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T-14 and K-17 Build

Now back to the lower hull. First issue on the lower hull was not in the construction but in the instructions. The first thing in step 1 is to attach Part C45, C46, C47, C48, and C49. The instruction does not call out to do the same to the other side.

The mix media tow cable is very nice, but there is no place to secure it behind the storage bin. So secure it to the sponson like the cable is on a reel. At the end of Step 1, you have to glue 8 Part PE1. The instructions do not call out to do the same to the other side.

The water propulsion system is very nice and has clean detail. The only change I did here is in Step 1, you have to glue Part B19 and B20. There is no pins to attach these parts so I glued the whole system first, and then attach B19 and B20.

The only issue I found with the front of the lower hull was the copper cable securing to the tow hook. In reference photo's, the real thing has a cable clamp securing the cable to the hook. I used a piece of Tamiya tape and wrapped it around the cable to simulate a metal clamp.

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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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