As in "The grandma of ALL shelf queens"... I think I bought this kit when it was a new release, put the lower hull together and did the Friuls, then had a crippling attack of AMS and shelved it. Well, I'm getting better every day, and thought this thing would look good being shoved off a road by the Magach5 I'm nearly done with, putting that push bar to use. So here;s what I puled off the shelf: IMG_8949 by Russel Baer, on Flickr And the Legends fuel tank set, with some brass: IMG_8952 by Russel Baer, on Flickr So I've got the fender braces on, welds are stretched sprue, and dug around for the fuel line diagrams and got out the rest of the AM stuff I have for this thing, but so far only have the fender supports on. IMG_8951 by Russel Baer, on Flickr The lines and tank clamps are truly tiny, but I shall persevere!
Well, I'm easy, but if anyone is still watching this forum, feel free to move it. In the meantime, more pics. I started on the glacis, kit parts and the Legends parts for the driver's periscope washer, din't go blind yet, broke an idler handling the thing so had to re-do both (Argh!!!) and realized I had tried to add some tension tp the tracks many moons ago when I found .040" wire inside the kit parts. I dug up something usable out of the spares, no idea what they're from, and got that sorted, added some possibly spurious detail to the inside of the idlers and called it a night. Way back when I had made up something that looked like the tension adjusters for the idlers, when I cut the front fenders off, and since I had gone that far, though it would be a good idea to put something on the back side of the idlers themselves, right or not, just for visual interest. Onward, no AMS.... IMG_9112 by Russel Baer, on Flickr IMG_9113 by Russel Baer, on Flickr IMG_9114 by Russel Baer, on Flickr
Well alright then! I think once I have the tank hold downs done I'll move along a little better, until I get to those teeny tie downs all over the turret. I'm okay though. An I have to remember, this model will be built as a semi-derelict, being shoved off a road (or cleared path) by a Magach, so I may mess up the fenders around the tanks too....' Rob, I have to say, it's a "therapy" kit, typical late Tamiya, well engineered and fun to build. 'Nuff said.
Keep up the good work Russ! I'm sure it will be done to your impeccable standards of quality! PS, speaking of bizzare places to put fuel, IIRC BMP fuel is stored in the oersonnel doors that the infantry uses to get out! Kinda hard on your troops.
Howdy Bill! Yup, I think they figured it was easy to pick small tankers than make big tanks, and the planned-for lifespan of a Soviet tank was kinda short ("short", nyuk, nyuk, nyuk), making creature comforts low down on the list of design criteria.
Hull is done (I think...) so on to the turret, and getting some color into all those hard-to-spray areas on the hull. This is a KISS model for sure, and I'm doing my best to not gum up the works. IMG_0085 by Russel Baer, on Flickr IMG_0084 by Russel Baer, on Flickr
T'anks y'all! Tobi, I kept this one real simple: a very minor amount of chipping/wear/scuffing, mainly around the fuel tanks and hatches, a basic sand wash, and one light application of sand colored dry pastel powder. I did a little fluid staining with a black/brown wash, and that was it.
Advanced Modelers Syndrome. The symptoms are; purchasing six plus books searching for that one photo of a tank so you can scratch build a better part than provided in the kit. Getting involved in a knock down/darag out discussion about the correct shades of Olive Drab, Dunkelgelb, and Sinai Grey. I'm sure you get the gist of the symptoms ;<). When you have AMS, you are taking the hobby too seriously. Hobbies are supposed to be FUN!