WIP - Bronco SU-152 Sep. '43 production

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WIP - Bronco SU-152 Sep. '43 production

Joined: October 13th, 2012, 7:22 am

February 17th, 2017, 8:01 pm #1

I've been working on Bronco's SU-152 Sep. '43 production and now that I've completed the construction, I thought I should share the progress so far. Quite surprising (for a Bronco kit), the parts count is on the low side, though the overall detail is not compromised.















The tracks are assembled and will be fitted once painted. Below is a summary of what I've done on this one:
- Replaced all grab handles with wire
- Replaced the hand rails with scratch-built ones (experimented with soldering here)
- Scratched the tow cable fastener
- Twisted my own tow cables (kind of pointless as copper ones were included in the kit)
- Replaced the pickaxe clamps with PE leftovers.
- Chopped off part of the fenders to replicate damage
- Scratched mud guards from foil and beat them up a bit
- Scratched two fuel drums, inspired by the reference photo posted above.
- Almost forgot, added wiring and plumbing to the engine block

As you can see in the photos, I have posted both fuel drums on the SU, which one do you think looks better? Or should I use the kit's fuel drum?

Let me know what you think, all comments and suggestions are more than welcome!

Cheers,

Christos
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Joined: November 2nd, 2010, 11:03 pm

February 17th, 2017, 8:32 pm #2

Hi Christos, your build looks good. like the scratch parts - I have just built this from Bronco and can concur - the details are good. My efforts were OOB, I think I should have done what you have done and scratch built the long grab handles - they are very flimsy and at the moment I have knocked them off a couple of times whilst painting and weathering my attempt. Good luck with it. As you are doing, I have seen an image with one of these with a fuel drum on the rear in place of one of the normal fuel tank and I am doing the same. Good luck with it. I look forward to seeing the finished model.
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Joined: October 13th, 2012, 7:22 am

February 18th, 2017, 7:25 am #3

Hi Steve,

Thank you for the good word, much appreciated.

I think the work I've done has given the kit some character and I enjoyed working on these little additions. I need to make a couple of smaller fuel drums, as I spent some time last night going through the dimensions and I my drum's diameter is off by 4mm, which is a lot.

Regards,

Christos
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Joined: February 16th, 2008, 3:20 pm

February 18th, 2017, 6:19 pm #4

I've been working on Bronco's SU-152 Sep. '43 production and now that I've completed the construction, I thought I should share the progress so far. Quite surprising (for a Bronco kit), the parts count is on the low side, though the overall detail is not compromised.















The tracks are assembled and will be fitted once painted. Below is a summary of what I've done on this one:
- Replaced all grab handles with wire
- Replaced the hand rails with scratch-built ones (experimented with soldering here)
- Scratched the tow cable fastener
- Twisted my own tow cables (kind of pointless as copper ones were included in the kit)
- Replaced the pickaxe clamps with PE leftovers.
- Chopped off part of the fenders to replicate damage
- Scratched mud guards from foil and beat them up a bit
- Scratched two fuel drums, inspired by the reference photo posted above.
- Almost forgot, added wiring and plumbing to the engine block

As you can see in the photos, I have posted both fuel drums on the SU, which one do you think looks better? Or should I use the kit's fuel drum?

Let me know what you think, all comments and suggestions are more than welcome!

Cheers,

Christos
Excellent excellent work !
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Joined: October 13th, 2012, 7:22 am

February 18th, 2017, 7:57 pm #5

Thank you very much!
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Joined: October 13th, 2012, 7:22 am

February 18th, 2017, 8:02 pm #6

I've been working on Bronco's SU-152 Sep. '43 production and now that I've completed the construction, I thought I should share the progress so far. Quite surprising (for a Bronco kit), the parts count is on the low side, though the overall detail is not compromised.















The tracks are assembled and will be fitted once painted. Below is a summary of what I've done on this one:
- Replaced all grab handles with wire
- Replaced the hand rails with scratch-built ones (experimented with soldering here)
- Scratched the tow cable fastener
- Twisted my own tow cables (kind of pointless as copper ones were included in the kit)
- Replaced the pickaxe clamps with PE leftovers.
- Chopped off part of the fenders to replicate damage
- Scratched mud guards from foil and beat them up a bit
- Scratched two fuel drums, inspired by the reference photo posted above.
- Almost forgot, added wiring and plumbing to the engine block

As you can see in the photos, I have posted both fuel drums on the SU, which one do you think looks better? Or should I use the kit's fuel drum?

Let me know what you think, all comments and suggestions are more than welcome!

Cheers,

Christos
I build a couple more fuel drums with a smaller diameter, which is more accurate for a 200lt/55 gallon fuel drum





And here's a side-by-side comparison of the drums


What do you think?
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Joined: July 11th, 2005, 1:07 pm

February 19th, 2017, 10:18 am #7

Hi

Generally fuel drums come in a set capacity or size. The one placed on the SU-152 looks a little stumpy in size, are working from measurements or by eye?

I know fuel drums do get dented but if they get too bashed they split. The German ww2 types seems to be a lot tougher than the modern day round commercial oil drums.

It maybe just me but like mis sized fuel drums or Panzerfausts on 1942 era tanks etc just throw the whole kit out.

Your kit build looks great, I have the 1/48 version to build. Just need to get rid of the "cats paws' armour butter texture.

Regards
Andrew


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Joined: October 13th, 2012, 7:22 am

February 19th, 2017, 11:35 am #8

Hi Andrew,

Thank you for the good word, much appreciated!

I am trying to replicate the a 200lt (55 gal) fuel drum which is roughly 876mm x 584mm on the outside. In 1/35 these measurements go down to about 25mm x 16mm.
Depending on the manufacturer and the type of drum, the dimensions may vary slightly.

I did create three more today, trying out different methods and here they are:




What do you think?
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Joined: July 11th, 2005, 1:07 pm

February 19th, 2017, 12:39 pm #9

Hi

Are these scratch builtvorckit based? They look better than the earlier ones.

For the damage are you going by photos or imagination? For stuff like I personally always try to follow photos of the real thing. Then the damage is within realistic bounds. I know I can get a little OCD on this 😅.

Regards
Andrew
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Joined: October 13th, 2012, 7:22 am

February 19th, 2017, 1:05 pm #10

The drums are scratch-built, just tried to keep in line with photos of fuel drums.

As far as damage is concerned, my primary inspiration is tank nr 200



I think I can even do some more damage to it!

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