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MiniArt T55 Model 1963 w/interior
HeavyArty
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Posted: Friday, November 09, 2018 - 02:34 AM UTC
I haven't really kept track. A lot is all I can come up with. I have been working on it on and off since February.
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Posted: Friday, November 09, 2018 - 01:11 AM UTC
Gino, how many hours would you guess you have into this build thus far?
HeavyArty
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Posted: Friday, November 09, 2018 - 12:07 AM UTC
No, there was no one point that was too high. The whole turret shell was high compared to the base. It has to be something on the inside though. The two halves fit fine before I added the interior parts.
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Posted: Thursday, November 08, 2018 - 02:10 PM UTC
Interesting build discovery. Did it sort of wobble when mated? Like a piece or part was conflicting with the mating parts? Could just be the design.




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Posted: Thursday, November 08, 2018 - 11:24 AM UTC
Here is a pic of the turret where I had to use some putty. You will see about 1mm of putty at the base, pretty much all the way around. I am not sure why, but the two halves of the turret would not come completely together as they were supposed to. It may have been that I placed a few interior items incorrectly or too high up, I don't know, but they all seemed to fit properly.



I hope to finish it up over the long Veterans' Day weekend.

I hope all enjoy and remember to thank a Veteran this weekend.
HeavyArty
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Posted: Monday, November 05, 2018 - 12:41 AM UTC
Thanks John. I will see about some pics tonight. I already primed the area to make sure it blended together well. You should still be able to see it though.
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Posted: Sunday, November 04, 2018 - 12:44 PM UTC
Looks good Gino, sorry to hear about the fit trouble, but thanks for mentioning it, something to look out for. Would it be possible to post a photo of the filler job before you paint it, that will give us a better idea of what to look for.
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Posted: Sunday, November 04, 2018 - 11:23 AM UTC
Thanks Jeff. It has been fun. I did run into a little snag joining the two halves of the turret. I couldn't get it to fully close, leaving a step at the bottom. It may have been due to how I positioned some of the interior parts, I don't know. I had to add filler putty all around the bottom of the turret to smooth it out. It was the only fit issue I had, so not too bad.
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Posted: Sunday, November 04, 2018 - 03:11 AM UTC
Looking good Gino.
Sure going to be a winner, still going to do the exploded version?
They sure did a good job on that Miniart.
And so have you.
HeavyArty
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Posted: Saturday, November 03, 2018 - 05:07 AM UTC
I am in the final stages now. I completed the turret interior painting and assembly. It all went together well with no issues. Here it is.



I should get it closed up today and its on to final painting.
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Posted: Friday, October 19, 2018 - 04:12 AM UTC
Thanks Jeff. It is getting there. I am almost done painting all the detail part for the turret and installing them. I should have some completed turret pics up soon.


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Question about the 12.7mm MG in the hull. Is that a storage location?


Thanks Thomas. As to the MG, no, it was a hull-mounted MG on the early T55s. They were found to be ineffective and removed on later marks.

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Posted: Friday, October 19, 2018 - 02:58 AM UTC
Just your average work, Gino (which is VERY good!) Awesome looking kit. Your build has sparked my interest in getting one. Question about the 12.7mm MG in the hull. Is that a storage location? Thanks, and keep up the good work!
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Posted: Friday, October 19, 2018 - 01:11 AM UTC
Coming along fine Gino, almost at the finish line.


Cheers




Jeff
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Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 03:20 AM UTC
Thanks Darren. Hope the build log helps out when you start building yours.
darreng
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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 02:48 AM UTC
Watching with interest as I'm thinking of getting one of these kits.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 01:38 AM UTC
Thanks John. Painted the larger parts last night. Now on to detail painting.
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Posted: Tuesday, October 09, 2018 - 11:34 AM UTC
Really nice work Gino, I'll be using your build as a guide when I get my hands on the 1981 version!
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Posted: Tuesday, October 09, 2018 - 11:09 AM UTC
The latest update. I have basically completed all major construction and am ready for paint.

I built the turret interior parts in sub-assemblies to make painting easier. I had no real issues with this part of the build and there were no major PE assemblies to deal with. I did have to think through it and pick out the parts that remained white like a radio shelf that was shown attached to the radio first and other shelves and fittings.

All you see below will be white on the turret interior.






Here is the main gun. It gets a coat of dark green paint.


The turret exterior. I had to replace the grab rails with 0.020 brass rod as the plastic ones were too fragile and broke into multiple pieces as I attempted to take them off the sprues and clean them up. I also had to add a small strip of plastic on top of the sight on the right as the PE cover was too short.



Just like in the hull, there are a bunch of extra detail parts that need to be painted individually and installed after the main painting is done. These are just a few of the pieces to paint and add.


Off to the paint booth (garage).
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Posted: Monday, September 10, 2018 - 11:18 AM UTC

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They do get dinged up...



Exactly what I was thinking.
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Posted: Monday, September 10, 2018 - 06:19 AM UTC
They do get dinged up Gino.
Looks good.
Dan
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Posted: Monday, September 10, 2018 - 03:44 AM UTC
Thanks for the support guys.

The PE cutting in a bag is a good idea. I may have to try that one. For tracks, I will be using the ones that come in the kit. They are indi-link plastic ones and look to be very nicely molded, just like the rest of the kit.

The light guard was a bit of a pain. I replaced the cross bars with plastic rod as the kit pieces broke when I was cutting them off the sprue. The outer rings also broke into about four pieces each when removing them from the sprue. I was able to get them glued back together pretty squarely though. The guard came out pretty good, but could be more square. I guess it took some hits and is a bit worse for wear.
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Posted: Monday, September 10, 2018 - 03:21 AM UTC
Looks good-wish that someone would come out with these light guards in 3D.
Dan
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Posted: Monday, September 10, 2018 - 03:14 AM UTC
Good Deal Gino getting better, a friend of mine suggested, that I cut the small PE parts inside a plastic bag, so in case they decide to take a trip, not far to go, heck might of been on here, but I think my bud in the UK.
Again looking good you going to be using metal tracks?

Cheers
Jeff
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Posted: Sunday, September 09, 2018 - 11:16 AM UTC
Great work Gino! I'll be following your progress for sure.
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Posted: Sunday, September 09, 2018 - 10:52 AM UTC
I am (slowly) continuing to plod along with this one. I have completed through step 65, which completes the hull. Only about 60 more to go (yeah!!). I have had no major issues up to this point. I did omit some of the minuscule PE parts that secure the screens over the radiators/cooling fans on the rear deck. I sent a couple flying off into oblivion while cutting them off the fret. After that, I was done with them. So far, that has been my only real complaint with the kit. It has some extremely tiny PE pieces and plastic parts that are a pain to keep track of as you snip or cut them off the sprues, no to mention attaching them to the kit. Most of these parts could easily be included as part of a larger plastic part/assembly. I feel they are unnecessarily over engineered. Just my two cents. It does look great so far though.

On to the pics. I left the top panels loose so I can build it as an exploded view so you can see all the details. I also am building an Iraqi Army version from Operation Desert Storm ('91, Gulf War), which did not have the fuel drums, unditching log, nor barrel cleaning rod tube on the rear.

The exhaust outlet is really nice and was easy to build. The details on the stowage boxes is very nice as well. Unfortunately once the rear deck is installed, you can's really see any of the engine details except for the top. This panel can not be left off since there is nothing below it. You would need to scratch the radiators, cooling fans, transmission, etc., etc.... Too bad Mini Art didn't include these parts to make a complete interior.


I really like how they handle the fuel lines on the fender fuel tanks. They are all individual pieces in the kit and added to the tanks. They really look nice and were easy to install.


The rear deck screens came out nice. The PE fins were a royal pain in the a$$ though. Another area I think would have been better done in plastic.


Here it is with the hull top panels on. It really cuts down what you can see, which is why I am doing an exploded view.