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MiniArt 1/35 T54-2 with interior

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MiniArt 1/35 T54-2 with interior
Posted by robw_uk on Saturday, June 26, 2021 11:48 AM

if I thought I was mad doing the Wespe with a load of add-on PE and tracks, I am now starting this.... full interior T54-2 1949... I hope to be able to do it justice, some of the other interior builds I have seen is what are driving me on....

 

so far I have just opened the box and panicked... need to label all the sprues I guess before starting

 

 

 

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, June 27, 2021 11:51 AM

Yeah, it's a pile of work. I started on MiniArt's T-44 with the interior years ago and it's still half-finished in the box. Sigh, another thing I need to pull out and finish. Thankfully the fit was pretty darn good, hopefully this one will be as smooth a build for you. 

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Posted by waynec on Monday, June 28, 2021 12:00 PM

I facilitate Russian history classes from time to time, and planning a couple of new ones. Anyway i got into T-34s this past winter and have 12 or so of various scales including T-34/76 and /85 in 1/35 and 1/48 with complete interiors. Also a KING TIGER. i will get the Amusing Hobbies (?) T-72 with complete interior once i finish some shelf queens.

if you have the plastic clips that hold loaves of bread closed, they make great sprue markers. clip it on and use a marker for the letter. also wire desk top sorters for letters and files from an office supply store make good sprue dividers.

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Posted by robw_uk on Monday, June 28, 2021 12:37 PM
use masking tape... looped round the sprue with the sprue letters written on.... still fir in the box that way as well....
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Posted by robw_uk on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 3:32 PM

all marked up ready to go (apart from the 10 sprues of tracks, 8 of wheels and 6 of shells).... noted the interior paint colours and ordered the few I was missing

 

 

 

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 7:31 AM

Yikes !!!!

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Posted by robw_uk on Thursday, July 1, 2021 3:21 PM

thanks for the encouragement guys - broke it out tonight and started with the engine.... first page done (21 left)

 

 

 

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, July 2, 2021 4:10 PM

Wow an epic project!!! The engine is lookin' good! 

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Posted by waynec on Friday, July 2, 2021 4:14 PM

Does the engine have a wire harness? My T-34 engine has one that uses individual strands so I put aside for now to finish some shelf queens.

You are going to have a lot of fun with this. I have a couple of T-34s with complete interiors to start.

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Posted by robw_uk on Saturday, July 3, 2021 11:29 AM
the modular nature is taking shape. I am adding parts with same colour to main bits, then will paint other parts on the sprue before attaching... so need to work out how to pay 8,345 shells (or however many)....  the air pump(?) pipes broke in to multiple parts but are attached and hopefully wont be too visible
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Posted by robw_uk on Saturday, July 3, 2021 11:59 AM

waynec

Does the engine have a wire harness? My T-34 engine has one that uses individual strands so I put aside for now to finish some shelf queens.

You are going to have a lot of fun with this. I have a couple of T-34s with complete interiors to start.

 

 

if you mean the wiring for the engine then no, not provided... some people to wire up the top as that is visible with the hatch open - haven't decided if I will (may be too late now it is all glued together (not to the body tho)

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 9:44 AM

That looks really good!

 

I accidently melted the shells on my T-44 and ended up buying turned metal replacements. On the up side they do look way better than I could have painted them brass though.

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Posted by waynec on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 11:24 AM

Gamera

That looks really good!

I accidently melted the shells on my T-44 and ended up buying turned metal replacements. On the up side they do look way better than I could have painted them brass though.

how did you do that?Indifferent  where did you get the shells?

this makes me want to start on one of my T-34s with complete interior 35th or 48th

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 11:50 AM

Well, Let's see;

 Just about this time I would be cutting out the Hull, Transom and Sides for an off the wall Work Boat with that interior! With geared twin drives, driven off Both ends of the engine!

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 7:41 PM

waynec

 

 
Gamera

That looks really good!

I accidently melted the shells on my T-44 and ended up buying turned metal replacements. On the up side they do look way better than I could have painted them brass though.

 

 

how did you do that?Indifferent  where did you get the shells?

this makes me want to start on one of my T-34s with complete interior 35th or 48th

 

Hey Wayne, I painted the plastic shells with acrylic brass and hated the way they came out. So being a dum-dum I dunked them all in paint thinner to soak the paint off. Then forgot about them for a couple days. When I came back they were a big melted goopy stuck together mess. Dunce

The T-44 had a standard 85mm gun so they're just regular turned brass 85mm shells. I believe the T-44 turret was retrofitted to the T-34 to make the T-34/85. So any 85mm aftermarket shells should do the trick. Biggest problem is I had to rebuild the straps etc around the shells. 

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Posted by robw_uk on Saturday, July 10, 2021 11:55 AM

progress...all still dry fitted. So far so good, just a couple of breaks but they are OK once in situ.... really need to start painting - going to prime all grey, airbursh the large parts (sides/bulkheads/engine/floor) an dthen brush paint the detail... 

 

 

 

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, July 12, 2021 11:04 AM

Looks good, you're moving right along!

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, July 12, 2021 2:18 PM

That is a LOT of plastic!  I've never built a MiniArt kit.  The detail looks amazing and crisp - I'll follow along with you on this build.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by robw_uk on Sunday, September 12, 2021 2:20 AM
lower hull progressing... just subtle weathering this time... and used Mr Metal Color brass to touch up the shells - really nice paint
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Posted by TheMongoose on Sunday, September 12, 2021 7:40 AM

Wow , suttle weathering?, you sure gave this interior a realistic look! Lov'n it so far.

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, September 12, 2021 5:55 PM

That's coming along awesomely Rob!!! Yes

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Sunday, September 12, 2021 6:27 PM

In case you need some refernce video, Battlefield Vegas has a Restoration channel on YouTube wher ethey show the insides of their Soviet armor, which is a growing collection.

I cannot attest to how valid their color selections are for bare metal up restorations, especially since they have a mix of Czech, Polish, and Hungarian vehicles in the shop.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, September 16, 2021 11:52 AM
Wow,that interior looks great.

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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, September 17, 2021 11:23 AM

I agree, the interior does look amazing. Keep it coming.

BK

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Posted by robw_uk on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 6:07 AM
thanks all... so this is how she stands now... just need to complete the second run of tracks then find to paint the interior.....
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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 7:38 PM

Oh yeah! Like my T-44 that's a boatload of parts! 

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Posted by castelnuovo on Thursday, October 21, 2021 4:57 PM

This looks super good. How much of the interior will be visible at the end? 

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Posted by HeavyArty on Thursday, October 21, 2021 8:39 PM

It is coming out great.  Good job so far.

 

castelnuovo

How much of the interior will be visible at the end?  

 

That depends on how you display it.

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Posted by robw_uk on Friday, October 22, 2021 1:34 AM
for mine, I will leave the turret roof loose, may have the engine hatches posed open, drivers hatch open and my leave the hull roof loose. Then I can show the interior but "save space" on shelves by having it together most of the time... for others (have 2 more full interior kits) O may try something with plastic rod to have it permanently open
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Posted by Hutch6390 on Friday, October 22, 2021 12:03 PM

I seem to have missed this up to now, Rob - sorry I'm late!  It looks like a very involved build, but it's looking very good.  I admire your grit in taking on all that track-bashing, too, nice work!

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