft spots for the older kits. I'm happy building them all week long.

RG, you are not kidding! Each category has its own tough crowds and new fangled stuff to crowd out the old school guys. But life goes on and every dog has his day Wink

 

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

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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