Category Archives: Tamiya

1/35 Tamiya T-34/76

A few days ago I started work on this kit, this is the first kit ive built purely for the sake of building it, that is not to play with in my wargaming 🙂  This is a purely from the box build ive never used any after market stuff so maybe next time.

First impressions of the kit were good, it was a well formed sprue with no flashing that I could see.  After pouring over the instructions for a day or two I decided id best start.

So after about 90 mins work some wheels are partly ready by using my new tools the set of Squadron sanding sticks, was far less annoying than I thought it would be was almost zen like to be honest, slowly releasing the form from the sprue and nubs.

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I finished the 10 fully metal wheels that evening.  The next day I decided to get the rest of the wheels finished.

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Ive noticed that I need to sand down two of those rubbered wheels.

Then I moved onto the lower hull, some wheel sprockets? and a back plate for the lower hull.  Decided to sand it down and make it level.  Quite pleased with the results.

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Dry fit of the wheels to see how they will look.

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Decided to do the hatch in its open position as I couldn’t see how you were meant to fix the periscope viewers up.

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Tanks rearplate cover and exhausts went on great

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However there is some kind of gap in the vents, from photos ive seen I think this will be ok.

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And from the front after the upper hull items have gone on.

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This morning I started on the gun looks good so far.

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So still to do of the build

Turret, crew and accessories.

Wheels and tracks will be fixed after base painting is done, as will the upper and lower hulls attached together.

Should get the building part finished in the next day or two I hope.

Thanks for looking any and all comments welcome.
Brian


Currently on the Shelf – Secrets of the Third Reich

I think this is probably one of the largest projects I have on. Also it’s one of the first I bought stuff for. Secrets of the Third Reich is a Weird War 2 setting published by Westwind Miniatures it has four main sides British, American, Russian and German. The plan was the my friends and I were going to pick a side each and then blow the life out of each other on the battlefield. I had just been released from my job on medical grounds at the time and had a small payout so bought almost 90% of the force I needed for the British. Matthias bought the Us Armoured Infantry Starter Box Set and Karl got the Mech Grenadier Starter Box Set. Anyway I think due to my slowness in getting my stuff together and other factors the original plan kinda fell by the wayside. But never mind, there good miniatures and its a good system so I will get it finished.

Matthias asked me to paint his miniatures, which was rather brave of him as these would be the first minis I’d painted since I was about 12 and decided to paint my Heroquest models. There not badly done, and I even though I had completed them, however the bases are unworked on so thats one thing I will resolve as well as sorting out the chiping on them that happened prior to there redeployment into KR Multicase housing.

Americans in Foam

American Infantry ready for deployment

Comanche Light Mech

Tick tock he aint

I managed to get a command platoon for my Brits finished as well as getting the character models based and undercoated.

Brits in a box

Commanding whom

However I still have a lot of Westwind stuff still blistered up and awaiting preping

Blistering Army

Blistering Brits


Blistering Army

Blistering Brits

As the game is Weird War 2 I wanted to get some more normal models to support the stuff that Westwind have produced so I got myself a Tamiya Crusader Tank

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Unpainted Power

Also I thought I needed a staple of the British Army the 6 Pounder AT gun, this time Its actualy finished, there was however about 6 months inbetween assembly and painting. This is by Black Tree Design and I really like the model and the detail on the men. The two man with gasmasks are Westwind Assault Bren infantry that had been sat undercoated for as long as the gun so i thought I would finish them all together.

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Well thanks for reading, see you soon.