чугун утки завод "красный рассвет" (cast iron bedpan factory "Red Dawn

Started by loupgarou, May 27, 2017, 12:12:36 AM

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loupgarou

The title was too long for the Subjct line. Complete is: чугун утки завод  "красный рассвет" (cast iron bedpan factory  "Red Dawn") tank
With my excuses to russian-speaking members of the forum, here is my contribution to the build:
an Emhar WW1 tank I had around, and some Airfix parts from 40 years ago. I hope the date on the newspaper is readable as proof that the kit is "still a virgin".



I have an idea for the backstory, that will be perfected/concocted in due time.  ;D
Owing to the current financial difficulties, the light at the end of the tunnel will be turned off until further notice.

loupgarou

As everybody knows, when Germany attacked Russia in 1941, the Red Army suffered enormous losses.
As tank production wasn't enough to balance the destroyed ones, every measure was attempted in order to feed the battlefield.
The   чугун утки завод  "красный рассвет" (cast iron bedpan factory  "Red Dawn") of Białystok recovered a WW1 tank, used as monument in the town square.  As the original engine was seized solid, 2 tractor engines were substituted, allowing  at the same time, with their smaller size, to re-utilize a T-34 turret, salvaged from a destroyed tank.
The heroic attempt ended in disaster after 5 minutes of fight. It lasted so long because the german tankers lost some time before firing, asking each other "Was zum Teufel ist das?" "What the hell is that contraption?"

The Emhar kit didn't overwhelm me with the part fit, nor with the instructions. As I have a lot of Airfix tank parts from about 40 years ago, when I did a lot of conversions from Airfix Magazine, I used a Mk I sponson to create an hermaphrodite, the size corresponded perfectly.
The tracks must be sandwiched between inner and outer sides, so I am already ready for primer, before I can continue.


Owing to the current financial difficulties, the light at the end of the tunnel will be turned off until further notice.

jalles

It's looking great so far.  I really like the T-34 turret on there, it's an interesting blend of eras.  Like the background story too  :thumbsup:

NARSES2

 ;D ;D ;D I like this. Actually with modern tractor engines it might be quite practical ?

I well remember those old Airfix Magazine conversions by Chris Ellis. Built a few of them myself  :thumbsup:
Decals my @r$e!


Rheged

Highly esteemed comrade, the Peoples' Praesidium  is much impressed with the Starkhanovite  labours of the Heroic Red Dawn Cast Iron Bedpan Factory.   You are therefore awarded a RED BANNER parchment bearing a signature somewhat similar to that of Comrade Stalin and an extra issue of crimson Y fronts in the next-but-one five year plan.


The family Rheged reckon it bids fair to be a quite fascinating machine when completed, well done.
"If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you....."
It  means that you read  the instruction sheet

Weaver

Splendid idea!  :thumbsup:

Also, one more from this manufacturer and we'll have to rename it the Emhar GB...
"We thank you, but this diversion is not true. Things never happened thus."

"Oh, but it IS true. Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and dreams are
the shadow-truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes, and forgot."

- Sandman: A Midsummer Night's Dream, by Neil Gaiman

Gondor

Quote from: NARSES2 on May 28, 2017, 01:06:37 AM
;D ;D ;D I like this. Actually with modern tractor engines it might be quite practical ?

I well remember those old Airfix Magazine conversions by Chris Ellis. Built a few of them myself  :thumbsup:

I think I remember those from the days when the Airfix Magazine was a small squarish magazine. Loved the series on building the Mulberry Harbour in them too.

Great looking build here too  :thumbsup:

Gondor
My Ability to Imagine is only exceeded by my Imagined Abilities

Gondor's Modelling Rule Number Three: Everything will fit perfectly untill you apply glue...

I know it's in a book I have around here somewhere....

ChernayaAkula

Cheers,
Moritz


Must, then, my projects bend to the iron yoke of a mechanical system? Is my soaring spirit to be chained down to the snail's pace of matter?

loupgarou

Quote from: Rheged on May 28, 2017, 07:07:52 AM
Highly esteemed comrade, the Peoples' Praesidium  is much impressed with the Starkhanovite  labours of the Heroic Red Dawn Cast Iron Bedpan Factory.   You are therefore awarded a RED BANNER parchment bearing a signature somewhat similar to that of Comrade Stalin and an extra issue of crimson Y fronts in the next-but-one five year plan.


The family Rheged reckon it bids fair to be a quite fascinating machine when completed, well done.

Comrade Rheged!
Inspired by the Peoples' Praesidium  words, our workers have doubled their commitment, the tank has been primed and the tracks painted an appropriate old-rust colour!
Even an exhaust system for the tractor engines has been added, after the unfortunate asphyxiation of our first glorious crew!
Our technicians are studying imperialist Osprey books on the civil war in order to identify colours to use on a capitalist tank captured by our victorious Red Army!
Our Workers' Assembly, after a deep political discussion, have only a question: they are unsure of what " crimson Y fronts" are.
Owing to the current financial difficulties, the light at the end of the tunnel will be turned off until further notice.

loupgarou

The Emhar kit is fighting back! Must still be imbued with capitalistic spirit.  :angry:
Primed, painted, second camouflage colour, decaled... thought it was near complete, only the tracks to be sandwiched between the sides.
BUT, tracks won't stay flat against the body, and one broke while trying to fit it.  :banghead:
Now I am slowly glueing the track along the body contour.

Owing to the current financial difficulties, the light at the end of the tunnel will be turned off until further notice.

Gondor

My Ability to Imagine is only exceeded by my Imagined Abilities

Gondor's Modelling Rule Number Three: Everything will fit perfectly untill you apply glue...

I know it's in a book I have around here somewhere....

zenrat

I just had a flashback to my youth - building an Airfix Mk iv tank and having a similar problem.
Fred

- Can't be bothered to do the proper research and get it right.

Another ill conceived, lazily thought out, crudely executed and badly painted piece of half arsed what-if modelling muppetry from zenrat industries.

zenrat industries:  We're everywhere...for your convenience..

loupgarou

In spite of the capitalistic swine tracks sabotaging our efforts, the untiring socialist work force of the glorious Cast Iron Bedpan Factory  "Red Dawn" has managed to (somewhat) complete our tank!
Now, adorned with an appropriate slogan "Смерть фашистам",  it's ready to fight the invaders of Mother Russia.





Note the perfected exhaust system, added after the unlucky demise of our first test crew, owing to exhaust gases venting in the fighting compartment.  :angel:
Owing to the current financial difficulties, the light at the end of the tunnel will be turned off until further notice.

zenrat

Up the workers!

Love it.  It looks like its come straight out of a 1920's Boy's Own adventure comic.  Good job.
Fred

- Can't be bothered to do the proper research and get it right.

Another ill conceived, lazily thought out, crudely executed and badly painted piece of half arsed what-if modelling muppetry from zenrat industries.

zenrat industries:  We're everywhere...for your convenience..