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Binge Build: Takom T-55s
BravoTwoZero
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Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 11:06 PM UTC

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I think that it would be hard to binge build Miniart’s T55s...
Dan



You are absolutely right, Dan. For the price I paid, I can get three Takoms for one Miniart.

Someday, Miniart, someday.....
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Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 11:03 PM UTC

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Wow. This topic has started to snowball a bit. Almost deserving of a campaign....



I'm glad that there is interest. One of the main reasons I started this thread is that I have one place to track my multiple builds. Instead of maintaining individual threads for each kit. I also want to interact with other modelers globally. It still amazes me that this is possible nowadays. Thanks Internet!
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Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 10:58 PM UTC
So how does one post pics on this site?
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Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 10:51 PM UTC
I think that it would be hard to binge build Miniart’s T55s...
Dan
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Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 09:19 PM UTC
Wow. This topic has started to snowball a bit. Almost deserving of a campaign....
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Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 08:42 PM UTC
Oh boy, I'm getting another itch! Maybe I should remove "Takom" from the title....

http://www.themodellingnews.com/2018/03/build-guide-pt-ii-135th-scale-t-55a.html
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Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 08:38 PM UTC
This is how far I got with my Type 69-II. Those road wheels are very tedious. Glad to get these out of the way....next are the individual tracks.


On the T-55AM2B front, I'm still in the prep process prior to application of the primer. I've disassembled it and I still have to mask where required and mount the individual pieces. I'll post pictures later.

I am both excited and nervous to try a couple of new things. First off, I'll be using the much talked about Mission Model primers. I've read a lot of positive reviews and I'm curious to try them.


Next, I have a new tool to try out. It is the Tamiya Wide Airbrush Trigger Type. I have several airbrushes and my favorite ones to use are the Tamiya ones (highly recommended). I find them easy to work with and clean afterwards. They are basically Iwatas, not as expensive though not cheap either. I found that my hands hurt after using the regular airbrushes for a lengthy period. So, I hope the trigger type would help make it easy.


Wish me luck with these tools. Please comment or share any advice if you've used them before.

Thanks!
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Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 08:28 PM UTC



Thanks for the additional references. That would certainly help in this build. One funny thing for me is that, I'm making a model of an existing model (the one that they have in themodellingnews.com) and not of an actual AU tank.
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Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 08:26 PM UTC

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Thanks. I truly do appreciate that.
I just checked my model kit database (yes, I have so many in the stash I created an excel database to track them all....) and I have the following T-55 kits:
Tamiya T-55A
Tamiya T-55 Enigma
Hobby Craft Iraqi Type 69-II
Esci T-55
Tamiya Tiran 5
Takom T-55 AMV
Takom t-55 AM

Once I get settled into my new job in 3 - 4 weeks I'll start a build thread on all of them. You should be proud that you've inspired me

I'm personally loving this T-55 with all the colourful "crap" tied to the back.
https://www.google.ca/search?q=african+union+tanks&rlz=1CDGOYI_enUS770US770&hl=en-US&prmd=insv&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi2o-DD6YDaAhWqxYMKHS-0AI0Q_AUIESgB&biw=375&bih=591&gws_rd=cr&dcr=0&ei=F0e0WpqSDcb6jwOauIvgDQ#gws_rd=cr&imgrc=06qTcQKAcgMxWM:


Keep up the excellent work.

Dave



Awesome! Another binge builder! Let's unite and try to reduce our stash! I'm also looking forward to your thread. You've got more on your list of T-55s than what I have.

The color variety would certainly make the completed builds very interesting. The "stowage" on that picture would be challenging and rewarding if accurately portrayed. Just when you think scratch building tarps are a tough, this picture raises it to a different level!
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Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 08:23 PM UTC

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These are great... Really neat builds.

How about a different ‘take’ on the T55 subject matter, and branching out into IDF Tiran and then Achzarit types?



The Takom IDF Tiran is on my want list. Maybe when I've completed my sixth one, I'll see if I can get one at a good price. The "Blue Steel" version would make a great looking variant in my lot. I can see it in my mind's eye. This box art is particularly enticing!


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).
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Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 08:19 PM UTC

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Just went thru this again and I’m going to have to try binge building.
Dan



Glad you are willing to try binge building. I've taken it as a norm that as modelers, we would easily say, "I buy more than I build". I have enough in my stash that I can build models even when I am in my 80s! I've decided to make a stand that, for a change, I can at least say that "I've built more than I bought"..

Looking forward to see your build binge!
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Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 07:39 AM UTC
Almost looks like yellowish zinc chromate used as modern aircraft primers.
The female crew is a nice touch.
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Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 05:35 AM UTC
I love this odd green color.
https://www.google.ca/search?q=african+union+tanks&rlz=1CDGOYI_enUS770US770&hl=en-US&prmd=insv&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi2o-DD6YDaAhWqxYMKHS-0AI0Q_AUIESgB&biw=375&bih=591&gws_rd=cr&dcr=0&ei=F0e0WpqSDcb6jwOauIvgDQ#gws_rd=cr&imgrc=FKtNyA67YsM0GM:

Dan
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Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 05:14 AM UTC
Thanks. I truly do appreciate that.
I just checked my model kit database (yes, I have so many in the stash I created an excel database to track them all....) and I have the following T-55 kits:
Tamiya T-55A
Tamiya T-55 Enigma
Hobby Craft Iraqi Type 69-II
Esci T-55
Tamiya Tiran 5
Takom T-55 AMV
Takom t-55 AM

Once I get settled into my new job in 3 - 4 weeks I'll start a build thread on all of them. You should be proud that you've inspired me

I'm personally loving this T-55 with all the colourful "crap" tied to the back.
https://www.google.ca/search?q=african+union+tanks&rlz=1CDGOYI_enUS770US770&hl=en-US&prmd=insv&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi2o-DD6YDaAhWqxYMKHS-0AI0Q_AUIESgB&biw=375&bih=591&gws_rd=cr&dcr=0&ei=F0e0WpqSDcb6jwOauIvgDQ#gws_rd=cr&imgrc=06qTcQKAcgMxWM:


Keep up the excellent work.

Dave
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Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 04:24 AM UTC
These are great... Really neat builds.

How about a different ‘take’ on the T55 subject matter, and branching out into IDF Tiran and then Achzarit types?
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Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 04:09 AM UTC



I'm on a mission from T-55 god!

Seriously though, thanks for the link to the photo references. They are great!!
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Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 02:42 AM UTC
Just went thru this again and I’m going to have to try binge building.
Dan
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Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 01:59 AM UTC
Go man go!
Love this one myself-
https://www.google.com/search?q=african+union+tanks&rlz=1CDGOYI_enUS770US770&hl=en-US&prmd=insv&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi2o-DD6YDaAhWqxYMKHS-0AI0Q_AUIESgB&biw=375&bih=591#imgrc=EnVfXazHLovOZM:
Dan
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Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 08:27 PM UTC

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when your done with this one you might get another cousin in the family.
Dan



For sure, I have two others waiting. I'm planning the other T-55A to be one from Prague Spring and the T-54B as Syrian.
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Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 05:54 AM UTC
when your done with this one you might get another cousin in the family.
Dan
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Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 02:57 AM UTC

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I hadn't planned on building any T55's until I cleared off my over crowded desk, but seeing your builds has peaked my interests! About a month ago I finished the Tamiya T-72 in Iraqi colours, and the trumpeter T62 in Soviet markings. Both were very easy and mostly OOB. I planned on switching to some 1/72 aircraft that are partially built, but I may continue the T-series trend.

My posts may take a while. I'm right at the beginning of a military posting across the country. I will be staying in quarters for about 2 months until my wife can move out and I planned on bringing about 10 old 1/72 Heller aircraft kits that I need to re-scribe (all have amazing detail for their age, but they have raised panel lines) and I will build them as far as I can before painting is needed. I will now bring maybe 3 or 4 armour kits to brake up the scribing headache. Good thing about armour is you can almost completely build the model without having to pause and paint at stages like aircraft models. I won't have access to my spray booth, so it will basic old school "cut off sprue, clean up part, and glue". All will be built OOB.



First of all, thank you very much for your service! I hope you can still continue working on your kits on your posting.

I do have several aircraft models in my stash, all 1/72. It is very eclectic, several US and Soviet helicopters, a C-47, Horsa and Waco Gliders a G4M Betty Bomber, plus a couple of Predator drones. I have yet to start working on these.

I agree with your comment about armour builds. One of the reasons I have started on new ones instead of painting them is that my spray booth is in our un-insulated garage. If I try to paint at night, it'll be too cold. We're starting to get warmer now. So, I'll paint them one at a time.
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Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 11:47 PM UTC
I hadn't planned on building any T55's until I cleared off my over crowded desk, but seeing your builds has peaked my interests! About a month ago I finished the Tamiya T-72 in Iraqi colours, and the trumpeter T62 in Soviet markings. Both were very easy and mostly OOB. I planned on switching to some 1/72 aircraft that are partially built, but I may continue the T-series trend.

My posts may take a while. I'm right at the beginning of a military posting across the country. I will be staying in quarters for about 2 months until my wife can move out and I planned on bringing about 10 old 1/72 Heller aircraft kits that I need to re-scribe (all have amazing detail for their age, but they have raised panel lines) and I will build them as far as I can before painting is needed. I will now bring maybe 3 or 4 armour kits to brake up the scribing headache. Good thing about armour is you can almost completely build the model without having to pause and paint at stages like aircraft models. I won't have access to my spray booth, so it will basic old school "cut off sprue, clean up part, and glue". All will be built OOB.
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Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 10:19 PM UTC
I have started work on a fourth kit. This time, it is kit 2054 Type 69-II (which belongs to the T-55 family). I noticed that the kit that I bought had a sticker saying it has a "Retooled lower hull".


That was a pleasant surprise. I have to admit it, if they didn't mention it, I wouldn't have known the difference. Apparently, the Type 69 lower glacis plate is rectangular in shape. As opposed to the trapezoidal ones that the T-55 have. Here's a picture of the hulls side by side. The one on the right is the Type 69.


The instruction for the hull shows that some filling is required. The updated hull no longer necessitates that. Note that the instruction also shows the "incorrect" trapezoidal lower glacis plate.


Here's my progress on this kit so far.


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Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 10:12 PM UTC

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I also have the Esci T-55 (haven't heard good things about it, but we'll see...) and Tamiya's T-55A and Tiran 5. My favourite T-55 build to look forward to however is the Tamiya Enigma. Something about all those heavy blocks of armour and the counterweight rack at the back of the turret makes it stand out.

Keep up the good work.



Thanks again Dave. I don't have Esci nor Tamiya T-55 in my stash. I will have to check out your build if you decide to post them. I do have a 1/72 Blackdog Enigma conversion set. This version caught my attention after seeing it as a base model by Luis Lopez Ruiz for his black and white technique.
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Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 10:07 PM UTC

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Having a mothballed AMV build, I truly admire your dedication



Thanks Arpad, I have made a commitment to make a slight dent in my stash. I have multiple kits of the Stug III and IV as well as T-62s. I'll decide which one to work on next once I'm done with this. I am shooting to complete most of this by August.