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Zvezda 1/35 Russian M-72 Motorcycle, sidecar and crew(s)

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A bit late here - I only just finished my P-40. I am keeping to one kit at a time only at the moment, given the massive piles of Shelf o’ DOOOOM!  models that remain...’unfinished’.

 

The M-72 was a ‘licence-built’ Soviet version of the German BMW R71, via the very short-lived Molotov-von Ribbentrop ‘Pact’ of 1939. The machine is still apparently in production in China today, after the Russians sold the whole production process to the Chinese. The Wikipedia page for this machine can be found here. The Germans passed over the BMW R71 in favour of the R75 (and apparently preferred the Zündapp KS750 motorcycle over the R75).


1. Kit box (a you-beaut end-opener 😬🙄) top:

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2. Back of M-72 box - wine (no women) and song

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3. Frames ‘A’ - two of them: motorcycle parts

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4.  Frame ‘B’ - sidecar and figurines. Note where the ever-vigilant floor monster made one of its spirited attempts on a part just out of the bag.
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5. Frame ‘C’ - figurines

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6. Transfers - not one set, but three!

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7. Instructions part 1

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8. Instructions part 2

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There are two versions out of the box - one a travelling heavy machine gun party, the other a travelling musical party. Being a musician (of sorts 🤣) myself, I can’t but not do the musical one. Great three-part accordion, as you will see eventually.

I’ve located one of the required - sacked - Humbrol ‘paints’*: the rest of them I can get away with using LifeColor, MIG and Tamiya acrylics.

I may have enough courage after this one to tackle a Tamiya 1/12 bike - we’ll see. Given my current completion rate I may not make the Oct 1 deadline. But we’ll see. There’s quite a few parts (for me) in this one, and figurine painting. At least it’s 1/35, not 1/72! And no cornflakes either. I promise!

Cheers,

Dr L.

 

*Total time-wasters

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Right. I have been dragging my heels with this I'm afraid - health problems of a loopy nature :(.

 

I have also been pondering my way around a wee flash problem, viz.:

1. Flash on cylinder block. I didn't want to rush in and destroy the fine moulding, as the flash pool was relatively thick, and required gentle scoring from both sides using a no. 11 scalpel blade

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2. Flashed cylinder block from the other side

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3. Major part of flash removed. I tickled away at the rest with the point of the scalpel blade

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4. Rest of cylinder-block flash more-or-less removed

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I am going to paint most of the bits of this kit on the runners, where I can get away with it, and the cylinder blocks are no exception - I hope. Very small amounts of flash aside, this kit is exceptionally well - and finely - moulded and engineered. The fineness of the moulding is going to test my parts-removal and clean-up to the limit.

Not a lot of progress, but a bit of a speed-bump overcome. Well, two speed bumps...

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1 hour ago, Dr Loopy said:

health problems of a loopy nature :(.

I think the 'loopy nature' is a compulsory requirement for membership of the site.

 

Hope it's nothing too serious – I'm sure you'll be back wombat worrying in no time. :ermm:

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6 hours ago, Dr Loopy said:

I have also been pondering my way around a wee flash problem, viz.:

 

I have a flash wee problem :( 

Hope you are feeling better soon Doc!   

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Flash a-ah
Nuisance in the model box
Flash a-ah
Annoys every one of us

(Seemingly there is no reason for these extraordinary moulding tool upsets)
(Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha)
(What's all this flash?)
(Only Doctor Hans Zarkhov, formerly at Minicraft, has provided any explanation)

Flash a-ah
It's annoying us

(This morning's unprecedented solid sprue is no cause for alarm)

Flash a-ah
Building it’s impossible

It plagues every one of us
Removing it’s an awful fuss
We sand with a mighty hand
Every man, every woman
Every child, has to deal with
Flash

(Tamiya San, Flash found in model box!)
(What do you mean Flash in my model kits? Open fire! All weapons! Dispatch Engineers to repair the mould machines.)

Flash a-ah
(Still we strive!)

Flash a-ah
Annoys every one of us

Just a model
Without a perfect fit
You know it's
Nothing but a kit
And it can never fail
No one here can make it fit
May build the Golden Grail
...Oh..Oh........Oh..Oh....

(Flash, Flash, I hate you, and we only have fourteen hours to build this kit!)
Flash

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Brilliant! That cheered me up no end, @Jessie_C! Plus I found some more Queen music that I never knew about*

 

* I was out of the loop from 1980 onwards 😬...

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On 14/09/2020 at 19:37, Grunhertz said:

hope you're feeling better, geat work on the flash 

 Yes thank you @Grunhertz. Thank you for your kind comment. I did a bit more fiddling later. as it happens, however, that gets covered up with the cylinder head cover(s)

 

20 hours ago, Walrus said:

I have a flash wee problem :( 

Hope you are feeling better soon Doc!   

Eek! 😬. Had a busy day dropping off orchestral scores and parts for conductor and section principals so I must be feeling better!

Here's the latest:

1. Some paint added. Humbrol MetalCote paint (27003 'polished steel') as recommended by Zvezda. Bit dark, innit? Already pre-oiled...

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2. On both sides. Top (cylinder head) is a different colour

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3. Crankcase and gearbox bits

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4. Crankcase and gearbox glued up (separately). Piece of runner left on the sump plate as a convenient painting handle

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5. Crankcase and gearbox glued. When I dry fitted these two sub-assemblies earlier, the fit was perfect. Something happened at the glueing stage - probably a crumb of plastic got in the way

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6. Other side of engine - which is fine

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7. Some Tamiya XF-16 flat aluminium paint blobbed on with a brush

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8. Almost ready for cylinder blocks

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9. Cylinder blocks added. Brooom, brooom!

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9. Cylinder block, other side. The unpainted bits are parts of the cylinder heads and get a bit of XF-16

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10. Cylinder head/valve cover installed and supposedly painted. Actually, the crankcase needs a bit more paint too

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11. Cylinder head/valve cover again. The paintwork really is a bit shoddy. I have (cunning) plans for that, though. The spark plug cap on both valve coveres need a bit of 'rubber black' on 'em yet. And the other 'cylinder head' needs to be added to the other side

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I stopped before I had a further paint disaster. More anon.

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19 hours ago, Grunhertz said:

Great progress doc to be honest Brush painting tamiya can be asking for trouble 

Thanks :). That might explain the problems that I've had with, e.g., Tamiya 'aotake'. I  mentioned a cunning-ish plan in my last post - let's see if it worked!

1. Parts drying after a wash and rinse in the kitchen o' Chez Loopy

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2. I used to have excellent eyesight...now I need to wear these :(

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3. Showroom finish! The cunning-ish plan was to brush paint on some of the newly-acquired Tamiya LP-48 'Sparkling Silver', having seen it on action recently on @Mad Steve's Ducati 900 thread. I thought that it would brush on nicely when I gave the new bottle a slight shake on receiving it :). It did:

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4. ‘Sparkling Silver’ all over the motor. That disc-like thing must be the air filter, but I can never recall any air filter being silver. Oh well. There are some are strange colour call-outs (including 'US Light Green' on one part). the other valve cover has been stuck on, too

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5. Here are a couple of parts that are going to tax my 'abilities' and 'assisted' eyesight - the carburettors

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6. Air-inlet and fuel hoses painted (new bottle of Tamiya XF-85 'Rubber Black')

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7. Carburettors brush painted (Tamiya LP-48). This paint brushes on like a dream (not a nightmare) in small areas at least. It seems to hug the surface in a very thin film - it seems to have very low surface tension indeed. I'd be interested to see how it works in the non-metallic colours in the LP range

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That's all for the moment, hopefully some more tomorrw (Loopy time), when I have tackled the carbies - or not!

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Love the progress so far :) 

You've given me something to think about Doc, never even thought of brush painting the LP... tho it does say its perfect for brush painting in the blurb. 

The non metallic paints are excellent as well, especially the camo shades, just don't thin them down too much

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On 17/09/2020 at 01:19, Mad Steve said:

Love the progress so far :) 

You've given me something to think about Doc, never even thought of brush painting the LP... tho it does say its perfect for brush painting in the blurb. 

The non metallic paints are excellent as well, especially the camo shades, just don't thin them down too much

I thought that this might grab your attention. A tiny ittle bit goes a very long way, too!

On 17/09/2020 at 02:03, Grunhertz said:

lovely work doc 

Ah yes, thank you, but you might change your mind after you see what happened with the carbie additions. My goodness. I was expecting it to be hard, but not that hard. A tiny little bit o' glue goes a long way in this instance, too: the 'Goldilocks Zone' is very tight. A small amount won't stick the parts on (even with paint removed); a slightly larger amount floods the area and dissolves the surrounding paint 😬.


1. Anyway, here's the left carbie, the gear lever and kick-starter globbed on

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2. Right carbie and high-low range/reverse?-lever??? globbed on. The right carburettor came off of course, and the mess seen here is the glue (Revell Contact Professional ha ha) rapidly dissolving any paint that it came in contact with when glueing the blasted thing back on. In the process, I also found that a Chair Monster also exists, to add to the infernal menagerie...

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3. Engine from the front.I'm somewhat consoled by the fact that once mud, oil and grease have been added, you will never know how bad the paint got :rofl:. That jar of paint will probably been seen in use soom, as I think that it is Mr Color's [sic.] version of 4BO 'Russian Green'. I will follow that up presently

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4. Battery and holder with horn globbed in place.Despite using a tiny amount of glue i still managed to smear some on the delicate moulding of the horn front :rolleyes:. I wasn't in fact going to do any more after the mess with teh engine, but instead of being a sensible Loopy...

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5. I also liberated the front forks and mudguard-halves from their runners - then called it an afternoon, if not a day.

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Not a lot to show for today's muckin' abaht - I'm hoping that the next few steps - glue only, senza paint - will be a bit more tractable. The paint will be added once the frame is assembled as the rest of the thing is basically Russian Green with the odd extra bit of 'colour' (mostly mud :hrhr:). The insides of the mudguards will get a globby mud treatment using one or more of the various 'gel' agents at my disposal - MIG and/or LifeColor.

 

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Funny you should mention that @Gorby - thank you for the tip - I did actually try that. Some glue in a little dish, on the tip of a cocktail stick - and still got glue on the horn. Clumsy fumbler that I am 😬 .

I'll probably end up dressing it up as a Big Lump o' Mud!

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23 hours ago, Grunhertz said:

Looks damn good to me 

Thank you :).

Today's 'efforts' seemed to require more effort than usual - lots of fiddly parts removal, dry fitting and glueing, and only one photo:

1. This is all that I managed to get done - various frame* and associated assemblies

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2. Ah, the other thing that I did was re-glue the horn the right way up (down) after using some Tamiya Extra Thin to dissolve the Revell Contacta. I misread the instructions - it was supposed to hang down, not stick up (in the way). That was a bit of a fiddle, too. The batttery/horn frame is actually a structural part of the bike

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It doesn't look much, but my eyes and brain were going @@ by the time that I stopped! The trickiest bit was fitting the shock absorbers at the rear ends of the side frames. A test fit suggests that glueing the frames together is going to be 'fun' - especially as the front forks are not supposed to be glued in place! That will not be easy - I might need to apply glue using a piece of fuse wire.

 

* @Arctica 123 is convinced that the lower part of the 'double tube' at the rear of the right-hand side-frame is a bike pump. I think that he may be right!

 

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Today's and some of last night's efforts:

1. Diff and driveshaft - the diff has been painted with Mr Color 'Russian Green(1) (Early WWII)'

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2. Diff, etc, cleaned up and tailshaft painted. The plastic in this kit is quite fragile: the drive sharp pretty well fell into two pieces not long after I took this snap

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3. Rear shocker the right way up. I was looking at some of yesterday's photos last night on the error leapt out and bit me. A bit of Tamiya Extra Thin fixed that in short order

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4. Carrier/mudguard support frames

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5. Petrol tank glued up - left on frame for safe-keeping

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6. Various bits for frame assembly. Unfortunately, there is a drawback with the very fine moulding - it is also very fragile. Here's the broken tailshaft, which was bing held together by the paint

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The next step is to glue together the frame. This is going to need a lot of thought - and care. I've already broken the tailshaft, and the frames are only a little bit thicker.

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The pattern of each successive step being harder than the one before it continues. I had to stop this evening as the current step needs much guile and cunning - possibly more than I possess of either!

1. Glueing ‘jig’ - a blob of Blu-Tack. That helped a bit with the process

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2. Clamping the headstock region closed with a pair of tweezers. I wish that I could work on the model at this magnification!

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3. Another view of frame glue-up. I had to go back later and re-glue the headstock and 'wishbone' attachment points

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4. Glued frame, upside down

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5. Glued frame, doing a front wheelstand. Never an advisable stunt on a motorcycle, at the best of times!

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6. Re-glueing and clamping of rear upper frame ‘wishbone’

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7. Upper frame brace in place - finally. That was a real struggle, especially as the part was showing signs of immanent separation into three separate, annoyingly small pieces

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The next piece to go in is the battery/horn/'aft motor-bay' bracket - which I had to give up on. I had given it some thought early on and decided that rather than try to glue it onto one frame part first and have it not line up properly - not to mention getting in the way - when glueing the frame together, that I would add it after the fearsome upper frame T-piece brace was installed. In partial hindsight it's probably six of one and half a dozen of the other, as either way has its problems. My current thought is to use the Blu-Tack again, as a support for one of the side frames and the battery frame at the same time. And clean my various eyesight-improvers. And maybe raise the work up a bit somehow so that I am not hunched over, straining my neck and back. And adjust the light sources.

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Looking good Loopy! 
When you said you got glue on the horn, would that be the french horn of the natural horn? :P 

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4 hours ago, Dr Loopy said:

4. Glued frame, upside down

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I was wondering why that bucket seat was so narrow. 😕

Nice work Doc.

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2 hours ago, Gorby said:

I was wondering why that bucket seat was so narrow. 😕

 

I can't unsee the framework of a funky walker machine or a Mad Max vehicle now xD 

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On 20/09/2020 at 22:18, Walrus said:

Looking good Loopy! 
When you said you got glue on the horn, would that be the french horn of the natural horn? :P 

Thank you very much :). Das Naturhorn, Natürlich!  Wivva 'F' Crook :rofl:

 

On 20/09/2020 at 22:39, Grunhertz said:

Looks great doc 

Thanks @Grunhertz :).

 

On 21/09/2020 at 00:30, Gorby said:

I was wondering why that bucket seat was so narrow. 😕

Nice work Doc.

Thank you too, @Gorby. Narrow indeed :hrhr:.Those Germanic types must have been thinner in those days.

 

On 21/09/2020 at 02:45, Walrus said:

I can't unsee the framework of a funky walker machine or a Mad Max vehicle now xD 

Neither can I now, you absowute wotter, Walwus @Walrus :rofl:.

Rightio, enough of such flippancy.

1. This is where we are up to at this juncture: multiple separate steps required for this stage

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2. Work-height-raising implement - a little table-top camera tripod. Note the blob o' Blu-Tack and motorcycle frame

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3. Left frame nestled in place in the Blu-Tack

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4. Finger-clamping the left hand side of the battery frame in place while the glue set. I had been gardening without gloves earlier, hence the still-grubby fingers, despite washing.

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5. Three points glued. The tripod improved my posture a lot, although there was a bit of strain on the arm clamping the parts in place while the glue set

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6. Last point being glued and finger-clamped. Counting quillions of bars rest in orchestra is helpful practise for this sort o' caper...

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7. Unwanted passengers - Blu-Tack glued on as well! Easily removed using itself, though

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8. Frame ready for next stage - painting

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9.Engine test fitted in frame - I just had to see what it looked like, couldn't restrain myself

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10. Closer view of frame-motor dry-assembly

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11. Upside down, wi’ motor

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12. Painting aid no. 1

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13. Painting aid no. 2

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14. ‘Russian Green’. I know that Mr Color[sic.] is for grown-ups with airbrushes, but I needed this colour as I wasn't going to use the AKI alternative (coz), and I dont have any Tamiya or LifecColor '4BO' equivalents

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15. Even with thinners it was a race against the clock. It is rather scrappily done, but on the positive side looks partially weathered already :hrhr:

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16. Next stage (after painting)

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17. But first, I have to repair this broken tailshaft:

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If I have trouble with the tailshaft, I'll go looking for suitable-diameter drill bits and plastic rod. Failing that, stretched runner. Then it's scrape scrape scape at the paint, and glue glue glue of the parts, - and I can turn the instructions page and the forum page at the same time! How exciting, kids! 😱🤣😎.

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