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Hi all. In the 3rd installment of Vaastav's T-series in India, we have the T-72A which was operated by our army for some time before we upgraded. They saw quite a bit of action as they participated in UNPKF operations in Somalia and Congo as well as in Sri Lanka during Op Pawan as part of the IPKF. I am as yet undecided about exactly which scheme I'll do, but let's see as the build progresses. 

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The box art. The box itself is the same length and breadth as the T-90, but is taller. Inside, there is a smaller box with some of the smaller/more delicate sprues. There are enough parts in the box for about one and a half T-72s. 

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The parts...... 

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Clear parts, poly caps, tubing and PE (yes this too has tiny discs) 

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And 1 khukri (that's mine, Trumpeter does not give khukris with their kits in case anyone was getting ideas.) 

So lets start and see where we go. 

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Some work was done. This kit is like the T-90 (should be, the T-90 is derived from the T-72). 

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The idler wheel mounting points were the first step. 4 part jobbies each one of them.

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The LFP went on. The dozer blade comes on top of this. 

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The idler wheel mounts as well as the sprocket mounts went on. 

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The anti-bounce skids and return roller points were also added. 

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And the metal disk madness starts. 15 on this one, 15 on the one on the opposite side.

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Mounted on. 

Phir milenge

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I'll follow this, the only T-72 I have so far is a 1/72 diecast. Was sure I had an Indian Army something in the stash, but a quick search says no. I've fixed both of those oversights now.

Andy

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Just now, Tolvcat said:

I'll follow this, the only T-72 I have so far is a 1/72 diecast. Was sure I had an Indian Army something in the stash, but a quick search says no. I've fixed both of those oversights now.

Andy

And how has this fixing been done. Hopefully in 1/35 and not heathen's 1/72

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Heathen 1/72 I'm afraid. I have T-72, T-80 and T-90 on the way. I have quite a collection of modern Russian armour in 1/72 so they will fit in well. I'm rubbish at finishing 1/35 armour - my bench is where they come to die :(

Andy

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Good grief, does that say 1200+ pieces?! You certainly get a hell of a lot for your money. I'm not sure my remaining life expectancy would be enough for me to complete a kit like that.

If Trumpeter did have khukri in their kits, the shape would be completely wrong and people would be drawing red lines around photos of it on all the khukri forums.

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36 minutes ago, Gorby said:

If Trumpeter did have khukri in their kits, the shape would be completely wrong and people would be drawing red lines around photos of it on all the khukri forums.

Thankfully, this is an original made in Nepal one. Khukris have a generally common shape, but the design varies from region to region and being handmade (from truck springs) no two are alike

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Some further work has happened and the lower hull is almost done. 

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The arms for the roadwheels and the return rollers were added. 

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The dozer blade 

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All the wheels were made... 12 pairs of roadwheels, 2 idlers and 2 sprockets. 

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And mounted on. They all have poly caps, so they can be taken off later. 

Now, for the real PITA part, tracks- 95 indi links per side, it's going to take a while

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Hi all. Some updates finally.

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The tracks are finally done. They are a PITA, but less so than the T-90 which had separate centre guides for each link. 

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How they look. The top run wasn't made, as the side skirts will be covering it in any case. 

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The rear plate. One of the PE straps for the long flew off, so I replaced it with a piece of masking tape, it'll look better once painted. 

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Last but not least, work has started on Part 1 of the upper hull

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Hi guys. Tanks for the kind words. 

Mini update. 

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The driver's hatch area was built up. The small PE discs being their usual self... 

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The tow hooks and small PE part went on. 

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The V shaped splash guard (a very distinctive feature of the T-72A) went on. It prevents water from flowing up the bow during normal fording operations, as the driver would prefer staying dry. Headlights and convoy lights went on as well. 

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How it all looks. 

Now for upper hull part 2, the engine deck

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.More work was done. 

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The PE grilles are a nice touch. 

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The cooling grilles for the transmission. 

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All put together. 

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Thr "bonnet" of the tank. More stuff comes on top of it. 

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All mounted on along with the back plate. 

Next up, both fenders

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Ok, the lower hull is now almost done. 

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The right fender with fuel tanks. 

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Side skirt fitted on

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The left has the stowage bins. 

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The silencer unit. A neat piece

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The silencer and side skirt fitted on. 

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All dry fitted on. It now resembles a tank. 

Some work on the engine deck and back plate is left. 

I will permanently fit the fenders on later, after I paint the running gear. 

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14 minutes ago, Gorby said:

It's looking very good Vaastav and it's going together so fast you're nearly achieving @mac1677 velocity!

I'm sure you would much rather be doing school work though. :ermm:

Gorby, this is my usual sedate pace. 

As for school work. I have one question, what school work? I'm a bit of a bunk

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9 hours ago, Gorby said:

??????

You're a bit of a multi-story bed????

No, a bit of a bunk means that I shirk a bit when it comes to school work.

Mini update:

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The fuel drums for carrying additional fuel. These were a bit of a pain to clean up. 

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Attached to the back of the tank. I've deliberately got them sagging, as I intend to weather this one, and on normally used ones, drums start to sag. 

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The "bonnet" with a small PE shroud for the exhaust connection. 

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The turret halves were joined. Now for PE disc madness. 

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