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Vincent

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Never built a tank before.  A few cars and planes.


Sort of finished the assembly - no big drama.







This is one failure - the hatch looked horrible.  I rushed it and put too much glue.  The gap is uneven.  I tried to sort of scribe it but quit before I hacked at it any further.  Hopefully weathering will hide or pull the eye away from this.  I also noticed this weird depression.  Underneath this depression is the female part of the connecting pins used to line up the upper and lower hulls.  Odd - but I doubt this will be noticeble in normal lighting.



First time showing any of my modelling - can't promise I'll post regularly - but I will try.  Maybe this will be the incentive to finish the model?

Any constructive criticisms and comments most welcomed.
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TedUSA

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I am really glad that you have posted these pics and comments. It takes extra time but it helps everyone, especially old crows like me that are jumping back into modeling after 4 decades away. I just Christmas gifted myself a 1/48 Russian Tank Destroyer. I will need to review everything posted for all the tips and pitfalls before I get in on the bench. I think your build is looking good so far and please keep sharing images as often as you can. The depression from the locating pin may disappear [?] with paint, weathering? you could always slap a bit of putty down and sand it level? your call. we trust your judgement. Best wishes as you continue!!
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Vincent

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You know, I've been reading, watching videos for ages.  This time, I said "thats it"  let get it done.  I was lucky as a couple of these kits were gifted to me 15 years ago or so if I mess it up, I chuck it in the bin or give to my 6 year old to destroy in about 15 minutes with any guilt [tongue]

I primed it.  My goodness, spraying around all the bits is tedious.  I'm not sure how to work cammo with that hurdle.  I think I should of primed sub structures prior to final assembly.  Not sure what the best strategy is for painting tanks.
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Hi Vincent,  Thanks for posting your pics. We are always our own worst critic's, I think what you've done so far looks great. Its hard to know whats the right way to paint armor, truth is there is no right way only the way that works for you. I find doing all the road wheels and sprockets separately first, assemble the lower hull and turret and paint them separately then you can put it all together and weather it all as one seems to work for me. I put one tank together then tried to paint it as a whole but that didn't work out for me, hope this helps   good luck and keep up the good work
      Dave

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