Builds Meng T-90 with dozer 1/35th

PFGEN

GCM
While I'm working on the tracks for the Chieftain. I thought I'd have a look at this. The kit was 30% off as were the tracks. The tracks came in at around 14 of Her Majesty's finest pounds.

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PFGEN

GCM
First step, assemble the suspension. Actually that's the second step but I couldn't be bothered painting the wheels.

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Torsion bar system and they are a bit fiddly. I'm supposed to fix them with the help of the transparent jig thingy. That's needed as the axels are not all at the same level. They're designed to function, particularly the six more complex axels on the LHS. I suspect the first coat of paint is going to see them fixed in place.
 

PFGEN

GCM
More track bashing. The Meng kit comes with a jig for Assembling five links at a time and them inserting pins. No cement needed.

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The result of the first five was not good. The pins have a tendency to fall out and they are only on one side. The other side having a little bump to hold the other side in place (which it doesn't). This is clearly a cunning plan to have us buy extra track as this stuff is p!sh.

Let's try the box of aftermarket from Meng. Okay, first off is that the track horns are hollow as they are in real life. Two blocks of six links are assembled together then cut apart. Everything fits well but holding it all together is a bit like trying to give a cat a pill, especially for those of us with spades for hands.

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A bit difficult to see but the result is good. Unlike the track in the box this one comes with pads for Red Square parades.
 
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PFGEN

GCM
After a few nights track bashing I now have a set ready. They are quite good and a lot better than the kit track.

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It is also a different track compared to the kit track as I found out when I thought I was missing 12 or so links. The kit calls for 96 links per track whereas the after market set only requires 81 links. Before I realised my mistake I was berating Meng for not including any spare links.

For the Chieftain I'm considering the Takom equivalent for an extra 20 quid. Assembling the Chieftain track one link at a time then waiting for the glue to set before adding the next is mind numbing.

Edit: Just found a video on the Takom after market tracks. Cheating *&^%, they are identical to the kit tracks and are not clickable. Utter &^%$s! I can hear the sound of Fruils calling; bugger, memories of painting the individual track pads.
 
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Simmerit

War Hero
After a few nights track bashing I now have a set ready. They are quite good and a lot better than the kit track.

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It is also a different track compared to the kit track as I found out when I thought I was missing 12 or so links. The kit calls for 96 links per track whereas the after market set only requires 81 links. Before I realised my mistake I was berating Meng for not including any spare links.

For the Chieftain I'm considering the Takom equivalent for an extra 20 quid. Assembling the Chieftain track one link at a time then waiting for the glue to set before adding the next is mind numbing.

Edit: Just found a video on the Takom after market tracks. Cheating *&^%, they are identical to the kit tracks and are not clickable. Utter &^%$s! I can hear the sound of Fruils calling; bugger, memories of painting the individual track pads.

I went with MasterClub. The kit tracks were shite.

How are you getting on with the soft plastic?
 

PFGEN

GCM
I went with MasterClub. The kit tracks were shite.

How are you getting on with the soft plastic?

Soft plastic hasn't been a problem yet but there's some weird stuff to look at on the turret. I'm happy with the track I've got for this but the Chieftain needs MasterBox. I've been looking for sources. I'll have a shuftie at some of the suppliers in Germany tomorrow.
 

PFGEN

GCM
How are you getting on with the soft plastic?

Last night while doing some work on the upper hull I found out what you mean, some of that plastic is rather soft. Just have to be a bit more careful with the scalpel and not go at it like Jack the Ripper.
 
Soft plastic hasn't been a problem yet but there's some weird stuff to look at on the turret. I'm happy with the track I've got for this but the Chieftain needs MasterBox. I've been looking for sources. I'll have a shuftie at some of the suppliers in Germany tomorrow.
Being a tight ARRSEd git, I personally don’t warrant the price for metal tracks, but I do like the ones Bronco produce, bit fiddly but gave me the right “sag” on the Matilda. Will report back on the tracks I’ve got for the M3 Stuart.
 

PFGEN

GCM
Being a tight ARRSEd git, I personally don’t warrant the price for metal tracks, but I do like the ones Bronco produce, bit fiddly but gave me the right “sag” on the Matilda. Will report back on the tracks I’ve got for the M3 Stuart.

Same here but they're really winding me up. I'll post some pictures on the Chieftain thread.
 

PFGEN

GCM
Does anybody know where I can find a chart of the equivalent colours in a series other than the Meng numbers in the instructions?

Meng Paints are essentially AK paints. The Meng numbers and names bear no reference to the AK colour charts. Having trawled AK's website I'm no wiser. AK do have quite an impressive collection of "stuff" beyond the usual paint jars.

It seems that some instruction sets in other countries come with equivalence lists in the Meng instructions. Mine doesn't.
 
Does anybody know where I can find a chart of the equivalent colours in a series other than the Meng numbers in the instructions?

Meng Paints are essentially AK paints. The Meng numbers and names bear no reference to the AK colour charts. Having trawled AK's website I'm no wiser. AK do have quite an impressive collection of "stuff" beyond the usual paint jars.

It seems that some instruction sets in other countries come with equivalence lists in the Meng instructions. Mine doesn't.
Paint Conversion Charts

Paint Conversion Charts 2

Paint Conversion Charts 3

This one is from a Dutch Military Modelling Site and looks quite comprehensive.

Military Paint Conversion Charts

Maybe these can help you or someone else.
 
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PFGEN

GCM
Paint Conversion Charts

Paint Conversion Charts 2

Paint Conversion Charts 3

This one is from a Dutch Military Modelling Site and looks quite comprehensive.

Military Paint Conversion Charts

Maybe these can help you or someone else.

That's a great series of links. The first one is interesting giving several options per shade. It looks like Meng never made the lists or its too niche. Rather than looking for the conversion I'll try some of the threads on other sites for builds.
 

PFGEN

GCM
And problem solved, more thrashing about Google than by actual design. Hope it may be useful to others with the same problem.

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PFGEN

GCM
While working on the track for the Chieftain I've been adding parts to the turret assembly of the T-90. The thing looks a real mess design wise. I guess having to find space in the small turret they put everything else on the outside. I reckon with a good pair of bolt cutters somebody could do considerable damage. The reactive armour doesn't look that effective either, more a bit of reassurance for the crew than anything else.
 

Bubbles_Barker

LE
Book Reviewer
Soft plastic hasn't been a problem yet but there's some weird stuff to look at on the turret. I'm happy with the track I've got for this but the Chieftain needs MasterBox. I've been looking for sources. I'll have a shuftie at some of the suppliers in Germany tomorrow.
Germany? Are you prepared to wait 6 months and for it then to require a software upgrade?
 

PFGEN

GCM
Quick view of the T90 turret starting to look more like the back of a pie-key's pick up. In the background the track for the Chieftain is taking shape.

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Looking through the box I'm sure I'm looking at parts for at least three panzerskis. There are engine parts floating around on a couple of the sprues but nowhere to fit them.

Still having paint issues. Further up I posted a conversion chart from AK covering the Mong numbers to AK's. AK being the proud provider of specialist slap for Meng and the table came from their own website. Does it list the paints for the model under Meng or AK or by name even. No chance. Nada! Quick search reveals that its a right royal PITA and a grumble from many a modeller. Anybody have some modern Ruski kit with colours that I can actually find in the likes of Tamiya, Vallejo or, AmmoMig?
 
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You could try the following

not sure it is what you are after.

Having cast my eye around Cold War/Post Cold War Russian kit just about any green will do if it an off shoot of the original Soviet 4BO green, lots of pictures showing the major variations in colour, just pick one you fancy and go for it.

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