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Old 02-16-2011, 07:41 PM
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All,
I wanted to share my latest project, it has been some months in the work and has had a lot of work done to it. It started out as the static 1/16 Trumpeter kit, that had a lot of work done to the hull and turret by Daryl Turner. He did the suspension work, bearings in the road wheels, mounting the TBU base and gun elevation. It is TBS capable and I will mount the emitter above the barrel and route the emitter wires thru the gunner's sight.
The electronics are donated from a Tamiya M26 Pershing. The tank runs extremely well and I can not wait until March to take it to Danville. There it will receive its baptism of fire!
I hope you enjoy the pics.

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Old 02-16-2011, 07:45 PM
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That is sweet! I can't wait to see it in person!!!
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Old 02-16-2011, 11:32 PM
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Wow!  Nicely done.[8D]
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Old 02-17-2011, 12:08 AM
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Wait until you lads see the innards! The usual exclamation will be 'holy crap!'. This is a masterful job between Manchu and The Daryl.
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Old 02-17-2011, 10:29 AM
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Will,  Can't wait to put 12.8 cm holes in it with the JT.....he he!!  Looking forward to seeing it on the field.

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Old 02-17-2011, 11:46 AM
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Bret,
I would like to see you trying to track this speedy tank with that 12.8cm gun. I haven't done a speed test yet, but she is fast!!! Daryl, did a great job on the suspension, I will take some more pics of the inside, and all the hatches do work, I think you will like where the on/switch is located. I just need to get around to holding the hatches closed with some magnets.
I can not wait until March 4th gets here!

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Old 02-17-2011, 01:36 PM
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Excellent job on the 76. First class job.
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Old 02-17-2011, 02:33 PM
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All,
Here are some more pics of the internal work, and more of the hatches open.

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Old 02-20-2011, 12:33 AM
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Will,

Daryl told me, back in 2009, about the endo-skeleton frames he had built for his own Trumpeter T34 conversions. At the time, he said he had done such a thing for his own tanks only. Hinting that it would be quite costly if a "client" were to want an "endo frame" fabricated for their tank.

It is nice to be able to see photos of what he did. I had never seen good photos of his T34 "endo frame" before. Looks quite solid. The tank is almost all Trumpeter too (upper and lower hull, road wheels, turret etc.).

You should convince Daryl to start providing that endo-frame and suspension as a kit. I've got two of those Trumpeter T34s in their boxes, waiting for....well, kind of what Daryl put in yours. lol I'm sure the price for all that hardware wasn't cheap.

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Strong gearboxes and metal hull for the T-34 is an underestimated upgrade not yet on the market.
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Old 02-20-2011, 08:07 AM
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I believe that was my first confirmed kill on that very tank at Danville.
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Old 02-20-2011, 08:14 AM
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Steve,
The hull is a big part of it and there is a lot of work in the lower hull, but the kit plastic turret parts are another area to look at for improving durability and I actually opted out of putting a recoil in this tank, for budget reasons. Daryl did a great job on the turret as he did on the lower hull, granted this turret is pretty big, even with the gun elevation and TBS base in it there is not much room left for a recoil. So that helped in my decision against putting a recoil in it.
This tank is pretty much the Trumpeter kit, I used sheet styrene to strengthen the lower hull and upper hull sides, if I had thought about it, I would have used a sheet of aluminum for the lower hull. but I think the gearbox brace will prevent any hull flex.
I do plan on retro-fitting a hull machine gun in the hull, when i get the parts, I sold the donor M26 kit to recoup some of the build costs, I should have pulled those parts out of that kit.
Also here are some more pics of the build.


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Old 02-21-2011, 07:03 AM
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Great model and excellent job done!

That is what a lot of our tankers are waiting from Mr. Tamiya and Co -T34-76!
Not 85 but 76!

Good conversion. Congrats on this!

Small remark - remove trucks from the turret. This was not the custom in Red Army.
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:15 AM
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The mesh screens, and grill covers are flawlessly executed.
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:18 AM
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Hall,
I agree, Tamiya needs to come out with the 76 gunned version and not an 85! I bet they would sell a lot of those kits if they came out with one!!
noted on the spare track on the turret.
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manchu9inf

Very nice T-34 GREAT JOB!

Off topic: I was part 2-9 Inf in 2005/6, I supported C co M1's
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Old 02-21-2011, 02:33 PM
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All, thanks for the compliments! If Tamiya does not come out with a T-34/76, maybe HENG LONG might? Anybody know if anything is even in the works?


Oracus, I was with B/ 1-9 in 99-00. great time there.
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1997-98 I was in HHC 2-72AR Spent lots of time there.
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Update, this tank was sold and believe it or not is now back in Mother Russia! I know it found a good home and will be tearing up the soil over there!!!
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Update, this tank was sold and believe it or not is now back in Mother Russia! I know it found a good home and will be tearing up the soil over there!!!
Very true! Soon he will be joined by his brothers and will defend the outer perimeter of 35th Battery in Kosachka Region of Sevastopol.
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