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DJ Fajardo
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Tamiya 1/35 T-34/76 Model 1943

September 13, 2022 · in Armor · · 14 · 0.8K

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 from storage and completed it in September 2020.

The partially built kit unboxed... So many new things in modelling since I stepped away from the hobby. I was using tube glue & hand painting with Testors enamels.

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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  1. D J, that is indeed a model to be very proud of. Your weathering/finish is excellent, Fruils look great.
    Welcome to the iMod, you will like it here.

  2. Excellent result, DJ! So great that you decided to finish your T-34! Welcome aboard!

  3. Your first submission here is a great looking T34, DJ @juan2six
    Welcome aboard this community, love to see more of your upcoming builds.

  4. Welcome, DJ! Nice work on this. The metal tracks are a very noticeable upgrade for this kit.

  5. Great looking tank @juan2six! 👍 Hey, welcome back to the hobby DJ, and welcome to iModeler! 😃

    • Thanks Gary! Excited to be back modelling! Although it's another hobby of "things" that can add $ up. And like you would understand I've also had a long interest in cars, motorcycles & firearms. 😄 And my kit stash ballooned in the last 2 years.😬

  6. Hi DJ , very impressive finish after such a long break from the hobby, if WW2 tanks are your thing I can recommend Tamiya's 1/35 Matilda , a really great kit that you can finish as a British or Russian version.

    • Thank you Neil! I was pleased how my kit turned out after such a long break as well. I prepared by watching a lot of videos to study what to do.
      I've got the Tamiya 1/35 Matilda in my Stash! I plan on finishing it as a British version in North Africa. It's just a question of when that'll happen.

  7. Well done, DJ. Nice look on the weathering. Welcome to iModeler.

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