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MiniArt 1/35 T-54-1 build review
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Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 12:18 AM UTC
Thanks, Greg. It was a nice building process, indeed!

Cheers!
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Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 12:03 AM UTC
Love the build and the kit great work!
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Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 11:53 PM UTC
Hi, guys!

Finally, the last installment of T-54-1 series it's available now.

Please enjoy!

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Posted: Friday, January 05, 2018 - 09:50 PM UTC
Hi, guys!

My second video on the series dedicated to this build is now ready. A third and last one will follow.

Thanks for watching!

Gabriel

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Posted: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 - 09:25 PM UTC
Hi, guys!
FINAL UPDATE

Finally all done!
"Paint chips", "scratches", "rust", "dust" it's all there with moderation, because I wanted to represent an used AFV, but not in combat. Please enjoy the following photo gallery:










A feature with the build and a step-by step description of it will be published soon on the site. I'm also working on the building and painting videos for my YT channel which are going to be also published, probably in this blog.

Thank you everyone for following ans specially to John and Sasa for their involvement and their help.

Happy New Modeling Year!

Gabriel
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Posted: Monday, December 18, 2017 - 04:36 PM UTC
John,thank you! Yes, I'm almost there.

Gabriel
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Posted: Monday, December 18, 2017 - 04:59 AM UTC
Getting really close to the finish line Gabriel, nice work!
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Posted: Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 09:28 PM UTC
Hi, guys!

UPDATE

Matte coat applied:




Masks removed, all details added and the build finished before weathering with chalks and oil:














Thank you for following!

Hopefully I will publish the last pictures of this build tomorrow. Simultaneously I'm working on the YouTube video build - expected to be ready in three to four weeks.

Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Monday, December 11, 2017 - 09:31 PM UTC
Hi, guys!

UPDATE

Slow progress here due work overload:
I applied a subtle wash on the underside of the tanks and tracks, as well as on the turret:





The difference between before and after isn't all that obvious, but the small detail is popping out better now. Perhaps I'm going to add some pin-wash to the joint lines and bolt heads.

Thank you for following!

More updates soon.

Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 - 09:28 PM UTC
Jeff, thank you very much.

Yes, if you have the time and patience to put together over 900 parts, then it s a "must have"! The fit is almost perfect, the level of detail amazing, the instructions with very few mistakes and the accuracy top high! Once completed, it looks impressive.

Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 - 06:26 AM UTC
Coming out great Gabriel.
And thanks for the reply back awhile, that is one heck of a kit.
Only thing's I ever built from MiniArt was there buildings.
Which I found to be good as compared they were Vacuum formed.
I might have to get this kit, thanks for the walk thru the build.



Cheers


Jeff
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Posted: Monday, December 04, 2017 - 10:13 PM UTC
Hi, guys!

UPDATE

I installed the tracks and the towing cables. None of those went very easy, but I'm happy with the way trey're looking at the end.








I still need a few touch-ups before the final gloss coat, then I'll be ready for weathering.

Thank you for following!
More updates soon!

Gabriel
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Posted: Monday, November 27, 2017 - 05:21 PM UTC
John, thank you, bud!

UPDATE
Decals applied; easy job, a little under 6 minutes session:



I also highlighted and painted a few details. After close analysis of the pictures, I foud there is need for some touch-ups:



Thank you for following!

More updates soon.
Gabriel
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Posted: Monday, November 27, 2017 - 05:34 AM UTC
Looks great Gabriel!
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Posted: Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 05:26 PM UTC
Hi, guys!
Not much to show today, over the week-end being engaged in "social events". Yet I ha the time to apply the gloss coat before decals and washes:


More updates soon.
Thank you for following!
Gabriel
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Posted: Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 05:07 PM UTC
Hi, guys!
UPDATE

T-54 base coated with "Russian" green:





Brown color added:



Then the dark yellow:



Model photographed against the instructions manual; pretty close, but not identical


After the paint was dry enough to handle, I dry fitted the AA MG to see the final looks:




I still have a few things to do around this model, so stay tuned! More updates soon.

Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Friday, November 24, 2017 - 06:49 PM UTC
Hi, guys!
UPDATE

Not having too much time at my disposal in last couple of days, I still managed to do small thing around this build:

Turret seam line sanded:



Tracks dry-brushed with toned down silver:


External stowage assembly finished:


Thanks for following,
Gabriel
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Posted: Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 05:34 PM UTC
Greg: thank you, sir! Yes, quite complicated build. It comprises 970 parts in total... the result is worthy, definitely!

UPDATE
As indicated earlier, the turret and the gun barrel needed some refinement:



I started painting the "belly" of the AFV, as definitive test for my paint mix:



Photographed against the color reference:


Thank you for following,
Gabriel
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Posted: Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 01:15 AM UTC
Fantastic work and such a sexy tank, they did a great job on this kit but sure is complex
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Posted: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 11:45 PM UTC
Hi, guys!

UPDATE

Completely assembled and primed model:



The turret has some small imperfections I need to address; the same goes for the gun barrel:


Thank you for following
Gabriel
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Posted: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 05:01 PM UTC
Thanks, John!
I agree - bench time is very important to keep yourself in shape. I felt sick every night after the hurricane - still no electricity - watching my stash and my modelling desk collecting dust! But, thankfully, once things restored, this added extra motivation
I hope for you to find the quietness and motivation to build as much as you like, asthere is an invasion of Soviet "hot" kits right now on the market.
And thanks again for constantly following and posting on this blog. Your help is priceless.

Gabriel
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Posted: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 05:54 AM UTC
Nice save Gabriel, looks great! Man, I need to get more bench time, you've gotten more done than I have this year, and you've done it while living through a hurricane!
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Posted: Monday, November 20, 2017 - 06:31 PM UTC
Hi, guys!

UPDATE

My first mugshots with the almost-complete (11 parts to go) T-54-1:








After my horrendous mistake with the AA MG (thanks again John for the head-up!), I was considering to let the MG outside. But I still felt is my duty to try and fix it. And tearing and cutting and cursing myself... and there it is:




Tracks base coated with "rust" base:


Ready for priming, once I have installed the hand rails and the stowage support at the back of the turret:


Thanks for following
Gabriel
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Posted: Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 09:05 PM UTC
John, Thanks!
Duh! But of course! Now that's some serious embarrassment. What was I thinking?! And I have now a nice problem on my hands

Gabriel
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Posted: Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 08:58 PM UTC
Nice work Gabriel, looking good. One thing though, I think your DShK is mounted upside down.