Turtle and Stalins steel ball

Joined: November 18th, 2008, 10:04 pm

September 16th, 2018, 4:23 pm #1

As I had some casts left over I figured these 2 would be perfect for painting practice, getting a bit better did screw up the decals on the ball so it had to be redone so the stars on the side are a bit too large in my view because the ones I wanted to use fell apart not sure what went wrong maybe just old decals. Decals on the Turtle went on fine, both fixed with Vallejo decal fixer. Both still need a better coat of flat as the ones I had hardly did anything and both look more like semi gloss at the moment, does not look that bad for the Turtle but on the Ball I dont like it.
Turtle built 
Ball built
for the folks that like what if figures there is a new female tankers set coming up, in this case less what if as the Russians did had a couple of women as tank crew.
Russian female tankers
BTW is there a way to add decals without using gloss paint before adding them and not getting does silver lines.

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Joined: June 24th, 2007, 10:30 pm

September 16th, 2018, 5:40 pm #2

Hello Patrick

Always a pleasure to see your one-man tank models - it's a great and original vein of material.  I thought that I might have a go at the ball tank sometime.  I bought a cheap spherical mould from eBay and I intend to try casting some hemispheres at some stage, but I've yet to start. The driver's chin support identified in the Turtle sketch doesn't look very well thought-out - I can imagine a few crewmen biting off their own tongues.

The best-known female Soviet tank crewmember was probably Aleksandra Samusenko - she is slightly better known in the west because an American paratrooper (a liberated POW) joined her battalion for a time in 1945:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleksandra_Samusenko

PS - I see the WIP Maresal model lurking in the background of the last photo !

Andy Lang






      
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Joined: November 18th, 2008, 10:04 pm

September 16th, 2018, 7:21 pm #3

Thanks Andy, my tongue would be gone for sure, I have the habit of sticking my tongue out wen I concentrate, I must have some dog DNA somewhere. My first ball tank was made from a pingpong ball cheap and easy, second I also made from from pingpong ball but cut it in domes first.
There is a chance that I sculpted more women tankers then there really where, I know of 3 but the wiki page links to 4 so 1 spare.
Still working on the Maresal tracks, at the moment Im thinking about filling the space between the teeth as I cant get them right, too many air bubbles in the points, plus side easier for me to cast and there is a chance that it will be a kit at some point, downside it does look a bit weird.
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Maresal track ideas

September 16th, 2018, 9:20 pm #4

Hi Patrick

Sova-M, a Ukrainian company, have recently released an injection-moulded Maresal kit in 1/72 scale.  I saw it at a UK model show in the summer & Henk of Holland's website has sprue scans.  It looks to be a bit crude and you'd probably be better off continuing with your model.  Have you considered using tracks from a kit ?  UM did a range of T-70 kits a while ago and I expect that you could get one quite cheaply.  I guess that the T-70 tracks would be close enough to the T-60/Maresal tracks in this scale.

http://henk.fox3000.com/svm/72011/08.jpg

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September 16th, 2018, 10:01 pm #5

Hi Andy

that was the kit that sparked my interest in the Maresal after being a desk queen for 2 years, mine is a better more correct, different idler, hatch that sort of things, I have the Ace T-60 and MW but because the Maresal was longer does tracks are too short, T-70 tracks are different but not by that much, last problem the Maresal tracks them self where made wider and longer then the original T-60 tracks of captured tanks, pretty much ended like late T-60 tracks with the duckbill, all not a real problem in 1/72 but I dont like using other companies parts, if it is a conversion no problem but not on full kits copy right stuff and the like, if I do end up selling it I need to redo parts and if I dont sell it well then I learned new stuff I hope Im a bit weird in does things
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September 18th, 2018, 10:00 pm #6

Hi Andy
was cleaning my browser tabs and found this, maybe some help wen you do your ball tank
https://warspot.ru/12680-v-poiskah-idealnoy-sfery
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September 19th, 2018, 7:07 pm #7

Hi Patrick

Thanks for the link.  People had obviously been considering the basic mechanical principle for some time before the 1930's.  I was wondering where I'd seen the museum example before - and then I remembered.  The lovely Steampunk model below was the 'Best of Show' winner at IPMS Scale Modelworld here in the UK a few years back.

I'm not doing much modelling at present, but I'll post here if/when I progress a ball tank model.

Andy Lang

Steampunk (2).jpg   

 
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