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The next project, an old kit but I intend to bring up to date 

with a bit effort.

 

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And a few bits to help 

 

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Built this as a kid over 35years ago and I quite fancy a trip down memory lane, Cold war era in a MERDC scheme, I have a few more AM bits for it 

not shown here but you'll see them as the build progresses. 

 

Stay tuned 

 

 

Dan 

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OK - save me a seat on the front row: I've got one of these sitting on the "shelf of doom" which might benefit from some motivation.

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Just now, Richard E said:

OK - save me a seat on the front row: I've got one of these sitting on the "shelf of doom" which might benefit from some motivation.

 

I shall do my best Richard ;)

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I'll take a seat for one of your master classes Dan.

I'm planning to use the same kit to make the Canadian version as held by Bovington Tank Museum so will be interested to see what you do with this.

 

  Roger 

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I have the same kit in my stash, so watching with interest, Dan!:popcorn:

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Right... lets post on the right thread :o bloody meds

 

So some of the ref and AM I'm going to use on this build.

 

Essential reading first up 

 

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A few more bits I'll throw into the build 

 

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These are worth a mention, they are fantastic, the Archer dry decals, they are very complete

 

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Stay tuned 

 

 

Dan 

 

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So lets get started, so the Tamiya kit is a old one but still decent, it had a few issues though,

its the petrol version and not the later derv engine that was found during the era that I want to model.

 

Will I change the pack.... hell no, it wont get seen so i'll paint and detail a little. A few things in view will need

changing. The fuel tank for one but the majority is still good. I have a fuel tank from the more accurate Academy kit that I'll

use for my build.  So some pictures.

 

Stock figures with Hornet heads and boots from a couple of unknown soldiers, they will get a more detail on there combats yet.

Still not bad for a pair that are just as old as myself.  

 

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Rear battery box, modified to represent the later version.

 

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And some of the interior Drivers seat and Commanders seat detailed up with handles etc 

 

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More later 

 

 

Dan 

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More done, drivers firewall, gear selector from the Eduard PE set. Knob is made from Mr Surfacer 

 

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Inside the firewall

 

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And the Rad 

 

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Enjoy

 

Dan 

 

 

 

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Nice start Dan

 

  Roger

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Cheers guys, its has been while :hmmm:

 

So a bit more work on the front decks, some improvements made to the old Tamiya kit, Eduard PE and some basic scratch building.

 

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Exhaust drilled out and the first baffle added, vertical one yet to add. Yet to add Mr Surfacer to the exterior roughly to represent a bit of rust. 

 

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Enjoy 

 

Dan 

 

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Oh dear! Here we go again another master class in the making and detailing of your bog average kit. 😀

Sitting back in anticipation! 🍺

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Cheers Guys,

 

So track bash time, Modelkasten tracks in my opinion are one of the best around, hard to find 

but they are superb. The kit tracks on the Tamiya kit are one of the let downs but its a product of its time,

so we are going to replace them with the MK item.  I bought these years ago from the UK but as far as I know they have no 

UK distribution which is shame, some times you can get them on Amazon for a decent price or just pop over to Japan with an empty suitcase

and fill your boots :o 

 

The track links 

 

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Separate track pads which is good if you want to show a few thrown pads, just drill out where the bolt runs through the track link and jobs a good un.

 

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Sprockets that fit the tracks, these Japanese think of everything !

 

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Ooooh … track pins, lots of em ! 

 

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And the instructions, notice you get adapters for different kits 

 

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These are really nice and require little clean up and go together very quickly.

 

Enjoy 

 

Dan 

 

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I am ready with a notebook :book:

 

always great to see you back building :popcorn:

 

beefy 

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7 minutes ago, beefy66 said:

I am ready with a notebook :book:

 

always great to see you back building :popcorn:

 

beefy 

Cheers Beefy, 

 

It's been a while since I dabbled with a bit of armour, this one is really a nostalgic kind of build for me, I was given the kit and paints as 

a 12 year old for my birthday, it was a good day and I have loved the kit since.  This time I'm going to throw everything at it.

 

Regards

 

Dan  

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And as if by magic … they are done. Pads are left off, they will get added after the tracks are painted and weathered up.

Nice sag so i'll be leaving off the side skirts on this build.

 

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More later 

 

 

Dan 

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24 minutes ago, Dads203 said:

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All caught up, and I remember this ride, not good for your dental work I can tell you that much. Shake your fillings loose in a matter of minutes. Loved the ride of the M2A3 Bradley, the difference between driving a Yugo (showing my age) and a 2019 Rolls-Royce!

 

You only started this kit a few days ago, at best, and I can't get past the cockpit of my first build😩. Oh well, at least I am learning.

 

Cheers,

 

Anthony

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Posted (edited)

Excellent progress Anthony :popcorn:

Edited by Carius

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Cheers guys. 

 

Working the upper decks, small details being added like the crew heater exhaust and bilge pump outlet.

Added the correct antenna base for the radio.  Rear hatch has had the locking mech moved to the correct position and the ejector pins removed. 

Drivers cushion added around the hatch. 

 

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Front deck gets some action, swim vane locking handle added along with a couple of spare MK track links. 

 

 

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Enjoy 

 

Dan 

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Nice to see you're well enough to get back to the bench fella :)

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Cheers Chap :thumbsup:

 

So moving onto the commanders cupola and the .50 mount, some small details added from Eduard and scratch.

Chain added to the gun mount pin. 

 

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Carpet crawler holes filled, I'll add the belly plugs later 

 

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More later 

 

 

 

Dan 

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Fuel tank time, as I mentioned earlier the Tamiya kit represents a very early track fitted with a petrol

engine, so in essence in combat you are riding around in a big aluminium box with a few hundred litres of highly flammable 

petrol and other things that don't like to be too hot in the rear troop compartment...… Not really an ideal situation for the average mechanised infantryman at all, especially when the bad guys 

start slinging RPG's and other tank killing rounds in your general direction. 

So they converted all the M113's to run on derv, much better idea and it gave the tracks a slightly but tiny bit better chance of survival, not much but an improvement.

 

Health and safety on civi street would have a field day writing a risk assessment for the modern battlefield, god bless them! 

 

So the main difference that is visible is the fuel tank.

 

On the right is the kit part and the left is the Academy part, the Academy part is much better in shape but looks slightly too long, I'm not going to chop it up 

but I'll use it as is. I must thank one our members for this part. He knows who he is :thumbsup:

 

 

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Academy part, correct for the version I’m building. 

 

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Tamiya Part 

 

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More internal detailing going on 

 

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Removed the triangular fillets in the rear troop compartment 

 

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Filled in the big hole around the final drives. this is from the old motorisation days

 

 

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More to follow 

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