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Everything just fine, the wooden planks look more than perfect!
This one looks equally menacing 😉
GREAT JOB !
Thanks guys! These are great little kits - not at all what people expect for 3D printed.
Nicely done 👍
Astonishing, superb for sure 👍🙂
September 6, 2021
Liking this unusual subject, and the pattinations you have achieved.
Great weathering 👍
Thanks Rui and Bruce! This was only my second attempt with the hairspray technique. It worked great.
I agree with Bruce and Rui.
Looks menacingly realistic. Congrats again, Rick!
GREAT JOB !
Thanks guys!. I am really happy with the way that this turned out. I got the old, worn, but well maintained look.
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Very interesting model. Nice weathering!
Another lovely model - great work!
You did it again: another rarity in top presentation!
Thanks Mark and Neuling. One of the advantages of doing a number of these 3D printed kits, is that I spend less time building and more time finishing. My painting and weathering is improving with the practice. I do have to get back to some more traditional kits as I really enjoy the building and scratching conversions.
All these praises are fully deserved, Rick - another fantastic model of exotic war machine!
Thank you Robert. I do like the unusual subjects.
Me too, Rick 😉 the flying ones mainly, but the ones you present here are equally fascinating.
Very Nice work 👍
August 12, 2021
This is 3D printed resin, so the prep is pretty simple. But as it is a new technology, there is a learning curve. This is my 12th 3D printed kit, so I've learned by trial and error.
1. Carefully scrub parts with a soft toothbrush in warm water and dish soap. Rinse in warm water.
If the water is too hot it will cause thin parts to warp.
2. Repeat step 1. There is a lot of junk that comes off the parts. Blow dry with your airbrush
3. If any parts look like they have a shiny thick coating, rub it off with a cotton swab and 91% isopropyl alcohol.
4. If any of the parts are soft or sticky. Put the parts out in the sun for a few minutes to allow the sunlight to finish the UV cure. Don't leave the parts in the sun for too long - they will get extremely brittle.
5. Prime the parts while they are still on the supports with a good sandable primer. I've experimented with a bunch of different primers. I have settled upon Mr Surfacer 1000 rattle can as my preferred product for this task. My second choice is inexpensive rattle can sandable automotive primer. With a well printed kit, priming the parts prior to assembly will handle the vast majority of the striations
6. Remove the parts from the support structures (sprue equivalent) and file/sand off the numbs and striations. It's best NOT to use your good GodHand nippers to remove the supports as the resin is harder than styrene.
7. At this point you are ready to assemble. The fit is usually good as the kits are CAD designed. As opposed to cast resin, you don't have any pour plugs, air bubbles, pin holes, or short shots to deal with. Scrape the primer off the gluing surfaces. Dry fit. and glue with CA or 5 minute epoxy.
8. After assembly, I prime again. This time, I use Mr Surfacer 1500 black as it will highlight any missed striations.
I hope this helps.
that is great information!
You are welcome guys. Its taken a lot of experimentation, and a lot of failures to get at this process. I intend to write a more extensive article on this process once I've refined a few more things.
I would have spent a lot of time trying to sand striations before priming. I'd also heard put it in the sun, but I would have likely left them out there all day, I think you saved me from a lot of mistakes.
Ben, I have done both - multiple times. Sanding before priming with the right primer is just wasted effort - lots of wasted effort. If you leave parts in the sun too long they get so brittle I've had them shatter when dropped from my bench to the hardwood floor.
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Very nice build of a truly unusual subject. In the photos of the model, the barrel appears to be flared. Is that truly the case?
Never seen or heard of before. Thanks for showing this weird looking gem! And for telling the story behind it.
It looks like something out of a Jules Verne novel.
It does have a steam-punk vibe...
Fantastic - a real "steampunk" piece 😉
No wonder they made mountains explode. Great model!
Mark K. Thanks. The barrel is not flared. It does have a reinforcing flange over which the barrel extension was bolted to give it a bit more range.
Thanks guys. This does have that steam punk look. On my bench is another of these strange, steam punk like, subjects from Vargas. This time a Holt 3-wheeled steam tank. It is pretty wild. I've got it in primer, so should have it posted in a week or so.
Awesome 😉 Waiting.
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Nicely done. I enjoyed reading about the history too.
So did I. 👍
There was also a Polish prototype of fast tank inspired by Christie creations:
PZInż 10TP Czołg pościgowy (Lukgraph 35-07, 1:35);
Thanks John and Neuling.
Robert, thanks for the link to the Polish tank inspired by Christie's designs. It is interesting to speculate how far his designs would have gone had he not been so difficult to work with.
Looks great - congratulations!
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Another weird looking vehicle from your bench. Top build of this (by me) never seen prototype. Your models should be presented in a Panzermuseum. Hoping for more ......
Fantastic! I wish some mainstream company would produce a kit of this revolutionary tank...
Thanks Neuling! You don't have too long to wait for more weird Christie prototypes. I'm weathering the next one and waiting for Vargas to print and mail another after that.
Love it. I ordered this one a few weeks ago, and can't wait to get started on it.
Delightful in every way!
Robert, I doubt that the mainstream companies will undertake these unusual subjects. There just wouldn't be enough sales to cover the costs of development, cutting steel tooling, developing instructions, etc, etc. But, with the magic of CAD and moderately cost 3D printers, companies like Vargas can be successful and bring us these obscure subjects. Don't be afraid to tackle one of these kits, the parts count is really low and the fit is good. You do have to use CA glue and maybe some 5-minute epoxy; but, those are easy. After several of these 3D printed resin kits, I've learned that the best way to handle the fine 3D print striations is with a coat (or two) of cheap rattle-can sandable automotive primer. It fills in the striations with surprisingly little impact on the details.
Thanks for your explanations Rick, very appreciated. I am not (very...) concerned about assembling and finishing such a model, I am rather concerned about the price, customs, taxes, etc... 🙁 Nevertheless, would you be so kind to send me a private message with the address of the site where I could order one (or two... 😉) of these models - I was not able to find it, frankly speaking.
Robert, Vargas keeps these gems well hidden. He only sells on eBay. His kits are all at https://ebay.com/sch/vargass..armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=
Thanks a lot, Rick.
Ben, Mark, Thanks for the kind words. These Christie prototypes are really interesting. Vargas has the Christie T3E2 ready to ship. I'll move it onto the bench as soon as it arrives. I hope that Vargas produces a kit of the 1928 prototype to complete the set..
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I see that you have one of these kits - would you be able to tell me where you got it? When I go to the Vargas website I see no mention of it, and the website seems not to have been updated since 2019.
Vargas sells its kits on eBay. https://ebay.com/sch/vargass..armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=
I think I got kit 1. I am going to do a review on it. It looks pretty good. Wait a couple of days before ordering. I found a couple of minor issues which he his correcting -- one of the advantages of CAD/3D printed kits. I tried a new process with this kit - after washing the kit, priming with sandable automotive primer before removing the parts from the supports. The sandable automotive primer self levels and fills most of the pesky striations that are the price of a 3D printed kit.
Thanks! Never thought to look on eBay. Those early Christies are alluring as well…
I am working on the "Christie Collection". The 1921 is in the display case, the 1919 is in the paint hood, and the T3 (1931) is on the bench. Vargas is working on the 3D model for the T3E2.
June 15, 2021
Good work on this interesting tankette! And interesting to learn how you coped with the kit.
Thanks. This was a fun little kit. The 3D printed resin eliminates the fit issues that I normally encounter with cast resin kits.
Nice work 👍
Beautifully done - a little gem!
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Nice job on paint and weathering, I really like it.
Super result, expert paintjob ! By looking at the incredible amount of detail that can be achieved with arelatively small number of parts, because of the capability of 3d printing, one gets a good idea of what future kit production might look like instead of moulding.......
Interesting story and very good build! 👍
I would love one like that to drive in and around Paris.
I love your idea of driving about Paris in one of these. I suspect the other drivers would always yield to you.
Thanks guys. I've got 3 more of these obscure interwar 3D printed tanks on my bench. The technology allows these really unusual subjects to be modeled at an affordable price. Vargas is selling these on eBay at https://ebay.com/sch/vargass..armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=
Very nice work on this unusual subject 👍
A bit too expensive for me 🙁
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