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Terry1954

1/35 IDF AMX-13 - old Heller kit with much added detail!

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Finally completed this one. WIP can be found here:

 

I picked the old Heller kit up at a Euromilitaire show some years ago. I think I paid around £5. It's not a bad old kit but required some work, especially around the hull sides and turret areas, to get a half decent job. I'm especially pleased with the canvas area between the turret halves. This was made from milliput, and numerous small plastic fasteners using scrap card and minute bolt heads obtained from MAFVA.

 

Paint was mostly Vallejo, which was a first for me, and I was very pleased with the results. I picked up a tip from @CedB and used some W&N Acrylic flow improver, and it transformed these paints for me, as well as other Acrylics I use. Thanks Ced!

 

Washes, chips and general weathering was done with enamels and oils. The tracks are Takom, a track set bought especially for this project. Decals are a mixture of Heller and Takom (I have two Takom AMX-13's in the stash). The 7.62 MAG was from the Takom kit, but the support and brackets for this were scratch built. 

 

I'm fairly pleased with the results as this is only my third 1/35 AFV built in the last couple of years, after a 40 year gap!. General shots first in the pictures below, followed by detail shots, and finally a couple with it's current shelf mate!

 

Comments and questions welcome.

 

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Some close up details:

 

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And finally a couple of shots with the shelf mate, my M41DK

 

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Thanks for looking.

 

Terry

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Good stuff Terry. Not bad for a boat ship aircraft whatever modeller...you can finish something see. Now what about that Vosper!

 

Stuart

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31 minutes ago, Courageous said:

Now what about that Vosper!

Thanks Stuart. Go take a peek at the Vosper, we are back on!

 

Terry

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For an old kit, you've made a damned fine job of it. Nice one Terry.

 

John.

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6 hours ago, Bullbasket said:

For an old kit, you've made a damned fine job of it. Nice one Terry.

 

John.

Thanks John. The Takon ones will be the next AMX-13's (at some point), so an easier build perhaps!

 

6 hours ago, longshanks said:

Proper Job !!

 

as they say in God's country

 

Kev

Thanks Kev!

 

Terry

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Great build of a quirky AFV
 

Pete

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Very nice build Terry, lovely weathering and finish :thumbsup:

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