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T-34/76 Beutepanzer Rebuild

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Postby c.rainford73 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:27 pm

As customary we must start another project while another one is already under way you may have noticed I was looking to build a nice running durable T-34/76 captured by the Germans and pressed into service.

I've been working behind the scenes gathering some parts to build the tank in really a rebuild fashion. MichaelC on the forum supplied the custom upper hull and turret.

It has the Taigen quick connection system so I mated it to the full metal Taigen lower hull from Dave ( Forgebear)

I added the metal road wheels sprockets and idlers.

The trick was to fabricate some metal schurzen plates so here's how it sits at this point.

The copper sheets were scraps from a roofer friend and I managed to cut damage sand and rough up the surface to make them look battle worn.

I made a L channel copper bracket system that is epoxied to the hull upper and then the plates are epoxied to the hangers. I did not want the plates to come loose during driving so they are very strong.

I'm still working on the M-3 Lee so this will be the part time build while my other projects speed up or slow down.

Still have to add the schurzen detail bits and pieces but here they are mounted before primer.

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Postby Ad Lav » Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:04 pm

Very nice start, I love the 76mm T34.
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Postby c.rainford73 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:14 pm

Ad Lav wrote:Very nice start, I love the 76mm T34.
Thank you very much
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Postby Soeren » Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:00 am

Nice one :).
What sheet thickness is this copper stuff?

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Postby c.rainford73 » Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:24 pm

Soeren wrote:Nice one :).
What sheet thickness is this copper stuff?
Hi Soeren. It's approximately 1mm. Thick enough to retain its shape and soft enough to bend and not break.
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Postby capt midnight » Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:22 pm

After you run it a bit the plates will take on their own look. I've snagged mine so many times that they truly do look war worn. I still need to add some shell hits, though!

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Postby c.rainford73 » Sun Nov 05, 2017 5:16 pm

capt midnight wrote:After you run it a bit the plates will take on their own look. I've snagged mine so many times that they truly do look war worn. I still need to add some shell hits, though!

Bill
Bill I remember a few years ago I built a very nice Heng Long/Taigen Panzer iv and I used plasticard brackets and fenders and wow every time I took it out for a run I had to carry CA glue in my pockets

My Panzer III project had a mix of brass hangers and plasticard plates... A little better

Learned my lesson so with this one if I hit something it will be more fun and less worries.
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Postby Ad Lav » Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:18 pm

Found some photos in my books :)

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Postby c.rainford73 » Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:34 pm

Thank you Adam A nice battle flag is a must to drape over the large turret hatch. I'd like to keep it open as much as possible since the gun MichaelC installed is complete and detailed with the seat and breech.
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Postby c.rainford73 » Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:06 pm

So I painted light grey heavy epoxy primer last night and added some German Dunkelgelb base coats of paint this morning.

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Postby Ludwig von wigbearer » Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:18 pm

Looks great carl, I like it a lot :thumbup:

regards john :wave:

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Postby c.rainford73 » Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:22 pm

Ludwig von wigbearer wrote:Looks great carl, I like it a lot

regards john :wave:
Thank you John :wave: now I've got to do some work sanding filling and adding some detail bits like the plasticard stowage boxes I'm building and other German details.
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Postby Ad Lav » Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:45 pm

Quite surprised nobody does a T34/76 rc out of the box.

Looks good in base coat, the skirts with the holes are neat. I must bash my JPnones about.
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Postby c.rainford73 » Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:48 pm

Ad Lav wrote:Quite surprised nobody does a T34/76 rc out of the box.

Looks good in base coat, the skirts with the holes are neat. I must bash my JPnones about.
I've found a pre-assembled T-34/76 turret with servo recoil and elevation ready to plug and play on EBay from a fellow in Russia. It's a bit pricey roughly $165.00 US. I'd guess it's at least an option for someone without the skills to make one themselves.
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Postby RobW » Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:13 pm

There's a resin one, but at about £70 it's not cheap either.

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Postby c.rainford73 » Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:29 pm

Added some color to the base coat. It's going to be from the Das Reich devision and they had many German tri color camoflouge patterns. I went with one that is a mix of model master enamel interior green and Tamiya XF-64 Red Brown.

Still have to add a filter some washes and chipping with some detail bits and pieces. It is looking more German at this point

Will also darken some areas like the engine deck and hull damage.

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Postby Ad Lav » Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:41 pm

Wow you work quick!
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Postby c.rainford73 » Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:43 pm

Ad Lav wrote:Wow you work quick!
Yes two young children one has to "work" as fast as possible when the time allows. Sometimes I'm really feeling the work and just keep rolling. Much more to do but the basic design is now there.

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Postby Ad Lav » Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:49 pm

Looks great.

I know the feeing with the little ones - managed some build time today inbetween going to the park and lunch and dinner lol
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Postby c.rainford73 » Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:41 pm

Thank you sometimes my daughters glitter from her arts and crafts desk winds up on my tanks.... Not fun to clean
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