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TPZ-1 Fuchs APC
Neo
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Posted: Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 06:53 AM UTC
Started this Wednesday after I got locked in...


Revel 1/35 kit. Was the NBC Testing Vehicle but it comes w/ all the parts for the std. APC, Engineers, Medic, Etc...
I downloaded the instructing for the typical APC version an that's what I'm building.

First step in instructions is to glue the two half's of the body together - skipped that.
Suspension is a lot of fiddly parts, 4 way steering rods real pain if you follow the kits direction.
I did...



There is no interior. I'm leaving the hatchs open so you would see big empty space inside.
So I did alittle research and threw in a quick very basic interior. You wont see much but at least it wont be hollow.




Home 24/7 for the next 2-3 weeks (min). Anticipate getting alot of building in unlike the typical spring...

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bison126
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Posted: Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 08:00 AM UTC
Nice job on the driver compartment

Olivier
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Posted: Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 10:28 AM UTC
This vehicle is hugely overlooked by both modellers and companies. I could not believe that TAKOM released a Luchs and not a Fuchs.

Nice work so far, tuned in and watching.
Neo
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Posted: Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 03:40 PM UTC
Thanks Olivier,
There is a nice resin interior for this kit but not this time, just a filler.

Thanks Nikos,
Yes it is a interesting vehicle w/ alot of build options (style, country, camo, etc...).
I always wanted to build this one, been in my stash for at least 12-15 years...

Sunday always a good day for me to spend on the bench.
Should have more pics tomorrow.
HermannB
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Posted: Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 06:16 PM UTC
Hi TJ,

if you can it these days, MR Models from German makes some neccesary update sets.

https://www.mrmodellbau.com/1-35-MR-Models/Complete-Models-Conversion-Kit/Bundeswehr:::1_2_54.html
Neo
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Posted: Wednesday, April 01, 2020 - 12:01 PM UTC
Little bit more progress...



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Posted: Wednesday, April 01, 2020 - 11:40 PM UTC
Looking good! I have one in the stash that may come out for the upcoming Bundeswehr campaign. Your interior really does the trick - and the chances of getting any AM stuff at the moment is nil since nothing is moving out there. The skies in east London are empty! At least I can hear the birdsong now...
Neo
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Posted: Thursday, April 09, 2020 - 10:06 AM UTC
Thanks Tom.
And yes, not alot happening right now...

Minor update and warning:
Glued on the tools, exactly per kit. Tools did not line up w/ mounting holes, no room, etc...
Looked at some of the pics I found on-line. Whole passenger side layout as fantasy.
Everything had to come off, fill holes and sand it out...
Its not major but alot of build time became fix time.







Neo
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Posted: Saturday, April 11, 2020 - 11:18 AM UTC
Passenger side tool area fixed.
Driver side stowage done. Had to replace tow cable, too perfect, did not look right.




Finish few more parts and its off to the paint booth.
Colors? Not sure yet...

BlackWidow
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Posted: Sunday, April 12, 2020 - 12:58 AM UTC
Good work on the "Fuchs" until now. I have build mine some years ago as an SFOR TPz 1. About the colours, that are NATO standard Bronzegrün, Lederbraun and Teerschwarz. The RAL Code No. are 6031, 8027 and 9021. I use Vallejo paints and in their range the paints are numbered as 71249 (Brown), 71250 (Green) and 71251 (Black). Hope this helps.

Happy Easter!
Torsten
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Posted: Sunday, April 12, 2020 - 04:42 AM UTC
Thanks Torsten, I'll check those colors out.
And a Happy Easter to you too!
Neo
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Posted: Monday, April 13, 2020 - 02:38 PM UTC
More progress, more pics.

Added TOW. The old ITALERI Weapons of the World, w/ the giant launch tube. Think only Danish (or Donuts) used TOW on Fuchs.
Research required.

Little more detailing and correction too...







Need idea for smoke grenade chains:
Thread?
Thin Stretch Sprue?
Magic?

Neo
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Posted: Monday, April 20, 2020 - 11:36 AM UTC
Posting while the paint dries...
Just put the primer down, waiting on that.

Few pre-paint pics.
MG and mount little sketchy, added & changed few things.
Nothing better then drilling out a few barrels on a Sunday night.




Mount Mounted



Faux Chains an a Bungee Cord



An More...



Paint colors picked (best match from the Pre-Lockdown Supply)



Neo
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Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 12:52 AM UTC
Paint started, pics - On The Way...

Q: I rarely do Rubber Tyres - Paint System / Process for Painting?
EG: Seal, Prime, Acrylics, Oils, Etc.

trahe
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Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 01:30 AM UTC
Looking good. Whatever you decide to do with the tires, make sure you paint and seal the styrene rims really well. You don't want the rubber from the tires in contact with the styrene. Takes a while, but bad things will end up happening...
Neo
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Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 05:17 AM UTC
Thanks Tom.
Primed and painted the plastic side of the wheels, should be good.

Anybody else got ideas for the rubber side?

And - started to block in colors, very complex pattern with the shape of the side panels...
Neo
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Posted: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 04:22 PM UTC
Mini Update:
Wheels done.
Tyres still ?


What it should look like, and what it does...




Black covers great, Brown is OK, Green not so much.
Should sprayed it...


Neo
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Posted: Tuesday, May 05, 2020 - 12:11 PM UTC
Update:









My take on weathering rubber wheels...






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Posted: Tuesday, May 05, 2020 - 12:33 PM UTC
Nice work. I have just noticed I'm working on the same kit.