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MiniArt 1/35 T-54-1 build review
Szmann
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Netherlands Antilles
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Posted: Monday, August 28, 2017 - 08:46 AM GMT+7
Hello, Guys!

I have received the MiniArt kit from Armorama for build review. With my Heinkel 112B crossing the finishing line and with the inbox review published (see review section of the site http://armorama.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=Reviews&file=index&req=showcontent&id=13377), I am now ready for this challenge.

I know already is going to be a rather slow build, with no spectacular progress, because the parts count is quite big (over 1000)...

Here are the first 5 steps of the build:


... and this one is the result:



First impressions:

The plastic is on the soft side, very easy to gouge with a new blade. On the other hand, Tamiya extra thin works perfectly on it an you have instantly the perfect weld.

The fit is very good - I have just a couple of hairline gaps in the assembly for which the primer shall be enough - no putty needed.

The instructions look a little overwhelming but as soon you grasp the logic of the build, everything goes smooth. No errors encountered yet, with a single minor exception (part Hd6 x2) on step 5.

Detail is superb - I'm not sure if my camera makes justice.

I'll do my best to finish this build in the shortest time possible and I'm going to post regularly small updates.

Thank you for following

Cheers!
Gabriel
Szmann
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Posted: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 10:50 AM GMT+7
Hi, Guys!

UPDATE:
I attached all suspension arms and articulated ends, the escape and inspection hatches on the lower plate. At times the assembly is fiddly, but no other expectations here.
At this point, the instructions manual is asking for painting the inner assembly with gray, which is going to be my next step.









Thank you for following,
Gabriel
TigerTiger
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Posted: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 05:16 PM GMT+7
I'm following Gabriel, can you tell me if this is the kit with or without interior?

Also what is the issue with part Hd6 that you mentioned above?
Szmann
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Netherlands Antilles
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Posted: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 10:18 PM GMT+7
Thank you for following, Tiger!
No, not full interior, (MiniArt #37014).
Part Hd6 it's called twice (x2). There are indeed 2 Hd6 on the same side, but the second one it's called on its on right. It's rather confusing than mistaken.
Since we talk about mistakes, there is one on step 9, where part Kd11 it's called instead Kd4. Those parts are virtually identical, but for opposite sides - easy to solve puzzle!

Cheers!
Gabriel
JSSVIII
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Posted: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 10:58 PM GMT+7
Thanks for pointing out those areas to watch out for Gabriel.
Szmann
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Netherlands Antilles
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Posted: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 07:40 AM GMT+7
I'm glad to be of help, John.
Thank you for take time to leave a comment,
Gabriel
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Posted: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 02:35 PM GMT+7
Hi, Guys!

UPDATE:
1. I brewed the interior colors, using enamel paints. I used as base satin white (center spoon). The bluish gray (left side spoon) I mixed it much lighter than instructions suggest, based on a T55 walk-around from YT. The plain white requested by manual I made it off white by adding a little sand color (right hand spoon). I hope the picture is good enough for you to make an idea.


I sprayed the entire bottom plate with bluish gray:


then I went ahead of the instructions order of assembly just to test the color combo:


The contrast looks good to me, bearing in mind that a oil wash (probably transparent brown or medium gray) will be applied later.

Thank you for following and leaving a comment

Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 12:44 PM GMT+7
Hello, Guys!

UPDATE:
I finished the assembly of all fiddly parts on the suspensions


I have assembled the sides:


and painted the inside side with blueish gray (not required by the instructions, but I have learnt in the hard way from other buildings that letting bare plastic behind it might not be a brilliant idea)


Thank you for following,
Cheeres!
Gabriel
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Posted: Sunday, September 03, 2017 - 02:31 PM GMT+7
Hello, Guys!

UPDATE:

I painted yesterday the insides of the lower hull and readied them for assembly:


After approx. 24 hours they were well dried and I put them together. The right side interior panel was a little warped, no major issues:

I was tempted to pick up some details, but none of this is to be seen at the end, so I decided to save time.

The fit of the parts it is just the tiniest bit short of perfection - hairline gaps in impossible to see spots - very well done MiniArt!


The complete lack of the power plant is bothering me a little, the transverse engine being the real improvement of T-54-1 over T-34 tank:


The bottom of the tank is equally well detailed as the upper sides:



Again, couple of mistakes in the instructions manual, both of them in step 15:
- part Hd2 is called four times; in reality just one is needed;
- part B3 is called in, but sprue B does not exist and there is no match of the part on any other sprue.


Thank you for following, comments and questions.
Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Sunday, September 03, 2017 - 04:33 PM GMT+7
Thanks for pointing these mistakes out Gabriel, I'll have to dig my kit out and see if the version without interior shares the same mistakes.
Szmann
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Netherlands Antilles
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Posted: Sunday, September 03, 2017 - 05:18 PM GMT+7
Hi, Tiger!

I think we have the same kit. I edited the answer to your first question but I guess you missed it. The kit 37014 has no complete interior. I just got confused by the fact that they use common sprues and there are some interior parts (mostly unused) and by the high parts number count. I apologize for the confusion, The full interior kit is 37003.

Gabriel
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Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 04:04 AM GMT+7
HURRICANE IRMA AFTERMATH:

Hi guys!

Unfortunately my island was into direct path of hurricane Irma. Although my house survived miraculously almost intact, my whole neighborhood is trashed. It will take months to recover. Furthermore I have to put on hold this building until at least the electricity will be restored (estimated for January).

Gabriel
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Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 04:34 AM GMT+7
Sorry to hear this Gabriel, I hope you and your family are all safe.
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Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 04:55 AM GMT+7

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Sorry to hear this Gabriel, I hope you and your family are all safe.



Yes, we're all safe. It's just annoying not to have all the things we're taking for granted, especially communications.

Gabriel
JSSVIII
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Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 09:36 AM GMT+7
Glad to hear you made it through safe Gabriel, things (yes even models) can be replaced, people can't. I hope you can get power before January. Heck, we were without power for 7 days when hurricane Irene hit us head on, and they still talk about that here, six years later. Good luck sir!
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Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 10:06 AM GMT+7
Thank you for the good wishes, John! Only one model in progress was partly damaged - relatively easy to fix. Other than that it's all fine. I just cannot assemble and paint my models without light, let alone taking pictures

Gabriel.