Soviet Fast Tank BT-7 1935 model/1-35

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    Soviet Fast Tank BT-7 1935 model/1-35

    Post  iCocker on Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:34 am

    So here we go with my latest project, the Eastern Express offering , just in time I was tackling this dog to bring him up to standards Tamiya came out with a new model! Just perfect timing!!!!

    the first problem with EA models are that hull are for late models, apart a good number of short cuts. Eduard PE was used but again this was no easy job as fit to the model needed adjustments especially grill areas. So apart from battle damage, regenerating to a 1935 model and the good number of missing rivets I wnet to extreem to open all turret hatches to reveal the interior which was 70% scratch and updated. I have to thank Alex for his images as these saved me a lot of time and swearing : )

    So here is the built, minus front wheels and some implements




    Part of the inside chassis that is seen from hatches, I have minimalised detail to the bear essential structures, limited to what one is able to see, rather then doing all and getting most hidden. I considered the inside as a small box dio, so the effect is playing with colours and highlighting details to create distance. NB that highlights and shadows are more dramatic and boalder to get the effect from a distance and limited light source. Chair got the same treatment and is gonna fit in the front area [driver compartment]. Next in line is the turret and accessories for the inside ...
    Hope you like ...

    Ivan




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    Re: Soviet Fast Tank BT-7 1935 model/1-35

    Post  bcauchi on Mon Jun 21, 2010 11:06 am

    Brilliant Ivan, your weathering is impeccable. The only thing i would not have done is the streaking on the back of the seat if this is located inside the tank unless it is just underneath the hatch and would have been effected by the rain coming through into the tank. But i love the chips and scratches, they are no natural. they look great. Well done man.

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    Post  iCocker on Mon Jun 21, 2010 12:50 pm

    Thanks Brian

    Regarding streaking you have a point there but I took liberty of a little artistic licence [effects more generally used in shadow boxes] to get a 3D effect on a monocromatic white canvas. Infact the place of the drivers chair shall be just under the front hatch, practically just a minority would be seen from that area so I enhanced to get the effect and not to have just a plain white back protruding in a shadowy area ... apart tanks inside can be filty ... pig

    But maybe I will mute the effect a little bit if it looks a little on the overdone ...

    Ivan

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    Re: Soviet Fast Tank BT-7 1935 model/1-35

    Post  alexbb on Mon Jun 21, 2010 1:10 pm

    this is great
    as for the streaking. russian paint was not that good and primer was even worse. russian tankers drove with all hatches open if not in combat. as soviet tanks although reliable where not the most comfortable and envoironmentaly freindly around.so i would not find the streaking out of place
    please dont keep us waiting long for more updates

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    Post  iCocker on Wed Jun 23, 2010 12:51 pm

    Some additional updates, correcting the back to an early style, some additional rivets, and PE updates ... excuse the poor foto!


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    Re: Soviet Fast Tank BT-7 1935 model/1-35

    Post  alexbb on Wed Jun 23, 2010 2:16 pm

    iCocker wrote:Some additional updates, correcting the back to an early style, some additional rivets, and PE updates ... excuse the poor foto!


    apart from the aforementioned deficencies the e.a. kit does not look at all bad
    the running gear at least looks quite good. fantastic job on the exhaust/engine grill ivan

    what colour scheme on this on vanni

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    Post  iCocker on Wed Jun 23, 2010 2:54 pm

    To be honest Alex, I ahve to say that the EA model is quite good overall. It has some issues and fit problems but not drastic that cannot be solved, A PE fret or scratch update is essential. The main complain is that chassis is the post 35 [late model] so need a lot of riviting and is time consuming. Other updates were gethered from some good russian books and sites, have to be honest though I have not yet had a first hand look at the Tamiya offering apart fotos of the built and frets, from what I've seen there are some basic details that also the big T forgot or simplified ... probably the give away is the usual shake and built ala Tamiya and decent fit and have a set of basic PE.

    So personally I think the EA model if you have it built it ... finally another part of modelling is, having fun bringing odd kits up to standard ...

    As scheme this is going into a Brabarossa period vignette ... probably very basic 4BO scheme as again the attension is going to be on the figures [ala bibi x'jghidu tal-kontinent l-iehor, fimtni nahseb!!!!].

    Ivan

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    Re: Soviet Fast Tank BT-7 1935 model/1-35

    Post  alexbb on Wed Jun 23, 2010 3:01 pm

    ivan just remembered these forgive me i beg you for being a bit late excellent reference pics

    http://www.thetankmaster.com/english/afv/bt7-1935_01.asp

    http://www.thetankmaster.com/english/afv/bt-7-1938_01.asp

    http://www.thetankmaster.com/english/afv/bt7-1938_01.asp

    just do you thing vanni u hallijhom jaghmru li joqomsu

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    Post  iCocker on Wed Jun 23, 2010 3:06 pm

    It is never late as I have not yet primed the dog, but hey have to see these from home as weapons sites are banned from office Sad

    Have to add though an important tank in the Soviet arsenal and design it is hard to get good referances ... strange that it is so neglected!

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    Post  alexbb on Wed Jun 23, 2010 3:37 pm

    iCocker wrote:It is never late as I have not yet primed the dog, but hey have to see these from home as weapons sites are banned from office Sad

    Have to add though an important tank in the Soviet arsenal and design it is hard to get good referances ... strange that it is so neglected!

    Ivan

    i suggest you take a good look excellent site with plenty of soviet armour walkarounds. off to see england now with fear in our hearts

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    Post  Ray on Wed Jun 23, 2010 6:15 pm

    Great work as usual Ivan..........sublime weathering Twisted Evil

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    Post  Dottore on Wed Jun 23, 2010 7:37 pm

    Brian has a point but somehow I dont find it out of place...
    Lovely chips and work with oils...

    Seeing you havent started the paint work reassures me for my own euro work...or youre not bringing it across the Channel?

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    Post  iCocker on Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:10 pm

    Thank you guys!

    Dottore not to panic you but interior including turret is in progress of painting, apart that tank is half the size of your cromwell ... so that means I am ahead of you Razz

    So why not start priming one of your beauties maybe you want be stressed out by September!!!!! Suspect

    Alex, apart that you are relieved that the lions have passed and fear [I love this word] is over , I have one inquisitive question, the front wheel of BTs strangely nough from many fotos I enquentered has the hub fixed in the position of image below, seems that hub was fixed somrhow or is it me I have not seen enough images?

    Thanks for the links, very useful, noticed I forgot something, just in time to fix pale
    Ivan



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    Re: Soviet Fast Tank BT-7 1935 model/1-35

    Post  alexbb on Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:45 pm

    iCocker wrote:Thank you guys!

    Dottore not to panic you but interior including turret is in progress of painting, apart that tank is half the size of your cromwell ... so that means I am ahead of you Razz

    So why not start priming one of your beauties maybe you want be stressed out by September!!!!! Suspect

    Alex, apart that you are relieved that the lions have passed and fear [I love this word] is over , I have one inquisitive question, the front wheel of BTs strangely nough from many fotos I enquentered has the hub fixed in the position of image below, seems that hub was fixed somrhow or is it me I have not seen enough images?

    Thanks for the links, very useful, noticed I forgot something, just in time to fix pale
    Ivan



    now tht you are mentioning it, yes it is. it seems that the hub is in a fixed position on all the photos i have as well including the finnish self propelled and all experimental soviet sp command and artillery. this culd easily be explained by the fact that the front two wheels where steerable considering that the bt could travel without tracks on smooth surfaces. the centre part looks like it is the main shaft

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    Re: Soviet Fast Tank BT-7 1935 model/1-35

    Post  bcauchi on Thu Jun 24, 2010 7:28 am

    What a great reference site for you tank guys, those pics are really great. Sorry for the comment ivan but having explained your reasoning, do not touch it in any way, it looks good. Besides, for anything to show through a small open hatch, it needs to be a bit overdone.

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