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Yevgeny

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Hi guys.
I'm just starting my first build and would like some advice.

The model is Tamiya Panther A. 1969 model, pretty poor I realise now, but was chosen as a test model to learn on.
 
Perhaps this is a stupid question, but how do you paint the tools, on the model or separate? I glued the tool racks on to the hull and it seems right to paint the tools separate, but I just wanted to hear some local wisdom [smile]
I would guess the same would apply to spare tracks, cable wire etc.


I don't have even any paint(and tools for it) yet, but am just trying to plan ahead.
Thank you.
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MrBoats

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Yevgeny,

I like to paint the tools and spare tracks separately, then glue them to the tank. However, I don't think there's anything wrong with painting them after attaching them. My choice makes it easier for me to avoid getting the steel or wood paint on the body of the vehicle. Especially with cables. Speaking of cables, I have found threaded picture hanging wire that looks just like the towing cables included in most tank kits. It's very inexpensive and it looks great.

I love Tamiya's products, and even the older kits can be made into impressive presentations. Enjoy!

David
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Yevgeny

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Thank you. That helps [smile]
I will consider using wire too.
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TedUSA

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I agree with David. I happen to find some twisted wire at a craft store that is identical to the plastic "cable" that came with my tank. I used the wire. it's in my WIP thread on the "sturmtiger mortar" tank build here:

http://genessis-models.websitetoolbox.com/post/tamiya-135-sturmtiger-assault-mortar-6863574?&trail=300

of course you can take separate pieces of wire and twist them yourself. I could not get the right wire and twist on mine. finding the wire already made up was my best route.btw--a few pages forward in the thread I show how I combined the real wire "cable" with the kit cable end loops. good luck!!

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Yevgeny

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Thank you TedUSA. I might give it a try.
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