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Meng T-90 w/TBS-86 Tank Dozer
ColinEdm
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Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 03:18 PM GMT+7
Thanks guys. Dave, no, not on the base except when I was flogging the car around the runways on track days. Do you come out to the IPMS meetings at McNally?
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Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 11:26 AM GMT+7
That came out good.
Nice work there.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 10:43 AM GMT+7
Hey,

Just noted your address and name. You on the base?
I'm with the flyboys on the garrison. Still following this with great interest. Can't wait to start it once I clear about 5 other models off the desk...

Keep up the excellent work.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 10:01 AM GMT+7
Thanks Jacques!
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Posted: Monday, February 12, 2018 - 10:02 AM GMT+7
Looking good!
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Posted: Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 09:31 AM GMT+7
Camo is done, detail painting, touch ups and decals to come.




Cheers
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Posted: Saturday, February 03, 2018 - 04:40 PM GMT+7
Thanks guys. Continuing with some more dirt on the dozer blade:


and got the running gear and tracks on:


side skirts are on now, so I can start camo!
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Posted: Monday, January 29, 2018 - 02:34 PM GMT+7
Yeah this is really looking good.







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Posted: Monday, January 29, 2018 - 02:52 AM GMT+7
Excellent work Colin!
Your model is rellay coming to life with all the mud.

cheers
Walter
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Posted: Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 04:16 PM GMT+7
Thanks Luis. With the dozer blade, I figured I would weather this one like it had been playing in the dirt for a while, started on the blade, the dirt doesn't show up too well, and I still want to add a bit of built up dirt accumulations:

the lower hull and running gear is getting dirtied up so I can add the skirts and continue with the camo scheme.


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Posted: Friday, January 26, 2018 - 03:46 AM GMT+7
Impressive AF so far!!
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Posted: Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 03:10 PM GMT+7
Thanks guys! Masked off the lights, vision blocks etc and on to the paint booth, started with Tamiya rattle can grey as the first primer coat to highlight surface defects and give the acrylic a good base then followed up with black for shadowing and then Russian Green base, I will be doing a three colour camo.


The kit supplied wheel mask worked a treat:

laid a slightly lighter grey-green coat on the dozer assembly after hair-spraying a base metal colour and then wet it and wore most of the green off the surface of the blade:


Time to start weathering the running gear and lower hull so I can get that all put together with skirts on before adding the other camo colours.
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Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 - 04:37 PM GMT+7
Awesome detailing..... Looking Great
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Posted: Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 04:29 AM GMT+7
Nicely done. Love those new lines.
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 05:08 PM GMT+7
Cheers Bob.

Final bits added - hydraulic line for dozer blade and fuel drums/fuel lines. I wasn't too keen on the kit supplied lines, the soft rubber line for the dozer blade hydraulic had seam lines that were very difficult to remove well, as well as the sprue attachment points.

so I made a new one out of solder with some retaining straps made from foil:

The fuel lines were molded out of regular styrene but I wasn't happy with the detail:

so again with solder and brass wire:

I will trim the straps to be more even when everything has set well.
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Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - 01:59 AM GMT+7
Thanks for photos of track links Colin I see the little pins now.
ColinEdm
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Posted: Sunday, January 07, 2018 - 04:10 PM GMT+7
Work on the dozer blade begins with the hydraulic cylinders for elevating the blade. Please excuse my brain fart on the mounting brackets for the two cylinders at the front, I reversed two of the parts and even though it is obvious in hindsight, I didn't figure it out until I had it all assembled and tried to attach to the hull...

Looking at it now it is pretty obvious...
The guard plates for the hydraulic cylinders are made of photoetch:



I found them to be quite fiddly and in my opinion could be better designed to make them work better. They are supposed to fit within one another and slide to allow the blade to elevate and depress (the inner pistons have ridges and the cylinders have detents to allow the cylinder extension to be adjusted and the blade to be positioned) but there are no proper bending lines scribed so it is hit and miss to make it fit properly.

the mounting points for the PE to the plastic are hard to line up and there is not much contact surface so it is easy to break the PE off when manipulating the various parts. once it is together it is quite a nice assembly though (and I fixed the brackets!).


A few final bits and bobs and it is on to the paint booth!
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Posted: Monday, January 01, 2018 - 08:08 AM GMT+7
Cheers guys. Happy New Year to all! Finished off the Commanders and gunners hatches. The Commanders hatch is a small kit in itself with 38 pieces including the DshK.




There is nice interior detail on the hatches as well.

It is rather fiddly getting everything to fit together. I would suggest leaving part D62 off until you mount the gun then it will be easier to line up part D44.

For the gunners hatch Meng has you install part of the hinge(D59) back in step 37, but I would suggest leaving it off until step 45 when the actual hatch is added to ensure good alignment.

The turret is now complete, on to the dozer blade!




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Posted: Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 10:57 AM GMT+7
Following with great interest, good luck mate
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Posted: Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 08:10 AM GMT+7
Excellent work! I've got this in the stash to build once I get 2 or 3 other models completed. Your detailed descriptions of issues and problems will definately help. Thanks for doing all e hard work first

Cheers, Dave
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Posted: Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 07:42 AM GMT+7
A little Christmas Eve update as the turkey smokes...work continues on the turret. Meng has numerous sub-assemblies that you assemble before attaching to the turret. The smoke grenade launchers are 13 pieces each, with the lid of each launcher molded separately which is nice for detail, but the huge sprue attachment point on the mating surface makes it hard to clean up.

Once assembled they do look good. I tried to put all of the sprue attachment points on the bottom where they can't be see so easily as I did have a hard time cleaning them up.

The "Shtora" IR jammers are next, first the mounting/elevation brackets which are 3 delicate pieces each:

and mounted on the front of the turret.


Then assembly of the IR emitters themselves. Meng provides red LED's for this, a quick test to make sure they work (battery not included!):

I also painted the clear plastic lenses with Tamiya clear red. The cooling fin detail on the emitter housings is great, but delicate and easily damaged. The battery/emitter assembly fits into the bottom of the turret:


and then you have the thread the wires through two notches in the turret top and slide the bottom on and glue

Make sure you don't glue the wires because you want them to be able to be adjusted to position the emitters correctly and not have a bunch of excess wire hanging out. A third hand would have come in handy for this part but it is doable. Looks a bit Star Wars / Battlestar Galactica-ish when done:

While the glue was setting on that,I assembled the various and sundry remaining ERA blocks, sensors and storage bins that litter
the turret. Once attached, it is very busy indeed!





Looking at it, this will be a bear to paint! Commanders and gunners hatches next! In the meantime Merry Christmas everyone!
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Posted: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 07:23 AM GMT+7
Spaseba Dmitry!
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Posted: Monday, December 18, 2017 - 08:45 PM GMT+7

Quoted Text

I also noticed on some on-line walkarounds that there are different styles



The photo is from T-90A walkaround, not T-90. T-90 has different engine, check this https://www.dishmodels.ru/wshow.htm?p=3469&lng=E walkaround for T-90 photos.
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Posted: Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 06:49 AM GMT+7
Cheers Bob, I'm glad you and others are finding it useful.
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Posted: Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 05:05 AM GMT+7
Thanks for continuing to detail all your steps, tips, and suggestions along this build.