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Postby Ad Lav » Sat Apr 08, 2017 7:32 pm

Long story short, sold my T55 to buy something else, wished I didn't and Oz needed to sell his so I picked his up three weeks ago!

Captain indecisive reporting for duty :D

Starting the build tonight, havn't decided on which type but I have three in the running...

Polish T55AM Merida

Iraq T55 Enigma

Iraq Stock T55

This one is lucky enough to be propelled by an Elmod fusion pro and DKLM metal tracks, but I may run plastic.

Speaker will be dklm with visaton replacement and dklm metal reinforced tub.

Pics to follow.
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Postby Ad Lav » Sat Apr 08, 2017 8:24 pm

Suspension started, although I can only complete so much of this as the hull plate needs to be fixed before the other arms can go in.

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Postby JohnWhyte » Sat Apr 08, 2017 10:25 pm

Is that the hooben T-55 as I'm looking at getting one as I am interested in the Israeli Arab wars in the 60s

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Postby c.rainford73 » Sat Apr 08, 2017 10:27 pm

Very cool. I will be following along to see this one built
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Postby Ad Lav » Sat Apr 08, 2017 10:29 pm

Hooben T55, yes. Lovely looking tank!

Good to have you along :D
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Postby Model Builder 4 » Sat Apr 08, 2017 11:32 pm

Nice bit of kit Adam, I do like the t55 , look forward to seeing it progress :thumbup:

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Postby Max-U52 » Sun Apr 09, 2017 1:23 am

I work with a Polish guy (great machinist) who actually used to drive a T55, so I vote for the Polish version!! @)

I've long wanted one of these, too, and one day I'll get one so I'll be watching with interest. It looks like it has a pretty good instruction booklet, is that accurate? Are the instructions easy to follow and do they cover everything without leaving out anything important?
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Postby BarryC » Sun Apr 09, 2017 1:53 am

Ad Lav,

I have this kit and will be watching with great interest. :clap:

I had planned to get metal tracks so if you decide to go with plastic I have a set, maybe we can work something out if interested.

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Postby Jake79 » Sun Apr 09, 2017 6:18 am

Another tank I'd love to own, will be following with interest. I'll vote Polish too as the Mrs is :)
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Postby c.rainford73 » Sun Apr 09, 2017 6:26 am

Maybe an early version from the Iraqi army from the early 80's or something in Egyptian service?

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Postby Ad Lav » Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:48 am

Instructions are rubbish, back to front and inside out - does not build like a tamiya that for sure!

Suspension photos to follow and proof of chinglish instructions lol

Photo of the three options I like...
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Postby Ad Lav » Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:52 am

Suspension at the rear and very front is an odd setup, very stiff. May change with weight and wheels etc on.

Springs not the easiest to sort out, instructions not the easiest to follow due to bad drawings and translation.


Make it like this it won't fit...

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Happy like this, moves nicely, but wrong...

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Supposed to be like this but doesn't move smooth enough for me.

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Postby Model Builder 4 » Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:28 am

My vote would go with the middle one of the 3 pictures Adam :thumbup:

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Postby Max-U52 » Sun Apr 09, 2017 3:31 pm

Can you please tell us where those three different versions served? I like all three but I'd still vote for a Polish tank, just to see the look on Jerzey's face when I show him the photos. But in the end our opinion don't count for a hill of beans on this one. It's your tank and you should go with what you like best, and don't listen to me on the subject. I'll be happy just to watch you build it, even if you make it pink for Girls und Panzers!! Thanks again for starting this thread, I know I'm going to enjoy it immensely. 8)
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Postby Ad Lav » Sun Apr 09, 2017 4:34 pm

Enigma was the first Gulf War, Iraq.

Standard T55 was Iraq-Iran war.

Merida was used by Poland and Czechoslovakia.

Unsure still, going to build it without detail parts and then decide :D
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Postby Max-U52 » Sun Apr 09, 2017 5:42 pm

I was really hoping you would say the second photo was used in Poland. I like that one best so I'm glad that's a Polish variant. :D :D

Are you going to make the searchlights functional? That would be very, very cool. I can't wait to see how it runs with the elmod. I haven't tried one of those (yet) but I hear they are very good boards. I must admit that the main reason I don't have one yet is because I'm so cheap and they cost so much.
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Postby Ad Lav » Sun Apr 09, 2017 5:54 pm

They are a great board, I have a pro version in my HL Sherman. Good sounds and easy to use/setup.

Picture wise top to bottom is enigma, Iraq/Iran then Polish Merida.

I am wavering towards a standard Iraq/Iran one as I'm right about spending £100 to make it look pretty lol
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Postby Max-U52 » Sun Apr 09, 2017 6:02 pm

Like I said before, don't listen to this old hippie and paint it any way you want to. I'm just thankful that you're posting it at all so I can ride along. :thumbup: :clap: :thumbup: :clap:

I am confused about the top to bottom thing, so the tank in the middle is Polish? I really like that one best of the three. The top one looks too busy, and the bottom one too plain, but the one in the middle is, as Goldilocks said, Juuust Right. :haha:

So what about the searchlights? Any chance you'll electrify them? That would be just too cool.
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Postby Ad Lav » Sun Apr 09, 2017 6:03 pm

Middle one is Iran/Iraq :)

Oh, I believe the lights all work!

The elmod has the ability for them to work and the kit comes with lights iirc!
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Postby Max-U52 » Sun Apr 09, 2017 6:07 pm

So what about the bottom one (with the apple)? Is that the Polish one?

That's very cool ab out the lights. Can't wait to see video when it's done.
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