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Huibs T34 tank project

Posted by Bluefalchion on 01 Dec 2021, 00:51

Peter wrote:I'm always impressed when I see your weathering! :thumbup:


I am too, because it is not too much, but also not too little.
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Posted by MABO on 02 Dec 2021, 22:54

Cool job again up to this step. I am also looking forward to this last T34. And I am also curious what you plan to do next year?!
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Posted by huib on 04 Dec 2021, 23:09

Thank you very much guys!

Wheels and tracks
Now I'm encountering a serious problem.

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I started cleaning up the wheels and building them together.

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Painted and weathered.

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Wheels glued in place..

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On its wheels.

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Tracks painted and weathered.

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The closure had to be melted together. As I didn't trust the strength of the connection I added some sewing thread.

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:drool: :(
The tracks are too short! At least 0,5 cm. There is no possibility to get them around the wheels without breaking them off. Maybe they were elastic once, but not anymore.

What to do now?
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Posted by Peter on 04 Dec 2021, 23:23

What to do now? Have a look in your sparebox? ;-)

I think you have already a solution but you wanted to be polite and ask us for it. You're smart, you will fix it! :-D
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Posted by MABO on 05 Dec 2021, 00:17

Peter wrote:What to do now? Have a look in your sparebox? ;-)

I think you have already a solution but you wanted to be polite and ask us for it. You're smart, you will fix it! :-D


;-)
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 05 Dec 2021, 13:42

No, I do not know the answer to this question.

But it is causing me genuine distress. Those beautiful, perfectly weathered tracks, currently useless! Ah, me.
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Posted by huib on 06 Dec 2021, 16:04

Peter wrote:What to do now? Have a look in your sparebox? ;-)

I think you have already a solution but you wanted to be polite and ask us for it. You're smart, you will fix it! :-D

Hmm, Peter is looking right through me, as if I was made of glass. :-D
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Posted by huib on 06 Dec 2021, 16:14

Tracks (part 2)

After a sleepless night ;-) I remembered I still had a set of tracks from the Airfix T34, of which I earlier nicked the wheels for another T34. Maybe they will fit?


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Here they are between the Fujimi tracks.

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Painted and weathered. (Excuse me for the blurred photo)

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In any case, the Airfix tracks are bit longer. You can see the Fujimi track fits into the Airfix track, which is also a bit more elastic. So this is promising.

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There we are, problem solved. The only thing is the Airfix tracks are a bit thick and are lacking any side detail (Like most rubber band tracks). For strength I hammered through a big staple. (How to camouflage that later?)

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Looking acceptable. Now only some gravity on the tracks is needed.

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Two lengths of iron wire to be drilled through the hull.

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Almost there. Only a few details to add to the tank.
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Posted by Peter on 06 Dec 2021, 17:53

You see! You're smart! :-D

Great solution for the tracks! :thumbup:

Now you have to find another tank that fits those leftover tracks. :mrgreen:
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Posted by Wiking on 06 Dec 2021, 19:19

Nice idea to use the Airfix one. Look good, for rubber track.

We are not frighten with your patch work T34 thing !
The Luchs, Panther armada are in position.
:cowboy:

But we need urgent fuel !
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Posted by huib on 09 Dec 2021, 11:20

Thank you Peter and Erik

Wiking wrote:We are not frighten with your patch work T34 thing !
The Luchs, Panther armada are in position.


I'm sorry Erik, but I 'm arriving in the suburbs of Berlin already, but unitil now I missed your armada. Where are you? Bavaria?
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Posted by huib on 09 Dec 2021, 11:30

The last additions
Only a few small parts are left to finish the tank

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Two towing cables made of copper fuse wire, with towing eyes from the Esci T34 kit.

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After paint and weathering.

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I visited my garden with the pruning shear for some twigs.

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Towing cables in place, together with the twigs, to provide extra protection to the hull sides against Panzerfaust and other hollow charges. Antenna onthe turret roof. And black soot around the exhausts.


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Finished. Now for a base of some sort.
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Posted by Peter on 09 Dec 2021, 17:37

Mrs Huib is asking who ruined her garden, Anyone? :mrgreen:

Nice final result on that tank Huib! :thumbup:
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Posted by huib on 11 Dec 2021, 23:37

Thanks Peter!

Building a base (1)
A well known start after four earlier bases in this style:

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The rim of a yoghurt container and a piece of plywood, on which the intended position of the tank is drawn.

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As this T34 is in typical Berlin livery from the last weeks of the war, this vignet is intended to create an urban environment. I cut a template from a piece of paper.....

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.....and copied it on plywood.

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Windowframes from cardboard, and windowsills from matches.

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Glued to a piece of plywood representing a sidewalk. Some more frames on the walls and a doorstep.

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The ruin is glued on the base. The walls were 'painted' using thinned filler, to create the effect of plaster.

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The sidewalk is paved, using clay. On the edge the tiles are forced up by the weight of the tank.

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The street is paved too, including two sinks and primed black.
Now on with painting, weathering and detailing.
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Posted by MABO on 12 Dec 2021, 16:13

Looks again very promissing! I like the way you created the houseruine
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Posted by Peter on 12 Dec 2021, 23:32

MABO wrote:Looks again very promissing! I like the way you created the houseruine

I agree. Something to keep in mind! ;-) :thumbup:
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Posted by huib on 15 Dec 2021, 17:22

Thanks, Mabo and Peter!

Figures
While working on the base I selected a few figures to go along with the tank.

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On the left three standing figures from Esci, on the right two sitting figures from Hät. One was painted already for an earlier T34, but didn't fit.

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After painting.
The base is almost finished too!
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Posted by Wiking on 15 Dec 2021, 17:43

No French defenders ? In the battle of Berlin.
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Posted by Peter on 15 Dec 2021, 21:53

Wiking wrote:No French defenders ? In the battle of Berlin.

Why? Huib took care of the Russians. He pinned them! We have another "impaler" among us! :mrgreen:
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Posted by huib on 16 Dec 2021, 20:51

Wiking wrote:No French defenders ? In the battle of Berlin.

Now, I'm lost, Erik!

Peter wrote:Why? Huib took care of the Russians. He pinned them! We have another "impaler" among us!

Right, you are. It's an ancient tradition in my workshop.
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