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Old 02-21-2010, 08:07 PM
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MM Armor Contest Japanese Medium Tank Chi-He

Charlie,
I hope you don't mind...

Being in a modeling slump (again :o) I decided to follow Ron's example and try something totally different from my usuall building subjects to see if this helps me to overcome it. Just as Ron did, I started a tank - much simpler though :D
Since MM contest is still open and I already hinted at building Chi-He, it was time to cut some card. One afternoon later I have the chasiss on the way. Progress is not spectacular but I'm adding riveting and some raised panels that were not included in the kit that are slowing me down :D
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Old 02-21-2010, 09:20 PM
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Oh frabjous day! Master Mike takes on an IJA tank. I'm going to enjoy watching this!

You're off to a great start with that beautiful, clean, and dress-right-dress frame.

Ganbatte!

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Old 02-21-2010, 11:01 PM
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Mike,
This is great! I look forward to seeing how you handle this one, especially the additions you are making. Can you describe them in more detail...please?
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Old 02-21-2010, 11:46 PM
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Taking a look at two pictures it looks promising.

Ganbatte!

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Old 02-22-2010, 07:44 AM
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Thank you, gents.

Chris,
So far the only additions I made are visible on third photo - narrow band under the long narrow former on top and some plate between those parallel lines. I also added riveting (now I see that one came loose..).
I will try to illustrate how I made them down the road - didn't think about getting a photo...
There is plenty of surpluss color included in the model plus I'm using a second kit as reserve of spare parts - as I said, I never built a tank before so I expect to make some dumb mistakes
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Old 02-22-2010, 09:09 AM
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you will need the spare parts and/or color to finish the tension wheels correctly as not enough parts are provided for the rim pieces. Otherwise this tank builds easily and is a good one for those who are just starting out or haven't built a tank in a while.

Good luck to you on this build.

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Old 02-25-2010, 07:25 PM
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Thanks Greg.

Frame of the tank is ready. I would feel more comfortable if the frames were of the tab-and-slot variety, but use of the sides as part of the frame prevents that. No matter - so far no issues and I'm really enjoying bigger parts :D
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Old 02-25-2010, 07:41 PM
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Cool, Mike! Good start. Really like the rivets. I have this in my stack, so it will be fun to get some ideas from you!
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Old 02-25-2010, 07:42 PM
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Looking good, do have a question, rivets, how are you making?:DRick
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Old 02-25-2010, 08:40 PM
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Rick,
I'm cutting 1.2mm circles using screw punch, color the edge and then use Fiskar's tool with two balls at the end (sorry, forgot the name of it :o) to make the disk into a little dome. Then a tiny drop of glue onto the printed rivet and using scalpel blade apply the replacement.
I will try to take photos of the process if I can convince my wife to help out with the camera
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