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Binge Build: Takom T-55s
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Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 10:49 AM UTC
Primer has been applied to the interior of the Tiran.








-Joseph
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Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 08:05 AM UTC
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Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 06:02 AM UTC

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hello
the first reinforced road wheel is a features of T55. The tiran 4 is based on T54A or B so it must have the all identicals wheels-> Miniart is right.
I have the Takom T69II and it has the T55 wheels that is wrong. So i'll have to use some wheels from a Tamiya T55A kit that has the all same wheels (one of the many Tamiya's errors). Or exchange all the wheels from both kits.



Hi Stephane, I did not know that. Thank you for that information! I have some MiniArt T-55s in my stash. I'll most likely see the non-identical wheels there.
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Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 05:22 AM UTC
hello
the first reinforced road wheel is a features of T55. The tiran 4 is based on T54A or B so it must have the all identicals wheels-> Miniart is right.
I have the Takom T69II and it has the T55 wheels that is wrong. So i'll have to use some wheels from a Tamiya T55A kit that has the all same wheels (one of the many Tamiya's errors). Or exchange all the wheels from both kits.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 05:24 AM UTC
HBs wheels and tracks in their Type 59 are quite nice.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 04:50 AM UTC
While on a holding pattern to apply primer (too cold in my garage to airbrush), I went about and worked on the road wheels. The following is my personal observation. I am merely pointing out differences that I have seen between Takom and Miniart. Here's my take, for an interior kit, I'm surprised that Takom beats Miniart on this. Takom has the rubber for the road wheels as separate parts. Miniart opted to have them molded on to the steel wheels. Takom has detail inside the hubs, Miniart has a plain pin inside to allow rotation. You can't have the option of lost hub covers. And lastly, Takom has two types of road wheels, the larger hub (barely noticeable next to the regular ones but still different size) for the front and the regular sized hub for the remaining wheels. Miniart has all the hubs as same size. Not that I wanted more parts for Miniart's interior kits. I'm just surprised that they lost to Takom on this aspect.

Anyway, back to my build. Here are the road wheels prior to clean up.


There are additional cleanup work on the road wheels because of the flash. These are on both sides of the wheels. Here you can see them on the space between the starfish holes.


And on the hub rim.


Here they are after the flash clean up.


Look at all those debris! I have to give credit on Miniart's road wheels here, they are easier to clean up compared to Takom's. On the separately molded rubber rims for Takom, it is difficult to clean up the sprue gates because they are located right on the rubber rim details.


On to the next labor intensive pieces, the tracks!


Again, Takom beats Miniart on this aspect. I don't remember performing a lot of clean up on the Takom tracks. Miniart tracks, you have to remove them from sprues, plus, there are 4 sprue gates/ connectors for each track that require cleanup!


You have to literally work on each individual tracks! On some of the connectors, you have to perform some carving to bring out the correct detail! Oh well, I signed up for this. I think I'll take a break and work on the tracks another night.

-Joseph


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Posted: Friday, February 07, 2020 - 06:44 AM UTC

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so how did you manage to fold the headlight guard so nicely without any bend lines, did you make a form of some sort ?

Sean



Hey Sean, I didn't create a form. The edges of the frame, although, they do not have bend guides, they are different color/shade. You can use that as a guide to fold in 90 degrees. But, because there are no bend guides, the 90 degree corners are not sharp.

On the curved portions of the frame, I guestimated it. It's hard to describe but I used a drill bit that would fit the corner of the shield and fold it also at 90 degrees.

The angled rear part of the frame was a matter of trial and error, until it fits in the glacis slope.

One major problem here is that the PE is soft. You can see in the last picture of the frame that it is no longer straight. This is as close as I can get it to be. Glad you think it looks nice.

-Joseph
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Posted: Friday, February 07, 2020 - 05:11 AM UTC
so how did you manage to fold the headlight guard so nicely without any bend lines, did you make a form of some sort ?

Sean
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Posted: Friday, February 07, 2020 - 05:02 AM UTC

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You make it look easy.
Dan



Thanks Dan! This kit is quite the challenge but I am trying hard to keep focus.

Update on the Tiran 4 build. I started working on the glacis. Here are the components inside.


And outside.


The two headlights are nicely detailed consisting of three pieces each.


It assembled pretty well too. I painted the inside with Molotow liquid chrome. It looks pretty convincing.


Unfortunately, these will not be visible when the shield is installed. Speaking of the shield, it is made of photoetch.


It did not have any bend/fold guides. I had to approximate where to fold it. This was the most frustrating/challenging piece of the glacis. Here is how it ended up.





Here is the completed glacis.


The straps that hold the stretcher in place also did not have any guides. I'm pretty sure it is not folded correctly but I'll have to stick with it.

-Joseph



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Posted: Thursday, February 06, 2020 - 05:44 AM UTC
You make it look easy.
Dan
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Posted: Thursday, February 06, 2020 - 05:11 AM UTC
Here are the "glamour" shots of the completed interior of my Tiran.














I will be applying primer soon.

-Joseph
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Posted: Tuesday, February 04, 2020 - 06:26 AM UTC
Here's the latest on my Tiran 4! Worked on some more fiddly parts. There are two part 26s, these are to secure the fire extinguishers. They are so thin that there is a high risk of breaking or mangling them as I try to remove them from the sprues. BTW, the red marks on the sprue numbers are the ones identified in the instruction as parts that will not be used for this kit. I figured I can just skip these when I'm looking for parts that I will use! The left over parts will go to the greeblies bin.


To my relief, I was able to take them off successfully. Here is the layout of the right side interior.


I decided to glue the straps right on to the extinguishers instead of on to the walls per instruction. Here they are in place.



And here is the right side hull dry fitted.



Got one fiddly part out of the way...on to the next one. This time it is for something that looks like a compressor to me. It has a lot of parts!


I gave up on smoothing down the sprue connections from the "pipes". Here's how it looks like assembled.



I also worked on the rear wall of the fighting compartment. Here's the parts layout.

And as completed.


Here they are dry fitted.

Glad I didn't put a lot of effort on cleaning up the compressor pipes as they are not visible at all when the left side of the hull is installed! Now you see them...


Now you don't!


I'm almost nearing completion of the hull interior build phase. I'll be taking some "before" shots prior to primer application.

-Joseph

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Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 09:54 AM UTC
Joe,
I do not have a blog on the kit. It looks nice to me so far and I have a buddy who built a takom Type 69 and then the HB kit and he said he likes the HB kit better.
D
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Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 06:52 AM UTC
Here's an update on the Miniart Tiran.

The ammunition rack comprises of a lot of parts. The most difficult ones to remove from the sprue are the locking bars. There are six of them in the kit. Good thing I needed only five because I mangled the first one!
Here are the parts layout.

And now assembled.


Here's the parts layout for the engine before,

And after.


Additional parts for the engine.

And after. There are still some PE parts which I didn't glue. I'm afraid I might lose them while I'm dry fitting the components.





Slow progress but I'm ticking off pages from the instruction manual. I am now on page 10 out of 22.

More pictures to come!
--Joseph
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Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 06:19 AM UTC

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Now you need to pick up a hobby boss Type 59.
I've started mine and its a nice kit so far.



Hi Dan,

I got two of the Type 59 interior kits from Miniart, plus one from Takom. I'll probably hold off getting the HobbyBoss one. But, I am curious to see your build. Do you have a thread for it?

-Joseph



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I just wanted to chime in and say that the T-55's look incredible. Great job on these builds everyone! I am on a Soviet/Combloc study binge right now and love learning about Soviet Cold War vehicles, weapons, uniforms and gear. I reflect on what WW3 in the 60's or Late 70's/Early 80's would have looked like with these and thank god it didn't kick off.



Hi Nathan,

Great to hear from you! I was in high school in the 1980s (during the Cold War!) when I got a hold of Steven Zaloga's book, "Soviet Tanks Today".


Pictures and/or information on Soviet Bloc Military was rare at the time. So, I was excited when I got this book. I pored over the pictures repeatedly and dreamt of building scale models of those vehicles. Now, it's finally coming to fruition. I have a ton of Soviet stuff in my stash. I also have lots of books on armors and uniforms.

And yes, I agree, I'm glad it a global Hot War did not happen!

-Joseph


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Holy Smokes Joseph ! You have been a busy boy ! And, you don't discriminate either ! Great PE work on the ship model!
Thanks for sharing all of your diversion projects !



Ivanhoe6, I am an equal opportunity scale modeler! With my overactive predilection, I'm glad I've concentrated on scale models. Who knows where I'd be if I turned to gambling or drinking?

I am just as glad that there is a medium where I can share my projects. This used to be a very individualistic hobby. Now, I can communicate with people around the globe!

-Joseph
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Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 11:20 PM UTC
Holy Smokes Joseph ! You have been a busy boy ! And, you don't discriminate either ! Great PE work on the ship model!
Thanks for sharing all of your diversion projects !
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Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 03:36 PM UTC
I just wanted to chime in and say that the T-55's look incredible. Great job on these builds everyone! I am on a Soviet/Combloc study binge right now and love learning about Soviet Cold War vehicles, weapons, uniforms and gear. I reflect on what WW3 in the 60's or Late 70's/Early 80's would have looked like with these and thank god it didn't kick off.
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Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 12:58 PM UTC
Now you need to pick up a hobby boss Type 59.
I've started mine and its a nice kit so far.
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Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 12:33 PM UTC

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Joseph, I confess to being a "lurker" until now. I was curious how you were going to rescue your "Smurf" tank. Great save !
What keeps you from burning out on T-55's ? I was on a Stug jag for a while and it will be a long time before another one hits my bench.
Maybe if somebody releases a "complete interior" kit it could happen again.
Thanks for all of your hard work both building, answering questions AND the tutorials !!!

3 out of 3 beer rating for your awesome efforts & skills !



Hi Ivanhoe6, thanks very much for commenting! For a while there, I thought this was a private thread between me and Panamadan! I am "beery" happy with the rating that you gave me. I have a bunch of Stugs in my stash that I have yet to start working on. It is one of my favorite armored vehicles. I am happy with how the smurf tank turned out. I am still learning to paint and weather.

Regarding your question about not burning out on T-55s? I think I can attribute it to variety. When I hit a plateau, I work on another project. For example, at the same time I was working on my smurf tank, I had several other projects. Last year, along with the Tiran, I was able to complete the following:




I'm not kidding when I said variety, as you will see. I also have these other projects in various stages of completion:













Along with some 1/72 ones:





A figure project:


And finally, one 1/350 destroyer.


My wife has patience of a saint with some of these projects sitting on top of her China collection!

-Joseph
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Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 01:22 AM UTC
Joseph, I confess to being a "lurker" until now. I was curious how you were going to rescue your "Smurf" tank. Great save !
What keeps you from burning out on T-55's ? I was on a Stug jag for a while and it will be a long time before another one hits my bench.
Maybe if somebody releases a "complete interior" kit it could happen again.
Thanks for all of your hard work both building, answering questions AND the tutorials !!!

3 out of 3 beer rating for your awesome efforts & skills !
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Posted: Monday, January 27, 2020 - 12:45 PM UTC
This update is for those who are interested or for those have not worked on, and are curious about a Miniart T-55 Interior model. If you are none of these, move along. Nothing to see here.

The amount of detail is amazing. Here are the components for what looks like fire extinguishers.

And how they look when they are installed.


These are the pieces needed to assemble the exterior of the left hull.

And all of them glued in place.


Here are the parts for the left hull interior. Per instruction on the current page. There are more parts on another page.

Glued.


This part requires a lot of work. Notice all the sprue connections? There are 15 of them that will need to be cleaned up.


Here's a better view of the sprue connections requiring clean up.


After clean up.


The part will not be visible when glued in place. It is at the bottom section. Right under the strapped ammunition.


And then, when dry fitted to the bottom of the hull, it is even more less visible.


This show the additional parts for the left side interior.


That's it for now. More in progress pictures later.

-Joseph



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Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 04:29 AM UTC

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Glad to see you back at it,
Those miniart kits are just too much for me-Iíve got a T54-49 but will probably never tackle it.
Iím thinking of kit bashing it with either a takom of HB kit.
Dan



Thanks Dan. I went overboard with Miniart T-55 kits. I better get a move on.
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Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 12:05 PM UTC
Glad to see you back at it,
Those miniart kits are just too much for me-Iíve got a T54-49 but will probably never tackle it.
Iím thinking of kit bashing it with either a takom of HB kit.
Dan
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Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 10:37 AM UTC
Hello everyone,

I'm back. Even though I have three unfinished T-55s hanging by the wayside, I started working on another one. This time it is MiniArt's Tiran 4Sh Early Type, which is an interior kit.


This kit is chock-full of sprue goodness. Both very impressive and at the same time, intimidating.


This is one of many MiniArt T-55 interior kits in my stash. And the very first one I am going to work on.I signed up for the Israel Defense Forces Campaign group build and this is my entry. I wondered what's the best way to tackle this. First and foremost, I need to have a system on easily identifying sprues as they are needed. I went through each one and affixed masking tapes. I then wrote the sprue labels on the masking tapes. That way, I wouldn't have to use my Optivisor whenever I need to look for a specific sprue. I then arranged them alphabetically on the box top.


After about 2 hours work, this is how far I got. I was able to scratch off one page from the instruction as done. I also used up all the parts from one sprue!


The following are before and after photos for the build of the bottom of the hull. They are mostly to illustrate how much work MiniArt has put in and subsequently, how much work a modeler will have to put in as well.

Display of the parts for the torsion bars prior to gluing them in place.

And them in place, plus additional parts to be glued.



Some more parts, both inside and out before they are glued.

And after.


Now for the torsion bars. There are 10 mini sprues for these. This picture shows the torsion bars from sprue to clean up.


Prior to putting the torsion bars in place. Look at how many parts there are!

After.


After all those, there are still some more parts needed for the torsion bars. Included here are parts for the fighting compartment floor.

After.


And now for the driver compartment. This are the parts for the transmission levers.

Here is how it looks assembled.



Parts for the driver seat.

Assembled seat.



Here are pictures of them in place.



Finally, these are parts for the driver compartment's right side.

In place.


Lots of work done and more to do. Oh well, I signed up for it.

-Joseph
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Posted: Friday, September 13, 2019 - 10:06 AM UTC
Tiran 4 is maybe 95% done. External weapons have been installed. I will need to do some more weathering to match them up with the rest of the tank.





Some detail shots. I have used AK Interactive's Gravel and Sand Fixer and was very happy with the results. Some of the dirt are visible in the turret's rear bin.


In the front hull and fenders.


Some dirt also accumulated behind the jerry can on the fender.


Thanks,
Joseph