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Huibs T34 tank project

Posted by huib on 25 Aug 2021, 15:37

Thanks, Peter!

Paint and decals
With the building process finished, I could start painting. For a change I choose a camouflage pattern, which you do not often see on Soviet tanks.

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First green overall. (Humbrol 117)

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Then a camouflage pattern of red brown. (Revell 84) (How different the colors show on different photographs! :drool: Truth is in the middle)

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Some decals on the turret (from the old Esi/Revell kit).

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Some rusty tracklinks hooked to the turret, partly covering the decals.

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And some chipping in grey and green. Ready for a gloss coat.
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Posted by steve_pickstock on 25 Aug 2021, 17:52

It is amazing how that red-brown changes that green! Love your work.
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Posted by Peter on 27 Aug 2021, 15:33

I like that pattern! Something different is most of the time nice to see! :thumbup:
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Posted by huib on 10 Sep 2021, 16:12

Thank you, Steve and Peter!

Weathering
During the next phase the camp pattern became much more inconspicious. :-D

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After a layer of gloss a dirty filter of khaki oil paint was sloshed on the model. As the effect was too subtle after one layer a second treatment with the same followed. The tank looks very dirty now, and camo pattern is toned down.

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A second layer of gloss served to fixate the filter. Then a dark brown pointwash was applied and all detail drybrushed using two tones of light green.

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Weathering was finish with streaking of rust (red brown), rain (white) and oil/fuel (dark brown).

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Other side of the turret.

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Hull.

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The present state. Ready for wheels and tracks.
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Posted by Peter on 10 Sep 2021, 20:14

The cammo pattern is toned down a lot. To much maybe? :eh:

Still love this model! Go on Huib! :thumbup: :thumbup:
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Posted by huib on 12 Sep 2021, 21:04

Thanks Peter!

Wheels

Some work on the wheels.

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The roadwheels on display. The steel wheels on the left have the wholes widened with a drill already. The others have to be done still.

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Hubcovers for the drive and tension wheels.

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Ready for paint.

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Painted

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Weathered.

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The wheels glued in place. It took some effort using drills, files and knives to line them out. For strength I included some 1,2mm iron axles on strategic places.

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On its wheels. Now for the tracks.
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Posted by Peter on 14 Sep 2021, 19:26

It is almost on the road! ;-)
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Posted by huib on 22 Sep 2021, 21:10

Thanks Peter!

Tracks

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The kit tracks are of the link & length type. Those are not necessarily easy to construct, but I prefer them above the rubber band tracks.

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And detail is quite nice: the outside....

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...and the inside. The guiding teeth are bit small, but that is all I can comment.

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First painted in antracit to create depth and shadow.

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Than sloshing several colours of brown, and drybrushing with two metallic colors.

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I bended the upper parts of the track a bit to suggest some sag by gravity.

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Some instrumental violence to glue the tracks in position.

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In position!

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But it was not easy as the length of the tracks was not exact, so I had to smuggle a bit by removing one tracklink and leaving a bit of space between different links. I hope its hardly visible when standing upright.

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Also a bit of fiddling on the other side.

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And now on to the last additions!
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Posted by huib on 26 Sep 2021, 14:41

The last additions

I finished the T34 tank.

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The engine ventilation grille received mesh, made from a teabag.

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Towing cables are included in this kit. A typical Esci detail. But these straight plastic cables are difficult to bend in a convincing way. So I made cables myself from copper fuse wire.

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The towing eyes were transferred to the new copper cables.

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Painted and weathered.

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An unditching beam was added, made from a bamboo skewer. The woodgrain was emphasised using a dark brown wash. Sewing thread was used as rope to tie it down.

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Cables and beam glued in place.

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Headlight painted silver on the inside and glassed using clearfix.
The tank is finshed, now for a crew and a vignette.
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Posted by Wiking on 26 Sep 2021, 20:38

So step by step Huib show us the reason for the amount of (nice build :yeah: ) T34.
The Russians need only toothpicks to build a Tanks. :xd:

On the other hand the Germans need milling , drilling machines and and so much more to build a tank.
viewtopic.php?f=11&t=24447

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Posted by dombom on 28 Sep 2021, 09:19

Very good work you did. I like the idea to use a teabag for the mesh of the ventialtion grille.
Nice work done right ;-)
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Posted by huib on 29 Sep 2021, 17:36

Thanks, Wiking and Dombom!

Crew

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Of course the pictures of advancing Russian tanks covered with infantry riding on the rear deck and mudguards are famous. So in my series of T34's this image cannot miss out.

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A sprue of Hät Soviet Tank Riders. These Hät figures are not very good, but I will do with them. (Preiser is better, but difficult to obtain these days).

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Tortured in Medieval style.

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Painted and weathered..

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The tankcommander included in the kit constructed, painted and weathered.

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The figures on the tank. Not all figures do fit, but it looks reasonably crowded like this.

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And now on to the last stage: a small base.
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Posted by Beano Boy on 30 Sep 2021, 01:43

Splendid tank and figures, :thumbup: great work, and they all look thankful for the ride. BB
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Posted by Peter on 04 Oct 2021, 21:57

OMG another impaler! :mrgreen:

Looks fantastic Huib! Real neat work, and special on those tracks! :thumbup:

And where is FredG, the real impaler of this forum! :P
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Posted by Wiking on 05 Oct 2021, 14:49

Peter wote:
And where is FredG, ...

I was thinking the same!
Miss his pictures with the hole in the trumpet.
And comments to our work too.

I have to regroup all the tanks to withstand these red T34 HORDES.
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Posted by Wiking on 05 Oct 2021, 15:24

Assembly of heavy tank regiment Bäke.

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Stay tuned !
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Posted by MABO on 11 Oct 2021, 07:18

Looking good again! Waiting for the base as the last step for this project!

Concerning the tracks: I am working on an old ESCI Pz.IV. The tracks there are really fiddly and really badly constructed. There is no point to fix them precisesly. That was terrible for me... So I know what you mean.
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Posted by Wiking on 13 Oct 2021, 11:05

Poor MABO.
I pray for you to get strong thick nerves.
And hope to see your t4 soon.
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Posted by huib on 16 Oct 2021, 20:24

Hm, Wiking is gathering his forces :drool: , and my T34´s with 76mm guns cannot beat his giant cats. I´m afraid I have to finish this one quickly and build something with more firepower....

Good luck with the Esci tracks, Mabo. Yes these can be a real PITA. Show us some pictures of your result.
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Posted by huib on 16 Oct 2021, 20:31

Vignette
To finish this model I made a small base as I did for all my t34´s till now.

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In the same style I used the upper rim of a Yoghurt container and a piece of plywood.

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I bought me some cheap childrens clay.....

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.....and sculped some basic scenery.

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Painted.

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Varnished.

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After several washes, drybrushes and a matte varnish.

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The different parts of an oldfashioned electricity pole.

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Constructed.

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Some weathering.

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Pole positioned, electric lines made from copperwire, the side of the base painted, and some grass added. Ready!

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Final pictures soon.
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