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How to model a T-55
spiritwalker
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Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 12:14 AM UTC
not had chance to use the Miniarm T-55 wading rail part... slightly dissapointed you say its too wide. I was under the impression from the designer that the part was modified since it was first advertised. The engine deck still needs some attention to get everything to fit when adding this part, if you get hold of Trumpeters T-62 model 62 kit and use the wading rail that is molded onto the engine deck part and use that as a template to construct a new rail from plastic card you will find the fit is perfect.

Andy
Rogi01
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Posted: Friday, February 08, 2013 - 08:51 AM UTC
Any info. on the T-55s used by Yugoslavia? I know there are a couple variants photos would be pretty cool too
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Posted: Saturday, February 09, 2013 - 02:58 AM UTC
There's a good book by Tankograd called "Yugoslav Armies." it only focuses on Yugoslav and Serb armor but has helped me a lot. Just type in what you're looking for into the search here, there's a good number of threads that have helped me. There are also a couple people here who have great pics. I build a lot of Balkan armor myself so I can help you too, I'm just not good a posting pictures. Do you want just a JNA (Yugoslovia) or a nation that became independent? There was a mix of Russian, Czech, and Polish built T-55s.
-Seth
Rogi01
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Posted: Saturday, February 09, 2013 - 09:01 AM UTC
JNA, would be my first choice, thank you so much for the book title

I'll probobly pop a flag on her antena but so far I'll try to do the search for it on the site as you sugested

I'll keep hoping theres a bit more photos on the net or somewhere specific on Yugoslav armor.

Gotta check up on how bad this Trumpeter T-55 is and what I need to edit on her, it sounds like theres major surgery needed :S but since one of my good friends got this kit for me as a Christmas present.
I'll most likley edit it instead of going for a Tamiya T-55 It means a lot to me as a gift and I'd rather work through it (best part of any build ) as much as possible than just go for the Tamiya.
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Rogi01
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Posted: Saturday, February 09, 2013 - 01:42 PM UTC
Thank you so much, I've just pmed him hopefully he can add a bit of info. for the JNA T-55

koalorka
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Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 12:38 PM UTC
So does the Tamiya kit represent a correct engine deck for any configuration?

I would rather avoid slicing up the kit.

Jacques
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Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 03:00 PM UTC

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So does the Tamiya kit represent a correct engine deck for any configuration?

I would rather avoid slicing up the kit.




The Tamiya kit depicts a Russian produced T-55. Lots of T-55's that were exported were Czech or Polish built, with differing details for the engine deck. This makes life tough for those who want to build a particular tank based on one of those T-55's.

OOB, it is a Russian T-55. Have at it.
koalorka
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Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 02:44 PM UTC

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So does the Tamiya kit represent a correct engine deck for any configuration?

I would rather avoid slicing up the kit.




The Tamiya kit depicts a Russian produced T-55. Lots of T-55's that were exported were Czech or Polish built, with differing details for the engine deck. This makes life tough for those who want to build a particular tank based on one of those T-55's.

OOB, it is a Russian T-55. Have at it.



Thank you, but my confusion arose after reading this thread, in particular, the deep-fording bracket that is absent in the Tamiya kit. Is this not a Russian feature that is omitted on the model?
Krieg-Hammer
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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 10:35 AM UTC
My Tamiya T55A came today! Been a couple of years since I've built anything and this is only my second 1:35 model.

Progress will be here

http://krieg-hammer.blogspot.co.uk/
iowabrit
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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 11:28 AM UTC
Years ago, when the Tamiya T55 first came out, I posted on ML asking if anyone had a quick fix for the grooves in the roadwheel tires. I've never seen such vitriol as was generated by that simple question but I have still, to this day, never seen a photo of a T55 with grooves in the tires .
That was my last ever post on ML.... Maybe the same will happen here........
Jacques
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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 02:10 PM UTC
Steve, I have seen 3 ways to deal with the "grooves"...

1. "mill" the wheels down past the grooves. The wheels end up looking a little thin though...

2. "fill" the grooves with putty, sand them down, admire your hard work... (or cheat and make the roadwheels REAL muddy...)

3. Buy after market...

...or live with it...

Best I can offer.
18Bravo
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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 02:15 PM UTC
Or model them burned out.
Krieg-Hammer
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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 11:48 PM UTC
I'm just going to go for a boring typical Eastern Europe version. Plane green with buff dust and a bit of weathering. The kit I notice already comes in a green plastic, but I'd rather put a base primer on it then start the colouring from there. What shade is recommended? I buy Tamiya paints.

Thanks
Panzer-Ole
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Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 02:27 AM UTC
Hi Rob

Tamiya recommends XF-58 or XF-51 for T-55, but I perfer to have a light tone or perhaps a more yellow green.
You could use the colors above, and mix them with 30% light sand color or white or add some yellow. If you like that you get, use the color, or add more of either green or sand till you are happy.
Remember that you will get a darkening during the wheathering process.

There are so many different shades of green for the t-55, so pick one you like.

Looking forward to seeing the final result.

Ole
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Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 09:19 AM UTC

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Hi Rob

Tamiya recommends XF-58 or XF-51 for T-55, but I perfer to have a light tone or perhaps a more yellow green.
You could use the colors above, and mix them with 30% light sand color or white or add some yellow. If you like that you get, use the color, or add more of either green or sand till you are happy.
Remember that you will get a darkening during the wheathering process.

There are so many different shades of green for the t-55, so pick one you like.

Looking forward to seeing the final result.

Ole



Thanks for the heads up. I quite like the XF-51 Shade of green. My aim is to try a bit of sun bleaching. From what I remember a while ago, using a thin white wash for that?
Panzer-Ole
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Posted: Friday, June 14, 2013 - 02:52 AM UTC
I would not use a wash, but a very diluted version of the XF-51 heavily thinned with white, so you get a very light green. Or you could use the XF-4 directly as the sun breacher.

You could also use some light oil colour for the dot method, like white and light sand or buff and place tiny dots of paint on the places where the sunbleaching is and dilute it with a flat brush and turpetine.

Do also check the painting subforum for details and advice.

Now, let us have some pictures of your T-55
lentorpe
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Posted: Tuesday, September 03, 2013 - 02:31 AM UTC
Q: How to model a T-55?
A: KEEP AWAY FROM TRUMPETER´S KIT!!!
vonMarshall
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Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 09:11 AM UTC
Great thread here, very useful... have 3 different T55s on the go!

One thing I cannot find much on is the suspension system, both what it looked like inside and what it looks like outside.

I have a multitude of online photos, books and magazines on the T55 but nothing really covers how she rolled.

Can anybody point me in the right direction?
donboy99
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Posted: Monday, January 27, 2014 - 02:25 PM UTC
I was out cleaning my garage and I had put some models away in storage tubs, Well I found that I had two old T 55 models, one is the Lindberg kit, and the other is the ESCI T 55, I don't want to trash them, since at the same time I found a resin T 55 kit I bought in a plastic bag. Its To Cool I would like to use parts to make the resin model since it doesn't have any road wheels, I would if I should buy some plastic track links, should I go for white metal? Thanks DonBoy I would like advise Please.!!!
DerGeist
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Posted: Monday, January 27, 2014 - 04:10 PM UTC
If you don't mind spending the cash Fruil T-55 tracks are very nice. Personally I'd go for Trumpeter's indy link plastic set and save the cash for other upgrades. What resin kit did you find? Depending on what it is, it may be no more accurate than the Lindberg or Esci kit.

Erik
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Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 11:37 AM UTC

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If you don't mind spending the cash Fruil T-55 tracks are very nice. Personally I'd go for Trumpeter's indy link plastic set and save the cash for other upgrades. What resin kit did you find? Depending on what it is, it may be no more accurate than the Lindberg or Esci kit.

Erik



Are the Trumpeter Indy links you mention the old ones meant for use with their T-55 or are they newer (meaning not out of scale and inaccurate)?

On a related note, does anyone know if you can use the indy link OMSh tracks from their newer T-62 model 1962 kit on Tamiyas T-55?
I've heard they're pretty nice tracks and in theory they should fit but I'd hate to try and find some without knowing they'll fit.
DerGeist
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Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 11:50 AM UTC

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If you don't mind spending the cash Fruil T-55 tracks are very nice. Personally I'd go for Trumpeter's indy link plastic set and save the cash for other upgrades. What resin kit did you find? Depending on what it is, it may be no more accurate than the Lindberg or Esci kit.

Erik



Are the Trumpeter Indy links you mention the old ones meant for use with their T-55 or are they newer (meaning not out of scale and inaccurate)?

On a related note, does anyone know if you can use the indy link OMSh tracks from their newer T-62 model 1962 kit on Tamiyas T-55?
I've heard they're pretty nice tracks and in theory they should fit but I'd hate to try and find some without knowing they'll fit.




Those are precisely the tracks I'm speaking of. I assume they fit but have no evidence of it.



Erik
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Posted: Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 05:33 AM UTC
For those of you on Facebook; look at this group and join if you are interested in T-54/55. There are more than 10000 photos of all variants. https://www.facebook.com/groups/T5455research/