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April 08, 2008, 11:19:23 AM
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braxat2000

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Hi,
After a long series of 1:72 armour models, I've wanted a bit of a change, and so pulled a kit which was calling me from the cardboard for a long time. The cool tank  model designed by the master Hayao Miyazaki himself. I always loved his movies, and watched them and the unique mechanical designs in them were always something I wanted to do.

The version I'm building of the kit can be seen here: http://www.hlj.com/product/TACTG-2
And it is the favorite of the two versions released as it includes the entire 20 crew members.

The kit itself arrives in a sturdy box full of tan plastic sprues. There is a clear sprue holding the various glass parts, and a vinyl sprue holding five length of tracks. two screws and a sprue of vinyl polycaps are also included.

So I hope you'll find it interesting enough to follow, please tell me if you think I'm messing things up, your feedback is invaluable to me, and I'm grateful to hear about problem during the build  :-)

Here is a link to a review which shows the sprues pictures:

http://www.degem.net/viewrev.php?revid=534

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The kit building starts as ever with rinsing the sprues with warm soapy water. The parts are all scrubbed with an old tooth brush, so that any grease left over from the molding process is removed. I've always had trouble with the masking tape lifting off the paint below, and rinsing the model solves most of these problems.

The parts are left to dry.

http://www.hlj.com/product/TACTG-2



April 08, 2008, 11:39:51 AM
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Awesome! I have this kit and look forward to your build-up!

April 08, 2008, 01:47:00 PM
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NICE!  I have one, wait...two of them!  (one early version without the crew).

I want to see what kind of special trick you're going to apply to this monster tank.  Your base work is always so good.  I can imagine some pretty interesting scenes for the piggies.  Oh, and I still can't get over the fact that they have a pig as a pet. :lol: :lol:

April 08, 2008, 08:56:33 PM
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Thanks guys,
The piggy is awesome  :lol:

At one point it crossed my mind to do a cross cut section showing the interior, but it's beyond my skills and I really don't have patiance to do it.

The main issue I have is if to use the pigs as shown in the box art, standing in formation near the tank, or create a dynamic scene for which I'll have to sculpt new pigs. I'm leaning towards the first option, because I really like these pigs. Then again, there is really a limited option on how to position them..

April 08, 2008, 10:00:43 PM
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I'll be watching this closely. :-)
I'm planning on making a series of tanks "Miyazaki style" in the future.
All manned by pigs of course.
Some scupting and casting will need to be done for the crews.
I was even planning on building HansĀ“s Tiger. Not sure of the scale yet as I do not have those figs here yet.

Please post plenty of pics. :-)

Cheers,
Mikko

April 13, 2008, 10:14:47 AM
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thanks :),
It is a cool model, and I've waited a long time to start it..

The building starts with making the road wheels. There are 28 of them made from two parts each with a polycap in the middle. The sprockets and idlers are quite big, and thank to Tasca's superb casting and engineering all went together effortlessly, and without need to clean too much.

http://img399.imageshack.us/img399/4040/01nc4.jpg

The tank is really massive, so it requires another length of track for better support. It is made from anotehr set of road wheels, and a length of vinyl track. The vinyl is a special type of material which is very easily glued with regular plastic cement, I used Humbrol.

You can see in the pictur that there is a gap which I'll fill later on.

http://img399.imageshack.us/img399/4249/02sc0.jpg

http://img399.imageshack.us/img399/4674/03wh6.jpg

The tracks are made from two lengths of vinyl which I glued with hot-dtuff cyano glue. The bond is very strong with this glue, and they were left aside for a couple of minutes to cure.

http://img399.imageshack.us/img399/8056/04hl0.jpg

At this point I took a deep breath and started to work on the tracks. It is made of lots of track links which are glued to the vinyl tracks.

http://img399.imageshack.us/img399/7003/05vu1.jpg

The method was very simple: work on a couple of links on a track, press it towards the table for better melting, and move to the second track to let the first one cure. The links were glued with Humbrol liquid poly with no problem at all.

http://img399.imageshack.us/img399/4099/06nv7.jpg

Again I have to thank the fine molding of these parts, as there was nothing to clean, and after half an hour I've had two liengths of tracks:

http://img399.imageshack.us/img399/9506/07wg6.jpg

Thanks for watching,
Eyal.


April 17, 2008, 09:57:08 AM
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Hi,
Here is a small update (I hope this kind of blog is ok here, I can do less steps if asked).

The axles for the idlers are not glued, so the tracks can be added after the wheels are glued in place.

http://img391.imageshack.us/img391/2397/08xc6.jpg

At this point the lower tracks is guled to the hull.

http://img391.imageshack.us/img391/3567/09ln1.jpg

http://img391.imageshack.us/img391/1663/10in5.jpg

April 17, 2008, 10:05:47 AM
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The third track set is interesting... never realized it was there.

April 29, 2008, 09:37:07 AM
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HI,
I agree, the third track was a nice surprise for me also :)..

And some advancement in this model.. I couldn't hold myself and continued the other model I'm working on (Faun + Leopard), so I have to share time between these two projects.

There are lots of weapons on this tank, and some of them were built at this stage. Also the observation box which can be extracted from the top of the tank. The seams will be filled later on, I prefer to do all the seams at once.

http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/159/11mp6.jpg

The kit is terrific, and really no problems were encountered. Lots of details were added to the hull, such as doors, hatch covers, light and more machine guns.

http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/7592/13qf7.jpg

http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/1909/14pn5.jpg

http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/3600/12wn4.jpg

The instructions tell not to glue the wheels so that the track can move. I prefer to glue everything so that parts won't fall off the model at peculiar times. So I glued them all..

http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/2759/15xa0.jpg

Last parts are the tracks, which are placed with no effort on the wheels, and secured with two screws.

http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/4585/16ga3.jpg

http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/7259/17kh6.jpg

That's it for now, I hope it's interesting although I'm still gluing things together, there isn't anything too exciting about that  :geek:







April 30, 2008, 01:47:20 AM
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Thanks for posting!
Looking god.

M

April 30, 2008, 05:44:23 AM
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Looking better and better!  Do you plan to have the observation/commander deck extended?  One more question:  There are two more big oval parts that comes after the tracks, does that mean once you assemble those you can't paint the tracks separately? 

May 01, 2008, 12:22:26 AM
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Hi,
Yep the observation deck will be extended.

I'll glue the oval sides before painting, I prefer to finish as most construction as I can, as I have a tendency to ruin painted jobs when messing with it (finger prints, glue removing paint ETC  :-)).

May 06, 2008, 12:09:10 PM
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Thanks  ;D,
Here is the beast completed:

The model was so good, practically came together by itself. Nothing to fancy about it, just sutting and gluing the parts together. Some filler was used to remove seam lines.

The observation deck and the turret I'm leaving aside to ease the painting.

http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/3928/18vl5.jpg

http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/2564/19un6.jpg

http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/6391/20rd7.jpg

http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/8617/21xm4.jpg

Here it near a 1:72 Leopard which in itself is not a small tank...

http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/589/22db7.jpg

June 06, 2008, 08:54:39 AM
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Hi,
Finally got some time to airbrush..
I've sprayed dark red brown on the tracks, and now have to find time to spray the model itself.

http://img392.imageshack.us/img392/8206/23it0.jpg

http://img392.imageshack.us/img392/5334/24cr7.jpg

Can't wait to continue it, but I have very limited airbrushing time...

June 06, 2008, 07:33:33 PM
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So once you put the side panel pieces on you can't take the tracks off again?  Looking good btw, I'm looking forward to this.  Is it going to be the official tan color scheme?

June 08, 2008, 03:56:16 AM
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Thanks,
Yes everything except the turret and observation deck which were left off is glued, so now it is just a matter of smoe masking, and careful painting.

I have a different scheme in mind, but I need to find time to paint it, it has a lot of colors in it..

July 10, 2008, 08:32:03 AM
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Eyal! Good to see a familiar face in a new place! Thought I recognized your avatar!

Cheers!
Peabody
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August 04, 2008, 11:17:06 AM
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Hey Peabody,
Welcome aboard, this forum is one of the best there is, I hope you'll enjoy it here :).

And an update for this model:

I have a couple of days vacation from reserve duty (a whole month of it ), so I finally got some time to paint this beast.

I started with cutting a couple of stripes of tamiya's masking tape. Then red was sprayed on the sides, and stripes added. The white was painted and more stripes were added to mask it. Humbrol maskol was used to mask the windows of the observation chamber and the turret light.

I then mixed a light green color out of various tamiya paints, and sprayed the tank, hoping not to ruin too much of the tracks paint in the process.

The darker green was added like a mottling pattern, and last the nato black rings were added here and there. The masks and maskol were removed, and some touches were done with red and white. The windows and head turret light were painted in Tamiya's smoke color.

This is the result, I think it's ok, similar to what I had in minde for it.

Now I need some rest, the thing took almost three hours of aribrushing  :)

http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/5615/25uy1.jpg

http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/9558/26ik6.jpg

http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/9446/27ra9.jpg

http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/5118/28rx2.jpg

http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/5594/29qd5.jpg


August 04, 2008, 07:34:31 PM
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Oooh! I REALLY like the camo and the striping. Really nice!

August 05, 2008, 05:04:40 PM
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Yeah the combo really works.  It's a little comical too (well at least to me), perfect for the piggies!  :lol: