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Old 04-02-2009, 10:03 AM
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Got to agree with you Pawel. If I knew then what I know now I would go for the Model Victoria L6. I got this one because I love the tank and Italeri made a few good kits recently (namely the Staghoud that I built).

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I can see that Glenn Bartolotti is also struggling with some serious fit problems. I tried to avoid putty (and couldn't do it completely, but he is using putty on almost every seam between parts.
The turret also needs attention. A lot of rivets missing
compare this turret (Model Victoria)

with this (Italeri)

Not only there are multiple rivets missing, bot the ones that are there are really undersized. When compared with the rivet detail on the hull, one wonders if it's the same kit


But as you said the kit can be built to look very good. Just don't expect to do it in a couple of days. This one takes some work.
Or you can do a "Frankenstein" job and buy the Model Victoria parts for it. It'll end up at the price of their complete kit, but if you already got the Italeri kit, then it salvageable.
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Old 04-02-2009, 01:08 PM
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Hi


I have to agree when you put it into context that to sort the tracks out you'd buy the Fruils, those combined with the kit itself comes up to near the Model Victoria kit which looks much better detailed. Although it will have resin tracks to work with not metal ones.

I think Rick got it really cheap in a Luckymodel special and agrees that at full price it simply isn't worth the money. Sadly I have to agree, not one of Italeri's better offerings.

I can see that with the work you are doing it will eventually come up to the same level as the MV but not without you doing that work.

Good luck. Look forward to the updates.

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Old 04-02-2009, 01:53 PM
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Hi Antonio
I feel so sorry in reading your trouble with the Italeri Kit, as I have the Model Victoria in build I can say it is very easy to assemble, and it has internal detail too...
Considering the price, it is more expensive the italeri kit with all the aftermarket it needs rather than the Model Victoria, just take a look at
my attempt

http://www.planetarmor.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5434

good work!
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Old 04-02-2009, 02:59 PM
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Ciao Alessandro

Your blog was one of the reasons why I decided to start my build. I love the look of your model and especially that amazing camouflage. It's really top notch.

In the meantime I managed to correct a few things and make it look more "Model Victoria like"

(Model Victoria)

(Italeri after a rivetting session )

and the other side


a few touches, a lick of paint and it's gonna look good in the end
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Old 04-02-2009, 04:36 PM
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Great additions/detail

I knew you'd turn this one into something.

I've just got the little Stuart tank from AFV Club and managed to find your build details on it again. I remember reading it and it was the results that you and Martin showed that got me thinking "I'd like to get that one day"

Looking forward to how this one turns out.

All the best.

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Old 04-02-2009, 06:14 PM
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Thanks guys

I almost forgot... I wasn't too fond of the original barrel (it "seemed" thinner than it should) so I grabbed a piece of plastic sprue, and on the Dremel I created a new plastic barrel with sanding sticks. The diameter is just a little bigger than the original but it looks much more to scale.
I like it more than the original and I got rid of the conical end that I could not find in any period photos.
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Well done, Antonio.

You're making it look very easy!

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Great work on the turret, Antonio!
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I have waited so long for this kit to come out in plastic but knew if it was Italeri (I was hoping for Bronco) it was going to have issues and a mighty hefty price tag to boot. I like the book that comes with it and the box art print is way nice. I think for the price you should have got a metal barrel and less mold release pin marks in places you don't want them. Your doing a very good job on this build and I will be watching as I will be building the kit here real soon.

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