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About the Author

About Ron Goins (biffa)

My name is Ron and i began modeling in january of 2005 while off work with knee surgery i have always been interested in the military and 1/35 scale vehicles and armour are my main subjects, i will build just about any brand of kit there is as long as it interests me and i build for my own collectio...


Nice job on this one Ron. I think you did great on the weathering.
FEB 02, 2007 - 05:39 PM
FEB 02, 2007 - 05:51 PM
Great one - you really captured that dirty grimmy filthy look Thanks for sharing
FEB 02, 2007 - 11:40 PM
Hi Ron, Fantastic weathering. I'd go . Regards, Joe
FEB 03, 2007 - 12:49 AM
Thanks guys and Vinnie for displaying this, this was so much fun to do because it was built out of left over tamiya, dragon, maquette and verlinder parts, it was great practise in kit bashing and fun to let loose with the painting and weathering.
FEB 03, 2007 - 01:08 AM
Like you, I kit bashed a couple of kits to do my T-34/76. I weathered it and it looked pretty good to me until now. I think when I get around to building my next one, I will seek to mimic your scheme, it just makes the tank "jump-out" at you more Oh in you profile I saw you were from England "stranded in east Tennessee. Yea, I have to agree, now west Tennessee is really nice. My sister live in the south part of the Memphis area and it is gorgeous and now so "yankeeish" :-) :-) but that's a southerner speaking (not a Texan)
FEB 03, 2007 - 02:08 AM
Ron, I like your finishing work, but there are 3 points I'd like to draw your attention to: 1. NO production T-34's had the two lugs on the nose plate ala Tamiya (check your refgerences and you'll see what I mean). These were added by APG to allow the engineless T-34's to be dragged around by U.S. equipment. 2. This is more of a finesse thing, rather than a research oversight and may have actually happened: the "plate" track was used for earlier vehicles (1941-early 1942) as they were found wanting in cross-country travel (they tended to slip). 3. In the rear shot, it looks like the left track is slightly toed in, but this could be the photo angle. I'm not bringing these things to you attention to bash you or your model. I think it looks great and you've obviously got your finishing techniques nailed. But as an AMPS and IPMS judge, I would seriously hit you on #1, less on #2. Actually, in an IPMS competition here in the US, the model would be knocked out of the competition. Depending on the level in which you entered (and from the cleanliness of the build and the level of finesse in the paint/weathering I'd say you're an advanced modeler) you wouldn't medal. I know many people build for themselves, but having another set of eyes looking at a piece can show any errors present. Again, great finishing job. Happy modelling. Regards, Georg
FEB 03, 2007 - 04:00 AM
Steve, while i do consider myself exiled here :-) truth is it is a beautiful place to live and while i visit home at least once a year on average i still look forward to getting back here. Thanks for the comments. Georg, when i built this it was definatly a "what if" build with leftover parts as nothing more than a fun quick project, i concider myself at the moment as a kit builder, i just enjoy building and painting them for my own shelf the only competition i ever enter is the AMOM right here on armorama. Your points are well noted and if i ever decide to go further and enter a competition i know i will have to step up a notch. I have only been building just over two years now but because i dont go into the details like some of the fantastic builders we see here i do get to paint more often which gives me a bit more practice in that field, Thanks for the comments they are appreciated. The tracks are straight in the rear for some reason all the rear shots i take seem to make the tracks angle in.
FEB 03, 2007 - 04:26 AM