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Tamiya T34/76
Porsche
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Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2002 - 06:19 AM UTC
Hey guys, starting to build this kit. Have a few questions:

Anyone have a good web resource for photos, etc? Want to get better ideas on weld seams, weathering, etc.
What alterations need to be done to this kit and how have people done them?
I have Eduard brass for this tank.. what other accesories are suggested?

Thanks,
Andy :-)
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Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2002 - 06:39 AM UTC
Andy, I've never built the kit, but I was able to locate a nice build-up of it.
Here:

http://www.rollmodels.net/reviews/dios/motherrussia/t34dio.htm
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Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2002 - 06:45 AM UTC
BTW, which version or model number do you have of this kit? Tamiya makes three different ones:
# 35049 T-34/76 Tank 1942, I think this one is discontinued.
# 35059 T-34/76 1943 Model Russian Tank
# 35149 T34/76 Tank ChTZ

I ask because each one has slightly different extras you could add to it.


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Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2002 - 06:57 AM UTC
Hey, thanks for the link Kencelot.

The model # is 35149

Thanks,
Andy
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Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2002 - 06:58 AM UTC

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# 35149 T34/76 Tank ChTZ

I've got this one myself, but I've yet to crack the box open. I won it on eBay for less than $10 including shipping, couldn't stand to see it go for so little.
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Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2002 - 07:05 AM UTC
Rob, how in tarnation do you win a kit on EBay??? AAAhhhhh

Son of a gun...there's that ugly green headed monster again...

Hmmm...couldn't stand to see it go for so little, ehh? Does that mean you're looking to part with it? LOL
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Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2002 - 07:18 AM UTC
When I first started surfing on eBay in 1996, you could look at every model (only one category for models was in "crafts & hobbies") listed in about an hour. Today, you can't even look through the armor category in a day.

This used to be the place to get great buys, and still is to an extent. But there are plenty of auction saavy buyers that keep the market price to about what the shelf price is. Some sellers use eBay as an online store so they don't have to have an online site. They tend to sell at MSRP and usually carry what's available in the stores or Squadron for the same price. Not much of a deal here.

Of course, there's always the guy thinning the collection or the wife who's kit-hoarding husband has passed away that post kits at a low price. These are the ones to find. (watch for my wife to post my kits when I'm gone ). Of course, with snipers and bidbots, these deals are getting harder to come by.
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Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2002 - 07:28 AM UTC
Okay Rob,...I was going to say I've never seen any place there for winning anything. Some guys have all the luck...I say "Good for you"! :-)

Andy, is there any particular "add-on" or conversion you're looking for? There are so many possibilities...far too many to list here. Seems every one and their brother made some conversions and extras for that kit. Very popular.
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Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2002 - 07:53 AM UTC
Hi Andy;
I built one of this kit lately (you can see the photos of completed model here in the Armorama Photo Gallery).
The kit was very fun to build, you have to work on the weld seams, I made mine using the hot needle technique (you can check a latest topic in this forum regarding about weld seams). A good thing is to buy news tracks (what comes to the model are awfull) I didnt and I regret . I strictly recommend getting the book: Osprey Modelling Manuals #16 - T34/76 & T34/85, this book is very usefull (Im sorry to say that mine only arrived when Im almost finnishing my model ).
HTH
Cheers!
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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2002 - 02:17 AM UTC

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The model # is 35149


Andy,
Osprey puts out a book on modeling and correcting the Tamiya T34/76's and 85's.
I'm not at home so I don't know which number, but the book is quite recent, I believe.
HTH
210cav
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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2002 - 03:05 AM UTC
Ron--can you get the name of the publication? I am rehabing my original twenty plus year old T-34 and could use all the help available.
Thanks
DJ
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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2002 - 03:10 AM UTC
It's the standared Osprey size, and I believe it's called"Modeling and Detailing the T34/76 and T34/85". I'm at work and am relying on my memory. And I've been told that I am using faulty equipment.
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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2002 - 06:14 AM UTC

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Ron--can you get the name of the publication? I am rehabing my original twenty plus year old T-34 and could use all the help available.
Thanks
DJ


As I said in a post before here goes the Osprey book:


Quoted Text

Hi Andy;
I built one of this kit lately (you can see the photos of completed model here in the Armorama Photo Gallery).
The kit was very fun to build, you have to work on the weld seams, I made mine using the hot needle technique (you can check a latest topic in this forum regarding about weld seams). A good thing is to buy news tracks (what comes to the model are awfull) I didnt and I regret . I strictly recommend getting the book: Osprey Modelling Manuals #16 - T34/76 & T34/85, this book is very usefull (Im sorry to say that mine only arrived when Im almost finnishing my model ).
HTH
Cheers!

Paulo R Castro
Modelling from Brazil
visit: www.armouredsprue.hpg.com.br

Porsche
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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2002 - 07:28 AM UTC
Thanks for everything guys.

I'm new to the hobby as well. I have Eduard brass. How am I supposed to remove some of the Tamiya plastic to make room for the brass? Exacto knives just don't seem to do it. I'm basically ruing the model!!
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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2002 - 07:42 AM UTC
Hard to do, but you need to use the chiseled shaped blade, not necessarily the regular #11 blade. Also for bigger "chunks" you can use a grinding bit in a Dremel Moto-tool.
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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2002 - 07:49 AM UTC
What no would you use?

Thanks,
Andy
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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2002 - 08:37 AM UTC
Not sure of the # Andy, I usually pick up the misc pack with various different blades. It is the chisel shaped blade with "hips". I just looked and the number on the blade is 17.
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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2002 - 11:32 PM UTC
Rob--the chisel blade is a life saver. I use it religiously. The odd thing about the Dremel drill I have is my inability to differentiate between any of the speed indicators. I have tanker ears, but other than looking pretty, it seems it has one speed. Thus the chisel blade is a god send to getting those nasty former battery holder brackets out of the hull. BTW---I found the M-113 interior and mailed it to you this morning.
DJ
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Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2002 - 02:32 AM UTC

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It's the standared Osprey size, and I believe it's called"Modeling and Detailing the T34/76 and T34/85". I'm at work and am relying on my memory. And I've been told that I am using faulty equipment.


Ok, I'm home and I can say that the above information is in error. The book is an Osprey Modeling Manual #16 "T-34/76 & T-34/85". It shows, in detail how to correct Tamiya #35049 T34/76 Model 1942. And how to make a T34/85 from the same kit.
Even if you do not have this Tamiya kit, there many useful pictures for detaling any T34.