Dave Ward's Trumpeter 1/35 IT-1 Missile Tank - stalled build resumed!

Dave Ward

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After the Trumpeter SU-152, I decided that I'd enjoyed that build a lot, and to go for another Soviet vehicle.......
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I started this a year or so ago, why I stopped, I can't recall, but the lower hull is complete, and painted, aside from the wheels, and tracks. All else seems to be on the sprue.
Oddball tank - not very many made - the missiles' large minimum range, gave a massive dead zone around the tank, and it's big physical size meant only a few reloads could be carried. After a few years service, I believe most were converted to recovery vehicles.
Construction will resume shortly..
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IIRC, the IT-1 was largely a result of Nikita Khrushchev’s idea that missiles were the weapon of the future, so the Soviet Army, in order to be seen to follow that lead, developed a purely missile-armed tank on the basis of the then-brand-new T-62 MBT.
 

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Whilst I am waiting for parts to dry on my Eggcopter, and my FW190D, I decided to closely look at this stalled build.328937
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Hull finished, wheels painted, but separate tyres to be added. Apart from that most bits are still on the sprue............328935328936

There's a video on YouTube of the IT-1 firing the 'Dragon' missile from it's pop-up launcher - nice to see how thing work!
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Several bags of individual track links - big enough for me to handle easily...........
Since there were very few IT-1 tanks made, the finish is ............................green328933
No decals!
All being well construction will (re) start today
Dave
 

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Hi Dave
Good feeling to get a stalled build going again. Most unusual tank - I suppose it's a tank. Most unusual looking thing. Looks as if you're off to your usual neat, organised start.
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Jim,
"neat, organised start." !!!?????!!!! You should have seen the trouble I had in getting the rats off the table, and recovering the camera from the chimps!
Seriously, though my bench is a mess!, but I know where everything is. If I tidy up, then for the next few days, I'm hunting for the right tools! It's the same with my paints - I occasionally try to organise them. It lasts about a week, but then I revert to my normal chaos - but it works for me!!!
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Thanks for giving me a laugh on this cold, cloudy day. Your bench may not be tidy but your work is :smiling:
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All the other builds are drying their varnish coats, so I picked up this. The road wheels have separate rims ( rubber tyres) - it makes for easier painting. I sanded off most of the tread pattern on the outside of the rims. To paint, I thread the rims onto a rolled piece of paper329268
Then simply spray the rubber tyre mix ) a darkish grey ), over the rim kebabs!
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I can now put the rims on the roadwheels, and complete the running gear assembly.
Next up will be all those lovely individual track links.................
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Cor blimey Dave that will keep you busy this will be a unusual build as ive never seen one of these before although tanks an such are not my main subjects I still look at them
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Hi Dave
I like the rolled paper idea. As for the tracks - mind numbing.
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Jim,
"neat, organised start." !!!?????!!!! You should have seen the trouble I had in getting the rats off the table, and recovering the camera from the chimps!
Seriously, though my bench is a mess!, but I know where everything is. If I tidy up, then for the next few days, I'm hunting for the right tools! It's the same with my paints - I occasionally try to organise them. It lasts about a week, but then I revert to my normal chaos - but it works for me!!!
Dave
Dave,
Tidy up the bench, put everything in a box, stand back and admire the clean bench, get that nice warm glow from seeing a clean bench - then just up end the box over the bench and be even happier.
Looking forward to seeing this green tank/thing finished, perhaps a little graffiti???
Cheers, Mike.
 

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Dave .
This painting on the sprue , seems a great idea, one I think I should addopt esp with my struggles with attempting g to remove the same to paint . I've done it either small things like weapons but never the wheels , until the next build .
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John,
I find it easier to clean up & retouch the sprue attachments, instead of creating a forest of wheels on cocktail sticks. It works nicely with the IT-1, with it's separate tyre rims.
After a mornings work ( OK, I had 2 cups of coffee, ans a Tesco delivery.....), the majority of work is done on the tracks. The IT-1 doesn't have any return rollers, so a simple curve for the top run will do.329658
I was careful, in cutting the links off the sprue - and I only had to clean up about 5 links for fitment. It pays to have a good sharp sprue cutter - and nice clean mouldings help! I must say I enjoy putting these larger links together - I just used a straight edge & TET
Time to prime!
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Tracks primed & one side completed - I miscalculated the number of tracks, and had to add the extra links ( the unpainted bits ) - still, better adding, rather than subtracting.329837

As far as individual track links go this has been pretty easy........................
Dave
 
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