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T-14 and K-17 Build

In Step 5 of the upper hull construction, the instructions call out for one C75, but the picture shows two and there are two on the sprues. One other issue was on the right side of the hull where Parts B55 and B56 needed to be attached, there were no locating holes. So I had to drill locating holes. Part C74 also did not have a locating hole, so one was drilled out.

The top rear hatches where tight on the hinges and made the bar between the hinges bend and curve. There are two solutions to fix this, replace the bar with plastic rod or cut the original bar and trim to fit. I did the trimming and used liquid cement to soften to get a better fit.

Final issue was the side rails. They where fragile coming off the sprue and bent and warped really bad. So I chose to replace them with copper wire. The rest of the upper hull went together without any hitches.

Next for the Bumarang will be paint of course. As for the T-14, just like the turret, the hull is proving to have a few short comings.

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About the Author

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

I am 46 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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