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1/35 Tamia Sdkfz 9 FAMO - WIP

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1/35 Tamia Sdkfz 9 FAMO - WIP
Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, November 26, 2021 8:33 PM

Next armor delight on the bench.  According to the instructions, this guy was created for the role of prime mover of disabled heavy armor off the battlefield.  According to the article, it took three of these to tow a Panther or Tiger I, but only required one to tow the Panzer III & IV.  Quite an interesting subject.  

Chad

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, November 27, 2021 6:21 AM

Very nice subject. Will be watching this.

It was usually the case that up to 3 Famo's were needed to tow a Tiger. But as in this picture, it was possable for 2 to do the job.

But clearly this one needed more, probably due to the missing track and muddy conditions. Now that would make a big diorama.

Tiger crews were forbibben to tow another Tiger because of the damage caused to the towing vehicle, but of course that was often ignored. Even by the SS.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, November 27, 2021 11:15 AM

Oh man, I can only imagine the damage on the transmission when a Tiger was towing another Tiger! 

Chad

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Posted by Gamera on Saturday, November 27, 2021 6:09 PM

Oh that's cool! Looking forward to seeing her come together! 

 

Is that the same type of halftrack that Marvin and Bronson hijack at the end of 'The Dirty Dozen'? All I remember is it was a really big BIG friggin' halftrack! 

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Posted by armornut on Saturday, November 27, 2021 6:38 PM

    I believe it was Gamera, not sure what museum it came from and not sure how they were convinced to let it push that armored car off the bridge. Cool indeed.

   BTW EXELLENT kit, builds very beautifully and while appearing complicated it is a real joy.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, November 27, 2021 8:19 PM

Now thats a movie worth seeing again! 

Chad

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, November 28, 2021 3:14 AM

I believe the Half Track from the movie was a 12ton Sd.Kfz 8.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, November 28, 2021 8:09 AM

Now THIS is gonna be fun to watch!! 

                   

 

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Posted by Wilbur Wright on Sunday, November 28, 2021 9:23 PM

One of the best armor kits ever made.  I built the one with the trailer. I had the Aber PE sets but they were absurdly difficult.  Great figures too.  Have fun with it.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, November 29, 2021 6:10 PM

Looks like it will be a great project.

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 4:32 PM

Bish

I believe the Half Track from the movie was a 12ton Sd.Kfz 8.

 

Thanks Bish! You're the German halftrack expert here! 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, December 4, 2021 7:41 PM

With a fairly high parts count, I've decided to attack this project in phases. Each phase will be its own model so to speak.  This phase will be engine/transmission/exhaust. 

Im not a fan of PE but the engine fan was lacking.  I think the replacement looks much better.



The kit supplied grill needed to go as well.



The exhaust components will get a wee bit of texture with baking soda.



Ready for paint.

Chad

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, December 5, 2021 9:01 AM

mustang1989

Now THIS is gonna be fun to watch!! 

 

Thank you brother. Keeping my fingers crossed that you're right!

Chad

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, December 5, 2021 9:02 AM

Tojo72

Looks like it will be a great project.

 

Thank you buddy.  Tamiya always makes these easy!

Chad

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, December 5, 2021 9:05 AM

Lovely work there Chad. thats deffinetly a good use of PE on the fan and grill. I like the effect on the exhaust.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Sunday, December 5, 2021 9:14 AM

Steve

Building a kit from your stash is like cutting a head off a Hydra, two more take it's place.

 

 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, December 5, 2021 9:16 AM

Thank you my friends. I'm debating on whether or not I should add plumbing to the motor now that the front grill is open!

Chad

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Posted by modelcrazy on Sunday, December 5, 2021 9:50 AM

Go for it, but don't be like me and go the the nth degree Big Smile

Steve

Building a kit from your stash is like cutting a head off a Hydra, two more take it's place.

 

 

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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, December 5, 2021 1:26 PM

Huge improvement on the grill and fan.  Plumb that motor!

Thanks,

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Sunday, December 5, 2021 1:30 PM

armornut
not sure what museum it came from and not sure how they were convinced to let it push that armored car off the bridge.

Be willing to bet that was a model shot, given that "the chateau" was a studio mock-up.  Allegedly, they were meant to blow up the entire chateau, but they balked when the pyro guys said they needed a couple of tons of explosives to get the effect.

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Sunday, December 5, 2021 1:35 PM

Mopar Madness

The exhaust components will get a wee bit of texture with baking soda.



Ready for paint.

Ok, so did you use thin or super-thin CA with the baking soda? 
Baking soda acts as an accelerant for CA, which could be cool.

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Posted by armornut on Sunday, December 5, 2021 2:07 PM

  Really hadn't thought that the car could have been, more likley was a large scale R/C, makes sense. Even to this day I'm still just along for the ride when I watch it.

    Totally AWESOME work so far on such an already beautiful kit. Tamiya has made this kit exactly as mentioned, many small models built into one. One of their best IMO, even better with the changes you have made.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, December 5, 2021 3:53 PM

CapnMac82

 

 
Mopar Madness

The exhaust components will get a wee bit of texture with baking soda.



Ready for paint.

 

Ok, so did you use thin or super-thin CA with the baking soda? 
Baking soda acts as an accelerant for CA, which could be cool.

 

That's correct. I gave it a good wash of Tamiya super thin and immediately applied some baking soda. I gently tapped on the toothpick to eliminate the excess.

Chad

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, December 5, 2021 3:55 PM

armornut

  Really hadn't thought that the car could have been, more likley was a large scale R/C, makes sense. Even to this day I'm still just along for the ride when I watch it.

    Totally AWESOME work so far on such an already beautiful kit. Tamiya has made this kit exactly as mentioned, many small models built into one. One of their best IMO, even better with the changes you have made.

 

Thank you my friend. I think I need to find that movie and watch it again!

Chad

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, December 5, 2021 3:56 PM

keavdog

Huge improvement on the grill and fan.  Plumb that motor!

 

I'm thinking I just might!

Chad

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, December 5, 2021 3:56 PM

modelcrazy

Go for it, but don't be like me and go the the nth degree Big Smile

 

I don't think I have the skill or patience for that! 

Chad

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, December 5, 2021 6:18 PM

Chad: The PE improvements look fantastic!!! 

Capt Mac: Thanks! Never thought about it but that makes perfect sense.

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Posted by RBaer on Thursday, December 9, 2021 5:52 PM

I have always wanted to build this thing, just need to find one. Easy, right? Watching here.....

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Saturday, December 11, 2021 12:21 PM

Ok, been looking around for "making of Dirty Dozen" info, and find all sorts of cool info--just nothing on the vehicles used.

It's probaly worth noting that the prop houses/model shops will routinely build 1/4 and larger scale models for "effects" shots.

The shot-up boat scene used a 1:2.5 replica, becase "water does not scale" on film.

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Posted by armornut on Sunday, December 12, 2021 12:39 PM

  Great info CaptMac, with all the tech available today, we tend to forget the skill that was to bring action scenes safely to us. Sometimes I miss the good 'ol days.

 Bish how can one tell the difference between the Famo and a larger? 12ton seen in the movie?

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