Go Back   planetArmor > planetArmor Features > Photos: In-progress Blogs

Photos: In-progress Blogs Post your in-progress photos in a blog-style topic!
Request vBench Photo Upload Access

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09-02-2013, 09:43 PM
David Diaz's Avatar
David Diaz David Diaz is offline
vBench
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 1,534
Send a message via Yahoo to David Diaz
Soviet T-80 (1/72)

Hello again fellow modeler and dear friends.

Itís time to start on a new project. After my previous project I need something a little easier and that wonít take me too much time to finish. So I picked a 1/72 scale Soviet T-80 by Revell. This will be an out of the box build.

So, lets get on with the build.





Started getting the hull together and noticed there is a huge gap between the lower hull and the top hull. Once the tracks and the side skirts are in place you probably wont notice the gap, but I didn't like it. After all "out of the box" does not mean don't fix the obvious mistakes right?...So, I decided to cover it. A couple of styrene strips did the trick.



I spent the rest of the time this weekend sanding road wheels and tracks and since that is pretty boring, I will post more pictures once I assemble them.

Until next time.

dave
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Box Art.jpg
Views:	908
Size:	141.3 KB
ID:	8052  
__________________

SCOUTS OUT!

"To know, that is Wisdom.
To use it, is the Art."

- Clive Barker

http://www.planetarmor.com/forums/fo...play.php?f=173
(Click to visit my v-Bench)

Last edited by David Diaz; 09-02-2013 at 10:01 PM.
Reply With Quote top
  #2  
Old 09-03-2013, 01:48 AM
MZsolt's Avatar
MZsolt MZsolt is offline
vBench
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Budapest
Posts: 189
Hahaha, I suggest a new category instead of "OOB", as it seems to be an almost oob --> "AOOB" By the way I look forward to your progress. I've never brave enough to start a 1/72 kit.
cheers,
Zsolt
__________________


Visit my blog:
http://muanyagforgacs.blogspot.com/
Reply With Quote top
  #3  
Old 09-03-2013, 10:05 PM
David Diaz's Avatar
David Diaz David Diaz is offline
vBench
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 1,534
Send a message via Yahoo to David Diaz
Quote:
Originally Posted by MZsolt View Post
Hahaha, I suggest a new category instead of "OOB", as it seems to be an almost oob --> "AOOB" By the way I look forward to your progress. I've never brave enough to start a 1/72 kit.
cheers,
Zsolt
Thanks MZ...

AOOB sounds good hahaha, so I guess this will be an AOOB build.

I'd say go for it and try building a 1/72 model. You would be surprised on how much faster the build will go compared to a 1/35th scale. And besides sometimes we need an easy mental health build.

dave
__________________

SCOUTS OUT!

"To know, that is Wisdom.
To use it, is the Art."

- Clive Barker

http://www.planetarmor.com/forums/fo...play.php?f=173
(Click to visit my v-Bench)
Reply With Quote top
  #4  
Old 09-04-2013, 09:55 AM
schlichtr schlichtr is offline
vBench
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Washington State
Posts: 1,252
OOB, riiiight. It's off to the races Dave. I expect to see this one finished by the end of this next weekend.

Zsolt, try one of the newer Dragon 1/72nd scale kits. They are fantastic. They fit well and have very good detail for their scale. I personally like their Japanese tanks.

Roy
__________________
To become old and wise, one must survive being young and stupid.
Reply With Quote top
  #5  
Old 09-04-2013, 10:04 PM
David Diaz's Avatar
David Diaz David Diaz is offline
vBench
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 1,534
Send a message via Yahoo to David Diaz
Quote:
Originally Posted by schlichtr View Post
It's off to the races Dave. I expect to see this one finished by the end of this next weekend.
Roy
Yeah right, do you think that's all I do? There are not enough hours in the day my friend...

Small update. There are some ejection pin marks on the inside of the track section.



I used a punch and die to cut some styrene discs and plug the ejection pin marks. Now a little sanding and they will be ready.



Until next update.

dave
__________________

SCOUTS OUT!

"To know, that is Wisdom.
To use it, is the Art."

- Clive Barker

http://www.planetarmor.com/forums/fo...play.php?f=173
(Click to visit my v-Bench)
Reply With Quote top
  #6  
Old 09-10-2013, 10:18 AM
schlichtr schlichtr is offline
vBench
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Washington State
Posts: 1,252
Quote:
Originally Posted by David Diaz View Post
Yeah right, do you think that's all I do? There are not enough hours in the day my friend...
dave
Well isn't it? I hate ejector pin marks on tracks. I hope they clean up good. I don't know how many times I tried to clean them up on my Tamiya JS-2 tracks before giving up and going with friuls. Nothing that some mud wouldn't fix though.

Roy
__________________
To become old and wise, one must survive being young and stupid.
Reply With Quote top
  #7  
Old 09-18-2013, 02:00 PM
David Diaz's Avatar
David Diaz David Diaz is offline
vBench
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 1,534
Send a message via Yahoo to David Diaz
Quote:
Originally Posted by schlichtr View Post
Nothing that some mud wouldn't fix though.

Roy
Ahhhh... the envy of every aircraft modeler

Well, after a couple of weeks of non-stop long work days, kids birthday parties, and other conspiracies of the universe that constantly keep me away from my bench I finally got time for some modeling. I had managed to sand the tracks and the road wheels a little at a time and now I went ahead and assembled the running gear.



Since the spacing between the road wheels was exactly 1mm (.01 in) I used a piece of plastic and wedged it in between to make sure the wheels were aligned.



I used the same trick to align the idler wheels.



Next were the sprockets. These needed quite a lot of work. The first thing was they had very thick flash that had to be removed.






The next thing was they were had absolutely no details. Now, Iíve never been a rivet counter and usually manage to keep my AMS under control, but this time I could let this one goÖ It was haunting my dreams at night!
So I added some bolts using hexagonal rod and details in the center. I guess and Out of the Box build isÖ out of the question. Oh well no plan ever survives first contact, besides Iím sure Roy jinxed me.



The next thing was the fact that the sprockets were made out of 3 parts, but the mounting pin only went thru two of them (the inner sprocket and center guide), the outer sprocket didnít have a hole for a mounting pin. This just makes it very easy to assemble these crooked. So I removed the mounting pins and drilled thru. A plastic rod was installed and all parts of the sprockets were drilled. This will give me a better mounting axis to ensure the tracks donít end up crooked.



I started assembling the tracks. One side when on with no issues and just when I thought I was out of the deep end the next hurdle revealed itself. The kit is actually short of two track links!

I went ahead and scratch built the two links. I decided to place them so they will be under the fenders and covered by the skirts so they will be barely visible.



I think the tracks and running gear make up the hardest part on this build and with that done the rest should be easier. Next up is the turret and hull details.

Until next update, thanks for following.

dave
__________________

SCOUTS OUT!

"To know, that is Wisdom.
To use it, is the Art."

- Clive Barker

http://www.planetarmor.com/forums/fo...play.php?f=173
(Click to visit my v-Bench)
Reply With Quote top
  #8  
Old 09-25-2013, 09:54 PM
David Diaz's Avatar
David Diaz David Diaz is offline
vBench
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 1,534
Send a message via Yahoo to David Diaz
Quote:
Originally Posted by David Diaz View Post

I think the tracks and running gear make up the hardest part on this build and with that done the rest should be easier...
dave
Famous Last Words...

Here is a quick update.

No sooner had I thought I was out of the water with this build than the next hurdle appeared. When I put together the extra fuel tanks I noticed that the ends where badly uneven. One side was significantly offset from the other.



So, I glued the fuel drums and allowed them to dry over night. Next, using a 320 grade sand paper I sanded the ends until the rims at the ends were gone and the ends were even. Some I had to use some green putty and sand them again.



I then cut two rings for each barrel out of 1mm (.01 in) thick plastic sheet.



That fixed them up!!!!



As I prepared to start working on the turret I cleaned up the main gun and replaced the very tip with a piece of aluminum tubing.



That's it for today. We are slowly getting closer to the end...

Until next time.

dave
__________________

SCOUTS OUT!

"To know, that is Wisdom.
To use it, is the Art."

- Clive Barker

http://www.planetarmor.com/forums/fo...play.php?f=173
(Click to visit my v-Bench)
Reply With Quote top
  #9  
Old 10-04-2013, 04:45 PM
David Diaz's Avatar
David Diaz David Diaz is offline
vBench
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 1,534
Send a message via Yahoo to David Diaz
Quote:
Originally Posted by David Diaz View Post
We are slowly getting closer to the end...
And to the end we got! At least the construction part of the build. After I finished with the fuel tanks the rest of the build was pretty easy and went by without any issues. I left the side skirts and the commanders MG off for now. I will install them after painting is done.











Next up, primer and its time for paint.

Thanks for following.

Until next time!

dave
__________________

SCOUTS OUT!

"To know, that is Wisdom.
To use it, is the Art."

- Clive Barker

http://www.planetarmor.com/forums/fo...play.php?f=173
(Click to visit my v-Bench)
Reply With Quote top
  #10  
Old 10-14-2013, 10:10 AM
schlichtr schlichtr is offline
vBench
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Washington State
Posts: 1,252
Great work David. That kit is really pretty basic isn't it. A good paint job will do wonders.

Roy
__________________
To become old and wise, one must survive being young and stupid.
Reply With Quote top
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Pz. IV in soviet use Radek Photos: In-progress Blogs 117 10-14-2010 11:52 AM
T 62 Afgan-Soviet war rollingstones Photos: In-progress Blogs 12 08-15-2010 01:38 PM
Soviet Mud Color Coops Reference 0 07-19-2009 02:31 AM
Soviet Armored Car BA-10 Balki Photos: In-progress Blogs 54 06-07-2009 04:57 PM
Soviet armor ATJ Modern 2 07-05-2006 05:24 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:26 AM.

Advertise with Us

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
planetArmor