Amusing Hobby’s Object 279, besides being released from Panda Hobby and Takom, there are rumors that Amusing’s is hard to assemble the most among the three companies. By the way, I’d like to assemble Takom, but now I only have Panda and Amusing on hand.
Assembly instructions are assembled starting from the upper part of the body. After all, I started from the bottom as I am concerned about the four-line caterpillars. The angle of the axle of the track wheel seems to be able to choose either at the low or high position of the suspension. If you fine-tune it, you can fix the axle in the middle. I selected the high position angle.
Actually, it is hard to understand in the instruction, but it may be bad if we don’t let the suspension bulge downside.
I think it’s better to get a stability for first fixing the two large panels with 24 suspensions and after adjusting the angle of every suspensions and wheel.
I tried to confirm whether the pitch of the sprocket wheel and the caterpillar track are just sized. There seems to be no problem.
Caterpillar is cut out one by one, assembled by inserting pins from both sides and fastening. This small pin does not fit in the hole at all. It may be that the molding is misaligned or the pin is slightly too thick. After all, all the track holes were enlarged with a 0.8 mm drill one by one. I tried connecting eight pieces to try. I’ll make 4 caterpillars of the length up to the place of the right nipper, I feel dizzy. It is great whether all the modeler who completed this kit carried out this activity.
Right now, the third track link is being assembled. I think that the mold is sharp and it is a pretty good caterpillar if there is no time to expand the hole to insert the connection pin.
After all the caterpillar belts have been wounded, they are fixed with pouring adhesive. The caterpillar at both ends was adjusted to have natural slack. Though I made it up from 80 pieces of the manual designation, shorten one track piece because it was too loose. I fixed two of them inside solidly without becoming too nervous.
The photo-etched parts are used in many places, and it is quite difficult to assemble other than four track belts. Many explanations are unclear how to install parts and installation locations. I wonder if there is no way because it is the first release item of Amusing Hobby, or did they rush to release as compete with Takom and Panda from the first product?
The precision feeling rises pretty well when installing the photo-etched parts, and it is not so hard to assemble. There is a place of failure in the bending part. The bottom part of the tank is completed, including the tracks, the rest is only the turret. I guess it is another breath.
The kit contains a jig for assembling caterpillars. It is a personal preference, I think that it is faster to build it with double-sided tape.
The muzzle brake of a gun barrel, this direction is misunderstood by 90 degrees when made according to the instruction. I want them to stop these traps.
Like most tanks since World War II, this tank also has a long barrel.
Because the four-track belts are rare, I took a lot of pictures.
Since wire rope is not attached to this kit, you need to prepare your favorite rope from somewhere. This time I used twisted yarn made of nylon.
It is an orthodox Creos Mr. Color Russian green.
Mat Medium was mixed with earth material (small sand) and painted on the bottom of the tank. I usually do not add soil and dirt so much, I have been using a lot this time. What will happen? I am worried.
The Object 279 was a prototype tank developed in the 1950s. The four caterpillars are a very interesting item as a tank plastic model. Because of this structure, the ground pressure was low and the mobility seemed to be high. When you see the moving picture, it runs on muddy roads and steep slopes without difficulties.
The tank body like the disk is designed to not overtake the blast. By the way, this tank was thought to operate under the nuclear war. It will be able to act both in the nuclear missile blast and the radiation contaminated area.
In the 1960s, the political leadership of the Soviet Union changed and the cost of Object 279 was too high, so the plan was canceled. The main gun was 130 mm, the machine gun was 14.5 mm and had powerful arms. After all, only one prototype was made.
What if the inner caterpillar is broken?
By the way, there are assembly instructions, but there is no painting instruction at all. I only paint it with Russian Green, maybe the box picture is enough for painting, but I wanted some information if possible.
I wonder because it is still under test in the prototype tank that’s not equipped with the outside equipment such as a pickaxe or a hammer? The turret is like the current Russian tank, it is a complex shape. There is various unevenness on the body as well. I finished it as a taste that does not get tired of changing the painting by airbrush or washing.
I made expressions that a little dry mud adhered to the lower hull of the tank. I lightly rubbed mud on the caterpillar, when I started painting I noticed much mud was attached.
It is interesting the shape of the body around here is unique.
From the front, the atmosphere is similar to Gundam’s mobile armor, Big Zam. “Once the Object 279 goes into mass production, we’ll crush the NATO!” like Dozle Zabi. Moreover, I personally think that it resembles the head of Kanegon of Ultraman’s monster.
It was good that an interesting vehicle was added to my page. However, I don’t want to build tracks of pin type for a while. I felt my finger hurt when I drilled so many holes.
I built the first Amusing Hobby kit. I thought it was a difficult struggle and a hard fighting kit, I heard the previous reputation. Apart from the precision of the kit, it was good not to be a kit that required difficult works. It is a kit that you can enjoy casually if you do not say the details.
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it 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 the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. 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 here occasionally.