Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35

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Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 Making
I’ll try to build a Russian tank for the first time in a while. It’s a Panda Hobby Object 279. This kit seems to be easy to build the body, so it’s better to think of it as a kit to build a connecting track. I have made the same vehicle of Amusing Hobby before, so I guess I know a general feeling.

Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 MakingOh, I remember. It’s all about making something related to wheels. After all, there are parts for 2 ordinary tanks, so it’s hard.

Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 Making
I think it’s probably parallel to the ground surface. Part accuracy is not very good. There is a crack in the thin part because the plastic doesn’t go to the mold properly. In that case, I adjusted it by making the runner chop suitably.

Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 MakingSmall etched parts were included in the engine grille. In any case, it is good that the precision improves even a little.

Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 MakingThe wheels and suspension have been installed in the chassis. There are 4 rows, so if I can adjust it so that I can install all of them on the ground as much as possible, it might be easier to assemble them later. This doesn’t work out as expected.
(2022/01/20)

Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 Making
There were 3 large runners for the connecting track parts. Cutting is rather laborious. I cut them all out first.

Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 Making
The setting of the connecting track belt is quite smooth. It’s not that difficult work if you get used to it and do it quickly.

Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 MakingIt has been assembled with a slight looseness to give it a sense of weight. The number of sheets was written in detail in the instruction, but I didn’t count them. I think I can manage it by just guessing, or rather, I cut the double-sided tape of the assembly table by the length of the track which is scheduled to be completed length, arrange the parts according to it, and the after fine adjustment.

Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 MakingIf there are some gaps, If you put it on the lower side, there should be no problem when you decorate it. In particular, the assembly of the middle 2 rows of tracks is almost impossible to see, so it may not be rewarding work even for the hard work. I checked the direction of the track belt in the actual vehicle photo, so this should be correct.
(2022/01/22)

Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 Making
I started assembling the upper surface of the vehicle body. It includes etched parts. Some round parts were almost invisible when finished. It seems that there is some leftover without using all the etched parts.

Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 Making
The upper and lower tank parts have been pasted together. It has a hole and fits the convex part, but it doesn’t fit subtly, so cut it off and glue it forcibly.

Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 Making
It was finally shaped like a 279 by attaching the parts that look like gills on both sides.

Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 Making
It had more parts than Object 279 of Amusing Hobby, and it took time for the top of the tank and the turret. The accuracy of parts and ease of assembly of Panda Hobby and Amusement are the same, but I think Panda Hobby has a slightly better precision after assembly.
(2022/01/25)

Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 Making
All the assembly is finished. Oh, I forgot to attach the tow rope, so I will load it later. This kind of thing is not described in the assembly manual. There may be other parts I forgot to attach. Well, it’s a prototype tank, so I wonder if it looks like this.

Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 Making
I thought I’d load logs like the previous Sherman tank. Since it is a tank with an interesting form, I thought it would be better to finish it so that I can understand the shape of it rather than pile up many things.

Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 Making
The kit is interesting because it is a rare tank, but there are many mistakes in the part number of the instruction manual, and the shaping and fitting of the parts are not good. As a comparison between the objects 279, it is a little better than the amusement hobby, as an impression in the middle of production.

Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 Making
A really long barrel is also cool. The turret and body fit was so tight that once I put it on it, I couldn’t take it off again, so I just cut off the hook-shaped stopper with a nipper and put it just over the top.

I was lucky to get the Zvezda Maul Tier at a reasonable price, which I’ve been looking for for years. I thought I would never buy a plastic model again until the pile was cleared up, but this item is probably the exception. Let’s reward me for my recent hard work in model making. I also bought a Hasegawa Type-97 attack plane, (Kate). I’m not sure if it was in short supply due to the spread of the virus, I don’t think I’ve seen many items for a while.
And I was a little bit shocked because I hadn’t searched for a kit online in over half a year, both Panda Hobby and Kitty Hawk Models were out of business. Panda Hobby aside, Kitty Hawk had quite a few kits that I was interested in, so I was really shocked. I wish some big company would buy the metal molds like Tristar’s case and resell them.
(2022/01/29)

Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 Painting
In particular, the lower half has quite complicated parts, so I used matte black this time as a primer.

Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 Painting
As for the paint on the main body, when I made the Amusing Hobby Object 279 before, it was a dark green monochromatic paint, so I thought I would try some camouflage paint this time. In the painting example of Panda, only the example of dark green is shown. I guess it’s a tank from the 1950s, so it should look like the camouflage painting of the T-54. So I chose dark green, red-brown and tan camouflage. It might look like German tanks.

Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 Painting
In addition, I am a little disappointed that there is no decal in this kit. I found a surplus of a kit I had built up before and put it on. I think it’s the mark of the Soviet Guards.
(2022/02/01)

Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 finished work Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 finished work
The Panda Hobby Object 279 has been completed. It was developed as a heavy tank considering its activity under nuclear war, and it has 4 caterpillars and good running performance. Its unique shape was designed to prevent it from falling sideways even in the blast of a nuclear explosion. It’s like downforce racing cars?

Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 finished work

Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 finished work
Because of the complicated structure, the cost was high, and it was not mass-manufactured. It is a tank that gives a strong impression that we cannot forget once we see it. It’s kind of vicious-looking.

Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 finished work Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 finished work Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 finished work Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 finished work
Armed with a 130 mm tank gun, it was very powerful for that time. Does this mean that money doesn’t matter? Because it is a prototype tank, they challenge anything.

Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 finished work Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 finished work Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 finished work
This time I ignored the instruction manual of Panda Hobby and painted it as I wanted. As a 1950s style tricolor camouflage paint, I put on my favorite numbering decal and put on the decal of the mark of the Soviet army guards.

Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 finished work Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 finished work Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 finished work
I tried to make the headlights transparent by applying clear after silver paint, but it was a bit unreasonable. It was a bit regrettable that it was actually more realistic to cut out and insert the clear parts.

Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 finished work
The gun barrel is quite long, so it seems difficult to handle it. As a standard tank, I think the turret is backward when transporting.

Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 finished work Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 finished work
Caterpillar is a little stained and then lightly dry brushed with metallic. I thought there might be a hole in the tooth of the track, but it looks like this.

Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 finished work Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279 Panda Hobby 1/35 finished work
Other than this kit, I have only made Tunguska at Panda Hobby. I can’t say it’s high quality, but it looks pretty cool when completed. But unfriendly instructions and parts that don’t fit well will make more and more modelers reluctant to buy kits from the same manufacturer and not sell well. It is very important that it is somewhat easy to make. It seems that this manufacturer has stopped its activities. It was a manufacturer that I was not familiar with, but when I hear that plastic model manufacturers are going out of business, I feel sad. I would like to expect that there will be new manufacturers who will entertain us in various ways.
(2022/02/06)

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