View Full Version : T55AM - Northern Alliance

07-09-2005, 06:45 PM
Working on another T55 -this time, a Northern Alliance T55AM - a gift from the Sovs towards TWAT (the war against terror) The NA seem to have either brand new T55s or crapped out left over T55s, there doesnt seem to be a lot of middle ground there.

ANyway, its the Tamiya kit, I dumped it on its guts, mashed the suspension down about 1.5mm, added T72 track from Friul. The interior is CMK's resin and etch set, which isnt too bad at all, certainly it provides all the main structures, one could go nuts out on a full and complete interior from here.. if one could be assed.

The Mantlet is Migs, well its mine, i bought it, but its a mig item. The barrel is an eduard one. The co-ax is from Modelpoint. The rubberised skirts are evergreen card.. ive made em nice and straight, with a view to bashing them up totally - its easier to make em neat then wreck em, than to make em wrecked then neaten them. Im gonna have it crewed by an Afghan crew, with maybe 1 or 2 'advisors'.

Here's an example of a Northern Alliance tank - this one is actually a T54AM - note the early barrel with no fume extractor.. also note the generally poor appearance of the vehicle:







Im at that shitty CBF stage now, I need to get my hands on a Waldron P&D subminiature set and punch out about 1000 bolts/rivets for those skirts, oh and plumb the fuel cells.. urgh.

07-09-2005, 10:59 PM
Looking nice sam - push on dont let the fuel lines get you down!

07-10-2005, 10:00 AM
Love the T55! Will you be using any other detail sets?

07-10-2005, 12:08 PM
Sam,looks great,how soon before painting?..Mrosko

07-16-2005, 01:56 AM
Little more work on the T55 - finally got my hands on the Waldron Sub miniature punch and die set, 240 rivets and counting on the skirts!


Redid the headlight guards from fine brass wire, then mashed it. Same with the trim vane dealy on the glacis plate, ive seen some of these made from thin tin, some made from plywood, I chose to take the tin route, so I could show it mashed - I added this from 5 thou plastic card, then mashed it. I also added the front fender retainer springs, after i'd shaved off the kit parts. These were also bent.


Finally, fender fuel cell plumbing. This is essentially done now. As with everything on this kit, it was made up, then bent around a bit. Ive yet to find a shot of an Afghani service vehicle that is in good shape!


No more work on the T55AM for a while, im wrestling with the Tristar Pz IVD..


07-16-2005, 07:08 PM
Far Out.....now its starting to look impressive. I didn't think much of your scratch built T-72 fenders before as looked a bit "blocky". But with those hundreds of rivets they fantastic! I see now how you'll be able to mangle them and they'll look very realistic.

Put the flash filled Panzer 4 in the bin, use the wheels for a Panzer Jager 4 or something, as that's where Tristar has spent all the budget for that kit. :(

Keep the pics coming.


Stuke Sowle
07-16-2005, 07:41 PM
Originally posted by Willy Naylor@Jul 16 2005, 04:08 PM
Far Out.....now its starting to look impressive. I didn't think much of your scratch built T-72 fenders before as looked a bit "blocky". But with those hundreds of rivets they fantastic! I see now how you'll be able to mangle them and they'll look very realistic.

Put the flash filled Panzer 4 in the bin, use the wheels for a Panzer Jager 4 or something, as that's where Tristar has spent all the budget for that kit. :(

Keep the pics coming.

LOL...I agree! Dump the IV (they don't look cool dude!) and keep working on this gem. Going through shots of these T-54/55's on Corbis lead to my discovery of this fantastic looking vehicle. These NA vehicles are what a tank was meant to look like. Ugly, dirty brutes......

Love the interior set. Not a whole lotta room for movement in that turret eh?

08-07-2005, 03:20 PM
:) Hi Sam, love the work so far on your AM, when you going to get to the painting?.....cant wait!!!!

Andy... ;)

08-18-2005, 02:51 AM
Finally some work on the interior paint. Everything was basecoated in Tamiya grey primer, then preshaded with Tamiya XF1 matt black. Onto this I sprayed Tamiya XF2 matt white. Details were picked out with Vallejo acrylics. This all then got a coat of Future Floor Polish (hhmmm apples) and I then applied a feelter.. hehe ok a wash. THis was kept as scabby and not neat as possible, as I really want this interior to be beaten up.





I dullcoated with Gunze H20, then the whole shebang got a heavy post shade. I used a browner mix to begin with, the next PS coat will be done with a blacker mix.

Gonna push on with this project now, as ive got the DML late tiger just itching to be started!


08-18-2005, 04:14 AM
Hi Sam,
looks cool! Can you elaborate work on fuel cell plumbing? Those look like real ones!
Have you got a plan how to handle tracks? Looking forward to see how this beauty is painted. From pic can be seen that surface of tank is quite scruffy and worn.


Stuke Sowle
08-19-2005, 11:13 AM
Superb Sam!!!

I might have to get one of the CMK sets for my kit. Those Russkies sure didn't give their tank boys much room to move around did they?? :)

08-20-2005, 01:08 AM
Gonna try these CMK 'Star Dust' powders on the interior. They look nice, and come in some interesting metallic colours. The Copper and Bronze powders actually look like theyre liquid, well they swoosh around in the jar like quicksilzer on a lily leaf. The aluminium powder has an interesting warning on the side of the jar:

"Releases in contact with water extremely inflammable gasses. Keep packing tightly closed, in well ventilated place. In case of fire, use sand. Never employ water"

While this warning is slightly troubling, im looking forward to trying them out.


James Tainton
08-20-2005, 01:27 AM
Some of the names are pretty funky- like Black Smut...?
http://www.discounttrainsonline.com/CMK-St...item218-10.html (http://www.discounttrainsonline.com/CMK-Star-Dust-Weathering-Pigment-Black-Smut/item218-10.html)

08-20-2005, 03:56 AM
I thought they might have been referring to this:


08-20-2005, 04:02 AM

Would I be correct to say its really average Photoshopping? :o

Willy Naylor?

Stuke Sowle
08-20-2005, 12:16 PM
Ohhhhhh nummy nummy nummy.......

09-14-2005, 08:39 PM
A little update on the T55 AM. Construction done, and the interior sealed up with 3M tape. Ive started to bend and wreck the rubberised side skirts. This is evident in the last pic posted here today.

I had to replace the weld around the Blast Models MG cupola as much of it broke off when removing the mold plug.



Finally a coat of paint. I used Gunze.. um.. green (?) and gave it an overspray with Gunze US Cockpit Interior yellow green to start the fading process. The tyres and side skirts were painted with Vallejo Matt Black and a brush.

Next step in weathering, I applied a light squiggly overspray of heavilly thinned Tamiya Buff. This was applied in the areas that dust would accumulate.


More weathering shots to follow soon.


10-19-2005, 05:10 PM
Been a while since Ive posted on this kit..

post shade over the prefade..

Now as its been a while since ive posted, ive nearly finished the kit..

MOdel has been pastelled, and the paint worn and chipped like a vehicle thats seen some service






Still a bit to go, oilstains, blown hubseals, and some NA tank crew.


03-16-2006, 10:24 PM
:o My frind RC told me about some of your really cool models and this for me takes the cake! I love Soviet stuff. Hopefully my skills will improve enough for me to be able to add an interior like that to some of the projects that I have in mind for the future. That just looks awesome ;)