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#1 1to1scale

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 12:00 AM

I don’t normally build armor, but I came across this kit online and I was captivated. Let me say this, Meng is on-par, if not better than Tamiya. This kit went together withouth any issues, any it did have, was builder induced.

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I got this kit yesterday, today I figured I would just start cutting track prices off the sprues since there are 144 of them, each with three attachment point, yes I snipped plastic 432 times on the tracks alone. Now let’s talk about idler wheels, there are a lot, so I kept snipping, each idler is two pieces.

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Next I kept going, each track is a modest 68 links, so I made up 4 lengths of 34 each, relatively easy, I ended up breaking 3 pins, but they include several extra links. I figured keeping them short makes it easier to airbrush.

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Next I kept going and decided to build all the idler pairs, went pretty quick and I divided the three different types into mixing cups. I then loaded them up in the back plates

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I finished assembling each side, all of the nice inside detail, including chains and sprockets completely disappears. I didn’t bother doing any detail painting, because after the tracks go on, it’s all hidden.

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I next assembled the crew compartment, it’s comprised of about 20 pieces, I went slightly out of order so I could help use the roof pieces to alight the sides. There are a few small gaps I need to fill with acrylic putty, but I blame me using Tamiya thin instead of a slower drying glue.

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I finished up the fuel tank and some extra pieces, and it’s time to paint, I left off the j-hooks off the side plates and few other parts like machine guns, tools, and mufflers, but that’s it, took me all of 5 hours from start to finish.

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Edited by 1to1scale, 28 October 2017 - 12:10 AM.

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#2 LSP_Ron

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 12:06 AM

Nice start.


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Posted 28 October 2017 - 01:02 AM

Fast work, and nicely done!

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 07:12 AM

Nice work!


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Posted 28 October 2017 - 12:43 PM

Nice work and Now I am captivated. I have been put off on this kit by the large number of fiddle parts for the drive train. You have managed them well. I think that this would look good when displayed next to an early armored car (wire spoked wheels). Both with all the huge bolts and rivets. Carry on,

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 02:25 PM

I like it !! I have toyed with the idea of getting one of these......Harv :popcorn:


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Posted 28 October 2017 - 07:20 PM

Great start! Meng did a nice job on those tracks, most of the time companies make each link 4 or 5 pieces.... :mental:

 

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Posted 29 October 2017 - 02:11 AM

I finished all the little hooks, guns, and dangly bits today, then started paint using Badger Stynylrez primer and the AK Olive drab modulation set.

Primer
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Rust under coat, with Vallejo chipping fluid.
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Shadow base coat
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Base color
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Highlight
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Final highlight
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Color unit insignia
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Posted 29 October 2017 - 05:26 PM

So I was in bed last night...I couldn’t wait. I got up and started the chipping process. Went ok, not perfect, and I leaned a few things for the frank build. Luckily, on armor, you can throw some mud and weathering on top to cover up the spots I over did it.

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Posted 29 October 2017 - 05:56 PM

Looking good !!....Harv

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Posted 29 October 2017 - 09:04 PM

Let me say this, Meng is on-par, if not better than Tamiya. This kit went together withouth any issues, any it did have, was builder induced.

I agree. Meng has the buildability of Tamiya without the over-simplification in their armor (we're talking armor here, as the Tamiya 1/32nd planes are among the finest models in ANY scale of ANY subject I have seen.

 

Oh, and great build.


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Posted 29 October 2017 - 10:23 PM

That's looking really good,


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#13 Shawn M

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Posted 30 October 2017 - 02:22 PM

nice, tanks are a fun way to change it up and get out of your usual head space


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Posted 03 November 2017 - 08:44 AM

Looking really good!  I love this thing! 

 

Glad to hear you really like the kit and it is very high quality.

 

I have found Meng's quality to vary from kit to kit. 

None of it is bad; it's all quite good, but some kits are definitely better than others.

 

I put together their M3A3 Bradley, and that thing surprised me.  It might be one of the top 3 model kits I've ever assembled in my life.  Just a phenomenal kit.

 

Meng's new King Tiger, for example, is a good kit, but not in the same league as the M3A3.



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Posted 04 November 2017 - 01:12 AM

Lee,

   That looks sweet!


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