Really went deep into my parts box and shelf queens to find my last HVSS Tamiya parts collection. We're talking even sweeping the floors to find lost washers, nuts, bolts, and bearings...
I have assembled 15 HVSS chassis now and currently building this one from spares and recycled parts. Just managed to find everything I need! Quick Rustoleum Tan Base coat.
Decided to use a surplus M51 turret and converted it back to a stander T23 Turret by mating it to an old MATO turret. Wish me luck!!!
Slicing and dicing the Mato because it was oversized to accommodate the airsoft. I actually quartered it and shaved until it fits...
Goal was to make the upper portion as smooth as possible to reduce my sanding....
Backside and lower portion almost done. Good thing I stocked up on Tamiya Putty!
Roughed together to check fit.
Some turret details added and oh yeah, added the skirts. I found a pair I had liberated from a Tamiya hull to make a VVSS conversion... Med kit comes from an old Pershing.
Started dust jacket. Due to the different sizes of turret parts and mantlets, my dust jacket looks a bit big but this tank is a runner first!
For the record, I made a 1/35 version of this a year ago by kit bashing Tamiya kits/ Using it as my reference.
Jacket made from some fabric in my garage. Styrene rod and angle cobbled together to make the fittings.
More parts fitted for shape and position. Added Tamiya smoke launchers.
Launchers got a quick update with some chain and the jacket mounts detailed with hull bosses from a Tamiya 1/48 M10.
I added a base coat of Rustoluem camouflage Sand. (This is where I realized I forgot to mask the bare metal portion of the gun tube common on T-23 turrets...
I went bold with a recognition stripe on the turret roof that was wider than usual.
Tactical markings added. Its a mis of units, mostly made to copy thr 1/35 cousin
DAK intern helping with the photo.
Ready for the field and some weathering
Trying an off the wall approach to hold the top down. Using some metal blanks I have left over from office furniture...
And rare earth magnets. Some super glue and whammy