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French AMX-13: A Cold War Hunter – The Model Kit

Old 02-21-2019, 12:31 AM
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Default French AMX-13: A Cold War Hunter – The Model Kit

Since I was young the AMX-13 fascinated me with his oscillating turret, so this was one of my goals to design a 1/16 RC model kit.
Despite it was a lightweight tank with a thin armor, he was built in 7700 pcs. and was transferred to 25 Countries and is still in action in some armies.
Beginning of creating the model needs studying a lot of books, pictures and technical drawings.Some steps of the design process:
















To be continued….

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Old 02-21-2019, 05:53 AM
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The Tamiya Panther main gun barrel will work perfectly here. The French copied the gun and others used it as the IDF placed in their M50 Isherman.

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Old 02-21-2019, 05:56 AM
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Interesting model, I'll be following this! Did you mean 1/6 or 1/16 scale?
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sorry; I meant 1/16
I used the HL Panther barrel but this is maybe very similar to the Tamiya.
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Awesome project!
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Will the turret be available as a separate kit? You know for Egyptian AMX Sherman conversions.
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Will this be on a Heng Long hull? Looks sort of similar to the Panzer III, but I have no idea of dimensions.
I'd personally like to kit bash a T-92 light tank but don't have the skills.

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Old 02-21-2019, 01:02 PM
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Ok, let´s start… but this (picture) report will be only roughly presented, not too much details.
Starting with the lower hull…













...using modified Panzer 3 bogies:





Easy build return rollers…



…and front bumpers.



Assembling of the wheels…





…and the idler:





Parts of the boxes, placed on top of the track covers:











At the backside of the lower hull:





…and some accessories at the front.



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Originally Posted by king_tubby View Post
Will the turret be available as a separate kit? You know for Egyptian AMX Sherman conversions.
I know the IDF conversion and think that will be possible, to get it separated, but the connection to the Sherman upper hull I don´t have on hand.
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Originally Posted by JREEVES View Post
Will this be on a Heng Long hull? Looks sort of similar to the Panzer III, but I have no idea of dimensions.
I'd personally like to kit bash a T-92 light tank but don't have the skills.
No, this a completely new designed tank, only small available parts will be used.
The idea of the T-92 was very similar to the AMX-13, but was never built...
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Hi Freddy
Very nice. My father preferred the AMX13 to the M41's that the NZ Army had. Though he may have been a tad biased, having seen an Indian AMX squadron ambush Pakistani Pattons during the indo-Pakistani war in 1965 - he was a Observer with UNMOGIP (UN Military Observer Group India - Pakistan). I've heard the head space in the AMX is very restricted - suitable for crew 5ft 5in or less - assuming that is correct, he would have been too tall at 5ft 10 in.
The Singaporean army brought their AMX13's, as well as M113's, to NZ on exercise in the past, to train their crews in the wide open spaces of Waiouru. They still do that with their Artillery.
They also installed Simfire on the AMX - Solartron Simfire References - the model - 1/16 Simfire -

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Awesome project. Yeah that Egyptian Sherman has a face only a mother could love...

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This is awesome. So much potential!!!
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I started an M4 AMX conversion some time ago but got distracted by other things.
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Special build track gears, using motor size 28mm.






Using 38t tracks from DKLM; they´re very similar to the original AMX-13 tracks without rubber pads. A lot of rework is necessary before these are usable



…but after all it works.







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Hi Freddy
Looks good, those T38 tracks work well looks wise. Whats the story on that gearbox, is it available seperately?

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Thanks Mal!
Yes, the gearboxes will be available too, but separated. It's too cramped in the front section; it wasn't possible to use a standard gear (HL, Mato,...).

Freddy
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Small steps forward at the AMX-13...the upper hull.

A rack is needed as a basis…







…with some accessories…





…and the upper hull is roughly finished



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Some progress to report...the turret.

Rotating part of the turret…





…and the oscillating part of the turret:







Mounted together…



…with an customized Panther gun…





…placed on top of the upper hull…





…and everything mounted together.









After applying of light grey primer, the details got more visible J.









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That thing is great. Nice work.
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Freddy you are a magician with the sheet styrene! Really amazing work. I love the CNC plastic parts. Looks like it will be a great kit.
Bob
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Such a great choice to produce next! I like all of the AMX versions plus this will work with an M4 hull.
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beautiful work
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Originally Posted by Panther F View Post
Such a great choice to produce next! I like all of the AMX versions plus this will work with an M4 hull.
yes, but the Egyptians used an M4A4 hull fitted with an M4A2 engine with T51 tracks with 3 piece differential housing, quite a challenge for the scratch builder, no?
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I´m glad you like my current project!
The AMX-13 fascinated me all the time, so this was a MUST on my list
Somebody asked me, if the turret will be available separately and that should be possible, if anybody want´s to do the conversion of the Egyptian army (the exact produced numbers are not known, but experts talking about 25 units).

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