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    Post  Maxi_Model on Thu May 09, 2013 3:33 pm

    I've been away for some time from this forum, even though I visit it weekly, though I haven't stopped from building models. I spent these last 4 months working on a daring project, I have put aside all other projects after I finished the Humvee and started building a semi scratch SPG / tank. This was a daring move for me, for several reasons, two of which are the following, I am still new in this hobby and I took the challenge of scratch building and second is that this SPG has very little documentation on it, so I couldn't find any descent photos or accurate doccumentation on it (only a schematic diagram helped me out).

    A short briefing on this SPG:

    The SU-26 Self Propelled Gun, was a variant of the T-26 tank, where the chasis of the T-26 was used and modified to carry a 76.2mm regimental gun on it and also had 2 x DT-4 (tank version of the DP-27). Only 14 were produced in Leningrad around 1941, of which 2 were equipped with 37mm guns (no records on this so not sure of the exact numbers)

    Here are some photos of my progress.

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    My Daring project P1

    Actual photo of when it was produced
    My Daring project SU-26-02

    My Project
    My Daring project SU-26_1
    My Daring project SU-26_2
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    My Daring project SU-26_4
    My Daring project SU-26_5
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    Post  Maxi_Model on Thu May 09, 2013 3:39 pm

    Starting details
    Turret Detail
    My Daring project SU-26_9
    My Daring project SU-26_10
    My Daring project SU-26_13
    My Daring project SU-26_14

    Canon
    I tried to look for a set with the soviet 76.2mm but couln't find an adequate one so I decided to try and do it myself.
    My Daring project SU-26_15
    My Daring project SU-26_16
    My Daring project SU-26_18
    My Daring project SU-26_19
    My Daring project SU-26_21
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    Exhaust
    My Daring project SU-26_23

    DT-4 machine Guns
    My Daring project SU-26_24
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    Post  Maxi_Model on Thu May 09, 2013 3:43 pm

    I tried to get all the detail possible on this from the little documentation I had

    Trying out parts on turret
    My Daring project SU-26_26
    My Daring project SU-26_27
    My Daring project SU-26_28

    Starting to assemble turret
    My Daring project SU-26_28

    Canon with aiming device
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    Post  Maxi_Model on Thu May 09, 2013 3:49 pm

    At this stage I mixed the colour I wanted on this SPG and started painting, unfortunately i cannot show the exact colour on teh photos since the ambient light and the camera settings vary the tone of the original colour.

    Painting body(not body painting Razz)
    My Daring project Painted_2
    My Daring project SU-26_54

    Washes and chipping
    here came my challenge, because I had no idea on how the chipping , wearing and weathering would be on an open SPG, so I tried looking for open top SPGs and try to work on that.
    My Daring project SU-26_55
    My Daring project SU-26_56
    My Daring project SU-26_57
    My Daring project SU-26_60
    My Daring project SU-26_61
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    Post  Maxi_Model on Thu May 09, 2013 3:57 pm

    So far I'm at this stage, so I still need some body wear and mud and grim, I'm trying to figure out the best way to do this and what actually to put on it (mud or only dust)

    The following are some weathering trials I was doing before applying them on teh actual model

    My Daring project Weathertrial_2
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    My Daring project Weathertrial_6
    My Daring project Weathertrial_7


    I know its not a professional built and also lots of things could have been done better (meta toqod thares lejhom wara tinduna bl'sbalji), but with experience things get better Smile

    I mainly started building this model, because I play World of Tanks and I started to like the SU-26 SPG on it and when I tried to find a kit to build for my collection, surprisingly I couldn't find any, so I took that challenge to try and build this. These 4 months have been very challenging, but I'm quite satisfied with the result and will be finishing it soon, hopefully before this month ends Smile

    I hope you all like it.

    I will post my final results as soon as it will be ready.
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    Post  iCocker on Thu May 09, 2013 8:55 pm

    Well done for going for a daring project which little is known about. From my references this only made it to a few portotypes and probably never fired in anger ...

    Very good built though unfortunetly have to judge only from the images on some partitions were the panels are joining looks to have some space in between, hats on on the other side for achieving a perfect row of bolts not an easy task ...


    Hope Alex will jump in he is much more into scratchbuilding ...
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    Post  Maxi_Model on Thu May 09, 2013 9:11 pm

    yeah unfortunately I had some problems joining the panels, though they are touching, I will post more photos as I start weathering it, which should show it in better light


    As for the SU-26 it was in battle field and unfortunately all the 12 produced went destroyed, here are some photos of it in the battle field

    My Daring project SU_26_4
    My Daring project SU_26_1
    My Daring project SU_26_2
    Self-propelled 76mm gun based on T-26's chassis supports an infantry attack. Leningrad Front, the 220th Tank Brigade, winter of 1943. My Daring project SU_26_6

    These are the only photos I found of the SU-26

    these other 2 are on their manufacture state

    My Daring project SU_26_3
    My Daring project SU_26_5
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    Post  skyhigh on Thu May 09, 2013 10:45 pm

    Some work eh.... welldone ... cheers
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    Post  Paul Salomone on Fri May 10, 2013 7:40 am

    Conversions are always a hard job, especially availability of research material.

    Never the less - a job well done.

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    Post  iCocker on Fri May 10, 2013 8:17 am

    That is interesting never came across the field operated images, I have only seen sketches plan and factory images, thanks that is great for sharing. Have to say that during the siege of Leningrad everything that could fire was brought in for use ... was one of the worst theatres for both attackers and defenders.

    well done ...

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    Post  bcauchi on Sat May 11, 2013 2:24 pm

    Not a tank man but i think you did an amazing job, it looks great and your attention to detail is really high class, well done i say but then again no expert.
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    Post  Maxi_Model on Thu May 16, 2013 12:44 am

    some more updates, I feel a little scared now doing the weathering, I'm afraid I might over do it or do it wrong.

    My Daring project 901253_10201233300418593_758002700_o

    I only posting this photo because I have to resize the others and this one too.

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    Post  bcauchi on Sat May 18, 2013 3:03 pm

    Looks awesome, lovely work
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    Post  Ray on Sun May 26, 2013 4:47 pm

    IMHO it looks Awesome!!! cheers

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