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The double hitter: ZSU-57-2 by TAKOM
ScaleDracula
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Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 05:29 AM UTC
Hi guys,

I'd like to present to you my evolving project. It is a ZSU-57-2 SPAAG by TAKOM. The model is based on this photo of a vehicle operating during the war in Bosnia in the 90s.



You can find the complete SBS to this model on my website:
www.scaledracula.com
Here I will present a shortened version of the process.

Here comes the construction:
I started with the fenders, thinning them down and reworking the hinges on both sides.




I built the hinges with a help of ABER device:



Then I started to build the main hull. The fit of TAKOM's model is really good. I didn't have any problems. All the PE part come from the kit itself. I only scratchbuilt some wires near the rear fenders.




The vehicle I've chosen as a reference is a heavily customized unit. So there was a lot of scratchbuilding ahead of me. Here's a rear turret structure I constructed from styrene sheet.



Then I started to work on the superstructure which is a much more complicated piece. Once again I used styrene parts to construct the basic shape.




The rubber on the superstructure I recreated from a genuine magnetic rubber used for example for the fridge magnets.




The test fit of the superstructure. A lot of work to do yet.



It's time to add some details. The hatches are from the same styrene sheet. I also made handles from wire and hinges from some random PE parts.




Here's the rear structure already glued to the turret.




Ufff! That's it for now. I will continue this thread soon, but for more detailed SBS visit my website:
www.scaledracula.com

Regards,

Scale Dracula
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Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 09:17 AM UTC
This will be interesting
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Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 02:12 PM UTC
Let me just start and say that this is amazing.Your scratchbuilding skills are a inspriation to me.I will be checking out your site and following this build.
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Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 05:21 AM UTC

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Let me just start and say that this is amazing.Your scratchbuilding skills are a inspriation to me.I will be checking out your site and following this build.



Thanks a lot Jason, but I hope my SBS will show you guys that it's really not that hard. All you need is good planning and a little bit of patience.
Let's carry on with the construction to keep up with the website.
Next step was to make weld marks. I used a well known method with the Milliput putty. All you have to do is make a thin roll of Milliput, put it in the desired area and recreate the texture of the weld with hobby knife (you can moisten the blade with water to have better control over the process).





It's time to build the ammo crate you can see in the front of the vehicle. I used a veneer sheet, some balsa wood and a styrene strip. Each of this materials has each own advantages. Veneer has a great, natural wood texture. Balsa is extremely easy to shape with just about any tool. Styrene will give the whole part a solid base.





The rest od the details I recreated with some wire and random PE parts.



Then I assembled the metal tracks by MasterClub. I really like their quality and I often use their products. This time though I had some problems, but the result is really nice.



Last but not least, I drilles some holes in the wheel hub, to accentuate the details. TAKOM gives the opportunity to leave that part exposed so I went for it.



As you can see on the last picture I also assembled the ammunition that goes inside the turret. It was a really dull work, but what can you do, right?

The model is ready for painting. Obviously I haven't glued the turret together yet. Some other parts are also left aside for easier painting.