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T-71 MBT
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England - North West, United Kingdom
Joined: April 05, 2003
KitMaker: 4,924 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2007 - 12:58 PM UTC
Rob Feehan gives us a run down on building his Silver Award-winning T-72 MBT from Tamiya. Thanks Rob!

Building A T-72 MBT

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Kobenhavn, Denmark
Joined: July 20, 2006
KitMaker: 9,811 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2007 - 03:46 PM UTC
Very nice work. A good clean paint job with minimum fuss.
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Ohio, United States
Joined: June 14, 2003
KitMaker: 803 posts
Armorama: 479 posts
Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 - 03:20 AM UTC
Hi Rob,
Very nice work. Thanks for sharing.
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Kyoto-fu, Japan / 日本
Joined: October 06, 2006
KitMaker: 21 posts
Armorama: 12 posts
Posted: Saturday, January 20, 2007 - 05:24 AM UTC
Hello Rob -

I too like the results you got, very much! You did a great job with a good kit. I like post-war Russian tanks, and I made a couple of screen shots of yours to keep with other good builds on my screen-desktop, for inspiration and morale-boost.

I enjoyed your article equally, but especially the "SUMMARY"! It meant a good deal to me to find your story just when I did. I can't get enough of hearing things like 'out-of-box' and 'relax'. I have the bad habit of reading through stuff like "AFV Modeller" and then kind of eating my heart out. Armorama (this is not a plug!) has given me chances to take a breath once in a while, and get my bearings. You helped quite a bit with that!

I look forward to your next build, whenever it happens. Thanks again for your thoughts!

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England - South West, United Kingdom
Joined: August 07, 2004
KitMaker: 6,391 posts
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Posted: Saturday, January 20, 2007 - 12:18 PM UTC
Nice T-72 Rob, and I fully agree with your sentiment, " since I was concentrating on improving my basic modeling skills over other areas. I recommend everyone periodically do a build like this. It recharged my batteries for tougher builds and I loved the results. "
It really does, I love to grab a Tamiya or Italeri kit and just build it straight from the box, in between trying to add those ridiculously small pieces of brass and resin to what most people consider to be a toy... :-)

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Kansas, United States
Joined: July 20, 2003
KitMaker: 727 posts
Armorama: 648 posts
Posted: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 - 12:18 AM UTC
Thanks guys, I did this one after my Sherman OP and while I loved that project it was nice to just do this one as close to "oob" as possible. Glad people liked it as that means a lot. I am an older modeler (being 44) but I don't think I got really serious with my modeling until about 2001 when I jumped back in after a break (I have had a lot of breaks over the years). So a lot of the basic skills I am still learning to master and the biggest one is probably patience and attention to detail. I just wish my eyes were as good as they were 20 years ago and everything would be perfect lol.

Right now I have 3 things on my work bench and one of them is close to out of the box other than a barrel and a small amount of simple etch. The other two are resin conversions which I am "stuck" at the weathering/detailing stage on.

Next up for me is probably my new home office/hobby space and game room so models might take a backseat this spring for a while assuming I can ever get the people lined up to do the work.