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Stalin's Armor Campaign
Naseby
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Slovakia
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Posted: Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 07:53 AM UTC

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@Naseby

I never have the opportunity to see a UM Models in my hand. How is the quality of the kit and the fitting????

The overall quality is good. I have bought a few of them recently, the OT-26 and 45mm AT guns. The main reason I did it is because they go for something like 5 Euro a piece, so its a real bargain. One word of advise, buy only those kits from them which dont have rubber tracks. The rubber tracks are rubish. Here are some pictures of the 45mm AT gun built OOB.

http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=205892#1727151
Nito74
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Lisboa, Portugal
Member Since: March 04, 2008
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Posted: Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 11:55 AM UTC
Oh well... here goes everyone,

Unpack your Stalin's Armour, and start having fun !!

Here's the Gallery
jkb_sprint
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Thessaloniki, Greece / Ελλάδα
Member Since: April 23, 2012
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Posted: Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 09:30 PM UTC
Well since i have it sitting next to me, here is my kit. It even has link by link tracks. Time to work a little on my scratch building skills with this one.


anti-hero
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Tennessee, United States
Member Since: March 20, 2005
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Posted: Sunday, September 01, 2013 - 09:54 AM UTC
Here's my entry.
I got it in a trade just as you see it. Most of the parts removed form the sprues. No work has been done.
PantherF
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Indiana, United States
Member Since: June 10, 2005
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Posted: Sunday, September 01, 2013 - 10:50 AM UTC
Good luck with that ASU-57 John. Expect a lot of miss-fitment and a lot of sanding. Just hope you know what you are getting into.

I haven't finished mine yet as I set it aside (too long ago) but will return to it as it's a cool vehicle.




Jeff
Lakota
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New Mexico, United States
Member Since: November 17, 2008
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Posted: Sunday, September 01, 2013 - 11:19 AM UTC
Howdy Y'all
I just enlisted and will be building a 1/48 Tamiya T-34/76. I heard there were some issues with the kit: narrow turrent and track links not fitting. The M-8 is for the Armored Car campaign starting today also.
Take care,
Don "Lakota"

lawlzw
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Singapore / 新加坡
Member Since: April 05, 2009
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Posted: Sunday, September 01, 2013 - 03:32 PM UTC
yeah time to roll out!

This is what I will be building:



Its an IS-3 from Trumpeter, 1/72 kit

All in all the details look pretty good, especially the optional fast-assembly wheels and tracks:



Wanted to use them at first, and then at a closer look, realise the tracks have no internal details! The return rollers are also molded as one solid piece, whereas the actual ones are in two-halves. Oh well... have to do this the hard way then
GregCloseCombat
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California, United States
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Posted: Sunday, September 01, 2013 - 04:06 PM UTC
Good kits everyone. Like the variety.

Don - the Tamiya t34 track issue is really one of the front idler position. Tamiya puts the idler in the close position which can be seen in war photos but most people prefer to move the idler so don't glue it to ensure your tracks will match up.
Also check your turret sprue as tamiya did correct this. If the sprue has a ' -1 ' or maybe it was a ' -A ' after the sprue # then you have the corrected turret. Theres not a large difference anyway.
hofpig
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Posted: Sunday, September 01, 2013 - 07:43 PM UTC
Started yesterday, 1st sept!





Just finished tidiying up the road wheels. Bought this kit when it came out. I had done a little, assembled the barrel mainly to check a couple of after market ones I bought but they were both useless and were no good.

More soon.

Paul
Lakota
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Posted: Monday, September 02, 2013 - 12:53 AM UTC
Howdy Y'all
Looks like we're going to have an interesting mix, can't wait.
@Greg-Thanks for the tips on the Tamiya T-34. It looks like I have the narrow turrent. Maybe I can find an after-market part.
Take care,
Don "Lakota"
GregCloseCombat
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Posted: Monday, September 02, 2013 - 04:03 PM UTC
http://www.network54.com/Forum/433829/message/1281938133/The+Tamiya+T34-76+Turrets%21


Here u go Don. CMK does aftermarket turrets or I have an extra hobbyboss one I'm sure if you want it no charge
RedwingNev
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Posted: Monday, September 02, 2013 - 05:36 PM UTC
I'm remembering why small scale armour is such fun now - it just flies together! A couple of days work and I've already got a coat of green sprayed on - note its not as brown as in my pic, that's just the way my camera has taken the pic



Now I'm spoilt for choice on the markings. I'm tempted by the winter whitewash scheme, but afraid that it'll just look like a bad paintjob by me! Whaddya think?


Anyway, tonights job is to hand paint the rubber rims on 20 road wheels
Darson
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Victoria, Australia
Member Since: June 14, 2005
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Posted: Monday, September 02, 2013 - 08:55 PM UTC
Hi all,

I'll throw my hat into the ring with the Tamiya BT-7 Model 1937. No pics yet because the kit hasn't arrived from Hobby Easy but as soon as it does I'm of.
SHAKY962
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
Member Since: May 21, 2012
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Posted: Tuesday, September 03, 2013 - 04:16 AM UTC

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@Naseby

I never have the opportunity to see a UM Models in my hand. How is the quality of the kit and the fitting????

The overall quality is good. I have bought a few of them recently, the OT-26 and 45mm AT guns. The main reason I did it is because they go for something like 5 Euro a piece, so its a real bargain. One word of advise, buy only those kits from them which dont have rubber tracks. The rubber tracks are rubish. Here are some pictures of the 45mm AT gun built OOB.

http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=205892#1727151



Thanks for your repply Nasesby....
Nice gun!!!!
I will try with one, UM have very rare models!!!
Lakota
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Posted: Wednesday, September 04, 2013 - 08:54 AM UTC
Howdy Y'all
@Greg-thanks for the offer. I might take you up on it later. For now I'm planning to use the narrow turret and populate the tank with Tamiya's Russian riders. Maybe that will make the narrow turret less noticeable.
Take care,
Don "Lakota"
GregCloseCombat
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Posted: Wednesday, September 04, 2013 - 12:34 PM UTC


Here's my start photo. Hope I can get some time to start it soon. Hauler SU76i conversion for Tamiya.


Nice 1/72 T34. Have funeveryone
SHAKY962
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Posted: Wednesday, September 04, 2013 - 03:05 PM UTC
Well Im in with a T-34 1943 in 1/72
I just finish the Ferdinand for another campaign



1721Lancers
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England - East Anglia, United Kingdom
Member Since: March 21, 2012
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Posted: Thursday, September 05, 2013 - 02:10 AM UTC

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Well since i have it sitting next to me, here is my kit. It even has link by link tracks. Time to work a little on my scratch building skills with this one.



John what are you going to do with that, keep the running and scratch everything else around it?

Good luck whatever you decision.



Paul
jkb_sprint
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Thessaloniki, Greece / Ελλάδα
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Posted: Friday, September 06, 2013 - 07:14 AM UTC
Jeff thanks, i assure you i wont go down without a fight. I know what lies ahead with this one!



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Well since i have it sitting next to me, here is my kit. It even has link by link tracks. Time to work a little on my scratch building skills with this one.



John what are you going to do with that, keep the running and scratch everything else around it?

Good luck whatever you decision.



Paul



Paul
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Posted: Saturday, September 07, 2013 - 01:09 AM UTC
Hi all,

Some progress and a little advice...








I have added a little more texture to the main hull casting do you guy's think it looks ok?



Please take a look at this weld should I replace it with one from Archer?



I have also replaced the figures heads with better resin ones. I would appreciate any comments.

Cheers paul
Naseby
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Slovakia
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Posted: Saturday, September 07, 2013 - 03:25 AM UTC
Hm seven days into the campaign, I presume its time for me to upload atleast the pictures of whats in the box. Since there was a tie in the votes for both kits, I decided to do the BT7A.










anti-hero
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Tennessee, United States
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Posted: Saturday, September 07, 2013 - 05:38 AM UTC

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Hi all,

Some progress and a little advice...



I have added a little more texture to the main hull casting do you guy's think it looks ok?


Please take a look at this weld should I replace it with one from Archer?

I have also replaced the figures heads with better resin ones. I would appreciate any comments.

Cheers paul


Paul,
I can't advise on the weld seam. It looks fine to me. Maybe a little too uniform but other than that it looks fine.

IMO you should take some fine grain sandpaper and go over the added texture a little bit. It looks a little too rough to me.
And a good call on the replacement heads. It's rarely a bad decision to replace the regular heads with resin ones.
Lakota
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Posted: Sunday, September 08, 2013 - 01:33 AM UTC
Howdy Paul
I would have to agree with Bill. If you aren't satisfied with the weld seam you could soften it slightly with plastic cement and rough it up with a knife blade. Personally, I think I would just live with it. You look like you're off to a good start.
Take care,
Don "Lakota"
IamTJones
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Niedersachsen, Germany
Member Since: May 12, 2013
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Posted: Sunday, September 08, 2013 - 01:47 AM UTC
Some nice early starts in here, I have the base model for my entry:



But I won't be starting until closer to christmas which gives me some time to shop around for some aftermarket goodies and a crewman or two.

na zdrowie
Tristan
GregCloseCombat
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Posted: Monday, September 09, 2013 - 07:51 PM UTC
Nice kits everyone. I was lucky and had a little model time today.