1/16 T34/85 build ,or Oh my god what was I thinking

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1/16 T34/85 build ,or Oh my god what was I thinking

Post by Darius359au » 06 Aug 2018, 20:51

Tax refund ,early birthday present for myself is the most insane model I've ever built - suckers going to be over 50cm long when it's finished :( ;)

big box
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big box in the big box
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youngest son deciding he wanted to keep the big box to sit around in...
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what's in the box
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some size comparisons to get an idea of the size of this thing
hull of a 1/35 M4 sherman my eldest son's building inside the 1/16 hull of the T34/85
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Turret next to a 1/35 Tiger
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enough of a photo dump for now and actual build shots next ;)
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Post by Yurtles » 06 Aug 2018, 21:52

I thought I knew that it was kind of big. But it turns out I had no idea at all.
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Re: 1/16 T34/85 build ,or Oh my god what was I thinking

Post by Darius359au » 07 Aug 2018, 10:37

Yurtles wrote:
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I thought I knew that it was kind of big. But it turns out I had no idea at all.
Yeah ,had the same thing then I opened the box..... :shock:
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Post by Otto-matic Reiffel » 07 Aug 2018, 11:39

That looks like it's going to be highly entertaining to watch you build :D
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Post by Disco » 07 Aug 2018, 12:16

Holy hell, make sure to post lost of pictures of this build
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Post by Darius359au » 08 Aug 2018, 22:42

And we're off

1st up spring units for the working Christie suspension
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started fitting them in place
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quick test fit with the upper hull and suspension in place
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suspension arms for the road wheels fitted into the hull and springs
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Post by Disco » 09 Aug 2018, 10:06

It's gigantic :o I'd love to build some models.. it just seems so pointless unless you buy an airbrush and compressor though and I don't know if I could justify that :(
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Post by Otto-matic Reiffel » 09 Aug 2018, 10:16

You can do a reasonable job with paintbrushes. Also a lot of hobby stores have spray cans of the appropriate colours which are fine unless you want a complicated camo pattern.
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Post by Makena » 09 Aug 2018, 10:22

That's huge and awesome, I look forward to seeing the complete thing
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Post by Darius359au » 09 Aug 2018, 15:26

@Disco as @otto-matic reiffel says you can do a good job with brushes and there's additives like levelers that help in hiding brush strokes , also most modern paints especially the Tamiya acrylics are pretty forgiving!
If you want to try modelling maybe pick up a 1/72 scale kit , easier to build than larger scales ,(and cheaper so if something goes wrong it's not a ton of money down the drain ;) :D ), and paintings not so critical ,though the weathering techniques are basically the same no matter the scale.

This guys a good one to checkout , he's great at explaining how to do things in building and painting/weathering :thumbup:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChnAge ... ftbfJY8zNA
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Post by Darius359au » 09 Aug 2018, 17:00

And now the fun part starts with the engine..

pretty simple ,1 cylinder bank for the V12 engine done
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Now there's a small problem..the fuel pump sits on top of the crankcase and the fuel line's from the pump to the injectors need to be added..this involves a number of small holes , a pin vice and a bunch of swearing followed by some brass wire,(the caliper's showing the drill size :( )
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holes for the injectors in the rocker covers
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end result
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finished and painted (the round thing in the middle of the engine that looks like its a circle of bolts on it is a compressed air manifold for the cold weather starter ,there should be pipes coming from it to each of the cylinders but it wont be seen and I'm not that crazy to model those aswell as the fuel lines!)
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couple in daylight
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dings in the covers turned out well
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Post by Mythor » 09 Aug 2018, 20:23

Wow, working suspension! That's a neat detail to include.
The engine looks super fiddly, but the end result seems worth it? Looking forward to seeing more progress pics. :)
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Post by Disco » 09 Aug 2018, 20:26

This is sick
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Post by Darius359au » 11 Aug 2018, 09:56

Todays instalment is something simple..Seats

Seat's came with no backs so a piece of styrene sheet and some acrylic putt fixed that
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and finished painting the hull gunners seat (drivers the same except it doesn't have the compartment so the brake and accelerator rods can go under it) , combo of black and burnt sienna oil paint for a worn look - need to touch up and final weathering happens when i finish the crew compartment.
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Post by Disco » 11 Aug 2018, 10:32

Nice
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Post by Darius359au » 24 Sep 2018, 20:27

ok been a bit slack and haven't done much on my T34 but ive started back into it ,(I've gone and busted my left foot so i'm going to be spending more time working on my kit and going mad because I want to go and do shit :( )

Assembling the photoetch magazine pan storage for the bow gunner - top ,bottom ,sides and back are all on piece to be folded together and glued the the shelves are all individual.
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painted and glued in place
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I'm doing some base weathering as I go because of the size of the thing and difficulty getting to spots when things get set in place :(

bow gunner and drivers seats in place
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overview front to rear
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and for a bit of fun my eldest son is building a german 1/35 Sturmtiger which in real life was over twice the weight of the T34/85 (68 tonnes vs 26.5 :shock:)
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Post by Disco » 25 Sep 2018, 11:42

Looks badass still
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Post by Darius359au » 03 Oct 2018, 20:48

Finished up the drive train , just need to paint and weather the whole lot
gearbox/transmissions been painted aluminium , the rest needs to be done separately ,(you can get an idea of scale from the centimetre grid on the cutting mat )
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Dry fitting it all in place - not a lot of room if you needed to do maintenance..
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going to be starting on the turret soon so quick test fit on the hull and you can really see the size of this beasty , hull's around 39cm and the turret and gun will bring it out to around 50cm :shock:
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Post by Disco » 03 Oct 2018, 21:45

Looking cool man, was that a Spyderco I saw in the first pic?
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Post by Darius359au » 03 Oct 2018, 23:01

sort of , it's a byrd meadowlark 2 , their made by spyderco but a budget line - only real difference is the thumbhole shape , a slightly different steel and made in china,(spyderco does the quality control not the chinese factory) https://www.spyderco.com/catalog/category/byrd
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Post by Darius359au » 07 Oct 2018, 22:40

bit of a photo dump , I'm calling the lower hull interior done :thumbup:

drivetrain all weathered up

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whole hull
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close up of the engine in place
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fighting compartment looking back
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transmission/gearbox looking forward
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close up
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figured I'll leave the rear plate unattached to show off the transmission steering brakes atleast but the rivet counter in me wont let me do that without adding the holes for the bolts that hold the plate in place - gotta make holes in the plate that only look like their all the way through and leaves the bolt heads on the other side so it looks bolted up with the plate closed :(

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Post by Darius359au » 14 Nov 2018, 17:18

been awhile with any progress shots so it's photo dump time ;)

The interiors fully finished and weathered up now
turret floor/ammo bins
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attachment lip for the rear armours done ,just need to paint it up and fix it in
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external fuel drums done and in place ,(one drums missing ,looks like it was pretty common to lose 1 or or more drums to be lost or damaged)
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one home made power pole unditching log
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and for some size comparison shot's of the P1000 Ratte Super Heavy I'm doing next

The JagdTiger is the same scale as the Ratte at 1/72
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71ton JagdTiger fits easily on the engine deck of the Ratte :shock:
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And compared to the 1/16 scale T34/85
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Post by Disco » 14 Nov 2018, 17:59

Sweet Lord have mercy
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