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Tiger Model AMX-10RCR

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  • Member since
    September 2006
  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Tiger Model AMX-10RCR
Posted by RBaer on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 6:04 PM

No tracks! It's neat looking though, and French. What could go wrong? I wanted a quick and easy build, no scratch building, no hard thinking, and this kit is perfect for that. Parts fit, the instructions are easy enough to follow, and it looks to be well molded and well engineered. It to all of two hours to have the suspension done and hull halves joined. The tires are really good too, having good sidewall detail and the slight mold seam came off with a few swipes of a sanding stick.

 IMG_2563 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

It's bigger than I thought it would be too, the hull nearly as long as an M60, but considerably narrower. Should be a fun build.

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  • Member since
    September 2006
  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Friday, December 17, 2021 11:41 AM

Well, fitting of the front and rear hull plates has revealed a wee problem: all the joins are beveled, and the fit is not great. After thinning the plates to get them to sit as flush as possible, remaining gaps are filled with Vallejo plastic putty and lightly wiped with a damp Q-tip or my finger to remove excess putty, hopefully leaving the gap filled. Only primer will tell. 

 IMG_2565 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_2564 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

There's a fair amount of details at the edges of the joins, making cleanup and sanding a tedious process, but as the original was amphibious, I'm thinking I need virtually seamless joins here. It's still a fun build, just not the shake-'n-bake I had initially thought it might be. And the ejection pins: some are huge, like a leak in a sprue gate. I have also found evidence of a short-shot here and there on the edges of the hull panels, more putty required.

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  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, December 19, 2021 7:06 PM

Oh wow, never built a Tiger kit but surprised a new kit would have fit issues. Looks like you have things under control though. Very cool AFV. Where's Waynec? He's a big war wheels fan.

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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    April 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, December 20, 2021 12:37 AM

Looks great!  May have to put this one on the wish list.

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Bf109 & 1/35 Tamiya Famo

On deck: Who knows!

  • Member since
    September 2006
  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 5:17 PM

It's a decent kit, makes me think of an older Tamiya kit maybe, or old Dragon: decent detail, not a whole lot of parts and fair to middlin' fit.

As soon as I get my whiffle in paint I'll be back on this, it's fun. 

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  • Member since
    May 2020
Posted by Keyserj on Friday, December 31, 2021 12:32 PM

The look of wheeled afvs have really grown on me. I bet it sure is great not having to deal with tracks with this kit.

"Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?"- Oddball

 

John

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  • Member since
    September 2006
  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Monday, January 3, 2022 1:20 PM

In one way, yes, it's going to be a quicker build not dealing with tracks. But, and it's a big one, part of the reason I build tanks is that I have always had a thing for stuff with tracks.

Six of one, half dozen of the other I guess. At least it's got a big gun.

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  • Member since
    July 2015
Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Monday, January 3, 2022 1:47 PM

Your progress is looking great!  Are the kit's tires vinyl?  Are you going to keep them or switch them for resin or 3-d printed tires?

TJS

TJS

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, January 3, 2022 8:12 PM

Now that's different,coming along g great.

  • Member since
    September 2006
  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 12:41 PM

I'll keep the kit tires. They're some sort of soft plastic, easy to get the center seam off of with only gentle sanding.

Thanks Anthony, kind of out of left field for me.

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  • Member since
    September 2006
  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 9:56 AM

Ready for primer, which I'm sure will reveal lots of things to fix- the tan plastic is kind of hard to see for me. I had a few slight fit issues with the turret, nothing major, I think. Only primer will tell.

 IMG_2847 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_2846 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

'Scuse the lousy pics, I managed to aggrevate an old back injury and I'm not particulary steady-handed at the momnent.

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  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 8:04 PM

Looks cool! 

Hope you feel better soon Russel. My back hasn't been feeling that great lately, no injury- I think it's just getting old... 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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