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Old 09-25-2011, 05:44 PM
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Last Christmas, the president of our model club gave me an old Tamiya M8, with the proviso that I finish it in one year. So everything else is now on hold while I start, and hopefully finish, this kit in the next two months.

Was gonna do it OOB, and then when I was in Minneapolis in June, I found a Verlinden interior.

Now I have Friul tracks and three Eduard PE sets. I got the canceled one 35139, because it has stuff that neither the exterior and interior sets have.

So, I'm working on removing all the styrene that needs to come off. The kit is one of the old kits to be motorized. All that's gone. I'm gonna have to do a little filling on the bottom because of the holes, plus fill a couple sink holes.

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Old 09-26-2011, 09:51 AM
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Great set up. I would use all that except the tracks. I don't like using Friul for "live" tracks such as Sherman and Stuart tracks. They are too heavy and tend to droop to much. I look forward to seeing you build this. Onward, you only have a bit about three months. Plenty of time.

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Excellent start.
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Cool! That's a nice but overly simple little model - I built one a few years ago. The aftermarket stuff you have will fill things out nicely.
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Old 09-28-2011, 10:08 AM
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Great set up. I would use all that except the tracks. I don't like using Friul for "live" tracks such as Sherman and Stuart tracks. They are too heavy and tend to droop to much. I look forward to seeing you build this. Onward, you only have a bit about three months. Plenty of time.

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Actual, only until Dec. 8th, so two and a half months.

Never done Friul tracks before, so this will be my first shot at this. I like the extra weight they will add. I suppose I could glue them rigid. It's not as if the tracks are intended to work. I was thinking about that problem, though.

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Cool! That's a nice but overly simple little model - I built one a few years ago. The aftermarket stuff you have will fill things out nicely.
I've been looking at Zaloga's Stuart book, and I know I should rebuild the hull to make it a little longer and more accurate ... and if I wasn't in a rush, I would (damn OCD), but I'm just gonna have to let it go.
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Old 09-30-2011, 05:40 PM
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Prepping the plastic. Gotta cut a lot away.



You can see from this linked image what's going on down inside before cutting


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Nuts, the transmission is 2mm too big for the hull.
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Nuts, the transmission is 2mm too big for the hull.
Very sorry to hear that.

Is there any way to fix the issue?

Good luck and hope all goes well.

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I imagine I'll have to do a little surgery, but I'll do a little investigation first.
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Nuts, the transmission is 2mm too big for the hull.
Could you give us more detail in how it is too big. Too wide, long, tall or something else? It may be an easy fix.

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