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Takom T-54B build log
simonn
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Posted: Monday, October 17, 2016 - 08:27 AM UTC
Looking great Adam.
Can't wait to see the paint going on.

Simon
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Posted: Monday, October 17, 2016 - 05:03 PM UTC
Thanks Tim for the info about the casting numbers !

Tom
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Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 01:20 AM UTC
Hi All,

Just in case sombebody is not aware, the article is live now:

http://armorama.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=Reviews&file=index&req=showcontent&id=12605

I have a moving to deal with in the coming weeks so I won't start the painting, but I want to do some minore updates before that anyway.

I was not too happy with my results on the tracks, so I have ordered a MasterClub metal set. If my application was been a bit better I would have kept the Takom tracks though.

Regards,

Adam
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Posted: Monday, November 14, 2016 - 10:45 PM UTC
Does anyone have the new and improved/correct T54B hull?

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Also news of today that Takom is releasing a corrected T-54B lower hull as currently the kit has the T-55 one which is not correct since the two are not the same. They promise replacement to every buyer, so hats off to Takom! To me its too late already...


Cheers,

Adam



My hull looks like your's,


Firecaptain
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Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 12:40 AM UTC
So no one has the updated hull yet?
Tanksami
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Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 05:51 AM UTC
I got my kits about 2 months ago & they also have only the original T55 hull & I haven't heard of / had any updates from the store I brought them from saying they now had the new replacement hulls shipped to them.
JimboHUN
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Posted: Friday, November 25, 2016 - 01:33 AM UTC
Hi,

I have not tried myself as the kit is built already, but I see it is advertised with retooled hull tub on Luckymodel:

http://www.luckymodel.com/scale.aspx?item_no=TAK-2055

Cheers,

Adam
Jennings
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Posted: Friday, February 03, 2017 - 07:42 AM UTC
So I received my Takom T-54B today (Sprue Brothers deal of the day - $29.95!). On the box it says 'Re-tooled lower hull" which it definitely has. It also has what appear to be completely new spider web and starfish wheels with separate rubber tires that don't have the extra steel rim as noted in the early part of this thread. Kudos to Takom for fixing those issues.

I'm stoked to get started on this kit!
billflorig
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Posted: Friday, February 03, 2017 - 01:11 PM UTC
Adam, great work, keep it up! I need to buy this kit and make an older a Russian modelfrom the mid-50s

Best,

Bill
JimboHUN
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Posted: Friday, February 03, 2017 - 03:56 PM UTC
Thanks Guys and good luck with your builds! I have some other projects going on so this is waiting for some further final fine tuning and then painting.

Cheers, Adam
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Posted: Friday, February 10, 2017 - 05:33 AM UTC

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In-box photos below, will comment on details while building.

Molding quality is pretty good and there is a good number of T-55 parts for the spares box/conversions.

Unfortunately two of the fuel lines snapped during shipping, and some of the track links are also damaged (193 are provided, 184 are needed).




Hi JimboHUN, Thanks for the kit parts break down.



What are the AA MGs for the top of the turret called and what caliber? Is anyone making decent brass or resin kits/sets of these?

Thanks.




Tanksami
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Posted: Friday, February 10, 2017 - 07:41 AM UTC
Hi KoSpureOne,

The AA mg's are DSHK 12.7mm, from memory I believe the kit come's with both a Russian & Chinese license built version.
RB barrels do brass barrel replacements & tank do a resin version of the gun
Mike
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Posted: Friday, February 10, 2017 - 08:04 AM UTC
Awesome, Thanks, Mike.




Firecaptain
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Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 08:24 AM UTC
FINALLY got the up-dated replacement hull.....yes there is a difference.....but you won't see it unless you turn the tank over..... Would like to see the up-dated wheels if anyone has a pic.... THANKS
Jennings
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Posted: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 04:03 AM UTC
Read above. Apparently they haven't updated the wheels and rubber tires in the T-54/55 kits. They have totally new starfish wheels in the Type 69 (rubber tires molded in place with the wheels), but they were not in my recent T-54B purchase.
JimboHUN
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Posted: Monday, June 05, 2017 - 03:02 AM UTC
Hi Folks,

Finally I have had some time to work on this one as well.

I replaced the AA MG mounting brackets with PE, and the cover on the exhaust was scratch built from PE and tin foil as the original one is way too thick.

I have primed the model with Vallejo's black primer, this was my first attempt with Vallejo and so far I am happy. As an experiment I decided a while ago to use only Vallejo products for this project...will see as normally I am struggling with vinyl acrylics.

The photo quality is not the best I am sorry, it is too dark here already and I have one lamp only.

Cheers,

Adam






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Posted: Monday, June 05, 2017 - 08:21 PM UTC
Primer coat looks fine and good to see some progress with your build Adam.

cheers
Walter
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Posted: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 - 03:47 AM UTC
Nice work Adam, I have not used acrylic primer before either, I am curious to see what you think. On another note, with the black primer it reminds me of this T-55 in Libya:



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Posted: Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 04:51 PM UTC



Just noticed that these T-54B have the L-2 Luna mounted on the mantlet but also the later mounts on the turret front right?
JimboHUN
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Posted: Saturday, July 01, 2017 - 12:31 AM UTC

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Just noticed that these T-54B have the L-2 Luna mounted on the mantlet but also the later mounts on the turret front right?



Yes, exactly.

Cheers,

Adam
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Posted: Saturday, July 01, 2017 - 12:32 AM UTC
Hi,

I have finished the base layer with a minimal highlighting here and there.

Regards,

Adam









JimboHUN
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Posted: Monday, February 19, 2018 - 12:47 AM UTC
Hi,

This one is finally done...

Not my best one, the surface in the end was too matt for the oils, so I did chipping and dry prigments only.

I have learnt a lot with this one and the next will be better I hope.

I have made the following replacements:

- tracks: MasterClub metal set
- AA machine gun: Tamiya
- AA travel lock on the back of the turret: from Eduard's T-55 PE set
- headlights' cage: wire



















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Posted: Monday, February 19, 2018 - 04:05 AM UTC
Came out good Adam.
A nice kit there.
Any problems in the build?

Cheers

Jeff
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Posted: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 03:15 PM UTC

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Came out good Adam.
A mice kit there.
Any problems in the build?

Cheers

Jeff



Thanks Jeff...there are a few minor issues with the assembly but all together a very nice kit.

You can read more in my review here:

https://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Reviews&file=index&req=showcontent&id=12605

Cheers,

Adam
panamadan
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Posted: Saturday, March 03, 2018 - 11:12 PM UTC
a good review
Dan