TORTOISE A39 BRITISH HEAVY ASSAULT TANK MENG MODEL 1/35

A39 TORTOISE MENG MODEL 1/35 BOX PACKAGEI have not yet finished tiding all the baggage at the new apartment after moving. I don’t know where the plastic models made on the way. The JGSDF 90 Type tank was only needed to paint figures for completion… I found this A39 TORTOISE in my stock which I wanted to build long before.

A39 TORTOISE MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKINGAmong the tank models, the number of the parts around the suspension such as the wheel, launch wheel, there are quite a lot of parts.

A39 TORTOISE MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKINGWhile struggling quite a bit, I managed to build rollers. Unfortunately, it seems almost impossible to see the structure after attaching the side covers. I think the suspension is similar to the UK Matilda tank which was also not seen the rollers.
(15-November-2016)

A39 TORTOISE MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKINGI was able to glue these rollers to the chassis neatly.

A39 TORTOISE MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKINGI think that it is the biggest caterpillar so far in AFVs which I built. When it is 62 pieces of one side, it is slightly too long and is slightly short when it is 61 pieces.

A39 TORTOISE MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKINGWhen side covering is attached, it isn’t seen any more at all, so in some ways the photos of this process are valuable.
(16-November-2016)

A39 TORTOISE MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKINGI covered a battle room on the chassis. There seems to be no problem with the fitting of large parts.

A39 TORTOISE MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKINGAttaching some parts. Also added this main gun and the coaxial machine gun.
(18-November-2016)

A39 TORTOISE MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKINGAssembly of Tortoise tank was completed. The battle room is pretty large, it is a little similar to German Jagdtiger.

A39 TORTOISE MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKINGThere are 2 hatches that can be opened and closed, manufactured normally. I used metal wire and I made all the hatches movable.

A39 TORTOISE MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKINGThe front and rear hooks and the traveling rod are also movable.

A39 TORTOISE MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKINGA caterpillar is thick, and it seems tough.
(21-November-2016)

A39 TORTOISE MENG MODEL 1/35 PAINTINGAfter painting the surfacer, I sprayed dark and light.

A39 TORTOISE MENG MODEL 1/35 PAINTINGIt is the single-color painting of the olive-drab.

A39 TORTOISE MENG MODEL 1/35 PAINTINGI mixed the tan and did gradation with a bright color.

A39 TORTOISE MENG MODEL 1/35 PAINTINGI used powder material to give some 3D effect stuck mud. I mixed the pigments and Tamiya Diorama Texture Paint snow white and Mat Medium. Because I paint the mud, I think that even a strange color does not have any problem at this point.
(25-November-2016)

A39 TORTOISE MENG MODEL 1/35 PAINTINGI blew the dirt and mud with an airbrush.

A39 TORTOISE MENG MODEL 1/35 PAINTINGI do the washing with oil painting and enamel. It is a little still shiny, and is it unnatural?
(27-November-2016)

A39 TORTOISE MENG MODEL 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe tortoise heavy assault tank was completed. There was not the opportunity to have a role that it was the end of the war before bring it into the front-line. Because it is only six produced, it’s the positioning called the prototype tank.

A39 TORTOISE MENG MODEL 1/35 FINISHED WORKIt is interesting what happens to fight with Panther or Tiger. As for the thickness of the front armor 228mm, side armor is 152mm, the defense power seems enough against German 88mm gun.

A39 TORTOISE MENG MODEL 1/35 FINISHED WORK80t weight and a maximum speed 19 km, it’s restricted to slow mobility. It’s such a huge body, so a caterpillar is dramatically wider.

A39 TORTOISE MENG MODEL 1/35 FINISHED WORKThis long gun barrel seems to be strong, and it is reliable. The body color is khaki drab rather than olive drab, isn’t it?

A39 TORTOISE MENG MODEL 1/35 FINISHED WORKA small gun turret on the roof circles. Two machine guns are equipped. One coaxial machine gun and one ball mount machine gun beside the main gun.

A39 TORTOISE MENG MODEL 1/35 FINISHED WORKMaybe the mud painting in the middle of a process is better. I put a color too much and go back, and painted with the bright color for dried-up feeling and made in various ways. It’s difficult to express the feelings of a mud material.

A39 TORTOISE MENG MODEL 1/35 FINISHED WORKPainting of a spare caterpillar worked. Is this rust slightly unbalanced in prototype vehicle?

A39 TORTOISE MENG MODEL 1/35 FINISHED WORKI did moderate tipping to the prototype AFV, it doesn’t have actual fighting experience. But I think it was incomplete tipping.

A39 TORTOISE MENG MODEL 1/35 FINISHED WORKIt discolors badly, but I like this muffler painting personally. When varying painting on the vehicle surface more, I think it balances with this muffler.

A39 TORTOISE MENG MODEL 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe periscope is painted with clear green. I painted part of smoked dischargers in black.

A39 TORTOISE MENG MODEL 1/35 FINISHED WORKThere are seven crews for this tank. The crews are necessary for the main gun operation and many machine guns.

A39 TORTOISE MENG MODEL 1/35 FINISHED WORKOriginally it was only two movable hatches and added work opening and shutting of all four hatches movable. The front square hatch has not closed neatly.

A39 TORTOISE MENG MODEL 1/35 FINISHED WORKIt is nothing new to say I built the kit of MENG-MODEL for the first time. The parts fitting is very good and easy to build. I would like to make other kits in the future if it’s equal quality.

A39 TORTOISE MENG MODEL 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe mold of the body side is elaborate, and there is a feel of a material. When saying so, there are no decals in this kit.

A39 TORTOISE MENG MODEL 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe muzzle changes color in dark brown, gray. I did a drybrush lightly. It is a muzzle of the strange form.

A39 TORTOISE MENG MODEL 1/35 FINISHED WORKHexagonal big screw? Bolt? I think they are wonderful accent. It’s suitable for the monster weight tank.

A39 TORTOISE MENG MODEL 1/35 FINISHED WORKWhen it is a glance to look up at from the bottom, it is powerful and very good looking. Because my moving was over, I have to look for the 90 type tank and zero fighters making on the way. The end of the year comes suddenly.
(28-November-2016)

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