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qcarr #41 Posted Mar 11 2016 - 11:47

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View PostEdge_of_Insanity, on Mar 10 2016 - 23:48, said:

 

I just picked up a Tamiya Leopard 1, Chieftain Mk 5, and M41 Walker Bulldog.

 

Which would you like me to build first?

 

 

Edit: I also just picked up This Monster. http://www.amazon.co...t/dp/B00061HIP8 (This build is gonna take about a month or more... yay delays with the photorealistic etching)

Tamiya's Bulldog is a quick, easy build that looks great once it's painted and weathered. I built it last year, my first kit in 20 years!  I've built several since then and am really enjoying myself.



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everything tamiya is a quick and easy build

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View PostIron_Soul_Stealer, on Mar 09 2016 - 17:41, said:

I prefer building models of tall ships {with the sails and rigging etc.}, but that's just me...:)

 

 

 

​THAT takes dedication !
 
almost as much as building a Gallows Balsawood B-17 ! :D


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View PostXlucine, on Mar 14 2016 - 20:23, said:

everything tamiya is a quick and easy build

 

In the model-building universe, Tamiya kits are known as "Box Shakers" - you open the box, toss in a tube of glue, close the box, shake it....and it's done, just needs painting.  They are excellently engineered, and go together quite easily.

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Speaking of which, I have finally decided what I'm gonna do. Since getting a good-quality 1/35 Renault R-35 would get too expensive, and because I don't think I can do fun things with 1/72 scale tanks either, I'm gonna built a 1/35 Tamiya M13/40 (which actually seems to be a M13/40-M14/40 hybrid but who cares) of a... "special" tank unit.

 

By the way, is matte black a good primer paint for model tanks? Or should I go for matte grey instead?



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View PostCapturedJoe, on Mar 15 2016 - 10:33, said:

Speaking of which, I have finally decided what I'm gonna do. Since getting a good-quality 1/35 Renault R-35 would get too expensive, and because I don't think I can do fun things with 1/72 scale tanks either, I'm gonna built a 1/35 Tamiya M13/40 (which actually seems to be a M13/40-M14/40 hybrid but who cares) of a... "special" tank unit.

 

By the way, is matte black a good primer paint for model tanks? Or should I go for matte grey instead?

 

That depends on what your top coat is  if top coat is dark then matte black if you are going for light color then matte grey.

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View PostGary_62, on Mar 15 2016 - 11:51, said:

 

That depends on what your top coat is  if top coat is dark then matte black if you are going for light color then matte grey.

 

Thank you!

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I am after a little guidance. I would like to make a WOT themed special AC1 but have only found a few kit makers who do this one. None of whom I have ever gotten a kit from nor seen a sample of up close. 

I would appreciate if anyone has any info/personal reviews on models from ; 

- US co's.

Company B

Commander Models

- UK co's.

Matador models

Cromwell Models

Thanks

Tony

 

 

 

 



sonza68 #49 Posted Mar 15 2016 - 15:10

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I've got way too many models sitting in my stash, and this might give me the incentive to actually start building some of them again. It's been a few years since my last one, so I think I'll start easy. My HobbyBoss AT-1 seems like a good one to start with, although the tracks look a bit fiddly.

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Cromwell's quality has good reputation, though apparently there are sometimes issues actually getting delivery. Commander's is quite recent, and may have quality on that level alone, though it does require purchase of separate tracks. Unsure about the others.

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To build on this topic (pun intended). My son is almost 8 and has taken some interest in models. I used to build a ton of them in my youth but that is almost 30 years ago. What brands would be good builds for him and I to do together. He is obviously a little small and my skills have deteriorate quite a bit. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.

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View Postsonza68, on Mar 15 2016 - 15:10, said:

My HobbyBoss AT-1 seems like a good one to start with, although the tracks look a bit fiddly.

 

Hobby Boss tracks can be a real nightmare, especially the individual link ones. Beware of those!

Some time ago I bought their Toldi IIa kit, it has about 280 individual track links in it, of the fiddly weakish Swedish Landsverk type. Each single link is attached to the sprue at 4 unhappily chosen places, which require careful cutting. And that's not even the juicy part... NONE of those links fit! Each link fits into the next at 3 places, and the holes for those are too small and the things that go into the holes (innuendo!) are too big. So, what you gotta do is cut down those parts (remember, 3 parts per link, over 280 individual links, and you got to cut both sides of the pegs or else the tracks go askew) and try to fit them into complete tracks that won't break as soon as you look at them. It took me the better part of two middays to cut those links out and make tracks of 'em, I can't recommend it.



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View Postpmdanie96, on Mar 15 2016 - 16:19, said:

 What brands would be good builds for him and I to do together. He is obviously a little small and my skills have deteriorate quite a bit. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.

 

As said above on this page, Tamiya kits are relatively quick and easy, and in my opinion have great quality too.:great:

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View PostCapturedJoe, on Mar 15 2016 - 09:24, said:

 

As said above on this page, Tamiya kits are relatively quick and easy, and in my opinion have great quality too.:great:

 

Thank you.

 



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I will second that. An older Tamiya kit is going to be a great starter model for a young one. (More modern ones tend to have far more fiddly bits).

 

Actually, in all fairness, I don't think the Italeri kits we've done with World of Tanks markings are all that bad for beginners either. They're also older kits, and thus a bit basic by modern standards, but they should fit together reasonably well.



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View Postpmdanie96, on Mar 15 2016 - 10:19, said:

To build on this topic (pun intended). My son is almost 8 and has taken some interest in models. I used to build a ton of them in my youth but that is almost 30 years ago. What brands would be good builds for him and I to do together. He is obviously a little small and my skills have deteriorate quite a bit. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.

 

It all depends on which tank you are really eager to build, I have little skills in building but love smaller scale models. Tracks are always the problem and id avoid anything with plastic tracks. Many prefer them as if u do one single track by one single track u can customize better, but it takes a long time and is the definition of fiddly mess imo. Now a lot of simpler model kits are available with one piece molded wheels/track/chassis, and there are many kits in 1:72 with rubber tracks that just wrap around on very good kits. Armourfast, Pegasus S-Model and Italieri simple kits all are simple builds with one piece molded, and often they come with two kits in one box. For other models, u can check the Henk of Holland website, or if there is a tank u want to build let me know and ill find what versions are available. Good luck!!!

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View PostCapturedJoe, on Mar 15 2016 - 05:33, said:

Speaking of which, I have finally decided what I'm gonna do. Since getting a good-quality 1/35 Renault R-35 would get too expensive, and because I don't think I can do fun things with 1/72 scale tanks either, I'm gonna built a 1/35 Tamiya M13/40 (which actually seems to be a M13/40-M14/40 hybrid but who cares) of a... "special" tank unit.

 

By the way, is matte black a good primer paint for model tanks? Or should I go for matte grey instead?

 

Very good choice....Tamiya kits are the best in 1:35 imo....a pleasure to build and they always look excellent when finished at any detail level.

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View PostThe_Chieftain, on Mar 15 2016 - 09:48, said:

I will second that. An older Tamiya kit is going to be a great starter model for a young one. (More modern ones tend to have far more fiddly bits).

 

Actually, in all fairness, I don't think the Italeri kits we've done with World of Tanks markings are all that bad for beginners either. They're also older kits, and thus a bit basic by modern standards, but they should fit together reasonably well.

 

Thank you for the advice as well. He did see one of the Italeria kits at Hobby Lobby the other, may give it a go.

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View PostThe_Chieftain, on Mar 15 2016 - 10:12, said:

Cromwell's quality has good reputation, though apparently there are sometimes issues actually getting delivery. Commander's is quite recent, and may have quality on that level alone, though it does require purchase of separate tracks. Unsure about the others.

 

Cromwell makes some beautiful kits, but they are difficult to find. AC1 is a very rare subject and I am unsure whether or not Cromwell is still making this kit as much of their 1/76 line is no longer in production. Resin kits are also a bit different to work with than injection molded plastic kits that should be taken into consideration. Matador makes nice kits as well, I'd suggest contacting Cromwell and Matador and see what is available. AC1s are a tough find as are many British and Commonwealth tanks in 1:72 scale...a company called Plastic Soldier Company just released the Cruiser I and will release the Cruiser II tank, and maybe will get around to some added British and Aussie tanks in the future.

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View Postpmdanie96, on Mar 15 2016 - 10:59, said:

 

Thank you for the advice as well. He did see one of the Italeria kits at Hobby Lobby the other, may give it a go.

 

When I was 10 or so I built many Tamiya, Italieri and Revell 1:35 armour kits, and they were all excellent. Dragon also made some great kits but a bit more complicated in 1:35 scale. I went to smaller scale because my mistakes were less noticeable and for cost and room's sake...but with Tamiya it almost always looked good. You can also check some of the older Tamiya kits are designed to take an electric motor sold from Japan, but kits vary and may not be able to have a motor installed so easily.




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