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

 

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Thanks for looking.

 

Terry

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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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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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On 6/30/2020 at 10:25 PM, robgizlu said:

Cracking rendition Terry :coolio:

Rob

Thanks Rob. Back on the ships now!

 

On 6/30/2020 at 10:46 PM, Buzby061 said:

Great build of a quirky AFV
 

Pete

Thanks Pete. I agree it's a pretty quirky design!

 

On 7/1/2020 at 7:10 AM, Dads203 said:

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

Thanks. It's the first time I've done such extensive weathering in this scale. I'll be trying it again on my next 1/35 build.

 

Terry

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On 8/11/2020 at 11:06 AM, Alpha Juliet said:

Super weathering thay I can take inspiration from, so thank you and well done!

Thanks! I'm the one usually being inspired by others, so I very much appreciate your comment!

 

Terry

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On 8/12/2020 at 9:49 PM, edjbartos said:

Thats a great bit of work, super finish, lots of good detail, well done...

 

Ed

Thanks Ed.

 

It was a bit of a labour of love but worth it in the end.

 

Terry

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Back when I was a small person I saw a picture of the AMX-13 and thought it was totally mad.  Tanks looked like Tigers or Shermans, Panzer IVs or T34s.  They didn't have the whole top of the turret tilt, or have canvas wrapped around them.  You have captured that madness the little boy perceived absolutely perfectly.

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On 9/13/2020 at 2:01 PM, Getting Old said:

Wow, very nice :thumbsup:

Thanks, appreciate that.

 

13 hours ago, Natter said:

Back when I was a small person I saw a picture of the AMX-13 and thought it was totally mad.  Tanks looked like Tigers or Shermans, Panzer IVs or T34s.  They didn't have the whole top of the turret tilt, or have canvas wrapped around them.  You have captured that madness the little boy perceived absolutely perfectly.

Thanks Dave, really appreciate that. I recall thinking on similar lines when I first became aware of the AMX-13 also at a young age. When I actually saw one for real, I couldn't get over how small it looked in comparison to other tanks at the time. The model looks smaller when compared to its stablemate the M41 on my display shelf, and the M41 as we know is not a large tank by any means!

 

Thanks again each

 

Terry

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