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T-14 and K-17 Build

Back to the T-14............
I went ahead a glued the upper hull to the lower hull to make handling easier. But first, the periscopes had to be installed. In the instructions, in step 6, the periscopes on the right are numbered backwards.

The rear of the hull posed a little problem. First, the part number for the guide horns for the spare tracks is wrong. There is no T1, so I used two T3 guide horns. Next, there was no length given for the tow ropes. I cut the ropes about 80 mm to 90 mm.

The catch where the towing shackle are secured to was a bit tight. Care needs to be taken when trying to slide the shackle into the latch.

There was no issue with the front lower hull armor plate. Care is just needed when removing parts A2 from the sprue.

The suspension went on with out a hitch. Part A28 in step 1 should be A30. I left the road wheels, idler wheel and sprocket off to ease in painting the under side and road arms. I left glued the road wheels to the arms and left the idler wheel and sprocket off to that I can work on the tracks and put them on easier.

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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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