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  1. Greetings all. There was a rather long gap in updates, as I had travelled for a wedding to Rajasthan. Also, when I got back I had the tracks waiting for me, which were the MiniArt Indi-link kit that I had purchased after taking one look at the kit tracks which are horribly un-detailed rubber bands. The tracks went together easily enough, though getting them all off the sprue was a little tedious. Once that's done though, all you need to do is put the links together and put 2 connecting pins on either side secured with a dab of cement, and voila, you have workable tracks. Overa
  2. The turret will be removable, to showcase the detail.
  3. After some further sniffing of diesel, this is where the work stands. The upper hull was joined to the lower hull, and it went together remarkably well and without issue. I also attached the spare links on the front glacis. These were leftover from when I did the Trumpeter T-72A. The stowage box was deliberately kept open, as I plan to put some stowage etc. in it. The turret was also started on. This is the recoil guard + gunner's seat. Overall quite a neat piece. The turret ring with loader's and commander's seat attached. The kit also provides
  4. Now rivet counters can't get after me for not being realistic enough...
  5. Further work: I started on the upper hull. As part of its modified character, I decided to cut off one mudguard to make it look like it broke off at some point. I also sanded down the headlight mountings, as I decided to have the front glacis covered with additional track links as extra armour. The interior was made suitably grubby and grimy using a series of washes and some dirty diesel that I had left over from when I washed my bike. The bonnet is a neat piece, with PE parts provided to depict the grills. The fuel drums were also built up. These
  6. Some further work. I am finding this kit is actually quite nice to build. While there are some fit issues, but nothing too major and it is quite detailed for the price point. The engine bay was painted black and all the parts fitted in. Looking quite busy now. The shells that go on the side walls of the tank were also painted up. They look decent, though could be improved with stencils. The interior was painted white, and then the shells mounted on the walls of the hull. The forward ammo stowage is also nicely depicted. On a T-55 this is we
  7. Some further work was done. The nice thing about this kit is that despite being a cheap one it actually is good value for money, as you also get some basic interior parts to make the whole thing more interesting. I finished off the engine and transmission, most of which was just gluing 2 halves together and sanding, that's why I'm putting photos of the painted items. The steering gearbox/final drive, painted in gunmetal. The driver's armchair was painted and also weathered a bit This is a fan like thing which is also part of the engine construction. The f
  8. Lovely work Steve, hard to believe it's 1/48
  9. Nice work Andy
  10. Wooohooo, he's started it... Looks great Madman, and the weathering is fine. Looking forward to seeing this built
  11. Lovely work on extremely tiny subjects Gorby. I second what @Tolvcatsaid about IBG being sadists, because that's certainly what it looks like
  12. Ladies and gentleblyats, as described in the what if outline thread, I shall be doing a T-55AD from the Republic of Rhodia, post it's disintegration. The tank will be built as a MDH faction vehicle. The kit is UniModel's T-55AD1 Modifications and alterations will also be done along the way. Obligatory pre-build workspace photo. The running gear. The spokes on the roadwheels are a bit too square for a T-55, but these are replacements built by the ROF (Rhodian Ordnance Factories). The final drive + steering gearbox. This part needed a lot of sanding.
  13. Some stuff was got for my RX. The gearbox was leaking oil, so I got a gasket for the clutch cover (the grey one). I also noticed that the screw heads were rather worn out, so got a screw set as well, as well as a gasket for the magneto cover (might as well since I'm at it). The bottle is a bottle of Yamalube gear oil recommended for the RX. Another purchase was a saree guard for the bike. I bought it purely due to the fact that I like the look of it on the bike. A saree guard is a grill (as pictured above) which is fitted on the left of the bike, as ladies wearing saree
  14. Excellent work Madman. Looks the real deal
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