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Anything from the war in South East Asia 1945-75

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TOPIC: NVA T-54B

NVA T-54B 01 Jan 2018 13:13 #1

OK, so I am getting caught up on some builds, and I think I can enter this and get 'er complete before the end of the campaign!


It's gonna be OOB, with the possibility of a metal barrel. I just never can seem to get that seam out in those 2-piece barrels!


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NVA T-54B 01 Jan 2018 13:19 #2

Some photo references. I was seeing it in march order with some vegetation wrapped 'round it






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NVA T-54B 01 Jan 2018 14:30 #3

Cool mate :popcorn
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NVA T-54B 01 Jan 2018 16:33 #4

Thanks Dave, hop the new year went well over in SA!
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NVA T-54B 01 Jan 2018 17:44 #5

Nice choice!


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"Damn they made me put out the candle"



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NVA T-54B 02 Jan 2018 08:55 #6

:popcorn
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NVA T-54B 02 Jan 2018 10:14 #7

iambrb wrote:
Thanks Dave, hop the new year went well over in SA!
Oh yes went very well But you guys dont really want to hear how glorious our sunshine and beaches are do you :bgrin
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NVA T-54B 03 Jan 2018 11:09 #8

Looking forward to your progress on this kit. Been thinking about making one, but with limited armor modeling experience I had been sticking with subjects I am familiar with. After seeing how yours turns out, I might try venturing out of my comfort zone.

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NVA T-54B 03 Jan 2018 22:32 #9

It seems to be really well made! Thier plastic is oddly "Softer" than others I have seen, but the solvents seem to take to it well. You also have the option of the early 'spoke' type wheels, or the later 'starfish' wheels. I am going 'starfish' as that is what I have seen on every NVN T-54 pic I can find. You also have move Really slowly thru the directions, as they make it easy to make an error. This is especially so on the suspension arms, you can easily get them mixed up when creating the subassy's., making installing them in correct order a bear. But the detail is really super, and it is going together really well!
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NVA T-54B 05 Jan 2018 19:38 #10

Looking forward to seeing some in-progress pics...

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NVA T-54B 06 Jan 2018 16:09 #11

Only a few pics of progress, but here they are.

1-The instruction have Lousy pics! Good idea to keep reference photos handy, as some of the pics in instructions are nothing close to the part on the tree, and you need those ref. pics to get it in there correctly!

2-Despite my whine above (what..no cheese?) It is owrth it as the model is coming together beautifully! Detail is really incredible, and the softer grade of styrene allows for really fine parts like the fuel lines, which look great and require very little cleanup.

3-In looking at NVA Ref. pics (see below), it appears that none of the T-54's in Saigon or even on the march carried fuel drums on the rear (some tanks even appear to have their drum racks removed!). They also almost all seem to have damaged fenders, so you can see that on the fender I have completed (Press-fit only) there is damage at the front and it will not have anything in front of that, haven't made my mind up about the fenders at the rear or not.......

Showing the running gear and the nice fit of this model:
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Showing the fender with most of the fuel lines done (incomplete/press-fit only):
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Here is the damaged fender detail:
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Here are a few more reference pics showing typical usage damage:

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NVA T-54B 21 Jan 2018 18:07 #12

Probably too late but the Takom Type 59/69-1 has markings for Vietnamese tanks. Comes with the small fuel drums or maybe they are smoke drums.
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