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The Italian Job - Tamiya M40/75-18 Semovente

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Steve Jones 1208/01/2017 22:06:31
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Hi Everyone

Peter - Its just artistic license based on the myriad of information I have taken in over these last 18 months. I now have a set process on when to do things and I am practising on each build to hopefully one day complete a build that I am totally happy with. Many thanks

Wouter - Good point well madelaugh

I have managed to finish the gun. I am very pleased with the final look. I took on board everyone's advice and didnt do any chipping and it certainly blends in well with the rest of the interior




Here it is in place. Its a shame you cant see much of itface 20



This meant I could now put the turret, the lower half and the upper half all together. What a disaster! It was by far the worst fit ever. A lot of trimming and sanding in the dry fit stage. Also once dry there will be a lot of filling needed. Certain areas wouldnt hold so super glue was needed. There will be a lot of cleaning to be done once all driedteeth


Thanks for watching



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Jim Barry08/01/2017 22:10:51
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Nice work on the gun, Steve. Wow. Might be a shame it's hidden but thanks to the forum it gets a little bit of time in the sun. I like that a lot about the forum as so much of our work just goes unseen and unknown without it.

Marty Elliott09/01/2017 01:35:46
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Hi Steve...following as usual from the back row and am mightily impressed with the interior detailing and painting...I would have imagined that the heat dust and dirt of that environment would soon take its toll on the fixtures and fittings both on the exterior and the interior...I know what the inside of my car looks like a week after I've cleaned it! The surgery looked a bit daunting ..I get nervous cutting off a rivet...but looking back at the pics of the real tank it will make a big difference to the appearance and was definitely worth the effort...sterling workthumbs upmate..


Steve Jones 1211/01/2017 20:14:02
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Hi Everyone

Jim - Hear hear! I was tempted to close it all up as I want to do the white identification circle on top of the hatches but It does look quite goodwink

Marty - I'm glad you like it mate. The more I look at it the happier I am. I wish I hadnt done the operation as you are about to seeembarrassed


Well the last few days have been an absolute nightmare and the hits keep on coming. I think I will be doing an OOB build next time aroundlaugh. Despite all the problems I am still really enjoying this build and having a lot of fun.

As I stated earlier the three main components didnt go together well. When I looked at it the following day there were areas that did not stick so this had to be rectified.


Then there had to be a lot of filling



Then the next day a lot of this had cracked. It seems putty is not good for long deep gaps. So I redid some of it and finished off the filling with proper filler


Then the next day was the cleaning up process. No matter how hard I tried I just couldnt sand it all smooth without loosing the rivets. This meant a lot of replacement rivets



Once all the sanding had been done a good clean up with steel wool was done and finished off with a good wash. The final look isnt great but it is a vast improvement. I hope once painted and some strategically placed weathering we should be okaycheeky.

During the rigorous cleaning stage the gun came unstuckangry


With the top of the turret fixed there was no way it could be put back correctly. So after a few "alterations" I have it back in place but it can no longer movelaugh. I hope it looks okay


So after all that I have finally finished Section 5




Edited By Steve Jones 12 on 11/01/2017 20:17:05

Steve Jones 1211/01/2017 20:14:45
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The next Section 6 deals with adding detail to the upper hull. First however some scratcherywink. As you can see from this photo there are metal plates on the steps and a ridge around the mudgurads.


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This has been replicated using tin foil and styrene strip cut to size




I was pleased with the result. The Royal kit included a rivet band to cover the join at the back. It had to be cut to fit. The jury is still out on how good this Royal kit is


The fuel filler cap and tool holders were done. While cleaning the holders they split so I have left them for a minute and will come back to them later


Steve Jones 1211/01/2017 20:15:14
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The side boxes were not that great in the Royal kit so I used the Tamiya ones and adapted them to take on the PE latches and hinges


Then came another problem for another day. How to tidy this upcrying 2


Next were the side exhausts. These were done using the resin Royal ones plus part of the Tamiya kit as instructed. What an absolute pig they have been to put together. After three attempts at the second one I have decided to leave well alone and try again tomorrow. This is how the first one has turned out


Thanks for the support guys. It helps me through the dark timessmiley


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Edited By Steve Jones 12 on 11/01/2017 20:18:58

Evan Martin 111/01/2017 20:48:52
846 forum posts
417 photos

Steve, It's really looking the business. It's a shame you don't see more of your beautiful interior. I've never made this kit, although it shares many common parts with the M13/40. It looks like the same issues plague both kits. The cut down fenders look excellent, a more common feature on mid production M13/40 and Semovente. I'm scratch building an M11/39 at the moment and it's been inspiring to catch up on your thread. Only 243 hours to go...haha


Peter Day 111/01/2017 20:59:58
6416 forum posts
1876 photos

You're really going for it with this one Steve - outstanding work.


Lee11/01/2017 21:48:49
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397 photos

Hi Steve

Just catching up on peoples builds. Excellent work on the interior a nice build of a rarely seen model. The extras make it shine that little brighter.

Regards Lee

joe strenko13/01/2017 00:02:44
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572 photos

Steve, just checked back in on the Italian job... looks like you've made great progress... keep your chin up and don't let them pesky rivets get in the way of some fantastic work... really enjoying the show.


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