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GMK

Tamiya’s 1/16 Abrams goes antipodean

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I’ve been questing after a 1/16 Abrams since 1995 when I picked up the Jim Shirley Productions resin 120mm scale (remember when that was a thing?) kit...and botched it with expanding foam filler!

 

Now I’m converting Tamiya’s 1/16 M1A2 into a M1A1 in Australian service. Thanks to one of the cavalry regiments being granted freedom of entry to Brisbane last year, I finally have a good collection of pics of a single tank: ARN 055, c/s 31B “Cersei” of C Sqn, 2/14 Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Rifles).

 

Having been working on this for a while, here’s a selection of “in progress” pics. 

 

Replacement of the kit rails & bustle with Plastruct 1.25mm plastic-coated wire:

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Enhancement of the kit anti-slip with Tamiya textured sand paint:

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Replacement stowage bin handles:

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Scratch-built bustle rack extension progress:

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And some overall progress:

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Thanks for looking. 

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This is looking fantastic, I love the paint scheme.

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I've been waiting to see 3D printing being used in our hobby! Great to see it 'in action' and used to great effect. I love the details you are adding to this vehicle.

 

Rearguards,

Badder

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Thank you, gentlemen. 

 

@Sairou I’m using SMS Australian Army paint colours (https://www.scalemodeller.com.au/). Apart from the names (we say “cam” not “camo”), they’re flawless. 

 

@Badder I’m very fortunate to have a couple of mates who help out by doing the CAD. I just upload to Shapeways and go from there. 

 

Here are some pics of the 1/1 Cersei

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A little more progress...

 

Tracks on, with one of every nine end-connectors painted blue as per the 1/1 tank. Started the Commander’s Weapon Station (borrowed from the Trumpeter kit) adding the laser-reflective glass. 

 

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Started the paintwork on the top of the upper hull. Pretty rough so far, but the focus is the immediate vicinity of the turret race and ring. 

 

This is a prerequisite for screwing the lower turret to the hull, so is a little out of order.

 

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Started painting the rear hull. The Tamiya 1/16 kit is a bit simplified, especially the rear hull. I cut out the entire exhaust plate and scratchbuilt the replacement grilles. Thanks to a mate, I’ve got the protective grills CAD’d up and 3D printed. 

 

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Tamiya’s M1A2 is a vanilla (i.e. non-SEP, non-TUSK) A2 from the US Army 4ID from late 2003. As such, it missing some of the features present on Australian hulls, namely the slave starter receptacle (think jumper leads for your tank - more on that in later posts), and the infantry/tank telephone box. As Australian Abrams’ go through deep-level maintenance, the ‘old’ phone box is replaced with the new type. A mate of mine did the CAD, I just printed & painted it:

 

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I’ve also started on the Australian-unique fridge that’s mounted adjacent the EAPU in the turret bustle. The fridge power adapter (small box near the cross-wind sensor [also hollowed our]) is also a 3D-printed part:

 

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More to come...

 

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Thanks to a USian friend, I was able to access TamiyaUSA to obtain a parts sprue to make a spare wheel. 

 

After improvising a mill from my drill press, I removed the hub, six of the studs and bolts, drill the resultant holes, and the removed the studs from the remaining bolts:

 

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Started the turret roof mounting point.

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