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Old 11-26-2007, 12:51 AM
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Polish T-34/85



Hello Planet people.

Here is something I've been working on for a few nights, 4 to be exact.
This photo above is from the excellent book T-34 Mythical weapon, by R. Michulec, Zientarzewski/Airconnections.

I wanted to maybe finish something relatively quickly, and this seemed like the one.

I am building this as close to OOTB as possible, with the exception of fruils which I had already, and whatever scratch build I do. I willl end up scratching the fenders, as there are not much left on this one, as well as the engine louvres/screens. Other than that, I need only to buy one thing, the Maxim machine gun that is on the rear deck. Anyway, without further adieu....



The lower hull and suspension is finished, nothing fancy like working suspension.....roadwheels still need a final cleanup and some chunks taken out for wear as this tank is depicted at the end of the war. Btw, it is a tank manufactured by factory #183 "lateish" 1944.



I textured the hull with Tamiya grey putty, and some liquid testors, as well as the commanders turret and the armored guards over the fans.







The hull before surgery....



dryfit of the major parts....



and a standin for the Maxim gun....



and a few of the track links with evergreen pins with mushroomed ends...



thats all for now....hope you like.

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Old 11-26-2007, 12:56 AM
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Larry,thats real awesome!
Keep up the good work!
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Old 11-26-2007, 01:01 AM
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Yeah, 'bout time you got your bench warmed-up....I feel much better now. Was that 4 nights in a row?

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Old 11-26-2007, 01:10 AM
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Was that 4 nights in a row?
Jus' about Can't wait to do the fenders
Thanks Rick.

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Old 11-26-2007, 03:17 AM
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Excellent work so far Larry!

Beeing a newbie newfound armor fan, I have a couple of quesitons for you. How did you go about cutting off the fenders? What tools did you use and is there any particular tips you could offer up? I got a T34-85 that needs the fenders taken off for some PE replacements and really don't know how to go about cutting them off.

Also, regarding the Fruil tracks. You stated you used ever green rods instead of the metal pins. Is this an easier way to do it and how exactly is it done? What diameter should the rod be for best fit?

Sorry for these basic question, but Im curios!

Thanks and keep up the great work!
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Old 11-26-2007, 03:51 AM
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Hi Larry,

very impressive start! One thing: maybe I misrecognize it, but on the rear of the tank is really a Maxim (water cooled, light mg), but vhat you have been built is the heavy DshK MG, used mainly in AA role. Even though it had a similar wheeled base to travel as the Maxim had, it was seldom used from it simply because it was not stable enough for firing. "Hitchhiker" rifle units most likely used the Maxim, not the DshK.
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I can't wait to see our Polish Eagle painted on it! Keep going!
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Dear Larry.

My congratulations!...A good start...I enjoy a lot the work on tracks!

Thanks for sharing!

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Great start
I am also waiting for the Polish Eagle, the same as Sergiusz, painted on the tank and the soldiers hats
Anyway, I have never tried to make the texture with the putty and I have a question on it: do you dilute it with something ??? If so, with what?


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