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MiniArt T55 Model 1963 w/interior
HeavyArty
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Posted: Thursday, February 07, 2019 - 05:08 AM UTC
Thanks guys. It was a fun build and I am satisfied w/the finished product.
flugwuzzi
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Posted: Thursday, February 07, 2019 - 05:01 AM UTC
bummer ... how could I miss this great build blog??

Phantastic work Gino!
Clean build, great weathering and a really nice presentation of the finished model.
Well done!

Cheers
Walter
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Posted: Monday, February 04, 2019 - 01:09 AM UTC
Just caught up with this, really great work Gino.
scubatwo
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Posted: Monday, January 21, 2019 - 01:34 AM UTC
Thank you.
HeavyArty
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Posted: Monday, January 21, 2019 - 12:55 AM UTC
Thanks, glad you like it. For the marking options, look on page 1 of this BLOG to see them all.
scubatwo
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Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 02:01 PM UTC
Great looking build! Outstanding job on the kit.

You said it came in 12 possible versions? What were some of your other options?
HeavyArty
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Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2018 - 07:57 AM UTC
Thanks KoSprueOne. I am glad it could be inspirational. Good luck on your build.
KoSprueOne
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Posted: Wednesday, December 05, 2018 - 01:38 PM UTC
Very cool finished display. This makes me want to try and build one like this.




HeavyArty
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Posted: Tuesday, December 04, 2018 - 12:50 AM UTC
Thanks Jeff. I actually need to finish up repairs to the collection from my move over a year ago. I still haven't finished them and setting up the model room fully. After that, who knows. Maybe the M60 AVLB.
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Posted: Monday, December 03, 2018 - 02:44 PM UTC
Fantastic finish to it Gino.
I bet that will stay in memory for awhile.
So what is next on the list?
HeavyArty
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Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 07:30 AM UTC
Thanks Dan.
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Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 03:11 AM UTC
I like it.
A interesting way to display the interior.
Dan
HeavyArty
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Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 02:26 AM UTC
Thanks guys. I'm glad you like it and it was an inspiration. Good luck on all of yours.
canismalus
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Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 02:25 AM UTC
Hi Gino,

That looks very impressive (not to mention your perseverance....) - Good job!

Jerry
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Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 02:07 AM UTC
A spectacular finish to a wonderful build. As a matter of fact, your posts convinced me to order the T-54-1 w/interior. Man! Talk about a lot of parts!
Epi
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Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 01:15 AM UTC
I just got the Tiran 4 Late as an early Christmas present for myself. Did any one come up with pictures or what to do with the empty space to the left of the drivers seat?

HeavyArty
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Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 01:05 AM UTC
Thanks Ken. Take it slow and I'm sure yours will come out looking great as well. Good luck.
BunkerBuster
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Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 07:38 AM UTC
Nice work!

I just started the T-54-2 w/interior for the MBT campaign. Scary amount of plastic in the Miniart kits. This should be a fun build.
HeavyArty
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Posted: Monday, November 19, 2018 - 02:40 PM UTC
Finito! Stick a fork in it! It is finished!! Finally.

I painted it with Krylon Camo Colors Khaki from a spray can. I think it replicates the non-standard Iraqi sand-ish color well. Next I did some chipping with a dark green color. Then some drybrushing with Model Master Armor Sand. Next, I weathered it with a few different shades of acrylic sand. I finished it with some bare metal using a #2 pencil to highlight the heaviest worn areas. I think it replicates a well worn Iraqi vehicle well.

I accomplished the exploded view to show off the interior with a couple different sizes of styrene rod to lift the top hull and turret roof panels. I like it. Let me know what you think.














It has been a long build, but it was fun. There were a few snags along the way, but not too bad. This is a very good kit. If you want an extremely detailed model of a T-55, this is the one for you. I highly recommend it.
HeavyArty
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Posted: Friday, November 09, 2018 - 02:34 AM UTC
I haven't really kept track. A lot is all I can come up with. I have been working on it on and off since February.
BunkerBuster
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Posted: Friday, November 09, 2018 - 01:11 AM UTC
Gino, how many hours would you guess you have into this build thus far?
HeavyArty
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Posted: Friday, November 09, 2018 - 12:07 AM UTC
No, there was no one point that was too high. The whole turret shell was high compared to the base. It has to be something on the inside though. The two halves fit fine before I added the interior parts.
KoSprueOne
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Posted: Thursday, November 08, 2018 - 02:10 PM UTC
Interesting build discovery. Did it sort of wobble when mated? Like a piece or part was conflicting with the mating parts? Could just be the design.




HeavyArty
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Posted: Thursday, November 08, 2018 - 11:24 AM UTC
Here is a pic of the turret where I had to use some putty. You will see about 1mm of putty at the base, pretty much all the way around. I am not sure why, but the two halves of the turret would not come completely together as they were supposed to. It may have been that I placed a few interior items incorrectly or too high up, I don't know, but they all seemed to fit properly.



I hope to finish it up over the long Veterans' Day weekend.

I hope all enjoy and remember to thank a Veteran this weekend.
HeavyArty
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Posted: Monday, November 05, 2018 - 12:41 AM UTC
Thanks John. I will see about some pics tonight. I already primed the area to make sure it blended together well. You should still be able to see it though.