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Binge Build: Takom T-55s
BravoTwoZero
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Posted: Thursday, May 03, 2018 - 08:06 PM UTC
Hello everyone, I've made some progress on my DDR T-55AM2B. I finally sprayed primer on it. As mentioned before, this is my first try at using both the Mission Models primer and my Tamiya airbrush with a pistol grip. Here are the resulting pictures.







For good measure, here are some close up shots.




And finally, the product placement shot.


I plan to practice both the black and white and zenithal priming technique in this model. We shall see how this goes.

Include me now among those who are fans of the Mission Models primer. Prior to spraying, I watched a video from their Youtube channel about mixing ratios. It helped me a lot. Note in the picture that I have a 5ml glass beaker (easy to clean but breaks easily too). This is where I mixed the primer and thinner. And then I transfer it to the airbrush. I am very satisfied with the result. My compressor was set at around 12 bars and I had to refill the airbrush several times. Despite this, I had no clogging of any sort. Way better than my experience with the Vallejo primer.

As far as the airbrush is concerned. I am a fan of Tamiya airbrushes. I have two other ones that are my workhorses. They are basically Iwata airbrushes. Since this is a .5mm Wide airbrush, I used more primer than I probably needed. That's why I had to refill several times. At one point, in trying to reach deep areas, I saturated it a little. But then shows the beauty of this primer is that it is not evident afterwards. I'll probably use this airbrush when I work on the long hulls of my ship models. Definitely not for my 1/72 models. The next tank I will apply primer, I will use the regular airbrush.

As always, thanks for looking.

-Joseph
panamadan
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Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 08:52 PM UTC
Fun to watch.
Dan
BravoTwoZero
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Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 08:00 PM UTC
The build phase for the Type 69-II has completed. Since I started working on this at about 3/21 and completed yesterday, 4/25. It took me about 35 days of on and off building. Here are the pictures.

Here are four of my tanks from the T-55 family for this binge build.


Thanks!
BravoTwoZero
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Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 07:46 PM UTC
Slow progress on my Type 69-II but I am glad to get over these. The racks are very fiddly but I think it still turned out good. Almost getting to the finish line with the turret.
griffontech
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Posted: Friday, April 13, 2018 - 01:24 AM UTC
Ahhh... Got it. Quite few models under my belt and still learning.
BravoTwoZero
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Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 10:03 PM UTC

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Excellent work.

I never got the hang of completely building a model, then trying to paint it with road wheels and tracks on. How do people do it and get into all the nooks and crannies?



Thanks Dave. I actually build models in sub-assemblies. The pictures show them dry-fitted.

Regarding the nooks and crannies, I just learned the technique of brush painting primer on these hard to reach places. See photos of my dry-fitted T-55 AMV. Especially the areas under the ERA bricks. That way I can avoid bare plastic even if I can't reach them with the airbrush. I'm about ready to apply primer on the T-55 AM2B, you'll see the tank broken down in sub-assemblies.
griffontech
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Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 09:36 PM UTC
Excellent work.

I never got the hang of completely building a model, then trying to paint it with road wheels and tracks on. How do people do it and get into all the nooks and crannies?
BravoTwoZero
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Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 08:52 PM UTC
Here is my update for the week. I've made some more progress on my Type 69-II. The fenders are mostly done with the exception of the details for the fuels and the photo-etched guards for the lights. I have glued most of the fiddly bits on the turret and I am about to start working on the barrel. Here's how it looks so far.


Here's a detail shot of the engine deck.


Here are views of the work done on the turret so far.



Plus some more all around views of the tank.




Thanks for viewing.
BravoTwoZero
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Posted: Monday, April 09, 2018 - 11:38 PM UTC

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there are so many color options that I'm spinning in a circle.
Dan


The variety of color options is one of attractions for me.
panamadan
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Posted: Monday, April 09, 2018 - 04:23 AM UTC









Dan
panamadan
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Posted: Monday, April 09, 2018 - 04:18 AM UTC
there are so many color options that I'm spinning in a circle.
Dan
BravoTwoZero
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Posted: Monday, April 09, 2018 - 02:47 AM UTC

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I might be joining you all soon myself.
Dan



Welcome to the club! The more the merrier!
panamadan
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Posted: Sunday, April 08, 2018 - 11:03 PM UTC
I might be joining you all soon myself.
Dan
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Posted: Sunday, April 08, 2018 - 10:28 PM UTC

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Hey Joseph.

Don't want to hijack the thread, but here is a link to my T-55 build that I will do.

Keep up the good work, T-55 buddy!

https://armorama.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=268019&page=1#2265641



Thanks for the shout out Dave. I will be keeping an eye on yours. Good luck!!
griffontech
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Posted: Sunday, April 08, 2018 - 04:14 AM UTC
Hey Joseph.

Don't want to hijack the thread, but here is a link to my T-55 build that I will do.

Keep up the good work, T-55 buddy!

https://armorama.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=268019&page=1#2265641
panamadan
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Posted: Thursday, April 05, 2018 - 10:27 PM UTC
Good ideas Joseph!
Dan
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Posted: Thursday, April 05, 2018 - 09:10 PM UTC
Had a little bit of time working on the Type 69-II tracks last night. I decided to post a little walk through on my approach. I am making no claim that this is the best approach. I'm sure there are a lot of ways to assemble the tracks, some may be more efficient but this works for me.

What I am assembling here are the bottom run of the tracks, the straight ones. Here are the tools that I use: a miniature vise, Mission Models Etchmate (which I have had for about 15 years), a metal ruler and Tamiya Thin glue.

I would then make this setup, the vise on the table, the Etchmate on the vise.


Once the setup is secured, I would put 16 pieces of the tracks and arrange them by pairs. Tight enough to hold them in place but easy to slide around.


Glue is applied on each pair relying on the capillary action.


I give the glue a couple of minutes and then I push the pairs together into 4 sets. I glue it again on the new connections.


I repeat the process until I have a section comprising of 16 tracks all glued together.


The final step is to make sure they are all straight. This is where I use the metal ruler. With a downward motion, I push the ruler on to the tracks.


Voila! A 16 track section is completed for the bottom run in a short time.


To qualify the phrase "short time". Without rushing, I repeated the same process and timed it. It took me 4 minutes and 50 seconds to complete a section.


I stopped working after this. I'll try to post some more on how I deal with the tracks around the sprocket. I hope some of you find this useful.

-Joseph
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Posted: Thursday, April 05, 2018 - 12:46 AM UTC

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The Achzarit will be a whole different ballgame. As you can see most of my references are about T-55s.


The Achzarit will mean I'll have to be on the hunt for more references (not that it is a bad thing).


There are a couple from Desert Eagle and a couple from SabIngaMartin - they’re basically all you need to make a couple or three or four decent models - early, late, ambulance and repair. The Meng kits are excellent too.
panamadan
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Posted: Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - 09:25 PM UTC
He’s back!
Dan
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Posted: Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - 07:55 PM UTC
Hello everyone,

I've been out for a week and wasn't able to work on my T-55s. But, I am now back and have made some progress on the Type 69-II. I don't think I've mentioned it before that I plan to build this OOB. Paint scheme is still up in the air. Anyway, I skipped the tracks for now and went for the hull and fenders. These are nearing completion. The next major obstacle to clear are the tracks. Here is how the Type 69-II looks like.


Thank you all for the interest. Hope to post some more progress pictures soon.

-Joseph
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Posted: Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 03:59 PM UTC
I likes this thread, thanks for sharing! So much version/users for T54/55 , i'll follow your work!
Thanks
Stephane
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Posted: Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 05:03 AM UTC



looks like it worked!
Thanks!
Dan
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panamadan
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Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 11:18 PM UTC
Thanks-I’ll look into it.
D
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Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 11:11 PM UTC

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So how does one post pics on this site?
Dan



Here are the steps that I took: I created an account with Imgur https://imgur.com/. I upload pictures to an album I created. I then go to the album where I uploaded the pictures. For each picture, I select "Get share links". I will then get four "Share Options", I chose the "BBCode (Forums)" Copy link and then Paste it on my thread. Hope this helps.