Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Completed Type 90 Tank with Mine Roller

First off, the pictures of the Stug III, these end pictures are awesome thanks to Carl, he definitely has an awesome set up that I'm looking forward to go shop for soon. And since he is leaving to New Zealand today, we will all miss his awesomeness in painting at Hobby Forge.

I bought this tank due to it's beautiful design. I was thinking of widening my hobby horizon and I chose to work on a tank with a mine roller. It sounds easy enough, but I was so wrong.

Here are the work in progress shots.

Attaching the couplings for the mine roller.

Here is where the nightmare begins. Measuring and tying up the chains to the mine roller. It took me about 10 hours to complete the mine roller on it's own. Not forgetting to mention that I did not tie the wire properly at the first go, which lead to them falling off and coming loose. Fixing it took about 2 hours.

I ran out of enamel wire after tying the last part, I had just enough. I had to dab a little bit of super glue to ensure that it never comes off again.

The mesh wire had to be cut to precision too. Luckily, Tamiya made it easy by letting us trace the cut that is needed.

Completed assembly.

After priming it with Tamiya Field Grey.

I forgot to take a picture before removing the blue tack that I used to mask the hull, but the further pictures show the blue tack in action.

After I was done with the detailing, I started work on the decals, they were a real fun to work on.

Massive weathering was done here.

In case you're wondering, the decal depicts a bull and the island of Hokkaido in Japan.

I had to glue the mine rollers to the hull to avoid it from falling out even though it can be locked. I'd rather have them secured.

The obligatory pictures. The nicer ones were taken by Carl.

 Hope you guys enjoyed this long post!


khairul said...

Nicely done dude. Those tanks are coming out nicely and am sure a pride for you to display. Well done!!

Alvin Khaw said...

Thanks man, I love working on them it's a nice change of pace from what I usually do and it's good that I've learned a lot from this part of the hobby.