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Binge Build: Patton Tanks!
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Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 11:26 AM UTC

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Love the M47,but the right side tracks catch my eye every time. Are they not glued, so you can remove and paint?


I forgot to mention that the parts are dry fitted for the photoshoot. And yes, you are correct. I dis-assemble them for primer and painting. Of the five tanks I am working on, this is the only one that had the tracks on because they are not the DS or vinyl type.
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Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 11:23 AM UTC
Love the M47,but the right side tracks catch my eye every time. Are they not glued, so you can remove and paint?
BravoTwoZero
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Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 03:50 AM UTC
Here is Tank number 5, Takom's M47 E/M



This was an easy build and I ended up forgetting to take WIP pictures. It took me about a week to work on this. I give Takom an A+ for the track jigs included in the kit. I wish they had track jigs for the T-55s too. Anyway, build phase is done and here are the pictures.









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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019 - 10:37 AM UTC
Update on Tank 04: USMC M60A1 with RISE/Passive Armor - Build phase complete for this one. Here are the latest pictures.









I think this kit does not look bad at all. Considering this is an OOB build.






The material for the netting was a pain to work with. It unravels easily.


Next step is the application of primer.
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Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 05:21 AM UTC

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I was hoping to see if the horizontal hull seam across the bow of the York would have been erased prior to the paint. Since the seam is so noticeable, are you going to correct it, or let that sleeping dog lie?



Donít worry. Thatís going to be taken cared of. Iím not very linear in my approach.
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Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 02:48 AM UTC
I was hoping to see if the horizontal hull seam across the bow of the York would have been erased prior to the paint. Since the seam is so noticeable, are you going to correct it, or let that sleeping dog lie?
BravoTwoZero
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Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 06:54 AM UTC
Tank 02 Update: Sgt York - Base color of NATO Sand FS 30277 has been applied.









Next step is to apply the second color.
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Posted: Wednesday, March 06, 2019 - 12:31 PM UTC
Tank 03 Update: CM-11 w/ERA Brave Tiger. Made a lot of progress on this kit. Build phase is almost done.


The MGs look great!


The ERA blocks consisted of a lot of parts.


I went ahead and brush painted black primer on the undersides. The connection points looks pretty sparse, we'll see how secure these will be when attached to the turret.


The most challenging part to assemble is the stowage rack. Here's the instruction that shows how many fragile pieces are needed. I almost gave up in frustration!


But, in the end, I was able to complete it. TIP: do not anneal the PE parts for this stowage rack. The flame was too strong for the PE that they were deformed. It added to the difficulty in the assembly.




I will be gluing the ERA blocks in place and then I'll be applying primer. I will black base this kit.
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Posted: Wednesday, March 06, 2019 - 12:23 PM UTC
Tank 01 Update: M60A2 - I forgot to take pictures after I applied primer. The pictures below are after application of the base coat, Forest Green for the MERDC Snow w/Trees Camouflage scheme. I used the paints from the AK Interactive MERDC Camouflage Colors set.







The next color I will apply is the Insignia White.
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Posted: Monday, March 04, 2019 - 06:21 AM UTC
Here is Tank 04: Academy USMC M60A1 with RISE/Passive Armor. The hull is very similar to the Tamiya Sgt York but much better. The torsion bars had no alignment issue. The only negatives I've encountered so far, is that there are a lot of ejector pin marks that need to be cleaned/fixed and there are some parts that have no corresponding positioning markers. For example, I have to do some guess works on where to glue the ERA blocks on the mantlet.



After working on it for a week, this is how far I got.



Thanks,

Joseph
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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 01:02 PM UTC
Tank 02 UPDATE: Completed the build phase for my M247. Thanks to the rainy weekend, I was able to work on this exclusively. Here are the shots.









Here are some oblique shots.




I was planning to have this as an OOB build but looking at the side views, I may have to fill up those gaps intended for motorizing this kit. I can skip the ones at the bottom of the hull, the ones on the sides are glaring at me.

Next step is to prime this. In case you are curious, for the color scheme, I'll go with the Gray Desert MERDC.
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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 12:55 PM UTC

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Nice job on the searchlight. That can be painted plain OD,ours were from our other tank, the M60 &A1's we had.There was a smudge of burnt gunpowder on the lower left corner, since the light was above the coaxial MG's muzzle end.
The power cable came from the M60, so it was long.I routed my cable like this



Hey Carl, thanks for the search light wiring diagram. I will save it for my other M60A2. The build phase for this one is done. I can't add anymore to my current searchlight because the connection is pretty flimsy. I will most likely break it off.
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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 12:53 PM UTC

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What a great subject for your projects! I am just finishing the Academy USMC M60A1 RISE P w/ERA and can't wait to get my hands on the Takom M46.

Your builds are awesome and I'm getting some good pointers from you. Very much enjoying this thread and will be following. Thanks!



Hey there Q (I felt like James Bond there for a moment), thanks for your feedback and compliment. I'm glad you are enjoying this thread and getting some pointers as well. I've learned a lot from other modelers here and other sites including Youtube. I'm just paying it forward. Please post your Academy M60A1 here or create a thread. I'd very much like to see it.
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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 11:17 AM UTC
Nice job on the searchlight. That can be painted plain OD,ours were from our other tank, the M60 &A1's we had.There was a smudge of burnt gunpowder on the lower left corner, since the light was above the coaxial MG's muzzle end.
The power cable came from the M60, so it was long.I routed my cable like this
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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 06:58 AM UTC
What a great subject for your projects! I am just finishing the Academy USMC M60A1 RISE P w/ERA and can't wait to get my hands on the Takom M46.

Your builds are awesome and I'm getting some good pointers from you. Very much enjoying this thread and will be following. Thanks!
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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 06:00 AM UTC
Tank 01 UPDATE: Some progress on the M60A2. I took extra time to work on the infrared searchlight because the observer's eyes will be drawn to it. I Googled for images on what the actual thing looks like. Here are a couple that I found.



In both cases, there is a little bit of red that shows up on the border of the frame. I'll see if I can replicate that. Here are the kit components of the searchlight.



The attention grabbing part is the dish. I remember seeing somewhere about using Molotow Liquid Chrome Markers. I bought a couple and decided to give it a try. I'm sold. I think it is very effective. This is the first time I've tried this. One lesson I learned is not to apply the pen on the same area while it has not dried completely. This resulted in some "brush mark" effect. But, I'm still impressed anyway.


Here's the searchlight assembled.



I masked if off in preparation for primer and base color. I'm not sure if the red color will show up but I think it's worth trying.


Here is the searchlight as installed on the turret.



Thanks,
-Joseph
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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 04:38 AM UTC

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Hi Joe!

Are you only interested in the "newer" Pattons or are you open to building the "older" ones, as well? If you like the "older" ones too, may I suggest the TAKOM M47 kits and their brand-new, upcoming M46 to you..?



Hi Dennis, I am an equal-opportunity-1/35th-scale-Patton-tank-builder. Thank you for your suggestion about the Takom kits. I do have them in my line-up for this thread. Here are some of the kits I plan to work on.


Not in the picture are Esci's M60A3 TTS and two more Dragon M60A2s. I'm challenging myself to complete as many of these within the year.

As you can see, I have the Dragon M-46 which I plan to paint up with the Tiger face. I might consider getting the upcoming Takom (because it is one of my favorite brands), if the price is right. I won't join the bandwagon right away though and if I do get the Takom M-46, I'll finish it in an all green scheme.

Thanks,

Joseph
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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 04:31 AM UTC

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Takom kits are so great. Looking forward to see how that one goes together.



Yes, I worked on 5 of their T-55 kits. It made me a Takom fan.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 11:17 AM UTC

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The third tank in my Patton line-up is the Takom CM-11(M-48H) w/ERA Brave Tiger.



After building Patton tanks from both Tamiya and Dragon, I found that Takom has the best hull so far. The instruction for the torsion bars can be a bit overwhelming.


But, I found a way so I can build the individual pieces and avoid confusion.


When all the pieces were done, gluing them in place was a snap. There were no alignment issues.


Here's how far I got over with this build.



Hi Joe!

Are you only interested in the "newer" Pattons or are you open to building the "older" ones, as well? If you like the "older" ones too, may I suggest the TAKOM M47 kits and their brand-new, upcoming M46 to you..?
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Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 11:01 AM UTC
Takom kits are so great. Looking forward to see how that one goes together.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 05:00 AM UTC
The third tank in my Patton line-up is the Takom CM-11(M-48H) w/ERA Brave Tiger.



After building Patton tanks from both Tamiya and Dragon, I found that Takom has the best hull so far. The instruction for the torsion bars can be a bit overwhelming.


But, I found a way so I can build the individual pieces and avoid confusion.


When all the pieces were done, gluing them in place was a snap. There were no alignment issues.


Here's how far I got over with this build.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 04:52 AM UTC
Thanks for the pictures and the information, Carl. I have another Dragon M60A2. I plan to have it in non-camo green scheme similar to yours. I will be reviewing your photos when I work on the second one.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 01:33 PM UTC
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Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 01:23 PM UTC
I built the Tamiya kit once, in Germany. I brought it to the motor pool, and matched the paint there. It is a slightly darker than OD,sort of some Forest green added to OD.My tank C23 was not camouflaged by the time I left in Oct 78.
That odd green catwalk next to the aircleaner, was a replacement one, after we bumped a tree and crumpled the original one.
The tracks on this model, are the AFV Club T142's with the separate rubber pads.We went from the original chevron style in Sept.77,I have a B&W picture of us getting sections of 8 off pallets and lining them up.Our Battalion, added 2 more 5 gallon containers,behnd the loaders side,on the bustle rack


EDIT: That is exactly how we routed the searchlight wire.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 06:27 AM UTC

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The old tamiya with massive work



Wow, that looks nice! I want to build one like this. What colors did you use? Also, what type of tracks do you have there? The mantlet for this Dragon kit does not have any canvas cover. I think it adds to the look. Okay, I'll see if I can remove the left fuel cap. Thanks very much!

p.s. I just saw the spare tracks hanging on the side, they are the early type.