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Binge Build: Takom T-55s
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Posted: Monday, December 10, 2018 - 05:44 AM UTC
Miniart Madness!
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Posted: Monday, December 10, 2018 - 05:21 AM UTC
Hello everyone,

I was not able to take pictures but I have made some progress on my T-55 AM. All the other details such as tow cables, un-ditching log, spare tracks have been painted. Only thing left to paint are the tracks. Hopefully, sometime this week.

Brace yourselves, T-55 Winter is coming! I do have additional projects that will be included in this Binge Build. These thread will no longer be exclusively Takom since I now have Miniart kits (can an Admin help change my thread title to just Binge Build T-55 Family?). Anyway, here are my future projects:
1) Takom kit 2051 Tiran 4

2) Miniart kit 37020 T-55A Mod 1981

3) Miniart kit 37019 T-54B Early

4) Miniart kit 37007 T-54-3 Mon 1951

5) Miniart kit 37021 Tiran 4Sh Early Type


-Joseph
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Posted: Friday, November 16, 2018 - 07:36 AM UTC

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Well that's a very nice camo job indeed




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Wow, Joseph, thats very impressive paint work - excellent!

Jerry



Kharkov and Jerry, thank you very much for your comments. I really appreciate it.

-Joseph
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Posted: Friday, November 09, 2018 - 09:56 PM UTC
Wow, Joseph, thats very impressive paint work - excellent!

Jerry
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Posted: Friday, November 09, 2018 - 10:45 AM UTC

Well that's a very nice camo job indeed
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Posted: Thursday, November 08, 2018 - 10:23 AM UTC

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looks good Joseph
Dan



Thanks Dan!


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Joseph, your hard-edged camo turned out fantastic. Using the putty works wonders for when you're doing this over such a complicated surface. If you ever need to replace your putty, there is a much more reasonable alternative. It is called Theraputty and is available from Amazon.

Regards,

Eric



Thanks Eric. Yes, I am really sold on the Masking Putty. Especially for use with the hard edge camo. I don't know if this will be effective for the soft edge patterns though. It'll probably be done free hand. Thanks for the heads up on that product. I'll keep it in mind.

Update on the turret. I went ahead and applied the putty again and sprayed the darkest pattern.





Here's how it looks after being unmasked.




Plus some detail shots on the turret.







-Joseph
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Posted: Tuesday, November 06, 2018 - 11:34 PM UTC
Joseph, your hard-earned camo turned out fantastic. Using the putty works wonders for when you're doing this over such a complicated surface. If you ever need to replace your putty, there is a much more reasonable alternative. It is called Theraputty and is available from Amazon.

Regards,

Eric
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Posted: Tuesday, November 06, 2018 - 04:10 PM UTC
looks good Joseph
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Posted: Tuesday, November 06, 2018 - 12:15 PM UTC
Here are the results of the camo on the chassis (the turret still needs to be painted with the darkest pattern). The masking putty worked well, showing the hard edge camo on all three colors. I like the result on the engine deck screen. Have a look.



And some detail shots.











-Joseph
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Posted: Thursday, November 01, 2018 - 04:39 AM UTC

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Gosh Joseph, nice work but a labor of love isn't work is it.
Looking at your African T55 some of those detail pictures look like they could of been taken in a "walk around" of the real thing !
Thanks for sharing !



Thanks for chiming, ivanhoe6. The African T-55 is my favorite so far. You're right, this isn't work because I am having fun at all these builds.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 07:53 AM UTC
Gosh Joseph, nice work but a labor of love isn't work is it.
Looking at your African T55 some of those detail pictures look like they could of been taken in a "walk around" of the real thing !
Thanks for sharing !
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Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 04:54 AM UTC
Camouflage painting has begun. After applying the A.MIG-051 Light Green as base, I then used the Mig Masking Putty.


Then, I applied A.MIG-083 Zashchitnly Zeleno as the first camo pattern.


Finally, I used the masking putty again in preparation for the darkest pattern.



According to the paint reference, I should use the A.MIG-033 Rubber & Tires for this.



It was late and I didn't get to take pictures after the masking was removed. I'll try to post the resulting pictures soon.
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Posted: Monday, October 22, 2018 - 06:13 AM UTC
Had some time to work on the T-55 AM. I used the Light Green paint from Ammo of Mig Modern Russian Camouflage colors Vol. 2 set. Here's how it looks.



Then, I'll use the Mig Masking Putty for the camouflage patterns. I'll post pictures of the process.

Thanks,

Joseph
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Posted: Friday, October 05, 2018 - 07:32 AM UTC

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Joseph,
Im not sure if you covered it before, but how did you find the roadwheels and their separate tires?
Dan



Hey there Dan,

Nope, nobody has asked that yet. I can only comment on the build side and not the accuracy. The road wheels look fine to me. I don't have to go for aftermarket replacements. The separate tires are hard to clean. They have ribbing details on them and the sprue attachment points are located in between these details. Because of this, it is a pain to clean up the remainder of the sprue attachments. On the plus side, the separate road tires are easy to paint though.

-Joseph
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Posted: Friday, October 05, 2018 - 06:43 AM UTC
Joseph,
Im not sure if you covered it before, but how did you find the roadwheels and their separate tires?
Dan
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Posted: Friday, October 05, 2018 - 06:23 AM UTC

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Hi Joseph,

Those are all superb builds - looking forward to seeing paint and weathering on the 54B and 55AM.

Cool little portable setup for modelling on the road, too.

Jerry



Thanks very much, Jerry. I am looking forward to painting these up as well. The portable setup really worked. It allowed me to be quite prolific. I have multiple builds taking place right now.

Here are the pictures of the primed T-54B.













Thanks!

-Joseph
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Posted: Thursday, October 04, 2018 - 03:37 AM UTC
Hi Joseph,

Those are all superb builds - looking forward to seeing paint and weathering on the 54B and 55AM.

Cool little portable setup for modelling on the road, too.

Jerry
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Posted: Thursday, October 04, 2018 - 02:39 AM UTC
Finally got around to applying primers on the both the T-55AM and the T-54B. I used the black Stynylrez and it was a breeze. Highly recommended. I used a .5mm AB and sprayed all the parts for both tanks without experiencing any clogging nor messing around primer/thinner ratios. It was about 2 hours of AB session! No problems encountered. Just add primer on the cup, spray and repeat. Cleaning the AB was also very easy.

Here are the pictures of the T-55AM.









I'll also post pictures of the T-54B.

Thanks.

-Joseph
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Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 05:47 AM UTC
The T-55 AM build phase is also complete. Not bad, I started working on this August 10th, so it took me a little over a month. This will be primed along with the T-54B









This was mostly an out of the box build with the exception of the U-bars in the rear of the turret. From my previous experience with the T-55A (which also had these), the kit parts lack sufficient support. One slight brush against it and off it goes. I bent a couple of brass wires to shape, drilled holes in the turret and affixed them with CA.


Here are some more detail shots.



A little note on the photo etched frame that goes around the engine exhausts, on my other builds, I took these off the frets and glued them in place. It was frustrating because they have the tendency to become unglued and spring off on to a curved shape. To remedy this, I anealed the parts first before I glued them. These parts now stay put!




Thanks,

-Joseph
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Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 04:41 AM UTC
I started working on this, May 14th of this year. Now, I can declare that build phase is done. It seems like it took 4 months but I didn't really work on this all that time. At most, it probably is around 1 month's work. Next is the application of the primer.







This was an out of the box build. No modifications at all.



The T-55AM is also done. I will post pictures as soon as they have been uploaded.

Thanks,

Joseph
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Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 06:08 AM UTC

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I was wondering where you went Joseph!
Dan



Thanks, Dan. I was planning to attend a local model competition next month with my T-55s but then I found out that the vacation my wife and I scheduled conflicts with it. Since I won't be able to attend, I lost the urgency to complete the T-55s by October. But, I have not given up on it. I still want to complete these eventually.

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Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 05:55 AM UTC
I was wondering where you went Joseph!
Dan
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Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 04:10 AM UTC
Don't count me out yet. I have not posted pictures since I have been busy with multiple builds. Happy to report that both T-54B and T-55AM are almost done with the build phase. Individual track links are great but very labor intensive. I've saved it for last. I am hoping to apply primers next week.


Thanks!

-Joseph
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Posted: Friday, August 10, 2018 - 01:41 PM UTC
This looks like a win-win situation!
Dan
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Posted: Friday, August 10, 2018 - 06:28 AM UTC
My wife enrolled for a course to add to her credentials. However, there are no online options, she has to drive 70 miles (an average of 1.5 hours) one way to attend a class held on Sundays. She will be on campus from 8AM through 4PM. Rather than have her drive alone, I volunteered to accompany her. That way she'll have a driving buddy. I can wait for her 8 hours in the lunchroom. What to do in 8 hours? Build a model!

Here is my mobile kit building gear!


Most of my tools are in this rolling case.


I am going to start working on Takom's Kit 2041, T-55AM.


I do have backup entertainment (the portable hard disk contains lots of documentaries). Background noise or just in case I get bored building.


Here's my setup for the next 8 hours.


Watching/listening to Calvin Tan's Painting Figures DVD while building the T-55.


AC was running at a minimum. Good thing I brought a fan along.


Taking only about 30 minutes break for lunch, this is how far I got working from 8AM-4PM. Didn't find the need to read my scale modelling books.


I had 8 hours of scale model building and my wife is happy with company for the long drive. I'd say it is a win/win situation. I have 4 more Sundays like these to go. I might start working on some other kits too!

-Joseph