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Tamiya T-34
rfbaer
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Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 10:30 AM UTC
In an attempt to use up several boxes of parts and partial kits, I put this together for the sheer fun of it. I know it's not "accurate", but it looks like a line drawing I have in an old Squadron book.... The tracks and turret are AM, Friuls and some resin part from MAC, with some bits from Trump KV leftovers too. Brass bits are DEF. I had fun, and it looks like a T-34....
IMG_8472 by Russel Baer, on Flickr
IMG_8471 by Russel Baer, on Flickr
IMG_8470 by Russel Baer, on Flickr
IMG_8469 by Russel Baer, on Flickr
IMG_8468 by Russel Baer, on Flickr
I thought that since it has been a rather long time since I posted any finished or in-progress work I'd throw this out there.
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Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 12:03 PM UTC
I wouldn't worry about what your build 'represents'. In the big scheme of things throughout the war, most, if not all, armies mixed and matched what they needed to. Cannibalization of parts from wrecks and the such changed the look of lots of vehicles...the T-34 was no exception. The T-34 series had tons of interchangeable parts from the get-go. Plenty of photos document those swaps. Be proud of a very nice build!
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Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 06:33 PM UTC
If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck.........

Great build. Congratulations!
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Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 07:45 PM UTC

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In an attempt to use up several boxes of parts and partial kits, I put this together for the sheer fun of it. I know it's not "accurate", but it looks like a line drawing I have in an old Squadron book.... The tracks and turret are AM, Friuls and some resin part from MAC, with some bits from Trump KV leftovers too. Brass bits are DEF. I had fun, and it looks like a T-34....
IMG_8472 by Russel Baer, on Flickr
IMG_8471 by Russel Baer, on Flickr
IMG_8470 by Russel Baer, on Flickr
IMG_8469 by Russel Baer, on Flickr
IMG_8468 by Russel Baer, on Flickr
I thought that since it has been a rather long time since I posted any finished or in-progress work I'd throw this out there.



VERY NICE!!!

Not to be a "wise guy", but was it only out of "expediency" that you called your beautiful T-34 model a "TAMIYA" T-34? From your well-written post and beautiful photos, I gathered that you used some REALLY MAJOR components from other kits and a lot after-market stuff. NOTHING wrong with that, and "the proof is in the pudding", as the saying goes.

So if one changes the handle of a hammer 3 times and the head twice, is it still the same hammer..?

CONGRATULATIONS ON A JOB WELL DONE! I'm SERIOUS!!! GREAT WORK!!!
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Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 10:48 PM UTC
It looks like a T-34 - and a nice one at that! It only cries out for a little vignette
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Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 12:49 PM UTC
T'anks y'all.
Dennis, it really is a Tamiya kit, with an aftermarket turret from a company I've never heard of (MAC), brass bits from DEF and Friul tracks. The headlamp, horn and tool box are Trump. Really. Er, the gun tube is turned aluminum, can't remember whose. It was lots of fun to build.
Michael, I agree.
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Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 06:11 PM UTC

Nicely done!
M4A1Sherman
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Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 06:37 PM UTC

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T'anks y'all.
Dennis, it really is a Tamiya kit, with an aftermarket turret from a company I've never heard of (MAC), brass bits from DEF and Friul tracks. The headlamp, horn and tool box are Trump. Really. Er, the gun tube is turned aluminum, can't remember whose. It was lots of fun to build.
Michael, I agree.



Yeah, the "what can I do with this and that" kinds of builds are usually the most fun of all!

I've seen MAC on ebay before, but I never really needed any of their stuff...

Obviously, the MAC "1943"(?) Turret has served you well!!!
rfbaer
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Posted: Friday, March 29, 2019 - 01:59 AM UTC
I picked it up a show in the Dallas area years ago, and it's been in the stash forever. It was primed and had been modified in attempt to make the upper and lower parts fit, and as you can see in thepic below, I had to build up the lower edge of the shell a couple of millimeters to get it right, using Aves 2 part putty and Squadron green stuff.
IMG_5301 by Russel Baer, on Flickr
After that, lots of MrSurfacer 500...
IMG_5417 by Russel Baer, on Flickr
I also simulated the suspension springs and did the cutouts for the swingarms, using old Tamiya Merkava parts.
IMG_5140 by Russel Baer, on Flickr
I like this kind of modeling more than assembling a new, up to date kind of kit, but I may be weird....
TopSmith
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Posted: Tuesday, April 02, 2019 - 01:01 AM UTC
Ha, I have a Tamiya T-62 that like yours, ended up with part of the hull being Tamiya and the rest was from many contributors. It too was one of my most fun builds. Nice work on your T 34.
rfbaer
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Posted: Wednesday, April 03, 2019 - 09:47 AM UTC
Thanks! Oddly enough, I've also got a Tamiya T-62 on the shelf of oblivion, mostly Verlinden, that I really need to get back to.....
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Posted: Friday, April 05, 2019 - 02:44 AM UTC
What color did you paint your track? I like the effect.
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Posted: Friday, April 05, 2019 - 03:14 AM UTC
So you built a 'frankentank'? I like it.
rfbaer
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Posted: Friday, April 05, 2019 - 04:39 AM UTC
Top, I started by washing the links in soapy water, then soaking them in muriatic acid, immersing for about fifteen minutes, and finishing by painting with burnt umber acrylic. Wear points are done with Games Workshop silver, and some sanding.
Patrick, thanks. I probably have more fun doing this kind of modeling than building something closer to OOB, always have, dunno why.
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Posted: Friday, April 05, 2019 - 06:38 AM UTC

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Top, I started by washing the links in soapy water, then soaking them in muriatic acid, immersing for about fifteen minutes, and finishing by painting with burnt umber acrylic. Wear points are done with Games Workshop silver, and some sanding.
Patrick, thanks. I probably have more fun doing this kind of modeling than building something closer to OOB, always have, dunno why.



As I've said in many of my posts, I'm primarily a 1/48 Aircraft modeler, which is to say I also escape into 1/35 Military, 1/48-120mm Figurines, 1/24-1/25 Autos, and HO brass and high-end multi-media Steam-Era Locomotives and Trains. I'm the type of modeler who just won't "leave well-enough alone" with ANY of my modeling projects. It's VERY RARE that I build something straight out of the box- "Imagineering" and "gizmology" are some of my very favorite activities in this widespread hobby. Also, PE, resin and multi-media updates, back-dates and in-between-dates are something that virtually none of my modeling projects can do without... HERE'S TO THE EXTRAS!!!
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Posted: Friday, April 05, 2019 - 11:07 PM UTC

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Top, I started by washing the links in soapy water, then soaking them in muriatic acid, immersing for about fifteen minutes, and finishing by painting with burnt umber acrylic. Wear points are done with Games Workshop silver, and some sanding.
Patrick, thanks. I probably have more fun doing this kind of modeling than building something closer to OOB, always have, dunno why.



As I've said in many of my posts, I'm primarily a 1/48 Aircraft modeler, which is to say I also escape into 1/35 Military, 1/48-120mm Figurines, 1/24-1/25 Autos, and HO brass and high-end multi-media Steam-Era Locomotives and Trains. I'm the type of modeler who just won't "leave well-enough alone" with ANY of my modeling projects. It's VERY RARE that I build something straight out of the box- "Imagineering" and "gizmology" are some of my very favorite activities in this widespread hobby. Also, PE, resin and multi-media updates, back-dates and in-between-dates are something that virtually none of my modeling projects can do without... HERE'S TO THE EXTRAS!!!




Here, Here...for imagineering and gizmology! I'm with you. Once I caught that kit 'flaw' that needed to be corrected, there was no turning back! I don't think I ever built a kit without some sort of correction, whether it was adding or subtracting parts. And with the aftermarket drug fix, I've been an addict for a better part of 40 years or more. That's why I can never finish a kit! There is always something to pay attention to...imagined or realized. Does my wallet suffer? Naw, I can afford whatever I wish to throw at a kit. So...cheers! Here's to the bastardization of modeling!

rfbaer
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Posted: Monday, April 08, 2019 - 04:02 AM UTC
Oh heck yeah. The aftermarket is a giant candy store, and I'm a sugaraholic. I'm also incapable of leaving anything alone, just ask my wife.