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Huibs T34 tank project

Posted by Peter on 09 Feb 2021, 10:19

Excellent start on this new model. Now I'm curious from which kit you will take the wheels! ;-) :mrgreen:
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Posted by Egbert on 09 Feb 2021, 10:31

Beautiful report of your work dear huib,
which I unfortunately only saw today. :(
I'm already looking forward to your "new" T-34 tank Project. :-)
It gets sure to be as great and realistic as it was the first time.
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Posted by C M Dodson on 09 Feb 2021, 12:38

Great stuff.

That teabag idea is inspired!

Camo nets, grilles, anything.

Brilliant.

Best wishes,

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Posted by huib on 11 Feb 2021, 19:21

Thank you very much, guys!

Turret

To continue with the turret, that needs some work too.

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All the kitparts for the turret.

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I started cutting up the gun.

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Made the recoilprotection frame to the breech.

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Painted and weathered the turret interior. No detail was aded as nothing can be seen of it in the end.

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Two sinkholes on the turret sides were filled and the welding seams were deepened using a scriber.

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Turret constructed. Please remark the trapezoid backplate, which is of the wrong model for this tank.

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Rounded of the back corners of turret with a file and scribed a rectangular backplate.

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A small block of plastic was glued in the front aperture of the turret and a smooth curved front was sanded on the turret.

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A new armour plate and gun mantlet were made, and the original kit barrel was shorthened. A piece of iron wire provides strength, coherence and a straigth line up. Especially the gun mantlet was hard work as it has a very complex irregular shape and sizes only 4 x 5 x 6mm.

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Armour plate and mantlet in position.

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Now the turret was further detailed: bolts and pistol port on the back plate, lifting eyes to the turret roof.

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Gun barrel placed and pericope slits melted in using a small hot screwdriver.

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The turret hatch became a little project by itsself. De roundview periscope, which is missing in later model T34's, is built in the extended position.

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Inside of the hatch.

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Well on schedule!
Now to continue with the wheels, which is not very complicated.
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Posted by Peter on 11 Feb 2021, 20:38

What a lot of work to get it right! Looks fantastic so far! :thumbup:

What kit will deliver the wheels? :eh:
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Posted by Kekso on 12 Feb 2021, 12:49

Now, how small your fingers are? :)
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Posted by huib on 17 Feb 2021, 22:05

Thank you, guys!

Peter wrote:What kit will deliver the wheels? :eh:

Airfix!

Kekso wrote:Now, how small your fingers are?

Quite normal size, I guess. But I have to admit I sometimes work on the limits of what I can do.

Wheels

That was quite a simple job, but included some kitbashing:

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I nicked the roadwheels of the Airfix T34. They are looking fine.

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All wheels cleaned up and glued together. Ready for a bit of paint!
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Posted by Peter on 17 Feb 2021, 22:26

Nice looking wheels! ;-)

So now we have a Airfix T34 without wheels. And your next project in this row is? :eh: :mrgreen:
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Posted by Wiking on 18 Feb 2021, 03:25

There is a b/w pic with an SU 85 or 100
that use on on axle at the front Panther wheels.
An ide to compensate the wheel losses on his Airfix T34.
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Posted by huib on 23 Feb 2021, 17:27

Paintjob

The paintwork is not so complicated on this T34: plain green.

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The complete model covered in Humbrol 117.

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After that all details were painted: tools, rubber wheel rims.,exhausts, spare tracks and the inside of the hatches. Everything is sealed with a gloss cote.

Ready for some weathering now.
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Posted by Peter on 23 Feb 2021, 20:30

Nice progress! :thumbup:

For the weathering, we have nice hot weather at this moment, even at night, so I suggest that you don't use snow. That would look a bit ridiculous. ;-) :-D :mrgreen:
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Posted by MABO on 25 Feb 2021, 08:11

Read about the progress right now. Amazing what you did again with all these small part. I am sure I would not be able to make it. I am following further steps. :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:
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Posted by huib on 07 Mar 2021, 14:16

Thank you, gentlemen!

Weathering
Now to continue with some dirt grime and wear.

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First a filter of yellow ochre oil paint, to simulate dust and dirt. I drew it top down with a brush to make rain streaks at the same time.

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After fixating the filter with a gloss varnish a point wash is applied, using dark brown oil paint.

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Then some drybrushing using light green colours and some chipping using dark grey paint.

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Finished weathering adding some mud to the bottom and around the axles and fenders.

Now it's time to attach the wheels and the tracks.
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Posted by Peter on 07 Mar 2021, 16:00

Nice weathering as always Huib! :thumbup:
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Posted by huib on 11 Mar 2021, 16:55

Thank you, Peter!

Wheels and tracks

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The wheels after paint and weathering.

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The wheels glued to the hull.

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On it's wheels.

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Axles from iron wire were added just above the first and last roadwheels, to force the tracks on top of the wheels.

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The tracks painted and weathered.

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To staples take care of a strong joint between the track ends.

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The joint remains a thick piece, due to lack of space in the tracks (not because of the staples. I will see what I can doe about that. For the rest the tracks are quite ok.

And now on to the last additions.
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Posted by Peter on 11 Mar 2021, 18:01

Let the thick piece sink in the mud. ;-)

Looks real nice so far. :thumbup:
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Posted by huib on 12 Mar 2021, 14:35

Peter wrote:Let the thick piece sink in the mud.

Yes, probably! :yeah: :-D

The last additions
Still only a few things to add.

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Towing cables made from iron wire, plastic rod and iron wire.

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Painted.

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The towing cables attached to the right fender. Also the drivers hatch is glued in place.

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Exhaust stains added, using pastel chalk.

And now for a crew member!
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Posted by Peter on 12 Mar 2021, 22:57

huib wrote:And now for a crew member!

And a bottle of whodka (водка)! ;-)
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Posted by Wiking on 13 Mar 2021, 00:47

ваше эдоровье! (Cheers!)

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Posted by huib on 17 Mar 2021, 15:57

Thanks, Peter and Eric.

Potatohead

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Potatohead, that´s what you can call the figure included in the kit. In fact this quite a bad and old figure. But exactly because of that, I became a bit sentimental about him and started to like him. So I´ll use him, despite his shortcomings. (Wouldn´t we all like to be treated like that that?)


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This is a sharper picture. Potatohead in dark gray primer, after I cut off his right arm and glued it back on in another position. Now he's not waving anymore to his mother-in-law, but firmly holding himself to the turret hatch.

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After paint and weathering.

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In command.

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Almost ready, but not yet. Now for the icing on the cake.
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