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Tamiya Type 1 Self Propelled Gun Diorama

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3 years 6 months ago #1 by Woody
Hi all,

Merry xmas and happy new year and all that stuff :)

I would like to enter the group build with an oldie but a goodie. Tamiya's venerable Japanese Type 1 Self Propelled Gun re-issued with the old Japanese Infantry set...




Apart from groundwork, the kit has all the components for a neat diorama. I have ordered a set of Fruilmodel tracks and an Eduard photoetch set to help refine the model somewhat.

Hoping to get much more modeling done this year and participate in this forum B)

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3 years 6 months ago #2 by Woody
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My progress for the night. Wheels, idlers and sprockets ready for paint. I added a bit of wear and tear to the wheels, maybe a little too much :blink:



And left side suspension done

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3 years 6 months ago #3 by Viperbuilder
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That is really nice box art on that kit. Just depicting a diorama based on the box art alone would look fabulous.

Looking forward to watching this one progress and see where it takes you.

Happy New Year.

Steve

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3 years 6 months ago #4 by Woody
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Thanks Steve, yes the box art is quite catching and that is what got me in with this kit :lol:

I am going to add an extra couple of infantry figures by kit bashing (or is it figure bashing?) another set of Tamiya Japanese Infantry.

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3 years 6 months ago #5 by Bishop
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I think the rubber tyres look fine. They took a real beating in every theatre of war, certainly not less in the PTO. I always loved the photo of this in the Tamiya catalogue (I forget the year). It was a Verlinden build. Watching closely.

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3 years 6 months ago #6 by Grant
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Nice subject. Lots of good stuff happening in this group build already! :cheer:
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3 years 6 months ago #7 by Xtr3meNZer
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As mentioned, nice box art! This should be good. Also I don't think there could be much in saying they're a bit over done... I mean, these things got used and abused
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3 years 6 months ago #8 by Woody
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Hi all,

Thanks very much :)

Yep, road wheels definitely do get trashed, and fast!

Ok, a little advancement of this project.


I did clean up a few marks on the inside of the glacis (?) plate that has the drivers viewing port. It's the only ejector pin marks i could find that needed cleaning up!






Also i made a start on improving the figures. Typical Tamiya, details are soft but adequate. Don't expect modern standards of molding here. Making the older Tamiya figures has to be approached as more of a trip down memory lane. This is what we had as kids and they were freaking awesome :woohoo:

First fella under the knife is the leading soldier crouching low. My goal here is to just define some of the softer molded features and improve the depth. Looks better and makes for easier painting. So webbing, collar, pockets belt and puttees were enhanced with the trusty No.11 blade.






Sleeves were also undercut. Tamiya thought to mold a watch on some of the figures. Nice touch and attention to detail Mr. Tamiya. The watch was also enhanced with some scribing.






One of the biggies was that the rear of the chin strap was molded flush with the face. It's a common thing on these older Tamiya figures. And the ears always look crap. So some substantial surgery was performed here with scribing and scraping of the face to define the chin strap and reshape the ears. I have seen modellers drill out the ear canal, not sure if i will do that yet. Some dark paint might fool the eye in this scale ;)






Facial features are not too bad, and good enough for me :lol:




Note that there is a lot of plastic swarf from all the work. A brush over with some Extra Thin Tamiya Cement will make this disappear. Still more tidy up to do on this figure. The up close photos make everything look so rough. I can't see half of the imperfections with the Mk.1 eyeball. The photos definitely help in identifying problem areas though.

Maybe i need glasses :silly:


And the Fruil tracks turned up from BNA today :cheer:


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3 years 6 months ago #9 by Andrew
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Good to see you back at the bench Woody :woohoo:

Watching on

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3 years 6 months ago #10 by Woody
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Hi matey!

Yeah, going to make a go of it this year :)

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3 years 6 months ago #11 by Bishop
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Great tracks for getting the sag right. I'm impressed with the guy's face. It looks the part.

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3 years 6 months ago #12 by Gary
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He has a look of satisfaction, maybe he's just dropped the kids off............
Nice work on the kit so far, I like the wear and tear on the rubber, I often forget to do this but its worth doing as you have.



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3 years 5 months ago #13 by Woody
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Thanks Bishop and Gary :)

Alright, got the first figure ready for some undercoat, although i forgot, and need the blend the right arm to the torso. A shot of undercoat should highlight anything that needs a tidy up. Please say if you see anything yourselves that needs a tweak :)








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3 years 5 months ago #14 by Andrew
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Looks pretty good to me Woody

I need to stop procrastinating and start doing some figures :lol:

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3 years 5 months ago #15 by Maarten
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'' I could sense things were about to kick off, so I got out of there !''


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3 years 5 months ago #16 by Tiger
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Nice work and progress there Woody. :)

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