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PROPOSAL: SharoTank Campaign
GulfWarrior
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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 04:20 AM UTC
I don't know why it is, but for some reason the MiniArt Soviet Ball-Tank fascinates the Hell out of me! I know it's totally made up; but still, it looks so cool! Or maybe it's just me?!



So, here's what I'm proposing. Let's so a strictly ball-tank campaign. It can be scratchbuilt or kit. Any size or scale. Let your Freak Flag fly! I know the kit is supposedly "Soviet"; but do it however you want! Give it whatever crazy-a**ed paint scheme you can come up with! Who's with me?!



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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 06:25 AM UTC
Have you ever seen the Kubelpanzer the Soviets captured in Manchukuo from the Japanese?Really wish they had done that instead,but I am thinking of looking into how much work it would take to rebuild into on of those.
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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 06:35 AM UTC
I did find this one on Squadron's site: https://www.squadron.com/Kugelpanzer-41-r-w-Interior-p/ma40006.htm

I don't even know why I like this one so much! I just think there are lots of things I can do with it. Thought maybe others might as well.



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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 07:06 AM UTC

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I did find this one on Squadron's site: https://www.squadron.com/Kugelpanzer-41-r-w-Interior-p/ma40006.htm

I don't even know why I like this one so much! I just think there are lots of things I can do with it. Thought maybe others might as well.




I would go here for that kit. In stock and cheaper
https://www.scalehobbyist.com/catagories/Military_Vehicles/kugelpanzer-41-r-ball-tank-w-interior/MIA00040006/product.php?kw=40006

I like the MG kit better then the cannons. MG's seem more realistic. I do like the idea of a ski version.

I have started the AMG BT-102 kit. It's like a quarter of the size of the MA kit, made for one person and not 5 like the MA kit.
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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 07:15 AM UTC
To be honest, I didn't really know there was more than one kit until I started looking at the one Jase was talking about earlier in his post.

I'd be OK with it being a general "ball tank" campaign and not specifically the MA kit. I already had plans to replace the machine guns on the Soviet kit with Browning .30 cals anyway; but that's as much as I'll give away at this point.



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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 09:22 AM UTC
I built a review sample for the Big A, but would be happy to paint & finish it here.
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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 09:54 AM UTC
Speaking of the big A, I just saw that Amazon has one with the ball on skis!




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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 11:03 AM UTC
Ah - the other "Big A". Mine was here, but never got paint. If you can, get the ski version so it won't roll away!
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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 02:18 PM UTC
Yeah, I figured you were meaning here!

Like I said, I don't know why I like it. It just looks cool to me!

I'm already thinking about stuff like losing the rubber tire and fashioning something like some Sherman tracks.


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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 11:55 PM UTC
What about a M2/3 halftrack or BA-64-3SKh tracks. I lean towards the BA-64 given the source.

Just an idea...https://www.shapeways.com/product/X2R4RY4NH/1-35-scale-soviet-ba-64-3skh-tracks

Overall I would think something home grown for replacing the track T-34 or one of the light tank designs.

My $0.02
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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2019 - 01:31 AM UTC

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What about a M2/3 halftrack or BA-64-3SKh tracks. I lean towards the BA-64 given the source.

Just an idea...https://www.shapeways.com/product/X2R4RY4NH/1-35-scale-soviet-ba-64-3skh-tracks

Overall I would think something home grown for replacing the track T-34 or one of the light tank designs.

My $0.02



I'm thinking kind of a reverse Lend-Lease kinda thing and I just like the look of the T54E1 and T56E1. I've also thought about maybe something like the waffle pattern of the jeep or deuce and half tire.



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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2019 - 02:15 AM UTC
I'm picturing a diorama, with it leaning into a turn, on sets of tracks! Cool...
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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2019 - 02:17 AM UTC

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I'm picturing a diorama, with it leaning into a turn, on sets of tracks! Cool...




It's like my mama used to say about us kids growin' up: [We're] so ugly we're cute!



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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2019 - 03:03 AM UTC

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What about a M2/3 halftrack or BA-64-3SKh tracks. I lean towards the BA-64 given the source.

Just an idea...https://www.shapeways.com/product/X2R4RY4NH/1-35-scale-soviet-ba-64-3skh-tracks

Overall I would think something home grown for replacing the track T-34 or one of the light tank designs.

My $0.02



I'm thinking kind of a reverse Lend-Lease kinda thing and I just like the look of the T54E1 and T56E1. I've also thought about maybe something like the waffle pattern of the jeep or deuce and half tire.






Are you talking center/main "track" or outside wheels? I guess really you could change it all if you wanted.

I do find it interesting that depending on the kit the center/main "track" pattern changes.
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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2019 - 03:10 AM UTC
Yep. Just the center tread. I don't see the side wheels having enough detail to worry about.

That's just about what I plan to do with it though. I wanna see what everyone else can do. I mean, this is a fictional vehicle so everyone can use their own creativity.
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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2019 - 03:47 AM UTC

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That's just about what I plan to do with it though. I wanna see what everyone else can do. I mean, this is a fictional vehicle so everyone can use their own creativity.



I agree.

My thoughts where for upgrading the training wheel with track and keeping the center as is.

Thrown track on the center would be a PITA to fix.
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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2019 - 03:56 AM UTC

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I agree.

My thoughts where for upgrading the training wheel with track and keeping the center as is.

Thrown track on the center would be a PITA to fix.




OK. So let's get 10 people to say they'll participate and we can get this thing rolling. I haven't really thought much about a start date yet. I didn't want to get too far ahead of myself.

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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2019 - 03:59 AM UTC
Need another six - anyone else out there want to chime in?
PasiAhopelto
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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2019 - 07:06 AM UTC
If it will be ball tank campaign then I'm in. Willing to scratch build a what-if ball tank of the period, but not Sharotank (too many kits in stash already).
GulfWarrior
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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2019 - 07:13 AM UTC
Sure! If you want to scratch-build one, then by all means, welcome!



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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2019 - 09:20 AM UTC
Don't forget this one!