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Binge Build: Takom T-55s
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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:

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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 - 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 - 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 - 08:26 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 - 08:28 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 - 08:38 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 - 08:42 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 - 09:19 PM UTC
Wow. This topic has started to snowball a bit. Almost deserving of a campaign....
panamadan
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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...
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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 - 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 - 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 - 11:11 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.
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Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 11:18 PM UTC
Thanks-I’ll look into it.
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panamadan
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Posted: Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 05:03 AM UTC



looks like it worked!
Thanks!
Dan
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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: 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: Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - 09:25 PM UTC
He’s back!
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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.
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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 - 10:27 PM UTC
Good ideas Joseph!
Dan
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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
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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!!