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I am thoroughly enjoying this groupbuild.  :bounce:  

 

So...   with three builds heading rapidly towards the final furlong, let's chuck another into the mix.  Another one I always wanted to build back in the day but never got the chance: Tamiya's Land Rover Pink Panther from 1976.

 

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I would never forgive myself if I didn't do this... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fond memories of these Tamiya AFV kits - they were a revelation after a diet of old Airfix and Frog kits. I had to get a job in a greengrocers to afford them though - no way was my pocket money stretching that far. ☺️

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Into the paint shop.  All the lower surfaces were sprayed with Tamiya XF-089.

 

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Then the upper portions were sprayed with Lifecolor UA-268.

 

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And the modules clipped together again.

 

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Some detail painting on the chassis completed.   I assembled the wheels and added a flat at the bottom of each wheel.  I did this by pushing the wheel down on a hot electric cooker ring.  A couple of words of warning here.  Most importanty: WEAR GLOVES!   Secondly, turn on the power to the ring for a few seconds and test with a piece of sprue.  The plastic should melt with difficulty.  Too hot and you will destroy the wheel.  Once the ring is hot enough, turn the power off.

 

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Wheels clipped into place.

 

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The steering works! :thumbsup: 

 

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On 3/11/2023 at 5:51 PM, Enzo the Magnificent said:

The sprues are a shocking pink!!!  :yikes: 

 

I remember being put off by that very thing as a teenager, even though I got staff discount from my Saturday job!

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Nice work. Looking at the sprue shot, the mouldings, especially the canvas cover, scrim net and sand channels, appear to bear up well considering their age.

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40 minutes ago, IanC said:

Looking at the sprue shot, the mouldings, especially the canvas cover, scrim net and sand channels, appear to bear up well considering their age.

Indeed.  It could so easily be a modern simple kit.   I'm thoroughly enjoying building it.

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Looking great Enzo.  I must say that despite all the technological advances that have been made in the past years by some companies, there is something soothing and relaxing about a Tamiya kit.  You just know the pieces will all fit and it will be an excellent facsimile of the subject.  

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Driver figure assembled and primed.

 

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Lots of detail painting of the small parts had been carried out, so now we're ready for assembly.  Ignore the large curved tarp.  This from the Universal Carrier build. :wall: 

 

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There are even more small parts to be painted while still on the sprue.

 

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When I was a kid visiting my gramps I got a basement bedroom with a tiny black and white tv and I stumbled on The Rat Patrol series aired late at night. I realize it's a Yankee-washing travesty from the Uk point of view but it made a big impression on me with the machine gun jeeps zipping around the desert harassing Germans.

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Having painted all those parts, the only left to do was put them all together.  So we're finished! :yahoo:

 

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Then I thought it might be fun to put it on a base.  The base was a small photo frame from the local poundshop.  I replaced the glass with layers of corrugated cardboard covered in Polyfilla.  Once the Polyfilla was dry, I painted it in various colours of Wilder textured earth. I also added some self-adhesive grass clumps.

 

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Wow, that’s just brought back memories (thank you). I did one of these in my teens and I’d forgotten all about the shocking pink plastic!  It was a great kit though (I wonder what ever happened to mine) and you’ve done it justice with your build. 👍🏻

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