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T-14 and K-17 Build

The rest of the upper hull parts went on with out a problem except for part D8. It is very fragile coming of the sprue and I almost broke it in several locations. Also, very much care needs to be taken when cleaning it up. Also D1 and D6 are very fragile coming off the sprue. On the engine deck, the instructions call out for two D4's and two D5's. There is only one of each. I placed them on the outside of the engine grills. The photo etch grills are very nice, easy to work with, and fit properly.

I left off part E8 and PE6, the flag staff in preparation for the flags and streamers. I placed the decals on typing paper and will use white glue to fold and secure them to the staff.

Lastly I started on the slat armor on one side of the hull. The slat is a bit to thick and doesn't look to scale. The mounting bars a bit fragile when cutting them away from the sprue and ease is need when cleaning them up.

In step 5 where you assemble the tracks, the instructions call out to use a jig, part T4. Well, there is no part T4 in the kit and if you look at the parts break out on the last sheet of the instructions, there is no part T4 shown. So needless to say, building the tracks was a bit tedious. I first placed/snapped each guide horn on to each individual track. then I took about 6 tracks and put those together. After that I then connected the 6 piece track to each other to form the whole track. Once the track was together, I then glued on each individual track pad. The tracks came out nice, but since the road wheels/arms are not workable, I don't think it was necessary to have workable tracks.

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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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