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Not a ton of parts but a very tricky - and frustrating - build. The drive sprocket was too narrow for the tracks. I was able to pry both apart a bit after I had completed them and press the individual track links onto the teeth as the cement on the track links slowly dried. I didn't dare pull the sprockets out afterward since I figured I wouldn't have much chance placing them back in exactly as I had them. I glued them in at that point and painted them attached to the completed tracks (not my preferred method). Speaking of which, the individual track links were a pain! I get the realism point of view, but gluing tiny guide teeth onto each tiny track link is not very fun - and this is a hobby we do for fun, right? I glued them on while the track links were still on the runners to make it easier to handle and then I removed the links a day later. The rest of the build was relatively quick as there wasn't much on the exterior of this tank. However, there were two other issues that bogged things down. The first was the PE grill covers. They are too short. There was no way I was going to use the injection molded ones as they were solid. Using them as a form, I bent the PE. No matter how much I fiddled with them, either the front or the rear was going to come up short. I chose the front and glued a small piece of styrene to the front of the grills so they extended to the opening. About 2mm so not that noticeable. Make sure to paint the inside of the tank or the tan plastic is sure to be seen. The second issue was the string of bolts next to the turret mantlet. This part is a thin piece of plastic that is supposed to be bent around a previously attached piece in an almost half moon shape. Two are needed and four are provided. Lucky! The plastic was thin so I thought maybe it might be pliable enough to easily bend. Snap! Almost an instant break. Very brittle plastic. I applied a lot of cement to the back hoping to soften it. Nope. I boiled it in water for a long time. Nope. I held it over a burner with tweezers and just when nothing seemed to be happening, it curled. To the left. But it bent! Anyway, I ended up using all four pieces, all four snapped, all four curled from the heat, but I was able to salvage enough from the burner experiment that I was able to secure the strips onto the mantlet sides. Using some putty, I make it look good enough. The rivets aren't parallel to the ones on the other side since I kind of had to Frankenstein's Monster them together, but it's not really noticeable. Maybe a hair dryer might have worked better. Anyway, other than those issues - and make no mistake - they are pretty major, the kit looks good when finished. It looks like a mini T-34. This is my last Hobby Boss kit for a while having built a ton of their Soviet tanks in a row starting with their T-18. I'd have to say this was the most frustrating one. Honestly, while all the others had some issues, I'd recommend any of them. Not so with this one. I do not recommend this kit. Lots of frustration. It's certainly not for the beginner. Mine came out looking very nice, but it wasn't a fun build. For completists only!
1:35 Russian T-50 Infantry Tank (HobbyBoss 83827)
 
Russian T-50 Infantry Tank
HobbyBoss 1:35
83827
2015 | New tool
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24. November 2019 at 03:07:48 Share
Olivier Thanks! Will keep well clear of this T50.
24. November 2019 at 09:29:36
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1:35 Russian T-50 Infantry Tank (HobbyBoss 83827)
 
Russian T-50 Infantry Tank
HobbyBoss 1:35
83827
2015 | New tool
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24. November 2019 at 02:03:19 Share

October 18, 2019

Ron Garcia
Very similar to the Hobby Boss T-30 kit; the main difference being the rear amphibious propulsion system. As usual, the tracks are the hardest part of the build. Lots of tiny individual track links. If you like to paint your tracks separately like I do, leave off all the return rollers so you can slide the tracks back on after you finish painting the tank. The guide teeth are very long and they are very hard to feed over them if they are already attached. I figured that out when I built the T-30. The road wheels are very fiddly as there is a lot of play in the suspension arms. Take care with them so that all the wheels sit level. Like the T-30, I left off the tow cable because of the tiny PE. I decided to paint the whitewash version as depicted in the kit. If you decide to do that and you want to use the decal that wraps around the turret, leave off the vision port PE pieces or you'll have to forget about applying that decal. I didn't realize that until I had already finished painting the model. Oh well. Even had I left them off, it looks like I would have had to use plenty of decal setting solution to get the decal to snuggle over two large bolt looking things (pistol ports?) on either side of the turret. Neat little kit, but as with all these Hobby Boss tanks I've built lately (T-18, T-26, T-30, T-37, and T-38 ), I'd only pick it up if it was on sale. Experience with small PE is definitely a must (along with a PE bending tool).
1:35 T-40 Light Tank (HobbyBoss 83825)
Russian
T-40 Light Tank
HobbyBoss 1:35
83825
2015 | New tool
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18. October 2019 at 03:11:34 Share
Olivier Hello Ron
Thanks for the tips.
18. October 2019 at 06:59:42
Rui S Thx for sharing
18. October 2019 at 21:44:49
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1:35 T-40 Light Tank (HobbyBoss 83825)
Russian
T-40 Light Tank
HobbyBoss 1:35
83825
2015 | New tool
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18. October 2019 at 02:39:09 Share

September 24, 2019

Ron Garcia
Another micro Hobby Boss Soviet tank. The tracks were tricky because I like to build them, wrap them around the running gear, and then pull them back off before they dry. The drive sprocket attaches on a super short pin in a very shallow depression. The only way I could get it to stay in place was to apply a very tiny bit of super glue to hold it in place and then pop it off afterwards. The tracks themselves were a pain as they are very tiny and don't have much surface area to connect to each other. I think I added about four more links per side to get a bit of a sag. One thing I really liked about this kit is for almost every PE part, there was a plastic counterpart to it. Having built so many Hobby Boss Soviet tanks in a row, I saved a major headache and used the plastic pieces every time. Compared to all the other ones I built, I couldn't tell a difference. The exhaust grill attaches over an empty hole so as a minimum, the lower inside of the tank should be painted black. One of my faster Hobby Boss Soviet tank builds thanks to the plastic replacement parts for the PE. Interesting looking tank. Recommended for unusual Soviet tank fans but because of it's size, I'd only pick it up if it was on sale.
1:35 T-38 Amphibious Light Tank (HobbyBoss 83865)
Soviet
T-38 Amphibious Light Tank
HobbyBoss 1:35
83865
2015 | New tool
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24. September 2019 at 01:40:47 Share
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1:35 T-38 Amphibious Light Tank (HobbyBoss 83865)
Soviet
T-38 Amphibious Light Tank
HobbyBoss 1:35
83865
2015 | New tool
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24. September 2019 at 01:20:56 Share

August 30, 2019

Ron Garcia
Another micro Soviet tank. Builds quickly. Fit was great except the muffler. I had to use a bit of putty on the seam between the two halves. The running gear is strange. The four road wheel assemblies go into holes on the side of the hull that allow too much play. I recommend attaching them all at the same time with slow setting liquid cement to make sure all the road wheels touch the ground. I had to do a lot of fiddling with them as the glue dried to make sure they stayed vertical. The tracks are a bit of a pain. There are no positive locating pins or something for the tracks to click into. The edge of the tracks simply lay on the next one with two small lips. Since they are so tiny, you pretty much have to glue one at a time or you will knock any additional ones out of place. Used lots of liquid cement on them! I added two more links than recommended per side but when I installed them after painting they were ever so slightly too tight - even though I built them with a bit of sag. I've got to remember that adding paint to everything makes a perfect fit a slightly too tight of a fit! A bit of super glue - and my wife adding a drop of accelerator while I held the spot where tracks pulled apart - solved the problem. Not much PE which is a surprise for a Hobby Boss kit. Most is reasonable, but there are two rectangular pieces that are supposed to be bent to cradle the muffler and then bent again at the edges to form an upside down V to stabilize the assembly. With no bend guides, I just left them off. The overhead support brackets looked good enough to me. I lost one of the PE pieces I thought I had glued securely in place. It's like a small fin that sits off to the side of the turret. Probably should have waited until the end for that one. No clear lenses or decals. Recommended but because it's so tiny, I'd only get it if it's on sale; full price is a bit much.
1:35 T-37 Amphibious Light Tank (HobbyBoss 83818)
Soviet
T-37 Amphibious Light Tank - Early
HobbyBoss 1:35
83818
2013 | New tool
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30. August 2019 at 02:14:18 Share
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1:35 T-37 Amphibious Light Tank (HobbyBoss 83818)
Soviet
T-37 Amphibious Light Tank - Early
HobbyBoss 1:35
83818
2013 | New tool
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30. August 2019 at 01:37:13 Share

August 18, 2019

Ron Garcia
Pretty easy kit to build. Much easier than Hobby Boss's T-28. The running gear is much simpler and the kit has link and length tracks vs individual tracks for the T-28. PE was reasonable. However, there is a section that wants you to add very tiny PE strips on the running gear. Looked very tedious and since a plate covered it, why bother? Tricky to paint because PE "straps" fold down from the fender to the armor plating covering the running gear leaving a decent sized gap. I painted the tracks, running gear, and armored plate first, assembled and added them to the kit, and then I finished the rest of the model. I painted the PE straps over the tracks by hand. I decided not to add the optional antenna since I wanted a cleaner look. Instead of the parade stripes (at least I think that's what they're there for) I simply added a red star to each side. Copper wire is provided for the two cables. My question is, "Why?" They don't drape over anything, the cable ends are plastic anyway, and it is tricky to match the length of both. Plastic would have been so much easier for the entire thing. The finished kit is very long and dwarfs my other Soviet tanks of that era. Pretty unique tank - five turrets (!) - that I would easily recommend for any modeler with a little bit of experience using PE and interested in early WW II Soviet armor.
1:35 T-35 Heavy Tank (HobbyBoss 83841)
Soviet
T-35 Heavy Tank Early
HobbyBoss 1:35
83841
2014 | New tool
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17. August 2019 at 22:17:50 Share
Jörg Luther The stripes have nothing to do with parades. They are tactical markings used by tank brigades from 1932 to 1938 but could still be seen on vehicles early in the war. The upper constant band gives the battalion, the lower dashed band gives the company. Colors are red 1st, white 2nd, black 3rd, blue 4th, yellow 5th.
18. August 2019 at 09:29:02
Ron Garcia Interesting. Thanks for clearing that up for me! I just looked at a tank on the Tank Encyclopedia website that had only the red star on each side and went with that.
18. August 2019 at 22:48:01
Calvin Gifford Thanks for sharing!
18. August 2019 at 22:59:57
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August 17, 2019

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Ron Garcia Thought I'd show how big the T-35 is compared to a few other Soviet tanks in my collection. I set it next to a T-18, a T-28, and a very old and dusty T-34.
17. August 2019 at 22:21:15
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1:35 T-35 Heavy Tank (HobbyBoss 83841)
Soviet
T-35 Heavy Tank Early
HobbyBoss 1:35
83841
2014 | New tool
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17. August 2019 at 21:52:47 Share

August 10, 2019

Ron Garcia
Super fast build. Even the individual track links were quick and easy. Only needed one finger swipe of putty on one of the joints at the back of the turret. Super tiny. My wife asked if it was actually finished. When I said yes, she said it looked like a toy. Recommended but only if on sale. Retail is way too much for such a tiny kit.
1:35 T-18 Light Tank (Mod. 1930) (HobbyBoss 83874)
Soviet
T-18 Light Tank (Mod. 1930)
HobbyBoss 1:35
83874
2017 | Changed parts
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7. April 2019 at 03:45:06 Share
Katya Hodgson Just picked this up, along with the SU-18 SPG, I built the Mod. 1927 T-18 in the past, so looking forward to both of these. :)
8. August 2019 at 14:06:50
Ron Garcia If you get right on them, you should have two new builds in no time. The SU-18 looks intriguing. I've been working my way through my stash of Soviet "T" series tanks in order (with the exception of the T-34 of which I have built several over the years). Almost done with the T-35. Interestingly, it has been way faster to build than the T-28 I completed not too long ago. Happy modeling!
10. August 2019 at 00:25:42
Katya Hodgson Thanks! I'm rather fond of these early small tanks. ^-^
10. August 2019 at 03:49:05
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July 19, 2019

Ron Garcia
Pretty fast build for a Hobby Boss tank kit. WAY too much PE for a kit this size. There is a panel on the right side of the tank that looks to be raised. There are a bunch of PE pieces that look like they are supposed to support it. The problem is that the instructions show how to put it together from the left side leaving me to guess where some of the PE went. I decided to use the metal barrel even though I liked the look of the second barrel choice better. I looked at the T-40 in my stash since it's basically the same kit and saw that the only choice for a barrel is the second one. That sealed my decision. The only thing I left off was the towing cable. Way too complicated. Hobby Boss wants you to fold a copper wire in half (provided), wrap two tiny PE straps (no fold lines on the pieces) around it near the top and bottom to hold it together, then fold the two ends back on themselves to form the ends of the tow cable, and finally wrap two more tiny PE pieces to complete the loop. Since the cable doesn't drape over anything, this should have been rendered in plastic. Over engineered big time! Because of all the tiny PE, I'd recommend this kit for experienced modelers only.
1:35 T-30S Light Tank (HobbyBoss 83824)
Soviet
T-30S Light Tank
HobbyBoss 1:35
83824
2014 | New tool
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17. July 2019 at 18:04:13 Share
The Old Tanker This is a kit that I'm interested in, so thanks for the heads up! I'm sure I will get one for the stash. The build photo that you posted looks GREAT.
17. July 2019 at 18:09:02
Ron Garcia Had to delete the image. It keeps loading upside down and I don't know how to flip it.
17. July 2019 at 18:19:51
Ron Garcia Sorry, Old Tanker, I never properly thank you for your comment, so thanks! If you don't already own it, you might want to opt for the T-40 instead. Apparently this tank was just a prototype for the T-40. One other tip: If you put the tracks on and drape them over the running gear for sag, if you connect the ends hoping to slide it off and paint them separately, you'll run into problems. The guide teeth are too long and they'll prevent you from slipping them over the idler wheels because of the fender above. I lucked out and got them off because they were still a little flexible when I removed them. After the glue had fully cured, I had a heck of a time getting them back on. I broke off one of the idler wheels in the attempt. For the T-40, I'll just tack the last idler wheel in place while the track sag sets and then remove it. The fender doesn't interfere with the other two idler wheels so those can be glued in place.
19. July 2019 at 02:49:50
The Old Tanker Thanks for the tips on the tracks Ron. I'll take your recommendation for the kit, and add the T-40 to my wish list. I have a couple of the MiniArt T-70 series kits, so I know just how small those links can be! Cheers!
19. July 2019 at 03:42:06
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Ron Garcia Hey! I figured out how to make the picture right side up finally! One photo just for the heck of it.
17. July 2019 at 18:30:19
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1:35 T-30S Light Tank (HobbyBoss 83824)
Soviet
T-30S Light Tank
HobbyBoss 1:35
83824
2014 | New tool
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July 14, 2019

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1:8 The Joker (Moebius Models 956)
 
The Joker 1966
Moebius Models 1:8
956
2018 | New tool
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1:8 The Riddler (Moebius Models 954)
 
The Riddler
Moebius Models 1:8
954
2017 | New tool
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14. July 2019 at 00:05:07 Share
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1:8 The Penguin (Moebius Models 953)
 
The Penguin
Moebius Models 1:8
953
2016 | New tool
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14. July 2019 at 00:05:04 Share

July 13, 2019

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1:35 T-30S Light Tank (HobbyBoss 83824)
Soviet
T-30S Light Tank
HobbyBoss 1:35
83824
2014 | New tool
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13. July 2019 at 23:59:23 Share
Ron Garcia
Took a long time to finish this kit. Running gear was pretty complex. Put a lot of work into it and then (as I suspected) most of it ended up being hidden behind side panels. Oh well. Impressive size compared to the T-26 I finished prior. Nice looking kit when completed. Fit was first rate. Barely used any putty. Because of all the PE, I'd recommend this one for experienced modelers only.
1:35 T-28E Medium Tank (HobbyBoss 83854)
Soviet
T-28E Medium Tank
HobbyBoss 1:35
83854
2015 | Changed parts
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13. July 2019 at 23:26:50 Share
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1:35 T-28E Medium Tank (HobbyBoss 83854)
Soviet
T-28E Medium Tank
HobbyBoss 1:35
83854
2015 | Changed parts
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13. July 2019 at 23:21:20 Share

June 5, 2019

Ron Garcia
Way easier to build after learning some lessons from building the T-26 1931 version. For some reason, the form for the tracks in the 1931 version could only hold about six links before the links became too tight and popped out. These tracks didn't have that issue and I was able to bust out 14 links at a time. It wasn't the form in the 1931 version because I saved it and these tracks worked fine with that one as well. This time I did add the track link pins - but only where they could be seen. Still, it took way too long for the effort. Plus, adding them don't make the tracks articulate. The upper hull and turret went together quickly. The fit of the top of the turret was good, but I had to use a bit of putty to close some slight gaps. Good kit. Easier the second time around!
1:35 T-26 (HobbyBoss 82497)
Soviet
T-26 Light Infantry Tank Mod.1938
HobbyBoss 1:35
82497
2014 | Changed parts
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5. June 2019 at 02:25:33 Share
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1:35 T-26 (HobbyBoss 82497)
Soviet
T-26 Light Infantry Tank Mod.1938
HobbyBoss 1:35
82497
2014 | Changed parts
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5. June 2019 at 02:12:47 Share

May 14, 2019

Ron Garcia
Nice kit for those with serious patience. Tracks were a major pain - all those separate pins. They didn't help articulate the tracks and basically just fell out. I ended up giving up and glued the tracks together without them. Sacrilege, I know, to some, but as small as they are, you'd have to be very close to even notice. Maybe I'll try again on the other T-26 in my stash. The running gear was also way over engineered IMHO. Once that part of the kit was finished, the rest was a snap to put together. I'd recommend it for experienced modelers only.
1:35 T-26 Light Infantry Tank (HobbyBoss 82494)
Soviet
T-26 Light Infantry Tank Mod.1931
HobbyBoss 1:35
82494
2012 | New tool
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14. May 2019 at 01:44:21 Share
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1:35 T-26 Light Infantry Tank (HobbyBoss 82494)
Soviet
T-26 Light Infantry Tank Mod.1931
HobbyBoss 1:35
82494
2012 | New tool
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14. May 2019 at 01:35:37 Share

April 17, 2019

Ron Garcia
Very easy build. Not a big fan of individual track links, but these went together very easily. Fit is almost perfect. Only used minimal putty at two small joints, one next to the front vision port and the other by the muffler. Painting the running gear was tricky because of all the nooks and crannies my airbrush had trouble shooting behind. The road wheel spokes required brush painting as well for the same reason. Having just completed the super tiny T-18, this kit was bigger than I expected. When I showed my wife the completed kit she smiled and said, "Well, it's green." Unusual tank because of the dual turrets stacked on top of each other. Recommended.
1:35 T-24 Medium Tank (HobbyBoss 82493)
Soviet
T-24 Medium Tank
HobbyBoss 1:35
82493
2012 | New tool
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17. April 2019 at 01:50:06 Share
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1:35 T-24 Medium Tank (HobbyBoss 82493)
Soviet
T-24 Medium Tank
HobbyBoss 1:35
82493
2012 | New tool
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17. April 2019 at 01:37:12 Share

April 7, 2019

Ron Garcia completed this item
1:35 T-18 Light Tank (Mod. 1930) (HobbyBoss 83874)
Soviet
T-18 Light Tank (Mod. 1930)
HobbyBoss 1:35
83874
2017 | Changed parts
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March 28, 2019

Ron Garcia completed this item
1:35 SS-1c SCUD B with MAZ-543 TEL (Dragon 3520)
 
SS-1c SCUD B with MAZ-543 TEL
Dragon 1:35
3520
1990 | New tool
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28. March 2019 at 20:56:44 Share

March 4, 2019

Ron Garcia
Surprisingly easy build with some caveats. I didn't fold the wings or the rudder and I left out much of the inner assemblies like the bomb bay and radar. As a result, attaching the bomb bay doors were tricky since there weren't any prominent positive locating surfaces. The main landing gear assembly was tricky and overly complicated. Took a long while to figure them out as the instructions for that section were very vague. I closed the speedbrakes (I like my planes "clean" ) even though they are only molded in the open position. Very disappointed that there wasn't any bombs for the bomb bay. If Trumpeter included them, I definitely would have broken my clean airplane rule and opened the bomb bay doors. Who produces a bomber that has no bombs? Weird. Huge plane. My wife even commented on it - and she doesn't even care about my models when I show her them after I complete them. In the end, though, I liked the way it turned out. I'd recommend it if you're OK with a strategic bomber with no bombs!
1:48 A-3D-2 Skywarrior Strategic Bomber (Trumpeter 02868)
 
A-3D-2 Skywarrior Strategic Bomber
Trumpeter 1:48
02868
2013 | New tool
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4. March 2019 at 00:44:59 Share
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1:48 A-3D-2 Skywarrior Strategic Bomber (Trumpeter 02868)
 
A-3D-2 Skywarrior Strategic Bomber
Trumpeter 1:48
02868
2013 | New tool
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4. March 2019 at 00:29:46 Share
Ron Garcia
Nice decals. No issues or silvering.
1:48 A-3D-2 Skywarrior VAH-1 Smokin Tigers (SuperScale International MS481271)
 
A-3D-2 Skywarrior VAH-1 Smokin Tigers
SuperScale International 1:48
MS481271
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4. March 2019 at 00:28:24 Share
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1:48 A-3D-2 Skywarrior VAH-1 Smokin Tigers (SuperScale International MS481271)
 
A-3D-2 Skywarrior VAH-1 Smokin Tigers
SuperScale International 1:48
MS481271
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4. March 2019 at 00:27:10 Share
Ron Garcia
First time I used Furball's masks. Mixed feelings. Worked well enough but the vinyl was very stiff. As a result, they didn't seal tightly around compound curves even though I burnished them down each time I painted over them. I had to do some clean up afterwards to remove some Tamiya panel liner and Future that leaked under the masks. The A-3 has mostly flat canopy panels and I experienced leakage; I would be worried about using them on something like an F-14 that has a serious curve to its canopy.
1:48 Douglas A-3 Skywarrior (Furball Aero-Design FMS-005)
 
Douglas A-3 Skywarrior Canopy & Wheel Hub Vinyl Mask Set
Furball Aero-Design 1:48
FMS-005
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4. March 2019 at 00:26:26 Share

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