Russian T-90 in desert camo. I am very pleased with how this one turned out! I think i got most of the details right, though i did take a few liberties here and there.
First off, the source of inspiration for some of my solutions is found in the Russian tanks superpack by Lego 4 Life. In particular, the use of 1x2 rooftop-bricks was invaluable in creating the shape of the turret.
We will start with a few photos of the front:
Now, the top: Notice the attempt at a subtle two-color camo.
Turret close-up: No, the hatches don't open :-/
Blurry detail: With good eyes you can spot how i achieved the rounded shape of the front armor.
Turret movement: The turret rotates 360 degrees.
Some photos of the rear:
And interior: Not much, but it's there. I need to reconstruct it a bit though, to fit the fig's helmet in too.
And finally, a composite shot with a few photos of the real T-90:
A few bonus photos.
First, my russian armor - complete with banner and a lone soldier:
And all my armor in a group photo: Makes me think of Indiana Jones 3 for some reason!
Quoting Tirrell Brown
Having seen one of these up close and personal, I think the canon is a bit to long, but an excellent model none the less.
Thanks :-) It is? Maybe the drawing i used was made by a fan, because now that you mention it it does look shorter on the photos i included. The drawing looked like one of those technical drawings and gave a good side view, so i used it as building plan without looking closer at the photos i found. I'll fix that soon!
Quoting Matthew McCall
The chassis is merely average, but your truest is excellent, you did a good job at reverse engineering L4L's design.
Thanks for your comment! I agree, the chassis is not very thoroughly done. I guess i thought 'close enough' once i had the camo looking right :-D About the turret: While i did use L4Ls idea with the 1x2 rooftop stones to recreate the edged shape of the front turret armor, most of the turret design and angled placement of front armor on it is my own design :-) Other notable ideas from L4Ls design i used was the inclusion of the three plates on the tracks side armor and the shaping of the gun barrel - that one with a twist of my own though :-)
Quoting Michael K.
I like how it turned out with the slope bricks on the turret, although I would have used wedge plates.
Thanks! It might have worked well, but i didn't have any of those. I would also have had to use a different technique for mounting the lower parts of the front armor, possibly making it difficult to maintain the rounded shape of the front of the turret :-)
Quoting Nick Barrett
I was about to say that your curve technique with the slopes was interesting but a bit gappy, then I saw that the real T-90 looks exactly the same! I shouldn't be surprised, really... bravo!
Thank you very much! I must admit the armor gaps too much in the upper section of the front armor but i couldn't find other parts to use and still maintain the shape of the lower part :-)
Quoting Alex Sonny
I was reffering to the rear drive gear, the one that drives the tracks. The front and the rear are identical, but on the pictures you can see that the rear one is bigger. Still, a marvelous tank!
Oh those! hehe yeah i guess i got a bit lazy with details there, and i had no more large tan cogs left. But thanks again, and thanks for the constructive critique too :-) I might look into some changes some day, there's a front hatch missing right below the turret too actually - and a .30 cal machinegun i didn't know where was mounted and decided to leave out.
Thanks! I am very pleased with the turret too. The tank is certainly one of my best builds to date :-) About the rear sprocket: I'm not sure what you are referring to, is it the thing on the back of the turret that looks a bit like a stowed bazooka on the real T-90? About the wheels: I would prefer smooth road wheels too, but lego doesn't produce a smooth wheel in tan color and i think grey wheels ruin the look :-)
Very accurate! The turret is a real gem of design, and the rest of the tank too. The front is well designed too, the mudguards have a great shape. The only two things I might point out: the rear sprocket is a bit too small, and for the love of god change the roadwheels from gears to something else, it looks so weird (a tad too small too) :D otherwise an excellent tank!