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armor fiend 01-12-2014 02:41 PM

HobbyBoss T-26, 1935
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Our club has a show coming up, and the theme of the show is The Gathering Storm, models of the 1930s. So I'm doing a lot of Spanish Civil War related pieces (3 I-16 type 10s, and I-153, this tank, the Graf Spee, a 1937 Ford).

So, this will be a Republican tank.

armor fiend 01-12-2014 02:53 PM

For the most part, this is a fairly easy kit to put together. There's a few fit issues, and the PE is kind of thick, making it hard bend, even with tempering. It would be nice to have an anti-aircraft mount, which several of these tanks did. One major defect is the decals for the Republican tank are all wrong. It's got several different tanks rolled together in one, none of them correct.

It comes with Modelkasten tracks, so this will be my first attempt on those.

armor fiend 01-12-2014 02:54 PM

Fenders added.

armor fiend 01-12-2014 02:54 PM

It needs a radiator underneath that vent (or I'll have to blank it off). I'm pretty sure I have a spare from my M-10 that I can stick in there.

armor fiend 01-12-2014 02:56 PM

I added the antenna, but I'm going to saw off the antenna, just leaving the mounts. Then drill those out.

armor fiend 01-12-2014 02:56 PM

The instructions didn't give directions on drilling out the holes in the fenders, [Actually, they did. It's Step 3, which I somehow completely missed.] so I foolishly drilled them all out. Need to fix that.

schlichtr 01-13-2014 11:17 AM

I have this kit and was suprised when opening it that the plastic was green and not the customary grey that Hobbyboss and Trumpeter kits usually are. I like the grey, not the green. The tracks are not Model Kasten although they are Model Kasten style. They are Hobbyboss's own tracks. Most Hobbyboss and Trumpeter kits are now coming out with this style tracks. They go together fairly easy although I have heard that this particular kit's tracks are a pain in the a_s to put together. You are doing a fine job on your build. Keep it up.


armor fiend 01-13-2014 12:19 PM

The brass fender supports could be better designed. They join at the top of the triangle, which breaks easily, rather than at the right angle, where it would be secured by being glued to the plastic.

schlichtr 01-15-2014 12:08 PM

Yeah that is an odd place to have the fender brackets join. I will probably replace mine with plastic ones.


armor fiend 01-22-2014 01:49 PM

Finally done with the photo-etched.

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