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LoveBunny #1 Posted 22 February 2016 - 05:28 PM

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Hi guys,

 

I built a few plastic models and painted some Games Workshop miniatures back when I was a kid, so when I picked up a a bunch of laser cut steel model kits of tanks for about 10 euros each.

 

I started to assemble a T-34 tank on the weekend and damn, this stuff is like the nightmare mode of model building.  The steel sheets are sharp as a knife and at the same time very hard.  The little tabs you need to bend are absolutely tiny.  It said to work with needle nosed pliers but I find that womens' pliers meant for plucking eyebrows are a more appropriate size.  Each little wheel is made up of three individual parts that you need to carefully bend into shape and stick together, and there are like, what, 14 wheels!?  And yes, you need to fold it to have tiny exhaust pipes that are about 2 mm thick.  I never realized how gigantic my hands are.  It's like an elephant trying to fold origami.

 

After this one is done I have two more tanks to build.  

 

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mynameispuffs #2 Posted 22 February 2016 - 05:36 PM

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I've built and painted so many plastic kits I've been searching for some of the sheet metal ones like you have just to branch into something new, but so far no luck in finding them anywhere :(

I might be ok with them my hands are pretty small ^^ What you've done there so far seem like a nice finish so top marks ;)

 

What are the two other kits you have?



LoveBunny #3 Posted 22 February 2016 - 06:56 PM

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I have a Chi-Ha and a Sherman waiting to be built.  I bought them in a toy store in San Francisco, haven't seen them anywhere else so far.

 

I wish I knew who makes this KV-2, it looks amazing:

 

http://www.aliexpres...2462346462.html

 

The laser cut metal sheets on the last picture don't seem to match the tank, though.


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mynameispuffs #4 Posted 22 February 2016 - 07:11 PM

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View Postaccounta, on 22 February 2016 - 05:56 PM, said:

I have a Chi-Ha and a Sherman waiting to be built.  I bought them in a toy store in San Francisco, haven't seen them anywhere else so far.

 

I wish I knew who makes this KV-2, it looks amazing:

 

http://www.aliexpres...2462346462.html

 

The laser cut metal sheets on the last picture don't seem to match the tank, though.

KV-2 looks stronk ^^

Hmm maybe they're an american thing only as I have never seen them anywhere here in the UK. Keep us posted on how the others come along when you get towards them!



LoveBunny #5 Posted 22 February 2016 - 08:30 PM

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Wow, look what I found:

 

http://www.aliexpres...2311040752.html

 

This thing was actually a World of Tanks branded thing!  Look at the last picture on that page!  These ARE the right laser cut sheets too.  If you scroll down you see it was made by some company called "Metal Cube" ... I will try to track this down.

 

Does anyone know when this was released / available?  

 

Ok, I will post pictures of the tanks as I finish them.

 

 


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LoveBunny #6 Posted 22 February 2016 - 08:57 PM

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Ok, my hypothesis is as follows:  I think this was all started by a US company called fascinations.com, who have only made 4 tanks, the ones I mentioned plus the Tiger.  That explains the US-centric availability.

 

Then chinese vendors started copying the idea like crazy, and selling the models over Alibaba.  They copied the original 4 tanks, and then also created their own designs under their own brand names like "metal cube" and "Piececool".  Piececool has a Pz. IV that looks wicked and seems more complex than any of the fascinations models:

 

http://www.banggood....e-p-957587.html
http://www.amazon.co...e-bin=Piececool

 

I am guessing that at some point Wargaming saw these tanks, liked them, and got one of the chinese manufacturers to do the now sold out KV-2 tank for them as part of a russian WOT promotion.

 

 


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mynameispuffs #7 Posted 24 February 2016 - 01:06 AM

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Hmm that Pz Iv looks EPIC and I found a Centurion that looks pretty sweet

I actually found them for sale on some dodgy looking UK website for an average of £15 which is the same price as most plastic kits :P

 

And aye I't wouldnt suprise me if Wargaming cottoned on and used them for sales boosts :D:coin:

 



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Hi,

 

 

found this on Aliexpress :D

 

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/METALCUBE-stainless-steel-DIY-three-dimensional-puzzle-WWII-Soviet-self-propelled-artillery-model-kv-2/32244967657.html?spm=2114.01010208.3.2.hdjoD6&ws_ab_test=searchweb201556_1,searchweb201644_4_505_506_503_504_502_10001_10002_10017_10010_10005_10011_10006_10003_10004_10009_10008,searchweb201560_1,searchweb1451318400_-1,searchweb1451318411_6452&btsid=ef5d99cd-277a-4eac-a4cd-cdc2f9714eba

 

 



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Thanks!

 

Thirty two dollars though?  What are they smoking?!?!?



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So I promised a picture when I finished it.  Here it is.

 

It took probably about three or four hours to build this but I only spent about 30 minutes on it each evening and then I got lazy to take the actual picture until now.

 

It was a really satisfying thing to build in the end so I quite recommend it.  The very stiff yet bendy yet breakable metal material is quite a unique thing to work with.

 

 

 

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Nice job Accounta looks awesome :)

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Just bought this: http://www.gearbest.com/puzzle-educational/pp_232465.html

b0d #13 Posted 23 March 2016 - 06:36 PM

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Oh wow that is commando modelling!

They are textured too, cool!



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Wow - that looks insanely tricky.

 

But then I find some bog-standard Airfix kits difficult...

 

Good luck anyway! Look forward to seeing pics of the finished articles.

 



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View PostFlustered_Ferret, on 23 March 2016 - 11:31 PM, said:

Wow - that looks insanely tricky.

 

But then I find some bog-standard Airfix kits difficult...

 

Good luck anyway! Look forward to seeing pics of the finished articles.

 

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View Postmynameispuffs, on 23 February 2016 - 12:06 PM, said:

Hmm that Pz Iv looks EPIC and I found a Centurion that looks pretty sweet

I actually found them for sale on some dodgy looking UK website for an average of £15 which is the same price as most plastic kits :P

 

And aye I't wouldnt suprise me if Wargaming cottoned on and used them for sales boosts :D:coin:

 

 

im surprised that after 5years, wg havent got an online shop selling tanks, shirts....

Seems selling something that is true +tactile is beyond them.

 



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Very nice job Accounta , it looks great.  :)


 

I have also found Maus model, but it is VERY expensive. I will have to pass on it :(. But I hope the Tiger I wich I have ordered  will arive soon :)


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View Postaccounta, on 22 February 2016 - 06:56 PM, said:

I have a Chi-Ha and a Sherman waiting to be built.  I bought them in a toy store in San Francisco, haven't seen them anywhere else so far.

 

I wish I knew who makes this KV-2, it looks amazing:

 

http://www.aliexpres...2462346462.html

 

The laser cut metal sheets on the last picture don't seem to match the tank, though.

Neat-o!

I'd buy one of those KV-2's.

And lookie what else they gots.

http://www.amazon.com/Metal-Laser-Puzzle-Building-included/dp/B017NTXIAY/ref=pd_rhf_ee_s_cp_2?ie=UTF8&dpID=51yiMtXvfoL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_SL500_SR135%2C135_&refRID=0S6V108RAXGCG128C1MA

Oh, my fingers are gonna bleed...

 


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There's a company called 'Metal Earth' make a vast range of thse laser-cut sheet metal kits.

From planes, to cars, to buildings, to ships... and a few tanks:

http://www.fascinati...etalearth/tanks

 

I first happened across these when I bought an Apollo Moon-Lander on a visit to the National Space Centre last year.

http://www.fascinati...lo-lunar-module

 



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View PostCassie_b, on 10 April 2017 - 04:23 AM, said:

There's a company called 'Metal Earth' make a vast range of thse laser-cut sheet metal kits.

From planes, to cars, to buildings, to ships... and a few tanks:

http://www.fascinati...etalearth/tanks

 

I first happened across these when I bought an Apollo Moon-Lander on a visit to the National Space Centre last year.

http://www.fascinati...lo-lunar-module

 

Metal Earth do some really good stuff.

I've got their De Havilland Tiger Moth sat on my desk waiting to be constructed :)







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