We have a new brilliant work from MorTap (you can visit his blog here). He shows us how to scratch build a couple of italian tanks with foamed PVC and other regular materials. Now you don’t have excuse to prepare your own armoured force!
The most part of the people prefer to buy a tank rather than to scratch build one. However, it’s a pleasure to play with a tank create completely create by yourself. Indeed the materials are really cheap and we only need to spend some hours (in my case, several evenings but because I have built three at the same time!).
- 2 and 4mm Foamed PVC or Forex
- PVC (plasticard)
- Tin sheet
- Different tubes (i.e. from cotton swab)
- Silicon rod (from hot melt gun)
- Glue lids (or something similar, take a look at the pictures)
First we cut the 4mm PVC in four pieces of 1.1 x 2.4 cm, and another one of de 5.5 x 2.7.
With PVC (plasticard) we can create details such as motor hatches or the driver window.
We create the exhausts using a small plastic tube and wire.
With PVC (plasticard) we prepare the front part where the Carro Colmando has the gun. We can also create couple of frontal hatches cutting squares of 7x8mm.
With PVC (plasticard) we closet he gun “box”
With cardboard or paper, using the sizes showed in the picture, we can create a template to build the tracks.
We prepare the base of the tracks with PVC (plasticard) with 4mm (plus the template):
Remember that the tracks are not symmetric, and therefore we have to do the same template but inverted for the other side.
Fold the track’s base.
With different plastic tubes we create the driving part of the tracks, as you can see in the pictures.
The tanks should look something like this:
From the glue taps we only need the “perforator” to simulate the lights.
We can build the telemeter with a fragment of wire, 2mm PVC and a cotton swab.
With modelling putty we review the tracks, gaps and other small errors.
To create the rivets I have created a hole, introduced fine wire and then cut it.
It has taken long hours, but the final results is very convincing! Now, we only need to paint it.