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Jay Biga
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Tamiya AMX-13, French army

February 26, 2021 · in Armor · · 6 · 2.1K

Hi all,

This one is almost done. Quick and easy build of the kit, which is what you'd expect from recent Tamiya kits. For some reason this model got built, primered, and then sat in my "to finish pile" fort a few years (the model was released in 2016). In the meantime I got side tracked into other projects, but since I like the sort of sporty look of this tank, I decided to finish it.
I kept the weathering pretty low key. After all, this is a vehicle in peace time, so plenty of time to keep the tank in a good condition.

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  1. And a few shots of the base without the tank covering it.

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  2. It does look sporty, for a tank. Never knew of this one until now, the tank or the kit.
    Very nicely done.

    • Thank you!

      Some 25-30 years ago I used to take the train to school and later to work, and we would pass a salvage yard that had a few ex-Dutch army AMX-13's sitting in it, waiting to be scrapped. Ever since then, these small tanks have intrigued me. But there was never a good model of it (Heller did one, but it wasn't very good). Then, in the space of a few months, both Tamiya and Takom came out with kits of this tank. So I had to have one.

      I think I might do the Takom AMX-13 105mm in the future too, and finish it as a Dutch vehicle, as a tribute to those long since scrapped tanks I saw as a young'un.

  3. Looking great, Jay!
    Love the weathering and the base!

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