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T-14 and K-17 Build

The issues keep piling up! The photo etch coverings on the Afghanit Active Protective System seem to be to big. Looking at the picture of the real thing, the covers are squared and not curved like on my kit.

Part E9 and photo etch part PE-10 proved to be difficult. Again, it seemed that the photo etch was a tad to big or not shaped properly. The parts glued just fine during step 9, but when it came to step 11 and attaching the top turret, part B6, there was an issue with fit. I had to remove part E9 and cut off the locating pins and "forced" the part back on to shape the photo etch properly.

In step 9, it is labeled next to part A33 "optional." It was unclear to what that meant, leave off or another part to replace it with. Well after fighting with attaching B6 to E1, it came to me that "option" meant "leave off." Part A33 along with part D50, D43, D44, and D51 are not seen, so there fore not needed.

In step 10, E5 is marked wrong and should be E3. In step 11, part E10 should be part C24. Photo etch part PE-2 and PE-9 don't square off real good, so soldering will be needed to get a good shape.

In step 11, when gluing Part C24 to D34, there is no key to align parts. Glue part D34 down first to upper turret, then after putting together the rest of the 7.62 machine gun, you can glue C24 to align the gun in any direction you want.

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About the Author

About Pete Becerra (Epi)
FROM: TEXAS, UNITED STATES

I am 45 years of age. I have been modeling since I was around 8 years old. As you can see from my signature, I am retired from the US Army and Texas Army National Guard. I served 6 years in active duty from 1989 to 1995 and in 1998 I joined the Texas Army National Guard and been serving up unt...


Comments

Two very nice builds. Well done. I pretty much agree with your overall opinions about these two kits. The T14 is something of a curators egg, good in some parts, bad in others. Fit is generally very good along with some fine and accurate surface detail. The biggest error appears to be that the hull is about 5mm too long, It also lacks a number of upper hull details which do detract from the overall accuracy. Instructions are also frustrating and vague at times. Oddly enough, the Boomerang is a rather good kit, great fit, fine detail and seemingly pretty accurate. It does not even feel like a regular Panda kit, but something from the leading opposition. One I would recommend to anyone interested in the subject.
JUN 28, 2017 - 09:26 AM
Nice work Pete, thanks for documenting and sharing your builds, you can never have too many reviews!
JUN 28, 2017 - 12:04 PM
Nicely done and a wake-up call to the West's military, I'm sure! The Armata looks pretty fierce & effective and I'd hate to go up against it in anything that's becoming long-of-tooth...cool model too!
JUN 28, 2017 - 12:06 PM
Brilliant work Epi! Now I'm not too afraid to try one of them!
JUL 01, 2017 - 12:06 PM
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