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1/35 Tamiya Leclerc series 2
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Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 01:53 PM UTC
Started to tackle the ratchet straps for the fuel drums rack; while the PE parts supplied in the voyager set are correct in shape, they are not in size. The buckle is too wide to fit in place ! It was designed to be installed with the fuel drums. In order to have a correct ratchet you need to use the buckle made for the straps in the turret basket and the handle made for the fuel drums (which is slightly larger).



More to come !
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Posted: Sunday, September 02, 2018 - 01:33 PM UTC
Started to do the ratchet supports :

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Posted: Sunday, September 02, 2018 - 01:38 PM UTC
Nice work Tom I missed this the first time around, glad to see your back to it!
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Posted: Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 02:13 PM UTC
Hey thanks for the kind words ! Glad you like it !

Some quick update :

Installed the orange hobby antenna set; it came with the choice of using either the base + antennas or just the base. As the antennas were too short I used the base, cut the portion where you screw your antenna on and used some guitar string to make a straight antenna. The bond between the cyano and the two parts is quite fragile though.






The ratchet project is going well :


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Posted: Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 07:26 PM UTC
Very nice job so far.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 03, 2018 - 01:39 PM UTC
Thanks for the kind words Olivier Painting is pretty much done. Still have to tackle the ratchet straps and varnish it. I'm happy with the result, I hope you'll like it.






I took some liberty and inspiration for the tarp from this picture :


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Posted: Wednesday, October 03, 2018 - 02:44 PM UTC
This is nice to see completed... Excellent work!
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Posted: Sunday, October 07, 2018 - 04:57 AM UTC
Excellent work! Great Job!
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Posted: Sunday, October 07, 2018 - 05:16 AM UTC
I would happily run this as a feature on the network if you would like and are willing.
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Posted: Tuesday, October 09, 2018 - 10:41 AM UTC
Thanks for the replies guys, it's really nice to see that my work is appreciated; it means a lot, really !

Darren : I'd be honored to have my build featured on this site ! But I'm not familiar with the process; can we discuss this in pm maybe ?
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Posted: Friday, January 04, 2019 - 05:34 PM UTC
Hello !

Ratchets are done on the external fuel drums racks. Added plastruct pieces at the base and on the sides to recreate the axle and it's protuberance. Painted them in tamiya x-12 gold leaf.



Next I used some masking tape cut to size and hand painted to recreate the straps.




The final result is mounted on the model, whith the straps folded different ways



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Posted: Saturday, January 05, 2019 - 01:27 AM UTC
Glad to see you haven't given up this project.
Nice job on the ratchets.

Olivier
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Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 03:22 PM UTC
Thanks as always for the kind words.. I'm glad to see that my project is interesting for you to follow, although it's taking me an enormous amount of time to achieve ha ! I haven't been at home very much lately but I managed to finish the turret basket straps. It was quite a challenge to install and also to assemble voyager pe for the ratchets. Now the assembly is 100% complete. It's not much but now I can focus on other parts of this project. Hope you like it.


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Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 04:47 AM UTC
I feel your pain. Better you than me
Hopefully you're close to the end

Olivier
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Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 06:56 AM UTC
Hi Tom,

It us an amazing job, I like very much your attempt to make an excellent model of the Leclerc.
I have the Tamiya kit in my stash with some a/m stuff included and after reading your WIP it will be a challenge for me to make such beautiful model.
My hats off!

Tamas
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Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 03:45 PM UTC
Thank you for the encouragements Olivier !

Tamas; I'm honored to see that my project has inspired you; The tamiya kit is a good base to start with. Since the beginning it's been a very fun project to build.

I began to tackle the 120mm ammunition supplied by the blast set. It also includes several ammo containers. You get a mix of sabot, HEAT and HE rounds. Blast models tells you to paint live HE's in black however they should be painted in green. Black is for anti-tank purposes. Also found a nice picture on nexter or giat website showing their range of 120mm rounds. The resin pieces are nicely detailed and are a good challenge to paint, masking-wise. One HEAT round is missing it's standoff probe; that's because this resin piece is meant to be carried by a figure also provided by blast models.


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Posted: Friday, April 19, 2019 - 03:42 AM UTC
Hi Tom,

Can I please ask a favour from you? I have the Eduard PE set already but having seen your build, I am considering to buy the Voyager set, too. Unfortunatelly there is no any reference photo about it. Can you post or email me the Voyager’s build manual so I could decide if it worth the money (and a good 3-4 months waiting)?

Cheers,

Tamas
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Posted: Friday, April 19, 2019 - 05:38 AM UTC

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Hi Tom,

Can I please ask a favour from you? I have the Eduard PE set already but having seen your build, I am considering to buy the Voyager set, too. Unfortunatelly there is no any reference photo about it. Can you post or email me the Voyager’s build manual so I could decide if it worth the money (and a good 3-4 months waiting)?

Cheers,

Tamas



Sure, just pm me your email adress and I'll send you the instructions. With that said, Voyager's set is a must for the build, as it gives you a nice metal barrel and some resin pieces. The details are crispier compared to Eduard pe also.. Both set complement each other and gives you more option to choose from when looking at a detail in particular on the model.

Hope this helps !
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Posted: Friday, April 19, 2019 - 08:02 AM UTC
Great work Tom,
looks phantastic with all the added details.
Kudos!

Cheers
Walter