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Binge Build: Takom T-55s
KoSprueOne
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Posted: Monday, August 06, 2018 - 01:38 PM UTC

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Thanks Dan! I have 3 more in my stash:
- T-55A which I am planning to be an Operation Danube version
- T-55AM, to be a Russian Marine version
- Tiran 4, I haven't selected a scheme yet.

The Type 59 looks nice. I might add it to this build.


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Very nice. The super detailing and realism in paint.



Thank you, sir!

I was reviewing photos on my phone and found some WIP pictures for the AMV. Here are the photos I took when I made the left mud guard retaining rod.

I got a nice gauge brass rod from my stash(unfortunately, I don't have the exact gauge). Since it was slightly bent, I'll show a brief SBS on how to straighten it.

I learned this technique of straightening rods online (thank you, whomever you are). I roll the bent rod on a hard surface using the flat end of a tweezer.


Here's the result.


I used a Xuron 90 degree wire bender.


And here's the bent wire.


Using another Xuron needle nose pliers, I hold the wire right next to the molded detail to get the approximate distance of the bends.


Once I am satisfied with the overall shape, I glue it on to the fender. BTW, I have pre-drilled a hole. Also, since the brass wire is very soft and flimsy, I coated it with thin CA to make it firm. If I am not mistaken, this is the technique that Calvin Tan uses to make 1/35 rifle straps out of paper.


Here's how it looks all weathered up.


Same procedure for the left fender which you can barely see in this photo.


Hope this helps.

-Joseph





Those tracks and cable look sexy real! And nice detail touch with the fender spring.




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Posted: Monday, August 06, 2018 - 03:59 AM UTC

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These are so so nice! I've really enjoyed this thread and can't wait to see more.



Thanks, Dustin. Glad you are enjoying this thread. Thank you for chiming in. Yes, I will be posting some more. I started working on another one, Kit 2041 T-55 AM. I will try to post pictures soon.

-Joseph
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Posted: Saturday, August 04, 2018 - 11:17 AM UTC
These are so so nice! I've really enjoyed this thread and can't wait to see more.
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Posted: Friday, August 03, 2018 - 03:36 AM UTC
Here is a quick update on the T-54B. It took longer than a month that I anticipated but the build phase is nearing completion. Nothing fancy, just straight OOB.


-Joseph
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Posted: Friday, August 03, 2018 - 03:35 AM UTC

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I fookin love your Iraqi T-55 at the top of the page, it looks very good indeed good sir, a very nice worn and weary looking T-55.



Matt



Thanks very much, Matt. Means a lot to me coming from you. I am very impressed with your Grizzly Guardian project.
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BravoTwoZero
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Posted: Thursday, August 02, 2018 - 04:08 AM UTC



Thanks Dan! I have 3 more in my stash:
- T-55A which I am planning to be an Operation Danube version
- T-55AM, to be a Russian Marine version
- Tiran 4, I haven't selected a scheme yet.

The Type 59 looks nice. I might add it to this build.


Quoted Text

Very nice. The super detailing and realism in paint.



Thank you, sir!

I was reviewing photos on my phone and found some WIP pictures for the AMV. Here are the photos I took when I made the left mud guard retaining rod.

I got a nice gauge brass rod from my stash(unfortunately, I don't have the exact gauge). Since it was slightly bent, I'll show a brief SBS on how to straighten it.

I learned this technique of straightening rods online (thank you, whomever you are). I roll the bent rod on a hard surface using the flat end of a tweezer.


Here's the result.


I used a Xuron 90 degree wire bender.


And here's the bent wire.


Using another Xuron needle nose pliers, I hold the wire right next to the molded detail to get the approximate distance of the bends.


Once I am satisfied with the overall shape, I glue it on to the fender. BTW, I have pre-drilled a hole. Also, since the brass wire is very soft and flimsy, I coated it with thin CA to make it firm. If I am not mistaken, this is the technique that Calvin Tan uses to make 1/35 rifle straps out of paper.


Here's how it looks all weathered up.


Same procedure for the left fender which you can barely see in this photo.


Hope this helps.

-Joseph
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Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 12:23 PM UTC
Very nice. The super detailing and realism in paint.




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Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 10:25 AM UTC
Nice!
Type 59 next?
https://www.google.com/search?q=takom+type+59&rlz=1CDGOYI_enUS770US770&hl=en-US&prmd=sivn&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiZirnasMrcAhUJMawKHc4yBeYQ_AUIEigC&biw=375&bih=591#imgrc=vSjgTLzXRDmkiM:
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Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 06:13 AM UTC
My African Union T-55 AMV is also done. Here are the pictures.











Along with some detail shots.








Three done and two more to go (so far). I still have to finish painting the Type 69 and I'm still in the build phase for the T-54B. I will post pictures of these soon.

Thanks,

Joseph
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Posted: Monday, July 30, 2018 - 07:03 AM UTC

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Hats off to you Sir!
Nice looking 55s!
Dan



Thank you very much, Dan!

My East German T-55 AM2B is also done. Here are the pictures.












Thanks,

Joseph
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Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 01:17 PM UTC
Hats off to you Sir!
Nice looking 55s!
Dan
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Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 07:32 AM UTC
I've completed 3 out of 5 T=55s. Here is the first one, the Iraqi T-55A.











Will post the other two that I've completed.

-Joseph
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Posted: Monday, July 23, 2018 - 10:55 AM UTC

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Exceptional work! What brand/color did you use for your top coat? I'm looking forward to starting mine. Just a few more hours, on the AMV and a wingy thing for a break.



Hi there Matthew,

Thanks for chiming in and thanks for the compliment. For the base color, I applied Ammo of Mig paint MIG-083, ZASHCHITNIY ZELENO (RUSSIAN POSTWAR GREEN). I was surprised on how bright a green color it was.

Here are the succeeding steps that I did:
- I sprayed some shadows and highlights, this darkened it a bit.
- I applied a Mig Productions filter for bright green.
- After I installed the decals, I coated it with Gunze gloss coat.
- I applied Wilder's Dark Brown Wash.
- I sprayed Testor's Flat coat
- I applied various earth colored pigments.

Hope this helps.

-Joseph
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Posted: Monday, July 23, 2018 - 09:17 AM UTC
Exceptional work! What brand/color did you use for your top coat? I'm looking forward to starting mine. Just a few more hours, on the AMV and a wingy thing for a break.
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Posted: Monday, July 23, 2018 - 06:50 AM UTC
Here are the close-up shots of the T-55 AM2B.






I'm pretty happy about how the green turned out after application of filter and washes. I did some more work on this last night and it is nearing completion. All parts that have been dry fitted are now permanently glued.

Thanks,

Joseph

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Posted: Friday, July 20, 2018 - 04:45 AM UTC
Here are the latest pictures of my East German T-55 AM2B.











I found out to late that the East German logo should have been centered between the two details on the Breshnev eyebrows armor. Oh well.

I will post some detail shots later so as not to further bombard this already photo intensive post.

Thanks,

Joseph
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Posted: Friday, July 20, 2018 - 04:40 AM UTC

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Joseph, a big THANK YOU for such an enjoyable build log ! The Etchmate track tip and the rubber part of the road wheels painting tip, a BIG time saver also. Mucho thanks for that too !
Any ideas on your next project ????
Thanks again !
Tom



Very welcome, Tom! I'm glad I am able to provide tips. Believe me, I have received more tips than I have given. Thanks to selfless modelers on this and other sites. Along with excellent publications from Meng AFV, AK Interactive, Abrams Squad and modeler Youtubers! My skill has greatly improved because of them.

Regarding next projects. I have a couple in mind. I have numerous BTRs and rocket launchers in my stash. I want to make a dent on my un-built kit collection.
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Posted: Friday, July 20, 2018 - 04:31 AM UTC

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Your weathering looks spot on. I felt a tacky spot, on my turret. I'm hoping the humidity doesn't stall my build. Next up, I think I will build the AM2B. Just have to put some tracks, on a jagdpanzer.



Thanks Matthew. I hope your build continues. I'm lucky I don't have to contend with humidity but it sure does get hot around here in Los Angeles too. I had to wear a sweat band under my optivisor. Tracks are not my favorite to deal with but it must be done!
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Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 05:37 AM UTC
Joseph, a big THANK YOU for such an enjoyable build log ! The Etchmate track tip and the rubber part of the road wheels painting tip, a BIG time saver also. Mucho thanks for that too !
Any ideas on your next project ????
Thanks again !
Tom
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Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 02:10 AM UTC
Your weathering looks spot on. I felt a tacky spot, on my turret. I'm hoping the humidity doesn't stall my build. Next up, I think I will build the AM2B. Just have to put some tracks, on a jagdpanzer.
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Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 05:15 AM UTC

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Still amazed at the work Joseph.
I had to put my builds on hold due to the move. I'm almost settled in and the new model room is coming along. Will hopefully continue on my T-55 builds in the next couple weeks.
Keep up the awesome work!



Thank you Dave, hope to see progress on your T-55s soon.

As mentioned, here are some more pictures on my T-55AMV AU. Please keep in mind that I am still not done with the weathering process. You can tell which side I have worked on.





And now, for some close up shots. Caveat, camera lens is never forgiving. They enhance flaws that you would not normally notice with the naked eye.









Thanks as always.

-Joseph
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Posted: Monday, July 16, 2018 - 04:47 AM UTC
Still amazed at the work Joseph.
I had to put my builds on hold due to the move. I'm almost settled in and the new model room is coming along. Will hopefully continue on my T-55 builds in the next couple weeks.
Keep up the awesome work!
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Posted: Monday, July 16, 2018 - 04:24 AM UTC
Hello everyone,

I'm back. I was only able to take one WIP picture. Here is how I applied the "AU" insignia. Following the step in the blog, I traced the AU symbol on to masking tape. I then airbrushed dark gray.


I was not able to take pictures after I applied the white scheme over the green base. At this point, I am now in the middle of weathering this vehicle. Here are the latest pictures of the T-55 AMV AU.






I'll post some more detail shots later.

Thanks,

Joseph
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Posted: Monday, June 18, 2018 - 02:00 PM UTC
I'll have to look into this, Theraputty too. Thanks for the info, Eric. And for 10 bucks, it's worth a try.