Tamiya 1/35 T-34/76 Model 1943
I bought & started this kit in the early '90's. I put it away and stopped building because of other things in life. Fast forward to 2020 and my interest in scale modelling is revived. I acquired new tools & supplies.. most notably an Iwata airbrush and an air compressor. I dug out this Tamiya T-34 from storage and completed it in September 2020.
The table top photo shows how I left the kit before putting it away. So many new things in modelling since I stopped. I was using tube glue & hand painting with Testors enamel. I reworked the grab handles and created new copper tow cables. I was going to use the rubber band tracks but decided to buy the 'new to me' metal tracks (Friulmodel). Link tracks? and metal? It looked and felt so nice. Everything else was OOTB.
The finishing and weathering was a great learning experience. I found some useful YouTube basic modelling videos and discovered many things to try. So many firsts for me in this build- airbrushing, pre-shading, varnishing, enamel pin-washes, chipping, pigments, burnishing metal.. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out and I couldn't wait to build more tanks.
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