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  1. Hi all, I felt like I needed a new project to help get through this period in which I'll be spending much time at home. The kit I've chosen to work on is Tamiya's brand new Renault R35 in 1/35th scale (pictured below). I'm pretty excited to get going on this one once it arrives in the mail. If there aren't too many delays due to the lockdown, I should be ready to go next week at the latest. This gives me enough time to do research and choose the particular vehicle I'm going to build. In the meantime here is how I've decided to breakdown my project. PHASE 1: CONSTRUCTION Part 1: References Here I'm mainly going to compile a selection of images taken from internet as well as a few "walkarounds" I know are available. Also, I expect to use a book called "French Tanks of WWII pt.1" from Osprey Publishing. Part 2: Removing parts from the sprue & part preparation It might not be the usual way of doing things but I'm planning on detaching and sanding all parts before actually gluing any of them together. This being a Tamiya kit, I really don't expect much trouble in the way of mould marks etc.. Part 3: Basic exterior assembly Here I assemble all the parts that will be painted in the base colour, in other words the core of the model excluding certain details that are easier to paint individually. I'm not sure how often I will post updates during this part but most likely every 3-4 "steps" in the instructions. Part 4: Textures This part is something I guess I'm going to experiment with. The R35 was made mainly of 3 large casted pieces bolted together. The Tamiya kit tries to replicate this cast texture but from what I've heard it isn't pronounced enough. If this ends up being the case I'll redo it myself as well as the various weld lines. Part 5: Battle Damage I haven't decided which particular R35 I'm going to represent but it is possible that I might add some light battle damage to the model depending on what the real one went through. Part 6: Exterior Detailing Finally, I'll end the build phase by constructing the metal tracks I'm going to purchase to go along with this kit. This is also where I'll add any extra details or accessories if I feel the need. Well, there's the plan. Now to execute! I'll post again once the research is completed. Cheers, Jack
  2. 1. Separating Parts From The Sprue + Part Preparation Today I completed the first step of the construction phase. I've disconnected every single part needed for the assembly from its respective sprue besides the figure. I then cleaned all these parts up, removed any mould marks, sanded the connection points in order to make them 100% ready to be put together. It ought to be said that, being Tamiya, this kit does not require much work besides removing the connection points. These new Tamiya kits are excellent because the mould marks are strategically located so you can even leave them and they won't be seen for the most part. The only real bits that needed work are all the pieces that make up the commander's hatch and cupola. Since these parts will be exposed from both sides I had to remove the circular mould marks present on the inside of these. Other than that, a real piece of cake...on to the interior. If I decide to do any interior detailing at all that is.
  3. Hi people, I hope you're healthy and coping as well as possible with the current situation wherever you may be in the world. Not much progress has been made on the Pz.38(t) since last month but expect the amount of updates to increase in frequency since I'm permanently @home. One thing I thought would be useful to post is my main reference image. This is an Ausf.E from the 19th Panzer Division in Russia just like the one I'm working on. I'm not entirely sure if its the exact vehicle (Nr.522) but there is a good chance. Note the "22" you can almost decipher on the turret. Going from the other numbers of tanks in 19th Panzer Division it is likely that a number five precedes it. Anyway it was good enough for me and I'm going with it in the absence of anything else. If you have any extra information the could help me figure out exactly which tank it is or if you have any other reference material on Nr.522 I'd be glad to see it! Keep well, Jack
  4. Hi Simon, Not a single issue of note so far, the parts fit perfectly. As you say, Tamiya hardly ever disappoints. I'll make sure to point out any issues if indeed I encounter any. Cheers
  5. Hey guys, 2020 is here and it's time for a new project. This is the first step of my diorama called "Soviet Supplies", more on that soon in the diorama section of the forum. This particular build though is of Tamiya's brand new Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) Ausf.E/F in 1/35th scale. A useful and interesting overview of the vehicle history and characteristics is available on Tank Encyclopadia.com. https://tanks-encyclopedia.com/ww2/nazi_germany/Panzer-38T.php Here is the plan I always do before commencing a build. Kit: 1/35 Tamiya Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) Ausf.E/F - No. 35369 Aftermarket: None Vehicle: Nr.522, 1st Company (light), 1st Battalion, 27th Panzer-Regiment, 19th Panzer-Division Location/Time: Velikiye Luki, Russia, 17th July 1941 Markings: Decals in the box Finish: Produced in late 1940. Has been in combat for ~ a month. Extra spare tracks mounted on top of transmission cover. No damage of note. Marshy terrain around V.Luki, nice weather. Bit of a short one here since I did my research ages ago and have therefore forgotten most of it already. The build is already well underway so we'll pick up from here. Lower hull is completed and turret assembly about to start. Cheerio, Jack
  6. Hey bigfoot, I appreciate your interest. Here is a picture of the painting/marking scheme I'm going to use for the Type 16. It's essentially the standard JGSDF olive drab and brown, with the lower hull painted in a slightly lighter shade of green. I chose this particular scheme and markings because of the four provided by Tamiya this vehicle is the only one with a nice array of real-life pictures available online.
  7. Hey guys. The construction of the Type 16 is finally completed, (figures excepted). The process of painting is now about to begin with priming and a base coat. Here are some pics of the vehicle before it gets its paint and light weathering.
  8. Quick update : I've completed the main structure of the turret, a really smooth build with hardly any extra sanding required besides the sprue connection points. Gun barrel and many extra details to construct next before moving on to the fun part of painting and weathering Cheers, Jack
  9. After a fortnight of very little progress on the modelling front - the return of the football season being the main obstacle - I'm back with a progress report on the Type 16. The hull is now completed with all of its details and tools in place. No difficulties of note here , very straightforward business. The turret is next and I've bought the metal gun barrel to make things even easier for myself.
  10. Thanks for the tip Matt, I'll bear it in mind when I start weathering my current build. Cheers, Jack
  11. Thanks for your reply Witjas. I'll keep in mind to expose steel on the tracks next time I make a tank model. I've seen that effect online and it looks a lot more realistic ; especially on these rubber tracks from Tamiya. Progress on my current project (Type 16 MCV) is being uploaded every other day as a "work in progress - armour" if you want to check it out. I'll be sure once it's done to post better pics than I did for this Panther. Cheers, Jack
  12. Step 15 completed. This meant attaching the wheels (not glued) and adding a few bits and pieces to the lower hull. Had a bit of a struggle when my big fingers snapped one of the pieces holding the wheels right in two. No spare part so I glued the two ends back together. I am hoping it holds since it is a really important part of the mechanism which enables the front four wheels of the Type 16 to turn. If it breaks I'll have to consider just gluing the wheels in a fixed position. Extra comment : These rubber wheels from Tamiya are fantastic and smell great - which is always good. Best regards, Jack
  13. Quick update on the day's work. Steps 13-14 of the Type 16 concluded with no difficulties of note. This basically consisted of building and attaching the uprights. Slightly repetitive 1h job but didn't require much concentration. Getting started on the wheels and upper-hull parts tomorrow. The lower chassis completed - I can say this is a brilliant job by Tamiya. The mechanism that enables the four wheels at the front to turn is really smooth and a dream to assemble.
  14. Hey guys, I hope you're all well and enjoying your summer despite the heatwaves. Welcome to the very start of my first project during this year 2019, which I have called "Fuji Firepower". The main subject you ask? The brand new 1/35 scale Type 16 Maneuver Combat Vehicle (MCV) released earlier this year by Tamiya. Background Information : As Tamiya themselves say, "Japan Ground Self-Defense Force units began receiving the eight-wheel Type 16 Maneuver Combat Vehicle in 2017; it is expected to form a central part of the Rapid Deployment Regiments called for in a mobile Japanese defense policy. It certainly fits the bill, with a top speed of 100km/h thanks to a 570hp engine, and can utilize public highways as well as being airlifted. The distinctively modern turret is equipped with spaced armor and a domestically designed L/52 105mm rifled gun, working in conjunction with an advanced fire control system." What this really means, going beyond this rather synthetic description from the people at Tamiya, is that the Type 16 is a highly mobile vehicle designed in response to a changing world. In 2014, Japan outlined their new National Defense Program Guidelines. This document made explicit the Japanese government's transition to a more mobile defence policy. In a nutshell, this meant that focus was switched from main battle tanks to more agile wheeled vehicles which could be airlifted to the combat area. Obviously, Japan's rather unique geographical situation had its part to play in this decision. Being a conglomerate of 4 major islands and over six thousand other smaller ones, it's fair to say that mobility between all of these masses of land is a key thing to keep in mind for the JGSDF. And so it was ; away with the big heavy MBT's and hello MCV's. The problem? They didn't have one. So it was that Mitsubishi were handed the job of designing a vehicle to fit this new role in the Japanese army. Enter the Type 16 MCV in 2017. Strong firepower, High mobility, Low weight and second to none maneuverability. With nearly a hundred of these in the ranks of the JGSDF as of 2018, this MCV has become a cornerstone of the Japanese forces. So there you have it, the Type 16 in a very small nutshell. For those interested in learning more about this surprisingly interesting vehicle , I suggest you check out its Tank Encyclopedia page here : http://www.tanks-encyclopedia.com/modern-japan-type-16-mcv/ The Plan : Project name : Fuji Firepower Kit : Tamiya Japan Ground Self Defense Force Type 16 Maneuver Combat Vehicle Aftermarket : Tamiya JGSDF Type 16 Metal Gun barrel (Nr.12686) Vehicle : Nr. 26-6878, 4th Company, Tank School Unit, Fuji School Brigade Location/Time : Fuji Firepower Exercise 2018 Rehearsal, East Fuji Maneuver Area, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, 19 August 2018 Markings : Decals in box Finish : Produced in 2016. Two years old, never seen real combat. Red flag mounted on the vehicle for exercises. Weather conditions not bad (overcast but no rain), relatively dry ground. No damage. As I have already started on this project, I'm going to pick it up where I left off and will log my progress for you on this topic. I would love to hear from you regarding this project, be it compliment or criticism. Cheers! Jack **heads off to the workbench**
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