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1/72 Valley of Tears
BravoTwoZero
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Posted: Tuesday, March 05, 2019 - 05:07 AM UTC
Hello everyone,

I am planning to do is a diorama that is based on a picture from the Valley of Tears, during the Yom Kippur War of 1973. It shows a Syrian tank was left abandoned on one of the Israeli built antitank ditches. A major reference I will use is a 1/35th scale diorama built by Ed Okun. You can check out his work at http://edokunscalemodelingpage.blogspot.com/search?q=tears

For the T-62, I will be using the one supplied in Esci Kit 8615. I have worked on this model previously and it ended up being a shelf queen. The following photos show the work I have done with the T-62.

I've added some AB putty so that there is no overhang in front of the turret. I also added "wiring" for the search light and created MG port from scratch.


I did not like the barrel that came with the kit so I replaced it with brass tubes.


I roughed up the turret surface and added some more details.


I dry fitted a DsHK which was borrowed from Revell T-55.


Both the tracks and road wheels are from Modell Trans Modellbau.


There was not enough tracks to go around the left side so I used the kit supplied ones and added guide teeth.


The driver's hatch is an extra part from the Revell T-55 kit.


This is where I left off and is my starting point for the diorama.


-Joseph

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Posted: Tuesday, March 05, 2019 - 07:06 AM UTC
Very cool build for 1/72 man , nice .
dpeterso
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Posted: Tuesday, March 05, 2019 - 07:24 AM UTC
Love the concept. I think the photos is a great source of inspiration. I'm looking forward to following this build.

One question, you said you roughed up the surface, how did you do that exactly? I want to try that on a few of my future tanks and would love to know how.
BravoTwoZero
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Posted: Tuesday, March 05, 2019 - 09:47 AM UTC

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Very cool build for 1/72 man , nice .


Thanks Cheyenne! You should check out Alex Clark's 1/72 builds, he is quite a master!


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Love the concept. I think the photos is a great source of inspiration. I'm looking forward to following this build.

One question, you said you roughed up the surface, how did you do that exactly? I want to try that on a few of my future tanks and would love to know how.



Hi Dane,
Yes, when I saw Ed Okun's blog, I wanted to adapt it in 1/72. That way, it's not exactly copying his work but definitely inspired by it.

I roughed the turret up using a heavy grit sand paper. I just sanded it in a random pattern until I was satisfied. It looks overdone right now but I will tone it down using Tamiya Extra Thin Cement. You'll see it in later pictures.
-Joseph
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Posted: Tuesday, March 05, 2019 - 10:41 AM UTC
Joe,

Great respect for you and your work in 1/72. Amazing that you added the tread teeth and sculpted that oval on the mantel.

I will watch your progress.
BravoTwoZero
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Posted: Wednesday, March 06, 2019 - 04:39 AM UTC

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Joe,

Great respect for you and your work in 1/72. Amazing that you added the tread teeth and sculpted that oval on the mantel.

I will watch your progress.



Hey Frederick,

Thank you very much for you kind words and thank you too for your interest.

-Joseph
BravoTwoZero
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Posted: Wednesday, March 06, 2019 - 01:11 PM UTC
After a long reign as shelf-queen, here are the work that has been done on the T-62.

Starting with the tow cables, I continued working on this model. I got the New Penguin resin cable ends and used an old telephone wire for the cables itself.


Here is the end result.


I used spare hatches from Revell T-55. Here's how they look installed on the T-62. The dimensional lights are from OKB Grigorov.


The DShK is from Armory and the antenna base is from Zedval.


Here is a picture of the Armory DShk


I built the DShk barrel transport support from scratch.




Most of the photoetched parts are from T-55 photoetched set produced by a Polish manufacturer, PART.



I scraped off the molded stowage boxes and replaced them with photoetch.


I installed the sides only for the front left stowage box because the cover from the set has the wrong pattern.



Here are more shots of the OKB Grigorov dimensional lights.




I ran out of the gray colored dimensional lights for the rear and ended up using the crystal ones. I guess it doesn't matter, they will be painted over anyway. I also added photoetched grab handles for the rear dimensional lights.



Lastly, I added details for the fuel tanks. I noticed the the caps are on the wrong side but I left it as is because these will not be too obvious when I paint it up with camouflage.




A few more details and the build phase will be done. I will be working on the diorama base next.

Thanks,
Joseph
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Posted: Thursday, March 07, 2019 - 04:22 AM UTC
Joe this is awesome, looks great so far. Glad you brought it back to the bench, and I really like the work around the fuel tanks

I'll be following your progress.

Regards
Dave
BravoTwoZero
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Posted: Thursday, March 07, 2019 - 10:55 AM UTC

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Joe this is awesome, looks great so far. Glad you brought it back to the bench, and I really like the work around the fuel tanks

I'll be following your progress.

Regards
Dave



Thank you very much, Dave. As far as work on the fuel tanks, completing a couple of Takom T-55s helped a lot. Plus I have a great reference book too!


Here are some more photos of the T-62.








-Joseph
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Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 08:38 AM UTC
Joe , that's some mighty fine exceptional work in that scale , .... respect man , respect !!!
Dioramartin
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Posted: Monday, March 11, 2019 - 03:34 PM UTC
Totally! Talk about fine motor skills, how’s your eyesight holding up?? Fantastic work
BravoTwoZero
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Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 03:33 AM UTC

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Joe , that's some mighty fine exceptional work in that scale , .... respect man , respect !!!


cheyenne, thanks very much. I had some good practice when I worked on a 1/350 Japanese cruiser Mogami.


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Totally! Talk about fine motor skills, how’s your eyesight holding up?? Fantastic work


Thanks very much, Tim. My eyesight is not as good but I think it's more because of age.
BravoTwoZero
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Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 04:31 AM UTC
I started working on the base by cutting strips from a plastic sheet. I just approximated the depth of the ditch.


I used a tool that I bought from MicroMark to glue the corners on a 90 degree angle.


Here is the result.


I then glued the pieces directly to the display base.


I added pieces of foam board, building it up and varying the edges.



Lastly, I dry fitted the tank on to the terrain with reference to the 1/35th scale diorama.


Thanks,

Joseph
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Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 04:14 AM UTC
I am pretty happy with how the framework for the base looked. However, when I checked the actual pictures of the tank and its surroundings, I noted that there are rock outcroppings that protrude from the groundwork.



To replicate the outcroppings, I decided to test out two products, the Das airdrying modelling material and the Woodland Scenics C1230 Outcroppings Rock Mold.


I took some of the Das clay and pushed them on to the molds.


24 hours later, I have some pretty good looking rock outcroppings. They are all rock hard but can still be cut with X-Acto knives. Here's how they looked. I'm sold!


I test fitted the outcroppings on to the base.


And, I glued some of them in place.


Finally, I added some more Das clay plus some pebbles and fine ground for texture. Here are the resulting pictures.



I think the result looks convincing enough.
jrutman
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Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 07:59 AM UTC
This is great work in any scale,but in this small scale it is a place apart! Brilliant stuff.
J
BravoTwoZero
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Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 06:55 AM UTC

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This is great work in any scale,but in this small scale it is a place apart! Brilliant stuff.
J



Thanks very much, Jerry. Means a lot coming from you. I consider you among great modelers here on this site.
BravoTwoZero
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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019 - 06:58 AM UTC
Hello everyone,

I have applied Mission Models primer to the T-62. Here's how it looks.















Thanks for viewing,
Joseph
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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019 - 10:47 AM UTC
This is looking awesome already and I can't wait to see it when it's completed.
BravoTwoZero
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Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 03:36 AM UTC

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This is looking awesome already and I can't wait to see it when it's completed.


Thanks Ron! Here are some more pictures of the T-62 dry fitted to the base.






The left side of the ditch (in relation to the tank) is still being "sketched". This will not be its final stage. I am trying to work out how the slope is going to look like since I have no actual pictures of how it is.


I will not be modifying the tracks and return rollers to conform to the terrain.
dpeterso
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Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 06:42 AM UTC
I'm loving the overall result. The attention to detail with the terrain is particularly stunning. Great stuff.
BravoTwoZero
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Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 03:50 AM UTC

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I'm loving the overall result. The attention to detail with the terrain is particularly stunning. Great stuff.



Thanks very much, Dane! Here's another update. I was able to work on the base. I went to my backyard and sifted some dirt. Here they are sorted by size.


I started applying them on to the base.


I positioned the T-62 so I can check the progress





jrutman
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Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 04:13 AM UTC
Yep,better than the majority of 1/35 scale dios I have seen!
J
BravoTwoZero
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Posted: Friday, March 22, 2019 - 03:40 AM UTC

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Yep,better than the majority of 1/35 scale dios I have seen!
J


That's quite a compliment, Jerry. Thank you very much.
BravoTwoZero
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Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 05:33 AM UTC
Base has been primed.




T-62 has been painted using Ammo of Mig paint A.MIG-915 Dark Green (BS 241). I put the tank in place on the base and colored it. I tried to modulate the colors at an angle so the dark side is the right side of the tank. I still have to get used to the color modulation technique. My modulation is still barely visible. I'll take it for now since I'll be applying camo anyway.










Here is the T-62 on the base.






Thanks!


edoardo
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Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 06:02 PM UTC
wow!
i really can’t believe is 1:72....

i too use background dirt for my terrain, but i let it its real colour, may i ask you why do you prime it? nature is not the best way to mock nature?
sorry for the basic question....
ciao
edo