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T-55 mod. 1963 test-build (MiniArt)
barrowb98
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Posted: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 11:42 PM UTC
Very nice! I love what Miniart's doing with the 54/55 series. I just cracked open my T-55 mod 63 last night, can't wait to get started. My only criticism so far is that they only give 8 standard wheels with 2 of the enlarged hub first station wheels, when this was an upgrade and wasn't on all T-55 from the start, like these from Prague 1968. I wish there were 10 + 2 with the option to use them.







I'd love to see a T-62 as well, but what I really want is a T-72, starting from the early Ural, since Trumpeter has shown no inclination to do anything older than a B.
marcb
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Posted: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 10:01 PM UTC
I'd welcome a T-62!
Trumpeter's kit has a lot of faults.
76grenze
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Posted: Thursday, November 02, 2017 - 07:57 PM UTC

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In the frontal sheet of the early T-55 there was a hole for the machine gun. I assembled a machine gun to show it on the assembly.
But on my prototype there was no machine gun, so I did not make a hole



I see. Model 1963 would be the last T-55 production before they switched to T-55A, so perhaps they already dispensed with the bow machine gun then.



The full instructions are included with the Kit info on MiniArt's web site. The Hull MG hole is to be drilled on the glacis plate.
JSSVIII
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Posted: Wednesday, November 01, 2017 - 03:47 AM UTC

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Just hope they continue with the interior T-series as I would love to have the T-64/72/80 variants with a complete interior.



With the direction their releases have taken, after they finish with the T-55 series, I would think a T-62 might happen first. I would welcome any of the aforementioned vehicles, Miniart seems to be the Tasca of modern Russian tanks!
ijozic
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Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 10:31 PM UTC

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In the frontal sheet of the early T-55 there was a hole for the machine gun. I assembled a machine gun to show it on the assembly.
But on my prototype there was no machine gun, so I did not make a hole



I see. Model 1963 would be the last T-55 production before they switched to T-55A, so perhaps they already dispensed with the bow machine gun then.
MagisterBibendi
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Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 03:36 PM UTC

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Awesome build and model. MiniArt is really taking things to a new level. Just hope they continue with the interior T-series as I would love to have the T-64/72/80 variants with a complete interior.

BTW, how did that machine gun shoot through the hull? I remember reading that the T-55 had a hull machine gun (removed on the T-55A), but I don't see any opening on the front hull of this variant.




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In the frontal sheet of the early T-55 there was a hole for the machine gun. I assembled a machine gun to show it on the assembly.
But on my prototype there was no machine gun, so I did not make a hole
ijozic
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Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 03:27 PM UTC
Awesome build and model. MiniArt is really taking things to a new level. Just hope they continue with the interior T-series as I would love to have the T-64/72/80 variants with a complete interior.

BTW, how did that machine gun shoot through the hull? I remember reading that the T-55 had a hull machine gun (removed on the T-55A), but I don't see any opening on the front hull of this variant.

MagisterBibendi
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Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 03:04 PM UTC
Final photos



















MagisterBibendi
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Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 11:32 AM UTC
further work on weathering, the model is almost ready












Blindato
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Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 10:53 PM UTC
Another amazing kit from Minimart! Hats off to a company that details the underside of the seats in the turret! I feel sympathetic to the loader, he seems to have precious little space to pop those 100 mm shells into the breech?

Andrew
JSSVIII
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Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017 - 03:42 PM UTC
Very nice, I love the camo! Reminds me of the French WWII schemes.
Ramanathan
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Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017 - 12:43 PM UTC
... instantly falling in love with this kit(where is the heart smiley??) and I know what my credit card will say to that...

Dmitry, very nice, professional build & paint, congratulations!
cheers,
Zsolt
MagisterBibendi
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Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017 - 12:31 PM UTC

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.....Looking forward to the painting process, what color scheme will you be using?


thank you, camouflage will be like on boxart
I started painting: base layers and decals











JSSVIII
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Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017 - 03:23 PM UTC
That looks like a fantastic kit Dmytro, even the headlight guards are done very delicately. I'll have to leave the comments about the accuracy of the kit to someone who has more knowledge about the details of the T-55, but I'll be getting a couple for sure! I hope Miniart has plans to do many of the variants based on the T-55, maybe even the Slovenian M-55

Looking forward to the painting process, what color scheme will you be using?
MagisterBibendi
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Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017 - 12:17 PM UTC
assembly is finished! further - painting





























JSSVIII
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Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 04:29 AM UTC
Looks really nice inside and out!
phantom8747
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Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 04:22 AM UTC
Looking forward to that kits arrival in USA.
marcb
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Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 12:45 AM UTC
Love it!!
Vodnik
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Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 11:54 PM UTC
Correctly shaped barrel! FINALLY!!!
Maki
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Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 01:49 PM UTC
Wow! Am I seeing fuel cell lines on the right fender?

Mario
MagisterBibendi
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Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 01:23 PM UTC
next steps of build up















MagisterBibendi
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Posted: Saturday, October 07, 2017 - 10:37 AM UTC
next progress







RobinNilsson
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Posted: Thursday, October 05, 2017 - 06:13 PM UTC
I would say that it is medium to hard but definitely not brittle.
Plastic hardness tested on sprues from Miniart 35225 (D7 dozer):
I could bend a short section of sprue frame in a 90 degree angle without breakage, after a few minutes it had flexed back to 45 degrees. Taking off the flash on the sprue with a needle file was easy and resulted in a smooth surface.
Cutting with a knife/scalpel could cut too deep.
/ Robin
sgtreef
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Posted: Thursday, October 05, 2017 - 05:30 PM UTC
Looking good.
How is the plastic, soft hard in between?

I have built a few MiniArt buildings but no kits as of yet.

Cheers

Jeff
MagisterBibendi
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Posted: Thursday, October 05, 2017 - 01:07 PM UTC
Thank you for attention,
next steps