WIP Syrian T-55 + kmt-9 1:35

Here we have a little crazy story: imagine you have these kits at your disposal:

Tiran 4 late version – miniart 37041 scalemates

kmt-9 mineroller – miniart 37040 scalemates

some copper wire and your typical “bits-and-pieces” box

What would any normal sensible person do? Build the Tiran 4 as normal and get another kit for the kmt-9, like a bmr-1? Most likely something along those lines. Problem is, I am not really normal. Thus I thought it would be a good idea to convert it “back” into a regular t55, add the kmt-9 and build a rebar cage with the copper wire. So now we are here. Of course it is not ideal, but for what I had at my disposal I am really happy with how it turned out. Next step will now be painting.

The tracks and turret are kept removable for easier painting, they look a bit weird at times because of that, but it will be fixed later, or at least I hope so.

Sandbags, bricks and all of that will also be added later to again simplify painting for now.

of course, the bucket has to be there, you guys should know me by now xD
the clear parts are still dismantled, they will be put in place after the painting and weathering is finished
the right mineroler is slightly tilted – this is wanted for the diorama later on
first time making hanging jerrycans, they actually look really good

All in all it was a nice experience, even though the modifications were painful at times. For certain using a “normal” T55 would have been much easier, but do I look like I like it easy.

I intend to try one of those a little crazy paint schemes you see from time to time, but I am still not sure.

Any of you have an opinion or a concrete idea for the paintjob? I would be very happy about a comment. Otherwise you can also contact me here, in case you don’t want it to be published.

An up-to-date version can be found here


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