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Carius

T-55M (Finland)

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Hello folks, this project was stopped in 2014, but now I decided to finish it in honor of my English friend, Mr. Wilson, from London, who always encourages me to go ahead.
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According to Steven Zaloga," this is Finnish modernization of the T-55, roughly paralleling T-55AM1 program. It is most easily distinguished by the extensive new turret stowage, gun-tube thermal jacket, 76mm Wegmann smoke grenade launchers on both turret sides and the 71mm Bofors Lyran flare launcher on the right side of the turret. A new Saab Aerotronicks gunner's sight replaces the TPN-1-22-11, incorporating a passive night vision channel and laser rengefinder. This version uses the RMSh tracks" (in, T-54 T-55 T-62 - Concord Publications Company).

 

The T-55M:

 

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Well, In this project I will use

 

1. T-55A, Tamiya 35257
2. Finnish T-55 Command conversion set, AEf Designs KT-26
3. T-55 fender fuel tank set, Legend LF1219
4. RMSh tracks , Fruilmodel ATL-11
5. T-72 Drive sprocket, Fruilmodel AW-08 (probably)
6. NSVT machine gun, Miniarm B35060
7. T-55 100mm D-10T barrel, RB Model 35B41
8.T-55 ammo and boxes, Verlinden
 

 

THE BEGINING (2014):

 

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NEW PROGRESS (2017):

 

I decided not to use the AEF Designs resin turret in the kit, so I did a transplant of the 71mm Bofors Lyran flare launcher and the Saab Aerotronics gunner sight in Tamiya's turret . I have also fixed the big boxes of the turret.

 

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That's all for now...

 

 

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Looking good so far.  I see you have been using a bunch of putty and all of that sanding without removing detail is a nuisance.

All of those add-ons are going to take a Tamiya to a much higher level.

 

Looking forward to following along.

 

Take care,

 

Lloyd

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Lloyd, thanks for looking and comment.

 

Cheers :cheers:

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Hi Carius,

This is going to be interesting as we are going to be doing similar tanks at the same time. I'm just about to make a start on Tamiya's Tiran 5. Yours is looking good so far. I will be a long way behind you though, as my build rate is slow and I'm still doing the M1.

 

John.

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This certainly does look like it will be an interesting project to follow. :popcorn:

Nice start. :thumbsup:

Kind regards,

Stix

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3 hours ago, Bullbasket said:

Hi Carius,

This is going to be interesting as we are going to be doing similar tanks at the same time. I'm just about to make a start on Tamiya's Tiran 5. Yours is looking good so far. I will be a long way behind you though, as my build rate is slow and I'm still doing the M1.

 

John.

 

Hi John, great, so we can share ideas about our projects because my build rate is slow too.

 

Cheers

 

1 hour ago, PlaStix said:

This certainly does look like it will be an interesting project to follow. :popcorn:

Nice start. :thumbsup:

Kind regards,

Stix

 

Stix my friend, I thank your interest.

 

Kind regards,

Cesar

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Hello,

 

I'll take a seat, if you don't mindB)

 

Why did you end up not using the AEF turret ?

 

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:thumbsup: I thank your interest Etienne.

 

Because the AEF turret omitted one of the periscopes, and to make the work easier.

 

Regards

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Interesting project I'll follow along as well if you don't mind

 

    Roger

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of course not Roger! :lol:

 

Thanks

 

 

 

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This should be good. 

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This looks good.....Reckon I'll pull up a Panda**.  :popcorn:

 

** Blame the Goodies!

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Will pull up a chair as well and get the :popcorn: oh and :cheers:

 

Regards

Richard

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Thanks and welcome Richard :cheers:

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Nice, not the "bog standard" T-55 but something completely different. The stowage bins look heavy for the supports, I'll grab a seat if you don't mind.:yes:

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Pretty project, and really nice stuff, sure another artwork,,,:popcorn:, cheers Carius

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The Fins have some superb variations of otherwise very common vehicles . I am always amazed at their adaptations .

This is a great looking version of the T-55 and you are doing a wonderful job so far .

I think I will also watch with interest .

 

 

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Gentlemen I thank the interest of all of you.

 

Gremlin the stowages bins have the bottom supported on the turret too.

 

By the way, talking about modeller's interest in my projects, assemblies, weathering techniques, painting, in other words, in my skills, I'll make videos to show to all of you how I work. :work:

 

I have personally demonstrated my skills to many people, but now it's time for the videos, I think.

 

Soon as possible I'll be back to England and HUMBLY I would like to show my skills in person to any of you, if someone wants to see, of course...My honor and pleasure.
 

Best Regards

Cesar

 

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:lol:...My frriend, fhe videos will be totally improvised...

 

:cheers:

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Any T-54/55 build suits me well.

A Finnish machine even more.

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