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.
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.
The 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.
It 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.
If 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build them little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see me here occasionally.