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Meng T-90 w/TBS-86 Tank Dozer
koalorka
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Posted: Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 05:00 PM UTC
Currently building the Trumpeter cast turret T-90, and just reviewing your photos, the MENG kit appears to have more details correct on the turret, such as the cables to the Shtora emitters and Tucha grenade launchers.. They're entirely absent on the Trumpeter kit.

Also MENG replicated the very fine grid-texture of the "nadboy" covering quite nicely. These are smooth on the Trumpy kit.

Trumpeter also has the wrong exhaust, tracks, drive sprockets and rear deck detail for an early tank.
ColinEdm
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Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 02:32 AM UTC
Thanks for the kind words gents, Ivanhoe I am glad you and others found my blog helpful, it is a beautiful kit that has only a few minor issues to watch out for.
ivanhoe6
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Posted: Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 04:08 AM UTC
What an awesome looking T-90, good work !!!
Thanks Colin for "taking me to school" on this kit. My instruction booklet is covered with notes from your outstanding build log. Well done !
Thanks again for your efforts !
Tom
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Posted: Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 03:34 AM UTC
Wow Colin..superb build

Beside the eye, the dozer is really an eye catcher...love it

Splendid work!!!
ColinEdm
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Posted: Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 03:07 AM UTC
Thanks gents, this was the second Meng kit I have done, I am really liking what they have to offer.
Stickframe
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Posted: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 - 06:07 PM UTC
Hi Colin - thanks for posting the results - this turned out really well - and the log, very informative - nice build!

Cheers
Nick
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Posted: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 - 05:15 PM UTC
Collin, that sure did turn out very nice. The T-90 is a sinister looking beast and you've done a great job conveying that nature. Thanks for the great build to follow as well.

Regards,

Eric
ColinEdm
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Posted: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 - 04:49 PM UTC
OK, life got in the way for a while but I managed to finish it off. Decals went on very nice, no silvering at all, but it is getting hard to see the tiny ones in white on light blue backing paper. Muddied it up nice and good, but other than that, only some pin washes and light oil weathering.









Cheers
ColinEdm
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Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 03:18 PM UTC
Thanks guys. Dave, no, not on the base except when I was flogging the car around the runways on track days. Do you come out to the IPMS meetings at McNally?
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Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 11:26 AM UTC
That came out good.
Nice work there.
griffontech
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Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 10:43 AM UTC
Hey,

Just noted your address and name. You on the base?
I'm with the flyboys on the garrison. Still following this with great interest. Can't wait to start it once I clear about 5 other models off the desk...

Keep up the excellent work.
ColinEdm
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Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 10:01 AM UTC
Thanks Jacques!
Jacques
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Posted: Monday, February 12, 2018 - 10:02 AM UTC
Looking good!
ColinEdm
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Posted: Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 09:31 AM UTC
Camo is done, detail painting, touch ups and decals to come.




Cheers
ColinEdm
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Posted: Saturday, February 03, 2018 - 04:40 PM UTC
Thanks guys. Continuing with some more dirt on the dozer blade:


and got the running gear and tracks on:


side skirts are on now, so I can start camo!
KoSprueOne
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Posted: Monday, January 29, 2018 - 02:34 PM UTC
Yeah this is really looking good.







flugwuzzi
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Posted: Monday, January 29, 2018 - 02:52 AM UTC
Excellent work Colin!
Your model is rellay coming to life with all the mud.

cheers
Walter
ColinEdm
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Posted: Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 04:16 PM UTC
Thanks Luis. With the dozer blade, I figured I would weather this one like it had been playing in the dirt for a while, started on the blade, the dirt doesn't show up too well, and I still want to add a bit of built up dirt accumulations:

the lower hull and running gear is getting dirtied up so I can add the skirts and continue with the camo scheme.


Sekytwo
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Posted: Friday, January 26, 2018 - 03:46 AM UTC
Impressive AF so far!!
ColinEdm
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Posted: Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 03:10 PM UTC
Thanks guys! Masked off the lights, vision blocks etc and on to the paint booth, started with Tamiya rattle can grey as the first primer coat to highlight surface defects and give the acrylic a good base then followed up with black for shadowing and then Russian Green base, I will be doing a three colour camo.


The kit supplied wheel mask worked a treat:

laid a slightly lighter grey-green coat on the dozer assembly after hair-spraying a base metal colour and then wet it and wore most of the green off the surface of the blade:


Time to start weathering the running gear and lower hull so I can get that all put together with skirts on before adding the other camo colours.
newnikonian
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Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 - 04:37 PM UTC
Awesome detailing..... Looking Great
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Posted: Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 04:29 AM UTC
Nicely done. Love those new lines.
ColinEdm
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 05:08 PM UTC
Cheers Bob.

Final bits added - hydraulic line for dozer blade and fuel drums/fuel lines. I wasn't too keen on the kit supplied lines, the soft rubber line for the dozer blade hydraulic had seam lines that were very difficult to remove well, as well as the sprue attachment points.

so I made a new one out of solder with some retaining straps made from foil:

The fuel lines were molded out of regular styrene but I wasn't happy with the detail:

so again with solder and brass wire:

I will trim the straps to be more even when everything has set well.
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Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - 01:59 AM UTC
Thanks for photos of track links Colin I see the little pins now.
ColinEdm
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Posted: Sunday, January 07, 2018 - 04:10 PM UTC
Work on the dozer blade begins with the hydraulic cylinders for elevating the blade. Please excuse my brain fart on the mounting brackets for the two cylinders at the front, I reversed two of the parts and even though it is obvious in hindsight, I didn't figure it out until I had it all assembled and tried to attach to the hull...

Looking at it now it is pretty obvious...
The guard plates for the hydraulic cylinders are made of photoetch:



I found them to be quite fiddly and in my opinion could be better designed to make them work better. They are supposed to fit within one another and slide to allow the blade to elevate and depress (the inner pistons have ridges and the cylinders have detents to allow the cylinder extension to be adjusted and the blade to be positioned) but there are no proper bending lines scribed so it is hit and miss to make it fit properly.

the mounting points for the PE to the plastic are hard to line up and there is not much contact surface so it is easy to break the PE off when manipulating the various parts. once it is together it is quite a nice assembly though (and I fixed the brackets!).


A few final bits and bobs and it is on to the paint booth!